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Crook County claims IMC spot No. 3

Cowgirls head to playoffs for second time in as many years
The Crook County High School gym will most likely be filled with spikes Halloween night, but it won't be from the hair of students dressing up as punk rockers.
   For the second year in a row, the CCHS volleyball team will play in the post season, securing a bid after overwhelming the Panthers in Redmond Thursday night 15-6, 15-4.
   With the triumph, the Cowgirls clinch the Intermontain Conference #3 spot and on Oct. 31 in Prineville, they will face the winner of Monday's matchup between the Valley #4 team and Southern Oregon Conference #3.
   Against Redmond, Crook County came out with slow starts out of the gate in both games, but rallied back it grand fashion to where it wasn't even close.
   "I think we played more as a team than we have been," said senior Rachel Wortman. "It was really nice to put them away, especially now that we're going to state."
   The Panthers took an early 4-1 lead in game one, but the Cowgirls tied the contest 5-5 not long after and rallied to grab 10 out of the next 11 points.
   In game two, it must have been deja vu for both teams.
   Redmond led 4-1 before a monster Crook County rally, one that included 14 unanswered points, put the match in the bank with interest for the Cowgirls.
   "I think we played more aggressively," said senior Kristin Wortman. We played at our level like we can."
   With the win, the Cowgirls end the season 7-5 in league play.
   More details about the playoffs and Crook County's match will appear in the Tuesday, Oct. 30th edition of the Central Oregonian.