For about as many seasons as fans can remember, the annual fish fry dinners have provided much-needed financial support for the PHS boys and girls basketball teams.
The benefits are sponsored by the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) booster club.
The meals are delicious, the prices are right, there is plenty of small-town camaraderie, and it’s all for a good cause.
This year’s benefit is set for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 in the Wilson Dome concession area.
Tickets, priced at $3 for children 10 years and under, $6 for adults or $25 for a family, are available from any PHS basketball player or at the door.
Menu is fried fish, potato, slaw and beverage.
The dinner date is also the evening the two PHS basketball teams host preseason scrimmages against Camp Verde.
The girls play at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
Those purchasing meals may get them to go, eat in the concession area or take the food into the stands to watch the scrimmages.
It’s a fine event, make plans to participate.
Hoop Shoot set
The annual Payson Elks club-hosted Hoop Shoots provide 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.
For those unfamiliar with the Hoop Shoot free-throw contest, it is the largest and most visible of all the Elks’ youth activities. Elks club members say, more than 3 million boys and girls, ages 8-13, participate each year and the shoot highlights the BPOE’s commitment to America’s youth.
Youngsters may advance through local, district, state and regional competition to finals where six national champions are named — one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.
In the shoot there are two divisions — boys and girls — and three age categories in each division.
Contestant age groups will be determined by their age as of April 1.
Boys and girls in the 8-9 age category may shoot four feet in front of the regulation foul line.
The older age groups shoot from the regulation line.
Contestants must be 8 years old as of April 1 or they are ineligible to participate.
Basketball or tennis shoes are necessary. T-shirt, slacks or pants may be worn. Basketball uniforms are preferred, but not required.
In the 8-9 boys age division, the 28.5-inch basketball is used.
In the 10-11 and 12-13 age boys divisions, a regulation-size official basketball with 7 to 9 pounds of air is used. Also, a leather ball will be used in all state, regional and national contests.
For girls basketball, regulation-size official basketballs 28.5-inch circumference with 7 to 9 pounds of air will be used.
As in the boys competition, a leather ball is used in all state, regional and national contests.
Physical education teachers at all the elementary schools have more information about the shoot.
You may also, call Jack Cook at (928) 978-2248 for more information.
The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club, booster organization which supports school district extracurricular activities, meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Title, 421 S. Beeline Highway in Payson.
The public is welcome and new members are invited to join in.
PHS athletic director Jason Lobik says the AIA has allowed the Longhorn basketball teams to have an extra game next season to accommodate newly built San Tan Foothills High School.
The girls will travel Jan. 5 to San Tan and the boys will host the school that same day in Wilson Dome.
5K tomorrow at GVP
On the Payson Parks and Recreation agenda is the annual Turkey Trot 5K to be held at 9 a.m., tomorrow, Nov. 15, at Green Valley Park. The registration period has passed but participants may register prior to the race at GVP for $30.
Club Rim hosts tryouts
The Club Rim youth volleyball teams turned in banner seasons last year and coaches are hoping to repeat the successes.
But first, players must be selected for the teams.
The club held tryouts Nov. 8 for players in grades four through eight.
The next tryout session, at 10 a.m., Nov. 22 in Wilson Dome, is for high school-aged players. All interested are invited to try out.
The teams compete in the Valley-based Arizona Region Club Volleyball League.
For more information, call Donna Moore at (928) 474-4400.