Simmons carries Spartans to regional crown
GIBSON CITY — St. Joseph-Ogden’s volleyball team is young, but it doesn’t lack confidence.
The fourth-seeded Spartans, behind Shelby Simmons’ 18 kills and 15 digs, defeated third-seeded Unity 25-11, 15-25, 25-20 to win a Class 2A regional championship Thursday night.
“These kids have believed in our program and themselves and proven that although they are young, they can compete with anyone,” SJ-O coach Abby McDonald said. “I truly believe that we had one of the toughest 2A regionals in the state. (Thursday night) was an exciting night for our program.”
Karlie Baker contributed 32 assists and 11 digs for the Spartans, who received seven blocks from Marissa McElroy and 12 kills from Kylie Michael.
Salt Fork 2, B-H 1. The top-seeded Storm won 21-25, 25-20, 25-16 at Bismarck behind Estella Bush and Kalyn Learnard, who each had 13 digs. Allie Trosper added 31 assists for Salt Fork (26-6), which received 13 kills from Emilie McFadden and six blocks from Britton Seaman.
The Storm, which won its first volleyball regional in the history of the Catlin and Jamaica cooperative, has the most single-season wins in program history.
Bismarck-Henning received 10 kills from Mary Bass, 22 assists from Maddie Winkler, 18 digs from Lindsey Andrews and 10 digs from Addie Voyles.
Watseka 2, Clifton Central 0. Maddie Pfingsten had 23 assists and 10 digs to lead the top-seeded Warriors to a 25-22, 25-23 victory at Clifton.
Taylor Bauer and Hayley Gray each had eight kills for Watseka (31-3), which moved on to the El Paso Sectional.
Class 1A Regionals
Schlarman 2, Cissna Park 1. Jordan Marganski had 13 assists and Sierra Bell had 12 digs, leading the top-seeded Hilltoppers to a 25-18, 19-25, 25-12 victory at Cissna Park. It is Schlarman’s fifth regional title in the last six years.
Janelle Marion had nine kills and Laura Gross added eight kills to lead Schlarman’s offensive attack. Shelby Mascari had four blocks.
The Timberwolves received 20 assists and 12 digs from Anna Kaeb. Addison Stoller had 10 kills, and Hillary Hines contributed six kills and 10 digs.
“The girls played a strong game (Thursday night) and were able to pull off the win. Everyone on the court contributed. Our serving was strong (Thursday night). Each girl stepped up in their position,” said Hilltoppers coach Heidi Crane, whose club improved to 28-4.
Heritage 2, Cerro Gordo 1. The second-seeded Hawks, behind Cedar Richardson’s 13 kills, Taylor Wienke’s 20 assists and Jen Lannon’s 18 digs, won 28-26, 23-25, 25-17 at Broadlands for their third consecutive regional championship.
Sadie Sawyer had 23 digs for the top-seeded Broncos, who got 18 digs apiece from Leah Henricks and Stephanie Shook. Kristie Krigbaum had 14 assists in the loss.
The Hawks and Broncos met twice previously in the regular season, and Cerro Gordo — which set a school record for wins — was victorious both times.
Blue Ridge 2, LeRoy 1. The top-seeded Knights won 25-27, 25-17, 25-13 behind Emily Zelhart’s 25 assists and 19 digs. Gabby Pearl added 13 kills for Blue Ridge, which won its first regional title.
Kayle Beadles totaled a school-record 36 digs for the Panthers, who got 10 kills and 16 digs from Tori Swanson, nine kills and 17 digs from AshLynn Cowles and 26 assists from Briana Retter.
Tri-County 2, Martinsville 0. Alex Hudson had 12 assists, three digs and one block for the Titans in their 25-17, 25-15 victory at Hume.
Abby Smith added eight kills and seven digs for Tri-County (26-9), which advanced to the Arcola Sectional. The Titans, who have won five consecutive regional titles, placed third at last year’s state tournament.
A-L 2, Windsor 1. Sherelle Coller had 20 assists and five digs for Arthur-Lovington in its 23-25, 25-17, 25-21 victory at Arcola. Brooke Tabb added nine digs in the victory.
Class 3A Regional
BCC 2, Prairie Central 1. Bloomington Central Catholic won 31-29, 24-26, 25-20 at Bloomington.