Volleyball: WEM 3, NRHEG 0

The WEM volleyball team started its Gopher Conference season with a sweep Thursday night against NRHEG, winning by scored of 25-16, 25-20, 30-28.

The Class AA No. 7 Buccaneers were led offensively by Riley Sammon with 13 kills to go with a solo block and three block assists, while Alex Huess added 11 kills.

Mikaya Schuster dished out 20 assists, while Claire Bohlen and Grace Baker each tallied 16 digs to go with Josie Volkmann’s 13 digs. Baker also placed a pair of aces.

WEM next plays Saturday in its home invitational, starting pool play with an 8:30 a.m. match against St. Clair. Minnesota Valley Lutheran and Nova Classical Academy joins those two in Pool A, while Class A No. 8 Cleveland, Grand Meadow, Class 4A No. 8 Minnetonka and Tri-City United make up Pool B.

Volleyball: Bethlehem Academy 3, JWP 0

In its Gopher Conference opener, the Bethlehem Academy volleyball team cruised to a 25-8, 25-17, 25-10 victory for the team’s first win of the season.

A well-rounded attack led to Kate Trump and Josie Rose both notching a team-high eight kills, while Lindsay Hanson added six kills and Jaden Lang pounded five kills.

The director of that offense was Reagan Kangas, who finished with 19 assists.

“Reagan did a great job of engaging all of our attackers,” BA coach Chris Bothun said.

The Class A No. 6 Cardinals also picked up a handful on points on serves, with Mia Potter placing a trio of aces, and Trump and Ellie Cohen each notching an ace apiece.

Defensively, Potter bounced around for 22 digs, Trump tallied 17 digs, Kangas picked up 11 digs and Cohen dropped back for seven digs. At the net, Hanson soared for three solo blocks and three block assists, and Lang finished with a pair of block assists.

“Our goal was to control the tempo of the game, communicate well as a team and trust our teammates to get the job done and we did just that,” Bothun said. “We served aggressively, attacked JWP wisely by throwing a good mix of attacks their way and hunted down the ball on defense. We have been working hard on our blocking skills and it showed tonight.”

Bethlehem Academy next plays in the Shakopee Invite on Saturday against a field featuring a slew or ranked opponents.

Volleyball: Kenyon-Wanamingo 3, JWP 0

The Kenyon-Wanamingo volleyball team started its maiden voyage through the Gopher Conference without much of a hiccup Thursday afternoon, when it swept United South Central on the road by scores of 25-9, 25-22, 25-14.

The dual-setting system of Josi Quam and Emma Paulson directed an efficient offense with 17 and 10 assists, respectively, while Tessa Erlandson and Leah Berg each finished with a team-high seven kills.

Stella Rechtzigel added six blocks to her five kills and four digs, while the Knights were also helped defensively by Rachel Ryan’s 11 digs, Quam’s eight digs, Julia Dahl’s seven digs and Erlandson’s six digs.

Berg and Norah Rechtzigel also soared for four blocks apiece, while Dahl added three blocks.

Kenyon-Wanamingo now prepares for its home opener Tuesday, Sept. 14 against Class A No. 6 Bethlehem Academy.

Cross country: WEM/JWP at Hayfield Invite

The boys and girls cross country teams for WEM/JWP were both in action Thursday afternoon at the Hayfield Invitational, where the boys snagged second out of 12 teams and the girls finished seventh.

Leading that charge for the boys was Landon Dimler, who sped to fourth place in a time of 17 minutes, 48 seconds.

Jasper Morris (eighth), Michael Adams (19th), Memphis James (22nd) and Josh Bengston (23rd) then finished just 35 seconds apart from one another to keep the points for WEM/JWP to a minimum.

The girls, meanwhile, were led by Kwynn Krause in 15th with a time of 22:49.6. Madison Knust motored to 30th and Ashlin Keyes slotted into 47th, just ahead of Faith Olson in 51st and Elizabeth White in 53rd.

Both WEM/JWP teams next travel to the Maple River Invite on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Reach Regional Sports Editor Michael Hughes at 645-1106 or follow him on Twitter @APGSoMnHughes. © Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

Sports Editor for the Northfield News. Also a California native looking for tips on surviving the winter and an Indiana University grad on the quest for a good breaded pork tenderloin.

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