Rim Country parents, family members, fans and boosters did Payson proud at the 3A state championship football game in Flagstaff.
The town turned out in force filling the stands with many more supporters than were in the Yellow Jacket stands.
Outnumbering BR fans is a bit unusual because the school has built an outstanding reputation around the state for supporting its highly successful football program.
Payson boosters were also more vociferous than their Lakeside counterparts, constantly cheering each successful play.
That kind of crowd support goes a long way in motivating teenage players to perform at the highest level possible.
Following the game, the crowd also turned out at Home Depot to welcome the team back to Payson and participate in a parade to Wilson Dome where a makeshift pep rally was held.
That turned into a hootin’ and hollerin’ spirited affair.
Players say they were amazed when they first got a glimpse of the entourage that was awaiting their return.
Players, coaches and administrators also expressed their deep appreciation of the support shown the team at the finale and during the entire season.
Good job, Payson.
Schedules now available
In case you missed them, Payson High School cut-out sports schedules for wrestling and boys and girls basketball were published in the Nov. 28 edition of the Payson Roundup.
Clip them out and hang them on your bulletin board, the refrigerator or wherever is convenient.
But remember those schedules can change at the last minute, especially during the winter sports when snow can close roads and schools and force postponement of games.
PHS athletic director Jason Lobik will keep us informed of changes as soon as they occur and we’ll get them to you in the newspaper or on our Web site.
Hoop Shoot set
The annual Payson Elks club-hosted Hoop Shoot provides a great stage for aspiring basketball players to both showcase and improve their hardwood skills.
Over the years, some of the Rim Country’s finest players have participated.
The 2008 edition of the Hoop Shoot free-throw program will be held Dec. 6 in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.
There is no fee and the contest is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 13.
Events are expected to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Also, call Jack Cook at (928) 978-2248 for more information.
Calling all fans
The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club, a booster organization supporting school district extracurricular activities, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Title.
The public is welcome and new members are invited to join in.