The Holiday Hoops girls basketball tournament was another example of how well the school and community work together to host a topnotch athletic event.
The tournament, held Thursday and Friday in Wilson Dome and the old high school gym, went off without a hitch.
Behind the scenes, tournament director Teddy Pettet worked for months ensuring the match would be a success.
He says he received loads of cooperation from volunteers, including members of the Mogollon Sporting Association.
Each year, the MSA generously donates to the sports programs, which makes local tournaments like the Holiday Hoops possible.
Many athletes and coaches from the schools that were participating praised the tournament for being well officiated, on schedule and conducted in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship.
The next tournament on the Rim country sports agenda will be the Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Invitational Jan. 18 and 19.
All in the family
For Ted Pettet, the Camp Verde Boys Basketball Invitational held last weekend was the opportunity to watch children and grandchildren in action.
Ted's grandson Waylon is a member of the Payson High School team that was entered in the tournament.
On the Mayer team was another grandson Steven Soriano, who was eventually named the tournament's most valuable player.
Ted's son, Teddy, was on hand to officiate in the tournament.
Ted says that having all three involved in the tournament was quite a thrill for him.
Warriors ready for Payson visit
Tuba City officials have decided on the playing times and sites for tomorrow's (Saturday) basketball games against Payson.
In the school's new pavilion, which seats almost 6,000 fans, action begins at 3 p.m. with the jayvee girls clash.
At 4:30 p.m., the jayvee boys play. The varsity girls take to the court at 6 p.m. Action in the pavilion wraps up at 7:30 p.m. with a varsity boys game.
In Tuba City High's gymnasium, the freshman girls play at 4:30 p.m. The freshman boys vie at 6 p.m.
Sea of red
When the Rose Bowl kicked off at 6 p.m. last evening (Thursday), the state of Oregon probably became home to the largest gathering of Cornhusker fans west of the Mississippi. Duck faithful were almost surely rooting for No. 4 Nebraska (11-1) to upset No. 1 Miami (11-0) in the bowl game.
If the Huskers could pull off such an upset, Oregon (11-1) would have a legitimate claim to be the nation's No. 1 team.
In the Fiesta Bowl played Tuesday, Oregon proved they might just be America's best by rolling over Colorado (10-3) 38-16.
If Nebraska whips Miami (results not available at press time), there would be three once-beaten teams remaining in the polls.
But, if Miami beat Nebraska, the unbeaten Hurricanes reign as national champs.
A Nebraska win, however, would have Duck fans quacking for a national title.