A sports movie filmed at Jake's Corner and co-produced by former Phoenix Suns great Dan Majerle and Jeff Santo, the son of ex-Chicago Cubs star Ron Santo, will be released Sept. 5.
The movie is about former Heisman Trophy winner and ex-NFL star Johnny Dunn who walks away from the game early in his career to live a quiet life in a small town called Jake's Corner. According to the storyline, he gives up the sport after a family tragedy.
His life is changed dramatically when Dunn is forced to look after his young nephew.
Parts of the movie were also filmed in Payson, Scottsdale and Phoenix.
Majerle makes a brief appearance in the movie and the theme song, "When the Hero Dies" is sung by B.J. Thomas who's is probably best known for "Hooked on a Feelin'" and "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong."
Richard Tyson, Diane Ladd and Danny Trejo star.
Local extras and crew who worked on "Jake's Corner" include Sylvia Bimas, Mike Gauvin, Rick Heppler, Jacob Sopeland, June Schranz, Doc Holliday and Royce O'Donnell.
Demo derby action heats up
With interest in a trucks-only division peaking and the appearance of a freestyle motocross exhibition team on tap, the third annual demolition derby should be the best ever.
Last year only two trucks competed in the derby but event organizer Nelson Beck said he expects at least six or seven trucks, maybe more, to compete when the derby is held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Payson Event Center.
New to the derby this year will be the appearance by Pro-Tour FMX, a freestyle motocross exhibition and demonstration team. The daredevil riders are said to perform some of the most exciting and dangerous motorcycle tricks in the sport. Among the tricks are the Double Grab Heart Attack, Cliff Hanger, Tsunami, One-Handed Indian Air and Cat Knack.
Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 11 years. Children under 4 are free.
For more information, call Beck at (928) 474-5242, ext. 268.
Learning to rope
A series of upcoming team roping and breakaway clinics will be hosted by two of the Rim Country's finest ropers.
The instructors for the clinics, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, is the husband and wife roping team of Clint and Teri Jones.
The two have been competing in Rim Country rodeos and ropings for the last 10 years. Teri has also competed on the Women's Professional Rodeo Association and Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association circuits.
Clint recent competed in the Gracie Haught Benefit Team Roping and has made appearances in the San Antonio Stock and Show Rodeo and Prescott Frontier Days.
The two have roped as a team with Teri working as the header and Clint the heeler.
When Teri competes in all-women rodeos, she usually is the heeler.
For the upcoming clinics, Clint and Teri are welcoming ropers of all skill levels, but they must own their own horse and have basic riding skills.
The curriculum of the clinics, Teri said, "will depend on the skill levels on the entrants."
The two hope to teach both basic and advanced techniques and strategies of both heading and heeling.
The two's plans are also to teach breakaway roping as it is done in high school, college and some amateur rodeos.
For those unfamiliar with breakaway roping it is similar to tie-down roping in that the roper must throw her rope in a loop around a calf's neck. However, rather than tie the calf down with a pigging string, the rope is tied to the saddle horn with a string. When the calf hits the end of the rope, the rope is pulled and the string breaks. The breaking of the string marks the end of the run and the fastest run wins.
For the clinics, entrants will be roping "Hot Heels" roping dummies or mechanical calves sometimes pulled by an ATV.
The registration fee for the four clinics is $125 and is limited to the first 20 ropers who sign-up.
Hunt's advice is to "register now because limited space is available."
Registration may be completed at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.
For more information, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.