Author: Dave Maxwell

Postseason Begins This Weekend for Lady Vandals

With the regular season completed, now it is time for the second season to begin, i.e., the 1A Northern League tournament this weekend at Wooster High in Reno. The pairings in the eight-team tournament that runs through Nov. 4, has Coleville (18-6) against Wells (6-14), Eureka (14-7) facing Virginia City (22-5), Owyhee (15-6) facing Smith Valley (22-10), and Sierra Lutheran (17-7) vs. McDermitt. Owyhee is the defending regional champion. Eureka coach Katie Benson said the Lady Vandals concluded the regular season Oct. 24 with a 3-0 win at Round Mountain. Except for the first game, it was not a very competitive match. Eureka won handily, 25-21, 25-13, 25-7. The Knights ended their season 0-15. Eureka now holds a 15-6 edge in the series dating back to 2007 and has won 11 matches in a row and 15 of the last 16. In all those matches, the Lady Vandals have only lost one set to Round Mountain, back in 2010. Benson said several of her players were absent that day, attending the FFA convention, “but by the second set, the team kind of came together and settled down.” She said middle blocker Mikala Talbot had “a very dominate match” at Round Mountain. Also, Josie Hoekenga was the setter and “did a very good job running our offense.” As the playoffs begin, Benson said the team, when all are together, are...

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Vandals Host Whittell Today in Regional Playoffs

Today, the Eureka Vandals will again be involved in the 1A Northern football playoffs as they have been the past three years. But it’s different this time than what the local fans have become somewhat accustomed to – it’s not Virginia City this year. Nope, not Virginia City, it’s her cousin, Whittell, from over on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The Warriors (8-1) are the No. 2 seed from the west division, and the Vandals, No. 1 from the east. The history between Whittell and Eureka (5-3) is not long. They have played just twice before with Whittell winning...

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Lady Vandals Win Pair in Advance of Regional Tourney

Eureka played three matches last week, winning two, losing one. Oct. 19, they had a non-league match with 2A Battle Mountain and beat the Longhorns 3-0 by scores of 25-7, 25-21, 25-18. On Oct. 20, the Lady Vandals beat Owyhee in a see-saw match 25-17, 12-25, 25-15, 15-7. Eureka coach Katie Benson said, “It was our senior night and we were pretty excited to play them, as they are first place in the 1A North-east, and to beat them would put us in a tie for first place.” However, according to NIAA rules, Owyhee will most likely win the tiebreaker and be seeded No. 1 into the regional playoffs. “The girls played really well,” said Benson, “especially since this was a five-set match, something we rarely play.” In the final set with the Braves, Benson said, “We had a good lead because three of the girls scored three points each, back to back, Alia Minoletti, Coby Gibbs, and Kalie Norris. Owyhee never got a run on us in that final set, maybe a point or two then would side out. In a 15-point game, to have three girls score nine points is pretty good.” Good defense was also a key to the win for the Vandals. Benson said, “When you play Owyhee, the vollies can be really long, so we had to keep attacking the ball and play well...

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Top Seeded Vandals Await First Round Playoff Opponent

Eureka’s football regular season didn’t end the way they would have hoped, but they can still be happy they have made the playoffs again. Winless Owyhee forfeited the game Oct. 20 and that left the Vandals with nobody to play last week, and nobody for this week either, the traditional Thursday Nevada Day game. But they can take solace in the fact that after losing the first three games of the season, all to non-league teams, the Vandals won all their league games and a first place finish in the 1A North-east for the third straight year. However, the...

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Lady Vandals in Second Place After Pair of Wins over Owyhee

  Two wins over the weekend put the Eureka Vandals girls volleyball team in a solid position in second place in the 1A northern-east behind Owyhee. Coach Katie Benson said the girls beat both Jackpot and Carlin in straight sets 3-0. At Jackpot, on Friday the scores were 25-16, 25-18, 25-13. “Jackpot was pretty scrappy, but then they made mistakes attacking,” she said, which often means the player hits the ball into the net or out of bounds. She said, “Alia Minoletti hit really well for us and Shauna Brown has been running the offense very well lately as well. Savanna Sanders and Coby Gibbs are always our strength on defense. Those four are our core group.” On Saturday, the girls faced the Carlin Railroaders and won 25-12, 25-13 and 25-8. Brown, Minoletti and Kelli Norris each had long scoring runs in this match of seven or eight points each. “Gibbs was hitting very well for us also in the match.” This Thursday, the Lady Vandals (11-6, 8-1) played at Battle Mountain, then league leader Owyhee today and on Saturday a non-league match at Tonopah. They play Round Mountain on Oct. 24. Benson said playing Battle Mountain (2A Northern) “will be a good game for us to play, as a tune-up for Owyhee (14-5, 8-0), our toughest league match. We did play Battle Mountain in the pre-season White Pine...

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