by Lindy Steeves
In a battle to the bitter end, the Crane Mustangs volleyball team ended their season against the Country Christian Cougars in five games, 23-25, 27-25, 19-25, 25-19, 10-15.
The first set narrowly went to the Cougars after a back-and-forth serving battle started off the game. The first scoring run came from Country Christian’s libero, Annica Monaghan. Monaghan’s serving put the Cougars up 14-18 and was ended by a kill from the Mustangs’ Kathleen Dickenson. The serving battle continued until Claire Hammond stepped up to the line with a 20-24 score in the Cougars’ favor.
Hammond served to a score of 23-24, with the help of a kill from Glennie Milburn. The set went to the Cougars when a hit from Country Christian shanked off the Mustang block, and landed out of reach.
The second set began with a scoring run by the Cougars’ Courtney McGrath serving, giving them a 0-3 lead. Hannah Maupin’s serves would eventually take a 7-5 lead for the Mustangs, with the aid of kills from Milburn and Rebekah Clark. The ball was returned to the Cougars with a 7-6 score for the Mustangs. Bryanna Dunn served to a 13-10 lead for the Mustangs, the first scoring gap for either team in the second set. Upon the ensuing Cougar possession, Milburn returned the ball to the Mustang side of the court with a kill that brought the score to 14-11. On the following serve possession (also in Milburn’s hands), she served to a 16-11 score before serving it out, and returning the ball to Country Christian.
Country Christian wasted no time getting back in the game with serves from Ashley LaPointe bringing the score to 16-15 before a kill from Dickenson gave the Mustangs a 17-15 lead.
It was Country Christian’s Miranda Halverson who would give the Cougars their first lead since the beginning of the set. Halverson served to a 20-23 score for the Cougars before a Mustang spike hit off their block, and found the floor. With a 21-23 score, Hammond stepped up to serve for the Mustangs, and evened up the game at 23-23 before a sideout gave the Cougars the ball again at 23-24. A quick turnover by the Cougars evened the score at 24-24. Several more serving exchanges took place before Milburn would step up to serve two final points, with the help of a block kill from Maupin, for a 27-25 score.
Country Christian and Crane would split the next two games, scoring 19-25 in the Cougars’ favor and 25-19 in the Mustangs’ favor. With two sets won by each team, the match was left to be decided by the final, fifth game.
The Mustangs served first, and Morgan Corrigan would raise a 1-0 lead before a serve into the net evened up the score at 1-1. The serving possession switched several more times before Country Christian’s LaPoint served to a 7-10 lead over Crane. On their following possession, McGrath served to an 8-12 lead for the Cougars. A blocked hit off Dickenson’s serve ended her serving possession, and Brittnea Corless nearly ended the game with a 9-14 scoring run. On the Mustangs’ final possession, a net hit ended the match before they could battle back into a chance to move on in state playoffs. Country Christian came away with the 10-15 win.
The Mustangs ended their season with a 13-8 overall record and a league record of 8-0.
by Randy Parks
Having already secured a spot in the OSAA 1A football playoffs, the Crane Mustangs wrapped up their 2013 regular season with a non-conference game at Dufur.
It turned out to be a rough road trip for the Mustangs, as Dufur came out on top, 54-8.
The Rangers put three touchdowns on the scoreboard in the first quarter to take a 22-0 lead, and Crane never recovered.
Dufur added a couple more scores in the second quarter to lead 34-0 at halftime.
Dufur stretched the lead to 48-0 in the third quarter, and the game went to a running clock.
Both teams reached the end zone once in the final period.
Statistics for the game were not available by press time.
Dufur finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, while the loss dropped Crane to 7-2.
by Randy Parks
The Crane Mustangs saw their 2013 football season come to an end with a 64-34 loss to Camas Valley in the first round of the OSAA 1A State Football playoffs Saturday, Nov. 9.
The first quarter saw several lead changes, and by the time the first 12 minutes ended, the teams were tied at 22-22.
The second quarter proved to be the Mustangs’ downfall, as the Hornets scored 30 unanswered points, and took a 52-22 lead into halftime.
After the break, the Hornets scored on their first play from scrimmage, but Crane came back with a touchdown of their own to keep the deficit at 30.
Each team found the end zone one more time in the final period, making it 64-34.
Crane finished the season with a 7-3 record.
Camas Valley advances to the quarterfinals, and will face Adrian, a 62-20 winner over Elkton, Saturday, Nov. 16. Other quarterfinal games have St. Paul at Lowell, Triad playing at Imbler and Dufur hosting Triangle Lake.