It is tournament time for Idaho high school volleyball, with Blaine County teams in action at two sites. Also, the Wood River High School var-sity will host a Great Basin Conference tournament loser-out match on Thursday night.
Wood River opens GBC tourney
The Wood River High School volleyball team opened play in the six-team Great Basin Con-ference tournament with a win and a loss Monday night at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls.
Coach Tim Richards’ No. 3-seeded Wolverines (22-16) pol-ished off No. 6 Minico 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 and also lost to No. 2 seeded Canyon Ridge by scores of 25-21, 25-18, 28-26.
Senior Haley Cutler (21 kills), sophomore Michelle Ma-son (15 kills), senior Ciceley Peavey (37 digs) and senior Brittney Bradley (42 assists) led the Wolverines.
Top-seeded Twin Falls and Canyon Ridge with wins Mon-day night both qualified for the State 4A tournament Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Kimberly High School. The conference has another half-berth for state, and Wood River is trying for it.
Wood River hosts a loser-out match Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. against either Jerome, Minico or Burley, with the Thursday winner moving on to a state play-in match against the Boise-area third-place team Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. at Mountain Home Junior High School gym.
The Wolverine varsity wrapped up its regular season with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 over Minico Thursday in Rupert.
Richards said, “Minico was fired up for its ‘Senior Night’ and played us tough, but our girls had a great night serving and practicing their shots.
“Senior Haley Cutler led our offense with 10 kills and she had 14 defensive digs.
“Others were sophomores McKenzie Garrison (8 kills) and Michelle Mason (7 kills, 2 service aces, 7 digs). Ciceley Peavey had another stellar de-fensive night with 27 digs. Brittney Bradley had 25 assists and 4 kills.”
Wood River’s other teams ended their seasons Thursday.
Highlights for coach Gary Carr’s junior varsity included steady, consistent play by freshmen Sidney Chambers and Harlee Manning along with sophomores McKinna Arial and Ciara Hulett, according to coach Richards.
Coach Sara Allen’s freshmen won their final match 25-3, 25-11 over Minico. Richards added, “Coach Allen did a great job with our freshmen, finishing the season 10-8 overall and 5-5 in conference, splitting with several conference teams.”
District 1A Div. 2 tourney
Top-seeded Lighthouse Christian, No. 2 Camas County and No. 3 Dietrich captured first-round victories as the nine-school District 1A Divi-sion 2 tournament opened Sat-urday at Dietrich. Two-time defending state champion Lighthouse Christian Academy is the reigning district winner.
Camas County (7-1 league), last year’s district runner-up, needed four games to beat No. 7-seeded Carey (7-13, 2-6 league) by scores of 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17. Carey had a loser-out game Tuesday night with No. 6 Castleford (4-4 league). Dietrich (6-2) beat Castleford in three games Saturday.
No. 8 Murtaugh ended the season for the Community School (1-13, 0-8 league) in Sat-urday’s play-in game, then Lighthouse (8-0 league) whipped Murtaugh (1-7) in three. No. 5 Richfield (4-4) sent No. 4 Hansen (4-4) into the loser bracket with a three-game mild upset win Saturday.
Action continues today, Wednesday with the 7:30 p.m. championship contest at Dietrich and wraps up Thurs-day, Oct. 23 with two matches at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.