Spaghetti Dinner To Benefit Wrestlers


Unless they are on a diet, there is no excuse for Rim country sports faithful to suffer any hunger pangs.

Only two days ago, the Payson High School wrestlerettes hosted a $5 benefit steak dinner that doled out good-sized portions of sirloin, baked potato, bread and beans.

On the heels of that highly successful event comes the Longhorn wrestling team's annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. It's long been expertly prepared by Mark Fumusa and is a much-anticipated Rim country meal.

This year's benefit will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

For $5 (or $15 for a family pass and $3 for children), you can carbo-load on a delicious spaghetti dinner that also includes bread, salad and beverage.

Not only is the meal delicious, it's all for a good cause. The funds earned allow the coaches to make much needed purchases that might not be available through the strapped-tight athletic budget.

Tickets for the dinner are available from any PHS wrestler or at the door.

More from the mat

Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte is elated with the crowd of local team supporters that turned out for Warrior Classic Meet held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 on the campus of Mesa Westwood High School.

Payson, the coach said, had more fan support than of any of the teams that participated.

And most of those represented large 4A and 5A schools that have campuses only across town from where the meet was being held.

Officials who were working the meet complimented LaMotte and the wrestlers on the impressive turn-out that showed up to support the team.

Remember him?

Longtime local football fans might recall Matt Porr as a scrawny wide receiver who played years ago in local youth leagues and on the middle school football team.

After his family's moved from Payson to Mesa about six years ago, Matt beefed up enough to become a varsity letter winner for the Red Mountain Mountain Lions.

After graduation from Red Mountain, he took his football playing act to the junior college level at Mesa Community College.

There, he became a starting safety who's gridiron accomplishment attracted the attention of university scouts. Today, after two years in JC ball, Matt is ready to continue his career on the major college level.

He hasn't made up his mind which university he'll attend but he's being wooed by Oregon State, Auburn, Kansas, Wyoming and BYU.

In the near future, he'll be taking recruiting visits to each school and then make his final choice.

Former PHS three-sport star Sterling White, known to many as "Stubby," will be hanging up his sports gear to devote his time to an LDS church mission.

Sterling has been called to a Brazil Rio de Janeiro mission and will have his farewell at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Payson Stake Center located at Aero and Ponderosa.

Sterling was preceded on his mission by three older brothers who were also athletic standouts at PHS.

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