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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 16 September 2011 20:45

Bronco freshman Sydnee Harchelroad, right, is typically the one putting the ball into play as a setter but also can drill a hit when she needs to like she did against St. Francis last week. Harchelroad led her team in kills with seven on 10 attempts.


By Carl Williams

The Wauneta Breeze


The opening season stretch for the Wauneta/Palisade volleyball team had the Lady Broncos beating St. Francis in three sets 25-19, 25-17 and 25-13 after falling to the Lady Indians in straight sets last year.

The young squad turned up the heat from the start with Emma Skelton serving and a getting a quick jam from Sheyla Christner. At 2:25 into the set W/P took a time out at 7-2 and then with Christner serving went on an 8-point tear. The Broncos got tough on defense and offense, putting St. Francis on their heels with slams by Tailor Lee, Christner, Jonee Maris and Sydnee Harchelroad. The young reserves of Cassidy Rathe, Brooklyn Nordhausen and Brianna Einspahr added fire to the group.

Wauneta/Palisade took a time out, leading 19-4. Coming back, W/P’s offense went stale and St. Francis put points on the board. Coach Michelle Harchelroad called a time out, adjusting the line-up and W/P put the match away 25-19.

In the second set, both teams started out playing “in your face offense and defense.” Following a W/P time out with the score at 11-9, Skelton started the W/P scoring with 4 straight points with excellent play by a host of Broncos, ending the set at 25-17.

The third set started with a beautiful slam by Christner. W/P, knowing they had control, started putting the ball over the net as the aces started adding up. The set ended in a 25-13 win.

Bronco Sheyla Christner had a hot hand with 17 aces, 6 kills against the Indians. Lee and Maris each had 3 kills. Freshman Sydnee Harchelroad had 33 sets with 5 assists.

Sheyla Christner powers a hit through the hands of a St. Francis defender as the Broncos rolled over the Kansas team 3-0 in WP’s season opener. Christner led in serving with 14 aces and in blocking with three stuffs. She also hammered six kills.


The Lady Broncos travelled to Trenton on Saturday for the Hitchcock County tourney play, hoping to work through the tournament with more success than finishing with 1-2 last season.

The varsity finished the tournament at 1-2, losing to the Hitchcock County Falcons in two sets, 10-25 and 15-25. They came back to beat the Medicine Valley Lady Raiders 25-17 and 25-19, then lost to Hayes Center 19-25 and 14-25.

The Lady Broncos played host to the Southwest Roughriders Tuesday. They travel to Chase County tonight (Thursday) with game time at 5 p.m. MT/6 p.m. CT and then Friday at Haxtun, Colo., with game time set for 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. CT.

Jayvee play

The Wauneta/Palisade JV team opened with wins over Cheylin, Kan., Sept. 1, then took on St. Francis, Kan., last Friday night, winning two straight sets, 25-21 and 25-18.

The W/P team of young, talented netters showed hustle and determination to secure the 2 set win with 5’8” Tailor Lee, 5’11” Brooklyn Nordhausen and 5’4” Brianna Einspahr looking to slam and jam with Sydnee Harchelroad, Leiauna Alberts and Cassidy Rathe with timely assists and digs.

On Saturday they travelled to Culbertson for the Hitchcock County tournament, hoping to better their 2-1 record of last year.

The JV Lady Broncos took second place losing to the Hitchcock County Lady Falcons 15-25 and 25-27 in the first round, then came back beating Arapahoe, 25-19 and 25-17. They lost to Hitchcock County in three sets in the second match up in the championship game, 25-21, 19-25 and 20-25.

A busy week of play started with Southwest JVs on Tuesday, then at Chase County on Thursday with game time at 5 p.m. MT/6 p.m. CT. Friday’s game will be at Haxtun, Colo., with the game starting at 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. CT.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 20:49