Declo 2, Buhl 1
DECLO – For the first time in program history, the Declo girls soccer team is headed to the state tournament.
“All of the girls are extremely ecstatic,” Declo coach Jeralee Jones said. “We’ve made history.”
The Hornets scored two quick goals, first on a Gretchen Pirtle kick that bounced of a Buhl player and into the goal. A couple minutes later, Halee Whitehead scored to give Declo a 2-0 lead.
Buhl’s Madison Somers scored near the end of the first half, and the scoring ended there in Saturday’s loser-out, winner-to-state game.
Declo (12-4) will face Shelley (15-2) in the first round of the 3A state tournament at 2 p.m. at Vallivue High School.
“This is gonna be huge for our program to say we made it to state,” Jones said. “These girls have worked really hard this year, and they did it.”
Canyon Ridge 1, Wood River 1 (PKs)
HAILEY – The Riverhawks won 3-1 in penalty kicks to cap a thrilling Great Basin Conference tournament gam with a trip to state.
“It was definitely a hard-fought game,” Canyon Ridge coach Christa Tackett said. “Sometimes, you just come out ahead. The girls definitely wanted it.”
Canyon Ridge’s Laura Lopez scored in the first minute of the second half, and Kate Stone tied it up with five minutes to go. Keeper Gisele Garibay left the game with an injury in the first half, and Caitlin Crist replaced her for the rest of regulation and penalty kicks. Katie Webb was in goal for both overtime periods.
“This whole season has been about one thing after another. You think you have one thing figured out, and another thing pops up,” Tackett said. “They were ready to adjust.”
The Riverhawks (11-7-1) will face Sandpoint in the first round of the 4A state tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday at Brothers Park in Caldwell.
Bliss 2, Buhl 1
BLISS — The Bears returned to the 3A state tournament with a tight win over the Indians in a High Desert Conference loser-out, winner-to-state game.
Buhl took a 1-0 lead early in the first half, but Bliss’ Armando Cordoba tied it up right before halftime. Cordoba assisted Steven Rubio late in the second half for the game-winner.
Kaleb Gabriel added five saved for the Bears (14-2), who face Sugar-Salem at 11 a.m. Thursday at Vallivue High School.
Minico 3, Jerome 0
RUPERT — The Spartans handled the Tigers 25-9, 25-9, 25-14 to advance in the Great Basin Conference tournament.
Taylia Stimpson had 10 kills, Sunny Perry had nine kills and three aces, Maura Merrill had 16 digs and four aces and Saydi Anderson had 30 assists for third-seeded Minico, which plays at No. 2 Burley on Monday.
No. 6 Jerome plays at No. 5 Canyon Ridge the same day.
Wood River 3, Canyon Ridge 1
HAILEY – The Wolverines beat the Riverhawks 25-19, 25-6, 15-25, 25-11 to open the Great Basin Conference tournament.
Emily Vandenberg had 12 kills and 13 digs, Maya Hollister had seven kills and six aces, Annie Kaminski had nine kills and Sidney Chambers had 29 assists and 10 digs for fourth-seeded Wood River (14-16), which plays at No. 1 Twin Falls on Monday.
Filer 3, Gooding 2
KIMBERLY – The Wildcats rallied past the Senators for a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-10 win on Saturday to open the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tournament.
Gracie Robinson and Ella Fischer each had 16 kills, Kelsey Snider had 18 digs and Halle Knight had 27 assists for third-seeded Filer, which plays top-seeded Kimberly on Tuesday.
No. 3 Gooding plays No. 4 Buhl at Kimberly High School the same day.
Kimberly 3, Buhl 0
KIMBERLY – The top-seeded Bulldogs slipped past the Indians 25-13, 25-22, 25-22 in the first round of the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tournament.
Zoey Brown had 13 kills, Desi Overacre had 20 assists, Demi Rosencrance had 19 digs and Kirie Taylor added three aces for Kimberly (13-1), which faces Filer on Tuesday.
Lighthouse Christian 3, Castleford 0
SHOSHONE — The Lions stayed undefeated with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-16 win on Saturday to open the High Desert Conference tournament.
Haylee Grossman (five aces) and Gracie Cover each had 13 kills, Chloe Gomez had 15 digs and Sabrina De Jong added 26 assists and seven digs for top-seeded Lighthouse, which plays No. 5 Community School on Tuesday.
No. 8 Castleford plays No. 4 Hansen the same day.
Carey 3, Camas County 1
SHOSHONE – The Panthers overcame a first-set loss and beat the Mushers 20-25, 25-20, 25-8, 25-12 in the first round of the North Side Conference tournament.
“Everything we hit went out. It was not pretty at all,” Carey coach Kathy Whitworth said. “Then we finally got going.”
Rylee Smith had 13 kills, Kodi Green had nine kills, Shantell Chavez had 12 kills, 14 digs and six aces, Kylie Wood had 30 assists and nine digs and Athanasia Versis added 20 digs for second-seeded Carey (13-5), which faces third-seeded Dietrich on Tuesday.
No. 7 Camas County plays Murtaugh the same day.
Dietrich 3, Murtaugh 0
SHOSHONE — The Blue Devils won 25-21, 25-21, 25-9 in the first round of the North Side Conference tournament.
Jaxen Eggleston had 17 kills, Matigan Bingham had 10 kills, Quincie Christiansen had six kills and eight digs, and Alexi Hagen and Brianna Astle combined for 31 assists for Dietrich.
Community School 3, Hansen 1
SHOSHONE — The Cutthroats rebounded for a 18-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19 win in the North Side Conference tournament first-round match.
Katie Wehrly had five aces, Kristina Poydenis had 14 kills and two blocks. Rachel Roudabush had six kills and three blocks and Caroline Corker added three aces and 21 assists for Community School.