Lamotte Thanks Payson For Support

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A portion of today's Sportstalk will be turned over to the Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte who recently returned from the National High School Coaches Association Senior Wrestling Championships.

LaMotte writes:

"This fantastic tournament was open to any wrestler that placed first or second in his state tournament during his high school career.

"There were over 700 wrestlers representing 46 different states competing to become High School All-Americans.

"For Payson, Zach Lee placed eighth in his 152-pound weight class to become Payson's first All-American at this prestigious event.

"My purpose in writing this is to convey my deep appreciation to people and businesses in the community that contributed financially to make this trip possible. They include: Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Chapman, Hill and Sons Construction, Roy Haught Excavating, Cheery Creek Homes, Foxfire Homes, Ronnie and Pat Randall, Payson Rodeo Committee, Ross Skinner, Payson Concrete and Materials, Mazatzal Casino, Arizona Public Service and SRJ Homes.

"Many young people work very hard and dream dreams that may never come true due to the lack of financial means. The Payson community has proven once again its willingness to join forces with our student/athletes and make great things happen."

Maverick baseball on tap

The inaugural Rim Country Middle School baseball team returns to action at 4 p.m. April 10 in Cottonwood. Next, the team appears at 4 p.m. April 15 on Payson High School diamond against Camp Verde. The highlight of the season will be contested April 18 to April 20 when the team travels to the Peoria Sports Complex to compete in the Super Series Easter Classic tournament.

Since the Peoria Sports Complex is the spring training facility for professional teams and the site of the Arizona High School state baseball tournament, playing in the facility should be a huge thrill for the RCMS baseballers.

Volleyball scoring to change

If the Arizona Interscholastic Association agrees to go along this season with a proposal from the National High School Volleyball Rules Committee, local coaches, players and fans could be in for a change in the way prep volleyball is played and scored.

As its winter meeting, the rules committed approved a rally scoring format for high school matches.

Responsibility to decide when to implement the rally scoring rests with the AIA. However, the AIA must apply the rally scoring no later than the 2004-2005 season.

In rally scoring, points are awarded on each play regardless of which team serves. Currently, the game is scored in the traditional side-out system.

National High School officials say they approved rally scoring because it will generate more spectator interest.

The committee faced several issues in approving the scoring including the proper training of officials, length of games and team travel time.

Under the new rules, all matches will be best three-of-five games.

Games will be played to 25 points (no cap) and the fifth and deciding game will be played to 15 points (no cap).

In some tournaments, including the Payson Invitational held each September, rally scoring is used in some matches.

Another huge change is that serves will be allowed and play will continue provided net contact is entirely within the net antennas.

Each team will be allowed two time-outs per game, with a total of 10 time-outs if five games are played.

Payson High School coach Chris Schwind predicts the new rules will produce a faster-paced game. Until games are played under the new format, Schwind is unsure how it will affect the Lady Longhorns.

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