Pirates defeat Highland
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team picked up a victory last Tuesday, Sept. 30, as they defeated Highland in 4 games 25-20, 25-19, 24-26 and 25-18 at Cottonwood.
In the opening game the teams played very even as neither side could build much of an advantage. The score was tied 14 times, the last time at 16-16.
At that point Francesca Johnson scored a kill for the sideout and Kaylee Uhlenkott followed with an ace with Francesca adding another kill to give Prairie their biggest lead to that point at 19-16.
After trading sideouts Leora Laurino served up 3 aces to make it 23-17.
A missed spike by Highland set up game point at 24-19 but Prairie missed their own spike attempt to make it 24-20. Brianne Stubbers then scored the game-winning kill on a cross-court spike to the far corner on a set from Jennifer Enneking.
In the second game Highland led much of the early going although Prairie was able to take a 7-5 lead after a kill by Kayla Johnson.
Highladn scored the side out and ran off 8 straight points to take a 7-13 lead.
A kill by Sam Johnson finally broke the run with Chelsea long following up with a stuff block. Laurino added an ace and Sam Johnson scored another kill to cut the lead to 2 at 11-13.
Highland pushed the lead back to 4 before another kill by Sam Johnson put Enneking on the service line. Enneking served 2 aces then Long and Sam Johnson each scored a kill to give Prairie a 16-15 lead.
Highland scored a kill to tie it and the score was tied again at 17 and 18.
Prairie took the lead for good on a kill by Uhlenkott.
Stubbers served an ace followed by a kill each from Uhlenkott and Kayla Johnson. After another ace, a kill by Francesca Johnson made it 24-18.
Highland fought off one game point but Francesca Johnson scored another kill to end it.
The third game was another close one although Prairie took the early 7-3 lead this time.
Prairie led most of the way until Highland took the lead at 15-16.
Highland extended the lead to 15-18 but Prairie came back with 6 straight points on a kill by Francesca Johnson, a kill and then a stuff by Kayla Johnson, a kill by Stubbers and 2 aces by Uhlenkott to make it 21-18.
Highland came right back though and took back the lead at 22-24. Prairie tied it on a kill each by Sam Johnson and Long but a missed spike and then a kill by Highland’s Caiti Thomason game the Huskies the win, forcing a fourth game.
Prairie dominated in the fourth game as Stubbers scored a kill for the quick sideout and Sam Johnson followed with 4 straight service winners including 2 aces and a kill each by Uhlenkott and Long for a 5-0 lead.
Highland pulled within 5-3 but then missed a serve and Long followed with 3 straight aces to make it 9-3.
Prairie played defensive volleyball most of the rest of the game, scoring sideouts on Highland serves to keep them from cutting into the lead and adding 1 or 2 points of their own on serve to gradually increase the lead.
Prairie got to 24-13 on an ace by Uhlenkott then had trouble finishing the match.
Highland fought off 5 straight match points before Sam Johnson’s cross court winner ended the match.
Uhlenkott had 12 kills and 6 aces in the match while Sam Johnson had 12 kills and 3 aces. Long had 10 kills including 3 stuff blocks and 5 aces. Francesca Johnson had 9 kills and 3 assists. Kayla Johnson had 7 kills including a stuff. Stubbers had 6 kills, 4 aces and 22 assists while Enneking had 5 aces and 18 assists. Laurino had a kill and 4 aces.
With the win Prairie improves to 4-8 on the season.
The JV team also won as they swept their 3 games against the Huskies 25-11, 25-12, 15-8.
Megan Sigler served Prairie to an 8-0 lead in the opening game with 6 aces, a kill by Ashley Shumway and a stuff by MaKayla Schaeffer.
Highland got back into the game at 10-7 before a missed served put Schaeffer on the service line. She had 4 straight aces to push the lead to 15-7.
A pair of aces by Haleigh Schmidt and 4 more aces by Sigler pushed the lead to 24-11. The game-winning point came on a Highland serve into the net.
The second game started out closer as Highland led at one point 7-8 before Shelby Duman scored a kill to tie the game at 8-8.
Justina Zigler then put together a 6-point service run which included 5 aces plus a kill by Schaeffer.
Schmidt followed with a 4-point run which included 3 aces and a kill by Gina Seubert to put Prairie up 19-9.
A kill by Schmidt, an ace by Meaghan Bruner, 2 aces by Schaeffer and some missed serves by Highland led to the final 13-point margin.
In the third game Prairie didn’t have any big serving runs, they just steadily pulled away for the 7-point win. Duman had the biggest serving run with 3 which included 2 aces and a kill by Schaeffer.
Lady Pirates sweep Kendrick
The Prairie Lady Pirates won their second straight match and their third of the last four as they swept Kendrick 25-20, 25-13, 25-21 at Kendrick Monday, Oct. 6.
Prairie got off to a strong start in the opening game as Brianne Stubbers scored a kill for the first point and Sam Johnson then served up 6 straight points, 5 on aces, as Prairie took a 7-0 lead.
They couldn’t sustain the momentum though as Kendrick fought all the way back to a 12-12 tie.
At that point Sam Johnson scored a kill to put Casey Bruegeman at the service line. Bruegeman, showing not signs of rust after missing the last several matches, served up 6 straight points with 2 aces, 2 kills by Sam Johnson and a kill each by Francesca Johnson and Chelsea Long as Prairie built the lead back to 19-12.
After a trade of sideouts Jennifer Enneking served a pair of aces to make it 22-13.
Kendrick fought back with 3 straight points before Stubbers scored a kill to the back line to get to game point.
Kendrick than fought off 4 straight game points before Leora Laurino’s dig of a Kendrick serve found an open space on Kendrick’s side of the net.
In the second game Enneking served Prairie to a 3-0 lead with 2 aces and a kill by Stubbers. After a sideout and a missed Kendrick serve, Sam Johnson put together another run with 7 straight service points. She had 5 aces while Long and Kaylee Uhlenkott each picked up a kill.
This time Kendrick was never able to get any closer than 5 points at 16-11. A 3-point run by Sam Johns with an ace and 2 kills by Uhlenkott and a 2-point run by Laurino with an ace plus a kill by Bruegeman helped salt the game away. Stubbers served up an ace for the game-winning point.
Sam Johnson got Prairie off to a strong start again in the third game with a 5-point run after Kendrick opened the match with a serve into the net. She had 3 aces while Uhlenkott added 2 kills to make it 6-0.
Kendrick quickly pulled back within 3 at 6-3 but Prairie was able to hold them off. Prairie put together several 2 and 3-point service runs the rest of the game to maintain their lead. Laurino and Stubbers each served a pair of points while Bruegeman had a 3-point run as did Laurino late in the game.
Laurino’s late run started with a stuff block by Bruegeman with Uhlenkott then scoring 2 kills to make it 24-16.
A missed serve scored the sideout and Kendrick fought off 4 more match points before Kayla Johnson scored the game-winning kill on a set from Stubbers.
For the match Uhlenkott had 13 kills. Sam Johnson had 6 kills plus 15 aces. Stubbers had 3 kills, 4 aces and 11 assists. Enneking had 4 aces and 17 assists. Long had 5 kills. Kayla Johnson had 3 kills. Laurino had 1 kills and 3 aces. Francesca Johnson had 2 kills and 2 assists and Bruegeman had 2 kills including a stuff block and 4 aces.
With the win Prairie improves to 5-8 on the season and are 1-4 in league play.
The JV team lost both of their games but put up a good fight in the second game against what was Kendrick’s second unit varsity team. They lost 17-25, 21-25.
In the opening game a 7-point service run by Kendrick broke open a close game as the Tigers took a 4-14 lead. They held a 10-12 point led most of the rest of the game.
Prairie rallied a bit at the end thanks to MaKayla Schaeffer’s serving. She took over after a missed Kendrick serve that made it 12-23. She served up 4 straight aces with a kill by Meaghan Bruner added in that cut the lead to 17-23. Kendrick the got the sideout and added the game-winning point.
In the second game Prairie took the early lead as Schaeffer served up 2 more aces and Shelby Duman scored a kill when her spike hit the top of the net and rolled over and down. That made it 6-1.
Prairie held on to the lead and expanded it at 12-5 after an ace by Duman and a stuff and a kill by Schaeffer.
At that point though Kendrick took control. They scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 14-16 lead and never trailed again.
WAA High School Awards finalists have been named
Lewis-Clark State College and the Warrior Athletic Association have announced the finalists for the 2008 Warrior Athletic Association High School Awards. Out of the finalists one winner will be chosen in each category, which will be announced on Oct. 15 at the WAA High School Awards Dinner to be held at 7 p.m. inside the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center.
The 2008 Prairie Softball team is among the finalists for Team of the Year.
Twenty-one area high schools in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho submitted nominees for Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, and the Meritorious Award. These nominations were reviewed by a selection committee assembled of officials from Lewis-Clark State College, the Warrior Athletic Association, and area high school sports enthusiasts.
With the exception of the Meritorious Award, which will just have its winner announced at the Oct. 15 dinner, the selection committee named three finalists for each category.
The three finalists for Female Athlete of the Year include, Morgon VanderEsch of Grangeville, last year's winner Ellen Rouse of Orofino, and Cory Druffel of Pullman. The Male Athlete of the Year finalists are Brian O’Kelley of Clarkston, DJ Wright of Orofino, and Jason Smith of Troy.
For Team of the Year, the nominees are Clarkston boys’ tennis, Orofino baseball, and Prairie softball. The Coach of the Year nominees include girls' basketball coach Lucas Rae of Genesee, wrestling coach Dan Mauer of Lewiston, and track coach Dean Walker of Moscow.
Although the purpose of the Oct. 15 dinner is to announce the overall winners, the event will also serve as a means to congratulate all of this year’s nominees.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and can be purchased from the LCSC Athletic Ticket Office, located upstairs in the Activity Center. Tickets also can be purchased with a credit card by calling (208) 792-2471. Those planning to attend the event and accompany a nominee are advised to purchase tickets early because tickets bought at the door will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available seating only.
Major sponsors of the event include Lewis & Clark Orthopaedic Institute, Tyler & Kelly Motors, and Pepsi. For more information visit http://www.lcsc.edu/athletics/WAA/hs-awards.htm.
Below is more detailed information on the finalists.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Morgon VanderEsch, Grangeville: For leading her team to the Idaho 2A state basketball title, she was named the 2A Player of the Year and also was selected to play in the North Idaho All-Star game. In volleyball, she won the Sportsmanship Award for the 2A state tournament in which her team placed third. She also placed second in the shot put and third in the discus at the state track meet as her team took second place overall.
Ellen Rouse, Orofino: Won the shot put, 100 meters, and 200 meters, and took second in the discus at the 2A state track meet, setting meet records in both the 100 and 200. She also was an integral part of the volleyball team.
Cory Druffel, Pullman: Was named to the first team all-Great Northern League in soccer, and now holds Pullman’s all-time record for most career goals. In basketball, she was also named first team all-league, and participated in the 2A/3A all-state games. Also on the track team, she earned GNL first team honors, and medaled in the 800m, 1,600m, and the 3,200m at the 2A state meet. Was named the GNL Distance Runner of the Year.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Brian O’Kelley, Clarkston: Was a GNL all-league first team selection for both offense and defense in football. Helped lead his teams to state in football, basketball, and baseball.
DJ Wright, Orofino: Captained and led his football, basketball and baseball teams to league championships. Was named the Central Idaho League Player of the Year in football as well as an all-conference quarterback and free safety, while his team finished second at the 2A state championship. In basketball, he averaged more than 20 points on the season, and 25 points and 10 rebounds at the state tournament. Was the winning pitcher at the state championship game in baseball, and was named the 2A State Tournament MVP.
Jason Smith, Troy: Helped lead the basketball team to the 1A state championship, and was selected as the North Idaho Male Basketball Player of the Year.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Lucas Rae, Genesee: Led the girls’ basketball team to its first state championship in 21 years. Team came together at the right time after finishing third in the league race.
Dan Mauer, Lewiston: His wrestling team finished the season with a 22-2 dual team record and a third-place finish at the state championship, one of Lewiston's best finishes ever in the meet. His team included two state champions, a runner-up, and a third-place finisher.
Dean Walker, Moscow: In his first year at the helm, he coached the boys’ track team to its first state championship since 1948. Won the Idaho State Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award.
TEAM OF THE YEAR:
Clarkston boy’s tennis: Held a 12-0 record as it won its second straight 2A tennis championship. Also won the 2A academic state championship with a cumulative GPA of 3.7.
Orofino baseball: Went 22-1 on its way to the 2A state championship.
Prairie softball: Won its second straight 1A state title and third straight Whitepine League district championship. The Pirates had a 39-game win streak that covered two seasons.
The 2008 PHS Softball team is a finalist for the Warrior Athletic Association’s High School Awards Team of the Year. The winner will be named at a banquet next Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the LCSC Activity Center. Team members back from left are Justina Mader, Leora Laurino, Rachel Kaschmitter, Camille Schumacher, Tiffany Schaeffer, Alli Holthaus, Kara Guyer, Kim Schaeffer, Brooke Holthaus and coach Travis Mader. Front from left are Hilary VanderPas, Amber Holthaus, Meaghan Bruner, Kendra Dinning, Sam Spencer, Alena Hoene, Shari Schumacher, Sam Frei and Haleigh Schmidt.
PIRATES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2008
4-Kendrick/Kamiah here, V only, lost to Kamiah in 3 games, beat Kendrick in 3 games
6-V at Kendrick Tournament, Beat C.V. and Kendrick, lost to Kamiah
9-Timberline, there, lost in 5 games
16-Lapwai/Grangeville, here, V only, 5 p.m., Lost in 3 games to Lapwai, lost in 4 games to Grangeville.
18-Highland/Genesee, there, V only, 5 p.m, Beat Highland in 3 games, lost to Genesee in 3 games.
20-V at Gar./Pal. Tournament - Not cancelled - Prairie wins 1 of 8 games played
23-Culdesac, there, won in 5 games.
25-Troy, there, Lost in 3 games
30-Highland, here, won in 4 games
7-Kamiah/Deary, there, V only, 5 p.m., Beat Deary in 3 games, lost to Kamiah in 3 games, stories next week.
7-JV at Jenifer, 5 p.m.
18, 21, 22-District at LCSC
25-Play-in match at Potlatch
31-Nov. 1-State at Declo