Father, Son Wear Same Jersey Number

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Watching the Longhorn football team play its past two home games, I noticed that junior running back Nick Goodman wears the same jersey No. 3 that his father, Ty, donned during his playing days from 1982-1986.

For Nick, I thought wearing the number was a fitting tribute to his father.

But then I noticed that senior fullback Nick Alexander wears No. 34 rather than the 44 his father, Greg, wore when he was a teammate of Ty Goodman's.

Having had the privilege of coaching Greg Alexander and Ty Goodman during their time with the Longhorns, I asked Greg why Nick didn't wear No. 44.

He said his son wears No. 34 as a tribute to his older brother David, who had that number when he played for Wickenburg.

David wanted to wear 44, but it was already taken by an upperclassman.

It seems, David blew out his knee the day before his senior season began and never wore the number 34, his final year at Wickenburg.

"Nick wears it in his honor," Greg said.

For the Goodman family, No. 3 is much like a family heirloom.

All the children in the family who have competed in sports wear that numeral and any grandchildren that come along will be expected to carry on the tradition.

Golf for schools

Russ Youngcourt and Dan Dillon will serve as directors of the Third Annual School Beautification Golf Tournament that is held annually to raise funds to improve school campuses.

"The tournament, along with other fund-raising efforts in the community, has made a large impact on our schools in the short three year history," Dillon said.

Most recently, the organization purchased the lighted information sign located between Rim Country Middle and Payson High Schools near the bus barn.

Also, the school beautification committee has funded several landscaping improvements at five PUSD schools.

Next on the committee's agenda is to upgrade the high school concession stand.

When those improvements are made, they "will benefit a number of organizations in their efforts to raise money through the sale of food and beverages at events held there," Dillon said.

This year's tournament will tee off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Sept. 22 at Payson Golf Course.

Among the highlights of the tournaments will be the four hole-in-one prizes, one of which is $10,000 for anyone who swats an ace on par 3 No. 2.

Prior to tee time, a light breakfast will be served, mulligans may be purchased and a 50/50 drawing held.

Dillon promises that the post-tournament meal served by Macky's Grill "will be the best lunch a tournament ever saw."

Current the committee is accepting hole sponsorship for $75 a hole, as well as raffle prizes and items for the silent auction.

The tournament entry fee is $75 per person.

"Every penny will go towards school beautification," Dillon said.

Call Dillon at (928) 978-1007 or Youngcourt at (928) 472-8208 for more information.

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