Volleyballs and footballs flew everywhere the past few weeks as the County Sports League held season-ending girls volleyball and flag football tournaments.
The girls gathered at El Dorado High for their one-day volleyball tournament hosted by Cougar varsity coaches Ann Pendleton, her staff and players.
In the early tournament for sixth and seventh graders, Herbert Green, Sierra Ridge, Camino and Northside survived the 10-team pool play format and the opening round to meet in the semifinals. Northside toppled previously unbeaten Camino to advance to the championship and Sierra Ridge pushed defending champion Herbert Green to three sets before falling.
Northside played well in the championship match and nearly pulled off an upset, but Herbert Green fought back and held on to win the title. Markham, Golden Hills, Camino and Herbert Green emerged from pool play to meet each other in the semis of the eighth grade tournament.
Golden Hills couldn’t maintain the consistency it showed earlier and lost to Markham. In the other semi, good skills, grit and determination from both Camino and Herbert Green resulted in a three-set thriller.
Camino was top-ranked going in but was pushed by defending champion Herbert Green. In the end, Camino held on to earn a berth in the championship match and behind hard serving and hard hitting, the girls rode the momentum of their semifinal victory to roll over Markham in two sets. It was Camino’s first championship in the eighth-grade division in at least 16 years.
Results of the football tournaments for the seventh and eighth grade boys will be in a future Mountain Democrat.