Correction: The original version of the football schedule was published with errors, which have been corrected.
KINGMAN - When the Arizona Interscholastic Association released the high school sports schedules to the public last week, one team was off of the Kingman High football team's to-do list.
Since 1970, the two schools have developed a rivalry and have played each other almost ever since. However, the rivalry will take a two-year break thanks to the AIA's computerized scheduling.
"We wanted Havasu, but unfortunately the scheduling gods didn't look faborably upon us," said KHS athletic director John Venenga.
The Bulldogs' schedule is made up of six section games that are scheduled by the AIA and four freedom games that Venenga works with other ADs to schedule.
Venenga and Havasu athletic director Roger Burger agreed to hold the game in Week 4, but when the AIA schedules came out, the association scheduled KHS to host Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain.
The next open date for KHS was Oct. 11, but Havasu is scheduled to host Yuma in a section game.
"To me, that's one of the glitches with the AIA," Venenga said. "They give us freedom games and they tell us when we can start doing it and everyone has it done, but then we end up with what happened this year. We can't tell the AIA, 'Here are my four freedom games, put them in my schedule.' "
The Bulldogs, who dropped from Division II to III, will see a schedule that will be as tough as in years past.
KHS will open the season Aug. 30 by hosting River Valley. River Valley lost to eventual state runner-up Blue Ridge in the Division IV quarterfinals. Kingman will host Parker the following week before traveling to Phoenix Barry Goldwater on Sept. 13.
The Bulldogs will make two trips to the Phoenix area, with their second coming against Phoenix Paradise Valley on Oct. 11.
KHS' homecoming is scheduled Oct. 4 against Prescott and senior night will be Oct. 25 against Flagstaff.
"We didn't pick up anything easy from the year before," said first-year coach David Ward. "River Valley is a tough team. Goldwater is going to be tough. There are three or four very good football teams there."
River Valley will make another appearance in Kingman on Sept. 13 when they travel to Lee Williams for the Volunteers' first-ever home varsity game.
"They are good. That is a very good football program. Very well-coached. Very disciplined," LWHS coach Eugene Kramer said.
LWHS' first varsity football game will take place on Aug. 30 at Parker and they will travel to Holbrook a week later before returning home against River Valley.
The Volunteers will close the season Nov. 1 against crosstown and section rival Kingman Academy at Southside Park.
"I see where we can compete with everybody on the schedule," Kramer said. "We will be going up against some pretty good teams, some well-coached teams, and we are going to do the best we can coaching-wise to get these kids prepared."
KAHS will begin the school's new era in the AIA when they travel to Laughlin on Aug. 30. The Tigers will renew an old rivalry from the Charter Athletic Association on Sept. 6 when they travel to Mesa Sequoia.
The Tigers' home opener will be Sept. 13 against Yuma Catholic. Yuma lost 21-17 to eventual Division V state champions Northwest Christian in the semifinals.
"I don't think we have an easy game on the schedule," said KAHS coach Wally Mueller. "There is not one single game where we can let up."
With three high schools playing at the varsity level in the AIA, there will be four occasions when more then one football game will take place in Kingman.
The first instance will take place Sept. 13, when both LWHS and KAHS have their home openers. The following week, both KHS and KAHS are home on Sept. 20. Oct. 4 has KHS celebrating homecoming against Prescott, and at the same time LWHS will be hosting Camp Verde. On Oct. 25, both KHS and LWHS will be having their final home games.
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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The Lee Williams game vs. KAHS, states that both teams are "at" each other. Will the game take place at Lee Williams, or The baseball fields downtown?
[Admin: That will be a home game for Kingman Academy.]