(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
BEASTS OF THE BORDER: Northport wins two league games to garner in good position for middle of the season…
Northport is looking like the toast of Stevens County in the 1Bs, after starting out of the gate 4-0 overall and 3-0 in league.
The Mustangs downed two league foes last week, downing Curlew 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-15 on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
“It is definitely nice to start the season 4-0,” Northport Coach Shy Wilson said. “The girls keep improving and gaining confidence.”
Brianna Young had 16 assists and eight blocks in the matchup, while Kylie Cochran led Northport with 12 kills. Curlew dropped to 2-1 on the season with the loss, despite being led by Erikah Lindgren’s 12 kills.
On Saturday, the Mustangs traveled to Hunters where they faced a short-handed Lions team and came away with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-10 victory. Kylie Cochran had seven assists and nine aces for
Northport in the matchup, while Megan Erspamer and Lexi Nelson each had a pair of aces for Hunters.
The loss dropped the Lions to 1-2 on the year and 0-1 in league play.
“We have a really tough schedule over the next two weeks when Odessa, Selkirk, ACH, and Valley come play us at home,” Northport’s Wilson said. “We are just hoping to stay competitive and play to the best of our ability”
SELKIRK NOW 3-1 ON THE YEAR
With two wins over Inchelium and Harrington, Selkirk again looks like a strong power in the 1Bs this year. The Lady Rangers downed Inchelium 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 on Thursday, Sept. 19, led by Bree Dawson’s 12 kills, while Rylee Desautel led the Hornets with seven kills, four blocks and three digs.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Selkirk improved to 3-1 on the year, downing Harrington 25-7, 25-9, 25-9.
KETTLE FALLS DOWNS COLVILLE IN STEVENS COUNTY MATCHUP
The Lady Bulldogs won their first match of the year, downing Colville 25-19, 25-10, 25-16 on Monday night.
Colville fell to 3-2 on the year despite eight kills from Molly Schauls, five blocks by McKenna Reggear, four aces from Kiley Power and 12 digs from Katelyn Lewis.
Power also had 26 assists in the matchup for the Indians.
It was the second straight loss for Colville. On Friday, Sept. 20, the Indians fell to the Riverside Rams in NEA League play 25-16, 22-25, 24-26, 22-25.
Schauls had 12 kills, Reggear had 3 blocks. Power led the team with 37 assists and Lewis led the team with 15 digs.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Colville had won their NEA League opener, downing Deer Park 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 12-25, 15-12.
Brooke Stutzer led the way with 19 kills, while Power had 30 assists and 17 digs.
Allison Feist had 28 assists, while Paige Thomson notched 16 kills for Deer Park.
“We came out of the Deer Park game with a list of things to work on, but at the same time I was proud of the team for battling until the end,” Colville Coach Jacque Bassett said. “Against Riverside we just made too many unforced errors that allowed them to go on some runs against us.”
Colville will host Medical Lake on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
“This week we are going to focus on maintaining a faster pace of game,” Bassett said. “We need to be aggressive with our serving and offense, while being mindful of unforced errors at critical points of the game.”
KETTLE FALLS FALLS TO WILBUR-CRESTON
The Lady Bulldogs dropped a NE 2B North Division matchup against Wilbur-Creston, falling 25-11, 25-17, 25-14 last Thursday.
Jocelyn Glover had nine digs for the Lady Bulldogs, while Alana McDaneld had five blocks. Kathryn Lawrence led the team with four kills
Kettle Falls will play Davenport on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.