By Greg Perkins
Roadrunner fans looking ahead to their favorite sports in the next school year will see some familiar faces and some totally new ones in terms of Holbrook opponents.
With the Arizona Interscholastic Association realigning schools for the next three-year block of time, some of the Holbrook teams have moved into different sections from the past couple of years.
Probably the most notable changes come in boys’ and girls’ basketball. In each of these cases, Holbrook has moved to what is essentially the old “North” region. The Roadrunners are now in Section 1 of Division 3. They are joined by Chinle, Monument Valley, Page, Snowflake, Tuba City, Window Rock and Winslow. The Lady Roadrunners are in the same section, although, Many Farms will also be part of Section 3 for the girls.
Holbrook’s volleyball team will face a mixture of North and East teams who will play in Section 5 of Division 3, including Blue Ridge, Ganado, Grey Hills, Monument Valley, Page, Payson, Show Low, Snowflake, Tuba City, Window Rock and Winslow.
Football remains in Section 4 of Division 5, where the Roadrunners are joined by Alchesay, Round Valley, St. Johns and Window Rock.
The Holbrook boys’ soccer squad will play in Section 1 of Division 5 along with Blue Ridge, Payson, Round Valley, Shonto Prep, Show Low, Snowflake, St. Johns and St. Michael. The girls’ team is also in Section 1 of Division 5, and is joined by Round Valley, Show Low, Snowflake and St. Johns.
The baseball and softball teams will play in Section 1 of Division 3. The Roadrunners will be joined by Blue Ridge, Mingus Union, Page, Payson, Show Low, Snowflake and Winslow. The Lady Roadrunners’ section mates are Blue Ridge, Page, Payson, Show Low, Snowflake and Window Rock.
In all of these sports, each team is required to play each team in their section at least one time during the regular season. These games are known as sectional games and count toward sectional tournaments as well as the state power point rankings. Schools are also allowed to schedule “freedom” games, which also count toward power points, to fill out their schedule. Some of those freedom games are sectional opponents they play for a second time. Others may be teams not part of the section; for example, the basketball teams are scheduled to play Division 2 Prescott next year as a freedom game contest.
The individual sports of cross country, track, golf, and wrestling will all remain in Division 3 next season.