The date for the next Shoot for the Heart seminar was mistakenly omitted from the Dec. 3 edition of this column.
It will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9 in building C at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road.
Organizers are anticipating a huge turnout because of the exciting lineup that will include pro bass angler Mark Rose offering fishing tips, an outdoor campfire feast of wild game prepared by Bob DePugh and a video presentation of years of hunting and fishing photos by Rim Country outdoors persons.
Flagstaff athlete shines
It’s not often that small-town athletes from Northern Arizona make a splash on the D-1 football scene.
But that’s exactly what Flagstaff High School alumni James Brooks did in Arizona State University’s pulsating 30-29 double overtime win in a thrilling Territorial cup showdown played Dec. 2 in Tucson.
Brooks, a 2007 FHS graduate who as a senior was the school’s Offensive Player of the Year, blocked two Arizona Wildcat extra points — one that sent the game into overtime and another that won the game.
After Nick Foles hooked up with David Douglas on a 5-yard TD pass with 27 seconds left in regulation, all the Cats needed was an extra point to seemingly secure the win.
But Brooks blocked it.
In the second OT, Douglas scored on a 9-yard rush to erase most of ASU’s 30-23 lead.
Arizona coach Mike Stoops, a man not known for his mellow sideline demeanor, opted for the tying extra point.
Alex Zendejas didn’t kick it well and Brooks was there to block it for an ASU win.
Craig Holland coached Brooks at Flagstaff.
In Payson, there is a town-wide effort going on to help a local teenager attain his dream of competing in Europe on a USA cycling team.
The cyclist, Cypress Gorry, has a goal of earning a berth on the USA Junior National Cyclo-cross bicycle racing team, but to do so must travel next month to Belgium where he will participate in a junior (under-23) camp designed to acclimate the riders to the deep talent pools of western Europe in preparation for the upcoming world championships.
But making the trip is a huge expense. The support fees alone will surpass $4,000.
Although Gorry has saved some money on his own, he is looking for sponsors to help him shoulder the financial burden.
The teen, a Payson High School honor student and an active member of several school organizations, says he’ll be extremely grateful for any support he gets and promises to be a fine representative for both the school and community.
Those who know Gorry say he has all the makings of a world-class cyclist.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Gorry may call him at (928) 474-5670.
The past several years, Gorry has shined in the Stanley Cup races in Portland, Ore. and at the National Championships in Bend, Ore.
Gorry is also an avid mountain biking cyclist, who only last summer competed against the country’s finest mountain bikers in the USA Cycling National Championships at Granby Ranch, Colo.
There, he competed on the rugged Sol Vista Bike Park course, which featured a 19-mile course with a 4,000-foot climb.
Entered in the Category 1 (expert) 15-16 years division, Gorry was fourth.
Last year, Gorry — along with a friend — completed a stint at the Rocky Mountain Regional Olympic Training Camp where he emerged as one of the best young riders in the under-23 years age division.
In 2008, Gorry capped the seven-race Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) season by winning the age/experience division championships at the Flagstaff Finale.
Gorry took honors in the beginner men, 15-16 years age division, even though he was a 14-year-old who only a week earlier graduated from middle school. At the onset of the MBAA season, he decided to move up an age division in search of better competition.