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Pirates sweep Lapwai, secure state berth; Bulldogs still in contention

This block by Prairie’s Shayla VonBargen — one of three she had against Lapwai — was typical of the net presence PHS had last Saturday, Oct. 17,

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This block by Prairie’s Shayla VonBargen — one of three she had against Lapwai — was typical of the net presence PHS had last Saturday, Oct. 17,



LEWISTON — A perfect league record meant Prairie needed only to win one match to seize a state tournament berth during 1AD1 District II volleyball action last Saturday, Oct. 17, at the LCSC Activity Center.

Lapwai blocked Prairie’s path but rarely challenged PHS hitters at the net, leaving the likes of Krystin Uhlenkott (11 kills) and Shayla VonBargen (12 kills) more or less free to fire away at the Wildcats’ back line.

Prairie’s offense was slowed by a bit of inaccuracy out of the back row, but the Pirates nevertheless dominated the match with steady play throughout a three-game sweep (25-16, 25-19, 25-20).

Prairie will meet Troy in the district tournament final at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the LCSC Activity Center.

Troy claimed the district’s other automatic state tournament berth with wins over Clearwater Valley (25-3, 25-6, 25-6) and Genesee (25-17, 25-18, 25-16) last Saturday.

Across the bracket, Genesee played Lapwai after the Free Press print deadline, with the winner of that match facing an Oct. 24 play-in at Wallace en route to the state tournament.

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In District II’s lower division, Summit’s Bridgette Beckman helped boost the Patriots past Highland.

Patriots still in the hunt

LEWISTON — In the 1AD2 District II tournament, Summit survived a first-round meeting with Highland (25-14, 25-15, 25-23) and put an early scare into top-seeded Logos (22-25, 16-25, 16-25) before their late-evening loser-out battle with Nezperce last Saturday, Oct. 17, at the LCSC Activity Center.

Summit and Nezperce went to five games, with the Patriots pulling out the win (25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25, 15-13) to extend their post-season.

After the Free Press print deadline, Summit played an eliminator against Deary with the winner to face elimination against Logos. Two victories would give Summit a crack at Kendrick for the district title, while any loss at this stage would end the Patriots’ season.

The title game is slated for 7:30 p.m. today, Oct. 21, at the LCSC Activity Center, with the runner-up to play for a state tournament berth on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Grangeville.

Earlier in the week, Grangeville visited Prairie for a Think Pink match organized as a senior project fund-raiser by PHS standout Hailey Danly. The Lewiston Tribune reported the event raised more than $2,000.

Prairie defended its home floor (25-9, 25-14, 25-23) on a night PHS scored 55 digs behind Uhlenkott and VonBargen.

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In 2A play at Troy, Grangeville’s Rachel Kelley and Madison Brown contested this effort by Orofino’s Cassidy West.

GHS holds off Charter

TROY — When Madison Brown punished Orofino for lobbing over a free ball early in the first game of the 2A District II tournament last Saturday, Oct. 17, GHS led 15-1 and appeared to have a solid grip on the match. It ended up going five games, as Orofino answered each of Grangeville’s advances.

The scores (11-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9) ultimately turned in Orofino’s favor, but the final tallies concealed a series of back-and-forth battles, such as the surge Brown led to put the Bulldogs ahead, 18-16, during the second game.

Hailey Sullivan served GHS from an 11-13 hole to a 17-13 lead during the third game.

During the fourth game, Grangeville overcame a seven-point deficit and closed to within 21-23 on a kill by Rachel Kelley, but the game point went to Orofino’s Kenzie Anderson.

The tiebreaker had been tied 3-3, but Anderson’s tip gave Orofino a bit of breathing room, after which Orofino’s Hailey Erbst served the Maniacs to a 13-5 lead, effectively snagging the match.

Grangeville rebounded against Coeur d’Alene Charter (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) and Orofino fell to front-runner St. Maries (25-11, 25-16, 25-16), setting up a rematch between the rivals, which will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Troy. The winner will face St. Maries later that night.



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