After a fairy tale season, the clock has finally struck midnight on the Trinity Wolves volleyball team. The squad managed to make it to the third round (semifinals) of the CIF Div. 5 state playoffs, beating Western Sierra Collegiate Academy and Vacaville Christian before falling on the road to the Drew Dragons of San Francisco.

After knocking off the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the first two rounds, the 13th-seeded Wolves had no answer for the No. 8-seeded Drew.

In the first round, against Western Sierra, the Wolves looked sharp, just as they had all season, defeating them 3-1 in front of a lively home crowd, with scores of 27-25, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-22. The duo of Chloe Albiez and Brynn Scribner were at it again, helping the team post 37 kills, their fourth highest mark of the season.

The following game went the distance, with the Wolves pulling out a close victory on the road over the Vacaville Christian Falcons 3-2, with scores of 17-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-18 and 15-12. While the Wolves continued their strong offensive effort with 36 kills, their serving also helped keep them in the game. Junior May Graham led the way with six aces, and five other Wolves recorded an ace on the way to a total of 21 on the evening.

Their final match of the season came against Drew, who got the best of the 13th-seeded Wolves in a 3-0 sweep. The Dragons’ defense was able to keep Albiez and Scribner at bay, the two only pitching in 4 and 5 kills, respectively. Serving was also a struggle, as Trinity could only put 5 aces on the board.

Despite ending the season with a loss, this group went further in the state playoffs than any team has before, reportedly the first Trinity volleyball team to make the state playoffs since volleyball replaced field hockey as the fall sport for girls in 1975.

It will go down as one of, if not the best volleyball team in school history. And with only two seniors leaving and plenty of young talent, they have a chance to give this year’s team a run for their money for the next couple of seasons.

Trinity cross-country

The Wolves ended their season with a phenomenal performance at the CIF Northern Section Finals at West Valley High School Nov. 10, the boys team walking away as Div. 6 section champions.

Junior Kyle Cox gave his best effort, as usual, finishing the boys 3-mile with a time of 18:19.44, and finishing just one place away from qualifying for the state championship meet.

Aubrey Prunty competed hard in the final meet of her high school career, her time of 22:06.44 earning her a Top 25 finish.

Overall the Wolves finished the meet with 11 personal best times, plenty of individual success to go along with the team’s outstanding finish to a great season.

Boys varsity 3-mile

29. Kyle Cox, 18:19.44

50. Rief Ehlerding, 19:15.01

58. Anthony Rist, 19:31.33

100. Liam Brennan, 21:53.88

109. ChangZong Lee, 22:28.46

110. Christopher Brennan, 22:40.40

117. Christian Wong, 23:10.39

Boys 2.2-mile open

112. Colten Manning, 21:14.31

Trinity boys finished eighth of 15 qualifying teams overall, first in Div. 6

Girls varsity 3-mile

23. Aubrey Prunty, 22:06.44

63. Julia Duree, 25:12.93

78. Dagan Fox, 26:45.03

Trinity girls did not field a large enough squad to qualify in the team scoring.

High school sports schedule

Nov. 30: Trinity girls basketball at Los Molinos, JV/V, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Trinity boys basketball at Los Molinos, JV/V, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Hayfork girls basketball at Ferndale, 5 p.m.

Nov. 30: Hayfork boys basketball at Ferndale, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 2-4: Trinity girls basketball at Anderson Tournament, JV/V, TBA

Dec. 2-4: Trinity boys basketball at Block F Tournament, Fall River, JV/V, TBA

Dec. 2-4: Hayfork girls basketball at Butte Valley Tournament, Dorris, TBA

Dec. 2-4: Hayfork boys basketball at Fall River Tournament, MacArthur, TBA

Dec. 6: Trinity girls basketball at Redding Christian, V, 4 p.m.

Dec. 6: Trinity boys basketball at Redding Christian, JV/V, 4 p.m.

Dec. 6: Hayfork boys, girls basketball vs. South Fork, 5 p.m.

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