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NOVEMBER 7, 2012 -- B1 SPORTS Klickitat squeezes out victory over Lake Quinault to capture State volleyball berth Klickitat extended its sea- son by defeating Lake Quin- ault in a close, four game match 18-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25- 23. Ashley Meeks was per- fect on 22 serves and was credited with 18 assists for the match. Chelci Curtis had 17 assists while Lara Par- sons led the hitting with 16 kills and Nicolle Oldfield put down seven kills. The win put Klickitat in the championship match against Sunnyside Christian who dispatched Taholah 25- 11, 25-12, 25-13. Stormee Van- Belle's 19 kills led the way for the Knights. Both teams earned trips to State by making it to the finals. Sunnyside Christian claimed the first seed from combined District 4 and 5 with a 25-10, 25-18, 25-14 win over the Vandals in the final match. Three Rivers Christ- ian is the third team from the combined district tour- nament who qualified for State in an earlier win over Taholah. Klickitat will play in the State tournament in the Yakima SunDome on Friday, Nov. 9, at 11:30 a.m. Their op- ponent will be Shoreline Christian. Win or lose, the second match will be played on Friday against Colton or Moses Lake Christian. Winners of the first match will play at 8:15 p.m. and the losers of the first match will play at 5 p.m. The first eight teams receive tro- phies in the double elimina- tion tournament. A first round win guarantees a top six placing A first round loss places teams in an eight team battle for seventh and eighth places. Knights end Wolves' season win convincing 69.7 win ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN REPORTER It was a busy first quarter of play at Royal City where Goldendale hoped to break a string of playoff losses to the Knights in the first round of the District 5 crossover games. Each team had five possessions and Goldendale was working on its sixth when the quarter came to an end. And al- though there were a lot of plays during the quarter, the first series for each team was a good representation of the whole game, and it was- n't pretty for Goldendale. The Knights scored on each possession of the first half, rolling up a 55-0 half time lead before ending an accelerated second half with a 69-7 win. It was the first two posses- sions which set the tone for the whole game. Goldendale had the ball first, starting See Wolves, Page B2 Wolves exit playoffs with strong match against Zillah ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN REPORTER It might seem strange to say, but Goldendale's volley- ball team finished their sea- son on a high note. No, they did not finish with a win and no, they are not going to State. But, they played at a high level against huge odds in a 3-2 loss to Zillah, Satur- day evening. It put an end to a season right about where many expected the team to finish, although the way it transpired in the District playoffs was surprising to al- most everyone. At the first of the year, Coach Jodi Bellamy believed Zillah, Granger and Naches Valley would compete with Goldendale for the top four places in the SCAC west. Bel- lamy figured Connell would be the power in the east with not much else from that league. That analysis was borne out by the final stand- ings with Naches Valley in first place (losing only to Goldendale) followed by Zil- lah, then Goldendale and Granger. Connell stormed through the SCAC east with a 12-0 record. Warden and Co- lumbia-Burbank were way behind with 9-3 records and Ki-Be was fourth with a los- ing record. Goldendale's strength dur- ing the year was their system with experienced players on the court who communicated well and believed they could win. Their weak spot was size with none of their starters over 5-8. But, as the season 8 ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN RUNAWAY WIN: Jamie Beierle fires a shot at Ki-Be during playoff action in Burbank, Saturday. The Lady Wolves blew by the Bears for a final match against Zillah. to matter as their front line was loaded with great leapers. If there was a weak- ness, it looked like the team had a mental block when it came to playing Zillah. The Leopards won 3-1 in Golden- dale and had an easy 3-0 win in Zlllah during league play. Even Naches Valley with their undefeated record couldn't intimidate the Lady Wolves who nearly swept the Rangers, losing 3-2 in Naches after being up 2-1 and win- ning 3-1 in Goldendale. progressed, size didfff'sdem ': The 5pening match of the playoffs was at Warden, who year from Coach Bellamy's surprised Goldendale with a perspective. Five of Golden- 3-2 win. It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance with the Wolves winning by scores of 25-14 and 25-15, but losing by 28-26 and 25-22. Warden won the final game 15-10, a result that was too common this dale's 17 matches went to five games and Goldendale came out on the losing end four times. The opening round loss See Lady Wolves, Page B2 ...... NecKtaces The Golden Art Gallery Goldendale I O Riverview COMMUNITY BANK