Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox has issued an invitation for all former PHS players to turn out for the annual alumni game to be played at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 21 on the South Rumsey multipurpose field.
Alumni players are asked to wear dark-colored shirts and will play against a squad made up of current high school players.
Prior to the game, Wilcox and alumni will discuss the game length, which she expects to be three, 30-minute periods. That was the length chosen for last year’s game.
Regular high school rules and regulations will be used.
Following the clash, Wilcox and her father, Randy, the junior varsity coach, will host a hamburger and hot dog barbecue for both alumni and players.
It will be held in the large ramada just north of the multipurpose field.
For the upcoming game, current PHS players will not have to worry about dealing with alumna April Quinlan who in last year’s game was a one-player wrecking crew.
In the 2011 clash, with the scored dead-knotted at 2-2 and the game clock winding down to the final few seconds, April scored on a dazzling clutch goal that gave the alumni a 3-2 win over the upstart varsity team.
April and her husband, former PHS football coach Byron Quinlan, have moved to Montana and she is not expected to be available to play in the upcoming game.
Also on the soccer scene, Wilcox announced that there will not be a British American-hosted soccer camp to be held July 30 to Aug. 3 as originally considered.
Wilcox said camp plans did not materialize due to a lack of funds and conflicts over playing fields with sports programs.
Call Wilcox at (928) 474-1684 for more information.
Although I’m a life-long Devils’ Disciple who when cut bleeds maroon and gold, has the school fight song as my ring tone and cringes when I hear “Bear Down Arizona,” I have to admit those rascal rivals from Tucson have mostly had the upper hand in basketball since Ned Wulk was removed as ASU’s head coach.
But there’s one facet of the sport that the Sun Devils will soon have the edge.
It involves Olympic basketball to be played July 28 to Aug. 12 in London.
The Sun Devils will have three times more players’ participating than will Arizona.
Arizona State has three players in the Olympics — Ike Diogu, James Harden and Eric Boateng.
Arizona will have just one Olympian — Andre Iguodala.
Diogu, a forward during his years at ASU will play for Nigeria. Harden is on the USA roster and Boateng is expected to start for Great Britain.
Diogu last played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Harden is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boateng was never drafted after coming out of ASU, but eventually played for the Denver Nuggets.
Boateng has also played in a Greek league.
Iguodala stars for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Rendering Arizona State having three players participate even more impressive is that Duke, a college basketball powerhouse, has never had more than two players in the Olympics at the same time.
Also, North Carolina — another basketball powerhouse — hasn’t had more than two in the Olympics since 1976.
Shoe Exchange on Monday at local church
Larry Kennedy and his wife Joyce along with some Payson United Methodist Church volunteers will host a second “Shoe Exchange Program” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 16 at the church located at 414 N. East St., directly behind Ace Hardware.
There, young athletes who have outgrown their baseball and soccer shoes can take them to be reconditioned and later passed on to others who they might fit.
Kennedy says it’s a way to provide shoes to young athletes whose parents might not have the financial resources to purchase new shoes each sports season.
The Kennedys and other church volunteers will clean, disinfect and stock the donated shoes and then help distribute them.
Kennedy stresses that families do not have to donate shoes to be eligible later to receive shoes.
For more information, call the Kennedys at (928) 468-8887 or (928) 978-1882.