Lady Pirates win two league matches
The Prairie Lady Pirates split their final two regular season matches then lost in their District opener.Leah Holthaus, background, Kayla Schumacher and Hailey Danly, foreground, all watch the ball after Natasha Gimmeson’s set at Kamiah.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15 they swept Kamiah in their final league match to wrap up the #2 seed into District 25-15, 25-13, 25-17.
On Thursday, Oct. 17 they lost a match at Grangeville in 4 games on Grangeville’s senior night 15-25, 25-11, 14-25, 18-25. That also broke an 8 match winning streak.
On Monday, Oct. 21 Prairie opened District Tournament play with a 4 game loss to Troy by scores of 24-26, 13-25, 26-24, 12-25. With the loss they will play Lapwai at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in a loser-out match. A win puts them up against the Potlatch-Kamiah winner at 7:30 p.m. that same night. With another win they would face the Troy-Genesee loser on Thursday at 5 p.m. with a state berth on the line in that match.
At Kamiah
In the opening game Kamiah was able to hang with Prairie, possibly inspired by it being their Senior Night. 
Prairie led just 12-11 when Hailey Danly took her second turn on the service line. By the time Kamiah was able to score a sideout it was 22-11 as she served up 6 aces while Kyndahl Ulmer had 2 kills and Leah Holthaus and Krystin Uhlenkott added a kill each.
Prairie then held on to win the game by 10.
Danly picked up where she left off to start the second game as she served Prairie to a 6-0 lead with 4 aces plus a kill each by Holthaus and Ulmer.
Kamiah was able to cut the lead to 4 on a couple occasions but could get no closer.
Kamiah took a 2-5 lead in the third game but this time it was Kayla Schumacher with the big service run.
She took over at 3-5 and served Prairie to a 9-5 lead with 2 aces plus two kills each by Uhlenkott and Ulmer.
Kamiah was able to cut the lead to 2 but kept within 4 points until Holthus served 3 straight points to make it 19-12. Schumacher scored a stuff while Uhlenkott and Danly each added a kill.
Uhlenkott had 12 kills in the match plus 2 aces and an assist. Ulmer had 10 kills. Schumacher had 7 kills including a stuff and 2 aces. Holthaus had 7 kills and 2 aces. Danly had 2 kills, 14 aces and 24 assists. Natasha Gimmeson had 2 kills, 1 ace and 6 assists. Shayla VonBargen was not at the match due to illness.
Kayla Schumacher winds up for a kill at Kamiah as Hailey Danly and Natasha Gimmeson watch.The JV team swept through their match against Kamiah as well 25-17, 25-9, 15-0.
Kylie Tidwell served Prairie to a 5-1 lead in the opening game with 4 straight aces. Sarah Seubert had 3 aces as Prairie extended the lead to 10-3.
Prairie was up 23-11 after 3 more aces by Tidwell when they hit a bit of a speed bump as Kamiah rallied within 24-17 before a missed served finally cost them the game.
In the second game it was Hanna Ross that served Prairie to a 5-1 lead with 2 aces plus a kill each by Sam Remacle and Holli Uhlorn.
Remacle later served up 4 aces as Prairie pulled away to a 13-4 lead. Prairie kept pulling away until finally winning by 16 points.
The third game was nearly all Chaye Uptmor as she was the game’s only server. Out of 15 serves she had 11 aces. Of the 4 serves that made it back over in play Mykaela McWilliams had a stuff and a kill while Seubert and Talyss Lustig each added a kill.
At Grangeville
At Grangeville an out-of-synch Prairie team ran into an inspired Grangeville team that was looking to avenge a couple of earlier losses to the Pirates. If Prairie had to throw in a clunker of a match, this was the time to do it seeing as how they had a tough district tournament coming up.
Grangeville also won the JV match 23-25, 25-15, 13-15 while Prairie won the C match 25-23, 25-14, 7-15.
Prairie finishes the regular season with a 17-3 mark, 10-2 in league play.
Vs. Troy at District
In their District opener the first game was the pivotal one of the match. If they could have closed out Troy in that game the match might well have gone the other way.
The game was back and forth early on but Prairie finally took a bit of a lead after 3 straight aces by Holthaus that put them up 16-11. A bit later they again led by 6 at 20-14 after an ace by Gimmeson.Shayla VonBargen pounds the ball past Troy’s blockers at District. Hailey Danly, 8, and Natasha Gimmeson watch.
At 21-16 Troy scored a sideout and then got back in the match as they scored 5 straight to tie the score at 21-21. 
A kill by Holthaus ended that run and a kill by Danly put Prairie up 23-21.
A net foul call gave Troy the serve but VonBargen scored a kill to get Prairie to game point at 24-22. Unfortunately Prairie could not get the final point needed to end the game as Troy scored the sideout on a kill by 6’ freshman Abby Blum. A setting error and a hitting error on the Pirates put Troy at game point and Blum knocked down an emphatic kill to give Troy the game.
The second game was another back and forth affair early on with Prairie leading as lat as 11-10. At that point Troy scored a sideout and the Pirates couldn’t get Leah Bafus off the service line as she served Troy to an 11-19 lead before a kill by Holthaus ended that run.
Prairie was only able to must one more point though as Troy ended the game with a 6-0 run for a 2 games to none lead.
Prairie rebounded in the third game  and after trailing 5-7 and 8-10 early on were able to put together a few mini-runs while siding out Troy’s servers to build a 23-17 lead.
At that point it started to look like a repeat of the first game as Troy sided out and cut the lead to 23-22.
A kill by VonBargen got Prairie to game-point at 24-22 but Troy then scored the next two points on kills by Blum.
After a Prairie timeout, Uhlenkott was able to score a kill from the back row to get another game-point chance and Holthaus served up an ace to extend the match one more game.
In the fourth game Prairie scored the first point as Gimmeson scored a first-touch kill but Troy then took control as they built leads of 2-8,  and 4-11.
Prairie was able to get back within 5 at 10-15 and 11-16 but couldn’t get any kind of a run going to get back into the game.
Instead Troy put a 6-point run together to push that 11-16 lead to 11-22 and eventually won by 13.
Prairie now has to beat Lapwai, likely Potlatch and then either Troy or Genesee to gain a state berth. All in two nights.
For the match Uhlenkott had 13 kills, 2 assists and 5 aces. VonBargen had 12 kills including a stuff plus 1 ace. Holthaus had 9 kills, 1 assists and 5 aces. Schumacher had 8 kills including 3 stuffs. Gimmeson had 5 kills, 21 assists and 1 ace. Danly had 2 kills, 18 assists and 4 aces. Bruner had 2 kills and 3 assists.
Prairie takes a 17-4 mark into Wednesday’s action.
Kyndahl Ulmer goes for the kill in the Kamiah match.
Leah Holthaus spikes the ball at Kamiah as Kyndahl Ulmer watches.
Krystin Uhlenkott spikes the ball against Troy at District. Also shown are Hailey Danly and Natasha Gimmeson.
Natasha Gimmeson goes for the kill against Troy as Hailey Danly, left, and Krystin Uhlenkott, right, watch.
Shayla VonBargen gets a spike past the Troy blockers. Also shown are Hailey Danly and Natasha Gimmeson.
Beka Bruner, red shirt, and Krystin Uhlenkott both go after the ball on serve receive.

Girls basketball meeting
The Prairie High School Girls Basketball team will have a meeting October 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Prairie High School Cafeteria.
This is a mandatory meeting for all parents and players for the 2013-14 season. This meeting will be to discuss rules and paperwork for all athletes.

Spencer finishes first at Potlatch meet
A last minute addition to the cross country schedule was the Potlatch Invitational held Thursday, Oct. 17.
Peter Spencer of Cottonwood again led the way in the boys varsity race with a time of 17:05 that was nearly a minute better than second place. 
As a team the Highland boys placed third out of 5 teams.  Prairie’s Ryan Glimp came in 32nd in a time of 24:32. Highland runners also finished in 16th, 20th,  and 27th place.
The girls team had enough runners present to compete in the team portion of the competition and took first place, edging Kootenai by 2 points.
Leading the way was MaKayla Kaufman of Highland who was first with a time of 20:42. Second best for the team was Sky Wilson who laced 4th overall in 21:52. Prairie’s Sidney Glimp was 18th overall in 27:52.5 while Highland’s other two runners were 13th and 20th.
The District meet is set for this Thursday at the golf course at Grangevill starting at 2 p.m.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
26-Grangeville Jamboree, 5 p.m.-Rescheduled to August 26
  3-Troy*, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, lost in 3 games
  7-Genesee JV Tournament, TBA
  9-Lapwai*, there, C/JV/V, 5 p.m. rescheduled from Aug. 29, won in 3 games
10-C.V.*, here, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won in 3 games
11-JV at Sacajawea, 5 p.m.
12-G’ville, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, won in 4 games
14-Grangeville Tournament, TBA, first place with 5-0 match record, 10-0 game record.
17-Kamiah*, here, won in 3 games
19-Tri-match at Genesee-vs. Potlatch*, vs. Genesee*, 5 p.m., beat Potlatch 3-0, lost to Genesee 0-3
21-Border Battle Tournament at Pomeroy
21-Prairie JV Tournament
26-Lapwai*, here, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won in 3 games
  1-CV*, there, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won in 3 games
  3-Genesee*, here, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won is 4 games
  7-Home Tri-match vs. Highland, vs. Summit, 5 p.m., won both matches in 3 games each
  8-Potlatch*, there, won in 4 games
10-Troy*, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, won in 3 games
15-Kamiah*, there, won in 3 games, clinch 2nd in league
17-G’ville, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, lost in 4 games
19-24-District at LCSC-lost to Troy in 4 games; beat Lapwai in 3 games; beat Potlatch in 3 games--Play Troy at5 p.m. 10/24 for state berth
Nov. 1-2-State at Lewiston

Prairie/Highland Crosscountry schedule
Oct. 24-District Meet, Lions Park, Grangeville, 2:00 p.m.
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