Sports Writer Welcomes New Max Foster

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One of life's most humbling honors that can be bestowed upon a man is to have a child named after him.

At 2:12 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Desert Samaritan Hospital, I received such an honor when my son Gerry and his wife Cheryl named their newborn son Max Foster. Their naming of him didn't come as a huge surprise since they had planned to do so throughout the pregnancy.

But when a man first views his minutes-old grandson knowing he'll carry your name throughout life, it's a feeling of pride and humility that knows no boundaries.

Say what?

After nurses cleaned up Max, his grandmother and I were able to spend more than an hour with him before doctors came calling for more routine tests.

During that time, Max did more than his share of emitting about every cooing sound that can be mouthed by a baby less than a day old.

Now, the doctors and nurses present in the hospital room had no idea what Max was saying.

But, having the trained ears of grandparents, we knew exactly what Max was calling for.

It was, "Go Devils, beat the Wildcats."

Blue Ridge vs. the Bears

The top-ranked, undefeated and defending state champion Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets will take on the 10-0 Coolidge Bears in the Class 3A state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tempe McClintock High School stadium.

The Yellow Jackets advanced to the finale by beating Wickenburg 28-0 in a semifinal clash played Friday evening at Mesa College.

Coolidge earned a spot in the championship by edging Snowflake (9-2) 24-18 in OT also Friday at Mesa College.

The word in prep football circles is the game will be a match of coaching vs. athleticism.

Coolidge is touted as the most athletic team in the state, but the Yellow Jackets own an edge as the disciplined, well-coached team of Paul Moro.

Little Leaguers need you!

Behind the success of any Little League baseball team is a crew of dedicated volunteers who work to ensure each young player receives the best athletic experience possible.

The Payson Little League organization is laying the foundation for next season but needs more volunteers to serve on its board of directors.

According to Little League President Don Bell, statutes dictate that the majority of board members must be nonmanagers and noncoaches.

Bell issued a call for volunteers to serve on the board. Those wishing to participate in the program must contact him before Nov. 23. Bell may be reached after 4 p.m. at 474-4303.

"The success or failure of the Little League season depends on you," Bell said.

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