Lady Pirates win District opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates put together their best match of the season as the #6 seeded Pirates swept #3 seeded Clearwater Valley 25-17, 25-12, 25-13 in first round District Tournament action Saturday, Oct. 16 at the LCSC Activity Center.Demetria Riener was the serving star of Prairie’s district opener against C.V. with 18 aces and a perfect 29 for 29 percentage.
Demetria Riener was a perfect 29 for 29 at the service line with 18 aces to lead the way as Prairie scored points on 25 of her 29 serves.
Prairie trailed only a couple times in the entire match as they definitely brought their A game.
Sam Poxleitner stuffed a CV spike for the first point of the match and then after a pair of sideouts served an ace to make it 3-1.
Riener served 2 aces to give Prairie a 6-2 lead.
C.V. was able to cut the lead to 1 at 8-7 but a bricked serve, a kill by MeShel Rad and an ace by Fran Johnson pushed the lead back to 4. 
C.V. came back to take their first lead of the game at 16-17 but then missed a serve putting Riener at the service line. C.V. never got the serve back as Riener served 5 straight aces. Fran Johnson scored a kill then Riener served 2 more aces to close out the game.
In the second game C.V. led 0-2 and 1-3 but a kill each by Fran Johnson and Rad and 2 aces by Riener put Prairie into the lead.
C.V. tied the game at 5-5 and trailed just 7-6 when Poxleitner scored a kill to put Fran Johnson on the service line.
She served 3 straight aces and then served 2 more after a tip for a kill by Rad to put Prairie up 14-6.
Prairie led 18-12 when Megan Sigler mishit a set so bad that it dropped on the other side of the net and wound up as a kill. That put Riener on the service line again.
Rad scored 3 kills in a row then an ace by Riener, a kill by Duman and another ace by Riener finished off the second game.
C.V. got off to a 0-3 start in the third game but then missed a serve. Poxleitner served up 2 aces and Duman added a kill to make it 4-3.
After a sideout, Kayla Johnson scored a kill to put Riener at the service line. 4 aces and a kill by Fran Johnson later Prairie had a 10-4 lead.
Prairie didn’t have any big service runs the rest of the game but did a great job of siding out C.V. when the Rams had the serve. 
After a backrow kill by Rad made it 21-11, Riener had a shot at serving out all three games. She served an ace but Prairie got called for a net foul on her second serve. 
A missed serve by each team later left the score at 23-13.
Rad then scored a kill to put Fran Johnson at the service line and Fran served up an ace for the match-winning point.
If Riener was a force at the service line, Rad was a force at the net as she had 15 kills including 3 stuff blocks. Fran Johnson played probably her best all-round match all season and had 4 kills and 7 aces and was 12 out of 13 serving. Kayla Johnson had 5 kills and an assist. Shelby Duman had 4 kills, 2 aces and 3 assists. Poxleitner had 2 kills and 3 aces. Sigler had 16 assists 2 kills and 1 ace.
As a team Prairie missed only 4 serves total in the match.

Lady Pirates 2 points short of state trip
The Prairie Lady Pirates were within 2 points of their first trip to State since they were in the Central Idaho League but fell to Troy 15-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 13-15 Monday, October 18 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
The Lady Pirates weren’t near as sharp as they were Saturday in dispatching C.V. but showed a lot of heart as they came back from a 2 games to none deficit to for a deciding game.
Kayla Johnson spikes the ball against C.V. as from left Fran Johnson, Megan Sigler and Sam Poxleitner watch.Prairie came out flat in the opening game as they missed as many serves in this game as they did the entire match Saturday. 
They trailed just 8-9 though when Troy put together a big run of 9 straight points to break the game open.
In the second game Prairie led much of the way but couldn’t hold it. A kill by Kayla Johnson and 2 kills by Fran Johnson staked Prairie to a 3-1 lead. Two aces by Demetria Riener pushed the lead to 6-2.
Prairie’s biggest lead was 6 after an ace by Fran Johnson and a kill be Sam Poxleitner made it 10-4.
Troy came back to tie the game at 13 before bricking a serve. 
The Trojans to the lead at 15-16 but a kill by MeShel Rad tied it and 2 aces by Riener and a stuff block by Rad made it 19-16.
After 3 straight sideouts Prairie still led 20-18 but Troy then scored 4 straight to take a 20-22 lead. A kill by Fran Johnson made it 21-22 but Troy then was able to score the sideout and serve out the game.
With a chance to end the match, Troy jumped out to a 1-4 lead in the third game and reclaimed a 7-10 lead after Prairie had tied the score at 4, 5, 6, and 7.
2 kills by Poxleitner and 2 aces by Rad put Prairie into the lead at 11-10. The score was tied again at 11 and 13 but a kill by Poxleitner for a sideout gave Prairie the lead for good. A stuff by Kayla Johnson, a kill by Fran Johnson and an ace by Tanna Schlader made it 17-13. Prairie outscored Troy 8-5 the rest of the way to win the game.
In game four Troy jumped out to the early lead again at 0-4 but Prairie fought back and took the lead on a 3-point service run by Shelby Duman. Fran Johnson scored the kill for the sideout then an ace by Duman and a back row kill by Duman on what should’ve been a free ball tied it and Rad scored a kill to give Prairie the lead.
Troy tied it but Prairie took back the lead on Monica Lustig’s service dig and Fran Johnson’s ace.MeShel Rad rejects a Troy attempt to put the ball over the net.
Prairie led by 3 at 14-11 but Troy came back to tie the score at 15 and again at 16. A tip by Fran Johnson followed by a pair of kills by Rad put Prairie on top 19-16.
Troy was able to get back within 1 at 21-20 but a tip by Kayla Johnson to an open spot made it 22-20. 4 straight sideouts left the score at 24-22 before Fran Johnson scored the game-winning kill to force a winner-take-all fifth game.
Prairie managed to take leads of 6-3 and 8-5 but Troy came back to take a 9-11 lead. A stuff block by Rad and a kill by Poxleitner tied the game at 11.
After Troy scored a sideout to retake the lead, Kayla Johnson scored a kill on a tip and Tanna Schlader served an ace to make it 13-12 Prairie. 2 points away from clinching a trip to state.
On the next play Prairie was called for being in the net to tie the score. Troy then served an ace to get to match point.
Match point saw great play by both sides to keep the ball in play before the point finally ended on a missed spike attempt by Prairie.
That dropped Prairie into the consolation bracket where they were to face Kendrick in a loser-out match on Tuesday. If they won that match they would play again on Thursday at 6 p.m. against the CV-Lapwai winner for third place. The third place team can still go to state if they win a play-in match on Saturday, Oct. 23 at St. Maries at 5 p.m. against the Lakeside-Wallace winner.
For the match Fran Johnson had 19 kills, 2 assists and 3 aces. Rad had 14 kills including 2 stuffs, 4 assists and 2 aces. Kayla Johnson had 11 kills including 3 stuffs. Poxleitner had 11 kills. Megan Sigler had 42 assists, 5 kills and 1 ace. Duman had 3 kills including a stuff, 2 assists and 2 aces. Schlader had 1 kill, 1 assists and 3 aces. Riener had 2 assists and 7 aces.
After just 4 bricked serves on Saturday against C.V., Prairie missed on 14 serves in this match.
With the loss Prairie is 11-15 on the season.

To the Prairie Volleyball team,
(Ed. note: the following was sent to the school and they wanted to share it with the community)
I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate the Prairie Volleyball team on a great game last night.  They played extremely well but I was most impressed by their positive attitude and their team spirit.  That says a lot about their character as young women.   Their ability to come together as a team was evident last night and will take them a long way.   I wish them luck tonight and hope to see them joining Troy and Genesee in representing our district at the state tournament.
Rhonda Case
City of Troy

Lady Pirates end regular season with loss
The Prairie Lady Pirates ended their regular season with a loss as they fell at Deary in five games 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 4-15.
In the opening game Deary jumped out to a 2-5 lead and after Prairie rallied to tie they took a 6-9 lead. 
Prairie took the lead at 11-10 after a 3 points service run by MeShel Rad but Deary answered back with 5 straight points.
Deary led 15-18 before Prairie rallied back to take the lead. Deary then scored the sideout and the teams went back and forth until Deary put together 3 straight for a 21-23 lead. A missed served put Rad on the service line and Prairie took a 24-23 lead before a sideout gave Deary the opportunity to serve out the game.
In the second game Deary bricked the opening serve and Sam Poxleitner served Prairie to a 4-0 lead. After a side out Prairie came back to take leads of 6-1 and 10-5. 
At 15-8 Deary scored a sideout and put together a rally to trim the lead to 15-14 before Prairie could score the sideout. 
With Megan Sigler serving Prairie took an 18-14 lead.
After 4 straight sideouts, Deary managed to close within 1 at 20-19. Prairie pushed the lead back to 23-20 and then held on to win the game.
In the third game Sigler served Prairie to a 6-0 lead but Deary rallied back to take the lead at 9-10.
After the sideout tied it, Fran Johnson served a pair of aces in a 4-point run to five Prairie a 14-10 lead.
Prairie pushed the lead to 18-12 and 22-14 before holding on for the 7 point win.
In the fourth game Deary took the early advantage at 1-7. Prairie cut the lead to 7-9 before Deary put another run together to make it 7-13.
Prairie could get no closer than 5 points the rest of the game as Deary went on to win by 7 and tie the match at 2 games each.
Prairie was never in the deciding game as Deary rolled to a 1-12 lead with 11 straight points.
For the match Rad had 11 kills including 2 stuffs. Fran Johnson had 9 kills, Kayla Johnson had 6 kills including a stuff and Poxleitner and Duman had 4 kills each. Sigler had 23 assists.
Prairie ends their regular season with a 10-14 record overall and a 2-5 record in White Pine League Division 1 play.

Kayla Johnson stuffs a Troy tip.
Fran Johnson spikes the ball against C.V. At left is Kayla Johnson.
Megan Sigler set the ball in the Troy match. At right are Fran Johnson and Kayla Johnson.
MeShel Rad is about to slam the ball in the C.V. match. Also shown are Megan Sigler and Fran Johnson.
Sam Poxleitner spikes the ball against Troy. Also shown are Monica Lustig and Kayla Johnson.
Megan Sigler spikes the ball in the Troy match. Also shown are MeShel Rad and Fran Johnson.

Girls Basketball meeting on Monday
There will be a short informational meeting for both parents and players on Monday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie Middle School Cafeteria for the PHS Girls Basketball team.
This meeting will be for discussing when basketball practice will start and the proper forms that will need to be signed. Please enter at the back door entrance to the school.
The date was changed due to the District volleyball tournament.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
  2-Grangevile, there, 5 p.m., lost in 4 games
  7-Highland, there, won in 4 games
  9-Troy/Summit, here, 5 p.m., lost to Troy in 3 games, beat Summit in 3 games
11-Kendrick Tournament, beat Asotin in 3 games, lost to Orofino in 2 games, beat Summit in 2 games, beat Kamiah in 3 games, 3rd place.
11-JV at Jenifer Tourn., TBA, took 2nd place
14-Kendrick, there, lost in 4 games.
16-CV/Grangeville, here, 5 p.m., lost to CV in 4 games, lost to Grangeville in 3 games
20-Nezperce, here, lost in 3 games
21-Potlatch, there, won in 3 games
23-Genesee, there, lost in 3 games
25-at Pomeroy Tournament, TBA, won 2 matches, lost 3
25-Prairie JV Tournament
28-Timberline, there, won in 3 games
30-Kamiah/Lapwai, at Kamiah, lost to Kamiah in 3 games, beat Lapwai in 4 games
  2-Genesee Tournament, TBA, Defeated Deary and Wallace while losing to Grangeville, Kamiah and Orofino
  4-Kamiah, here, 4:30 p.m., Lost in 5 games
12-Deary, there, lost in 5 games
16, 18, 19, 21-District at LCSC, Defeated CV in 3 games; Lost to Troy in 5 games; Defeated Kendrick in 4 games. To play Lapwai at 6 p.m. 10/21. If they win Thursday they will play at St. Maries on Saturday against either Lakeside or Wallace for a trip to state.
29-30-State at Burley

Games start at 4 p.m.
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