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  • High school sports face new fees for postseason participation

    Starting this fall, high school athletic programs across Arizona will face additional fees to participation in postseason play.The Arizona Interscholastic Association implemented a fee requiring certain sports to pay to enter playoff and postseason games. Schools will have to start paying the fees — approved by the AIA on May 19 — beginning the fall sports season.Spiritline, wrestling, cross-country, golf, badminton and tennis will now all have to pay to participate in postseason tournaments. Spiritlines will be charged $250 to enter the state qualifier and $350 to enter the state finals. Wrestling teams will be charged $100 to enter their sectional tournamentsCross-country, golf and tennis will see $50 increases. Cross-country teams will have to pay $50 to enter the sectional meet and $100 to enter the state meet. However, individuals who qualify on their own but not as part of a team will not be charged.Golf teams will be charged $50 per individual or $250 for a team of five. Tournament attendees of the state golf tournament will be charged for a $15 day pass or a $25 all-tournament pass.Badminton and tennis teams will be charged $50 per team for entry into their respective singles or doubles tournaments with “an entry of one singles and one doubles team, or only a singles or doubles team is considered a team,” according to an AIA memo.

  • Mesa's Hatch wins MVP award at national tournament

    The honors continue to roll in for Mesa High graduate J.T. Hatch.Hatch’s Spiral 18 Under Armour team took home a national title in the 18 Open bracket Tuesday at the USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships. Hatch was named the tournament’s MVP.Hatch, who will continue his volleyball career at UCLA, recently was named the East Valley Tribune’s boys volleyball Player of the Year.

  • 2014 All-Tribune Boys Volleyball teams

    First TeamOutside Hitter J.T. Hatch Mesa Senior did it all, recording 74 aces, a state-best 533 kills, 231 digs while hitting .321.Libero Saige Gonsalves Hamilton Tallied 374 digs while also getting it done on offense with 56 aces.Setter Zach Melcher Hamilton Ranked second in the state with 1,184 assists and also tallied 72 total blocks.Middle Blocker Mark Olsen Mountain View His .439 hitting average was second in the state; also had 232 killsOpposite Hitter Jacob Komenda Mesa Notched 69 total blocks while hitting .323 with 290 kills.

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