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THE SENTINEL -- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2003 -- PAGE 10 All sports stories JAKE Sports Lady Devils go on to play-offs Coquille's ladies ended varsity volleyball season on a winning note when they conquered the visiting Sutherlin Bulldogs last Tuesday. That game finalized a season that sees the Lady Devils number two in the far West League. That number two spot means they now have to compete in a play-off game to earn a ride to the state volleyball tournament. That game takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. at CHS. The ladies have had a hard week of practice to get ready for the most important home game of the year. "The girls are excited about being a part of the ' state play-offs. I'm just proud of them for stepping up this season," said Coach Suzanne Grami. "The girls are definately a better team than they were last year. Last year, when they played a weaker team, they played at that team's level. This year, the girls do play at 'our level', they get out there and play strong." Playing strong has earned them a final Far West tally often wins and two losses. Right now, Grami said, the ladies are fine-tuning their skills, including improv- ing serve receive and trying to get just a bit more hustle in defense. The team they face Saturday, Taft from the Nor-Val League, is another strong defense team, and the final victory will go to whoever hustles quicker. The last game of the year's final match may actu- ally help the ladies this Saturday. After greeting Sutherlin with two quick 25-12 and 25-13 Devil vic- tories, the ladies faltered in the final game and only won it in the final seconds 27-25. Sutherlin grabbed a 15-18 lead and from there it was a struggle for the final win. Seven serves in a row by Nicole Reaves led to seven quick Coquille points for a 22-18 lead but Sutherlin offset that action to tie 22-22. From there the game slowly tied 23-23, 24-24 and Sutherlin earned the 25th point. Finally, a nice tip by Reaves snapped the tie and a Cassie Dorland hit earned game point. "We needed that last game," Grami said. "Things can happen so fast in volleyball, that's why you have to concentrate. We had serve received perfect until then, but then we had a few hitting errors and got out of sync. The girls lost intensity -- in the future, they have to keep intensity. There's a very fine line there, but experience helps you decide where that line is, and, my girls are coming to that experience." This year, nine of the 11 varsity players are sen- iors. In fact, last Tuesday's game was the final league game for Trinity Bready, Stephanie Heisler, Cassie Dorland, Alaina Martindale, Josie Christiansen, Jessica Babb, Nicole Reaves, K'Briel Lewis and Kim Klewitz. The seniors were honored before the home crowd before going out to earn a win. Christiansen led the net with 11 kills, three stuff blocks and fourdigs. Dorland cleaned the floor with 15 digs, seven kills and served three aces. Bready made seven kills and 11 digs. Klewitz made two kills, one stuff-block and served three aces. Lewis made two kills and one stuff-block. Reaves made 16 assists, two kills and served two aces. Babb made 13 assists and served two aces. Heisler made eight digs and served an ace. Martindale made five digs and served four aces. JUNIOR VARSITY- the JVI squad won their final match 25-21 and 25-18. Great hustle from all the girls was helped by smooth hitting from Savanah Dorland and Jordan Grant, sets by Cassie Russell and tough defense by Kyal Starks. Girls soccer plays with full intensity till the end Red Devil girls soccer ended their year last Tuesday with a final intense match on the old home field, falling 0-3 to Sutherlin. Every lady played a part in this game, and although it was a loss, they frustrat- ed a team that defeated them 0-7 earlier in the season. Sums up a season of improve- ment, said Coach Mark Usselman. "(This year) we have an improved team that played with lots of intensity. They learned they can play with anyone," he said. It was also the final year for six seniors. Mary Goble, Martha Halsell, Amy Myers, Sarah Wilson, Ali Britton and Darlene Baker all made their final dash this year. Last week, players from seniors to fresh- men made this game count. Mid- field action from Britton, Goble, Ashley Allen and Randi Kindgren, Veronica Messinger and Tana Nickerson kept giving Coquille chances at the ball. Coquille earned 11 shots this game, and that action was led by Halsell who fired four good shots at Sutherlin's net. Laura Simpson earned three shots, and Kristine Usselman, Goble, Nickerson, Kathleen O'Connor and Kindgren also had chances at the net. Great defense from Myers in net and fronted back-row hustle Coquille's ladies played their final soccer game Tuesday. At half-time, seniors (left to right) Aft Britton, Goble, Martha Halsell, Sarah Wilson and Amy Myers honored. Together with Darlene Baker (not ladies led the team through an intense year from Wilson, McKenzie Gardner and Trish Lucas held Sutherlin to three points. The little things were done right in this game, and that's been the case in the second of the '03 season. The ladies remained win-less for the year, but things like smoother passing, tougher defense, intense action to the net and even heading the ball to advance the ball up the other teams a run f "I think this' of fun, and all the kids That's because they're very able," Coach Usselman said. just had fun. Everyone wanted t0i It didn't matter what the always had girls on the sidelineS1 ing to know when they can go il Coquille Red Devil varsity volleyball begins state play-offs this Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a home game against Nor-Val's Taft team. Here's a crew that's ready to play (back row, left to right) - Monique Tribble, Trinity Bready, Cassie Dorland, Kim Klewitz, Josie Christiansen, K'Briel Lewis, Jessica Babb and Laura Zaluskey (front row, I-r) - Nicole Reaves, Alaina Martindale and Stephanie Heisler. Best of luck on the wall to State.: From The Sentinel staff and the community CoquiUe's boys wrapped up soccer season with Sutherlin's Defense had their work cut scored five points the first time they met. CoquiUe held Sutherlin scoreless until. 21 minutes into this affair when the Bulldogs rammed a shot up the middle. Sutheflin tapped a lucky shot into the goal three utes later; but CoqulUe defense stopped anymore Shots to trail the first hallO-2; Five minutes into the second half, Suthedin was peaRed one more score. Then. Coquille closed the door. Defense, led by: Casey David E Pflaum as full attacks. (See Soccer ends, page 12) Cross Country earns three positions at Three Coquille Cross Country runners earned the best prize of all at last Saturday's cross country district race. Holli Dieu. Maria DuBay and Josh Frasier earned a spot in the state cross country meet this Saturday at Lane Community College. Coquille's runners had an extra challenge going into this race. Coquille only has individual runners because they are two shy of a mini- mum team m girls and three shy of a boys team. In order to qualify for state, they had to fmish in the top seven. Dieu won the girls race hands down, running the 5000 meter course at Tugman Lake in 18:57, sliding across the line nearly a minute ahead of second place. Third place went to hard running Mafia DuBay, the senior crossed the line in 20:15: she held second place much of the race until getting passed in the third mile. Kyla Ogle came close with a great 12th finish of 24:24. In the gent's scheme of things, Josh Frasier earned second place in the boys race with a time of 17:05. Although the freshman was nearly a minute below the first place finish set by a Brookings senior, crossed 52 seconds ahead of place. Fraiser also earned the being the first Coquille boy to ify for state since 1997. freshman Steve McNair the right time, slicing a his previous personal claim 20th at 20:51. "The kids did Kori Frasier said. "They did n job and puts a nice end to son. Klya and Steve both had] races, and with some see great things coming pike for them. Now, we'll three runners against the and see what we pull out of tlae! The runners take a great gree with them. DuBy at state last year, and Dieu, a man then, claimed second Dieu has won every year, and DuBay has come on hot streak all Both should see great State. Anything is Frasier, who has won one race and finished second in the other races. 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Coquille's only touchdown came early in the third when carries by RJ Edgar, Devin Ramsey plus a catch by Michael Breuer carried the ball from Sutherlin,s 46 to the 29 yard line. The drive almost died on the 21 yard line until a four down shove by Lee Reeves dumped the ball on the 16 yard line. Another fourth down play by Ramsey brought the ball to the first yard line, and next play saw Joey Lewis hauling the ball home. Early game defense kept the first quarter scoreless, t!nks to stops by Joey Lewis, Jordan" Storm, Brick Lewis, Mike Fleek and Ramsey. Things looked greht in the second when Josh Nowotny stoped a sure-bet touchdown run on the 21 yard line and defense finalized the death of that drive. Sutherlin flared home game for back to one count and touchdown with four minutes the half. Their next broke through the lines wiO seconds left in the half Coquille had the first the second half, but Sutherlin Coquille's back with a luckY down. Sutherlin defense Coquille into a turnover Devil's own one-yard touchdown. Coquille defense lized after that, great hits David Timpe, Charlie kept the rest of the third Sutherlin returned the fourth, but defense line to kill two more drives before "I think everybody great game...they had it, they just made a couple team mistakes," said CoaCh Hall. "I'm just happy that the season, the boys and still learning." The team plays of the season Friday at JUNIOR junior Devils won their Sutherlin JV 22-6. Devin made two touchdowns d Bready made one.