At midweek, local youth soccer coaches Roger Wholly and Luis Albaracin received their team's schedules for play in this weekend's Grand Canyon State Games.
Both the boys' and girls' games will be played at Mesa Red Mountain Park.
The boys team, coach by Albaracin, begins pursuit of a GC medal today at 5 p.m. against Si Se Puede. At 8 p.m. Payson plays the Blackhawks.
Saturday, the team plays the Bulldogs at 10 a.m. and Yavapai Sting at 6:30 p.m. Wholly's girls teams kick off at 6:30 p.m. today against Alliance 88. Saturday, the Payson All-Stars play Explosion at 8:30 a.m. and Galaxy 89 at 8 p.m. The good news in the girls' schedule, Wholly said, is that if the Payson team wins just one game, they would earn at least a bronze medal.
How's this for a football fan's delight?
A high school triple-header will be played Sept. 2. in the Round Valley High School dome in Eager. The trifecta kicks off at noon with Phoenix Bourgade taking on Maricopa.
Action continues at 3 p.m. when coach Tim McBurney's Tempe Buffaloes battle Show Low. The highlight of the evening for fans in Eastern Arizona will be the 6 p.m. clash involving longtime arch rivals Round Valley and St. Johns.
You can bet that by the evening kick-off time, the tiny community of St. Johns will be a ghost town. Most of the residents will travel to Eagar to cheer on their beloved Skins.
Because it's a huge rivalry, the St. Johns/Round Valley game will draw most of the attention but the gridiron war between Show Low and Tempe is an intriguing match.
As defending state champion, Show Low might have the horses returning to battle on even terms with Class 4A Tempe.
The game is a no-win situation for McBurney and his team. If the Buffaloes emerge victorious, fans will say Tempe should have won because it's a bigger school.
If the Buffs succumb to the Cougars, fans will chide the team for losing to a tiny 3A school.
So, why did McBurney schedule the game?
Seems Show Low had trouble filling out their schedule and needed another game. Tempe volunteered to play Show Low, but because the contest would add an 11th game to the Buffs' schedule, the clash had to be approved by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The OK was given and the game is on.
McBurney is no stranger to 3A competition. For the past decade, he's been taking his teams to Payson and Show Low for summer passing league tournaments.
Fishing Pole Loaner Program
Loaner poles and mini tackle boxes are available at the Parks & Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. You must be 18 years and older to check out the fishing poles, but anglers of all ages may use them. The program is sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish. For more information, stop by or call Parks & Recreation, 474-5242, ext. 7.