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Hi-Line Volleyball Roundup: CJI off to a fast start in the 6C East


September 12, 2017

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Rocky Boy's Tessa Big Knife, left, challenges a ball during a match against the Box Elder Bears last Thursday in Rocky Boy.

With preseason tournaments dominating the start of the 2017 local high school volleyball season, this past weekend, teams got down to the business of starting district play, and playing full matches.

The action started last Tuesday when the Rocky Boy Morning Stars swept the Harlem Wildcats in a non-conference match in Rocky Boy. The Morning Stars downed the Wildcats by scores of 25-18, 25-10 and 25-14, with Tessa Big Knife and Jaylynn Mitchell combining for 15 kills. Sean Henry added five aces. Rocky Boy also played Class C rival Box Elder Thursday night, with the Bears prevailing on Box Elder.

A big match in the 6C East was held Thursday night when North Star hosted Chinook in Gildford. In a battle of the top two teams in the conference, the Knights prevailed in a five-set marathon. North Star won by scores of 24-26, 18-25, 25-21, 25-14 and 15-13, rallying from a 2-0 deficit.

Peytan King had eight kills and Paij Peterson had 17 assists and three aces for the Knights. Kourtney Hanson totaled 11 kills and eight blocks, while Carrie Hofer had 38 digs and four aces for Chinook.

District 6C East action continued Friday night as Big Sandy swept Hays-Lodge Pole by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-16. The Pioneers were balanced on offense, but Lainey Gregory served up an incredible 15 aces to go with seven assists.

Also Friday night, the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks opened district play with a three-game sweep of Box Elder. The Hawks won by scores of 25-7, 25-19 and 25-20. CJI continued its strong play with a Saturday night win over Big Sandy, to improve to 2-0 in 6C East play.

The Hawks downed the Pioneers by scores of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-11, with Kim Ghekiere racking up 15 kills. Payton Hawks added 23 assists and Samantha May had seven aces.

Box Elder also got back on the winning track Saturday with a three-game sweep of another Class B rival. This time, the Bears downed the Harlem Wildcats by scores of 25-21, 25-11 and 26-24. Lilly Gopher had 16 kills, six aces and three blocks in the win. Harlem got six kills and a block from Eleesha Bell.

North Star also beat Sunburst Saturday. The Knights dominated the Refiners by scores of 25-11, 25-13 and 25-19. Chelsea Donaldson tallied seven kills and seven digs, while Kate Hansen had 22 assists, and Peytan King, Lily Pedersen and Saige O'Neil combined for 16 aces.

Saturday night, Rocky Boy opened District 1B play with a three-game loss to Conrad. The Cowgirls defeated the Morning Stars by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-16. Sean Henry had seven kills in the loss for Rocky Boy.


Rocky Boy def. Harlem

25-18, 25-10, 25-14

Harlem: no statistics available

Rocky Boy: Kills 25 (Tessa Big Knife 8, Jaylynn Mitchell 7), Assists 17 (Jaynah Gopher 6, Kriste Parker 7), Aces 14 (Sean Henry 5), Blocks 4 (Mitchell 2), Digs 4 (four with 1).


Big Sandy def. Hays-Lodge Pole

25-9, 25-17, 25-16

Big Sandy: Aces 28 (Lainey Gregory 15), Kills 11 (Jaylyn Cline 2, Georgia Workman 2, Stacey Alderdice 2, Cassidy Belcourt 2), Assists 10 (Gregory 7), Blocks 1 (Alderdice)

Hays-Lodgepole: not available

CJI def. Box Elder

25-7, 25-19, 25-20

(No statistics available)


North Star def. Sunburst

25-11, 25-13, 25-19

Sunburst – Kills 5 (Jeena Alberano 4); Assists 12 (Kjaitlyn Cullen 5); Digs 26 (Anika Smylie 8); Blocks 1 (Mackenzie Wilson); Aces 5 (Alberano 3).

North Star – Kills 26 (Chelsea Donaldson 7, Olivia King 5); Assists 24 (Katelyn Hansen 22); Digs 39 (Saige O'Neil 10, Jewel Wicks 9, Donaldson 7); Blocks 0; Aces 20 (Peytan King 6, Lily Pedersen 5, O'Neil 5).

Box Elder def. Harlem

25-21, 25-11, 26-24

Harlem - Kills 14 (Eleesha Bell 6); Assists 12 (Taylor Stiffarm 6, Taeshon Schaeffer 6); Digs 44 (Raegan Conlan 12); Blocks 1 (Bell); Aces 6 (Arie Owens 3).

Box Elder - Kills 32 (Lillian Gopher 16); Assists 25 (Eve The Boy 17); Digs 48 (Trystan 36); Blocks 3 (Gopher 3); Aces 17 (Gopher 6).

Conrad def. Rocky Boy

25-17, 25-20, 25-16

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Box Elder's Lillian Gopher tips a ball during last Thursday's high school volleyball match against Rocky Boy in Box Elder.

Conrad: Kills 19. Blocks 5. Aces 8. Digs 65. Assists 2.

Rocky Boy: Kills 24 (Sean Henry 7). Blocks 6. Aces 4. Digs NA. Assists 23 (Kristen LaMere 13, Kriste Parker 11)

CJI def. Big Sandy

25-10, 25-9, 25-11

Big Sandy: Stats not reported.

CJI: Kills 35 (Kim Ghekiere15). Blocks 1. Aces 18 (Samantha May 7). Digs 6 (Kayona Fraser 2). Assists 26 (Peyton Hawks 23).


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