Memories Garner Lots Of E-Mail


Wow! The past two “Extra Points” columns — which featured accounts of the Blue Ridge football team’s Oct. 17 appearance in Payson and incidents vs. Show Low 25 years ago — are getting plenty of feedback.

Among those who e-mailed was Wendy Joe, a PHS student athlete in the mid-1980s.

She remembers the Show Low Growl Towel-pilfering incident because she was on the volleyball team that traveled to Show Low the evening the supposed prank-theft took place. Also, she was playing in the pep band when the infamous fisticuffs broke out in old PHS gym.

She recalls the unfortunate act that set off the melee and that it involved players, coaches, fans and administrators from both Payson and Show Low.

Also Curt Rambo Jr., an Arizona Coaches Association all-star following the 1985 season, e-mailed with some memories.

I had the opportunity to coach Curt Jr. after I moved from Show Low to Payson.

What a great kid he was. In 1986, his younger brother Matt, along with Mark Velasco, Jack Morris, John Stivaelli, Eric Anderson, Mike Beisemeyer and Jimmy Welker gave the Longhorns probably the best offensive and defensive lines in the conference.

Also, Mike Loutzenheiser, a wide receiver and defensive back on the 1986 team, e-mailed mulling over some remarkable events from the past including our reaction to an obvious act of intimidation directed toward us by the opposing team, just prior to the Horns’ state semifinal victory over Round Valley.

Mike is now a head football coach at a North Carolina high school.

It’s always fun to rehash those unforgettable moments with former students, players and readers.

Little League

The Payson Little League meeting set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria could be the most important of the off season.

At least that’s the opinion of president Slade Gibson who recently sent an e-mail to all board members encouraging their attendance.

Gibson says the first order of business will be to wrap up the past year so that plans can be laid for a successful 2009 season.

He asks that any person on the board wishing to step down or move to another position, let him know as soon as possible so the changes can be made.

Also at the upcoming meeting, nominations and voting will take place for the vacated positions of coach coordinator, safety officer, vice president of softball, and information officer.

Gibson said the league has had many verbal offers from volunteers to fill those positions. He hopes to see everyone interested in helping the league at the meeting and hear firm commitments.

In addition to selecting board members, other positions to be filled are minor, major and junior league directors and a snack bar director.

Gibson calls those positions very important to the success of the league and encourages volunteers to step up and help.

“We had a great year and would like to get the 2009 (season) off to a good start (which begins) with making this transition with positive volunteers,” he said.

Another game

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.

Bowling for a Cure

Safeway will be on hand to host the Bowling for a Cure benefit when it begins 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2 at Rim Country Lanes. It is being held to help raise money for breast cancer research and treatment.

In addition to participants enjoying hours of bowling fun and competition, the benefit will include raffles, music and prizes for the top fund-raisers.

The fee for bowling is $25.

Safeway manager Dan Dillon says Bowling for a Cure is the culmination of the store’s efforts to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.

In all, the store has brought in about $11,000 through a variety of benefits hosted by various departments in the store.

Those who would like to participate in Bowling for a Cure may register online at

Also, business owners are needed as lane sponsors at the bowling benefit.

For more information, call (928) 472-4661.

Bowling for a Cure bowl-a-thon events are held around the country, most often in the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


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