Medina-Pingree/Buchanan junior middle blocker Jordan Thomas piled up 29 kills, six digs, an ace and a block Thursday night at Barnes County North, but Bison 5-foot, 8-inch sophomore setter Jayda Haugenâs 33 assists, 12 digs, two aces and a block helped North come back from a two-set hole for a 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-12) win.
Maple Valley and Central Cass, rivals separated by only a 26-mile stretch of Interstate 94, dueled in Tower City on Thursday night but the second-place Squirrels kept their winning ways to give the Raiders their first District 2 loss, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-15).
Central Cass led a tough first set, 19-18, and eked out a 25-20 win.
Maple Valley trailed only 14-11 and 20-17 in the second, but 25-19 went to the Squirrels.
Central Cass led 6-0 in the third and held on, 25-15.
Jared Lentz, Nate Rodriguez, Eli Allen, John Halgrimson, Erik Milender, Lucas Jury, Homecoming King Ben Baasch, Jordan Magnuson and the road-tested Hi-Liners return home in search of a third straight win on Friday as they host AA East Region rival Lisbon at 7 p.m. at Hanna Field.
Valley City, 2-1 in the AA East and 4-2 overall, stands third behind Wahpeton (3-1 East, 5-1 overall) and Fargo Shanley (3-0 East, 5-1 overall) with Oct. 18âs 6 p.m. date at Shanley and Oct. 24âs home closer against fourth-place Central Cass.
Drew Oberlanderâs 100 Varsity fill percentage led Laine Schwehr, Austin Lura, Collin Lura, Levi Nix and Matthew Lyter against Oakes in taking the first four games, 180-146, 191-146 and 170-145 and letting three easy spares slip through in a dropped game four, 167-156, but a 178-148 fifth-game win and a 4-1 match.
Defense wins Homecoming Powderpuff championships, and Catera Cousartâs tackle sealed the deal.
Cousartâs tackle of April Berntson on 4th-and-6 from the Senior 40 with 20 seconds left Tuesday night handed the red-bound Seniors a 6-0 win â ably officiated by Matt Nielson and Trevor Bakalar â and back-to-back triumphs after last yearâs one-point escape.
âWe played very good defense,â said Ian Schweitzer, who lent his talents to the Senior coaching staff.
Dalton Ondracek and Brandon Miller, Valley Cityâs East No. 8 State Doubles tandem, opened State play Friday against Bismarck Legacyâs West No. 1 Brian Swanberg and Michael Janes, falling 6-3, 6-2.
âThese two fine young men have a lot to be proud of,â Hi-Liner head coach Matt Nielson said. âThey worked their tails off in the season, and it paid off with not only a trip to the State Tournament but an upset victory over the Westâs No. 5 seed as well.â
All Kalli Hegerle and West Fargo Sheyenne wanted to do was climb the Eastern Dakota Conference standings Monday night.
Ride, Sheyenne, ride.
Hegerle, the 5-foot, 10-inch freshman setter/middle hitterâs 18 kills, 15 assists, two blocks and two aces lifted the Mustangs to eighth in the win-loss column as they won three of Mondayâs final four sets at two-point Homecoming, Senior, Dig Pink and âMerica Night opponent Valley City, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17).
Any way the wind blows doesnât really matter to Jared Lentz.
Lentz, Valley Cityâs 6-foot, 4-inch senior quarterback vying with 5-foot, 11-inch senior tight end Ben Baasch and Braden Liljenquist for Homecoming King, went 5-of-7 for 47 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a one-yard score in a 39-degree, 25-mile-per-hour-windy 39-13 win that featured a 24-0 halftime lead at Kindredâs Jerlow Field.