Lewis and Clark hosts Saturday’s 4A and 3A Greater Spokane League district volleyball tournaments and if form holds in the double-elimination event, stepsisters Madison Dahlstrom and Allyson Hanson will face off against each other one more time.
Hanson plays for regular-season league champion Lewis and Clark. Dahlstrom is an outside hitter for second-place league finisher Mead.
The teams are going after one of the two available berths for regionals, which will include teams from the Columbia Basin League. Three teams qualify out of the regional for state.
The last time the two juniors met, for the GSL championship, Hanson’s serving helped LC’s Tigers to victory, and Dahlstrom was a major contributor for the Panthers.
“Well, within a half hour of that match, both girls were sitting at the same kitchen counter doing homework,” Debbie Dahlstrom wrote via e-mail.
Allyson is Debbie’s daughter by a previous marriage. She has played this year despite a foot injury that keeps her in a knee-length brace off the court. Madison is the daughter of Debbie’s husband Marc. He has joint custody so Madison spends part of her time on the LC side of town.
The parents met when their daughters became teammates on the Spokane Splash club team and have been married a year. The juniors were on varsity when the Panthers and Tigers finished first and second at state last year. LC is ranked by state coaches at No. 1 and Mead No. 3 in state.
“We were two single parents watching volleyball and sitting in a gym for hours and hours and ended up married,” Debbie said by phone. “They love to tease us, saying we wouldn’t have each other (or a life) without them.”
Saturday is big, but Debbie said there’s a bigger competition.
“(It) seems to be which will get her driver’s license first,” she said.
•Class 3A teams East Valley, Shadle Park, Mt. Spokane and North Central vie for regional seeding at LC where matches begin at 9 a.m. EV, Shadle and Mt. Spokane had a composite 20-10 GSL record to finish right behind the Tigers and Panthers.
Interloper Colfax hosts traditional power Reardan for the Northeast 2B football championship and playoff seeding Friday.
“I look at it one way,” said Reardan coach Eric Nikkola, who, like his Bulldogs counterpart Mike Morgan, wears many hats. “If Colfax were not in the league, we’d be champions already. But if we’re going to be in the playoffs, thank goodness for Colfax. We need to be tested.”
Nikkola coaches and is athletic director, assistant principal and weight-room instructor. Morgan is an A.D. and music teacher along with his coaching duties. Both coach well.
Reardan, with a young team returning to full strength, is seeking its third straight NE 2B title. Unbeaten Colfax, a longtime 1A power, stands in the way.
“They love to run the football and we need to put them into a position where we think they (have to be) passing to get yardage,” Nikkola said. “But we have to stop the running game, which is tough enough.”
•Barring an upset, Pullman’s win over Deer Park last week locked up the Great Northern League title for the Greyhounds. Second place and a State 2A playoff berth are a different matter. Deer Park, Colville and Cheney are all 4-2 in league. DP is in with a win tonight in Colville, which does not control its destiny. Even with a victory, Colville is out if Cheney beats visiting West Valley. Cheney beat Colville in overtime earlier.
St. George’s baseball player Trenton Hauff has been named a 2009 Under Armour preseason high school All-American and will participate in a three-day wood bat showcase tournament Jan. 16-18 in Tucson, Ariz.
Cross country, basketball and track athlete Britton Stamper is one of 10 male Washington state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. The state winner will be selected Monday.
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