Centralia wins 1A state title, 15th in team history
The Centralia Panthers were able to get the sweep over the Spearville Lancers 2-0 with scores of 14-25 and 21-25 on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Emporia –White Auditorium.
Entering Saturday, both the Centralia Panthers and the Spearville Lancers were undefeated. When the two teams at in White Auditorium, it was the Panthers who would come away with the 2-0 sweep winning 25-14 and 25-21.
In the first set, the Panthers went on a 3-point scoring run putting them up 10-7, that allowed them to gain momentum and finish the set with an 8-point run to win 25-14
In the second set, the panthers and lancers battled back and forth with big defensive digs and offensive kills on both sides. In the end, the panthers were able to finish the set with a 3-0 run which led to their
state title 25-21.
The Panthers were setting out for a much bigger goal when entering the championship match. The head coach Kimbrook Tennal has been battling cancer and the slogan “Tennal Strong” resonated in all the
players. Senior Outside Hitter Madison Lueger said, “We just tried to play for him all season” and senior Outside Hitter Kate Elliott echoed and said, “We dedicated the whole season to him so getting to the
final game and coming out champions was the best gift in the world”.
When asking Head coach Kimbrook Tennal what winning the state title meant for him he said, “It meant the world to me because our girls worked so hard and they did it for me, it was a whole team effort”.
The Centralia Panthers were able to seal their perfect season with the 1A state championship.