Malad went 6-1 and won the gold bracket at the Malad Invitational, held on Friday and Saturday in Malad. The Dragons beat Watersprings 25-11, 21-25, 15-13 in the championship match.
“We struggled early in the week when we played. We had 40 unforced errors,” Dragons coach Camie Tripp said. “I was super happy with the way they bounced back from that and played, for the most part, pretty clean volleyball.”
Watersprings was the only team to beat Malad in the tournament. Snake River won the silver bracket.
Malad (22-8, 4-0 2A District 5) plays Wednesday at Soda Springs.
Battle of the Best tournament
Century went 5-3 to finish fifth in the Battle of the Best tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Madison High School.
The Diamondbacks beat Skyview, Madison, Thunder Ridge, Lake City and Timberline, while losing to Timberline, Bonneville and Lake City.
Century (27-8, 9-1 4A District 4-5) plays Tuesday at Wood River.
CENTURY 3, MOUNTAIN HOME 2
Kyleigh Gardea’s second-half penalty kick was the difference in Century’s 3-2 home win Saturday over Mountain Home.
Sari Shutes and Sophia Hall also scored for the Diamondbacks, who trailed 1-0 early.
“First half, we didn’t play very well. We didn’t have a lot of communication,” D-backs coach Matt Shutes said.
“The second half was much better. We regrouped a little bit after halftime and played better defense.”
Century (7-4-3, 7-3-3 4A District 4-5) is the No. 4 seed for next week’s district tournament, which starts Wednesday.
TWIN FALLS 2, PRESTON 1
Preston held Twin Falls to a season-low two goals in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss.
“It was just a good soccer game between two good teams,” Indians coach Brandon Lyon said. “It was back and forth. ... I’m proud of the girls. Twin hasn’t lost all year.”
Addison Moser scored for Preston (9-4-2, 9-2-2 4A District 4-5), which is the No. 3 seed for the upcoming district tournament, starting Wednesday.
MARSH VALLEY 3, SUGAR-SALEM 3
Marsh Valley rallied from a two-goal deficit to end its regular season with a 3-3 tie Saturday at Sugar-Salem.
“They showed immense perseverance,” Eagles coach Rachelle Gilbert said. “It was one of the best showings they’ve had in a while.”
Marsh Valley (11-2-2, 7-0-1 3A District 5) hosts the district tournament, starting Tuesday.
CENTURY 2, MOUNTAIN HOME 1
Century ended its regular season with a 2-1 win Saturday at Mountain Home.
Evan Yost and Kam Murdock scored for the Diamondbacks (10-2-2, 10-2-1 4A District 4-5), who are the No. 1 seed for next week’s district tournament.
PRESTON 1, TWIN FALLS 0
Junior Murrillo scored in the final minutes of Preston’s 1-0 win Saturday at Twin Falls.
Twin Falls was issued three red cards, including one on its coach.
Preston (8-3-3, 8-3-2 4A District 4-5) is the No. 4 seed for next week’s district tournament, which starts Wednesday.
SUGAR-SALEM 4, MARSH VALLEY 0
Marsh Valley battled illness in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Sugar-Salem.
“We looked lifeless at times, but still looked really promising at others,” Eagles coach Devin Shurtliff said. “If we can show up to districts with the same effort we have been playing with, and cut out the three-four mental mistakes we had today, we’ll be just fine.”
Marsh Valley (3-9-1, 1-3-1 3A District 5) is the No. 3 seed for next week’s district tournament.
IDAHO FALLS HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL
The Century boys won Saturday’s Idaho Falls High School Invitational, edging second-place Bonneville by 8.5 points.
The Diamondbacks boys won the 200-yard medley relay and John Kaiser won the 50-yard freestyle. Highland’s Benjamin Long took first in the 200-yard individual medley.
In the girls meet, Century’s Kaitlyn Shelley won the 50-yard freestyle and the D-backs won the 200-yard freestyle relay. Highland finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Porter Dance was Pocatello’s top finisher, placing eighth in the 100-yard freestyle.