Horns Prepare For Season's End


Button up the shin straps, slide on the knee pads and air out the running shoes -- it's crunch time in prep fall sports.

Regular season action in football, soccer, volleyball and cross country will wind down this week and post-season play begins as early as Friday.

The Longhorn boys' soccer team is still awaiting results of games from around the Rim region to learn where they will be seeded into the state tournament. Play begins Oct. 29 in Camp Verde and will wrap up with the championship finale Nov. 6, also in Camp Verde.

Coach Dave Greiner has said he expects the team to advance to state as either a second or third seed.

A trip to the big show would be a third consecutive for the team that last year advanced to the quarterfinals before being ousted.

The Horns have been on a roll as of late, having whipped previously undefeated Blue Ridge and then blowing out the Snowflake Lobos.

Coach Chuck Hardt's boys and girls cross country teams travel to Whiteriver Oct. 30 where Alchesay High School will play host to the Class 3A East Division meet. A top-four finish there will qualify the entire boys or girls teams for the state championship Nov. 6 at Mesa's Freestone Park.

In the six-year history of girls cross country at PHS, the team has never failed to qualify for state.

Regular season volleyball action wraps up Oct. 27 in Payson against Sedona.

The game is non-divisional and will not count in the final standings which will be used to seed the Lady Horns into the regional tournament to begin Friday.

As of press time, the final results of all East games were not compiled, but the Lady Horns are expected to enter the division tournament as a second seed behind highly favored Snowflake.

The Lobos have been the Horns' nemesis all season, but the Rim country netters could get another crack at the division champs in the tournament.

Opening round football playoffs begin Nov. 5 with the top-four finishers from each of the state's four divisions seeded into a 16-team tournament.

The one seed plays four and two takes on three in the first round. Opening round games are played at the home site of the highest seed. The tournament then shifts to the campuses of Glendale and Mesa College for quarter-, semi- and final-round action.

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