Bus Tickets To Title Game In Flagstaff Available

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Tickets to tomorrow’s (Nov. 29) state championship football game pitting Payson against Blue Ridge are $8 for adults and $6 for students with school identification.

Because it is an AIA state tournament game, season passes are not accepted.

The game kicks off at 5:08 p.m. in Walkup Dome at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The odd start time is because the game is being televised on Cox Cable, which is available only to those in the Valley area.

PHS coach Josh Anderson is asking for fans hold another “Black Out” as they did last week in the semi-final win over Wickenburg.

“I’m requesting that we have another (Black Out) because we’re going to be the home team and wearing our blacks (uniforms),” he said.

Also for the game, a fan bus will be available tomorrow to take Longhorn boosters to 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 the ticket into the Payson vs. Blue Ridge title game.

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

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

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

Don’t forget your cheer banner

Before leaving for Flagstaff, be sure and bring along your personal Longhorn cheer banner that was published in the B section of the Nov. 28 Payson Roundup. And whenever the Horns need a little support, show those in unison.

It’s a great way to show the young players and the Blue Ridge fans that we’re united behind our team.

Schedules come out

Today, the Payson Roundup is publishing cutout Payson High School schedules for the sports of wrestling and boys and girls basketball.

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 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 best 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 eight to 13.

Events 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.

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