The girls volleyball team had a game at McKenzie on Tuesday, October 9th against Oak Hill. They won 3-0 which was there first victory of the season bringing their record to 1-14.
When you believe in something and put your mind to it you can make anything happen. The Eddyville girls didn't have the greatest mindset going into the game. They were getting into each others heads and, at times, making each other mad. However, as the game went on, they realized that having each other’s back would help them win the game. The girls started encouraging each other and turned the game around.
The only senior and the captain of the team, Mikki Lala, said that all the girls started doing a great job of supporting each other. “I think actually all of us had a point of leadership during that game, because anytime any one of us got upset we all picked each other up, so i think we all helped out in that aspect.” Mikki said.
All three games were very tight, with each set being 25-23. Although they were close every set went in Eddyville’s favor, getting them a 3-0 victory. “I think we did good, it was within five points of each other in each set, so we could've even played a little harder.” Junior Jillian Johnson said.
Another member of the team, Ally West, had this to say. “I feel pretty good about it, I mean we won!” Ally said. The team stayed very confident in their win.
After hard fought season they finally got a win which is something to look forward to for next season. Wins like this one will help continue to build the program, especially with so many girls returning to the team next year.
Mikki Lala’s final volleyball game on her own home court will be this Thursday. Its her senior night and she is really looking forward to it. She says, “I’m really going to miss playing with all my friends because they are who inspired me to play sports and what made it fun.”
Mikkis high school career started at Klamath Falls four years ago. The sports she played consisted of volleyball, softball, and cheer. She played softball for her sophomore and junior year but she also plans on playing this year as well. She has played volleyball for her junior year and also plans on playing this year. She also did cheer her Junior year.
Mikki says she has a few different plans for after highschool. Mikki says, “I plan on going to college, hopefully OSU(Oregon State University) and I want to continue a career in the medical field.” When asked why she wants to go to OSU, Mikki had this to say, “Just because it's close to home and it will be easier to stay close to my parents and go to school at the same time. I also love it out here so that helps.”
She’s been a great leader this year for the volleyball team, as many of her teammates are underclassmen. “Since I am team captain, I’ve had to help the girls when they needed help, and kinda make hard decisions about some games that we’ve played, and help out the coach more.” She’ll surely draw upon this experience as she heads to college and has many new experiences.
As Mikki steps on to the court for her last time this Thursday, emotions are sure to be high. When she heads to college next year, she will surely remember these memories. They have a home game this this Thursday, and are hoping to finish the season with a win.
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Eddyville’s cross country season started off great at their first meet in Sweet Home on Thursday at the Husky Invitational.
The times from Eddyville’s first meet was impressive. For the girls 3k, Rhyan Turner finished with a 14:56, good for 9th place overall. In the men’s 3k race, Max Kinion finished with a personal record of 15:01, getting him in 74th. Isaac Kinion finished with a time of 14:48 landing in 69th place. Carter Gassner ran well, netting him a personal record with a time of 13:30, and getting 56th place. Finally, Keagan Spikes running an impressive 11:29, landing him a third place finish.
One of Eddyville’s runners, Max Kinion, raced for his first time as a cross country runner. “I felt like I was going to lose lots of energy quickly, but I didn’t end up losing too much energy.” Max Kinion said. “The course was really fun, the creek with the hill was a little difficult, but other than that it was a fun course.”
Another runner, Isaac Kinion, his third year of cross country, had some interesting thoughts on the course. “You had to cross a creek and look out for the bees’ nests.” Isaac Kinion said.
Fun fact, this is the first time in years that Eddyville has had a female runner. “Rhyan did a great up in her first race for us. She did a really nice job finishing in the top 10, even though she wasn’t feeling 100%.” Coach Ulstad said after the race.
In addition to Max, Carter Gassner also ran in his first cross country race ever and did well. “Carter really finished strong. He’s got a competitive attitude that will make him very successful as a runner.” Coach Ulstad said.
Keagan Spikes, Eddyville’s top runner at the Husky Invite, finished well for not having ran much long distance this season. He’s been on the football team this fall as well.
The next race will be September 19th at Santiam Christian. The girl's race starts at 5:20pm and the boy's race starts at 6:00pm.
The season is now in full swing, and the volleyball team has been playing games for the past two weeks. They are 0-6, but they still have a ways to go in the season and are seeing many improvements already. The volleyball has 12 games to go, excitement is very clear feeling as we approach mid season.
“We have gotten better at our serving and receiving, sets, and are serves are killing it!” This is a quote from Allyson West, a junior on the Eddyville volleyball team. The team has been working a lot on on receiving serves and keeping the ball in play.
“I feel like we have a good chance against Mohawk.” said Jillian Johnson, a junior on the Eddyville volleyball team. The girls have a volleyball match tonight at Mohawk (9/13/18). They are really excited for the game tonight. Since they are 0-6 so far, they are really hungry to get a win.
After tonight's game at Mohawk, next week’s games are vs. McKenzie, September 18th at Eddyville at 6pm. Then September 20th at Siletz also at 6pm. Come on out to the games to watch your Eddyville girls play some volleyball.Go Eagles!
Eddyville just recently had their first football game after years of not having one. It was at Alsea High school. Both schools decided to meet up at Alsea. Mckenzie was the rivaling opponents against the Eagles. Mckenzie had some questionable hits to the helmet injuring a couple of Eddyvilles players. Jace Richards (Lineman), and Wayne Nephew (Snap Back) were held out for most of the second half, hurting the team’s depth.
The game started in McKenzie’s favor and continued that way for all of the game. The score at halftime was 40-0 and the final score was 74-0. Even as McKenzie continued to score, Eddyville continued to put forth maximum effort.
For statistics Brier Rariden ran the ball 13 times for 23 yards, Kurt Faxon additionally ran the ball 6 times for 14yrds. On the receiving end, Kurt Faxon went 3 catches for 20 yards and Payton Rockmore had 2 catches for 6 yards. Multiple quarterbacks making 10/15 passes for 17 yards, 1 interception. For tackles Payton had 4, leading the team. There were multiple positive plays for Eddyville. Wayne Nephew returned a kickoff 23 yards to the McKenzie 15 yard line. Payton Rockmore also had a tackle in the backfield and stripped the runner of the football. He recovered the fumble as well, which gave Eddyville the ball back.
Eddyville will look for a bounce back performance in two weeks when they travel to Triangle Lake for their next game. Eddyville will get some reinforcements to their squad as three more members will be joining the team. After two weeks of practice, it will be interesting to see what the team can do.
Payton Rockmore completes a 12 yard pass to Kurt Faxon late in the 4th quarter.
The school and community can't wait for it to get going. Here's the season preview, written by Isaac Kinion and Keagan Spikes of the Eddyville Sports Media class. Check back often for updates on the season.
Head Coach: Leon Buel
Overall Record: 0-0 (1st Season)
Coach Buel, an Eddyville alum, takes the helm for the return of 6-man football here at Eddyville. As a former player here, he has passion from the school and football program at the school. He has also stayed involved in high school sports for years as a referee.
9/1: vs. McKenzie (at Alsea HS)
9/14: @ Triangle Lake
9/21: @ Powers
9/28: vs. Gilchrist
10/5: vs. Jewell
10/12: @ Crow
Players to Watch
Kurt Faxon 6'2" OL/DL
Kurt is the lone senior of the Eddyville squad this season. He has experience at the middle school level, but plenty of size to succeed at the high school level. He'll be counted on to be a force on both lines. Look for Kurt to be one of the leaders of the group, as he has been on the basketball and cross country teams at the school for the past three seasons.
Brier Rariden 5'9" FB/DB
Brier is one of the few sophomores on the team. He comes from Wisconsin where he used to be a dominant hockey player, which shows he isn't afraid of a little contact. He also played football 4th-8th grade year, so he has a great amount of experience on the field.
Wayne Nephew 6'0" QB/DE
Wayne Nephew is a quarterback in training; we have high expectations of this young freshman. He is a football veteran with an exceptional football IQ. This IQ should help him make good decisions at the quarterback position. He is also an aggressive player on the defensive side.
We'll see how these three do, as well as the rest of the team this upcoming season.
Unique Rules of 6-Man Football
Written by Eddyville's own Sports Media Class.