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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 6:00 am

As much as today’s world is about living in the now – constantly posting status updates or sharing digital moments instantly – mental images and creating memories still serve as the best way to chronicle life’s treasures.

Something like getting a chance to share being part of state championship team with a family member would be one for the ages for the memory bank.

Three Mountain Pointe families get that chance today.

Defensive line coach Jeff Griffin and his son, defensive backs coach Zac, are part of the Pride’s coaching staff as they help prepare Mountain Pointe defense for the Division I title game against Hamilton at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Pride head coach Norris Vaughan and his son, Drew, are sharing the experience for a second time.

Drew, who is in his fourth season as the team’s quarterback coach, was the signal caller in his father’s only other state title appearance in a long and distinguished career when Wickenburg lost to Coolidge in the 3A title game in 2006.

The Lauers have a little different dynamic as dad, Eric, is the offensive coordinator, and son, Trey, is a starting defensive lineman.

“We were talking about it the other day and it’s like a movie coming to life,” Trey said. “We will be able to share this week, this game the rest of our lives. Growing up, playing Pop Warner, he couldn’t coach me because of his (high school obligations) and now this makes up for it all.

”Playing for a state championship means a lot but to have your Dad by your side is unbelievable.”

With the game falling on a holiday weekend, it is not hard to see the Lauers getting together for Thanksgiving five, 10 even 25 years from now, and reminiscing about this very game.

“Right now we’re too involved in what we need to do this week to really revel in what’s going on, but years from now it is something we will always have to share,” Eric said. “It’s pretty special and we realize it, but right now we are more focused on what’s ahead of us right now.

“There will be a time for years to come to talk about what we accomplished together.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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