October 31, 2010

Sports : Moose sink Mariners to close out season - Frontiersman

Sports : Moose sink Mariners to close out season - Frontiersman

For the Frontiersman
Published on Saturday, October 30, 2010 9:51 PM AKDT

PALMER — If you watched the Northern Lights Conference volleyball action at Palmer High on Friday, you wouldn’t have thought it was a fairly meaningless game.

Both teams have already been seeded for this week’s regional tournament, but the Senior Night match between the Moose and Panthers was no dud. Skyview won the match, but needed four games, 25-22, 25-17, (25-18), 25-21.

“Palmer’s always steady and they’re on their home floor. This should be a good match,” Skyview head coach Sheila Kupfershmid said.

Both teams play similar styles of volleyball, relying heavily on their setters for offense. Palmer junior Jenna Arlow and Panther Rebecca Egan provided the fireworks when it came to moving the volleyball.

Game one saw streaks back and forth as the teams jockeyed for dominance. Palmer started off playing somewhat sloppy, but junior Sarah Scoresby sparked a short rally when she rejected a thundering Holly Ransell hit back to the Skyview side of the court for a block, and then followed up with an ace from the service line.

Before that point, when Palmer looked finished for the game, the Moose played strong to tie the score at 22. But Palmer couldn’t stay perfect forever and Skyview’s raw power proved too much in the first game and the Panthers came out on top 25-22.

Palmer picked up its play in the second game, but Skyview didn’t let up. Holly Ransell rattled off three aces in a serve streak of four. Setter Rebecca Egan showed her versatility on the court and gave Palmer’s defense fits with a serve streak of five later in the game.

After the second game, Palmer sophomore Lily Cullers and junior Morgan Morfe switched out on defense, allowing Arlow to find Morfe for the kill again and again. Morfe’s powerful spikes, along with the blocking presence of Jessica Dennis and serve streaks of seven and four by junior KaLene Smith, Palmer found its groove.

The Moose surged to a 25-18 victory and re-energized the Senior Night crowd at Palmer High School.

Morfe took over for the majority of the fourth game. Arlow repeatedly found her teammate along the net for a blistering spike. When Arlow was not setting up Morfe, she was using her own creative methods to give the Skyview defense problems. Arlow’s attempted to score on the “no-look” by gently setting the ball to the other side of the net behind her back when the defense is under the impression she will pass to a hitter.

Arlow met her match on Friday, though. Skyview’s Rebecca Egan bested Arlow with 32 assists to her 27.

The final game was close with Skyview leading late 20-18.

Following the break in action, the Knights could not put together a valid attempt at scoring and their hopes of a fifth game evaporated.

Hill finished with 13 kills to lead the Panthers.

Skyview will wait until the region tournament for their next action, where they are seeded second. The Panthers only region loss this season was to Wasilla, which finished undefeated against conference teams and seeded No. 1.

Palmer 3, Homer 0

Palmer followed up with an easy win Saturday over the Homer Mariners at Palmer High School. The Moose outscored the Mariners by 27 points over the three-game sweep, 25-10, 25-11, 25-18.

The first game started off close until Palmer junior Sarah Scoresby busted it open with three aces in a row, causing a Mariner time-out and beginning the lopsided victory.

Senior Rebecca Stella led the effort with nine kills. Stella and junior KaLene Smith each had four blocks. Palmer junior Jenna Arlow distributed 26 assists, allowing all but two Moose to score at the net.

Game two was another lopsided win, featuring multiple streaks upwards of five serves. If it wasn’t for an impressive defensive play from the Mariners, the Moose would have won the game without allowing Homer to get into double digits.

“We played Colony close in all three games last night,” said Homer head coach Elizabeth Trowbridge. “We’ve figured out how to play at a high level, we just haven’t figured out how to finish.”

The Moose became somewhat complacent in the third game, but played well enough to handle Homer. Both teams advance to the region tournament at Skyview this week, where Valley teams have three of the top four seeds in the region.

Tim Rockey is a senior at Palmer High School who also writes for the Frontiersman’s Sports section.

October 29, 2010

JV Showdown pictures!


Sports : Moose notch narrow victory - Frontiersman

Sports : Moose notch narrow victory - Frontiersman

For the Frontiersman
Published on Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:27 PM AKDT

PALMER — The Palmer Moose used an all-around effort to notch a victory over cross-town nemesis Colony Knights Tuesday night. Avenging a loss to the Knights earlier this year, the Moose steadily gained momentum. Sophomore Jessica Dennis came up big along with a cast of Palmer Moose to edge past the Colony Knights 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 26-24.

“Ball control is always the key” said Palmer head coach Steve Reynolds. “We just need to play error free volleyball.”

Junior setter Jenna Arlow notched a game-high 27 sets, solving Palmer’s ball control problems. Her 27 sets were spread across eight Moose hitters. All but two Moose scored kills.

Colony Sophomore Olivia Martin served a game-high 7 aces, causing the Moose defense problems all night. Shellina Irwin and Mary Klapperich led the team in kills. Irwin finished with 12. Klapperich had seven to go along with her team-high four blocks. Martin also lead the team with 15 sets.

Colony started the match off hot in game one. Martin opened up a lead with a serve streak of four, serving two aces in the process. The game stayed fairly even until Kathryn Mayer put the game out of reach for the Moose with her own serve streak of four. The Knights’ serves paired with sloppy play from Palmer resulted in a 25-20 first game victory for Colony.

The Moose would settle down in a big way. With Kendal Venzke, KaLene Smith, and Rebecca Stella serving streaks of four, the Moose built a strong lead.

The momentum swung quickly in game two. Jenna Arlow went far out of bounds and made a leaping one-handed save on a ball that would eventually turn into a point for the Moose. Fittingly, Arlow then stepped back to the service line to attack the Knights from there.

Sophomore Jessica Dennis caught fire in the third game. Dennis tallied five kills and two of her game-high five blocks. Dennis’ hard hits gave the Moose something to compete with those of Colony senior Shellina Irwin.

Palmer senior Kendal Venzke added seven kills, playing through a pulled quadricep.

With defeat staring them dead in the eye, the Colony Knights fought back. Senior Laura Maresh built an early lead for the Knights.

Irwin would fight for her final Palmer-Colony game with 6 game four kills. Fellow Senior Tess Forstner would add four.

But the Moose would chip away throughout the game until it was dead even. With the score 24-18, Colony Sophomore Allison Leigh, most often noted for her blocking prowess, rattled off six straight points from the service line to put the Knights back in the hunt.

The Knights comeback was denied by Senior Chantel Grover.

“It’s pretty big” said Grover. “We played them to five games and lost by two last year, so it was really good to come back this year and win.”

The Moose are coming off some tough matches last weekend. Palmer split with South Anchorage and went to three games with Dimond.

The Moose host Skyview and Homer this weekend. Colony plays Homer tonight.

Tim Rockey is a senior at Palmer High School who also writes for the Frontiersman’s Sports section.

October 28, 2010


We will be collecting the cteam and JV jersey's immediately after the game on Friday night and Saturday morning. No, you do not need to wash them. Yes, we know they probably stink.

Make sure you bring an extra shirt to change into, or you will have to borrow one :)

October 26, 2010

Midnight Sun Tryouts

November 6: for those playing on their high school C and JV level teams
JV players will be from 9:00am to 11:30
C team level players will be 12:00 to 2:00Please arrive early to be processed.

November 20: for those playing on their high school
Varsity level team 10:00 to 1:00

AVA Tryouts

CTeam & JV Players:
C14, JV Silver or JV Gold
Tyouts Sun Nov 7th 2:30pm-5pm @ Eagle River HS
Mon Nov 15 6:30-8:30pm @ AT&T Sport Ctr Wasilla/Palmer
Open to players currently playing at a HS C/JV team level

Varsity Players:
JV Gold, Varsity Silver or Gold & Feb Travel Team
Tryouts (U17 Las Vegas?)Wed Nov 17 6:30-8:30pm @ AT&T Sport Ctr Wasilla/PalmerSat
Nov 20 2:30pm-5:30pm @ Mirror Lake Middle, Peters Creek
Open to players currently playing on HS JV & Varsity level

October 21, 2010

Great job to jv and cteam this week in their end of season tournaments. JV finished second and cteam finished 1st!! Well done! Pictures to follow.

October 20, 2010

JV plays at 4:30 and then 5:30 today.

Cteam plays at 5:30 and 6:30 today.

Go support your teams! :)

No practice on Thursday and Friday for cteam and JV.

October 18, 2010

Varsity Dimond/Service Tournament Schedule

Friday @ Service
2 game to 25

5:00 vs Eagle River
6:00 vs Seward
7:00 vs Ketchikan
8:00 vs South

Bracket play, best 2 of 3.
Earliest possible start time 9:00am
Latest possible game starting at 5:30pm.

JV Tournament Schedule

Pool Play
1 game to 25

4:30 vs Colony
5:00 line/score duties
5:30 line/score duties
6:00 vs Su-Valley

Pool Play
1 game to 25

4:30 vs Houston
5:00 line/score duties
5:30 vs Wasilla
6:00 vs Grace

Bracket play, best 2 out of 3.
First games start at 4:00 with the last possible games starting at 7:00.

October 5, 2010

Weekly Schedule

So the blog is being wierd and wont let me update our schedule, but in case you didn't know, Palmer plays Wasilla on Friday @ home.

Cteam 4:00
JV 5:00
Varsity 6:30

Good Luck!

October 4, 2010

Sports : MOOSE SPIKED - Frontiersman

Sports : MOOSE SPIKED - Frontiersman

By Micah Villanueva
For the Frontiersman
Published on Friday, October 1, 2010 4:08 AM AKDT

PALMER — Coming off a solid fourth-place finish at the West High Spectacular, it would seem the Palmer Moose had all the momentum coming into Thursday night’s match against Cook Inlet Conference powerhouse Chugiak. Unfortunately for the Moose, that wasn’t the case.

In a non-conference match-up at Palmer High, the Chugiak Mustangs defeated the Palmer Moose 3-1(25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18), rolling to a victory over the defending Northern Lights Conference champions.Chugiak improved to 13-4 overall on the season, while the Moose dropped only their second regular season loss of the season.

Chugiak dominated the match defensively, countering each Palmer attack with a disciplined and tight formation, which would lead into devastating hits by the Mustangs’ Laila Hansen, who led all players with 12 kills. Palmer, who faced a similar attack last week against Wasilla, simply had no answer.

“We’re still working on our overall game,” Palmer head coach Steve Reynolds said. “Serve, receive, passing.”

The Moose started strong, beginning the first game with a 4-0 spurt. But from there, things started to roll downhill.

Chugiak capitalized on Palmer mistakes, scoring points at ease on the Moose, and they carried that momentum through the first game and into the second.

But the Moose wouldn’t give up without a fight.Trailing 5-4 in the second game, Palmer went on a 13-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish in that second set. At that point, Chugiak put its foot down. Through the hard hitting of Hansen, the Mustangs dispatched the Moose in the next two games, taking the match.

“We did well at making plays come together,” Palmer senior outside hitter Kendal Venzke said. “There were just lapses on the serve-receive that made it difficult for the offense.”

Despite the loss, the Moose are not too concerned as they head into this weekend’s NLC matches on the Kenai Peninsula.

“It’s early in the season, so we’re still working on our offense,” Reynolds said. “We’re not too concerned about who we’re playing and what they are doing.”

Still, Palmer has a bit riding on its upcoming matches, contests that will help determine where the Moose sit in the NLC standings.“We have to work on shortening our lapses … and pushing through to the end,” Venzke said, referencing the mid-match collapse.
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