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Friday, Oct. 27
Grangeville 46, Melba 6
Prairie 52, Lapwai 14
Genesee 62, Clearwater Valley 12
It's volleyball state tournament weekend, and with a win in the first round, the Salmon River girls have already met one of their goals. They hadn't won in the first round at state until they beat Dietrich 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-14), and are set to face Butte County in the semifinal at 4 p.m.
Win or lose, they'll have a shot a trophy tomorrow.
Cross-country runners from Prairie, Kamiah, Clearwater Valley and Grangeville will all be in action at Eagle Island State Park, where the state cross-country meet will be held.
Tonight, Grangeville hosts Melba for the first round of the 2A football playoffs.
WHERE WE'LL BE
LEWISTON - Salmon River's strong start began with five consecutive points served up by Emily Diaz, but the follow-up figures to be a tough one. As the top District 5-6 seed, Butte County smoked District II top seed Logos 3-0 in the first round.
Then again, the Savages also had a scorching start.
"The girls really wanted to win that one," coach Paula Tucker said after the Savages beat Dietrich 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-14). "The first round has been our nemesis, and they really wanted it. We'll see if they have another one in them."
Diaz returned to the serve line late in the first game, and ran off the final five points. With the Savages ahead 20-10, Diaz's spike made it her turn to initiate, and Dietrich misplayed three of her serves. When the Blue Devils did return one, the Savages set it up for Chevelle Shepherd, who killed it off at 23-11. The first game ended on Diaz's ace.
The second game saw Diestrich lead until Shepherd's turn at the serve line, where she turned a 7-9 deficit into a 12-10 SRHS lead. Salmon River went on to lead by as many as nine, at 24-15.
The third game was knotted at 7-7 before Diaz's serve put the Savages ahead by four. Shepherd's turn all but ended the match, increasing the lead from three, 16-13, to 10 points.
WHERE ELSE WE'LL BE
GRANGEVILLE - Melba backed into the playoffs -- and so did the Bulldogs. Though they came away with a 28-26 win over Orofino and the Central Idaho League title last time out, head coach Jeff Adams challenged the Grangeville boys to take better care of their assignments than they did against the Maniacs. If the Bulldogs rise to the occasion, look out: they've scored 40-plus against the Mustangs each time they've seen them since 2011.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
At Lapwai, the Pirates and the Wildcats are playing for second place. While league-leading Genesee secured the Whitepine League title with a win over Kamiah last week, Prairie and Lapwai are tied in the standings with 5-1 WPL records. What difference would a win make? With a win, Prairie would play Wilder, which has losses to a couple of Long Pin Conference teams on its record. With a loss, Prairie would play Oakley -- which has lost only narrowly, only once, only to Raft River.
In Kooskia, Clearwater Valley is playing for pride against Genesee -- a team widely regarded as having the best resume in the classification.
Butte County escapes with five-set win over Salmon River; Savages advance 3-0 over Clark Fork
LEWISTON - The Salmon River girls put a scare into a formidable Butte County team, claiming the opening set 25-14 with support from a raucous and voluminous traveling cheering section. But Butte County leveled the match with a 25-19 win in the second game. Though they couldn't quite finish off a strong rally after falling behind in the third, which the Savages won 25-23, Butte County broke open the fourth with a run of strong serves.
The fourth game had been evenly played, with Chevelle Shepherd's serve giving the Savages lifting SRHS within a point at 13-12, after which the Pirates uncorked a couple of 4-0 runs that put the game out of reach. Butte County finished that one 25-16, and SRHS contested the tiebreaker evenly through 6-6 and within a point through 8-7, but seven of the final 10 points went Butte County's way. With the win, Butte County reached the semifinal game, and with the loss, Salmon River had to face Clark Fork to keep its trophy hopes alive.
The Savages trounced Clark Fork 3-0, and will face Lighthouse Christian at 11 a.m. tomorrow, with the winner to play whichever team loses the Butte County-Watersprings showdown. With a loss to Lighthouse, Salmon River's season would be over, and with a win, the Savages would fare no worse than third place.
Grangeville picks off Melba
GRANGEVILLE - Starting with one of the first plays of the contest Friday night, Oct. 27, during which Grangeville beat Melba 46-6, the Bulldogs cleared the way for running back Noah Kaschmitter, who broke touchdown runs of 72, 57, 2, and 42 yards on offense. Kaschmitter made multiple plays in the defensive backfield, including a couple of drive-killers late in the second and early in the third quarters. Booker Bush housed a 35-yard touchdown pass and a 28-yard touchdown run, and the Bulldogs also scored on a 30-yard pass from Tescher Harris to Chase Adkison.
"I'm happy with this one," head coach Jeff Adams said of the Bulldogs' first playoff victory as head coach, which also marked a playoff first for defensive coordinator Chad Hill. "Defensively we played really well and offensively we played better. Kaschmitter played like the man he is -- he played more, and we're better with him on the field. There aren't very many people like him."
Preliminarily, Kaschmitter was booked for 13 runs totaling 242 yards and the four touchdowns, as well as five solo tackles, including two sacks and two other tackles for loss.
Grangeville advances to the 2A quarterfinals, and will play Declo. Declo beat Bear Lake 35-14 tonight and beat common opponent Orofino 55-6 earlier this fall. Next week's game has been penciled for Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow -- be sure to double-check the time, date and location in ink in the next print edition.
Pirates sail past Lapwai
LAPWAI - Prairie led 28-0 at halftime Friday, during what became a 52-14 road win over the other contender for the Whitepine League's second seed.
Jacob Stubbers scored a 67-yard rushing touchdown right off the hop and Spencer Schumacher threw two touchdown passes in his return to the offensive backfield. Stubbers finished with three rushing touchdowns and averaged nearly 11 yards per carry on 15 attempts. Schumacher also scored a rushing touchdown, as did Cole Martin. Damian Forsmann and Owen Anderson caught Schumacher's touchdown passes.
Defensively, Caleb McWilliams notched eight solo tackles including one in the backfield, and assisted on another tackle behind the line of scrimmage. As a team, PHS caught Lapwai for a loss eight times, and forced two interceptions.
"We played great on both sides of the ball," head coach Ryan Hasselstrom said. "Stubbers and McWilliams ran great, and defensively we shut down the pass and the run. Hunter Chaffee played great defense against Kendall Leighton."
Lapwai eventually scored on a couple of runs by Tui Moliga, but the Pirates limited him to a total of 36 yards on 20 attempts.
Next up, Prairie is penciled to play at Wilder at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 (5 p.m. MT).
Genesee rolls CV
KOOSKIA - Clearwater Valley led 6-0 against the Whitepine League's top team, but Genesee left nothing to doubt about its readiness for the 1AD1 playoffs with a 62-12 final score.