PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lakeland nabs first league title since 2003

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MOSCOW — The Lakeland Hawks clinched the 4A Inland Empire League title for the first time, and won their first league title of any kind since 2003, by beating the Moscow Bears 25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 25-18 on Tuesday night at Bear Den.

Daphne Carroll, who missed the last week with an injury, returned to the lineup with 16 kills for Lakeland (14-10, 3-0 4A IEL), which last won a league crown in its final season in the 3A Intermountain League. Katy Ryan added 21 kills, six aces and five blocks for the Hawks, Abbey Neff had 39 assists, Olivia Cooper 21 digs, Bethany Johnson five blocks.

“We played aggressive tonight,” Lakeland coach Kelsie Badger said. “It was nice to have Daphne back. Katy had a great game all-around and Bethany has some great blocks and kills out of the middle for us. Cooper dug a lot of hard hits and kept the ball in play. I’m very proud of our girls tonight.”

Moscow is 1-2 in league, Sandpoint 0-2.

Lakeland plays host to Sandpoint on Thursday in its league finale.

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Post Falls

POST FALLS — Janae Rayborn had 16 kills and three aces, Kate DuCoeur 13 kills for the visiting Timberwolves in a 25-17, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23 5A Inland Empire League win over the Trojans at The Arena.

Tanai Jenkins had five blocks, Kailyn DeGraw three blocks, Nellie Reese 23 assists, Ella Hosfeld 13 assists, Kiki Cates 13 digs and Jaya Miller nine digs for Lake City (16-9, 5-0 5A IEL), which hosts Mead on Thursday.

“For the most part, we had a fairly established block,” Lake City coach Mike Summers said. “We just need to work a little better on the defense behind that. We’re coming off a long weekend with some tired legs, but it was good to see the girls find that desire and drive to push through.”

Thursday’s match will be alumni night, with former players and coaches to be honored before the match at 6:45 p.m.

Madi John had 10 kills, Brielle Nagel seven kills, Kassie Gardiner 20 assists and two aces, Brooklyn Minden 13 assists, Ali Carpenter 13 digs and Rylee Hartwig two blocks for Post Falls (8-12, 0-5 5A IEL), which travels to Pullman on Thursday.

“In that first set, they came out strong and kind of hammered us with their serve,” Post Falls coach Matt Barkley said. “We battled back in the second and third, but it was just those little details that cost us. We didn’t handle their block very well, but thought Maddy and Brielle did a great job of putting the ball down for us and Ali did a good job of digging in the back row. I’m proud of all the kids. The last time we played them, they hammered us. Tonight, we played hard and gave us some confidence that we can hang with the rest of the league.”

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Sandpoint

COEUR d’ALENE — Elly Schraeder had 10 kills and three blocks, Taylin Rowley seven kills and nine digs for the Vikings in a 25-19, 25-20, 25-7 win over the Bulldogs at Viking Court.

“We came out and played our game,” Coeur d’Alene coach Carly Curtis said. “We got our offense going and served really tough, especially in that third set. In the first two sets, Sandpoint was scrappy and battled right with us. It was a great game by everyone on our team tonight.”

Courtney Garwood had 13 assists and three aces, Lauryn Phillips 12 digs and four aces and Madi Symons two blocks for Coeur d’Alene (19-5), which hosts Lewiston on Thursday.

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Bonners Ferry

BONNERS FERRY — Megan MacKinney achieved the volleyball version of a triple-double — 11 kills, 23 assists and 10 aces — as the visiting Panthers beat the Badgers 25-23, 25-11, 21-25, 25-17 in Intermountain League play.

“Megan just had a fantastic game ... outstanding,” Cd’A Charter coach Cindy Beyer said. “She’s a libero (on her club team, and in the eyes of colleges), but she’s setting and hitting for us and doing a great job.”

Julia Haag added 11 kills for Coeur d’Alene Charter (10-4, 3-4 IML). Jaclyn Paterson had seven kills, Taylor Peterson 11 digs.

For Bonners Ferry (0-6 IML), Avery Pluid had eight kills and two aces, Grace Villelli 18 assists, Lexi Maas 24 digs and two aces, Cierra Peterson three blocks.

Charter returns to action Monday at home vs. St. Maries.

Timberlake d.

St. Maries

SPIRIT LAKE — Taylor Suko had 20 kills and 15 digs as the Tigers battled past the visiting Lumberjacks 25-21, 27-27, 25-20 in nonleague play.

Sami Wilfong had 26 assists for Timberlake (11-11). Brooke Jessen had 11 kills, two blocks and 14 digs, Kylie Marneris 19 digs and two aces.

For St. Maries (4-14), Shelby Martin had six kills and an ace; Mackenzie Hammond 15 assists and one ace, Jayden Martin 12 digs, Allie Brebner 11 digs, Kirsten Miller one block, Sami Badgett one ace.

Timberlake travels to Intermountain League-leading Kellogg tonight at 7. St. Maries is home vs. Orofino in Central Idaho League play on Thursday.

Clark Fork d.

Kootenai

HARRISON FLATS — The Warriors were swept 25-8, 25-10, 25-5 in North Star League play by the visiting Wampus Cats.

Further details were not available.

Kootenai (1-8, 0-7 NSL) travels to Lakeside next Tuesday.

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