The new volleyball scoring format that was passed last season from the National High School Athletic Association has resulted in much longer matches for most prep teams.
Under the new scoring, teams play three out of five games to 25 points. If the match goes to all five games, it can last in excess of two hours. What that means for prep players is that they have to be in much better condition than last year when matches could wrap up in less than an hour.
Some coaches and players say they enjoy the challenge of the new scoring system, while others say it is an unwanted change.
Even those who disagree about the change say the new scoring is probably here to stay.
Four shine at Bartlett
A pair of Rim country angling teams turned in solid performances at the BestBet Aluminum Boat Fishing Tournament Championships Sept 5 and 6 at Bartlett Lake.
The best showing was turned in by the team of Buddy Randall and Ray Purtill. The two joined forces to finish fourth with a two-day total of 19.80 pounds. At the conclusion of the opening day, the two weighed in a six-fish limit of 10.68 pounds. On day two, the pair caught five bass that tipped the scales at 9.12 pounds.
According to tournament officials, Randall and Purtill fished white spinnerbaits, deep-running crankbaits and Texas-rigged works in the river above the no-wake buoys.
The Rim country team of Jake Randall and Don Hargrave finished 10th with catches of 17.91 pounds.
Mavs take on Roadrunners
Catch some exciting Rim Country Middle School football and softball action Sept 18, when the eighth-grade teams play host to the Holbrook Roadrunners.
Football coaches Jimmy Oestmann and Cory Kroll will have their charges looking for their first gridiron wins of the season when action kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Payson High School field.
At 3:30 p.m. on Lady Longhorn diamond, the Maverick softball team will be looking to rebound from last week's disappointing White Mountain league loss to the Show Low Cougars. The Mavs are coached this season by PHS varsity coach Will Dunman.
There is no admission charge to either game.
The RCMS seventh-grade teams will travel Sept. 18 to take on the Roadrunners on their home turf. Game times are 3:30 p.m. in Holbrook.
Against Holbrook, the unbeaten seventh-grade football team will be looking to solidify its hold on first place in the WML. Coach Vince Caballero's softball players are riding high from their win last week over the Show Low Cougars. For Caballero, the victory must have been exceptionally sweet. Just two years ago, Caballero was the varsity softball coach at Show Low High School.
Following the games against Holbrook, the Mavericks are set to receive several stern tests in games against WML tough guys Blue Ridge (Sept 25), Whiteriver (Oct. 2) and Snowflake (Oct. 9).
Get your kicks on Horn turf
Fans planning on attending the Longhorns' Friday night football game against visiting Desert Ridge should stuff a few extra dollar pills in their jeans and purses. Those bucks can be used to purchase raffle tickets that could result in a field goal attempt that will reward a ticket holder who converts a successful boot.
The winner of the raffle drawing will be called down to the field at halftime to attempt a field goal. If good, the kicker keeps $500 and another $500 is donated to the school's athletic fund.
Also at halftime, 10 miniature footballs will be thrown into the stands. The person who catches the ball with the NAPA Autocare Signature earns a field-goal attempt.
The event is sponsored by local Autocare centers.