Fan Bus Available For 3a State Championship

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A fan bus will be available Nov. 29 to take Longhorn boosters to the 3A state championship game in Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

The bus will leave the Payson High School north parking lot, near the football field, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the game that kicks off just after 5 p.m.

The fee to ride is $5, which can be paid in the PHS bookstore or to athletic secretary, Stephanie Shields, in the administrative office.

The bus fee does not include admission into the Payson vs. Blue Ridge title game.

Shields says there is room for 48 fans on the travel bus.

Riding rather than driving might be an attractive option since weather forecasters are predicting a possibility of snow that day.

Also for the big game, coach Josh Anderson is asking that fans continue the “Black Out” tradition that was begun last week at the Longhorn vs. Wickenburg semifinal game.

For it, PHS supporters dressed in all black, which distinguished them from Wickenburg boosters who were dressed in purple and gold, also Payson’s school colors.

Because Blue Ridge’s colors are also purple and gold, the PHS coaching staff is calling for a repeat Black Out.

Anderson also hopes his players have the same, or better, loud crowd support they did against Wickenburg at Paradise Valley High School.

“It was incredibly loud and loud at the correct times,” he said.

For more information about the travel bus, call Shields at (928) 474-2233, ext. 2019.

Pumped up PA man

Wow, those who attended the Payson vs. Wickenburg semifinal game at Paradise Valley High School were certainly exposed to a vociferous PA announcer.

With him at the mike, there were few quiet or idol moments between hawking hot dogs and leading cheers between the two schools’ fans.

One disconcerted Payson fan said, “That guy sure likes to hear himself talk.”

On the field, coaches were also aware of his continual chatter that sometimes distracted from the event.

Tongue-in-cheek, I asked coach Josh Anderson if he’d like to have the same announcer available for Saturday’s state championship game in Flagstaff.

He would only respond with an emphatic, “No, no, I do not.”

While the announcer was raucous, I suppose he should receive just do for his enthusiasm.

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.

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, 421 S. Beeline Highway in Payson.

The public is welcome and new members are invited to join.

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