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The Payson High School football and volleyball teams launch the 2009 season with controlled scrimmages this week, a full seven days before the soccer and cross-country programs kick off.

The varsity volleyball team traveled last evening, Aug. 20, to Florence for its scrimmage and the football team, under first year coach Matt Mayo, scrimmages Camp Verde at 5 p.m. today in Longhorn stadium.

Soccer scrimmages will be held Aug. 28 at Rumsey Park against Round Valley.

The cross country team, under new coach Jonathon Ball, does not have a scrimmage, but begins the season Sept. 5 at the Marcos de Niza Padre Invitational in Tempe.

For the scrimmages, no scores are to be kept and in football there are no kickoffs or punts and coaches are allowed on the field. Play can be stopped at any time for coaches to give instruction.

The scrimmages were sanctioned two decades ago by the Arizona Interscholastic Association to allow coaches the opportunity to access their players and work out the kinks without the concerns of wins or losses.

They also provide an opportunity for varsity players to impress their coaches enough to earn starting roles or perhaps additional playing time.

In both volleyball and football, there will be plenty of newcomers out to earn first team berths because both squads were hit hard by graduation losses last spring.

In volleyball, coach Arnold Stonebrink must find replacements for Jenna Robertson, Cydney Figueroa, Rose Hardt, Nikkie DeWees and Kristin Remonda.

Among those being counted on to step up and provide varsity leadership are Reghan Flake, Trinity England, Michel Daniels, Desi Burris and others

Stonebrink obviously faces a coaching challenge with his mostly young and inexperienced team, but Mayo may have an even bigger test replacing the considerable talent the football team lost off last season’s state championship team.

Among the graduates were Bryan Burke and Matt Wilson. A pair of linemen with the size and talent of the two usually only comes along once in a coach’s lifetime, so The Payson High School football and volleyball teams launch the 2009 season with controlled scrimmages this week, a full seven days before the soccer and cross-country programs kick off.

The varsity volleyball team traveled last evening, Aug. 20, to Florence for its scrimmage and the football team, under first year coach Matt Mayo, scrimmages Camp Verde at 5 p.m. today in Longhorn stadium.

Soccer scrimmages will be held Aug. 28 at Rumsey Park against Round Valley.

The cross country team, under new coach Jonathon Ball, does not have a scrimmage, but begins the season Sept. 5 at the Marcos de Niza Padre Invitational in Tempe.

For the scrimmages, no scores are to be kept and in football there are no kickoffs or punts and coaches are allowed on the field. Play can be stopped at any time for coaches to give instruction.

The scrimmages were sanctioned two decades ago by the Arizona Interscholastic Association to allow coaches the opportunity to access their players and work out the kinks without the concerns of wins or losses.

They also provide an opportunity for varsity players to impress their coaches enough to earn starting roles or perhaps additional playing time.

In both volleyball and football, there will be plenty of newcomers out to earn first team berths because both squads were hit hard by graduation losses last spring.

In volleyball, coach Arnold Stonebrink must find replacements for Jenna Robertson, Cydney Figueroa, Rose Hardt, Nikkie DeWees and Kristin Remonda.

Among those being counted on to step up and provide varsity leadership are Reghan Flake, Trinity England, Michel Daniels, Desi Burris and others

Stonebrink obviously faces a coaching challenge with his mostly young and inexperienced team, but Mayo may have an even bigger test replacing the considerable talent the football team lost off last season’s state championship team.

Among the graduates were Bryan Burke and Matt Wilson. A pair of linemen with the size and talent of the two usually only comes along once in a coach’s lifetime, so

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