Basketball Season Successful For Boys

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Pine Strawberry School boys basketball team members are (front, from left) Caleb Barlow, (back, from left) Seth O’Neil, Lars Tanner, Cameron Taylor, Joerge Ramirez, Dwayne Schank and Andy Ward (coach).

The Pine Strawberry School boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up the 2013-2014 seasons yesterday, Jan. 16 against visiting Camp Verde. (Results not available at press time).

Boys coach Andy Ward is pronouncing the season a highly successful one despite the fact the Buffalos were forced to play with a roster that contained only seven players — most of them fifth-graders. Throughout the year, the young and untested Buffs found themselves battling against older and more experienced seventh- and eighth-graders.

“With our mixture of three to four fifth-graders, one sixth-grader, one seventh-grader, and one-eighth grader we have had some close games that were not lost by very much,” Ward said. “The team has stayed competitive while playing some A level teams.”

During the course of the two-month long season, the Buffalos rose up and weathered the storm of being shorthanded.

“The team has come to understand what it is like to play against teams that can substitute all their players, while they stay on the floor with no rest,” said Ward.

Early this week, just as the season was beginning to wind down, Ward expressed optimism the campaign would wrap up successfully, “With only two games left to play we are hoping to end the season with them both being wins.”

Ward also praised the fledgling players saying, “I applaud the boys for sticking it out and giving it their all.”

Trail building

Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee members will continue tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 18 their work on Bearfoot Trail that began two weeks ago.

Work begins at 9 a.m. and will continue to 1 p.m.

Members are to meet on the east side of SR 87 (Beeline Highway) at milepost 270. There is additional parking across the highway at the Strawberry Trailhead.

Members should bring their own snacks and water.

Trail work wraps up Saturday, Jan. 25, with another work session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided along with beer from THAT Brewery.

Bearfoot is a relatively new trail that drew raves from cyclists during last summer’s Fire on the Rim mountain bike race.

The trail connects Strawberry with other Rim Country trails including TR 15 (the Pine Strawberry Trail) and TR 36 (the Pine Canyon Trail).

Fuel Reduction Committee meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the Pine Senior Center Dining Room.

The next meeting is Jan. 29.

Church to host women’s workshop

The Church on Randall Place will host “Women with Extending Hands” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 18, in the downstairs fellowship hall of the church.

It is to be “a time of devotional prayer, fellowship and sharing with the ladies of the church and local community.”

Organizers say participants will be sharing craft ideas they are working on, as well as interesting projects such as music, photos, gardening, reading, canning and recipes.

Snacks and hot drinks will be provided.

For more information, call Margie School at (928) 476-3204 or Diane Larned at (928) 978-1096.

No school

The P/S school, parents are reminded there will no school on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. On Jan. 22, students will be released at 11:30 a.m. for teachers to undergo training.

Movie day

With school in recess for the afternoon of Jan. 22, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will host another of its very popular “Movie Madness” events.

The movie begins at 1 p.m. and visitors are asked to bring their own pillow so as to be comfortable on the floor.

As usual, the library will provide refreshments.

“Step Dogs” is the movie to be shown. It is 85 minutes in length and is not rated.

In the movie, Meatball, a carefree, wisecracking country dog, and Cassie, a Hollywood pampered pet, are central characters.

The two canines couldn’t be more different. When their owners marry and move the entire family to the rural countryside, a home defense war heats up when two clumsy thieves scheme to break into the family home.

Although Meatball and Cassie are opposites, they must join forces to defend their home.

Critics call the movie, “A riotously funny and heartwarming comedy.”

Parents are responsible to judge the suitability of the movie for their child.

Call (928) 476-3678 for more information.

Sweeten your honey

“Shop early for the best selection,” is Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library Manager Becky Waer’s advice to those who wish to honor their sweethearts on Valentine’s Day with a See’s Candy treat.

Just this week, Waer received a supply of the scrumptious candies that are now being sold as part of the library’s 2014 Valentine’s Day fund-raising program. Among See’s offerings are a 1-pound box of nuts and chews, a 1-pound Classic Red Heart box of assorted chocolates, a 1-pound, 5-ounce box of assorted lollypops and others.

Here’s an idea — with so many delicious options to choose as gifts, why not give your mate a box of See’s chocolates coupled with an apropos salutation like, “You’re Sweet” or you could give two boxes with a “Were 2 of a Kind” greeting.

Heck, maybe you could even affirm “I ‘chews’ you as my Valentine” when giving a box of See’s nuts and chews.

Your honey will adore you and so will those at the library.

Gift certificates are also available.

Visit the library to purchase candies or call (928) 476-3678.

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