HAWARDEN--The visiting St. Mary's volleyball team picked up a straight set victory against War Eagle Conference rival West Sioux Monday night, but there was nothing quick, short or easy about the match.
"It lasted an hour and 45 minutes," Hawks coach Teena Dreckman said of her team's 15-8, 15-13, 16-14 victory. "It was a long night.
"Each game, we rotated at least 20 times, and there were rallies that seemed to last five minutes."
St. Mary's statistics were pretty high for a three-set match.
Setter Kristine "Nelly" Nelson recorded 37 assists, and there was another enjoyable stat for Dreckman.
"Just wait till you get to our kill totals," she said. "We had more in this match than we had (in three matches) on Sunday."
Joni Harpenau had 16 kills and Julie Klein added 14 to help give the Hawks 41 smackdowns, compared to the 32 at the Catholic Youth Organization Tournament Sunday.
But, St. Mary's needed more than just kills to win the game.
"I thought the team played with a lot of heart," Dreckman said. "We were down 13-10 in the third game, held them for seven rotations and scored the next six points to win 16-14.
"I think only once a team scored three points in a row (on consecutive serves). You were lucky to get two points in a row."
St. Mary's (11-17 overall, 4-4 WEC) plays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at home versus Sergeant Bluff-Luton in its final regular season game. The Hawks return to action after that against an opponent whose doors are just a block away, Remsen-Union, in the first round of the district playoffs a week later on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at St. Mary's.
SM stats--Aces: Schnoes 2; Assists: Nelson 37; Blocks: Mer. Homan 2; Digs: E. Harpenau 29, Jo. Harpenau 27, Colling 24, Frederes 17; Kills: Jo. Harpenau 16, J. Klein 14, Colling 5, Mer. Homan 4.
Bulldogs Sophs storm past Spirit Lake FB
SPIRIT LAKE--The Le Mars Community Sophomore football team improved its record to 5-1 with a convincing 48-0 win over host Spirit Lake Monday night.
Bulldogs back Todd Caswell led all scorers with three touchdowns on just five carries for 117 yards.
The defense was again anchored by Kye Kolpin, who had a team-high nine tackles and had a sack.
"He's pretty much been leading the team in tackles all year," coach Leroy Wichers said. "He's a good kid."
Backing Kolpin up with eight tackles, each, were Jarek Augustine and Korey Brooks.
Tyler Koopman had the lone interception, while Andrew Moritz, Terry Fett and Matt Plathe scooped up a fumble apiece.
The Bulldogs' offense, conversly, had no such problems.
Quarterback Tony Haack had a 45-yard rushing touchdown, a 48-yard TD pass to David Venaas, a two-point conversion on the ground and a 23-yarder to Chad Peters.
Moritz and Peters had the other two LCHS TDs on the ground.
LCHS Frosh FB break even, again
SPIRIT LAKE--The Bulldogs Frosh team earned its second tie of the season 14-14 at Spirit Lake Monday night. Chris Newmann (five rushes for 40 yards with a 10-yard TD) and Zach Strub went into the end zone for the two TDs.
Strub found paydirt on a 20-yard pass from Brad Bybee, who completed six passes for 31 yards with one TD.
Brandon Phelan rushed four times for 37 yards.
On defense, Newmann and Curtis Sitzmann led the team with eight tackles. Newmann and Anthony Ferris also had one interception apiece.
LCHS is now 3-1-2 for the year.