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Prairie, Salmon River on to state



The 2015 Prairie volleyball squad won its second consecutive 1AD1 District II volleyball title and qualified for the state tournament. Pictured are (from left): head coach Cheyenne Hudson, Mykaela McWilliams, Chaye Uptmor, Sarah Seubert, Hailey Danly, Krystin Uhlenkott, Shayla VonBargen, Sydney Bruner, Leah Higgins, Madison Pecarovich and assistant coach Marlene Forsmann. Front: Josie Peery and Angela Wemhoff.

— Prairie’s bid to defend its state title cleared a key roadblock with a win over Lapwai last week, but the Pirates had one other bit of business to attend to before turning their attention to the likes of Butte County and Oakley. PHS took its second consecutive district title with a five-set win over Troy (22-25, 25-23, 25-12, 23-25, 15-9) on Oct. 21 at the LCSC Activity Center.

Behind towering middle Abbey Blum's huge night, Troy took the first and fourth games — but the Pirates surged at the end to add another trophy to their burgeoning collection. Blum booked nearly six kills per game, but Prairie’s diversified attack saw Krystin Uhlenkott tally a team high 18 kills (3.6 per game) in the victory. For match point, Shayla VonBargen delivered the kill — her 17th of the game.

Up next, Prairie will face Oakley in the first round of the 1AD1 state tournament at Timberlake High School. The Hornets had been top-seeded in their district, but fell to second-seeded Valley, which plays Troy in the first round.


The 2015 Salmon River Savages won the 1AD2 District III volleyball title and qualified for the state tournament. Pictured are (from left): Ryan Simonson, Sarah Laritz, Miranda Hofflander, Maddy Tucker, Chevelle Shepherd, Payton Branstetter, Hannah Cornforth, Diah Galland and Taylor Ledgerwood.

Savages qualify

MCCALL — Salmon River beat Council (25-19, 25-22, 25-19) to secure a state tournament berth Oct. 20. On the strength of sharp serving by Payton Branstetter (six aces) and dominant play by Chevelle Shepherd and Sarah Laritz, SRHS qualified for the 1AD2 state tournament.

Coach Paula Tucker called it a "great team effort defensively, [with] tough serving and attacking."

Up next, the Savages will play Lighthouse Christian during the first round of the 1AD2 state tournament which is to run Oct. 30-31 at Lewiston High School. Salmon River's opener is at 8 a.m. Friday.

Brown, Kennedy, Sullivan honored

The Central Idaho League coaches announced their league’s honors last week. The second-team awards included Grangeville’s Kenzie Kennedy and Hailey Sullivan, while Madison Brown was named an all-CIL first-teamer.

Kelsey Auer led St. Maries to the district championship and was named the league’s “most valuable player.”


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