Tonight's edition of The OT discusses high school volleyball, NAU volleyball, football, and basketball.
All three Flagstaff High School girls volleyball had great seasons this year, Coconino made it to the first round of the playoffs, finishing 22-13 and NPA made it to the second round, finishing 24-8-1. The Lady Eagles did especially well advancing as far as the semifinals before falling in five sets to Millennium They dominated throughout the season with 34 wins and taking eight of their nine section match ups. The team has now made back-to-back semifinal appearances. The Lady Eagles will lose seven seniors this year including captains Courtney Leffel and Kayla Morales.
The NAU Women's Volleyball team is dominating this season. They tied the school record for 12 wins in a row with their victory over Southern Utah. The Lady Jacks will look to lock up home court advantage for the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Lead by seniors Payton Bock and Janae Vander Ploeg the team is expected to win the conference tournament and make a big splash on the national level.
The NAU football team has upset Eastern Washington for the second year in a row and is in a good spot right now. The Lumberjacks have a young wide quarterback-receiver duo with Case Cookus and Emmanuel Butler who have been the anchor to the teams explosive offense throughout the season. The Jacks still have a chance to win the Big Sky but they will need some help as they sit fourth in the conference. To take home the title they need to win their next two games against Sac State and Southern Utah. They also need Eastern Washington to lose one of their remaining games and Southern Utah to lose to Portland State.
Basketball season is coming up and the NAU Men's Basketball team is returning from the one of the best seasons in program history last year. This season started off a little rough with a loss during their exhibition game against Cal Baptist. The Jacks will look to point guard Kris Yanku, who led the nation in free throws last year, and Coach Murphy to lead them through another successful season.
Basis High School has a new athletic program this year. The school is known for its academic programs and they are looking augment that with sports programs to help attract and retain students. According to Basis Head of School, Sean Clark the athletic programs have been very successful to begin with. Basis started off with varsity volleyball, cross-country, speech and debate, chess, and boy's basketball will be starting this week. Basis Athletic Director Michael Anderson discusses how they want to start small and see how they fit into their programs. They will look to add more individual sports next year including tennis, swimming, and possibly golf. Basis currently only has a small gym and have to play all away games. Next year they will host their home games at a rented facility. As the school expands they will look to build a full size gym, which allow them to host games on their campus.
This weekend is filled with sporting events. The Icejacks take on Loyola Marymount tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Jay Lively Ice Arena. NAU Football host Sacramento State for their game on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Skydome. NAU Women's Basketball have their first game against Hawaii this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center.