At Lehi, Utah, the Madison High School volleyball team defeated a familiar opponent to win the annual Rocky Mountain Champions Classic tournament.
Madison beat former 5A District 5-6 foe Bonneville 20-25, 25-17, 25-10 in the title match to conclude a 7-0 weekend. The title match was the Bobcats’ first win over Bonneville since October 2014 and their only match of the weekend to go to three sets. The Bobcats defeated three Utah teams--West Jordan, Bonneville and Union--in pool play Friday and Durango (Nev.) on Saturday morning in a crossover match. Madison head coach Meranda Maestas said all four teams left standing Saturday were from Idaho--Madison, Bonneville, Century and Timberline.
The Bobcats defeated Century 25-17, 25-20 to advance to the title match against Bonneville.
“Everybody stepped up and did their part,” Maestas said of the weekend. “They were really aggressive offensively. We have just a wide range of hitters this year. It’s hard for opponents to key on and defend.”
The title match not only gave Madison its first win over Bonneville since October 2014, but made the Bobcats the second Idaho team to defeat Bonneville since the 2016 season. The Bees went undefeated versus Idaho teams in 2016 and fell to eventual two-time 4A state champion Skyview in 2017.
Saturday was the 22nd meeting between the Bees and Bobcats dating back to the 2014 season.
“We did not play well the first set,” Maestas said. “We were making our own mistakes. We were happy with the way we finished that set. I think we had a lot of momentum going into game two and carried into the game three.”
Kenna Woodfield led the Bobcats in aces (14) for the weekend while Charity Wilson had 42 kills, four aces, 43 digs and six blocks, Lexi Weaver had 87 digs and Lexi Garner had 30 kills and 11 blocks. Macie Gordon had 35 kills, 11 aces, six blocks and 40 digs, Baylee Peterson had 36 kills and Chloe Miller had 163 assists and nine aces for Madison (12-1), which plays Tuesday at Shelley.
WEST J TAKES SECOND AT HOME TOURNAMENT: At Terreton, West Jefferson placed second at the West Jefferson Invitational, a one-day single elimination tournament.
The Panthers defeated Aberdeen, North Gem and Salmon and split with Grace in pool play to take the No. 2 seed into tournament play. They then defeated North Gem and Grace to reach the title match versus Soda Springs, which went to three sets.
“Both teams played well,” West Jefferson coach Raquel Torgerson said. “The last set we were up by four, 16-12. We let it slip through our hands. It was a good fought day. It was great tournament for us to gel as a team.”
West Jefferson hosts Challis on Tuesday.
FIRTH PLACES THIRD AT SKYLINE CLASSIC: At Skyline, Firth placed third at the annual Skyline Classic.
The Cougars went 6-2 at the tournament, which is now a one-day format, defeating Watersprings, Buhl, American Falls, Burley, Mountain Home and Shelley and falling twice to Skyline.
The Grizzlies eliminated Firth from the tournament.
“We ended up playing most of these matches one right after the other after pool play,” Firth coach Elda Park said. “They played well. Overall, I’m happy with the performance. Just ran out of gas and couldn’t pull out the win against Skyline.”
Hailey Gee had 39 kills, 57 digs and four blocks for the day while Jordyn Adams had 31 kills, 52 digs and nine blocks. Abby Schiess totaled 40 kills and 19 blocks and setter Kaydee Park had 120 assists and 55 digs for Firth (7-3), which plays Tuesday at Ririe.
HILLCREST 4, BLACKFOOT 0: At Ammon, Hillcrest got back in the win column with a shutout conference win over Blackfoot.
The Knights led 1-0 at halftime off an unassisted goal by Andrew Edwards. Saul Espinoza (Omar Reyes assist) and Jake Hoover (Jaxon Keller assist, Reyes assist) scored in the second half.
“We were very flat today,” Blackfoot coach Liam Pope said. “We got beat by a team better than us.”
Hillcrest coach Ryan Ellis said the Knights pulled some JV players up due to four varsity players being out with injuries.
“Going into it, we knew it was gonna be a tough game,” Ellis said. “I feel like we did a good job of controlling the tempo of the game. The second half, we made adjustments and finished those opportunities.”
Blackfoot (2-2-2, 2-1-1) hosts Shelley on Monday while Hillcrest (6-1-1, 3-0-1) plays District 93 rival Bonneville at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Thunder Stadium.
IDAHO FALLS 7, BONNEVILLE 2: At the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex, six different players scored for the Tigers in a conference win over Bonneville.
Idaho Falls led 4-1 at halftime. Jameson Lee had two goals for the Tigers, who got one goal each from Kyle Fogg, Connor Johnson, Junior Soto, Josh Burtenshaw and Fernando Barini.
“One of the things I was most pleased with was the creativity of the attack,” Idaho Falls head coach Ryan Cook said.
Idaho Falls (3-1-3, 2-0-2) plays Skyline on Tuesday at Field Two at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex while Bonneville (0-8-0, 0-4-0) plays Hillcrest the same night at Thunder Stadium.
MADISON 4, RIGBY 0: At Rigby, the Bobcats shut out Upper Valley rival Rigby for a conference win.
Madison led 1-0 at halftime, scoring off a free kick. Rigby coach Bart Mower said the Trojans missed a penalty kick that would have tied it 1-1.
“A couple of the goals they scored were mistakes we made,” Mower said. “We didn’t cover that backside. They took shots and we didn’t. We passed well. We possessed well. Other than the goals, it was an equal game.”
Madison (8-2-0, 2-0-0) hosts Thunder Ridge on Tuesday while Rigby (3-2-2, 1-1-0) plays Tuesday at Highland.
MADISON 10, RIGBY 0: At Rexburg, Sydney Thueson and Annalise Brunson combined for seven goals in a conference win over Upper Valley rival Rigby.
Thueson had four goals and one assist, Brunson had three goals and two assists, Zabree Clark had two goals and Megan Morrin had one goal for the Bobcats, who led 2-0 at halftime.
“I’ve always been impressed with Rigby’s goalkeeper,” Madison coach Jaymon Birch said. “She did a good job when we had scoring opportunities where she came up with a big save. We did a much better job in the second half distributing the ball.”
Madison (9-1-0, 2-0-0) plays Tuesday at Thunder Ridge.
TWIN FALLS 6, BONNEVILLE 0: At Twin Falls, Bonneville fell to Twin Falls in a nonconference game.
Bonneville coach Amy Feik said the final score wasn’t reflective of the game.
“We had really good movement in and off the ball,” Feik said in an email. “Ultimately, they were able to finish their shots and we weren’t. We spent a good amount of time controlling the ball in their half. Overall, it was a good experience for the girls and I know we’ll learn from it moving forward.”
Bonneville (4-3-2) plays District 93 rival Hillcrest at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thunder Stadium.