Friday, October 21, 2011

Season ends for WRHS spikers

Carey stays alive in Northside

     Wood River High School volleyball players saved one of their best and most exciting matches of 2011 for their final evening Tuesday at the six-team Great Basin Conference 4A tournament in Twin Falls.

     Coach Tim Richards said, “We played a two-hour-and-20-minute match against Minico where the girls gave it everything we had. It was a rewarding experience for all!”

     No. 6-seeded Wood River ousted No. 4 Minico 25-21, 23-25, 14-25, 25-17, 16-14 in the loser-out match of the double elimination meet. In the final game the Wolverines trailed 6-1 but staved off several point-games to win. Later Tuesday, No. 2 Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls sent Wood River (14-21) packing for the season by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-14.

     Top-seeded Twin Falls (33-6) stayed unbeaten in league play and earned a championship match berth Tuesday with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-17 win over No. 3 Jerome (11-7).

     Facing off in that championship match, staged Thursday at the same site, were two-time defending champion Twin Falls and the winner of the Canyon Ridge-Jerome elimination match earlier Thursday.

     Leading Wood River to the Minico victory were Lily Richards (21 kills, 16 assists, 21 service points), Kori Paradis (20 kills, 17 assists) and Mercedez Powell (20 service points and 29 digs).

     Coach Richards said Mary Petzke (3 kills, 2 blocks) had her best match. Sadie Dawson (2 kills) contributed energy and freshman Hayley Cutler served well, the coach added.

     Fourth-place Wood River didn’t do as well passing the ball against Canyon Ridge in a loser-out match later Tuesday. Senior Karola Huaire (12 serves, 1 ace) did well. Other leaders were Lily Richards (11 kills, 6 assists) and Paradis (7 kills, 6 assists, 11 serves).

     Richards said, “The coaches saw progress. Everybody is back next season.”


Carey beats Murtaugh

     By winning Tuesday night at Dietrich, the No. 6-seeded Carey Panthers (6-12) stayed alive in the chase for the three State 1A Division 2 tournament berths from the eight-team Northside Conference.

     Nine kills by Micaela Adamson led Carey to the 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 win over No. 7 Murtaugh, giving Carey a three-match sweep of the Red Devils in 2011.

     Thursday night, Carey had to beat No. 5 Richfield and the winner of the Castleford-Lighthouse Christian match to end up in the top three.

     Two-time defending State 1A Division 2 champion Camas County of Fairfield (22-0) played No. 2 Dietrich for the championship Thursday night. Castleford eliminated the Community School of Sun Valley in three games Tuesday.

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