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Thursday, Aug. 31
Troy 3-0 over Prairie (25-12, 25-16, 25-16)
Orofino 3-0 over Kamiah (25-9, 25-9, 25-13)
Summit 3-0 over Deary (25-23, 25-14, 25-21)
Salmon River 3-0 over Nezperce (25-10, 25-9, 25-19)
As most fall sports teams are getting into the second week of their seasons, three of the local football squads have yet to take the field for their first games. Two of them will play tomorrow night -- so check back for a bit more about those games tomorrow. This is the first edition of the 2017 Preps Beat Journal, the Idaho County Free Press midweek update on local high school sports news, schedules and results. With sports schedules subject to change -- as happened when Grangeville's trip to Kooskia was called off earlier this week because of a power outage that affected the Clearwater Valley on Tuesday night -- this is the place to find the most current information available.
WHERE WE'LL BE
COTTONWOOD - Prairie's second big early-season test will be tonight against Troy, with the Pirates having topped Kamiah last Thursday and having fallen to Genesee on Tuesday night. The matchup has Whitepine League standings implications, as Troy has extended a WPL winning streak that includes a 12-0 run in league play last fall. The Trojans beat Kamiah in three on Aug. 29. JV play is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
In Cottonwood, at the auxiliary gym, Summit will play Deary for the second time this season, with the Patriots having rallied from one game down to beat the Mustangs 3-1 (19-25, 25-10, 25-9, 27-25) last Thursday, Aug. 24. Summit is 2-0 in the Whitepine League's lower division, having swept Highland Tuesday night.
MORE TO SEE
In Kamiah, a power outage cancelled school for the day, so the home volleyball match against Orofino may not go off as scheduled. Even though power was restored to most of the town at about 9 a.m., we have not yet heard a definitive word one way or the other. (Phone calls to the district office and the high school rang through to automated messages; the town is still recovering from major storms that took down many trees in the area earlier in the week.)
At Nezperce, Salmon River's season opens with a first in the program's recent history: the Savages have the numbers to deploy a JV team this fall, so the second squad will be playing one game to 30 points starting at 5 p.m., with the varsity to follow.
Along with our new "It's Your Business" publication, the Fall Sports Preview was included with the Idaho County Free Press print edition yesterday. The sports preview articles are online, and you can find the full list here.
Meanwhile, fall sports previews across the region have also come out, including a Whitepine League football prospectus out of Spokane that is sure to make waves in Cottonwood. (The Spokesman-Review rated the Pirates sixth in the WPL, a year after the Pirates finished in a three-way tie atop the league standings.)
6 total votes.
At IdahoSports.com, 2017's first set of statewide football coaches and media polls are also out: the coaches listed Prairie fourth in the 1AD1 classification, and listed Salmon River #1 in the 1AD2 ranking. Statewide media balloting positioned both those teams the same, and neither the coaches poll nor the media poll listed any other local schools. We'll have some more on this week's football games tomorrow. Which reminds us...
The Idaho High School Activities Association football folks decided to change what everyone used to call Zero Week to Week One -- even though many of the football teams in the state still opt not to schedule a game before the first Friday in September. We haven't made up our minds yet whether to go along with the crowd on this one.
What do you think?
Troy tops Prairie
COTTONWOOD - Troy's hitters looked strong, but to Pirates coach Julie Schumacher, Prairie's own miscues were an even bigger factor in the Trojans' 3-0 win (25-12, 25-16, 25-16) Thursday night, Aug. 31.
"After the way it went against Genesee, I told them tonight, they have to attack, attack, attack," Schumacher said. "I didn't want them to have any indecision about whether to tip or to hit, and I felt better about their approach tonight. But we still need to eliminate our own mistakes. That's not to take anything away from Troy -- they're really good. But even with them drilling us from the serving line, we were getting them up, but then just giving them away on mistakes. If we get rid of our own errors -- I think that has to be our focus right now -- then we'll be OK. The girls gave a 'thumbs up' effort both games, tonight and against Genesee. The girls were more aggressive tonight -- I told them, 'no tipping, none' and they were more confident with their attacks I think."
Pirates take on Troy
The Pirates trailed the first game essentially throughout, but led the second game during an early run of Troy choppy play. During the pivotal part of the midgame, Prairie's 10-9 lead turned into a 14-15 deficit, after which the Trojans won 10 of the next 12 points. The third game saw Prairie close within one, 8-9, on a kill by Josie Peery, who then substituted out for Sydney Bruner's turn serving. After Bruner delivered a strong serve, Troy produced a strong attack, which Bruner dug up with a diving play to her right. Her big dig created a chance for Prairie's attack, but the Pirates misfired long, after which Troy widened the lead to 8-12. Prairie lingered within 10-14 until Troy's Lindsey Kwate served off seven in a row, which effectively ended the contest.
Prairie (1-2, 1-2 in league play) is next scheduled to host again on Tuesday, Sept. 5, against Potlatch, with a 'C' game set for 5 p.m., with JV and varsity to follow.
Salmon River sweeps Nezperce
NEZPERCE - Salmon River's varsity posted a 3-0 road win (25-10, 25-9, 25-19) shortly after witnessing something the Savages haven't seen in recent years: a JV game. SRHS coach Paula Tucker said her squad put together some good team play "here and there."
"It was a fun match," she said, "but Nezperce is dangerous. They have some good athletes."
Salmon River (2-0) is set to host Nezperce and three others for its annual home tournament this Saturday, Sept. 2. Along with the Savages and the Indians, listed as planning to attend are Cascade, Council and Tri-Valley.