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Home team wins Willa Nies Memorial


October 13, 2017

The CCHS A team won the Willa Nies Memorial Tournament in Ekalaka last Saturday. From left: Coach Michelle Tooke, Heather LaBree, Hannah LaBree, Kennedy Tooke, Tori Tooke, Ella Rucker, Whitney Kittelmann, Claire Callahan, Coach Brittani Brence

On Friday, October 6, the CCHS Lady Bulldogs traveled to Wibaux to play against the lady Longhorns. The last time the Bulldogs played the Longhorns resulted in their only conference loss of the season.

The first teams to step up and begin the games for the evening were the JV teams. The first set started off strong but Lady Blue just couldn't quite make it. The Longhorns took the first set, 17-25 and the second set, 11-25. Though Blue lost the third set, they didn't let it go without a fight. The score in the third and final set was 13-15. Ella Rucker led the team in kills with four out of the team's 10.

Next up were the varsity girls. They started the first set strong, but couldn't quite get the win, 28-30. The second and third set didn't go in favor of CCHS either. The last two sets ended in favor of the Longhorns, 18-25 and 15-25. Claire Callahan led the team in blocks with two.

On the following day, the Willa Nies Memorial Tournament was held in Ekalaka. In the first game, CCHS A took on Broadus. Right from the start the girls came out swinging, winning, 25-16. The girls kept their momentum going in the second set and won, 25-20, giving them a first match win in the tourney. Whitney Kittelmann stepped up to support her teammates, tallying seven ouf the team's 16 total assists.

The second game of the tournament for CCHS A was against Jordan. With momentum from their previous win, the ladies defeated Jordan in consecutive sets, 25-13 and 25-8. Tori Tooke led the way with six of the team's 17 kills.

Circle played the Lady Bulldogs in the third game. The first set went in favor of the home team, 25-19. Lady Blue pushed to take the second set, but Circle managed to pull through and win a tight one, 24-26. In the final set with the match tied 1-1, CCHS handled the Wildcats, 15-10. Senior Kennedy Tooke provided leadership and had a team-high three aces.

The fourth and final winner-take-all match was again against Circle. Circle came out strong and managed to take the first set, 21-25. Lady Blue battled back, winning the next three sets consecutively, 25-18, 25-20, and 25-19. Heather LaBree and Ella Rucker led the team in aces in the championship match (six each).

This Friday, Lady Blue will take on Northern Cheyenne at home. JV action is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Records & Standings

Team, Conference, Overall

Wibaux, 8-0, 10-0

CCHS, 7-2, 7-2

Broadus, 5-3, 5-5

Terry, 3-3, 3-6

Circle, 3-5, 4-8

N. Cheyenne, 2-4, 2-6

Jordan, 1-7, 1-9


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