Combo team helps seventh graders to victory

St. Maries’ seventh grade volleyball team took a 7-1 record into the weekend with a 25-5, 25-23, 25-14 win over Kootenai Oct. 2.

The Lumberjack seventh graders split time with the 7/8 combination team, which came in and played the second half of the match.

“These girls don’t get a lot of time to work together, so I was very impressed with their ability to close out the match the way they did,” Coach Jamie Sloper said.

Coach Sloper credited Mia Asbury for serving to start the evening, Kammi Rimel for her serving in the third set and Brenna Elliott for her hitting.

“Lizzy Rouse has also given us a good, calming presence on the court, and Kara Sexton and Mackenzie Nelson stepped in and took on some big roles in the absence of some of our regulars,” Coach Sloper said.

The team hosted Wallace Oct. 8, the combination team travels to Kootenai Wednesday (today) for a 4 p.m. start, both teams travel to Kellogg Thursday at 4 p.m. and the seventh grade team will compete in the District Tournament at Timberlake Saturday. – Collin Scheel

Gridders fall to Priest River in waning seconds

St. Maries’ middle school football team suffered its first loss Oct. 2 at Priest River.

The Spartan defense forced a safety in the final seconds to hand the Lumberjacks a 19-21 defeat.

Cole Darnold found Kierra Jessen on a 16-yard pass to put St. Maries on the board early and bring the Jacks to within 6-7. Alex Lambson returned an interception 80 yards into the end zone for St. Maries’ second touchdown of the day.

“He had a great game, and played a key role in each defensive stop,” Coach Aaron Cloud said.

The Lumberjacks took a 19-13 lead after Brock Anderson rumbled for a 38-yard rushing touchdown.

Priest River would tie the game at 19 apeice before getting the ball back in the final minute.

Noah Morris caught a game-saving interception with fewer than 10 seconds to play to give his team the ball, before the Spartan defense earned the go-ahead safety.

“Noah had a great game, with several passes swatted down over the top third of the field,” Coach Cloud said. “He was an important part of our defensive stands throughout the game. It is unfortunate to end our win streak, but at the same time it will give the team a healthy attitude moving forward.”

St. Maries (3-1) travels to Orofino Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. – Collin Scheel

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