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October 24, 2012

BCLUW harriers earn 12th place finish at state meet

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Derek Coulter finds the zone as he leads the Comets.

Robert Fisher

On Saturday, Oct. 27 the BCLUW boys’ cross country team made the trek to Fort Dodge to compete in the annual State Cross Country Meet. On what turned out to be a decent day to run the Black and Gold clad harriers legged out a 12th place team finish.

Top 10 Runners
1) Josh Sindelar St. Albert-Council Bluffs 16:15
2) John Crew Dike-New Hartford 16:26
3) Ben Friederichs Durant 16:29
4) Kyle Kehoe Denver 16:30
5) Zach Marpe Lake Mills 16:31
6) Micah Bajema West Lyon-Inwood 16:42
7) Scott Theulen St. Albert-Council Bluffs 16:43
8) Jason McVay Alburnett 16:44
9) Andrew Meyer Bellevue 16:45
10)Slater Marshall Durant 16:45

Coming across the line first for BCLUW was junior Derek Coulter who finished the race in 31st place with a time of 17:21. Enroute to his top-third finish he really turned on the jets in the last half a mile, passing many competitors on his way to the finish line.

Next across the line was senior Clark Jackley, who finished the race in 64th place with a time of 17:54. As he crossed the line he brought with him a hoard of runners from across the state.

Back from the injury reserve list, Ben Kuhl again laced up his running shoes for an apperance at the highly touted meet. Coming in right off the heels of Jackley, He finished the race in 17:55 with a 65th place finish.

Just over 14 seconds later senior harrier Branden Storjohann crossed the line with a time of 18:14 and notched an 80th place finish.

Tanner Teske’s toes touched trails end turf with a time of 19:07, earning himself finish in 112th place.

To round out the Comet roster, Sawyer Anderson finished the day with a time of 20:47 and a 128th place finish.

Comets fall short against NICL East foe Hudson in second round of regional play

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Comets Nicole Montgomery, Nicolette Simpson, and Reeba Box track down a ball during the season finale as they hosted the Hudson Pirates in the second round of regional play. The lady netters closed out their season after falling to the visitors in four sets.

Robert Fisher

On Wednesday Oct. 23, the BCLUW netters returned to the court after nearly a two week hiatus. With a renewed sense of vigor and an aggressive style of play the Comets hoped to prolong their season as they faced the girls from Hudson. Winning this game provided the victor with another chance at defending State Champion Dike-New Hartford. Despite all attempts and arrangement of players, the Black and Gold fell in four games to the visiting Pirates.

“I told the girls before the game that no matter the outcome, I wanted them to be proud of how they played,” related Coach Kristen Garber. She continued, “We came out aggressive in game one. It was a tough one to lose.”

As previously mentioned, the Comets had earned a first round bye through the regional tournament, giving them nearly two weeks to recoup and practice before they again saw competition. Looking like a completely new team, the Comets came out with a mission on their mind. In what turned out to be a brutal matchup, both teams jockeyed for position taking the game past the traditional score limit of 25. With the deciding points looming in the first set, the girls traded point-for-point with the visitors until a winner had been decided. Dropping the first set 29-27 the Comets then had to immediately ready for the second.

Coming off of an exhilarating and physically demanding first game the BCLUW ladies again were challenged right off the bat. Operating at a slightly slower pace than in the first game, the Comets fell in the second 25-11. “Game two was a little lopsided, we kind of got the wind knocked out of us early and it was hard to come back against a tough team like Hudson,” said Garber.

Not giving up was key in the third as the Comet netters scrapped their way back to a win. As was the case most of the evening, both teams battled for the lead, never to be separated by more than a handful of points. By sheer determination, the Comets kept the evening alive by pulling out a 25-21 victory in the third set. “Garber added, “I am so proud of the girls for coming back and taking game three.”

In the fourth, the teams again created something for both fan bases to cheer for as true tournament volleyball was played. Again both sides came out ready to play as the score changed hands possibly more than did pizza and money did at the concession stand. As each team crossed the 15-point mark the gymnasium erupted with what sounded like call and echo cheers as both teams traded points.

Despite all efforts from the entirety of the Comet netter team, the Pirates closed out the game with their third win of the evening as they finished 25-21. Garber imparted, “ I feel like we gave up a few points in the fourth set. If we didn’t give away those points, the outcome may have been different. We just can’t give up points in these tight games. Tonight showed that when we are aggressive we can play with anybody.

Leading the team were Reeba Box, Haley Veldhouse, Nicolette Simpson, Kendall Scurr, Olivia Callaway, Sarah McCoy and Mallory Vawter. Box was credited with killing the ball a team-high 14 times out of 42 total for BCLUW. She also found herself up at the front of the net often as she attacked the ball 32 times. Throughout the eveing she also racked up eight digs, two blocks, one assist, and earned an 93.3 percent serve efficiency as she scored on 14 of 15 tries.

Veldhouse attacked the ball 29 times, killing it on four separate occasions. She also dug the ball three times and co-led the Black and Gold with three blocks.

Leading the team with 31 assists was Simpson. She also attacked and dug for the ball twice. She also was the lone Comet to earn a 100 percent serve efficiency as she was successful on all 11 tries from the back line.

Digging the ball 12 times was Kendall Scurr. With the many saved balls the Comets were able to keep play alive and ended up scoring on many that were kept from hitting the ground. She also successfully served seven of eleven attempts and killed the ball seven times.

Callaway was the other co-leader in the blocking category as she also notched three stops. From the back line she went 10 for 12, dug for the ball 11 times, blocking it three, and killing it nine.

Two comets, McCoy and Vawter split the teams’ four aces. Both were successful from the net as they combined for 31 of 35 at the serving line. The duo also accounted for 13 of 55 total digs through the bout.

Also providing for the BCLUW squad was Nicole Montgomery who killed the ball eight times in 16 attacks, was credited with four assists, two digs, and one block.

Coach recounted, “Having two weeks off was a long time to go without competing but we did have a couple of scrimmages. I really feel we used our time pretty well. I am very happy to see them come out and play aggressive. It seemed like the success from our last home tournament carried over.” She continued “We hung in through and I feel that the girls are starting to see what they are capable of. When we go up swinging and hit hard we find success.”

While the season may be finished spirits are high as Scurr concluded, “Coach Garber is awesome, we all love her.” Despite the rough season, the BCLUW Comets finished strong and with their heads high.