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St. Francis won the Class D2-5 District to advance to the Nebraska State Volleyball Tournament. Members of the team are, front row, left to right, Brooklyn McKay, MarryRita Wegener, Olivia Wiese, Peighton Eisenmenger, Allison Weidner, Maddie Howard, Karly Kessler and Alexis Kuhar. Middle row, Student managers Emily Stricklin and September Babel, Makenna Wietfeld Josie Zach, Emma Baumgart, Hannah Baumgart, Jalyssa Hastreiter, Kelly Pfeifer, Tori Jarosz and student managers Kylee Kuhar and Kali Jarosz. Back row, Coach Haley Schrage, student manager Whitney Wegener, Leach Kosch, Tessa Deets, Kaylee Stricklin, Delaney Olmer, Coach Tammy Classen, Coach Susan Lindsley, Bookkeeper Joan Wemhoff, Head Coach Dean Korus. Not pictured are Kylee Wessel, Alissa Kosch and Morgan Pfeifer.

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The St. Francis girls celebrate Saturday during their match against Twin Loup in the Class D2-5 District final at Boone Central High School in Albion. The Lady Flyers won 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 to advance to this week’s state tournament. Pictured are Leah Kosch, 18; Peighton Eisenmenger, 16; Allison Weidner, 1; Jalyssa Hastreiter, 15; Kelly Pfeifer, 8, and Kaylee Stricklin, 14. Courtesy photos

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St. Francis head coach Dean Korus celebrates with his team after they qualified for the state tournament. They open Thursday morning against Falls City Sacred Heart.

Lady Flyers sweep their way to state

Down two starters, no problem.

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Tess Deets gets the block Monday night against Elba. St. Francis won the match 25-6, 25-6, 25-7 in the first round of the Class D2-4 Subdistrict here. Courtesy photo

Lady Flyers top Elba in 3 sets

St. Francis started what it hopes is a march to the state tournament with a sweep of Elba Monday night 25-6, 25-6, 25-7 in the first round of the Class D2-4 Subdistrict here.

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Spencer Engel runs through a hole Thursday for St. Francis. The Flyers posted a 74-6 win over Niobrara/Verdigre in the opening round of the Class D state playoffs here. Courtesy photo

Flyers open playoffs with rout of Niobrara/Verdigre

Tanner Pfeifer accounted for four touchdowns and Haustyn Forney and Isaac Classen each scored three times as St. Francis opened defense of its Class D-2 state title with a 74-6 first-round win here Thursday.


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