The Payson High School wrestlerettes have long provided the Longhorns with unbridled enthusiasm that usually flows over into the crowd of onlookers.
In order to travel with the team and be outfitted properly, the wrestlerettes must each year earn their own funds.
To do so, longtime wrestlerettes sponsor Pat Heizer turns to steak dinners that traditionally provide an evening of enjoyment for parents, fans, students, coaches and athletes.
Pat's next dinner is slated for tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.
The meal begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until about 6:45 p.m.
For only $5 ($3 for children), ticket holders can enjoy a barbecued sirloin steak, potato, beans, salad and beverage.
The volunteers who man the barbecue always cook up a nice steak that would cost much more if purchased somewhere else. Pat is able to hold down the cost of the meal because local businesses donate some of the food items.
Tomorrow's dinner will be held in conjunction with the Longhorn wrestling team's 2001 home debut in Wilson Dome.
A three-way meet featuring Winslow and Queen Creek will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a jayvee clash between Winslow and Payson.
The day's remaining schedule was tentative at press time.
According to PHS wrestling coach Dave LaMotte, Queen Creek and Winslow will battle at 5:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., Payson is slated to host Queen Creek, which will be followed at 7:30 p.m. with a Winslow vs. Payson encounter.
However, if bad weather prevails that evening, Winslow will move its match against Payson up to 6:30 p.m. That would allow the Bulldogs to make the bus ride home over the Rim a bit earlier when road conditions are safer.
Tickets for the benefit dinner may be purchased from any wrestlerette or at the door the afternoon of the meal.
This is from the "what's up with that" department. Payson Elementary School Principal Roy Sandoval was spotted Saturday morning sporting a maroon and gold University of Southern California sweat shirt.
Why would an Arizona native who graduated from Northern Arizona University don an SC Trojan shirt?
An NAU, ASU or U of A shirt is understandable, but Southern Cal is out of the question.
Maybe students and teachers at PES should take up a Christmas collection to buy their principal a new, and much more acceptable, shirt.
Not done yet
With a 30-17 state semifinal win Friday evening over Horizon, former Payson High School football coach Dan Dunn helped lead the Mesa Red Mountain Lions to the Class 5A state
After moving from Payson to Mesa in 1995, Dan hooked up with longtime friend Jim Jones who is the head coach at Red Mountain.
Dan now serves as the offensive coordinator at RM and runs much of the same Wing-T offense he taught while at PHS.
Over the weekend, Jim, Dan and the remainder of the Red Mountain staff were locked in devising game plans for the upcoming state showdown.
The Mountain Lions, who are 12-1, will play Hamilton (12-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday in a state championship to be held in Sun Devil Stadium.
Being in ASU's stadium will be nothing unusual for Dan. In the early '60s he was a member of the ASU team that was coached by Frank Kush.
Sun Devil Stadium's field has since been named in honor of Kush.