Corey's Corner 8/30

Posted 8/30/17 (Wed)

               In the beginning of the season, you just never know what a team is going to give you. Sure there’s last year as an indication, but at the end of the day you have to see it in play. And a team can take a while to settle in, or come right out of the gate firing. And that can make the battle a lopsided one.

               That’s exactly what we saw on our football opening weekend from the capital city. We start out with the Saints of St. Mary’s against the Grafton Spoilers. The Saints got the action going first with a 30 yard strike to senior Luke Kambeitz, and it really took off from there. Two drives later, Jonah Krebs cashed in from 16 yards out. Then, on the very next offensive play SMCHS would force the fumble and Cole Gendreau brought it home. Matt Suda got an interception .for Grafton, but the Spoilers wouldn’t cash in. Then, first play of the second half was a kickoff return TD for Jonah Krebs and it was over. Marcus Niemann had a great game for Grafton, but the Saints will keep their undefeated streak alive from last year and start 1-0.

               We’ll stay at the MDU Resources Community Bowl as the Bismarck Demons opened up against the Davies Eagles. Bismarck went to the Dakota Bowl last year, while the Eagles are projected to be a top 4 team in the East. For Bismarck, Will Madler returns at QB and his outside receivers are as good as Bismarck has had. The Demons did lose their top RB Lucas Butts and the big question coming in was: how would they replace him. Davies was also trying to replace a ton of production on the ground with Alex York and Andy Baer. It was the Bismarck air game that dominated the show. Madler found Tate Doppler and Tanner Davis with regularity down the field. Jalen Sprecher more than filled in well for Butts. Davies scored first, and then it was Bismarck’s game. Madler had just one incompletion and the Demons would defeat Davies in the opener for the second year in a row.

               Finally, we start our volleyball season in Eureka, SD as the Patriots welcome in the South Border Mustangs. The Mustangs have to replace two of the top players in the state in Morgan Schnabel and Amy Jacobsen, while the Pats lose Sam Raile and Erin Hanson. It was the Mustangs who were galloping in the first set, as they won it 25-15. MyCkea Gross was outstanding for South Border, pacing the offense much like Mustangs past. Emily St. Aubin was outstanding as well, as the freshmen controlled the net in the opening stanza. Second set was the total opposite. Hunter Ellis and Heidi Stiklestad dominated the pace of play, and they made it a best of three with a 25-14 win. The fourth set was a tight back-and-forth affair that got locked up at 17.South Border took the late initiative, and went on an 8-2 run. Hannah VanGorkom and Faith Dockter were outstanding supplemental pieces to the offense, and that carried over the fourth and final. South Border ended on a 19-3 run to earn their first win of the year.