September 27, 2011
Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is calling his team’s dramatic 3-2 win on Sept. 21 over Snowflake “our biggest victory of the year.” The Lady Lobos entered the game undefeated and fifth ranked in the state. Payson rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win the crucial Division IV clash.
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Life in the newly created Division III is turning into a unique challenge for Lady Longhorn volleyball players. The confront is because reaching the promised land of the “state” tournament is much more difficult this year than it has been in past seasons. Since the Arizona Interscholastic Association this school year did away with the conference/region configuration and replaced it with divisions and sections, the Lady Horns, and other teams for that matter, are finding the going rough because smaller schools, like Payson, are now playing much larger schools.