Because homecoming is a special week for alumni, students, teachers and local residents, those who helped stage Payson High School's festivities should be proud of their accomplishments.
Although there were a few glitches --ike the loud speakers going out during Friday night's game --the week unfolded smoothly.
The activities -- which included a bonfire, spirit days, pep assemblies, parade, cross country run and tailgate party --ere well attended by both students and alumni. The crowning of king Donnie Wilbanks and queen Haylee Huff during halftime at Friday's game was a well-planned ceremony.
Cross country coach Chuck Hardt, assistant Chuck York and others did a marvelous job in putting together an outstanding "Sludge to the Judge" homecoming run Friday afternoon.
The performances of the spirit line and school band showed the pride the students and teachers take in their extracurricular programs. The spirit line showed off some of the routines that have earned it statewide honors. The marching band was simply outstanding performing intricate maneuvers while belting out fine instrumental music.
The retiring of Jack Morris' No. 70 football jersey just prior to kickoff was very moving. It was a great tribute to the late coach for all he did for the football program as a player and a coach.
Although the football team lost to Prescott, the players were fired up and willing to give their all to the Payson cause. Their fourth quarter comeback proved there is no quit in those fine young men.
All of the activities went a long way in building school spirit, pride and tradition. Our entire community should be grateful so many good things are going on at PHS.
The success of homecoming was yet another example that principal Sue Myers, her staff and the PHS teachers are committed and dedicated to seeing all students receive the opportunity for a vibrant, well-rounded education.
Hopla to hoop it up
Aspiring basketball players 12 to 18 years old have an opportunity to improve their skills at the Dave Hopla Shooting Clinic, Oct. 9 and 10 at Phoenix College.
Hopla is a top shooting coach in the world. He has conducted clinics around the country and in Europe. He has appeared at more than 100 camps and worked with NBA players Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen and Gilbert Arenas.
Hopla says his goal is to motivate, captivate and give young players an understanding of what it takes to become a great shooter.
The camp begins each day at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and ends with shooting competitions at 3 p.m. The fee is $75 for one day or $125 for both days.
For more information, call (602) 285-7684.