Kennewick returns to state volleyball tourney

Kennewick returns to state volleyball tourney

By the Tri-City Herald

For a second consecutive season, the Kennewick volleyball team is going to the Class 3A state tournament.

The Lions bounced back from a semifinal loss Saturday to defeat Kamiakin 25-20, 26-24, 25-15 to earn the third seed from the Class 3A Eastern Washington Regional Tournament.

"It is really exciting," Kennewick coach Julie Maciboba said. "Now I can experience state as a coach -- I never did as a player."

The Lions dominated the Braves after beating them twice in the regular season in four sets.

The win was especially impressive after Kennewick opened the day with a disappointing 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 loss to Mount Spokane.

"We worked a lot this week on how we are reacting quick on plays," Maciboba said, "so that if we make an error, we are not hanging our heads. So, I think we used after the loss. We went into the locker room and told them we had to move on. We had a big match ahead of us. Kamiakin had been playing very well and we knew it was going to be a tough game."

Meghan McIntyre had 18 kills and 18 digs to lead the Lions. Maddie Zinsli added 50 assists and nine digs and Carlee Rhodes had 17 kills on the day.

For Kamiakin it was an up-and-down day, kind of like its 2011 season.

The Braves started the day by handing West Valley just its third set loss of the season, but couldn't quite sustain the push against the top-ranked Rams.

"We had West Valley on their heels," Kamiakin coach Mary Opitz said. "They were pretty shocked at what was going on. We battled in the second one, but West Valley is a real steady team."

West Valley went on to sweep Mount Spokane and claim the regional title. Both teams qualified for state.

Laura Phillips led Kamiakin with 45 assists, 13 digs and was 26-of-27 serving. Alexis Scott added 19 kills, 38 digs and was 25-of-27 serving with two aces.

"My girls are proud of how they did," Optiz said. "And they should be."

Combined statistics

Kamiakin--Laura Phillips 45 assts, 13 digs, 26x27 srv, 1 ace; Alexis Scott 25x27 srv, 2 aces, 19 kills, 38 digs; Libby Davison 18x18 srv, 12 kills, 21 digs; Amanda Miller 12 kills; Kayla Emineth 14x15 srv, 36 dig; Abby Blanchard 8 kills.

Kennewick--Megan McIntyre 18 kills, 18 digs, 2 aces; Torie Szendre 9 kills, 5 blks; Carlee Rhodes 17 kills; Sophie Clinton 9 kills, 3 blks; Maddie Zinsli 50 assts, 9 digs; Lizzy Ridley 15 digs, 4 aces; Brittany Evans 18 digs, 2 aces; Kelly Dyer 13 digs.

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Lions Vball Over Suns

Dyer's 5 aces sparks KeHS over Southridge

By the Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- Meghan McIntyre and Sophie Clinton combined for 25 kills, and Kelly Dyer served up five aces to lift Kennewick to a five-set CBBN 3A home win over Southridge.

Emma Spurlock led the Suns with 17 kills.

"We're still making a lot of unforced errors. Our passing game is just not that good," said Southridge coach John Lengphonprouset, who watched the Suns give up a two-games-to-one lead only to drop the last two sets.

Set scores: K 17-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-17, 15-10.

Southridge--Emma Spurlock 17 kills, 5 digs; Shelby Warner 13 kills, 5 digs; Kensey Mix 7 kills; Isabella Midili 25 digs; Breanna Baasch 16 digs; Kylie Farga 45 assists, 5 kills, 9 digs. Kennewick--Meghan McIntyre 13 kills; Sophie Clinton 12 kills; Lizzy Ridley 10 kills; Maddie Zinsli 38 assists; Kelly Dyer 10 digs, 5 aces.

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Lions Rolling

Kennewick rolls in big win over Eastmont

By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- The Kennewick Lions turned one of sports' oldest axioms on its head Friday night, proving that a bad practice makes perfect.

A sloppy effort midweek had coach Bill Templeton spitting fire, which in turn fired up the Lions and led to a 41-0 rout of the Eastmont Wildcats in the CBBN 3A opener for both teams at Lampson Stadium.

"If you've ever seen Coach Templeton mad ... I tell you what," said Kennewick receiver Reggie Clinton, who had two big catches and two nice punt returns in a perfect first half of football for the Lions.

Kennewick (3-0) did all of its scoring in the first half, converting all six possessions into touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Leavitt was 8-for-9 for 208 yards and four touchdowns: 50 and 22 yards to Chase Reining, 40 yards to Clinton and 10 to Brock Schuh.

Garrett Woods and Bodie Simpson each ran for a score, Woods racking up 103 yards on six carries as the Lions outgained Eastmont (0-3) 351-69 in the first two quarters.

"You see that scoreboard -- that shows it all right there," Clinton said. "That's hard work and dedication right there."

"Did you see that first play?" he asked, referring to Woods' 50-yard sprint through a gaping hole. "That doesn't happen if Ivan Diaz doesn't do his job, if Jarrod Howell doesn't do his job, Garrett Wilz, Jarod Gonzales, T.J. Fields."

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Kennewick roar past Pendleton 53-6

Kennewick roar past Pendleton 53-6

By Kevin Anthony, Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- It is no easy task figuring out the MVP of Kennewick's 53-6 drubbing of the Pendleton Buckaroos in the Lions' season opener Friday night at Lampson Stadium.

Is it Grant Woods, who ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns on nine first-half carries and provided some serious "stick 'em" from his cornerback spot?

Is it big-play 'backer Devven Ramos, who returned a fumble 50 yards for a defensive score and rumbled 57 yards for an offensive one?

The offensive line, which sealed off the running lanes for big gains; the defense, which picked off three passes, got the fumble and added three sacks and two more tackles for loss?

Or maybe it was the running clock, which made the second half fly by.

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2011-12 Officers

Here are your officers for the 2011-2012 School Year:

President – Sonja Stites-Molnaa
Vice President - Vicki Gadeberg & Tim Leavitt
Secretary – Gina Hoyt
Treasurer – Dawn Brown