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Joseph volleyball reaches 1A semifinals for first time; Cove football eliminated


Joseph's Jill Hite, shown during the Old Oregon League district tournament, had 17 kills in the Eagles' quarterfinals win over North Douglas Friday afternoon at the Class 1A state tournament. Joseph faces Hosanna Christian in the semifinals late Friday night. (Ronald Bond, Observer file photo)

The Joseph volleyball team is rewriting its history books with every match it plays.

Emma Hite had 17 kills and seven digs, and Joseph won a state quarterfinal match for the first time in program history, defeating North Douglas in straight sets Friday afternoon, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17.

“They’ve just been playing really aggressive,” head coach Jill Hite said. “They’re serving aggressive, hitting aggressive (and) playing well together.”

Alexis Sykora added 11 kills and 11 digs. Sabrina Albee had 18 assists, five digs and three aces and Tori Suto had 10 digs.

Joseph’s only other trips to the quarterfinals had ended in defeat, a 1981 loss to Corbett and a 1982 setback against North Douglas — both in Class A. The Eagles went on to win the consolation final both years.

The victory sends the Eagles (22-9 overall) into a semifinal contest tonight against Hosanna Christian. The winner plays in the Class 1A final Saturday night. The loser falls to the third-place match Saturday afternoon.

Camas Valley eliminates Cove

Cove’s first trip to the playoffs in five years ended at hands of the same team that knocked the Leopards out in 2012.

Camas Valley’s Bryson Wolfe ran for 223 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Hornets to a 42-6 win over Cove Friday in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.

The game, however, was closer than the team’s 2012 meeting, which Camas Valley won, 94-12, on its way to a state championship.

Wolfe scored on the first play of the game from 63 yards out. He also added scoring runs of 2, 14, 14 and 23 yards for the third-ranked Hornets.

Cove hung around, though. The Leopards pulled within 14-6 on Bryson Stitzel’s 58-yard run — on second and 40 — midway through the first quarter. Cove went into the break down just 20-6. But the Leopards fumbled the second-half kickoff, which Camas Valley recovered. Wolfe scored five plays later for his third touchdown and a 28-6 lead. Cove never threatened again.

The Leopards were outgained by Camas Valley, 360-142.

Cove was led by Stitzel’s 83 yards rushing. Emilio Ortiz, though, was held to just 12 yards on 19 carries.

The season ends for the Leopards at 5-5 overall.