BULLHEAD CITY — A Bullhead City woman wants to see visible support for Mohave High School’s Thunderbirds — especially now that football season is well underway.
“Maybe business owners could put something green in their windows or people could wear something green. Or just hang a green shirt in your front yard,” said Yvonne Morales, who with her husband, John, owned the Baskin-Robbins store for 17 years when it was near the Safeway supermarket on Highway 95.
“We went overboard when we owned the store. But no one seems to support our schools that way much anymore.”
Virtually all of the teens who worked there over the years attended either MHS or River Valley High School, which opened in 1992. The Moraleses also encouraged a little friendly school rivalry in the workplace so the students could support their school teams.
The Moraleses sold the ice cream shop about 10 years ago. Most of the teens who worked for the Moraleses have gone on to have children of their own who are now teens themselves attending MHS or RVHS. Some of those kids are involved in their high schools’ team sports.
“So now we’re following them,” she explained.
These days, Morales works at the Baskin-Robbins on Highway 95 near Walmart as a cake decorator. She’s allowed time to leave the building and show support to Thunderbird team vehicles traveling along the highway. She holds up the school colors or even a sign before the team vehicles roll past and the returns to work.
John has been a youth sports coach for more than 60 years in Arizona and California. He an assistant softball coach at MHS.
The couple built their home here in the mid-1980s. Both are avid fans of professional sports, too. On Saturday, Yvonne was rooting for the Diamondbacks and John was pulling for the Dodgers.
One of their grandchildren, Gabriella Laurenza, is a junior at MHS who is highly active in team sports, such as track, soccer, swimming and dance. Laurenza is also a straight-A student, her grandmother remarked proudly.
Morales will do more to publicly show support the teams as time allows: “I’ll go park out on the street and hold a sign for the students to see as they go by on the buses.”
The MHS Thunderbirds will play four more football games at home this season. That includes Homecoming on Sept. 29, when there’s a parade during the day and a night game.
“We need to have the whole town green that day,” she said. “That would be nice.”
She also said she’d like to see RVHS fans make their support known by wearing or displaying red for the Dust Devils.
“It’s for the kids and their schools,” she emphasized.