9.21.20 LANCERS TOO STRONG AT THE NET FOR PARKWAY
It has been a tough schedule so far for the panthers and it didn’t get any easier on Monday evening against the 18th ranked Lincolnview Lancers. Parkway has battled tough in the last several matches, with most of them going the distance at five sets each. But it didn’t appear that the evenings match would go nearly that long after the first game of the match. The lady lancers jumped out to an enormous lead and never looked back. Parkway made several glaring miscues in the set and just didn’t look ready to play. After that 25-10 beat down in the first set, Parkway looked more like themselves in the second set. They battled hard in the set, but the lancers play at the net was just too dominant. The hosts were now down 2-0 in the match and it wasn’t looking very promising. Time was running out for the lady panthers to pull out a victory. It was a highly contested third game with neither squad getting more than a 2 point advantage throughout the game. The difference for the panthers in the third set, was their ability to counter the lancers play at the net. That stymied Lincolnview and fired up the hosts. But in the end, it just wasn’t enough to win a game. But it showed just how good Parkway can play, they just need to do it with more consistency. Lincolnview won the third set by a 25-23 count to win the match 3-0. Faith Jacobs led the way for the panthers with 10 kills, Gracyn Temple kept the volley going with 15 assists and McKayla Sites finished the night with 8 digs. The ladies will host the St. John’s lady ‘jays for senior night on Tuesday evening.
9.18.20 PARKWAY FALLS IN 3RD CONSECUTIVE 5 SET MATCH
For the third match in a row, Parkway had to battle for five sets, but this time they came up short in another tough league match. Just as any other year, the conference is loaded with four state ranked teams. The rest of the league isn't far behind either. Minster came out firing on all cylinders in the first set and cruised to a 25-18 win. The second set was another tough one with the visiting lady tigers getting another win to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Parkway shook that off and responded well and winning the next two games to tie it at 2 sets each. The panthers had the momentum and it looked like they would get that first league win of the season. Bit the tigers jumped out early in the 5th set and you could see that the weeks previous battles had taken their toll on the panthers. Parkway battled tough, but came up just short in the loss. Scores for the match were 18-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, and 9-15. Sophomore Gabrielle Stober led the team in kills with 15, while Gracyn Temple recorded 25 assists and McKayla Sites totaled 13 digs. the panthers move to 6-4 overall and 0-3 in league play. Monday they will host another state ranked team in the Lincolnview lady lancers.
9.16.20 'SKINS PUSH PANTHERS, PARKWAY WINS IN 5
In back to back nights, the lady panthers would go the distance against the Wapak lady redskins. Wapak jumped all over their hosts in the first game of the night. They won by a dominant 25-16 score. The panthers came out a bit flat after the previous nights battle with Crestview. But they got on track in the second game and won it by a score of 25-21. But the redskins came right back and snagged the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Then it was Parkways turn to win a game and send the match to the fifth and final set. It was a back and forth game all the way to the end, with the panthers securing a victory by a way to close 15-12 score. Macy Johnson and Faith Jacobs led the way in kills with 14 and 10 respectively. Gabrielle Stober paced the Lady Panthers in assists with 19 and McKayla Sites dug out a team-high 17 balls.
9.15.20 LADY PANTHERS OUTLAST KNIGHTS
It doesn't matter what their records are or what sport it is. When the panthers and knights get together, it is a battle. Tonights volleyball match was no different. Parkway bolted out to a huge lead in the first set, but the lady knights made up some ground. It wasn't enough and the visitors took a 1-0 lead. The knights kept that momentum on their side of the net and were victorious in games two and three. Thus taking a 2-1 lead over Parkway. The fourth set wasn't looking good for the panthers, Crestview jumped out to an early lead and had momentum. But Parkway settled in and turned the tide their way, finishing the game with a 25-20 win and forcing a fifth and final set. It was back and forth early in the game until the visiting lady panthers took control. With great play at the net, they cruised to a 15-9 win in the final game. It was a hard fought win for the panthers. Parkway won by scores of 25-14, 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, and 15-9. Panther sophomores Gracy Johnson and Gabrielle Stober led the team in kills with 16 and 14. Junior setter Gracyn Temple had 25 assists, and senior libero McKayla Sites had 20 digs.
9.12.20 PARKWAY POUNCES ALL OVER RAIDERS
After a battle the last time out, the lady panthers were in complete control on Saturday morning. Parkway improves to 4-3 on the season with a dominating victory over the lady raiders from Wayne Trace. They finished the panther volleyball trifecta for the day. It was wins all around, the freshman ladies, the junior varsity and the varsity all get a victory. Parkway set the tone for the day early on, they came out strong, but the lady raiders hung with them. But that only lasted midway through the set and then the net play of Parkway took over. Coach Henkle took advantage of the panther dominance and got his bench some quality playing time. They responded well and had a really nice game that finished with a raider 29-27 win. With the score all knotted at one apiece, Parkway continued their dominance over Wayne Trace with wins of 25-15 and 25-16 en route to a 3- victory. The visiting raiders also had some nice play at the net, but the panthers was a three headed monster. Faith Jacobs, Macy Johnson and Gabrielle Stober pounced all over Wayne Trace with a combined 30 kills. Setting up those massive bombs were Graycyn Temple and Gabby Stober who had 24 and 20 assists on the day. I can't leave out the back row play and serving prowess from Senior leader McKayla Sites. She was on fire with 4 service aces, dropping the ball right in a dead zone giving the raider no chance at all for a return. Then she did what she does best, that would be flying around and diving to keep the volley going. She led Parkway in the match with 12 digs in the match. Monday evening the panthers will travel to Crestview for a battle with the lady knights.
9.10.20 PARKWAY BATTLES, INDIANS TOO STRONG
The lady panthers ventured south for a match with the Ft. Recovery lady Indians. The Indians are undefeated on the season and had only lost one set this season. In their previous match, they man handled a Celina squad that beat Parkway. But the panthers have kept improving with every match that they play. They showed that improvement throughout the night against a high caliber Indians team. Ft. Recovery had the height advantage at the net, but that didn’t matter to the lady panthers. They went toe to toe with the Indians deep into the first set. Ft. Recovery pulled away for a 25-20 win and a 1-0 lead. Parkway kept their intensity through the second game, much to the surprise of their hosts. The panthers pushed hard on the Indians, but faltered by a mere three points in the second set. With a 25-22 game, the Indians now had a 2-0 advantage. They were primed to finish the match in three games, but Parkway had a different idea. The Indians gave the impression that they thought Parkway would shrivel up and go away. But the young panthers showed their fight and resilience in the third game of the match. The lady panthers were actually leading by 4 late in the second game when the Indians made a comeback for the win. So they had proven that they were capable of beating their hosts. They pushed forward and stunned the Indians in the third set by a score of 25-22. Now the Ft. Recovery eyes were wide open, realizing that Parkway wasn’t going anywhere. Ft. Recovery jumped out to a several point lead in the fourth game and made it very difficult for Parkway to close the gap. Down a sizable amount, the panthers mounted a run at the lady Indians. But their comeback bid fell short with a 25-21 Indians win. Parkway didn’t win the match, but they battled hard and fast in what was their best match of the season. They are growing as a team, you can see it in the passing, in their confidence and the team play. Leading the way for Parkway in the stat sheet, Gabrielle Stober was masterful with 15 assists. McKayla Sites also had 15 digs to keep the volley going. Macy Johnson was a monster at the net with 14 kills, with most coming against two defenders. The jv’s also took a loss against the lady Indians, it was their first of the season.
9.5.20 PANTHERS FINISH HOME STAND WITH A VICTORY
Parkway finished a long five match home stand going 2-2 and improving their record to 3-2. They battled some really good teams in the last four games. They kept pace with those squads and were in every match. On Saturday morning they took on the visiting lady rockets from Anna. The rockets came out strong in the first set, trading pushes with the panthers for most of the game. But then Parkway took control with their net play and won the set 25-17. Anna kept the pressure on early in set number two, but just couldn’t handle the panthers tenacity. Parkway went up 2-0 and jumped out to a big lead in the third and final set. It was nice to see some bench players get their shot at the rockets win route to the 3-0 victory. Parkway is a deep team this season and court time comes at a premium for the girls. But from what i have witnessed so far, they come off the bench ready to contribute. The lady rockets didn’t have much left in the tank in the third game and Parkway sent them packing with a 25-15 victory. Gracyn Temple was in a giving mood as she set up her team mates with a team leading 16 assists. While McKayla Sites was well in control of the back row with 9 digs in the win. Faith Jacobs really elevated her net play to lead the host panthers with 14 dominating kill shots. The iv’s continue to roll up the wins as they down the rockets in two sets and move to 5-0. Parkway will travel south on Thursday to do battle with the ever tough Ft. Recovery lady Indians.
9.3.20 LADY TIGERS EDGE PANTHERS IN TIGHT MATCH
The parkway ladies have started the season off with some pretty tough teams. Thursday evenings match was no different, it was a typical Midwest Conference battle from start to finish. The tigers jumped out to a sizable advantage in the first set. But the lady panthers mounted a furious comeback. But their efforts fell just shy of the win. Versailles took the game by a 25-23 score to go up 1-0. The second set started out as a mirror image of the first game. Every time the panthers would pull with in a couple points or even pull ahead, the visitors would get that momentum back and kill the panther rally. The second set was also won by the tigers, although the panthers pushed them hard. With a 26-24 score, Versailles took a 2-0 lead in the match. Parkway seemed to have a bit of trouble giving up points on the short service. It really haunted them in the third and final set of the match. The host panthers fell behind early and the lady tigers never looked back. Falling 25-19, parkway dropped the match by a 3-0 count. Macy Johnson led the panthers with12 kills. Gabrielle Stober set up her team mates with17 assists,
While Claire Rutledge tallied 2 aces. McKayla Sites led the panthers on the evening with10 digs. Overall parkway played pretty good, they kept many volleys going when it looked as if they would be finished. They played scrappy and kept digging. Although they lost all three sets, it was a very close match. Mutch like past matches, the were only outscored by 10 points. With that being said, there is work to do. I have confidence that soon, these types of matches will start going the panthers way. The jv squad keeps on rollin' as they down Versailles in 2 sets and moved to 4-0.
9.1.20 STARS PUSH PANTHERS,PARKWAY GETS BIG WIN
For the second straight match, the lady panthers faced a very solid team. The starfires were a potent team that went deep into the playoffs last season. They returned a few starters and are still a really good team. South Adams started out on fire, the panthers were reeling early in the first game from the net play of the stars. Although the lady stars jumped out to a big lead, their hosts fought back to make it a 25-22 game. Down a game, the panthers dug in and midway through the second set, took the lead. We went back and forth until the panthers finally got the win by a 28-26 score. The momentum had swung in the panthers direction and after another hard fought set, parkway took a 2-1 lead fresh off a 26-24 win. Needing just on more set in their favor, the panthers came out in the fourth game just a little flat. South Adams stormed out to a double digit lead and never looked back, winning the game with a score of 25-17. Knotted at two games each, it looked as if the momentum had swung towards the visitors. The lady panthers took a breath and took command in the fifth and final set. They jumped out to a lead and looked like they would run away with it. But just as they battled early on, so did the lady stars. South Adams mounted a comeback, but the panthers put a stop to it and won the game 15-12 and the match 3-2. Parkway showed alot of growth throughout the match, they didn't panic and stayed within their game plan.It was a total team victory, everyone played a crucial role in tonights win to improve to 2-1 on the season. The jv's improved to 3-0 with a 2-1 win over a tough starfire sqaud.
8.29.20 PARKWAY DROPS A HEARTBREAKER TO LADY 'DOGS
Parkway hosted the lady bulldogs on Saturday morning. It was a tough match from start to finish for both squads. Celina came away with the early season win by a 3-0 count. With close scores of 21-25, 22-25 and 29-27, parkway moves to 1-1 on the season. The jv team won their contest over the bulldogs.
8.26.20 LADY PANTHERS OPEN SEASON WITH A VICTORY
The lady panthers opened their season across the border and with no panther fans. The Adams county health board isn't allowing visiting teams fans, but that didn't stop the ladies from bringing home a "W". Parkway is fielding a young team this season, it showed in the first set of the match. The panthers fell behind and were making silly mistakes. They turned it around late in the set and only lost it by 4 points. The second set started much the same as the first, but Parkway turned the momentum in their favor and tied the match at one all with a 27-25 win. The panther ladies were on a roll and weren't looking like the same squad that started the match. The girls never got rattled when they fell behind, they just dug deeper. As the confidence grew for the panthers, Adams Central knew they were in for a fight. Parkway rolled over their hosts in the final two sets to win the match and start the season 1-0. Gracyn Temple and Gabrielle Stober combined for 33 assists to lead the panthers. Faith Jacobs and Macy Johnson Owned the net with 10 kills and 9 for Johnson. The back row play of McKayla Sites and Macy Johnson was top notch. Sites garnered 27 digs while Johnson followed with 22. That kept many volleys in play and the panthers capitalized on the opportunities.Although i don't have the stats for blocks, Allison Hughes and Gabby Stober were a force at the net with several blocks on the night. Although they didn't get a block on every attempt, they were still altering the play of the lady jets. This was a fun match to watch as the ladies shook off the early jitters, then took total control. I have a good feeling about this group of young ladies, I know it is early, but I truly believe the sky is the limit for them.