Football Banner Brings Back Many Memories

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I wrote in the Oct. 21 Extra Points about the “Blue Ridge Home of Champions” banner that was so blatantly placed on the end of the field where the Longhorns were warming up prior to the Payson vs. Blue Ridge football game. The banner was also positioned to face Payson fans, rather than the Yellow Jacket stands.

Readers have responded by saying they objected to the banner and wanted to do something about it, but were told by school officials to leave the sign alone.

Also I wrote in the column about a young player I had 25 years ago when I was head football coach at Show Low High School.

I told how he ran into a pregame huddle of opposing players to retrieve one of Show Low High’s spirit towels that had been pilfered and was tucked into the back of their center’s game pants.

Only a day after Extra Points appeared, I heard from that young man who is now a teacher, coach, husband and father of three in Utah.

He said he’d forgotten about the towel incident but the column brought back a lot of good memories. He also was going to have his freshman son read Extra Points for a few laughs.

Because he went to Show Low High School, he has no great love for Blue Ridge.

So, about the banner at the PHS vs. Yellow Jacket game, he said, “I’m glad I wasn’t at the game. I would have torn it down or set it on fire, but it would not have remained.”

He also reminded me of another incident I’d forgotten over the years.

It involved one or several persons, suspected to be Blue Ridge students, burning “BRHS” in the Show Low football field. If memory serves me, I think it was 1982.

After that happened, my former player got his revenge on Show Low’s neighbors, but it’s probably best I don’t write what that payback was.

Hunt pictures

The Payson Roundup is receiving a large number of successful hunt pictures.

In fact we are getting so many not all can be printed due to space limitations. In order to be fair to all, the hunt pictures we receive will be placed under “Sports” on the Payson Roundup Web site at http://www.paysonroundup.com.

If you have a successful hunt photo you want the world to see, send them to mfoster@payson.com and we will publish them on our Web site.

Recreational basketball league

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league. Each child will take home a reversible jersey and a basketball. Those who register after the deadline for their age group will be be placed on teams only if space permits.

Registration: Last day to sign up is Oct. 31

Start dates: Nov. 14 and 15

Eligible players: Seventh- and eighth-graders

Location: Rim Country Middle School gym

Fee: $25

Little League meets

Little League officials are laying the foundation for the 2009 campaign.

League president Slade Gibson says a meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Payson Elementary School to elect the next board of directors.

Only those members in good standing will be eligible to vote.

Those who cannot attend may obtain an absentee ballot from Gibson at bgibson@npgcable.com.

Run on deck

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the annual Turkey Trot 5K at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at Green Valley Park.

Registration began Oct. 13 and will continue until Nov. 3.

The fee is $20 for pre-registered participants and $30 after Nov. 3.

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