Feb. 23, 2005 - The boys volleyball team of Catalina Foothills will hit the court this spring with a new head varsity coach. Otis Milan takes over the helm for the Falcons, replacing Steve Carlat as head varsity coach. Milan inherits a team that lost several key players from last year's team to graduation, including Dane Binder, Marc Mutnansky and Brian Beyer. Staying on as head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach is Andrea Fyock.
The Northwest Special Olympic Floor Hockey team finished third in the A-Division of the 2005 Valentine Classic Floor Hockey Tournament Feb. 12 at Ironwood Ridge High School. The squad, comprised of 16 former CDO, Marana, Flowing Wells and Amphi high school students, recently won the gold medal at the Pima County Games and took third at the Southern California Floor Hockey Tournament in San Diego. Floor hockey is the equivalent of ice hockey except instead of being played on ice, it's played on the hardwood of a gymnasium.
Volleyball rules change
The Arizona Interscholastic Association will amend its high school volleyball rules starting with the 2006 season. Following the lead of several states, the AIA will give teams the option to add a libero player to its lineup. A libero, pronounced LEE-bro, is a defensive specialist who must stay in the back row and cannot play offense. This means he or she cannot serve, block or spike and is only permitted to hit the ball over the net with a bump or overhand finger pass. The libero does not count as a substitution for his or her team and can only enter the game for anyone in the back row. Several states have experimented with the libero with success, including Florida, New York and Washington.
SaddleBrooke residents looking to get back on the diamond are encouraged to join the retirement community's softball program. Up to 14 teams are scheduled to compete in the first year of the senior slo-pitch fastball league. Exhibition games have already begun at Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. SaddleBrooke is hopeful its brand new softball facility will be fully functional in the near future as soon as construction delays and inclement weather subside. Games, both recreational and competitive, will be played on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and are restricted to SaddleBrooke residents. For more information call Joe Lestingi at 818-2175.
Pinch hitters needed
Need a job? Think you got what it takes to make it in "the show?" The Tucson Sidewinders will host the team's Fourth Annual Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway.
The Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks is looking for motivated applicants for seasonal part-time employment. Jobs include security, ticket takers, parking attendants, ushers and employees to work in the team's store and Kid's Corner.
No appointment is necessary but applicants should be prepared for an interview and have the proper identification. For more information call 434-1021.
My sincerest apologies go out to Torrie Browning of Ironwood Ridge High School. In an article I wrote in the Feb. 16 issue about Joey Crandall winning the school its first wrestling title, I mistakenly omitted Browning's name from the short list of Nighthawks who have won state championships.
In 2004, as a junior, Browning took home the individual Class 4A state title in girls tennis. Sorry for the oversight Torrie, best of luck repeating this year and at Wichita State in the fall.