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Athlete of the Week: Richie Hamm

Lions' modest senior won't ever give up

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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:25 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Mountain View senior Richie Hamm is a modest guy.

"I don't think I'm really that amazing of a player," said Hamm. "I just have a lot of heart and I'm never going to give up, no matter what the score is."

Head coach Matt Dyck respectfully disagrees.

In a 3-2 home loss last Thursday to Salpointe, Hamm "was by far our best player," according to Dyck.

"We lost our last two games in five to Buena and Salpointe, and he had like 18 kills and 17 kills," added the coach.

In the Salpointe game, Hamm balanced those 17 team-leading kills with solid defense, adding 11 digs and two blocks.

While those kinds of on-the-court achievements are important, Hamm said his leadership role as the only senior on the team is just as crucial.

"It's a lot of pressure, I have to set an example for everybody," said Hamm. "I can't mess around too much because they're always looking for someone to look up to."

Hamm balances that pressure by carrying on a family interest in tattoos.

"I've got a lot of tattoos for a younger guy," he laughed.

With regionals and then the state playoffs on the horizon, Hamm knows his time with the team is drawing to a close, but is ready to make the most of the opportunity.

"I'm excited, but it's sad it's the end of the year, I'm not quite ready to go yet," Hamm said.

"Every game I play, I play like it's the last ball I'm going to touch," he added.

If Hamm has his way, he won't be touching that last volleyball any time soon – he wants to play at the University of Arizona next season.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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