If all goes as planned, the Rim country will be well represented when the Novotel Beachcomber Down Under Bowl is played this summer on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.
With O.J. Siebert and Caleb Miller's decision to participate in the football and cultural event, the game roster could sport six former Payson High School Longhorn players.
But before any of the players can make the trek Down Under, they must earn $2,800 each to pay the expenses of the journey.
The players are currently considering many types of fund-raising strategies they'd like to try. Among them are raffles, car washes, Down Under sports merchandise sales, car washes, benefit dinners and sponsorships.
If the players are successful in earning the money, they will depart for Australia sometime between June 4 and 30. The 13-day trip will include one day in Sydney, Australia, seven days on the Gold Coast and three days in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The bowl has drawn all-star football teams from throughout the United States. In less than one month, 48 teams play in 12 divisions. Each of the state teams play two games during their stay.
Tucson Baboquiravi's Mark Frithsen is slated to coach the Arizona team that will probably play one of its games against a star team from Oregon. Frithsen, who will be making his first coaching trip to Australia, said he was unsure of who Arizona would play in the second game.
In addition to participating in the football games, the Rim athletes will be exposed to a variety of Australian cultural activities including scuba diving, surfing, sailing and visits to several of the historical sights, including an Aborigine village.
Last season, Siebert starred for the Longhorns as a defensive end. Miller was a standout defensive back.
Others invited to be a part of the festivities include Sterling White, Steve Williamson, Dusty Brockett and Shaun Hounshell.
White held down starting offensive/defensive tackle positions. Williamson was a fullback. Brockett made a name for himself as one of the best wide receivers and kickers in the East. Hounshell was a wide receiver and corner back.
To help the young football stars make the trip, call them at Payson High School, 474-2233.