REMSEN--The Remsen-Union High volleyball team defeated Maple Valley Conference rival Kingsley-Pierson 15-11, 15-7 and 15-1 in the Lady Rockets' Senior Night game Thursday. It was the last home match for R-U's Nicole Ahlers, Michelle Kunkel, Christine Ross, Kara Ruba, Lori Schnepf and foreign exchange students Aya Ishizaki (Japan) and Dora Lezsak (Hungary). "They all played and did a great job," said Lady Rockets coach Janelle Schorg, who added an interesting note about the newcomers to Iowa. "In Hungary, they play volleyball differently than here," she said, adding there is another set of rules. "This was an experience for (Lezsak)." Ishizaki has had fun overcoming the language barrier. "The interesting thing with her is the communication," Schorg said. "She's not real loud. "But once the girls got used to playing with someone like that, it's not a barrier anymore." Not much got in between Lady Rockets back row players and Schnepf, their setter, either. "Our passing has been a big key for this team," said Schorg of the serve reception and passes to the setter. "If we're passing well, then our team does well." R-U is getting more good news from junior middle blocker Stephanie Lilly, who had a team-high 12 kills. "She's healing from her elbow wound, and I think it's making her more aggressive," said Schorg of Lilly, who sustained a deep-bone bruise during pool play at the MVC Tourney on Saturday, Sept. 28. "She was finding the holes tonight." The Lady Rockets (13-13) travel to Sloan to take on Westwood at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 for their final regular-season match before opening district competition on Oct. 22. "I really appreciate the fans and the parents for their support this year," Schorg said. R-U (13-13 overall, 4-5 MVC) stats--Aces: Ishizaki 3; Assists: Schnepf 9; Blocks: Vornbrock 3, Lilly 2, Ruba 2; Digs: Ishizaki 4, Kunkel 4, Ruba 4, Ross 3; Kills: Lilly 12, Schnepf 4, Kunkel 3.
GLR meet results; the lowdown on Friday's West Sioux Invite Gehlen Catholic senior Des Campbell is still undefeated, Ryan Campbell picked up another meet victory and Phil Ryan took second to lead the Jays to first and second team finish, respectively, at the George-Little Rock cross country meet Wednesday. The St. Mary's cross country teams also participated. Gina Valentino found herself fighting for spots in a furious sprint to the line with a pair of Lady Jays, a fellow Hawk and an Okoboji Pioneer. Valentino and BreAnne Sitzmann both clocked 18:05's for eighth and ninth, respectively. If that wasn't close enough, RSM's Natalie Steichen (11th) and GC's Ashley Rosener (12th) were just a second behind them at 18:06, with Okoboji's Sandra Smith (10th) in a one-second sandwich between the four Plymouth County runners. But now the GC harriers have more important things to focus on, like getting the better of West Sioux, the only small school ranked ahead of them in both the boys' and the girls' rankings for northwest Iowa. Gehlen will go head-to-head with the Falcons alongside several other schools at the West Sioux Invite at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Hawarden. The race, which will also feature the other four Plymouth County teams (Hinton, Kingsley-Pierson, Le Mars Community and St. Mary's), could be used as an indicator of how the Jays will fare in the postseason. GC coach Dick Seivert disagrees. "It's just a normal meet," he said. "Monday is the big race with the War Eagle Conference meet." That's also hosted by the Falcons, as is the district meet on Thursday, Oct. 24. Boys' Varsity Results Team scores: 1. Okoboji 46; 2. Gehlen 56; 3. Sioux Center 79; 4. South O'Brien 82; 5. Sibley-Ocheyeden 154; 6. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 176. Individual standings (Plymouth County runners only): 1. Ryan Campbell (GC) 17:47; 2. Phil Ryan (GC) 18:15; 14. Joe Loutsch (GC) 19:13; 19. Dustin Sitzmann (GC) 19:42; 20. Nathan Langel (GC) 19:46; 21. Brandon Homan (GC) 19:54; 22. Colin Sitzmann (GC) 19:56; 45. Nick Weiland (St. Mary's) 21:39. Girls' Varsity Results Team scores: 1. Gehlen 49; 2. SC 68; 3. Okoboji 69; 4. S-O 72; 5. South O'Brien 148. Individual standings (P. Co. only): 1. Des Campbell (GC) 15:36; 8. Gina Valentino (RSM) 18:05; 9. BreAnne Sitzmann (GC) 18:05; 11. Natalie Steichen (RSM) 18:06; 12. Ashley Rosener (GC) 18:06; 13. Jacinta Ruhland (GC) 18:19; 14. Erin Puhl (GC) 18:20; 19. Kristie McDermott (GC) 18:31; 35. Kendra Homan (GC) 19:34; 37. Jamie Ruba (RSM) 20:15. J.V. Results Gehlen boys' (2nd) standings: 2. Scott Campbell 19:49; 4. Kyle Britton 19:56; 8. Jerod Gloden 20:41; 10. Devin Sitzmann 20:47; 26. John Ludwig 23:26; 30. Andy Kass 24:00; 31. Neil Ruhland 24:31. Gehlen girls' (1st) standings: 5. Ashley Wenzel 19:25; 6. Stephanie Sitzmann 19:27; 9. Maria Bollin 19:38; 11. Jennifer Gloden 19:57; 12. Leah Campbell 20:18; 16. Erica Ellensohn 20:47; 31. Megan Reistoffer 24:21.
K-P VB stats, next week's matches The Lady Panthers volleyball team played against River Valley and Odebolt-Arthur over the past two Tuesdays--both were losses. K-P closes out its regular season with three straight home matches at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. K-P stats vs. River Valley Oct. 8--Aces: Bolton 3, Andrews 2, Bahrke 2; Assists: Todd 16, Bolton 7; Blocks: Andrews 4, Meister 3, Schweitzberger 2, Hagan 2; Digs: Bahrke 13, Hardie 11, Andrews 10, Meekley 8; Kills: Andrews 10, Schweitzberger 8, Hardie 7. K-P stats vs. Odebolt-Arthur Oct. 1--Aces: Bolton 3, Leekley 2, Andrews 2; Assists: Todd 12, Bolton 8; Blocks: Andrews 3, Schweitzberger 2; Kills: Andrews 9, Schweitzberger 8, Hardie 7.
Call him Brian South Dakota State University's Brian Schultz is the Le Mars Community alumnus that is "still swinging golf clubs well." The ex-Bulldog shot rounds of 74, 77 and 83 to take All-NCC Tournament honors with his fifth-place finish.