The Valier High School senior class really turned up the heat with their 2020 Homecoming float. They all enjoyed their last homecoming at Valier High School and made some great memories. They placed second in the float contest, fourth in the video contest and third in the decorating class competition.

The Panther volleyball squad went 2-0 during homecoming week as they swept Cascade before taking down Belt. 

The Panthers opened the weekend with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 victory over the Cascade Badgers. 

Erica Ramsey led the team with 12 digs and six aces to go along with five kills. Skylar Connelly led the attack with eight kills and Hannah Monroe added three kills, eight digs and a block. Kinley Kovatch followed with five digs and also led the team with five assists. Madi Weikum and Hannah St. Goddard each served up four aces in the win. 

“The energy that was brought from the crowd, especially the high school boys, helped us pull off this win in three games,” said head coach Kadie Briggs. “We had a strong serving front with 19 aces. We didn’t take the opportunity to set up our offense as much as I would like to see but we did some great things when we did. Our seniors showed leadership with keeping the momentum going forward.”

The Panthers ended the weekend with Belt and took the opening two games 25-14, 25-17. Belt won the third game 25-15 but the Panthers rallied back and closed out the match with a 25-19 win.

Connelly led the Panthers with 12 kills and 11 digs while Monroe also tallied 11 digs in the win while serving up six aces. Ramsey followed with nine digs, seven kills and four aces and Kovatch dished out 11 assists and had nine digs. Kylie Christiaens also recorded 11 digs in the win while Weikum had five kills and two aces. 

“We started a little docile after a long week of Homecoming festivities but we were able to pick it up and dominate the first two games,” said Briggs. “We had some great attacks and totaled 33 kills. Belt was also not afraid to swing at the ball but we fought back and had 50 digs as well. I’m very proud of our team for pulling off two conference wins.”

The Panthers travel to Simms in their lone match of the week with varsity action slated for 7 p.m. on Friday.

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