Shoot For The Heart Getting Bigger, Better

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The upcoming Shoot for the Heart seminar keeps getting bigger and better.

Originally the free event, to be held 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Bible Church, was to be a bass fishing presentation by FLW touring pro Mark Rose.

Later, event organizers — including Dennis Pirch — convinced noted outdoor and campfire cook Bob DePugh to jump in and use his considerable skills to prepare a wild game chili and barbecue meal for all those in attendance.

DePugh agreed and he’ll be showcasing his creative talents providing a taste of scrumptious outdoor fare.

Early this week, organizers cooked up another idea to make the festive evening even more attractive.

While the food is being dished out and enjoyed by visitors, a slide show presentation on hunting and fishing will provide unique entertainment.

Almost all those pictured will be local outdoor persons.

In order to have the 200 or so pictures organizers needed for the presentation, Pirch and others scoured the town, including the Roundup offices, soliciting hunting and fishing photographs accrued over the years.

The unique show should make an an enticing backdrop for DePugh’s cooking.

Also on the evening’s agenda will be door prizes and serving of dessert.

In addition to good food and glimpses of local hunters and anglers, those who participate can pick up a few tips from Rose, a 30-year-old pro angler from Marianna, Ark. He has competed in bass fishing since 1999 participating in more than 150 major professional tournaments and has taken numerous top finishes, including two in the top five.

He has fished B.A.S.S, FLW, Walmart BFL, Everstart and Ranger Millennium pro fishing tournaments.

The outdoor round table is another of the Shoot for the Heart events that debuted last year and almost instantly became a big hit on the local hunting, fishing and camping scene.

The idea behind Shoot for the Heart is to provide a stage for outdoorsmen and women to gather in a show of camaraderie to share fishing, hunting, camping and other outdoor stories, tips and suggestions. The church’s Web site says, “The purpose is to help families who love the outdoors become better hunters and fishermen, and build relationships with others who share the same interests.”

Hoop games on tap

Games in Town of Payson 7th- and 8th-grade basketball will be played today, Dec. 3, and tomorrow in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

At 7:30 p.m. this evening, the Magic will play the suns.

Tomorrow at noon, the Heat plays the Suns. That game will be followed at 1 p.m. by a Grizzlies vs. Heat matchup.

The day wraps up an hour later with the Grizzlies taking on the Magic.

Next on the town’s youth basketball agenda is the 5th- and 6th-grade coed basketball league. Play begins Dec. 11 and continues until Jan. 22, 2011 in the RCMS gymnasium.

Ex-Horns have Antelopes on top

There are plenty of Rim Country sports fans tuned to what is going on in the Grand Canyon University wrestling program, mostly because head coach R.C. LaHaye and assistant Larry Wilbanks are Payson natives who starred in wrestling at PHS before going on to stellar collegiate careers.

LaHaye and Wilbanks will take their charges today, Dec. 3, to Las Vegas, Nev. where they will compete in the Cliff Keen Invitational.

Although the GCU wrestling program has only been in existence for two years, the former Longhorn stars have the team knocking on the door of national recognition.

It’s safe to say the pair’s Payson High School coaches, Dennis Pirch and Dave LaMotte, are extremely proud of what the two are accomplishing.

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