If you've been to a Kingman High sporting event over the last four years, there's a good chance you've seen Dyllan Farney.
"I've always been told that high school is the last four years that you are going to be in school that matters before you get to college," Farney said. "You only get to do it once, so you better live it up."
Farney has certainly done that, serving as manager for the girls basketball and boys tennis teams along with being involved with a wide variety of clubs at Kingman High School.
He's even been known to assume an alter ego at KHS home football games, sometimes going by the alias of Spike, as in Spike the Bulldog, the school's mascot.
But if there is a lasting legacy that the senior will leave, it's the spirited display he's shown wherever the Bulldogs take the field - from Phoenix to Flagstaff.
"I just take pride in what I do and the things that I commit myself to, and one of those things I commit myself to is my school," Farney said.
Farney was honored Tuesday during the final girls basketball home game of the year, an honor that is typically reserved for players in their final home game.
Instead, it was bestowed on a man who is as much a part of the team as the players.
"He's a part of the team," said junior forward Stephanie Goulart. "He's the best manager ever. He does a lot for us, always cheering, always getting other people to cheer.
"He always yells at the JV and freshmen if they don't cheer. He means a lot to our team. He adds a lot."
Farney's role as the team's manager goes far beyond simply handing a bottle of water to a player coming off the court or showing up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday to help school janitors set up for that afternoon's game.
"He will do everything for them," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez. "We may be eating and somebody needs a dollar, Dyllan will whip out his wallet and give them a dollar. Dyllan does everything. We are going to miss him."
After graduation in May, Farney plans on attending Northern Arizona University, where he intends to triple-major in sports broadcasting, political science and school administration.
However, because he is starting a two-year term on the Kingman Youth Advisory Commission, his NAU course work will have to be online, allowing him to continue to make a lasting impression on the Lady Bulldogs, even if he's no longer a student.
"He keeps telling coach (freshman coach Amanda) White that he is going to come back and take her coaching job next year," Gonzalez said.
"That won't happen, but it's just funny."
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Farney is a trip. At one away football game in 2011, my son and I were arriving at Skyline H.S. in Mesa just as he and his family were arriving. He saw us wearing our Bulldog shirts and he said,"Those two guys got spirit! They're at every game!" Congratulations Dyllan!