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Vikes head to Nevada
Softball and baseball teams head to Laughlin Tournament

Both the Lady Vikes and the Vikings will head to Laughlin Friday and Saturday to take part in the annual Laughlin Tournament. Two days of baseball and softball action are on the horizon as Williams' players head into warmer climes. Weather in Laughlin is expected to be sunny and warm, with highs in the 70s Friday and bumping up into the 80s on Saturday. Overnight lows are expected to drop into the upper 40s Friday with lows in the 50s on Saturday night - a far cry from the icy temperatures in Williams. Games are slated to begin at 8 a.m. Friday morning for the girls and 9:45 a.m. for the boys, Nevada time. Williams baseball fans are encouraged to attend the games in order to cheer on their local teams.

Baseball Coach Phillip Echeverria and softball Coach Ann Wells said they are expecting to see some good games during the tournament. The Lady Vikes will play a total of eight teams.

"It's this Friday and Saturday. Two years ago we won the tournament. We have a very strong team this year and we're looking to make a good showing," Wells said, adding that 29 girls have come out for both the varsity and the junior varsity teams this season.

"We're looking pretty strong, but we've only been practicing in the gym. Hopefully the weather's changing for us," Wells said.

Echeverria said the boys' baseball team has been shaping up quite well for the 2008 season. The boys will take on four teams during the upcoming Laughlin Tournament.

"We'll play four games in Laughlin, two on Friday and two on Saturday. We returned with quite a few guys from last year's team. We expect a little better showing and getting back to the state playoffs and possibly moving on. It's just going to depend on how hard our kids want to play," Echeverria said. "We've been outside a little bit throwing. Things look promising. It just depends on whether or not our boys come together and fight as a team for one cause and that's to win games."

Twenty-six students have come out for the Vikings baseball team this season for both the junior varsity (JV) and varsity squads.

"We're alternating between varsity and JV," Echeverria said. "On the varsity I'm going to travel between 14 and 16 kids."

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