Girls sweep final three summer volleyball matches

ABOVE: Kenadee Gerard attacks during final week of summer volleyball when Spring Grove defeated Wabasha-Kellogg, Lewiston-Altura Black and Plainview-Elgin-Millville. BELOW LEFT: Chandler Bergrud defends by deflecting a pass during 7-on-7 football game versus Royall, Wisconsin. BELOW RIGHT: Hunter Holland drives and scoops up a shot during the B-team boys’ summer league win against Bangor, Wisconsin. Photos by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

In the final night of summer league volleyball, Spring Grove won eight of nine sets while winning all three matches. And that one dropped set was a 30-28 thriller.

 In summer league basketball, the varsity girls and boys both dropped two games, but the B-team boys logged a quality five-point win over Bangor.

The gridiron Lions came up on the short end of a two-point and then a one-point decision in 7-on-7 football on Sunday evening.


The satisfying final three-match sweep gave the girls a 9-7 summer record (6-3 league). 

SG 3, Wabasha-Kellogg 0 (29-27, 25-17, 15-10)

In set one, the Lions rallied from an 18-20 deficit to lead 23-20 only to see the Falcons take five of the next six points for a 25-24 lead. It was tied for the 10th time (27-27) before it ended with two Amelia Solum kills.

After the Lions had led almost all of set two, W-K took a 4-1 lead in set three. It was tied for the sixth time at 9-all when Spring Grove launched a closing 6-to-1 run that featured five kills. The Lions scored 13 of their 15 points with 9 kills, 3 ace serves and an ace block.

SG 3, Lewiston-Altura Black 0 (25-20, 25-17, 15-7)

The Lions took an early five-point lead (6-1) and went on to win by five in set one. They used 11 kills, 3 aces and a block.

Set two was tied eight times until the Grove girls ran off nine straight points on the way to an eight-point win. 

A five-point run put the Lions ahead for good by four (8-4) in set three.

SG 2, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 1 (25-20, 28-30, 15-9)

In set one, Spring Grove (7 kills, 2 errors) tied the score at 12-all and then nursed slim leads the rest of the way. 

In set two, the Bulldogs scored the first five points, and the Lions did not catch up until two Paige Jahnke ace serves tied it at 24 and then put SG ahead 25-24. The Lions were ahead 28-27 before P-E-M scored the final three points with a kill, a block and an ace serve.

In their only lost set (out of nine), the Lions played very well at the net with three ace blocks and 12 kills with only four hitting errors.

In deciding set three, Spring Grove scored the first four points and led by as many as five (7-2) before the Bulldogs scored the next six points. It was 9-9 before Grove scored the final six points, including three Rachel Normann service aces and two kills from Maggie Lile.


 After two wins the first week of summer league in La Crosse, the competition was tougher the second week for the varsity girls (2-2).

Cochrane-Fountain City 49, SG 12

Cochrane-Fountain City, with no seniors, dominated with defense with more steals than the Lions had points. After trailing 23-10 at halftime, Spring Grove had no field goals and only two free throws in the second half. Amelia Solum scored all 10 of the first-half points.

The Pirate offense also excelled, displaying speed while scoring 12 points on fast breaks and sinking three 3-point baskets. 

Logan Sophomores 42, SG 30

The young Rangers took advantage of more size and strength inside and were effective in transition as well.

Spring Grove hit 12 of 17 free throws and had four 3-point baskets but only three field goals closer in. 

A trey from Lile gave the Lions their last lead at 9-8, but Logan led 19-15 at halftime. Another 3-ball from Solum got SG within four points (34-30) before Logan scored the final eight points. The Rangers had led by no more seven points before that late run.

Solum had 14 points with six each from Jacine Johanningmeier and Jordian Leahy.


With a strength and size deficit inside, the Lion attack was mostly perimeter attempts. The Lancers jumped out to a 9-1 start on the way to a 23-point halftime lead (32-9) and an eventual 33-point win.

John Koch and Payton Leahy each had seven points for Spring Grove.

Bangor 50, SG 33

The Cardinals led 18-12 after a cold-shooting first half for both teams. Bangor was never in trouble after opening the second half with an 8-to-2 run. 

Koch led Spring Grove with seven points with Wyatt Murphy adding six. The varsity boys are 1-6 this summer.

B-team boys: SG 36, Bangor 31

Down 16-14 at halftime, Spring Grove scored the first 13 points of the second half, starting with 3-point baskets from Matthew Doering and Carson Gerard. 

The Cardinals got back within three points three times, finally at 34-31 with 30 seconds to play before Caleb Griffin secured the win with two free throws.

Jaxon Strinmoen scored 11 points, Griffin 10 and Gerard 6. The B-boys improved to 3-2 (2-0 league.)


Royall 31, SG 27

De Soto 30, SG 29

Royall completed three touchdown passes, all coming during their final five plays to overtake Spring Grove at the finish line. Two of De Soto's three TD tosses came early as the Pirates held off the Lions.

A key factor was both opponents able to run considerably more plays (63) than did Spring Grove (43).

The opposition combined to complete 28 for 60 passes (47%) with three sacks - each with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Overall, the Lions (2-6) completed 22 of 43 passes (51%) with no sacks for five touchdowns with three interceptions. Quarterback Chandler Bergrud took deep snaps from Wyatt Murphy on all offensive plays.

Isaac Griffin and Carson Gavin each had seven receptions with three touchdowns for Griffin and two scores for Gavin. 

Mitchell Reynolds and John Koch each caught three passes with one touchdown. Reid Bjerke and Hunter Holland each had one reception.

On defense, Bergrud had two interceptions with Koch and Griffin each picking off one enemy aerial.