The high school volleyball season is in full swing and this coming weekend will mark the start of conference play for many local teams.
Last weekend, there were two big tournaments in the Hi-Line, with the North Star Showcase in Rudyard and Gildford and the Chinook Invitational in Chinook.
On Friday at the North Star tourney, the Big Sandy Pioneers went a solid 3-1 in the Rudyard Pool, while North Stars went 3-1 in the Gildford Pool while the Rocky Boy Morning Stars went 2-2 in the same pool.
Saturday’s action turned to the championship bracket where Big Sandy beat the Morning Stars and North Star took down Dutton-Brady in the first round. The Pioneers and Knights were both beaten in the semifinals, then squared off in the third-place match. In that match North Star beat Big Sandy by scores of 26-24 and 25-16. Rocky Boy lost in the fifth-place match, while Roy-Winifred beat Sunburst in the championship.
In Chinook last Friday, the host Sugarbeeters went a perfect 4-0 in pool play, while the Chester/J-I Hawks didn’t fare as well, going 0-4. The Chinook Invitational features top Class B teams such as Conrad, Cut Bank, Malta and Glasgow. Class C powers Simms, Highwood and Valier were also in attendance.
In Saturday’s bracket play, Chinook beat Valier in the quarterfinals, then lost to Cut bank in the semifinals. The Beeters also lost to Shelby to finish fifth in their own tourney. C/J-I lost to Shelby, then beat Valier before losing out to Simms.
Shelby beat Conrad in the consolation match, while Cut Bank beat Glasgow for the championship match.
8th Annual North Star Showcase
at Rudyard and Gidlford
Rudyard pool -- Big Sandy def. North Star JV 25-9, 25-13; Dutton-Brady def. Rocky Boy JV 25-16 25-8; Roy-Winifred def. Big Sandy 25-8, 25-16; Rocky Boy JV def. North Star JV 25-21, 25-18; Roy-Winifred def. Dutton-Brady B 25-13, 25-19; Big Sandy def. Rocky Boy JV 25-11, 25-12; Roy-Winifred def. North Star JV 25-10, 25-6; Big Sandy def. Dutton-Brady 27-25, 24-26, 3-2; Roy-Winifred def. Rocky Boy JV 25-11, 25-13; Dutton-Brady def. North Star JV 25-21, 25-22.
Gildford pool -- North Star def. North Star C 25-6, 25-5 ; Rocky Boy def. Roy-Winifred JV 18-25, 25-15; Sunburst def. North Star 24-26, 25-17; Roy-Winifred JV def. North Star C 25-9, 25-13; Sunburst def. Rocky Boy 25-22, 25-5; North Star def. Roy-Winifred JV 25-15, 25-12; Sunburst def. North Star C 25-8, 25-5; North Star def. Rocky Boy 25-9, 25-14; Sunburst def. Roy-Winifred JV 25-23, 23-25, 3-1; Rocky Boy def. North Star C 25-7, 25-13.
Bracket A -- Chinook 4-0, Glasgow 3-1, Simms 2-2, Shelby 1-3, Highwood 0-4.
Bracket B -- Conrad 4-0, Cut Bank 3-1, Malta 2-2, Valier 2-2, Chester-Joplin-Inverness 0-4.
8th Annual North Star Showcase
Championship bracket -- Big Sandy def. Rocky Boy 25-12, 25-20; North Star def. Dutton-Brady 225-19, 25-10; Sunburst def. Big Sandy 18-25, 25-18, 15-12; Roy-Winifred def. North Star 19-25, 25-20, 15-5; Dutton-Brady def. Rocky Boy 26-24, 25-15.
Third place -- North Star def. Big Sandy 26-24, 25-16.
Championship -- Roy-Winifred def. Sunburst 25-16, 25-13.
Chinook Invitational Volleyball Invitational
First Round -- Valier def. Highwood; Shelby def. CGI.
Quarterfinals -- Cut Bank def. Simms; Glasgow def. Malta; Chinook def. Valier; Conrad def. Shelby.
Loser-out -- CJI def. Valier; Shelby def. Highwood; Simms def. CJI; Shelby def. Malta.
Semifinals -- Cut Bank def. Chinook; Glasgow def. Conrad.
Consolation -- Conrad def. Simms; Shelby def. Chinook.
3rd place game -- Shelby def. Conrad 25-16, 19-25, 15-12.
Championship -- Cut Bank def. Glasgow 25-17, 25-17.