The Platte Canyon Lady Huskies softball and volleyball teams have already been mixing it up with area opponents, as Aug. 27 marked the beginning of the season for both squads.
The Huskies softball team (2-3) began its season in impressive fashion, knocking off the Strive Prep - Smart Academy Ocelots, 13-0.
Platte Canyon senior Jadin Dimeo, who earned Honorable Mention as a junior, picked up where she left off in 2018 by pitching four innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just two hits in the victory.
Dimeo also led the Huskies at the plate with five runs batted in on two hits. Teammates Seviah Egbert, Sydney Mammoser, Nisa Garcia and Marissa Stubbs also contributed to the offensive output with hits of their own.
Head Coach Paul Gould and the Huskies had no time to rest on their early accomplishments, however, as four more games quickly followed at the Sheridan Tournament held Aug. 30-31.
The Huskies dropped four games to perennial powerhouse, Fort Lupton (17-0), Greeley Central (15-9),Denver West (16-8) and Alameda (9-6.)
“Overall, having a lot of first and second-year players to go along with team captains Dimeo and Heidi Sussenbach, we played tough through the heat against quality opponents,” Gould said. “This experience will be valuable for our younger players to help them up their game through the rest of the season.”
Coach Gould is probably also pleased with his team’s .569 on base percentage thus far. Dimeo (3 hits, 8 RBIs), Sussenbach (3 hits, 4 RBIs), Egbert (2 hits, 3 RBIs) and Emma Campbell (3 hits, 1 RBIs) are all off to good starts at the plate through the team’s first five games.
Head Coach Johnna Bambrey had to have been elated to see her team start the season with a dominating 3-0 win over South Park on Aug. 27. The three matches were won in convincing fashion, 25-21, 25-8, 25-18.
Making the task easier for the Lady Huskies were 14 aces from the service line. Georgia Schmidt led the way with four aces of her own, while Kaily Wright, Alyssa Risenhoover and Charlize Renfro also chipped in with a pair of aces apiece.
The Huskies were also dominant at the net, as Risenhoover (8), Schmidt (6), Chloe Petipas (5) and Blanca Garcia-Quilez Garcia (7) combined for 26 kill shots in the contest.
The Huskies, currently 2-3 on the young season, met stiffer competition in their next four matches, falling to Pomona (3-1), Kent Denver (3-0) and Vista Ridge (3-0) before finding their footing again with a 3-1 victory over Smokey Hill on Saturday.
Risenhoover and Garcia have led the offensive charge thus far for the Huskies with 39 and 25 kills, respectively.
Garcia has also led the way with 11 aces at the service line, followed by Risenhoover (8), Renfro (8), Schmidt (6) and Wright (6).
Garcia and Risenhoover have been defensive standouts at the net with 10 solo blocks apiece, while teammates Wright (60), Schmidt (48) Petitpas (29) and Katlin Wagner (23) have each recorded more than their fair share of defensive digs.
Cross country, football
The PCHS cross country and football teams were both in action Saturday. The football team scrimmaged Lyons, and the cross country squad hosted the Husky Invitational meet.
Due to the Labor Day weekend, football results were not yet available at press time.
The football team will host Buena Vista at 4 p.m. Friday in a season opener for both teams. See stat box on page 17 for cross country times.
The cross country squads will be in action Saturday at the Liberty Bell Invitational in Heritage.