Fruth Family Sets Sports Aside For Night Of Music, Inspiration

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Former Lady Longhorn basketball coach, ex-PHS assistant football coach, and longtime high school sports official Tim Fruth has returned to his rocker roots -- Well, sort of ...

For the past two years, Tim has served as an administrator on the message board of the Christian rock band, Third Day.

He says the position has allowed him to get to know the band members on a personal level.

Last week, Tim and his family traveled to the campus of Arizona State University where they were among the crowd of 10,000 who took in Third Day's opening concert for the "Come Together and Worship" tour. The concert took place in ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.

"Being a huge fan of Third Day, it was thrilling to see them play at the venue that has hosted some historic concerts including the first show of U2's ‘Joshua Tree' tour," Fruth said.

The highlights of the concert included Michael W. Smith "trading vocals on several songs, including ‘Creed' and ‘God of Wonders' with band members," Fruth said.

Max Lucadao, a top-selling author, tied the music together "with his powerful messages about worship and experiencing glory," Fruth said.

The evening wrapped up with Third Day playing their rendition of "Agnus Dei."

Earlier in the day, Tim arranged for local businessman Brent Cannon to play a round of golf at Gold Canyon with Third Day guitarist Brad Avery.

Because Tim doesn't play the sport, he was relegated to duties as the duo's cart driver and caddy.

Not playing, didn't hinder Tim's enjoyment of the outing.

He says he enjoyed the scenery of the canyon desert as well as watching Cannon and Avery match wits on the course.

Third Day recently won its first Grammy award for rock gospel album of the year and its third consecutive Dove Award for group of the year.

The band recently had four of its albums gain gold status.

Third Day's newest album, "Offerings 2," has been among Billboard's Top 100 hits since it was released March 4.

In the 10 years Third Day has played together, the band's albums have sold almost 4 million copies.

The smell of pigskin

Spring football practices kicked off at 3:30 p.m. yesterday (Monday) and will continue throughout the week.

All aspiring members of next fall's Longhorn jayvee and varsity football teams are invited to participate.

Practice sessions will be held on the new multipurpose field at Rumsey Park. Sessions wrap up each day at about 6 p.m.

Players should arrive dressed in shorts, T-shirt and football shoes.

For more information on the football program, call head coach Jerry Rhoades at Rim Country Middle School, 474-4511.

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