I've written in today's sports pages, that the Payson High boys' basketball team is struggling.
As a fellow teacher with coach Randy Wilcox, I witness the trials and tribulations he endures as he tries to keep the program on an even keel and build it for future players to thrive in.
A losing season is something every coach has had to endure but that doesn't make it any easier.
Randy is a very spiritual man with a supporting family including his mom and dad who live in Payson. He's also the kind of teacher and coach parents want their children to be influenced by.
"A good man," is how most fellow coaches would describe Randy.
As tough as it is, he'll work his way through this ordeal to accomplish his goal of making the Payson High School basketball program the pride of the 3A conference.
Randy has a lot of friends who are rooting for him.
New president Stephanie Dvorak might have found the computer-literate, baseball-wise player agent she was looking for. It's not official, but Dvorak says a worthy volunteer is considering the job. Also on the baseball front, league officials held what was to be the final player registration last Saturday but will consider holding another sign-up in the near future. The decision of whether or not to hold another sign-up will be made in a meeting this evening.
Always popular among Rim country athletes, the Fourth Annual Grand Canyon State Winter Games has expanded to include 17 sports.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20, Feb. 25 to 27 and March 3 to 5 at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff and at various sites in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Executive commissioners this year are Phoenix Suns' star Tom Gugliotta and Arizona Diamondbacks' standout Luis Gonzalez.
The events to be offered include, 5-on-5 basketball, skiing, billiards, shooting, wrestling, tennis, softball, lacrosse, BMX bike racing, bowling, cycling, in-line ice hockey, 4-on-4 flag football and indoor/outdoor volleyball.
The event is being billed as "America's Premier Olympic-style Winter Sports Festival."
Call (480) 517-9700 for more information or visit the Web site at www.gcsg.org.
The Northern American Youth Sports Alliance will hold its annual spring youth basketball tournament March 24 to 26 at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix.
The tournament will feature 10 different brackets, including fifth- and sixth-grade boys; fifth- and sixth-grade girls; seventh-grade boys; seventh-grade girls; eighth-grade boys; eighth-grade girls, ninth- and 10th-grade boys, ninth- and 10th-grade girls, 11th- and 12th-grade boys; 11th- and 12th-grade girls. All grades are based on the grade in which the student is currently enrolled.
The entry fee for the tournament is $90 and guarantees each team a minimum of two games. There will be awards presented in each bracket. Entry deadline is March 3. For more information, call 1-888-629-2275.