For Prairie High School senior Hailey Danly, tradition is at the root of her senior project. “I wanted to help continue Prairie’s ‘Think Pink’ volleyball tournament tradition, to keep it a strong, fun community event,” she said.
For the second week in a row, Grangeville played a non-league opponent that Central Idaho League rival Orofino had already beaten. For the second week in a row, GHS won in a blowout, with a recent 62-19 win over Asotin sending a signal to the CIL: the Bulldogs mean business.
Grangeville played its busiest week of the season so far, with seven matches in as many nights. GHS split the crucial ones last Saturday, Sept. 26, at St. Maries. There, the Bulldogs opened Central Idaho League play with a win over Coeur d’Alene Charter and a loss to St. Maries.
Whitepine League Football
The last week of the regular season continues to loom as potentially the Whitepine League’s largest, as Prairie and Kamiah stayed on course to collide on the Kubs’ field with unbeaten records.
Salmon River made short work of Garden Valley, dropping a Long Pin Conference foe -- an outfit Savages coach Paula Tucker coached previously -- by scores of 25-11, 25-8, 25-6 Thursday night in Riggins. A tri-match in Grangeville went in Kendrick's favor, as the Tigers beat both the Bulldogs and Summit in four sets. GHS edged the Patriots in five sets (25-15, 20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 16-14).
Volleyball was created in 1895 by a YMCA instructor. In 1964, it first appeared in the Olympics. In 1968, it became the NAIA’s 15th competitive sport. And 30 years ago, in 1985, volleyball made its way to Grangeville High School. * “I really pushed to get volleyball through,” said Sally Greene, who taught at Grangeville High School for five years in the ‘80s.
Grangeville finally won its own tournament, much to the relief of GHS head coach and tournament organizer Kelcey Edwards. “I was pleased,” Edwards said. “It’s the first time I’ve won our own tournament.”
Layton Harris had a strong performance throwing the football during Grangeville’s 48-8 win over McCall-Donnelly last Friday night, Sept. 18. With 300 yards on pass plays, which averaged 30 yards per attempt, Harris delivered four touchdown throws.
Any thoughts Council might have had of staging a homecoming upset of the reigning D1 champion Pirates were vaporized during the second quarter on Friday night, Sept. 18.
With volleyball action set to continue this afternoon, Grangeville and Salmon River both have three wins to their credit so far. GHS has beaten Summit Academy, Nezperce and Cascade, while Salmon River has beaten Cascade, Nezperce and Tri-Valley. Grangeville and Salmon River will square off during pool play later this afternoon, and that match appears likely to determine the top seed for the bracket round to follow. .
Prairie led Council 44-6 at halftime and won 64-24. Grangeville led McCall-Donnelly 21-0 at halftime and won 48-8.
Somewhere in the past decade or so, Grangeville High School cheerleaders have gotten a bad rap. “I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow it became considered not cool or popular to be a cheerleader,” said GHS secretary Alecia Hagen.
With a straight sets victory (26-24, 25-20, 25-15) win over Genesee last Thursday night, Sept. 14, Prairie swept one of the few Whitepine League teams to beat the Pirates last year.
Jake Bruner scored every which way during Prairie’s 58-24 victory over Salmon River last Friday night, Sept. 11.
The Kubs’ Whitepine League season opener was a full-on blowout at halftime, but unlike most blowouts, it was feverishly-contested during the second half.