South Hamilton XC, Volleyball Briefs

HAWK GIRLS GOLDEN AGAIN: No. 13-ranked (Class 1A) South Hamilton made a statement at yesterday’s Greene Country Cross Country Invitational in Jefferson, as the Hawk girls placed five runners in the top 18 and won their second meet championship in as many outings.

South Hamilton put up 42 points to edge out No. 6-ranked (2A) Panorama (46) by four points.

“I was very proud of the way we ran because I know we were tired coming back from Tuesday,” South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said. “The girls really rose to the occasion and did it as a team.”

Kayla Lucas came home with the silver medal after completing the 4K course in 16:54. Rachel Huegerich (17:19) and Meghan Fisher (17:31) were eighth and ninth, respectively.

MaKayla Monthei (13th, 17:47) and Kali Lucas (18th, 17:59) rounded out the scoring five.

The South Hamilton boys’ team finished third in the team standings; the Hawks were keyed by Jacob Heeren’s second-place jaunt in 17:50.

Jacob Ratzke (16th, 19:12), Drake Thompson (26th, 19:34), Hunter Johnson (30th, 20:01) and Gabe Rueger (34th, 29:09) also factored into the scoring.

HAWK SPIKERS BLANK SAYDEL: Ady Wintermote blistered seven kills, Tiffany Jacobson had six and six blocks, and Savana Stangeland had her most consistent offensive night of the season with three kills, as they led South Hamilton to a three-set sweep of Saydel, 25-9, 25-11, 25-6, last night on Coach Jim Marsh Court in Jewell.

The Hawks (7-9, 1-2 HOIC) received 12 digs from Hannah Pulis; Kenzie Busch chipped in 11 assists and three service aces, while fellow setter Molly Minich handed out 10 assists.