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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 7:55 am, Wed Nov 28, 2012.

Mountain View High School has had no shortage of regional and / or state championship banners hanging from its gymnasium rafters..

At the Mountain Lions' boys' volleyball team practice on Monday, 28 banners commemorating those achievements fluttered lightly above the spikers and setters.

None of them are for boys volleyball. For Mountain View senior Richie Hamm, it's the one missing banner that's most important.

"You know, I don't think we've ever won one of those," said Hamm slowly, staring up at the ceiling.

As tournament time nears, Hamm and his teammates want to fill the ceiling space.

"Oh yeah," he said.

After missing out on a bid to last year's state tournament, the Mountain Lions are in a good position to make this year's competition.

"We should make state this year," said first-year coach Matt Dyck. "We need to win one out of our last two games."

Mountain View is ranked 14th statewide by the Arizona Interscholastic Association with a regular season / invitational record of 12-10 at press time. The top 16 teams earn a state invitation.

For Dyck, future playoff success will a simple strategy.

"We're just trying to get better every day," said Dyck. "That's our only focus."

The team has bought into that philosophy.

"The kids work hard," said Dyck. "And they're fun to be around."

The Mountain Lions' blend of loose camaraderie (complete with Family Guy references) and high-speed practice drills seems to be paying off.

In the team's most recent match, a 3-2 loss to #8 Salpointe, Hamm notched 17 kills, junior Chris Darris had 36 assists and sophomore Scott Jenks finished with 14 digs, while taking the higher-ranked team down to the wire.

"(In the loss, Hamm) was by far our best player," said Dyck. "Scott Jenks has done a nice job for being a sophomore, and Chris Darris has done a good job for being a junior."

If one of these players has an off game, Mountain View is "pretty well-balanced," according to the coach.

The Mountain Lions are hoping that balance will help them to a winning finish when their regular season ends at Sunnyside this Thursday, but win or lose, Dyck is happy with his first year with Mountain View.

"It's a fun staff, it's a great administration," said Dyck. "This season has been great."

"As far as having a young group of guys, having three freshmen on varsity and only one senior, they've done a fantastic job," said Dyck. "We should be good here for many years to come."

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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