September 7, 2005 - While Catalina Foothills and Ironwood Ridge high schools were waging war on each other in the Gold Bracket of the Tucson Unified School District Girls Volleyball Invitational, another team was quietly going about its business. The girls of Mountain View High School took home the title in the Blue Bracket. Although it's considered the consolation bracket, Mountain View put away host school Palo Verde in two games for the win. Last year, Mountain View fell short in the Blue Bracket title game, losing to Marana High School.

This isn't the same Mountain View squad two years removed from a two-win season. Already the Mountain Lions have accumulated five wins, including a defeat of volleyball powerhouse Canyon Del Oro High School.

Notably absent from the TUSD invitational, Sept. 2 through Sept. 3, were the girls of CDO, the tourney's reigning champs.

Griebel back in action

If you're ever in Las Cruces and decide to take in a football game at New Mexico State University, chances are you'll find Matt Griebel terrorizing opposing offenses from his position in the Aggies' secondary. This fall, the former Canyon Del Oro High School standout returns to the field for the first time since breaking his forearm during spring drills. A three-year letter winner at New Mexico, Griebel is expected to start for the Aggies this season at free safety. In the Aggies' first game, Griebel notched six tackles, three of them unassisted, and broke up a team high three passes. New Mexico State, however, was doubled up in that game losing 34-17 to the University of Texas-El Paso. On Sept. 10, the Aggies face another tough opponent when they travel to Boulder to face the University of Colorado.

CDO-Charlton expands

The CDO-Charlton Soccer Club is opening two new junior soccer academies. One will be based in Continental Ranch and the other

will take place on the south side of Tucson in Rita Ranch. The academies are open to boys and girls ages 4 to 10. The addition gives CDO-Charlton junior academies in the Northwest, South and East sides of the Tucson metro area. The original CDO-Charlton Soccer academy opened in May, successfully fusing the ideals of Charlton, of the English Premier League, with a fun setting for kids to learn proper techniques. The academy will run year-round. For more information, call 991-4511.

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