Payson High School has always been known for their incredible student section and for always being involved in every sporting event, but there is one sport that tops just about all of them when it comes to attendance. A sport that gives a different meaning to entertainment, a sport that can go from 0-60 in a blink of an eye, and a sport that causes it’s fans to make the whole building quake. If you haven’t guessed it yet, then obviously you have never been to a single one of these games. I’m talking about the next generation of showtime basketball. The one and the only Payson City League Basketball (or better known as Junior Jazz).
The thing that separates Junior Jazz from every other sport is that everyone can be involved. It doesn’t matter whether you are a player or a fan, what makes Junior jazz the way it is is the people that are involved. Another thing that makes Junior Jazz stand out is the fact that there are no tryouts to be part of a team. In fact, you can make your own team. Just pay 12 separate purchases of $30 or depending on how many people will be on your team and divide split the difference of the $360. Junior Jazz can also cause both the players and the fans to get very heated towards one another. Most people say it is the referees that cause all of the controversy, but what we must all remember is that the refs aren’t perfect and in the end, it's just a game.
So far the season has brought a ton of talent and has created an atmosphere that is both creative and entertaining. In fact, the Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving once stated that “Basketball isn’t a game, it’s an art from.” Most of us can agree that is definitely what basketball is, but in the end it’s just a game that brings us together to help us become better people, better sportsman, and to become as one. I know this season will be great and can’t wait to see what this season has in store for these upcoming weeks.
It's common for a sports team to gather together and huddle before the start of a tournament or a game. What is the reason for this huddle? The huddle is known to boost morale and for teammates to give each other “good luck,” but, sometimes it's more of a tradition. For example, a famous cheer for the cheerleaders is during their performance at halftime games, they gather into a group and yell, “AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A PAYSON PARTY, CAUSE A PAYSON PARTY DON’T STOP! ROAR!”
For some sports the huddle doesn't matter, but for others such as football, the Huddle is critical. The Huddle is usually when the coach or team captain takes time to go over some strategies or to get the team pumped up. In football, for instance, the huddle is a time to get the endorphins going and for the team captain to boost morale, talk strategy and get the team thinking about each player as a whole instead of individually. The same is said about Soccer, it’s mostly to calm the nerves before the game and to say a quick prayer for safety.
Sometimes the experience is more spiritual. In cross country a prayer is often said and an embrace is given. Basketball is a combination of both, a prayer is said but there is also strategy talk. Drill and Dance Company are very similar in the fact that it gets serious and a prayer is said. You might think that the Huddle doesn’t involve the cheering crowd, but, it does. When the football or basketball team wins the students in the crowd join together in the middle of the field/court in a yelling, jumping, sometimes scary, Huddle of victory. This Huddle brings the students together to celebrate the win and maybe just rub it in the other teams faces just a little bit.
What does the Huddle mean? The truth is that the Huddle means something different to every single player. It’s a time to focus and put your attention on the game and not personal issues. The Huddle can mean everything and nothing, it all depends on how the players make it. So Payson, what does the Huddle mean to you?
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In the January Edition of The Lions Roar Newspaper we have decided to recreate old time black and white photos that are around the halls at PHS. Most of you have probably noticed the photos of different sport teams, clubs, and activities from our past that line the halls. These photos are packed with 100 years of history. Uniforms, outfits, and styles have definitely changed, but it is undeniable that our school spirit hasn’t.
School spirit is something that never goes out of fashion. As we have gained more school spirit, we have been able to give support to the teams that have needed it the most. We have empowered them to become better to reach greater heights. Not only have we grown, and changed as a school, but as a town. Over the years, we have grown closer while becoming something greater than before. While things undoubtedly changed, one thing hasn’t: we are still the Mighty Lions.
National Counseling Week - Take time to thank your counselor today!
Tuesday, Feb. 6
9:00 Youth Support
2:45 School Community Council
7:00 Girls Basketball VS Mt. View
7:00 Boys Basketball @ Mt. View
Wednesday, Feb. 7
7:00 Dance Company Showcase (Nebo district teams)
Friday, Feb. 9
Swimming State Meet
Wrestling State Tournament @ UVU
5:15 Girl’s Basketball vs Uintah
7:00 Boys Basketball vs Uintah
Saturday, Feb. 10
Wrestling State Tournament @ UVU
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Here at Payson High School we all love to do different things with different people.
There are things like Choir where they go on lots of different performances around Payson, such as different ward parties and other things that happen around Christmas time. They also have their own Christmas Concert that is probably one of the most amazing performances they do. Another thing they do is go on a Salt Lake Temple Square trip. For this trip they perform different performances at Temple Square, at the old Chapel, or the other Visitors Centers as well. They are often busy and very cheerful about it during the Christmas time of year.
The FFA is also going on. They are amazing at what they do. All of them helped each other and made an actual trailer with each other, which was very big and made with steel and wood, painted red. It was so good that they took home from the state fair First Place. They got a ribbon and everything, including bragging rights. The FFA is amazing.
We also have a Basketball team here at PHS. They have had two home games so far and they have done awesome. They have had three pointers, and have gotten drunks as well. They are in Florida right now for a fun time and playing basketball. They are really just doing their thing that they usually do when they are in Florida: playing basketball.
PHS Swim team has done amazing this season! With the region competition right around the corner, these students work hard to qualify for state. Unlike other sports, the only races that matters for state is region. This Year Seth Peterson, Travis Pitcher, Kaden Flippen, Case Kunz, have had a record breaking season, and are going to state.
Swimming can improve endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. The races that Payson swims are: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle and relay. The longest race is a 400 freestyle relay, which is swam by Seth Peterson, Travis Pitcher, Kaden Flippen and Case Kunz. To see the record breaking times check the swim team display case by the auditorium.
Here at the Lion’s Roar Newspaper we've decided to give a spot light to our “electronic sibling”, the Main Street Journal! As many students know the staff is made up of a variety of Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores. This year the editor in chief is Harlee Huff, her job is extremely important, keeping everybody in line and making sure things go smoothly. They send out a monthly issue including, not only articles but, videos to inform the student body of the most important events. Mr. Perry is in charge of this class and when asked about their teacher his students they answered with blinding praises for their beloved teacher. An interesting fact about this class is that it is only for half a year. This means that in a short period of time there will be an entirely new staff!
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Every year, the school drama and choir teams put together a school production, and each year they are phenomenal! Some years they are well heard of stories, such as Alice in Wonderland, or West Side Story. But some years they are somewhat unknown, like last year’s The Drowsy Chaperone. But that doesn’t matter, because every year the directors and production team truly put their heart and soul into the show!
This year we’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to put on a show that many people love and adore. Its name being Les Misérables.
Les Misérables is a french Musical and translates into: The Miserable Ones. Like I said, the Musical is French, and takes place during the early 1800’s. The Musical actually started out as a Novel written by Victor Hugo. The Novel follows a man named Jean Valjean, a previous convict, and a man changed by kindness and forgiveness. There are multiple plots and stories happening during the story, and they all tie-in to Val Jean, and how he looks to God to fix the problems in his life.
Along the way, you’ll be introduced to many characters that help shape the story and the atmosphere of the musical. You’ll really start to get a feel for how corrupt and evil the French government was at the time, and why certain story elements come into play.
The Directors of the show, Rock White and Marilyn Morgan, have put lots of time into the show, as well as the cast and crew! Some casting Includes,
Brandon Harris as Jean Valjean
Cambrielle Fitzwater as Fantine
Justin Freeman and Seth Cowie as Marius
Max Bennion, and Evan Brandley as Javert
And many, many, many more!!
The Cast has been phenomenal, and if you see a name you recognize, come and see it! The show will be performed on the nights of January 24th - January 29th
Miss Payson 2017 Kaisley Theobald is collecting shoes for Burkina Faso, Africa. Theobald says, "all the shoes collected go to people who have worn down, holey shoes with no soles or to kids who have never owned a pair of shoes in their life. We have the luxury of having a couple pairs of shoes or shoes that we don’t even wear. We are so lucky!! If you are cleaning out your closet, I would love to take any shoes off your hands!"
You can drop off bags or boxes at the Payson City Center or there is a collection box at Payson High School in the front office. The deadline for shoes is March 22nd. Everything helps and everything is appreciated by these people that need so much. You can make a difference just by donating one pair of shoes.