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The Parker Broncs volleyball team is getting geared up for their 2022 season. Their first match, set for Aug. 30 against the Veritas Prep Falcons, was supposed to be at home. However, it’s been moved to a road match. In fact, all the Broncs’ early season matches will be on the road. According to the AzPreps 365 website, their first home match won’t be until Sept. 21 against the River Valley Dust Devils.

It looks like the volleyball team will be this year’s Parker Road Warriors.

The problem isn’t the coronavirus pandemic. The problem is the floor in the Parker High gym was damaged the weekend before school started. Parker Schools Superintendent Brad Sale and volleyball Head Coach Marie Maya said the damage was caused by a leaking air conditioning unit.

“A condensate line became plugged just after we had the floor sealed and we had the AC running over the weekend to help cure it,” Sale said. “This was the weekend prior to school starting.”

The damage occurred near the right main door and covered about 15 to 20 percent of the gym floor. The floor was warped. The damage was discovered on Monday morning.

“It looked like waves,” Maya said.

Parker School Board President Randy Hartless said he had no cost estimate of the damage, but added it will be expensive.

Sale said they won’t know the cost for a time as it’s being handled by the district’s insurance company.

“Our insurance company is in charge of getting the gym back in good condition,” he said. “How long will it take, we don’t know.   Due to the age of our floor it has to be special ordered.  Once the floor gets here it has to acclimate for two weeks before it can be laid.”

Maya said they are looking at various options for playing volleyball in Parker. These include using the half of the gym floor away from the damage. She said this might mean their fans would need to bring chairs.

Parker High Athletic Director Dan Maya said this was the solution they were pushing for. He some other alternatives had been considered, such as playing in Parker High’s old gym. However, that building does not have air conditioning and it would be too hot to play there.

Dan Maya said they had also looked at using the Wallace Dome and the gym at LePera Elementary School, but these were ruled out because their tile floors are not really conducive to high school athletic activities. They also considered Irataba Hall in the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ office complex, but this would cause issues with the Tribal face mask mandates.

Mr. Maya said he hoped they can get something worked out.

“Travel is hard on the girls,” he said. “We want to play at home.” 

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