Lady Horns' Hoop Victory Impressive

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In retrospect, The Lady Longhorns 53-45 victory over Flagstaff Sinagua in the semifinals of the Payson Holiday Hoops Tournament was quite an impressive one.

In current Class 4A girls' basketball state rankings, Sinagua holds down the No. 4 slot with a 15-3 record.

An eight-point victory over a team the caliber of Sinagua represents quite an accomplishment for the Payson team.

A long push

In the Dec. 11 Sport Talk, I wrote that former Round Valley High School football coach Tot Workman now the athletic director at Queen Creek High School and his two sons had taken up the cause of a 40-year-old father of six in Queen Creek who was battling cancer.

To help earn money for medical expenses, the Workmans along with former Snowflake High and ASU football star Paul Reynolds and his wife decided to hold a benefit wheelbarrow push along a 50-mile course from the Workman home through Queen Creek's Christmas Parade to the community's Equestrian Center, where a benefit team roping was being held.

The ill father, Rob Penrod, was a devout team roper.

In pushing the wheelbarrow, the Workmans and Reynolds hoped to collect $100 for every mile they traveled. Their original goal was $5,000.

Seems that a former player of Workman's in Round Valley heard of Penrod's plight and offered to donate $10,000 if the wheelbarrow push could match that amount.

So, the wheelbarrow portion of the benefit was lengthened to 100 miles in an effort to earn more money.

Because of the doubling of the mileage, Tot's 12-year-old grandson Tod Ryan offered to help push.

Tot says the benefit went well until the final few miles when all five pushers almost collapsed under the day-long strain that continued past midnight.

The great news in the story is that the Workmans and Reynolds met the 100-mile goal and earned a whopping $22,536 for the Penrod family.

If the story ended there, it would be heart warming.

Unfortunately, Rod Penrod later died.

Tot says part of the money will now be used to send Penrod's wife and children to college.

No local winners

A BestBet Aluminum Boat Bass Fishing Team Tournament was held at Apache Lake Jan. 5.

Many times, Rim country anglers managed to pocket a few prize dollars by finishing in the top 10 of those tournaments.

But this time out, only Roosevelt's Carroll Shreve was a money-winner. Shreve teamed with Chandler's Mike Chamerlin to tie for ninth-place. Each team weighed in 6.96 pounds and received $210.

The winning team, of Pat Loughran of Phoenix and Frank Jiminez of Glendale, pocketed $3,900 for a six-fish limit that weighed 15.5 pounds. The team also had the tournament Big Fish winner a 4.67 pounder that was worth $650.

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