Becca Morse #10 of Mountain Pointe passes during the high school volleyball game between Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista at Desert Vista High School on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.

[Billy Hardiman/Special to Tribune]

The second season has arrived and only a select few have made it.

Whether it is a team or individual sport, now is the time of the year all strived for when fall camp began in August.

Here are some quick story lines in volleyball, golf, swimming and cross country:

Horizon Honors girls volleyball earned the No. 1 seed in the 2A Conference tournament after going 16-1. It’s a continuation of last year’s success when the Eagles made state semifinals.

Desert Vista girls volleyball have a tough road to a third straight title as the No. 9 Thunder start on the road against No. 8 Horizon with No. 1 Hamilton most likely waiting in the quarterfinals.

Mountain Pointe girls volleyball earned the fifth seed and the Pride’s resurgence to a top program will most likely hinge on its second round match with No. 4 Perry Perry is coached by Fred Mann, who coached the Pride for 20 years.

Meanwhile, Desert Vista senior Kendall Glover set the program’s season record for digs last week, surpassing her sister, Lexi.

Kendall entered Tuesday’s playoff game with 764 digs on the season after setting in the regular season finale. The previous mark by Lexi was 740.

* Desert Vista cross country teams are favorites to pull off a double win in cross country as both the boys and girls squads are heavy favorites in the 6A Conference meet.

* The Thunder girls swim team will be one of the contenders in the Division I meet after winning several meets this season, including beating perennial champions Chaparral and Xavier at the Wolves Classic, and the Gators in a dual meet.

* The Desert Vista boys and girls golf teams qualified for state with the girls finishing as the second ranked team in 6A and the boys were sixth.

* Mountain Pointe had individuals qualify in golf with senior Kayla Kelsen for the girls and junior Zack Ramseyer.

Ramseyer has had quality year in shooting six competitive rounds under 40, including a 35 at the Raven Golf Club.

“He’s been very consistent this year,” Mountain Pointe coach Tony Ramseyer, Zack’s father, said. “In the previous seasons, he scored well but then he’d have that occasional blow up hole or round.”

It’s made the relationship between dad and son, and coach and player easier to manage.

“If he has a bad round, it can be hard to separate the two,” the elder Ramseyer said. “Golf can be very frustrating, but he’s had a really good year so we haven’t had to deal with it as much.”

Monday marked the start of the spring season for high school sports as basketball, soccer and wrestling. The first games/matches for basketball and soccer are Nov. 21, while the first wrestling matches of the season are March 22.

Desert Vista hired Rodney Berry as the interim girls basketball coach for the 2016-17 season.

Berry is the interim because the hire came so late–one week–before the season starts after Cheyan Wilson resigned last month.

The athletic department will do a full coaching search after the season.

Some other story lines for the second season in golf, swimming and cross country:

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Playoff schedule

Cross Country

Cave Creek Golf Course, Phoenix

All Divisions


Division I

Girls – 8:55 a.m.; Boys - 9:45 a.m.

Division II

Girls 12:40 p.m.; Boys - 1:30 p.m.

Division III

Girls 10:10 a.m.; Boys - 9:20 a.m.

Division IV

Girls 1:05 p.m.; Boys - 12:15 p.m.



No. 10 Desert Vista (6-4) at No. 7 Mountain View (7-3)

No. 16 Cesar Chavez (4-6) at No. 1 Mountain Pointe


Division I girls:

Day 1: Today, 7:30 a.m., Aguila Golf Course

Day 2: Thursday, 7:30 a.m., Aguila Golf Course

Division I boys

Day 1: Monday, 7:45 a.m., Grand Canyon Golf Course

Day 2: Tuesday, 7:45 a.m., Grand Canyon Golf Course


Division I

Diving: Friday, 1:30 p.m., Skyline Aquatic Center (SAC)

Swim Prelims: Friday, 2:30 p.m., SAC

Swim Finals: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., SAC

Division II

Diving: Friday, 9:30 a.m., SAC

Swim Prelims: Friday, 9:30 a.m., SAC

Swim Finals: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., SAC

Division III

Diving: Friday, 1:30 p.m., SAC

Swim Prelims: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Phoenix Country Day (PCD)

Swim Finals: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., PCDS


Today, 6:30 p.m.

6A Conference

No. 9 Desert Vista at No. 8 Horizon

No. 12 Red Mountain at No. 5 Mountain Pointe

2A Conference


Central High

No. 16 Desert Christian vs. No. 1 Horizon Honors, 3 p.m.

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