Three members of the Timber Lake Lady Panther volleyball team were awarded post-season honors last week when they were named to the 2015 District 15B All-Tournament Team. Timber Lake finished its 2015 season with a 14-15 mark, losing the District 15B championship to Lemmon. Lady Panthers earning the honor were junior Sydnee Mettler and sophomores Loryn Schoelerman and Morgan Ducheneaux. Others named to the team include Bailee Birkeland of Dupree; Jordan Baumeister of McIntosh; Bailie Beer, Camryn Shockley and Morgan Ham, all of Lemmon; and Keysha Guajardo of Tiospaye Topa.
Well, as of this writing, I have not seen all of the score sheets from last week, so I will have to report what I do know. Lance Brown Otter still owns the Top Gun position and Nina Schumacher appears to have taken over the Leading Lady spot. And now almost everything else: At Sparky's, eleventh place Double Deuce was hosts to first place Nine Inch Nails. I don't want to say it was expected, but it wasn't unexpected as the Nails left with a 5-0 win. Neither team left their place.
With Timber Lake and Lemmon splitting a pair of regular season matchups, there was bound to be some fireworks when the two teams met for the District 15B volleyball championship on Friday at Faith. In the end, top-seeded Lemmon claimed the district title and moves on to region play, but the victory did not come easy as the second-seeded Lady Panthers put up a valiant effort.
The Timber Lake Panthers were eliminated in the 9-man football playoffs by the Faith Longhorns, 32-0 on October 27. Timber Lake finished the season with a 5-3 regular season record and 5-4 overall including the playoffs. That record includes two wins by forfeit which came in consecutive weeks.
The Timber Lake Lady Panthers split their final two games of the regular season last week, downing Edmunds Central before falling to Harding County. The Lady Panthers finished the regular season 13-14 overall and will enter the District 15B Tournament this week as the number two seed. Timber Lake will take on third-seeded McIntosh in the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Dupree.
Trent Hammer placed 1st in the 450B championship and 2nd place in the 250B championship in the North Dakota Motocross Association for the 2015 season. Racing consisted of 20 events across North Dakota from May through September. Trent is a senior at Mobridge-Pollock High School and is the son of Mark and Sharon Hammer of Mobridge. He is the grandson of Delila and the late Linus Keller of Timber Lake.
The Timber Lake Lady Panthers improved to 12-13 last week with three consecutive victories, including two over Little Moreau Conference opponents. Head Coach Cassius Kocer said his team has been putting in a lot of work during the second half of the 2015 season and that effort is beginning to pay off.
Timber Lake scored 44 points in the first quarter and added 22 in the second to steamroll McLaughlin 66-8 in non-conference football action on October 16. The game was halted at halftime when officials invoked the "mercy rule," which states that if a team leads by 50 points or more at halftime, the game will be ended. The win lifted the Panthers to 4-3 on the season while McLaughlin, riding the first two-game win streak in recent memory, fell to 2-6.
Timber Lake went 2-2 at the Gettysburg Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10, to capture fifth place honors and move their season record to 10-13 overall. The Lady Panthers do not have any games scheduled this week. Coach Cassius Kocer said the extra rest will help the team overcome some nagging injuries and illness.