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Page 2B Sports The Kalona News, Nove$b 3, Golden Ha,,,ks drop final battle to Bulldo continued from page 1B In game one, the Golden HawksTook the early lead, going up 6-3 on consecu- tive aces by Hannah Boehmer. The Gold- en Hawks extended that three point lead to six behind the service of Carl Bren- neman as the Golden Hawks capitalized on poor hitting by Mediapolis and strong hitting by their star, Herrington. What looked like a strong M-P advan- tage turned the other way as the Golden Hawks struggled over the next few serv- ices, allowing Mediapolis to creep back to within one. With the score at 17-16, Boehmer set outside hitter Stacy Beeler, and Beeler crushed it down. The Mediapolis defend- er fought the ball off and the ball arced into the air, nipping the net just enough to miss-direct it over the M-P blockers and to the floor. That fluke gift of the net tied the game at seventeen. Multiple Mediapolis hitters got into the action then as the Bulldogs pulled away to take the game 25-22. That was the closes match as the M-P squad came out a bit flat footed in the second game to loose 25-15. After a brief recess, the teams were back on the court for the third game and it seemed the Golden Hawks had regained their composure and would contest the match. The blocking duo of Katie Herrington and Hannah Boehmer, a duo that has been like a brick wall to opposing hitters all season long, went up against a Medi- apolis jackhammer and prevailed to give Mid-Prairie the first point of the game. The Golden Hawks went on a run then, taking a 3-0 advantage, and main- taining their lead, as Herrington found another block to make the score 6-4 and a Mediapolis hit went out of bounds to give M-P a 7-4 advantage. The Bulldogs then pulled it even tying the score at 8-8. The match would remain tied going 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, and then 12-12. Mediapolis pulled away for a brief series, but Mid-Prairie roared back to tie it again at 18 on consecutive kills by Stacy Beeler, who hammered one down in the middle and Carl Brenneman who touched one over the blockers to tie the game. The Golden Hawks stuck with a young front Herrington rotated out to was unable to sub in took advantage and rode Beth Weber to the finish. A Weber kill gave advantage, 24-20, a Hawks were unable to Mediapolis advanced to 24-21 win. IMS closes 2005 volleyball seas continued from page 1B behind the hitting of sophomore Alyssa Litwiller, who finished the night with 12 kills. Game three proved pivotal as the teams played evenly, with many long rallies characterized by all-out hustle. Both teams played with a lot of heart, with both teams hitting the floor with amazing digs off pounding attacks. The game went down to the wire and it was Klein with the At left, IMS middle hitter Nicole Ropp pushes one past the defender. Ropp, the tallest player on the IMS volleyball team, stepped up into her roll as blocker and middle hitter and became one of the many balanced threats that the IMS vol- leyball team offered it's oponents this season. big block to end the game with the Eagles on top 26-24. Game four saw IMS come back and battle Keota, trailing 17-15, before the wheels came off IMS' playoff hopes. Several key IMS errors, com- bined with powerful attacks by Baker, forced two IMS time-outs. The hole became too great to climb out of, as Keota rolled to the finish, scoring the final eight points of the game. IMS did not get the balance offensively that it is accustomed to, with four kills from sopho- more Amanda Bates and three from senior Laura Stoltzfus and junior Megan Schrock. Senior Kyla Yoder added two kills. Senior setter Linea Bartel fin- ished with 20 assists. Yoder led a strong IMS serving effort, going 17-17 behind the stripe. Senior Lindsay Erb served 13-13 and senior Laura Stoltzfus was 11-11 with two aces. Frosh Hannah Bartel nailed four aces and Bates served 16-17. "We had a number of heartbro- ken people in the locker room after this one," said coach Gin- gerich, "and that the energy gave through the s much they well tonight." "I am proud of the way they terrific great people. ents and all tremendous all season long." IMS closes the seaS0! record of 28-7. : IMS claims district title over Iowa omore Nicole Ropp added seven. Senior Laura Stoltzfus slapped six kills, and sophomore Amanda Bates had four. Senior Kyla Yoder and junior Megan Schrock added three kills each in the balanced IMS attack. Senior Linen Bartel set for 29 assists. Senior Lindsay Erb served 12-12 with two aces, Litwiller was 10-10 with a pair of aces, and freshman Hannah Bartel was 8-8 with two aces to lead IMS behind the stripe. Yoder had ate a'l digs, while senior $tacY Erb, and Stoltzfus each' Ropp had a team-hight "We played well in su we were able to get eveI said coach Ging' them to get a litU experience. I was glaC finish with sonle^Ci]l c and execution auv _ took the lead in Ga" IMS advanced to the regional semifinal with a 3-0 victory over Iowa Valley in Marengo, claiming the District title by scores of 25-10, 25-14, 26-24. IMS cruised to wins in Games one and two before Iowa Valley came to life and took advantage of IMS errors to challenge the visi- tors in Game three. IMS was led at the net for the evening by sophomore Alyssa Litwiller with 10 kills, while soph- Pathway wraps season with home tourney win Pathway netters played in their home tournament to close Out their volleyball season and dished themselves a first- place finish. The team played against Lighthouse to open the weekend tournament, and downed their opponent 25-13 and 25-19. Jana Bender had 10 kills and an ace to lead the Panthers. Setter Lindsay Hel- muth put up 20 assists, Amy Miller had six kills, two aces and a block, and Bethany Kramer turned in two kills three blocks and one ace. In their second match of the tourna- ment, the Panthers picked up another win vs. Sycamore, downing them in the third game tie-breaker, 15-3. Bethany Kramer led the way with six kills and eight blocks. Sheila Schlabach had four kills and an ace, while setter Lindsay Helmuth turned in 13 assists. The third game pitted Pathway against Omaha, a match which they won in two, 25-20 and 25-10. Pathway was led in the match by Lindsay Helmuth who had three kills to go along with 11 assists and an ace from the service line. Teammate Amy Miller chipped in five kills and one assist, and Bethany Kramer had four kills and two blocks for the Panthers. On the second day of the tournament, Pathway faced Arthur and won easily in two games, 25-9 and 25-9, going to the championship game undefeated. In the championship game they faced Sycamore once more, going three games with them before wrapping up the tournament win in a 15-10 tie-break- er. Jana Bender had 6 kills to lead that category, Amy Miller had five and three blocks. Bethany Kramer had three kills, five blocks and an assist, while Sheila Schlabach turned in an excellent per- formance with four kills and an ace. Senior Jana Bender commented on her team's cohesion. "Even if we would have lost, it would have been okay," said Bender, "because of the amazing way our team played together. Each person did their best, which is what really mattered." Coach Kurt Kemp praised his players for their efforts during the 2005 season. "With three early injuries, we didn't get settled into a rotation until about three-fourths of the way through the season," said Kemp, "It was great to see us play some of our best ball in our sea- son ending tournament. We had sopho- more, Bethany Kramer, play well enough to make the all-tournament team along with senior Jana Bender and junior Lindsay Helmuth, which was exciting." He also commented on the team's serving percentage, which ended up being 93 % for the season. The Pathway varsity ended their season 8-1. Kos Excavating Kevin Kos and his daughter Greta, recieve honors at the M ball game from athletic dirctor Don Showalter for thier an( athletic boosters. Kos is the father of twin juniors Trenton Mid,Prairie girls fare well at regional ser00 continued from page 1B It was sometime earlier in July when she called the school to see if there was a teacher she could student teach with and they offered her the coaching posi- tion. Slagel previously coached ninth grade volleyball at Iowa City West. The Golden Hawks cruised to a victory over Montezuma in their first post-season game on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Their next game, on Tuesday, October 25, was against Sigourney, and Sla- gle knew the team would have their hands full. "We knew Sigourney was not a team to be taken lightly," said Slagel, "I would say our teams are almost evenly matched." The girls took a two lead advantage, chasing Sigourney to a 25-18 first game win, before sur- viving a tight one 26-24 in the sec- ond game. In the third game the sophomores and freshmen seemed to loose their initiative. "We kind of fell apart in the third game," said Slagel, "But I'm not real sure why. I felt like we lost our legs a little bit and I don't know if that was due to being tired or just lack of aggres- siveness." Sigourney jumped out to a 12-4 Carl Brenneman meets a Davis hitter at the net. Brennean is a freshman, joining the varsity lineup from the JV team as four M-P starters sit on the bench. lead on excellent setting and hit- ting before the Golden Hawk vet- erans .stepped up to pull them back into contention. Hannah Boehmer served points 10, 11 and 12 as Katie Herrington came up with big blocks at the net to bring the score to 16-12. Herrington then slammed down a kill to bring the Golden Hawks to with- in three. On their next point, Sigourney rotated it's big hitters to the front and took over, decking the Hawks and taking the next series of points to win - 25-18. The Golden Hawks swung back into action in game four, taking the win easily, 25-17. The Golden Hawks took the early 5-0 lead and forced a time out by Sigourney. Then junior Stacy Beeler and sophomore Courtney Jenn, setting up on the outside of the net, began plunk- ing down kills and the Golden Hawks pulled away with a 16-9 score. Carl Brenneman slammed a kill down to give M-P their 24th point, and then Boehmer, trick- ing the blockers, slipped one over their fingertips to give M-P the win. M-P vs. Davis County The Davis county fans outnum- bered the Mid-Prairie faithful, despite the fact that the game was played at home in Tim Grady Gymnasium. Davis County brought it down to the wire against the home team, forcing a 15-point tie- breaker. The Golden Hawks fought to a first game win with a score of 25- 21. Davis County then roared back in game two to take a con- vincing 25-17 win in game two. The Golden Hawks struggled to break the Davis County serv- ice, allowing Davis' Kelsey Dewes to serve five consecutive points, then allowing another Davis server, Taylor Helton, to serve another five consecutive points to give them the 24-15 game point. The Golden Hawks stormed back in game three to take a 2-1 match lead, before giving up another win to Davis, in similar fashion, by a score of 25-17. The crowd of Davis supporters was deafening and took center stage in the final tie-breaker, as the Mid-Prairie team was seated directly in front of the Davis con- tingent. Coach Jennifer Slagel prowled the side line, exhorting her team, if they could hear her over the roar of the crowd, and reacting demonstratively to each M-P suc- cess. "This was matches we'Ve the post Slagel, "The up and took What match." The The score then 4-4 tern game. With Golden ahead, taking a tage 10-8. they needed pulled the The Golderl Katie advantage, takes and hits allowed tight again, 14-! The tensiO volleys were final service volley ended, players out of b crowd. re developed a year in a roW.