The Payson High School boys basketball team has issued an invitation to all military veterans, and those currently serving, to attend a Dec. 7 game vs. Fountain Hills in old PHS gymnasium.
In recognition of Pearl Harbor, the team will host a flag ceremony presented by the Civil Air Patrol Cadets.
The ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. After the posting of the colors, all veterans will be honored. The veterans are invited to remain after the ceremony for the basketball game.
The varsity game tips off at 7 p.m. Veterans will be admitted free of charge with proper identification.
No pity for the kitties
Last week while taking in a town-sponsored seventh- and eighth-grade basketball game in old PHS gym, I absorbed a great deal of scorn from Charlene Hunt and Tony McDaniel concerning the Sun Devils chances of whipping Arizona in the annual Territorial Cup clash.
To make matters worse for this ASU alum, Hunt donned a bright red Arizona sweatshirt that she proudly showed off. McDaniel did not wear his Wildcat polo that -- based on the many times he has it on -- must be his all-time favorite shirt.
Throughout the ASU bashing and tongue lashing, liberally dished out by Hunt and McDaniel, I remained true to my Sun Devil roots, vowing to someday make amends, possibly through the power of the pen.
With the Sun Devils 23-20 win over the mild cats, I dropped by to see McDaniel and Hunt, only to find them curiously celebrating a recent feat.
The pair was happily shouting, "43 days, 43 days!"
So, I asked why the duo was celebrating.
The two answered, "Well, Max, we've done this jigsaw in only 43 days."
"That's good?" I asked.
"You bet," the two answered. "It says 3 to 6 years on the box."
Those Wildcats fans are a bright bunch.
Youth hoop sign up
Registration for third- and fourth-grade basketball began Nov. 21 and will continue until Dec. 14. League play begins in early January.
Those who register after the deadline will be placed on teams only if space permits. The registration fee is $20 per player, which includes a minimum of 10 games, a team T-shirt and a season-ending pizza party.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.
A foursome of Payson High School fledgling wrestlers were at their best during a junior varsity multi-meet held Nov. 28 at Marana Mountain View.
Taylor Byers (103), Jordan Bulcher (125), Dan McGee (135) Issac Cluff (135), Nick Goodman (152) and Steel Armstrong (189) all compiled 4-0 records during the tournament.
Coach Rich Ormand said he was "extremely happy with the way the kids wrestled."
He described the wrestlers as aggressive on their feet and tenacious.
The varsity wrestling team debuts Nov. 29 at Fountain Hills.
The team then travels Dec. 2 and 3 to Henderson, Nev. to compete in the Green Valley Duals. It will mark the Horns' first appearance in a Nevada tournament.