Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink has little doubt the Second Annual Payson High Alumni Game was fun for all.
“Everyone had a blast and enjoyed replaying their glory years,” he said. “We plan on doing it next year and hope it will be even bigger and better.
The tournament, which was held Aug. 1, was preceded by a benefit steak dinner hosted by the school’s Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club.
About 400 persons purchased tickets for the meal.
“It was a big success, the FAN Club did an outstanding job setting it up and making it work,” Stonebrink said.
Following the dinner, most remained in Wilson Dome to watch the tournament highlighted by many of the Lady Longhorns’ past stars playing against the current varsity team.
While the action was fast and furious as the alumni worked the kinks out, it was the pre-2005 team that emerged with the tournament championship.
“They looked great, they didn’t have a single weak player,” Stonebrink said. “That’s why they won, they were solid and had no weak areas to expose.”
Some of the players on the team included Jadyn Walden, Retosha Marshall, Britney Owens, Hilary Hardt, Cassie Bradford and Linda Huffman.
The team finished 3-0 in pool play and then waltzed undefeated through the double-elimination bracket.
The champs were tested, however, in the finale edging past the 2009 team 25-23.
“It was exciting,” Stonebrink said.
In the battle for third place, the current team won, 25-18, over the 2007-2008 squad.
The tournament wrapped up a busy off-season for varsity hopefuls, who on Aug. 3 began preparations for the upcoming season.
The current team includes seniors Michelle Daniels, Desi Burris, Reghan Flake and Marlow Galloway.
Also battling for varsity playing time are juniors Trinity England, Cami Barnett, Kelsey Waugh and Rylee Halenar.
Sophomores Katelyn Curtis and Rachel Creighton are also varsity hopefuls.