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For the week of  September 19 - 25, 2001


Big win over Declo for Wood River spikers

SCIC action heats up, 
Hillcrest wins tourney

It’s going to be a dogfight when the state-qualifying Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference prep volleyball tournament is played about a month away, in October.

But reigning SCIC champion Wood River High
School of Hailey has as good a chance as any of the six teams—and the Wolverines showed it last week.

Wood River (11-5, 3-0 league) traveled to Declo on the very tough evening of the terrorist attacks and won in a very tough gym, beating the Hornets 15-13, 15-4 in a key SCIC clash.

"It was a great win. I’m proud of the kids," said Wolverine coach Reamy Goodwin. "We got down early, made some adjustments and did things we needed to do to win."

Declo, easy winners over Kimberly and Gooding in its earlier SCIC matches, took the early initiative. Goodwin said, "They served us off the court at the beginning—serving bee-bees that we couldn’t handle.

Trailing 11-5 at one point, Wood River whittled its way back into the first game and got some key blocks by 6-1 senior middle Kristine Hilt that slowed down Hornet momentum.

Hilt (3 kills, 3 blocks) led the way. Katie Sturtevant (7 kills, 6 assists), Whitney Richards (2 kills, 7 assists), Laurel Williams (2 kills) and Natalie Green (2 kills) pulled their weight.

Wood River hosted Buhl Tuesday night on the Hailey hardwoods, Buhl (7-5) coming in after its close 16-14, 14-16, 16-14 SCIC win over Gooding last week. Then, the Wolverines go to Kimberly Thursday and travel to Filer next Tuesday before hosting Gooding in another big tussle Sept. 27.

In between the league action, Wood River hosted bigger schools during Saturday’s 21st annual Wood River Invitational volleyball meet on the Hailey hardwoods.

Hillcrest of Idaho Falls won the 10-team tournament for the second straight year, holding off the Bear Lake Bears 15-11, 15-3 in the final. Bear Lake has won four straight state tournaments at the 3A level.

In the semi-finals, Bear Lake needed three games to upset Centennial and Hillcrest ousted Eagle. Wood River was eliminated by Capital of Boise in its first match of bracket play Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines placed third of five teams in their preliminary pool play, going 4-4 in their eight games.

Wood River defeated Timberline 15-8, 15-5 and also beat 3A Weiser 15-12, 16-14. The Wolverines fell to Centennial 15-10, 16-14 and also to Eagle 15-8, 15-6 in other matches.

Tourney MVP was Hillcrest’s 6-0 junior outside hitter Krystal Peterson.

On the All-Tourney team were 5-10 junior OH Aliesha Cromwell of Hillcrest; Kelly Adams of Centennial; 5-11 senior MH Kim Meyer of Eagle; 5-11 senior MB Amanda Lyons of Middleton; senior Kelley Parks of Bear Lake; and Bear Lake junior Katie Cammack, daughter of Bears coach Laura Cammack.

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