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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 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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