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The Dirigo girls' tennis team finished the regular season with a respectable 9-3 record and then found the going rough when it lost 4-1 to Hall Dale in the Mountain Valley championship meet held last Wednesday.
The Lady Cougars will need to raise their level of play when the Class C playoffs begin this week.
Against the Bulldogs, the first doubles team of Michelle Morrinson and Lindsy Crutchfield rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 win. The rest of the team was not as fortunate, although they didn't go down without a fight.
Dirrigo senior Ryanne Dailey had won a first set 6-2, but Maura Hunter regrouped to in 6-3 to even the No. 2 singles and then cruised 6-1 in the third and deciding set. Abby Fuller and Grace Hebert were each downed at No. 1 and 3 singles, respectively. The Cougars second doubles Sierra Keane and Christina Freige also went down in straight sets.
The Mountain Valley softball team has continued to roll on along and a 12-7 win over all but secured a Class B playoff berth. Sophomore Lindsay Marston and battery mate Katie Collette continue to work well together. Offensively, the Falcons were led by Shannon Laubauskas, who smashed a two-run homer, as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The offense had 11 hits, including two each by Aly Carlton, Marston and Laubauskas. Third baseman Brooke Dolloff added a double.
In a much-needed win, the Dirigo softball team regained the No. 2 spot in Class C Heal Points following a 3-2 win over Telstar. The win against the Rebels, who had been ranked second, resulted when Tasha DeRoche scored in the top of the seventh inning.
It was the Cougars sixth game in 10 days, and more importantly snapped a four-game losing skid, including Class B teams Spruce Mountain, Mountain Valley and Oak Hill. DeRoche drilled a leadoff triple and then survived when the Rebels misfired on their own called play.
Ambyr Wilson hit a shot to third , but the fielder didn't look DeRoche back, who raced home. The Cougars had scored earlier when Emma Leuders beat out an infield hit and DeRoche hit an RBI triple. Later on, Megan Bradbury walked, advanced on a single by her older sister Gretchen and the younger Bradbury scored on a Britney Ellis single. Pitcher Cami Denney threw a four hitter, allowing just one hit after the first inning. Denney had six strikeouts and walked none.
The Mountain Valley girls' lacrosse team has endured a rough season, with two wins. A 14-1 setback came at the hands of powerful Lewiston. Senior Nicole Burgess scored the lone Falcon goal.