Today is the final day to purchase one of Pam White's delicious homemade pies. The 10-inch lip-smacking beauties, priced at $10 each, come in four varieties -- chocolate cream, banana cream, coconut cream and lemon meringue. The pies are being sold to help raise money for Pam's son, Austin. The PHS graduate, now a student at Brigham-Young University-Hawaii, will use the money to participate in a 10-person missionary trip to an orphanage in Uganda, Africa.
Austin, and PHS senior Melleny McLaws, have agreed to travel to Africa in December to participate in the volunteer mission. Among their duties will be to teach English to orphans and help repair school buildings.
Selling pies is old hat for Pam who several years ago cooked and sold over 500 pies to help raise funds for two other children to participate in a sports and cultural exchange in Australia.
To order your pies, call Austin or Pam at (928) 474-5043.
Pettet says thanks
Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet sends a big thank you to all who helped his team travel to Australia last month.
"I would like to take the time to personally thank the individuals, businesses and service organizations in the Payson area for their financial support of 10 young men who traveled to Australia to compete in the North Queensland Baseball Championships in Cairns and the International Youth Sports Challenge in Toowoomba," Pettet wrote.
"The team came away with championships in both events and returned to Arizona thankful for the tremendous cultural opportunity that was afforded them.
"Our town has many of the most caring and concerned people in Arizona. The players and myself salute you."
OK trivia buffs, it's football season. Lets see what you really know about the game as it's played in small-town Arizona.
Can you name the seven former 3A East region players who have gone on to National Football League careers?
Give up already?
Here they are:
Mark Gastineau --he defensive end played at Round Valley High School and for the New York Jets.
Dustin Johnson --he Round Valley running back played for the Jets and Seattle Seawhawks.
Jason Davis -- a quarterback at Round Valley, he was a reserve signal caller for the Oakland Raiders.
Jimmy Sprotte -- the linebacker starred at Blue Ridge and then went on to a career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Marcus Bell -- a linebacker and fullback at St. Johns, he played for the Seattle Seahawks.
Buster Madriaga -- a Round Valley running back who played for the Rams.
Mike Keim -- he was mostly unheralded at Round Valley High School but went on to play for the Saints.