Kennewick volleyball pushes win streak to 4

When the Kennewick volleyball team won its first match this season, it was a big sigh of relief after going winless last year.

Two wins was great, three made it a bonafide win streak, and after beating rival Southridge 25-19, 25-13, 25-17 in a Mid-Columbia Conference match on Thursday for the first time since 2012, the Lions just might be for real.

“I’ve been told they have had this mental block against Southridge for years,” first-year Kennewick coach Brandy Sonderland said. “Every team is beatable. You have to show up and do the right things, and that includes us. Next week we have some tough ones (Chiawana and Richland), but they are both at home.”

Breanna Shaffer led the Lions with 15 kills and 14 digs, and sophomore M’Kaylah Mangum added 12 kills in her best match of the season, according to Sonderland.

“M’Kaylah stepped up and had a great performance and was confident,” Sonderland said. “It was nice to have an additional hitter to rely on.”


The Lions (4-2) found themselves in a bit of a hole to start the first set, trailing 14-8 after Southridge’s Rayna Carlson and Bobbi Newton did a fair amount of damage at the service line.

Back-to-back kills by Shaffer brought Kennewick within 14-10, and an ace serve by Madeline Gebers had the Lions within 14-11.

After the Suns (1-5) picked up a point, the Lions went to work. Shaffer had a kill, then served up two aces to make it 15-14.

The teams forged ties of 16-all and 17-all before Kennewick closed out the match with strong serving by Abbie Johnson-Cuello and Tierra Townsend. An ace serve by Kidera Miller sealed the win.

“That first set we looked good, then we freaked out,” Southridge coach John Lengphounpraseut said. “I’ve been in this game a long time. If I figure it out, it will be a miracle. In the second set, we were within five and we collapsed again. That is hard to fix, but we will get it done.”

The Lions roared out to an 11-0 lead to open the second set, with Shaffer serving a string of 10 consecutive points.

The Suns rallied back to within 17-12, but Johnson-Cuello reeled off three points, and April Buckingham served for the win with Monica Kaylor registering a kill.

Southridge again trailed early in the third set, but pulled within 18-13 before the Lions ran away with the set and match.

“This is us,” Shaffer said. “This is exciting. It’s fun to be the leader of the Kennewick schools. It’s a first in a long time.”

Gebers handed out 27 assists and Kaylor added six kills and 14 digs for the Lions.

“They are bringing it on the court and in practice,” Sonderland said. “They are finding a way to compete and win. I remind them to stay hungry and to stay humble.”

Sophia Sumner led the Suns with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Kennedy Conrad had 20 assists and four kills, and Shayla Hood 18 digs.

“We will be OK,” Lengphounpraseut said. “We need more time to make adjustments and we get Riley (Hebdon) back on Tuesday. We have missed that experience and leadership out there.”

Volleyball: Lions Win 3 Straight

By Annie Fowler

Kennewick had a tough time with serve receive Tuesday night, but the Lions countered with 25 kills from Breanna Shaffer to fend off the host Falcons 24-26, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-6 in Mid-Columbia Conference volleyball action.

“We are on a roll right now,” Lions coach Brandy Sonderland said. “Hanford had some really tough servers. They had us on the ropes. Our serve receive was horrendous, but we were able to rebound from that. We got our heads turned around and got the competitive edge going.”

The Lions (3-2), who have won three in a row, will host Southridge on Thursday.

Caylee Shelton led the Falcons (3-2) with 24 kills and 20 digs, while Kaitlyn Thompson had 55 assists and 11 digs.

“It was a tough loss in five, but I could not have been more proud of them,” Falcons coach Nichelle Meador said. “We had plenty of offense, but we were playing not to lose. Kennewick’s defense is tough, they are a scrappy team.”

Set scores: Kennewick 24-26, 25-20-25-22, 20-25, 15-6. Kennewick: Breanna Shaffer 25K, 15 digs; Madeline Gebers 34 assts, 9 digs, 1B; Monica Kaylor 8K, 21 digs, 4B; Shyann Pratt 5K, 2B. Hanford: Caylee Shelton 24K, 20 digs; Teagan Gust-Townsend 8K, 4 digs; Macy Jensen 13K, 14 digs; Kaitlyn Thompson 55 assts, 11 digs.

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Correa Earns WIAA Athlete of the Week!

RENTON, Wash. - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its Athlete of the Week winners for week 2 (September 3-September 9, 2017), Thursday.
Each week throughout the school year, the WIAA recognizes varsity athletes who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week (based off of nominations). All varsity level students in good academic standing at their schools are eligible to receive the WIAA Athlete of the Week Award. Students may win the WIAA Athlete of the Week Award once during any given academic year.
Nominations are open to athletic administrators, coaches, fans and members of the media, with a weekly deadline of Tuesday at noon PT.

To view archives of previous winners, visit the WIAA website.

Week 2 Winners
Justin Seiber, Kentwood, Football (SR)
Seiber completed 35 of 57 pass attempts good for 334 yards and four touchdowns, against Edmonds-Woodway.
Mariah Van Halm, Issaquah, Soccer (SR)
Van Halm totaled seven goals and one assist to lead her team to a 2-0 start to the season. She scored a hat-trick in the season opener, followed by four goals against Woodinville.
Triston Smith, Squalicum, Football (SR)
Smith rushed for 445 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries in the Storms’ game versus South Delta (B.C.), setting school records in yards and touchdowns.
Geraldin Correa, Kennewick, Cross Country (SO)
Correa captured first place at the Moses Lake Invitational, with a time of 19:52.07.
Joseph Morrissey, Tumwater, Cross Country (SR)
Morrissey competed at the Capital Cross Country Invitational on 9/9. He won his race in the senior boys division, setting his personal best for the course against a large competitive field with over 35 teams.
Georgia Lavinder, White River, Golf (SR)
Lavinder was co-medalist in her first match of the season, held at Enumclaw Golf Course on 9/8.  She shot a 42 and contributed 20 points to her team’s score.
Brennon Blevins, King’s, Football (SR)
Blevins rushed for two touchdowns, caught two touchdowns, and had over 300 all-purpose yards against Lakeside (Seattle), as he started the game at wide receiver and finished as the quarterback. He also returned kicks, threw a fake punt for 25 yards, and started on defense, where he had six tackles and three pass deflections. He ended the night with 67 yards rushing, 169 yards receiving, and 70 yards passing.
Sophie Blodgett, Granger, Volleyball (SR)
Blodgett lead her team to 6-0 in last week’s play, including a jamboree and matches against Prosser and Cashmere. She racked up 36 kills, 20 digs, 14 aces, and a 92% serving rating.
Eduardo Escalera, Manson, Football (SR)
Escalera helped the traveling Trojans defeat Oroville 26-0, for the first time in 15 years. He led the way with 129 yards rushing (six carries) and 111 yards receiving (four receptions), with a touchdown in each category.
Kaylee Couder, Crosspoint, Soccer (SO)
Couder scored two goals and assisted on the third goal in a 3-3 draw against Mount Vernon Christian on 9/8. Her second goal tied the game 3-3 with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Kade Middlesworth, Northport Football (SR)
Middlesworth led the Mustangs to a 42-26 win over Wellpinit (first time in school history) in his first game of the season. He registered 12 carries for 210 yards (two touchdowns) rushing, 5 of 10 passing for 123 yards (two touchdowns), five tackles, one sack, and one interception.


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Kennewick knocks off Kamiakin in MCC volleyball

It was just a matter of time before coach Brandy Sonderland had the Kennewick volleyball program up and running.

Tuesday, the Lions knocked off perennial powerhouse Kamiakin (2-1) on the road in five sets for their first Mid-Columbia Conference win in more than a year.

“It’s rewarding to get a win like this and see their efforts pay off,” Sonderland said. “To do it in their gym — they have some rowdy fans — I am unbelievably proud.”

Brianna Shaffer led the Lions (1-2) with 25 kills, while Monica Kaylor had 11 kills, six blocks and 14 digs, and Madeline Gebers 40 assists.

“We have been competing and we were finally able to finish it,” Sonderland said. “It was the most consistent match we have played. They are a focused group and ready to take care of business.”

Delaney Frame led the Braves with 13 kills, while Janessa Pearson and Jenna Clark each added 11 kills and Maddy Eerkes 51 assists.

Set scores: Kennewick 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 19-25, 15-5. Kennewick: Brianna Shaffer 25K, 9 digs; Monica Kaylor 11K, 2 aces, 14 digs, 6B; Madeline Gebers 40 assts, 9 digs, 2B. Kamiakin: Daryn Lutes 12 digs; Delaney Frame 13K, 6 digs; Janessa Pearson 1 ace, 11K, 1B, 13 digs; Jenna Clark 2 aces; 11K, 1B, 16 digs; Katelin Grant 3K, 4B, 1 dig; Maddy Eerkes 51 assts; 10 digs; Megan Massey 22 digs.

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Correas go 2 for 2 at Moses Lake Invitational

By Dustin Brennan - Tri City Herald

September 10, 2017 3:33 PM

Johan Correa blew the field away and Geraldin Correa nipped her closest competitor at the line as Kennewick High School’s star cross country siblings swept the varsity races at the Moses Lake Invitational on Saturday.

Johan, a junior, trekked the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 13.6 seconds, nearly 40 seconds ahead of second-place Grant Avila from Deer Park, and Geraldin, a sophomore, finished a second ahead of Deer Park Senior Becky George in 19:52.07.