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Pa e 8 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 By Kevin Skavhaug Transition season .... This past week ended the fall sports seasons. Volleyball (except for the state tournament) and football finished their sea- sons with regional as well as the state football cham- pionships. Which means that the transition period to winter is here. Girls basketball began this week. Not a lot of time off for the girls who play volley- ball and basketball. Exact- ly three days for girls in PRFL and DVE. The region will have some good teams this year. Some teams will have sen- ior dominated squads like DVE and others will be younger like PRFL. Some of you remember the day when Girls Bas- ketball was in the fall and Volleyball was in the win- ter. It's been a few years since that changed over (mid 90's) if I recall cor- rectly. I liked that format better but have gotten used to it now. The boys get a little longer reprieve this year. Boys basketball is still a couple weeks away but open gyms have been busy. There hasn't been a lot of change to the boys sea- sons. Dunking became le- gal in the winter of 1976, the three point line came in during the late 80's. Other than that, not much has changed in bas- ketball. Hockey practice is un- derway as well and soon the trifecta of winter sports will all be going full bore. The only major changes I recall for hockey was ex- tending the periods to 17 minutes and mandatory face masks. Enjoy the winter sea- sons. t third ~.y% (.b !?Ni~ ~ . Photos: Larry Bid Top Left: Mrs. Aggie Volleyball herself Laurie Larson had a lot to cheer about as the A I- gies played extremely well in the Region 2 Toumament in Park River. Top Right: Aggte seniors Josie Markusen, (L to R) Gretchen Brummond, and Elaina Swartz show their sec- ond place Region 2 Tournament Trophy. Bottom Right: players leap for jo), .b.liowi a point against May-Port CG. The Aggies lost the first two, but came back to wtn me next three, which the Patrioto had done to them during the year. Bottom Lelt: The DraytonNalley- Edinburg Tdans played well in the toumament linishing third. Seniors Sierra Jenson, Tay- lor Reilly, Amber Gemmill, Taylor Stegman, and Laiken Larson claim their trophy. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River/Fordville-Lankin Ag- gies came up one match short in their quest to repeat as Region 2 Volley- ball champions here Thursday night. The Aggies lost a hard fought match to Thompson three games to one. The Aggies won game one in im- pressive fashion 25-15. Led by Gretchen Brummond who was both tough of her kills but also in block- ing powerful Tommie hitters. The Aggies sealed this one when Brum- mond collected her third block point of the game at the 19-13 mark. The momentum of the match shifted early in set two. The Aggies would lead briefly at the start at 3- 1, but Thompson started to turn things around and regained the lead. The Aggies would stay close after Thompson rallied for a 7-5 lead. An Amy Seim ace tied it at 7-7 but from there it was all Thompson and they won 25-17. The third set was perhaps the dif- ference in the match. An overtime thriller, Thompson would prevail de- spite a frantic Aggie comeback at the end. Down 24-20, the Aggies would score four straight to tie it. The two teams then traded points before Thompson prevailed with a 27-25 win. The fourth game was just as ex- citing. Down 21-16, the Aggies rallied and got to within two with a Gigi Brouillard kill making it 22-20. The Aggies would get to within one on a mishit at 23-24. Thompson would win the set point on a kill to get them the win in the match. Aggies win semifinal thriller The tables ttLrned for the PRFL Aggies in the semi final match of the Region tournament. Avenging a loss to May-Port CG earlier in the year in which the Aggies led two games to none before losing three straight, this match was the in- verse. The Aggies, falling behind two games to none, rallied to win three straight over the Patriots in this in- stant classic. The Aggies lost 24-26 and 17-25 in the first two sets before they ramped itup in set three winning 25- 13. Set four went to the Aggies 25- 21. Back to back serve points by Gretchen Brummond was the turn- ing point early when the Aggies went up 8-6. The Aggies would nev- er trail again in the game. Hannah Gordon would score two big kills late to push the Aggies to the win. By Kevin Skavhaug through the first four games. The one 25-22 and all of this was done finally 25-17 to advance to the of The Press largest margin of victory was eight after falling behind 7-0 at the start, championship match. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Dray-points. All other games were clos- Not only did Thompson score the ton/Valley-Edinburg was out to er than four. first seven points ofthe set, butthey Titans blow Patriots prove a point. That they were one In the deciding set, it was Jen- did so when the Titans did not get away for third tough volleyball team. The three son and Reilly taking over. Reilly the ball out of their own court un- If it was a matter of who want- games they played at this year's re- paced the Titans early and then til they scored their first point on a ed it more then it was evident Dray- gion tournament confirmed it. opened the door with a pair of kills Laiken Larson kill to make it 7-1. ton/Valley-Edinburg, led by a host The Titans rode the shoulders of late. The senior served up an ace on From there the Titans found of seniors, were not going to lose their big hitters to an impressive the 15th point to get her team the their groove and when a Mafia their final match of their high third place fmish in the Region 2 opening round win. Myrdal kill tied it a 13-13 this school volleyball careers. match was destined to go fight The Titans destroyed May-Port tournament. Led by Sierra Jenson, down to the wire. CG three games to zero and the last Taylor Reilly, and Laiken Larson, Thompson falls once A Larson kill gave the Titans a two weren't even close. the Titans knocked off Hills-but comes back 20-19 lead and one they would not DVE won 25-22, 25-18 and 25- boro/Central Valley and May-Port Drayton/Valley-Edinburg did give back, taking the set by three. 13 to take home the third place tro- CG to gain the trophy, what no other region team had But from here the Tommies phy. In their opening match against done all year. The Titans took a set would muscle past the Titans for Sierra Jensen, Taylor Reilly, the Hillsboro/Central Valley Bur- from the Thompson Tommies.three straight although all three and Emily Reilly controlled the of- ros, it would come down to a fifth In as exciting a set as the tour- could have went either way. fensive side of things and were set as both teams traded wins nament had seen, the Titans won set Thompson won 25-19, 25-21 and dominant upfront over the Patriots. ace by Bnunmond tied this at 9-9 and from there it was all Aggies, outscoring the Patriots 6-1 to win it 15-10 and advancing to the cham- pionship match. Aggies win opener The fifth set saw the Aggies fall behind 0-4 before Brummond scored to get the Aggies on the board. A Kyla Spoonland kill tied this one at 4-4 and a kill by Gordon would put the Aggies up 5-4. MPCG came back however and took a 9-6 lead. A kill by Josie Brodina brought the Aggies to within one at 9-8. An Park River/Fordville-Lankin de- feated Finley-Sharon/Hope Page three games to none. Set one saw the Aggies down 15- 10 as the Spartans were flying high off the starting line. But the Aggies were able to re- group and win 25-19. Gigi Brouillard, Elaina Swartz and Gretchen Brummond led the Aggies with kills and Marls Miller ace late gave the Aggies a 21-18 lead. Hannah Gordon ended it with a kill down the line. Sets two and three were all Aggles winning 25-15 and the final set 25-10. The win sent the Aggies to the semifinals against May-Port CG.