The first big girls volleyball tournament of the year comes this weekend as Mesa, Dobson, Red Mountain, Skyline and Desert Ridge will all be at the House of Payne Invite at Chandler.
“It’s always a good early tournament,” Mesa coach Amy Strawn said. “We will see a lot of teams we know we have to beat later in the year.”
Mountain View already had a run in its first tournament of the season on Saturday as the Toros traveled to Goldwater.
It went well as they won their pool and crossover match to go 4-0.
The second week of the regular season begins this week with Westwood at 2-0 in power point matches, Desert Ridge at 2-1, while Red Mountain and Mesa went 1-1 the first week. Dobson (0-1), Mountain View (0-2) and Skyline (0-2) are looking for the first win of the season.
The big event of the week, at least if mosh pits are the measuring stick, came in the pool.
Mountain View and Red Mountain wasted no time Tuesday in getting the Brown Road rivalry going in swimming.
The Toro boys win handily, 125.5 to 65.5, but the real drama came in the girls meet as the teams tied at 93.
Most of the area teams are prepping for the Wolves Classic Invitational at Chandler this weekend.
Dobson is off a 3-0 start by beating up on the Phoenix with 9-0 wins over Trevor Browne, Maryvale and Alhambra.
Mountain View and Red Mountain are at 3-1, while Desert Ridge is 2-1.
Skyline (1-2), Westwood (1-2) and Mesa (0-3) are off to slow starts.
A wide variety of freedom matches continue this week with the region matches starting the last week of September.
The Toros will be play in a tournament at Shadow Mountain on Saturday.
The Red Mountain boys won the Superstition Mountain shootout easily with a two-day total of 10 over with Seton Catholic in second at 51 over and Mountain View at 57 over.
Desert Ridge was sixth.
The Mountain Lions were led by medalist Cameron Barzekoff at 10-under including a final round of 6-under par.
Teammates Abraham Elmore finished third at 1-under after a 4-under second day, and Britton Liming was fourth at even par. Chase Hensby was 11 at 10 over and Carson Ruedemann was tied for 12th at 11 over.
Mountain View was led by Zach McDermid, who shot 8-over to finish ninth, while Dallen Petersen was at 13-over for 14th place.
Desert Ridge’s highest finisher was Gavin Hultman at 13-over par.
The Red Mountain girls were at the Antigua Golf Invitational at Whirlwind Golf Course’s Devil’s Claw.
The Mountain Lions finished eight at the 18-team tournament behind the duo of Nicole Ewing and Sydney Bryan as they finished tied for 19th at 7-over 151 at the two-day event.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.