Durango Fall Classic

2018 Durango Fall Classic

Presented by Nike

September 14 & 15

Teams

Arbor View High School, Las Vegas, NV
Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, CA
Assumption High School, Louisville, KY
Beckman High School, Irvine, CA
Bishop Manogue High School, Reno, NV
Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls, ID
Campo Verde High School, Gilbert, AZ
Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, CA
Centennial High School, Las Vegas, NV
Central High School, Fresno, CA
Coronado High School, Henderson, NV
Desert Hills High School, Saint George, UT
Durango High School, Las Vegas, NV
El Dorado High School, Placentia, CA
Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, NV
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Foothill High School, Henderson, NV
Green Valley High School, Henderson, NV
Harvard-Westlake High School, Studio City, CA
Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
Ironwood Ridge High School, Tucson, AZ
James Logan High School, Union City, CA
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, Honolulu, HI
La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad, CA
Lakewood High School, Lakewood, CA
Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA
Lone Peak High School, Highland, UT
Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, CA
Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield, CA
Marymount High School, Los Angeles, CA
Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA
Mercy Academy, Louisville, KY
Moapa Valley High School, Overton, NV
Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA
Notre Dame High School Belmont, Belmont, CA
Palo Verde High School, Las Vegas, NV
Pleasant Grove High School, Pleasant Grove, UT
Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn, NY
Queen Creek High School, Queen Creek, AZ
Rancho Cucamonga High School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA
Rim of the World High School, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco, CA
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, CA
Saint Lucy’s Priory High School , Glendora, CA
Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Phoeniz, AZ
Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Shadow Ridge High School, Las Vegas, NV
Sierra Canyon High School, Chatsworth, CA
Silverado High School, Henderson, NV
Skyridge High School, Lehi, Utah
Skyview High School, Nampa, ID
South Torrance High School, Torrance, CA
Teurlings Catholic High School, Lafayette, LA
Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA
Villa Park High School, Villa Park, CA
Village Christian High School, Sun Valley, CA
Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, CA
Walton High School, Marietta,GA
West Valley High School, Yakima, WA
Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, Long Beach, CA
Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, AZ

10 Reasons To Play

1
Silence the critics. If you’ve compiled your 45-1 record in let’s say Vermont, what does that really mean to someone in Texas? If you’ve got that special, once-in-a-blue moon team that only happens when the planets are aligned, why hide them under a bushel basket? To turn down an invitation to Durango is to squander a golden opportunity.
2
Play the national champ. Every athlete in every sport wants to test their skills against the best possible competition, but how often do you actually get to play the national champ? At Durango, you had that possibility for at least the last 3 years I’ve seen. John could probably provide a longer history.
3
Play the Hawaiians. I’m not sure, but it looked like they had more fans there than any other team, and I am sure you have to wash a lot of cars to fly to the mainland. Their fans are a lot of fun; they shared their food with our girls and when you compete against them, their fans know how to p-a-r-t-y! They rock as much as the Puerto Rican teams at AAU nationals! It was an honor playing them. Even the 90% of the fans who wanted them to beat us walked out of the gym knowing they had just witnessed something special.
4
What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there. Everything worth learning in High School doesn’t just happen within the walls of your school, or the boundaries of your state. Not only was being in Vegas as a sophomore and junior without a parent there to wipe their nose a growing experience, so was the process to get there. Daughter up-reffed at grade school jamborees, where at 8AM she had to deal with a coach who started-out the match complaining that the net was too high, and ended it complaining that she had rushed the match so she could get out of there earlier, even though every team played the same amount of time regardless of match scores. I could kiss that guy. What she learned will help her throughout life, whether it is behind a cash register or in the boardroom.
5
Bragging rights. It is a chance to meet and make friends with players you may be playing with or against in college. And even if you don’t go on to play in college, you can be sitting in your dorm room with your roommates watching a college match on TV, and proclaim, “Number 27? Yeah she’s OK, but I roofed her in Vegas.
6
Take your game to the next level. Somehow a synergy develops when two great teams play each other that allows each team to take their game to a higher level. And once you reach that new plateau, you seldom go back. You learn things about yourself that you take back with you as a source of strength for future matches, not just at your state tournament, but college and club as well.
7
Multiply the state experience by a factor of six. It is one thing to put on your school’s colors and take on the best your state has to offer, it is quite a different thing to represent your city, your state, even your region by competing against the best the nation has to offer. This year at Durango, there were at least 6 state champions.
8
Establish a benchmark. I don’t mean the cross-linking match that makes John’s job easier; no, make him work …… if that is what you call jet-setting around the country watching volleyball. That isn’t what I mean by benchmark. Every coach has a vision of where he/she wants the team, and some even have a plan for getting there. I applaud the Texas coach who took his team to Nike, for he has a benchmark of where his team presently stands vis-a-vis other states.
9
Expose yourself. Not only do your players get exposure to college coaches, like at a qualifier or nationals, but it plays well in the local newspapers, which makes you look good (job security). And think of all those young, impressionable, up-and-coming, future volleyball studs who are asking their dads why they can’t live in your district.
10
Expose your weaknesses. You can play a sloppy, unfocused, lazy “B” game against lesser opponents and your players can think they’re playing good. You can even take your “A” game to Durango and get your weaknesses exposed, while there is still time to fix them before your state tournament.

ShamRocket – PrepVolleyball.com  Dec. 5, 2017

Hotels

The hotel links below include instructions to redeem the tournament group rate. Please contact the hotels directly instead of going through third party travel agencies.

Hilton Garden Inn Henderson
1340 W Warm Springs Rd
Henderson, NV 89014

Phone: 702-322-9000

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Henderson
1481 Paseo Verde Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012

Phone: 702-270-0995

Hampton Inn & Suites Henderson
421 Astaire Dr
Henderson, NV 89014

Phone: 702-992-9292

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Henderson
441 Astaire Dr
Henderson, NV 89014

Phone: 702-990-2323

Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas City Center
4655 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Phone: 702-262-1031

DoubleTree by Hilton
7250 Pollock Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Phone: 800-757-4306, reference group code DF8, or 702-932-1061 for teams of 10 + rooms.

Courtyard by Marriott
5845 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Phone: 702-895-7519

Holiday Inn Express
5760 Polaris Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Phone: 702-736-0098

Fairfield Inn & Suites
5775 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Phone: 702-895-9810

Residence Inn
5875 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Phone: 702-735-7378

Homewood Suites by Hilton
4625 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Phone: 702-598-0101

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