Corey's Corner 9/27
Posted 9/27/17 (Wed)
Our action this week starts in Kenamre, ND as the Honkers welcomed in Tioga. Kenmare has been one of the top teams in this region for a long time, and they showed that pedigree in this game. Sierra Overton has played for this team for four years, and she flexed that experience in this one. Four kills and two blocks in the first set paced the Honkers, and that was her slowest set of the day. Kirsten Medland had an outstanding first, Ashley Bauer notched back-to-back aces, and Marissa Jensen racked up kills in the 3rd and final set. The second set was the bright spot for Abigail Larson and the Pirates, but Kenmare made the plays late to take the second, and they parlayed that into their biggest set of the day in the 3rd. Kenmare would stay undefeated in district play, and the Pirates got ready for another really tough matchup against Powers Lake.
Then on Friday we were in Carrington as the Cardinals welcomed in the Rugby Panthers. The Red Birds came in undefeated, while Rugby was in search of win number two after topping Central Dakota. But from the first play on, this would be the Cardinals’ game. Kaden Wolsky broke off a big run on the very first play from scrimmage, and that set the tempo for the ground game all day. The best duo of backs in Class A may very well be Wolsky and Drew Page, and they looked the part. Both were well over 100 yards in this one, and the QB by committee held up for Carrington. Hayden Schmitz worked the ball when needed, as did Payton Smith and Seth Nelson. Trey Rosenau was impressive on the outside, and Easton Rindy lead a defense that shut down the Rugby offense. Carrington knew they had to key on Kaden Jaeger and the running game for Rugby, and they did. Jaeger is one of the most explosive backs in ND, but Carrington knew that since Kaden used to live in Red Bird country. Carrington would stay undefeated, and set up a regional championship and a top 5 matchup against Langdon coming up this Friday.
On Monday, we were back in Bismarck as the Mystics of Bismarck State played host to the Lady Jacks of Dakota College. Sam Anklam opened things with a service run featuring two aces, and BSC would go on a myriad of runs throughout the game. This offense is one of the most balanced and effective in the MonDak, and that’s how it operated in this game. Liza Doppler, Kristina Lucier, Sierra Graff, Jaycee Walter, Caitlyn Inman, and Hannah Hanson all had at least three kills in the opening stanza, as BSC fired on all cylinders. Alyssa Beck had some great service moments, as did Sidney Mann. BSC also won up front on the block, and that came from a career game for Alicia Larsgaard. She just about tripled her career block production in one game, as she dictated the later stages of this game. 25-11 went the first two, and BSC got even better in Set 3. Now it’s a big one tonight as the Mystics welcome in a very good NDSCS team to the Armory.
Finally, we take a look at the Western part of the state as Watford City took on the Stanley Blue Jays. And Watford, much like Kenmare, as had a great deal of success in Region 8. Emma Mogen and Mikka Haugeberg were unstoppable in this game, and Tia McGorman was simply awesome up front. Stanley made some really good plays, but couldn’t establish a regular groove against the onslaught of Watford City. Emily Elliot supplemented the offense with some nice work in the service game, as did Avery Sundeen. 3-0 Watford City won at the Roughrider Center.