The Lady Matadors have been to four consecutive Region finals. And four consecutive times they have fallen at the hands of Central Arizona.

Polina Severina has come halfway around the world to play volleyball. Still, she looks about as comfortable as a girl from Moscow can get in the desert.


The coach of the Arizona Western College men's basketball team has had a successful first season at the helm.

There is a theory among successful coaches that the job requires filling many roles
part-time mentor, parent, therapist, friend, psychologist, teacher and motivational speaker.

And somewhere along the line, being a coach comes into play.

How does a team top a season in which it went 11-1 and played in the National Championship game? The obvious answer would be by winning the national title, but maybe it's not that simple.


The Mats have played in a manner this season that would make any old-time baseball fan feel all warm and fuzzy inside. With a combination of peak effort and smart baseball, the team has put itself in position to make a postseason run.

The agony of losing the national championship can be heard in the voices of coaches and returning players alike. Painful as it is, though, losing a game of that magnitude only serves motivation as the team cranks up spring practices.