Fish Fry To Benefit Boys Basketball

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Benefit steak dinners and spaghetti meals are commonplace in the Payson school district. For more than a decade, they’ve been held to earn money for financially-strapped extracurricular activities.

Fish fries are unique on the fund-raising front. But that’s just what you’ll get if you attend the high school boys basketball team benefit tonight (Friday) in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the team will host a fish fry as a benefit to help earn much-needed funds. Coach Mike Loutzenheiser and his players are promising a scrumptious meal for only $5 per ticket. Family tickets for three or more people can be purchased for $15. Youngsters 12-years-and-under may eat for just $3.

Tickets are available at the door or from any PHS boys basketball player.

More than one PHS on the Rim

The Nov. 26 edition of the Roundup had just hit the streets when I began receiving phone calls confirming the past existence of Pine High School.

Among those who called was 80-year-old Lufkin Hunt. Lufkin attended the school in the late 1930s and early ’40s. He remembers the school shutting down about 1941 because student body numbers shrunk to almost nothing. After the school closed, Lufkin finished high school in Mesa.

Sometime during World War II, the school which stood near where old Pine Elementary School now stands burnt down.

Lufkin also confirmed that Pine High had sports teams in basketball and softball. During one of his years at the school, he remembers the student body had only five male students.

“That was our basketball team,” he said.

Pine’s foes during those years included Seligman, Ash Fork and Joseph City.

“Winslow wouldn’t play us. We were too tiny,” he said.

Lufkin has many great tales to tell about life at Pine High.

The Pine Historical Society contains a few pictures of the old high school.

In that Sports Talk column, I asked about the existence of the school as a favor to author Barry Sollenberger who has been working 15 years writing a book about little-known Arizona High Schools. I relayed Lufkin’s recollections of PHS to Sollenberger and he says they will be included in his upcoming book.

Sollenberger also plans to interview Lufkin for even more information to include in the book.

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