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Community School sophomore Christine Estep controls a ball Tuesday during a High Desert Soccer Conference game with Gooding at the Dumke Family Sagewillow Farms soccer field, Elkhorn.

     High school soccer and volleyball seasons launched into a stretch of busy post Labor Day action with several games and matches this week.


Cutthroat girls (7-0) on fire

     Sun Valley Community School girls (7-0, 6-0 High Desert Soccer Conference) remained the team to beat with 9-0 and 12-0 wins over Gooding and Buhl—stretching their shutout streak to three games and goals-against to 51-2.

     Forward Lily Fitzgerald (21 goals season, 144 goals career) scored her sixth straight hat trick with four goals at Buhl Wednesday as the Cutthroats prepared for their Saturday home showdown with the 4A Wood River Wolverines.

     Adding goals were “Player of the Game” Maddy Dunn (2), Aubrey Duffield (2), Marit Kaiser (2), Lyla Maxwell and Christine Estep. Assisting were Dunn, Estep and Crosby Boe as Buhl fell to 1-4-0.

     Tuesday, Fitzgerald (4 goals) led the nine-goal effort against Gooding as “Player of the Game” Tatum Minor, a freshman, added two goals, her second and third of the season. Other goal scorers were Christine Estep (1 assist), Rylee Whorton and Dunn, with assists to Boe and Duffield.

     Meanwhile, the host Buhl Tribe upset the Community School boys’ soccer team 2-1 on Wednesday—handing the previously unbeaten Cutthroats their first regulation-time setback in 18 games dating back to a 2-1 loss at Wood River last Sept. 16.

     Sophomore Ryder Sarchett tallied his first varsity goal for the Cutthroats (6-1-0, 5-1-0 HDSC) and “Man of the Match” was junior defender Shea Brokaw. Buhl (3-1-1) has now allowed only three goals in its five games to date.

     Tuesday at home, the Cutthroat boys took care of Gooding 6-2 as “Man of the Match” Ridley Lindstrom scored twice to go with singles by Henry Cherp, Cash Dart, Peter Morawitz and Fletcher Stumph.


WRHS boys (5-0) roll on

     Wood River High School boys (5-0-0, 4-0 Great Basin West) kept scoring in bunches Tuesday and recorded a 4-1 home victory over Twin Falls at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey.

     Kevin Montes (7 goals season) added two more goals with Emerson Flores and Josset Guzmán adding single scores. Wood River led 3-1 at half as the Bruins (1-2-2, 1-1-1 West) made an early penalty kick for their only goal.

     “Great ball possession and lots of shots on goal. Their goalkeeper had a busy night,” said coach Luis Monjaras. “Overall great team effort.”

     The Wood River girls (1-2-3, 0-1-2 Great Basin West) dropped a 5-0 decision at Twin Falls (5-1-0, 4-0-0 West) on Tuesday.  It was the fifth straight win for Twin Falls. Wood River traveled to Pocatello (2-1-1) on Thursday.

     Wolverine goalkeeper Marcella Fisher stopped a penalty kick in the Twin Falls game.


Wolverine volleyball downs Carey, Canyon Ridge

     Tuning up for its Thursday home match with 2017 State 4A third-place Burley, the Wood River High School varsity volleyball team won its first Great Basin 10 West Division match 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16 over the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks Tuesday.

     Junior outside hitter Emily Vandenberg (14 kills, 10 digs) did much of the damage against visiting Canyon Ridge.

     Senior middle blocker Annie Kaminski (13 kills, 7 blocks) and junior setter/opposite Sariah Nilsen (18 assists, 12 digs) chipped in. So did Patrea Topp (12 digs, 20 service attempts, 4 aces) and senior Torie King (14 assists).

     Earlier Tuesday, Wood River (7-4, 2-0 Great Basin West) matched up with the 1A Division 2 Carey Panthers (5-2) in a non-conference match won by the Wolverines 25-18, 25-12.

     Kaminski (11 kills, 2 blocks) and Vandenberg (10 kills, 8 service winners) led Hailey, along with senior outside hitter Haley Bjorkman (4 kills, 1 block, 4 service winners).

     Leading Carey were Shantell Chavez (7 kills, 1 block, 3 service winners), Kodi Green (5 kills, 3 service winners), Kylie Wood (3 kills, 3 service winners) and Athana Versis (3 kills).


Cutthroat volleyball slips past Camas Mushers

     Playing its first match of the season at home, the Sun Valley Community School varsity volleyball team earned a 25-21, 25-21, 25-12 victory over Camas County Mushers from Fairfield Tuesday.

     Sparking the Cutthroats to the win were seniors Blakely Spoor (8 kills, 8 service winners), Elena Guylay (20 assists, 10 service winners, 2 aces) and Katie Werhly (10 digs, 10 service winners with 5 aces).

     The team effort at the Fish Tank also featured sophomore Lola Street (6 kills, 10 service winners with 3 aces), Savanah Spoor (4 kills), Bella Maurtua (4 kills, 2 aces), Noelle LaFleur (4 kills) and Sydney Felker (3 service winners, 1 ace).

     Camas showed promise with juniors Priscilla Williamson (4 kills, 7 service winners, 2 aces) and Ashlynn Whittle (2 kills, 6 service winners, 1 ace), sophomores Nakeia Fisk (4 kills, 5 service winners) and Samantha McFadyen (2 blocks, 2 service winners), and senior Megan Tews (2 kills, 2 service winners).

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