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Polson sweeps rival Ronan

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POLSON – Heavy wildfire smoke and a virus pandemic couldn’t derail the long-standing rivalry between two Mission Valley communities and their beloved high school football and volleyball teams.

Under the lights Friday night on the gridiron, the Polson Pirates squared off with the visiting Ronan Chiefs, while on Saturday afternoon the Lady Pirates battled the Maidens on the volleyball court.

The Pirates prevailed over the Chiefs 52-34, and the Lady Pirates slipped past the Maidens in four sets 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18.

With home-field advantage this year, the Pirates evened the matchup 2-2. Friday’s victory also marks the Pirates’ second consecutive win in the rivalry series, which was rekindled back in the 2017 season when the then Class B Chiefs rejoined the Northwestern A Conference after a more than eight-season absence.

Pirate sophomore quarterback Jarrett Wilson led the team on the ground with 120 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a touchdown. Wilson was 28 of 46, passing for 439 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Wilson threw scoring passes to Jony Perez, Xavier Fisher who had two touchdown catches, and Colton Graham who also had two touchdowns on 12 catches for 246 yards.

For the Chiefs, Daniel Kelsch was 19 of 38, passing for 200 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Kelsch carried the ball 12 times for 46 yards and a touchdown.

On Saturday, it took the Lady Pirates four sets to walk away with the 3-1 home win. Maggie Todd led the Lady Pirates with 18 kills and 20 digs. Berkley Ellis posted 19 assists and 11 digs. Ara Mercer had double-digit digs with 13.

For the Maidens, Olivia Clairmont had 12 kills. Rylie Lindquist had 20 digs. Hannah Rowe booked 30 assists, and Madeline McCrea recorded 3.5 blocks and two aces.

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