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Lady Miners head to state

HEM netters come out of 1A East Regionals as No. 3 seed

 

November 6, 2019

Mike Armstrong

Back Row, from left, Russ Wiggin, Allison Hammond, Declan Austin, Jackie Jones, 3rd row from left Lexie Mann, Adrienne Broadwater, Amy Campbell, Taylar Scott, Madison Campbell, Hayley Felton, Aliva Christie and Hannah Christie. Second Row from left, Charla Widdison, Annie Sikes, Rainy Wilson, T'lysa Solaas, Jolynn Borah and Joanna Neimark. Front row from left, Madison Hardy, Jorja Waxwaller, Hanna Gonzales, McKaylee Widdison, Sara Sikes, Jaque Nelsen and Becca Million.

The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School girls volleyball team went to the 1A East tournament on Friday in Wheatland. Once it was over, they found themselves going to the State Championship.

Their first game on Friday morning was against Arvada-Clearmont and the Lady Miners took care of business winning all three games (25-17, 25-12, 25-17).

"It was a good win," said Head Volleyball Coach Jackie Jones.

The next team the Lady Miners were to meet were the No. 2 seed from the Northeast Conference, the Upton Lady Bobcats.

There were three hard fought sets against Upton, but the Lady Miners came up a little short. The Lady Bobcats won (20-25, 26-24, 21-25).

Early Saturday morning the Lady Miners had to face conference rivals Rock River. Jones said she always respects a Heather Alexander coached team and could never be counted out to win. The Lady Longhorns came in to upset the Lady Miners. The battle was on.

The Lady Miners took the first game 25-17. The next game the Lady Longhorns came out on top in a close one, 23-25. HEM dug deep and the next game went in their favor 25-15. Rock River was not giving up and took the next game in a hard fought battle at 25-27. The Lady Miners crushed the Lady Longhorns in the next set 15-3. It was a good win to face Lingle-Ft. Laramie for the fight for third place and a chance to go to state.

The Lady Doggers were no match for the inspired Lady Miners. HEM won all three games 25-16, 25-18, 25-10.

Jones was happy with her team's effort.

"We are proud of our finish and the fact that we qualified for state for the third consecutive year," Jones commented. "Out of 21 1A teams in the state of Wyoming, we are one of the eight playing in Casper this week."

The Lady Miners will be facing the Lady Saratoga Panthers in their first match at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Jones said the team is ready for state.

"Our girls are dedicated to each other and Lady Miner volleyball," Jones said. "Each and every win or loss is about team, and this week will be no different."

 

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