Former Lady Longhorn softball coach Curtis Johnson has returned to the sport as head coach of the Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth-grade team.
Johnson coached the PHS team to the state semifinals two years ago, before resigning last season.
The Mavs, who compete in the White Mountain league, traveled Sept. 8 to Lakeside, where the team took the bronze medal in the Blue Ridge Invitational.
"To take third, we had consecutive wins against St. Johns, 10-7 and Show Low, 11-8," Johnson said.
The showing marks a huge improvement over last season's performance.
"As seventh-graders, the girls won only one game, so you can imagine how excited they were to win the trophy," Johnson said.
Following the showdown in the White Mountains, the Lady Mavs traveled Sept. 13 to Show Low, where they upset the Cougars 18-5.
"That gave us three consecutive (WML) wins," Johnson said.
"The girls have made tremendous progress this year and should be a strong opponent in the season-ending tournament."
The WML championships will be held Oct. 6 at a site to be determined.