The Mont Harmon Junior High School football team practices for the upcoming season during a makeshift rainstorm. The team is getting itself ready for any eventuality whether it be a wet field, a hot fall day or a snow storm. The team and their coach anticipate a winning season this year.
Helper, Mont Harmon and Pinnacle Academy Junior High teams are starting another season as part of the Castle Valley Activities Association. Canyon View and San Rafael schools from Emery County School District make up the remaining teams in the local junior high league.
This season Pinnacle Academy sports a volleyball team, but no football program. Their team of girls is headed by Coach Heidi Kay. She is also the Pinnacle High School varsity coach in volleyball and has her hands full. Kay feels like she is getting a solid turnout for her program as it continues to build. She is looking forward to competing with the other schools again this season.
Mont Harmon's volleyball program has a new head coach this year. Leslie Holzer previously coached for six years as a junior varsity coach in Idaho. It is her first season working with junior high girls. She feels her team is shaping up nicely and if they are as good in a game as they are in practice they will do well.
Barbara Scoggins is back for another season as coach with the Helper volleyball team. She states she has a good core of returning varsity and JV players. With the experience they have, her squad is more relaxed and playing well together. Scoggins says that they have really great chemistry and that they should have a good team this season.
Mont Harmon's football team is headed up by Jerad Hardy. With many 9th graders heading to Carbon High, Hardy still feels like he has a solid group of players to work with. He has only five returning starters, but a good core of eighth graders willing to step up and play. He has over 71 kids who came out to play ball this season. That is almost double the number that turned out last season. He is looking forward to all the games, but thinks San Rafael will be the biggest challenge.
Helper's Phil Howa again faces the challenges of a small squad to work with. He feels like this group is showing a toughness he hasn't seen from Helper in a while. Many of the starters have experience and so they are not starting over. He has some excellent leadership coming out of his ninth graders. His younger players are small, but willing to learn and get in there and mix it up. He is hoping that they will give it their all and be competitive throughout the season.