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The Helena High boys soccer team routed Missoula Big Sky on the road Thursday 6-0, lifting coach Carl Straub to his 200th high school victory.

Helena used a balanced scoring attack with six different players shaking the net for the Bengals; Ben Ries-Roncalli, Aidan Morris, Luke Schmitz, Oliver Sprenklemeyer, Austin Dengel and Russell Wells.

Passing for the assists were Ries-Roncalli (two), Cavan Wade and Grant Ackerson.

Helena improves to 4-1-1 after the win.

Straub's 200th triumph comes in his 26th season of prep soccer, dating back to the first year the sport was sanctioned in Montana, in 1991.

He has headed up three prep programs — Bozeman, Capital and Helena — in addition to two years at Carroll College. 

Straub's high school teams garnered state titles with the Bruins in 2003, and with the Bengals in 2007 and 2010.

In the Helena girls soccer game at Big Sky, Claire Benedetti tallied the lone goal, assisted by Melina Hammer. It was only Helena's fourth regular season conference loss in five years. They stand at 2-2-2.

Capital volleyball wins

The Capital High volleyball team captured its 12th win of the season in Missoula on Thursday, shutting out Hellgate in three sets 25-12, 25-9, 25-13.

The Western AA victory kept Capital's hot streak alive, moving the Bruins to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Sarah Ashley powered Capital's efforts with 12 kills, six digs and six service aces.

Audrey Hofer passed for 24 assists, while Paige Bartsch, Ashley and Emily Kidder posted two blocks apiece.

"Our team played a consistent match, communicating and celebrating from start to finish," Capital coach Rebecca Cleveland said. 

Hellgate was led by Jessica Eichenlaib's seven digs.

Helena volleyball wins

Helena's volleyball team swept Missoula Sentinel on the road Thursday 25-23, 25-18, 25-19.

Coach Lindsey Day's Lady Bengals move to 11-2 overall, and 2-0 in the conference after the Western AA tilt.

Helena was led by Abby Marcille with eight kills, while Emily Feller bumped 22 assists and fired four service aces, and Vanessa Walsh dug 11 balls.

Jamie Pickens and Emily Pizzini posted four blocks each.

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Shelby Schweyen paced the Lady Spartans with 11 kills, four aces and three blocks.

Saints volleyball wins

The Carroll College volleyball team defeated Montana Western in three sets on the road to open Frontier Conference play. The Saints won 25-16, 25-17, 25-16.

Brielle Bumgarner led the Saints (13-6, 1-0) with 11 kills, followed by Lexi Mikkelsen with eight. Rayna Pilgeram had 25 assists and Laurel Kassa had 15 digs.

The Saints, who have won five straight, play Rocky Mountain College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the P.E. Center for their second conference match and second match at home of the season.

Jefferson blanks Anaconda

Sparked by Hayden Henschel's 10 kills and 24 assists by Abby Rosenbaum, the Jefferson High volleyball team stayed undefeated with a three-set victory over Anaconda.

Jefferson improves to 6-0 after the 25-18, 25-19, 25-14 sweep over the Lady Copperheads on Thursday.

Jefferson's Ashley Pankratz blocked four shots, Kaela Rosenbaum had eight digs and Simonie Mendenhall served two aces.

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