There's been yet another tribute to Pat Tillman erected on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.
The tunnel which the Sun Devil players enter Frank Kush field has been renamed "Pat Tillman Tunnel."
A sign on it features a quote from Tillman, "Give ‘em hell, Devils!"
Tillman uttered those words in the locker room just minutes before ASU shut out No. 1 Nebraska to open the 1996 season.
In the Devils' 41-9 win over Texas El-Paso Sept. 2, all players also wore patches emblazoned with "PT 42" to honor Tillman who wore the number at ASU. With all the tributes the fallen alumnus has received from the school, let's hope the Sun Devils play with the same fire that fueled Tillman.
Former Rim Country Middle School student/athlete Kari Hardt, now a junior at Queen Creek, is projected to be one of the best cross country runners in the state.
At the Class 3A state championships last year, Kari finished second to her older sister, Whitney, who now attends Arizona State University.
Whitney won the 3A crown edging her sister by less than a second. Now that Whitney has graduated, the prep spotlight will be on Kari.
Cheer for, who?
Former Payson High School boys basketball coach Jim Quinlan had to have mixed emotions at the Longhorns vs. Notre Dame football game Friday evening.
Quinlan taught and coached at Payson High for 19 years before retiring and taking a teaching/coaching job at the affluent parochial school located in North Phoenix.
Having had two sons play football for the Longhorns, Quinlan's roots run deep in Payson.
Home Run Derby
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Mazatzal Casino to host the inaugural Home Run Derby Sept. 12 at Rumsey Park.
Three-person teams will compete for $900 in prize money which will be donated to the winning team's designated charity.
The derby will feature both men and women's division. For the men, the home run fence will be 235 feet from home plate. For women, it will be 200 feet.
The women will hit an 11-inch softball commonly used in most recreation leagues. The men will hit a 12-inch softball.
Hitters will supply their own pitchers and pitches must be underhand and with an arch of 6- to 12-feet above the ground.
The tournament will begin with an opening round in which entrants are given 20 pitches. In the second round, they receive 10 pitches.
After the home runs for each team are calculated, the top four teams from both rounds will advance to the finals.
In the final round, each team begins with a zero score and players receive 20 pitches each.
In case of ties, a sudden death one-pitch tie-breaker will be used.
All players on teams finishing first through third place will receive trophies. The top male and female home run hitters will also receive awards.
The entry fee is $25 for a team of three. Official rules and entry forms are available at the Payson Parks and Recreation office located a 1000 W. Country Club Drive.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.
Riding into fall
The parks and rec department is hosting barrel and pole bending activities every Wednesday at the Payson Event Center. The competition alternates between barrel racing and pole bending every other Wednesday. Time-only barrels are offered at the end of the every evening for those who want to stay and work their horse. The cost is $5 per run in the competition event and $3 for time-only. For more information, call 474-5242. ext. 7.