Those Arizona State University football players that many of us gathered to watch in preseason training at Rumsey Park and Camp Tontozona turned out to be a classy bunch of athletes.
Following ASU’s emotional 34-20 win over rival Arizona Friday afternoon in Tucson, the Sun Devil players refused to retaliate for a tasteless display the Wildcats had made one year ago in Sun Devil stadium.
Following the Wildcats’ win in 2001, Clarence Farmer ran to the Sparky logo on Frank Kush field and danced. Soon, his teammates joined in.
Those Wildcat shenanigans set off a postgame melee that captured headlines around the country.
Friday after the Sun Devils win, ASU players only watched while despondent UA players circled the “A” at midfield apparently believing the Devils were going to attack the logo. But, the ASU players only shook hands and departed for the stands where a band of dedicated Devils’ disciples had cheered their every play. In the stands, the players sang the ASU fight song and celebrated with the fans.
Rumors were that Koetter had told his players he wanted to win with class.
Soccer to stay 1A-3A?
Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley expects to learn later this week if ADs in the 1A-3A soccer league have granted the school’s request for Payson soccer teams to continue playing in that league.
Bradley sent the request Nov. 25 saying he had no idea if the request would be granted.
If 1A-3A AD’s refuse to allow Payson to remain in the small school league, the Longhorn soccer teams will compete next school year in the 4A Grand Canyon region along with all other Payson High School sports teams.
Payson was moved to the 4A conference from 3A because last fall the school’s student count surpassed the 3A maximum of 949 students.
Payson High attendance has since dropped to 891 students, but the school must remain in the 4A conference for at least two years.
There are reports that Rim country anglers, especially some from the younger set, used the Thanksgiving holidays to pull nice-sized trout out of Green Valley lake. Arizona Game and Fish Department officials began stocking the lake in October and will continue to do so through May. Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.
Mavs in JC
The Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team participates in its only tournament of the season Dec. 7 at Joseph City. Game times will be announced at midweek.
Following that White Mountain League affair, the team wraps up the season Dec. 10 against Blue Ridge in Lakeside. Game time is 3:30 p.m.