George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor email@example.com
As we head towards November, the high school volleyball season is getting very interesting along the Hi-Line. After a week-long break, area teams returned to the floor this weekend, and conference races tightened up. District 6C East leading Chinook picked up a pair of conference victories over the weekend, starting with a threegame sweep of rival North Star on Friday night. The Sugarbeeters beat the Knights by scores of 25-21, 25-13 and 28-26 in a great match. Kelsie Hanson had 13 kills and Krista Johnson had 15 digs to lead the Beeters. Britt Kapperud recorded seven digs and two aces, and Mariana Jochim added eight assists and two aces for the Knights. Friday night also saw Rocky Boy take down Hays-Lodge Pole in five games in another 6C East showdown. The Morning Stars were paced by Daishawn Whitford's 15 kills in the victory. Meanwhile, the Box Elder Bears dropped a road match at Great Falls Central on Friday night. Chinook kept its winning streak in tact on Saturday with a three-game sweep of Rocky Boy. The Beeters beat the Morning Stars by scores of 25-8, 25-18 and 25-17, and got 11 kills from Hanson, while Shelby Moxley added 10 assists and three aces. Rocky was paced by Whitford's eight kills and one block. Saturday was also a big day for the Chester/J-I Hawks, as they split a pair of important 6C West matches. In the first match of the day, C/J-I cruised to an easy win over Heart Butte. The Hawks beat the Warriors by scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-14. Lexi Lybeck had a big match for the Hawks, recording 12 assists and eight of C/J-I's 22 aces. The Hawks weren't as fortunate in their second match, as the fell to Valier in three games. The host Panthers beat the Hawks by scores of 25-11, 26-24 and 25-22. Lexi Lybeck had another fine allaround match for C/J-I, totaling 14 assists, four digs and two aces. Larissa Lybeck added four kills and one block in the loss. Box Elder also dropped its second match in as many days on Saturday, this time to the Belt Huskies. Belt beat the Bears by scores of 25-13, 25-8 and 25-8.