Sun Devils Return To Camp T Welcomed


Fight, Devils down the field,

Fight with your might and don’t ever yield.

Long may our colors outshine all others.

Echo from the buttes,

Give ’em hell Devils!

Cheer, cheer for ASU,

Fight for the Old Maroon.

For it’s hail, hail, the gang’s all here

And it’s onward ...

Maroon and Gold

ASU fight song

In just a few short weeks, it looks like the ASU Maroon and Gold fight song will again be resounding throughout cool summer air of the Rim Country — music to many a Sun Devil fan’s ear.

By all indications, it appears that after a four-year absence, the Arizona State University Sun Devils football team will return this August to Camp Tontozona to hold its week-long summer training camp. Camp Tontozona is located just over 20 miles east of Payson on Highway 260, on the right about a mile past Kohl’s Ranch.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, the camp, enveloped by majestic Tonto National Forest ponderosa pines, is open to the public for the team’s final scrimmage. Come on out, cheer on the Sun Devils and if the mood strikes you, belt out a chorus or two of Maroon and Gold, ASU’s 64-year-old fight song.

Now, let’s get to week’s music trivia question. You may have noticed at the start of this article that I didn’t complete the final line of ASU’s fight song, Maroon and Gold. What words complete the end of the last line of the song: “And onward to ...”

Is the correct finish: A) to fight, fight, fight; B) to victory; C) to never, never say die; or D) to Camp Tontozona.

Be the seventh caller with the correct answer this week and you’ll win a $50 gift certificate from Payson Florist & Plantscapes, good toward the purchase of fresh arrangements or interior plants.

New owner, Rita Jorgenson says, “We want everyone to know that we’re still open and in addition to our flowers and new gift items that we get in every day, we now design and maintain interior and exterior plantscapes. Please stop by and see the exciting changes we’ve made.”

Now let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the famous doo-wop group that so brilliantly harmonized the 1957 smash hit “Little Darlin’”? Was it A) The Diamonds; B) The Sapphires; C) The Rubies; or D) The Emeralds?

The correct answer was the Canadian group, The Diamonds.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Chris Decker, who won a CD of the top songs of the doo-wop era.

A little about Chris: She was born and raised in Southern California, graduating from Arcadia (near Pasadena) High School in 1957.

Soon after graduation and through a mutual friend, Chris was introduced to Art, a strapping young Marine. After a whopper of a first date at Bob’s Big Boy and several months of courtship, Chris and Art said their “I do’s” before the calendar year came to a close. This December they will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.

Chris spent most of her adult working years as a banker in Southern California before the family moved to Montana in the late 1990s.

It’s interesting how Chris and Art selected Payson as their place to retire. They did online research for a place with moderate temperatures, but still had four seasons. In June of 2006, they moved to the Rim Country, sight unseen. When I asked Chris how this turned out for her, she replied, “The winters are a little colder than I would like, but we love Payson.”

Since moving here, Chris has become involved in the community, attending church at Mountain Bible and volunteering at both the hospital and library. Her interests are reading, playing Bunco and Hand & Foot with her friends and being with her dog.

Chris enjoys listening to the oldies but goodies and since the early 1990s has been a fan of country music. Her favorite artists are Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood and Elvis Presley, who, she says, she was lucky enough to see twice in concert. Plus, she says she’s a huge American Idol fan.

And finally ...

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Brant Price-Stacey Henderson wedding. More than 100 of their friends and family members gathered at Green Valley Park for the couple’s lakeside ceremony, who then enjoyed the reception at Mountain Bible Church. Brant is a graduate of Payson High School and works at Trinity Homes. Stacy went to Payson schools through middle school and graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa. She works at the Payson United Methodist Church.

Also, this Saturday night’s free concert at Green Valley Park should be a good one. It features the eclectic, Phoenix-based J. Powers Band, a five-piece group that performs a mix of R&B, blues, soul, Motown, reggae, pop and classic rock. Led by soulful, female vocalist, J. Powers, this high-energy band returns to Payson, once again.

Have a wonderful week!

DJ Craig — (928) 468-1482



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