Tales are swirling on the Arizona State University campus about a South Dakota family that was visiting the school during spring break. While sightseeing, they came across a man -- seemingly in the know --ho offered to take them on a tour of the facilities.
As they walked about the campus, the family had know idea who their tour guide was. But as they strolled into Sun Devil stadium and peered at the statue of Frank Kush near the entrance, the tourists realized their guide was the legendary coach who is a member of the NCAA Hall of Fame.
They also were in awe that the field in Sun Devil Stadium is named in his honor.
During the tour, Kush apparently learned a teenage son in the family had aspirations of someday playing quarterback in college. Kush told the youngster he'd send him some quarterback practice drills that had worked during his years of developing collegiate and professional signal callers.
When the family arrived home, they found in their mail the drills Kush had said he would forward.
The former Sun Devil great also wrote a note:
"Ask your dad to demonstrate these drills. If he doesn't understand them, ask your mom."
MSA to sell out
Only a handful of Mogollon Sporting Association banquet tickets remain and they must be purchased from MSA Ticket Chairman Jack Koon. Koon says he doesn't expect the few tickets remaining to last long.
Anyone wanting to attend the festivities can call Koon (928-474-1662 or 928-978-0059) as soon as possible. Tickets are $70 per person.
The celebratory evening, which is the 12th annual the MSA has hosted, begins with a no-host cocktail hour at 5 p.m. May 1 at Mazatzal Casino. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with your choice of either filet mignon or chicken.
The auction gets going about 7 p.m. when master of ceremonies Will E. Dietz begins the raffles and giveaways. Auctions overseen by Dave Yoke also are a jovial, and usually profitable, portion of the action.
As a fan of Arizona State University football, Koon also has a pair of season tickets ready to be auctioned or raffled.
Plenty of spaces left for Stocking Stuffers tournament
The Payson Stocking Stuffer Golf Tournament is held annually to raise money for Christmas holiday gift-giving to underprivileged children and adults in the Rim country.
Last Christmas, the Santa's List organization -- which sponsors the benefit tournament -- helped more than 1,000 needy residents by providing them with gifts.
The good news for Santa's List and golfers is that the 18th annual tournament will be held for the first time on the plush Chaparral Pines Golf Course.
The competition, which is open to all amateur golfers, gets off to a shotgun start at 11 a.m. May 11.
The entry fee is $200 per player, and the deadline for registration is May 1. The fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and a prize party at the conclusion of the tournament.
Prizes will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin drives on par 3 holes and for longest drives (both men and women).
The lucky golfer who shoots a hole-in-one on a pre-selected hole will win a 2004 vehicle from Chapman Auto Center.
Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.
For more information, call (928) 472-8827 or (888) 843-8032.