Bingham High will celebrate its centennial as a school and dedicate its refurbished football stadium on Friday when it hosts Jordan, and the Miners hope to have a host of former Bingham High football players on hand to enjoy the festivities.
Bingham's football program will be honoring its former players throughout 2008, starting with players from 1962 and earlier, on Friday. All of those former players and families are invited to attend Friday's game as guests, and they will be honored at halftime.
Also at halftime, Bingham will dedicate its newly renovated stadium, which will be officially renamed Ron Thorne Stadium. The sparkling facility now features a digital scoreboard and new turf field, among other amenities.
Construction of the project took slightly longer than expected and forced Bingham to shift its home-opener against Skyline to Skyline High, but the stadium will be ready for this Friday's game.
According to Bingham High athletic director Brad Bevan, only two minor odds-and-ends remain the parking lot to the south of the stadium needs to be striped, which is scheduled to happen sometime this morning, and the north end of the stadium needs to be landscaped.
"OTHER" RIVALRY ALSO DARN GOOD: East enjoys the most-played prep football rivalry in the state with West. East-West is also probably the most well-known rivalry in Utah, and it ranks as the 19th most-played rivalry in the country.
However, the East Leopards have another rivalry game with a different neighbor, an event that's come to the fore in this decade and will take center-stage again tonight.
That would be the East-Highland rivalry.
While it's been decidedly one-sided over the years in favor of Highland though East did win in 2007 the rivalry has produced several memorable moments and tons of drama in recent seasons.
Expect that drama to continue when the rivals meet at East High on Friday, with bragging rights and an early leg-up in the race to win Region 6 on the line.
TOP 25 WATCH: Following a week in which there were only minor movements in the Deseret News Top 25 rankings, Week 3 of the prep football season produced huge changes up and down the list, as no fewer than six teams climbed at least four spots and no fewer than four teams dropped at least four spots.
No. 7 Highland and No. 18 Juan Diego moved the most of anyone, as each team climbed up seven spots. No. 6 Sky View, No. 13 East, No. 17 Bountiful and No. 21 Copper Hills also jumped, as they moved up at least four spots.
On the other hand, Skyline (8), Pine View (11), Jordan (14) and Logan (15) all lost last weekend and fell four places apiece in this week's rankings.Also notable was the addition of Syracuse High at No. 23. The Titans have enjoyed a hugely encouraging preseason and made the top 25 poll for the first time in school history.
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