Silver Valley Sports: Oct. 16 - 22
Kellogg d. Priest River
KELLOGG — The top-seeded Kellogg Wildcats won their first-round match Monday at the 3A District 1-2 volleyball tournament at Andrews Gymnasium knocking off Priest River 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23.
Kellogg avenged a five-set loss to the Spartans from the previous week.
Priest River beat Grangeville in the opening, loser-out match.
Maddie Cheney had 13 kills, Brielle Hei 24 digs for Kellogg against Priest River. Dani Hendrickson 18 assists and five aces, Emily Coe two blocks and five aces for the Wildcats.
Kellogg d. St. Maries
KELLOGG –– The Kellogg Wildcats won the 2A District I/II Volleyball Championship on Wednesday night, dispatching St. Maries in three sets 25-23, 25-9, & 26-24.
The Wildcats rallied late in the third set after giving up a seven-point lead, but it was senior Maddie Cheney’s three straight serves that put the Lumberjacks away and propelled the ‘Cats to the 2A State Tournament.
“Maddie was absolutely who we wanted serving in that spot,” Kellogg coach Steph Batchelder said. “She’s been in so many big matches in her career, I had no doubt that she could handle the pressure.”
After the tight opening set, Kellogg seized all of the momentum in the middle frame – largely behind the efforts of senior Macie Jerome, who seemingly covered the entire gym floor, including an incredible crash into the Wildcat bench to extend a play.
“This was the best we’ve seen her play,” Batchelder said. “She’s always been an asset for us defensively, but tonight she did everything for us.”
Batchelder’s usually large rotation was quite a bit tighter during the championship match, with mostly brief spot subbing used in order to keep the momentum in Kellogg’s favor.
The co-Central Idaho League champs didn’t go away quietly, but it seemed like every time they would find some momentum, Batchelder would use someone off of her bench to snuff it out.
“We had good energy, we made quick decisions, and we played aggressive,” Batchelder said. “Our younger players came in and did their jobs exactly how we needed them to, which allows us some flexibility.”
The 2A State Tournament is at Lakeland High School on October 27-28.
Wallace d. Genesis Prep
COEUR d’ALENE — The top-seeded Miners advanced to a state 1A Division I play-in match with a four-set win over the second-seeded Jaguars in the District 1 championship match at North Idaho College.
Seniors Britany Phillips and Tia Hendrick finished the match with 9 blocks and 12 kills respectively. Hendrick and fellow senior Iliana Lewis also earned 19 digs each. Setter Aubrey Birdsell tallied 30 assists and 2 aces.
Sophomore Megan Hull was recognized for All-league honors following the match, and seniors Britany Phillips and Tia Hendrick were named Co-MVPs for the Scenic Idaho Conference.
Wallace d. Victory Charter
GRANGEVILLE — Britany Philips had seven kills, 13 digs, four blocks and three aces as the Miners, who won the 1A Division I District 1 championship two days earlier, beat the Vipers 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-12 in a state play-in match at Grangeville High.
Tia Hendrick had 15 kills for Wallace (19-2), which advances to state beginning Friday at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.
Aubrey Birdsell totaled 35 assists, Iliana Lewis 14 digs for the Miners.
Mullan/St. Regis 52 Wallace 20
MULLAN — John Pruitt and Kofi Appiah had two touchdowns each for the Tigers in a North Star League win over the Miners at John Drager Field.
It was senior night in Mullan, which had coach Stetson Spooner a little emotional.
“A great team win over a young and tough Miner squad, but we also got the opportunity to honor our seniors,” Spooner said. “Always bittersweet but equally deserving to shine a light on what they have done for our communities and this program. As a team with a unique situation, our kids really do sacrifice more than other teams to accomplish all the success. Lots of extra hours and extra work.”
Mullan (8-1, 7-0 NSL) advances to the state 1A Division II playoffs where they await the winner of Hagerman and Mackay. Mullan will host that game on either November 3 or 4.
Wallace finished 3-5, 2-5.
Kellogg 27 Priest River 0
KELLOGG –– The Wildcats wrapped up their season with a win over the Spartans on senior night.
The Wildcats started slow but had a great second half as senior quarterback Reed Whatcott threw for a pair of scores and ran for two more.
Senior Jeage Hall and junior Coleman Blalack caught touchdowns during the game.
Kellogg was eliminated from postseason contention following last week’s loss at Grangeville.
They finish the season 3-6, 1-2.
KELLOGG CROSS COUNTRY
GRANGEVILLE –– Kellogg’s Makai Peak was the District 1/2 individual champion at the 2A District Meet at Grangeville Golf Course.
Along with Peak, who finished with a time of 17:39, was Ryken White who finished sixth overall.
The top ten finishes were enough to qualify them for the 2A State Meet this weekend in Pocatello.
Joining them on the women’s side is Zoie Lawson, who finished fourth overall.
The State Meet is on Saturday, October 28, at the Portneuf Wellness Center in Pocatello.