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Ellinwood middle school volleyball wins CPL championship
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COURTESY PHOTO The Ellinwood Middle School volleyball team won the Central Prairie League championship. Pictured are: front row, Brooke McReynolds, Allison McReynolds, Anahi Mendez and Hailey Gross; back row, assistant coach Jodi Fullbright, Jozlyn Brown, Mya Maxwell, Kelly-Ann Williams, Kennedy Harrington, Katie Panning, and head cach Greg Maxwell.

The Ellinwood Middle School Volleyball team accomplished their ultimate season goal of winning the Central Prairie League Volleyball Championship this past Saturday in Claflin in the “A” Team League Tournament. The Eagle A team that competed consisted of three 8th graders, five 7th graders and two 6th graders. At the end of last season the team set the goal of winning the league title in 2015 and it became their focus throughout the off-season, summer season/workouts and during the regular season. The team improved throughout that time and their hard work and dedication was rewarded when they earned the #1 seed going into the tournament. In pool play of the tournament the Eagles beat St. John and LaCrosse to advance to the championship round. In the first round they met up with the talented and undefeated Central Plains team who had just beaten the Eagles two days prior in league play. The Oilers took the first set over the Eagles, setting up a dramatic finish for the Eagles. In a very competitive second set the Eagles prevailed and ultimately took command in the third set to win the match over the Oilers. The Eagles completed their championship run by beating Victoria in two sets to earn the title of CPL Middle School Volleyball Champions. The Eagles are currently 15-2 with two matches remaining in the season.

Ellinwood defeated Central Plains: 14-25, 27-25, 15-8; Central Plains defeated Victoria: 25-9, 26-18; and in the championship game Ellinwood defeated Victoria 25-17, 25-18.