Nov. 10, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: The Under-13 Select Boys Soccer team gave opposing teams quite a scare during the Halloween weekend, spooking its way to an undefeated championship in Nevada. Based out of the Canyon del Oro Soccer Club, the U13 squad traveled to "Sin City" Oct. 30-31 to take part in the City of Las Vegas Mayor's Cup Soccer Tournament. Playing out of the four-team, Gold Bracket, U13 Select went 3-0-1 on the windy Nevada weekend to claim the cup. To add motivation and build team unity, head coach Sean Watkins gathered his players together one night before the tourney for an evening of pizza and head shaving. Seeing the majority of his team sporting long hair, which was interfering with their game by getting in the player's eyes, Watkins clipped his squad. The white head bands the team adorned that weekend must have worked. With the mayor on hand to award his cup, the U13 squad knocked off a Nevada team that hadn't lost the weekend tournament in six years. Next up for the U13 Select is a trip to Mesa this weekend to compete in the Patriots Cup.

IN OTHER SOCCER NEWS

Mountain View High School is hoping the energy and excitement created by Rick Ellis this season for the school's girls volleyball team rubs off on the girls soccer squad. Ellis will take over the girls soccer coaching duties when the sport gets underway this month. In the fall, Ellis took over a struggling girls volleyball team that had won just two games the previous year and guided them 13 victories and a berth into the Class 5A State Tournament. Although the Southern Region's No. 4 seeded Mountain Lions were eliminated in the first round by Desert Mountain by a score of 25-2, 25-22, the season was a tremendous success, said Ellis. Originally a golf and boys volleyball coach, Ellis said it will take a while for him to learn the intricacies of soccer but has recruited the help of close friends, and soccer experts, to help him with the transition.

TENNIS IN OV

The United States Tennis Association will be making a trip to Tucson Nov. 15-21 as the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road, hosts a USTA Pro Circuit Event. The 32-player singles draw is expected to bring in some of the country's top collegiate tennis players. Total prize money for the event is $50,000. The singles and doubles main draw will begin play Nov. 16. For more information on the event call 544-1780.

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