Years ago, the Phoenix Coyotes made popular “White Outs” in which hockey fans were asked to wear white clothing to home playoff games creating a very intimidating atmosphere. The tradition was actually began in 1987 when the Coyotes were the Jets and playing out of Winnipeg.
After the team moved, Arizona fans quickly adopted the “White Out” tradition.
Payson High School freshman football coach and RCMS teacher Jake Swartwood would like Payson fans to adopt a similar tradition but this one will be called a “Black Out.”
Fans traveling to Paradise Valley High School tomorrow, Nov. 22, for the Payson vs. Wickenburg state semifinal game are being asked to wear all black clothing.
Swartwood and others are hoping the “Black Out” will be both intimidating and a show of support for the Longhorns.
Black clothing is especially significant for this game because Wickenburg’s school colors are the same as Payson’s — purple and gold.
Which means, by appearances, it will be tough to tell Payson fans from Wickenburg boosters.
“Black Outs” are not new to the sport of football.
Georgia had its first “Black Out” in 2007 when coach Mark Richt surprised the more than 90,000 fans in Sanford Stadium by having his team wear black uniforms for the first time in 70 years.
The Utah Jazz held a “Blue Wave” during 2007 playoff games asking fans to wear light blue colors, the team’s dominate color.
For those traveling to the Payson vs. Wickenburg game, Paradise Valley High School is located at 3950 E. Bell Road in Phoenix.
Coach Josh Anderson is encouraging fans to show up in droves to help support the team.
“Come and show the community of Wickenburg what Payson fan support is really like,” he said.
The Payson Roundup will publish a special sports souvenir edition on Dec. 5 to chronicle the success of the 2008 Longhorn football team and other squads that made it to state.
Among the features will be opportunities for parents, friends and relatives to purchase ads congratulating any varsity player with a personal message.
To purchase an ad, call Bobby Davis at (928) 474-5251, ext. 105.
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 Saturday, 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.
Call Jack Cook at (928) 978-2248 for more information.
Club Rim host 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. tomorrow, Nov. 22, in Wilson Dome, is 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.
Calling all fans
The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club, 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,