By Greg Reiser
P.E. / Athletic Director
Mountain Vista/ Oracle School District #2
Mt. Vista sports are off and running this year with the football and volleyball student athletes making some noise! The football team hosted the High Desert Tigers from Globe on Tuesday Aug. 27 in front of a sold out, packed, standing room only stadium! The numbers on the field told us we had a mountain to climb, with the Tigers having 35 players against our Cougars who were suiting up just 13 players. Thankfully the game is played with only 11 on each side of the gridiron and that leveled the playing field. On the Cougars opening drive they scored with ease in what seemed to be maybe just good luck. Then it was the Cougar defenses turn, and step it up they did, stopping the Tigers in their tracks. Good luck means it happens once in a while, well the Cougars showed it wasn’t luck, and instead it was something called hard work and skill! That was the way the game went with our players showing the heart and discipline of Cougar Pride and taking it to the visitors with a 28-8 victory. Go Cougars!
The volleyball teams had their first game with rival San Manuel on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Miner country. No home court feeling there, however when you have thousands of Lady Cougars fans come down from Oracle and fill the rafters, home court advantage is gone! The seventh grade team played with young tenacity through three sets only to lose in the last set by two points, These student athletes showed their potential and we will look forward to many more good games. The eighth grade game gave the fans what they paid good money to see! Exciting, exhilarating, elating, enlivening, ear deafening, good volleyball! Our team put together rally after rally to take the game into a third set in which determination, discipline and teamwork prevailed with our girls taking a 2-point victory of the challenging Miners. Good memories were had by all but it’s only just begun. Check out all the sports schedules on our school website!