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MINOT, N.D. — With one of the youngest teams in the Class A state volleyball tournament, West Fargo Coach Kelsey Gibbons has stressed the importance of leaning on her team's lone senior starter Mariah Schatz. That proved to be a good strategy Thursday. Schatz recorded seven of her match-high 19 kills in the decisive fifth set, as the East top-seeded Packers survived a pesky Jamestown team 25-20, 22-25, 25-10, 22-25, 15-13 win in Thursday's opening round in the Minot State Dome.
MINOT, N.D. — For years, West Fargo Sheyenne volleyball players have been desperate for a chance to play in the state tournament. They got the full experience Thursday in the Minot State Dome. Lauren Ware finished with 19 kills and Bismarck Century began its quest for a fourth consecutive Class A title with a 30-28, 25-21, 25-19 opening-round win over Sheyenne.
A week after capturing its first East Region championship, West Fargo Sheyenne added its best-ever finish at state, taking fourth with a score of 220.5. Gretta Bellas, who led for the first seven laps of the 500 free, ended the night on the All-State First-Team, finishing the race third in 5:19.36. Tierney Howell took home Second-Team All-State Honors and had the team's best finish in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:00.29.
DEVILS LAKE — Considered a long shot to even make the state tournament just a few short weeks ago, the West Fargo volleyball team's ambitions have now grown substantially. Erin Binstock had nine kills, Katelyn Tveito and Halle Erickson combined for 26 assists and the Packers completed an improbable run to an Eastern Dakota Conference championship with a 25-20, 25-22, 27-25 upset of top-seeded Fargo Davies Saturday.
DEVILS LAKE — The wait is over for the West Fargo Sheyenne volleyball team Olivia Dobrinz had 15 kills, McKenzie Newton had 27 assists and 15 digs and the Mustangs reached their first state tournament with a 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23 win over Devils Lake in a state qualifying match at the Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament Saturday. Newton added 15 digs and 10 kills in the winning effort, while Brooke Prochaska added 26 assists of her own for the Mustangs, who bounced back following a 3-1 loss to West Fargo in the opening round of the tournament.
WEST FARGO — One week after shaking up the seeding of the North Dakota Class A East Region volleyball tournament, West Fargo went ahead and shook up the entire field. The sixth-seeded Packers overcame a sluggish first set by dominating the last three, upsetting third-seeded West Fargo Sheyenne 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday.
It was a dominant day for West Fargo schools at the Eastern Dakota Conference girls swim tournament Saturday, with the Sheyenne Mustangs well out in front of the field. Tierney Howell won the 100-yard butterfly and Sheyenne took the runner-up spot in five events, riding great balance to a winning score of 434. This tally was 104 points better than West Fargo, which took second. Howell grabbed first in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.10.
WEST FARGO — While its not uncommon for momentum to shift when the best player on the field leaves with an injury, things unfortunately went the opposite way West Fargo Sheyenne players and fans may have expected Friday night. With quarterback Cade Feeney out a play and his team trailing by six, Bismarck Century backup Mason Peterson connected on
West Fargo avoided falling victim to the dreaded trap game, easily dropping Grand Forks Central 25-13, 25-16, 25-20 in a play-in game of the Eastern Dakota Conference volleyball tournament Friday. The sixth-seeded and reigning conference champion Packers were led by Lucie Holaday's nine kills, while Halle Erickson added eight kills, 14 assists and 12 digs. The win sets up a rematch with West Fargo Sheyenne, the No. 3 seed at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Still in search of a signature win to prove itself as a serious contender in the upcoming Eastern Dakota Conference volleyball tournament, West Fargo may have finally gotten it in the regular season finale. Erin Binstock had 15 kills and delivered a walk-off ace in the fifth set, catapulting the Packers to a 26-24, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13 upset of West Fargo Sheyenne Tuesday night.