Capital High's volleyball team shut out Flathead on the road on Saturday, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. The Lady Bruins improve to 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
McKenna Pocha fired four service aces for the brown-and-gold, while Katie Culver slammed 10 kills, and Sarah Ashley dug four balls. Teammate Celina Sanchez passed for 28 assists.
"I'm pleased with our overall performance," CHS coach Rebecca Cleveland said. "Our starters, as well as everyone off the bench, contributed to a successful conference opening weekend."
Glacier shades Helena spikers
Helena High was edged by Glacier in a marathon Western Conference volleyball match in Kalispell, losing the Lady Wolfpack in five sets, 25-13, 23-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-13. The last four sets were decided by three points or less.
Kaci Lloyd had a fine all-around match, leading the red-and-white with 23 digs and four service aces, while ranking second with 14 assists. At the net, Taelyr Krantz spiked 15 kills and Alexis Danz posted four blocks. Kendra Kloker was high with 18 assists, and Kendra Woodland was No. 2 with 20 digs.
The Lady Bengals slip to 6-3 overall, and 1-1 in league play.
Jefferson makes tourney run
Jefferson reached the semifinals at the Whitehall Tournament on Saturday, before losing to Choteau, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10.
In the quarterfinals, the Lady Panthers beat West Yellowstone 25-10, 25-9.
"We earlier had dominated Pool B with two-game sweeps over Deer Lodge, Choteau and Sheridan," coach Mike Majors said. "It was our best volleyball of the year during pool play."
Townsend falls to Manhattan
The Townsend volleyball team entertained Manhattan on Saturday, and lost to the Lady Tigers in three straight, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.
Tavia Rooney, Kara Saltzman and Jessi Hamlen recorded seven kills apiece for the Lady Bulldogs. Maya Guiffre had 14 assists, Brittin Nelson had 14 digs, and Morgan Nun had three service aces. Rooney and Hamlen posted a pair of blocks each.
"These were very competitive games; our seniors stepped up and played hard and led the team well," Townsend coach Natalie Horne said. "But we had too many mental mistakes and too many service errors which in turn didn't allow us to build on anything.
"But I've also seen lots of improvement individually and as a team."
Capital soccer splits with Hellgate
Capital's soccer teams split their battles with Missoula Hellgate in the Garden City on Saturday, with the girls beating the Lady Knights 1-0, and the Bruin boys being trimmed by the defending State champion Knights 2-0.
Kinzi Adams shook the net for the winning goal for the Lady Bruins in the first half, off of a cross from Ellie Stiffler.
There was strong defensive play from CHS coach Lindsey Gilstrap's back line, with Tatum Hastings and Tyler Cummings anchoring the resistance, while keeper Aryn Cummings made "a number" of crucial saves.
"Combination play through the midfield allowed us to maintain possession and create good scoring opportunities up top," said coach Lindsey Gilstrap, whose kickers improve to 2-4-0, although this is her first career victory as head coach. "Overall, a great win.
In the boys' game, Matt Baldridge and Rylan Compton netted goals for the undefeated Knights, who lead the league with a 5-0-1 record. In the three games leading up to Saturday, Hellgate had outscored its opposition 13-1, so Capital's defense did well to keep the game that close.
The second-place Bru-crew slides to 4-2-0.
Billings Christian edged HCS
A pair of second-half goals were enough to create separation for Billings Christian on Saturday, as it got past Helena Christian in boys soccer action, 4-3.
The Rams put in a pair in the first half, including an Alex Donaldson tally just one minute in. He scored again 13 minutes later, but then Billings answered with goals from David Jacobsen and Josh Severa.
Severa broke the tie in the second half, but at the 65th minute, Cole Koenig netted a goal to again tie the game. Billings' Severa broke that tie not quite three minutes later, earning the hat trick and giving his team the win.
Saints fall to to L-C in five
The No. 16 Carroll College women's volleyball team fell on the road at Lewis-Clark State, 22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 15-12 Saturday in Lewiston.
The Saints committed 35 hitting errors and closed out the match with a .163 hitting percentage. Paige Montgomery Led the Saints with 27 kills on 59 attacks for a .288 hitting percentage. Ayla Carpenter notch 13 kills on 37 attacks for a .243 percentage and Holly Morehouse had 15 kills on 51 attacks from a .176 percentage.
Jonni Dorr tallied 54 assists three aces on the match. Natalie Kassa had 25 digs, followed by Carpenter with 23, Dorr with 19 and Rayna Pilgeram with 12.
The Saints captured the first set after a 7-0 run gave late in the set gave Carroll a 21-18 lead. They would hold out for the 25-22 first-set win.
In Set 2, the Saints took an early lead but LCSC closed the set on a 6-1 run to earn a 25-22 win.
Carroll led wire-to-wire in the third set, winning 25-20.
The Saints again held control of the fourth set before the Warriors closed on a 4-1 run to earn the 25-23 win.
In the final set, Carroll earned the first set but LC led after that to earn the win 15-12 and the set 3-2.
The Saints return to action in their first home match since Aug. 25, when they host MSU-Northern on Friday at 7 p.m. in the PE Center.
Carroll men's soccer falls to No. 20 Corban
The Carroll College men's soccer team kept pace with undefeated No. 20 Corban for one half, but two second-half goals from the Warriors earned the 2-0 shutout win over the Saints Saturday in Salem.
The first half was a defensive struggle with the Saints out-shooting the Warriors 7-5, but it was 45 minutes of scoreless soccer.
The second half began much the same way until the 63rd minute when Corban's Armando Guevara emerged from a scramble and knocked the ball past Carroll goalkeeper Bernhardt Di Cino to give CU a 1-0 lead.
Corban continued the pressure and in the 80th minute Rolando Valazquez tallied the second goal for the Warriors.
Carroll notched four shots in the final 10 minutes of the match but couldn't find the back of the net and Corban earned the 2-0 win.
The Saints fall to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in Cascade Conference play. Carroll returns to action next Thursday at Nelson Stadium when they host Eastern Oregon at 2 p.m.
Carroll women take down Corban
Corban University scored first, but the Carroll College women's soccer team answered to earn a 2-1 win to move to 5-3 on the season and 2-0 in Cascade Conference play Saturday in Salem, Oregon.
The game was played in a heavy rainstorm, and the Warriors notched two shots on goal and five corner kicks in the first five minutes, culminating in a goal just 4:23 into the game.
Corban freshman defender Nicolle Ohama curled a corner kick towards the goal. Keeper Jamie Carter challenged for the ball in the air, but after making contact with the ball on a punch, it ricocheted back into the net and was credited as an own-goal.
The Saints, however, would settle in. Carroll got on the board in the 22nd minute when Charly Clements knocked in her second goal as a Saint off a rebound. Michaela Kueffler attacked and her shot was knocked away by the warrior goalkeeper, but Clements was there to pick up the rebound and equalize.
The two teams closed out the half tied, but the second half would be all Saints. Carroll outshot Corban 5-1 and earned five corner kicks to CU's one.
"We knew they were going to come out to start the second half and try to set the tone, but we were the ones that brought the intensity," Carroll coach David Thorvilson said. "Our second goal was very ugly but it fit with the weather and the style of play."
Carroll gained the advantage when Payton Netz notched her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 60th minute on a header off of a cross from Natalie Johnston.
Thorvilson is thrilled with his team's response after conceding an early goal. A similar thing happened earlier this season against The Master's -- and the game ended in a 2-1 loss.
"They pressed hard early; you can tell they wanted to get an early goal and they did," Thorvilson said. "But Corban exerted a lot of energy early and we kept playing our game and it worked out for us. Going down early on the road makes it tough to come back so I am excited that we got it done."
The Saints open the home conference season Thursday against Eastern Oregon at 4 p.m. at Nelson Stadium.
Reid, Hyatt pace Saints in Bozeman
Running against tough competition, a pair of Carroll College runners finished in the top six on Saturday in the college division of the Montana State University Invitational.
Leading the way was seniors Janie Reid, who placed fourth for the Saints women, finishing in 17:54. That helped her team to a third-place finish, behind Colorado State-Pueblo and College of Idaho. The top three spots were all claimed by CSU-Pueblo runners, Miriam Roberts winning in 17:17.
Carroll's Leah Esposito was 12th (19:07), Macala Fifield was 16th (19:34), Kaitlin Stromberg took 26th (20:30) and Sarah Roberts took 29th (20:59). Also for the Saints, Hannah Johnson took 30th and Taylor Lapke was 38th.
In the men's race, junior Chance Hyatt led the way for Carroll, taking sixth in 25:45. Baird Linke was 17th (26:38), Pierce Fix was 27th (27:38), Taylor Smith took 30th (27:50) and John Cooney grabbed 32nd (28:07). Carroll's Joe Mullener was 35th and teammate Ben Wood was 37th. Carroll finished fifth overall.