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Eagle Bend's Katie Sparby (7) attempts to block a kill shot by Verndale's Miranda Dougherty (15) in a West Sub-Section 5A playoff game Oct. 25 at Verndale. Looking on are Verndale's Teresa Moenkedick (6) and Eagle Bend's Danielle Pratt (14) and Ashtyn Benning (5). Photo by Brian Hansel

Bears oust Pirates from sub-section playoffs

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Janelle Bright's Bertha-Hewitt Bears eliminated Verndale from the West Sub-Section 5A volleyball tournament Oct. 26 with a 3-1 win on the Bertha court.


The Pirates saw the Bears rally for a 25-21 victory in Game 1. The Park Region Conference rivals split the next two games, with Bertha dominating Game 2 25-10 and the Pirates squeaking out a 25-22 win in Game 3. The second-seeded Bears won their match with the third-seeded Pirates by claiming the fourth game 25-17.

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