The Midcoast is loaded with talented high school athletic teams on the basketball court, on the wrestling mats, in the swimming pool, on the ski slopes and trails or on the indoor track. However, Friday night could be remembered as historic in the annuals of local school sports for one squad that fits none of the above criteria.

It will not involve a basketball thrown through a hoop, a pair of shoulders being pinned to the mat or a hurdle to be jumped; but instead a raised net and ball, and a handful of young girls hoping to spike their way to a milestone achievement.

Friday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. could be remembered as the night the South Hope Christian School volleyball team notches its 100th consecutive victory, with the Royals hosting Madison in their small gymnasium, that likely will be jammed packed and buzzing with energy.

The Royals have finished undefeated state volleyball championship for the past five years in the Athletics For Christian Education League and also won six of the past seven state finals.

South Hope notched its 99th consecutive victory Feb. 4 with a straight-sets win over the South Liberty Pioneers, prevailing 25-14 and 25-15.

Also in the Feb. 4 basketball contest, South Liberty earned a 56-33 victory over South Hope. The Pioneers led 10-6, 28-18 and 45-33 at the quarter breaks. South Liberty went on a 12-0 run in the final stanza to cap the game.

Burt Ludwig netted 29 points to lead the Pioneers, while Ryan Turffs added 12; Elijah Curtis, six; Dylan Denman, five; and Ben Daggett and Joseph Curtis, each two.

For the Royals, Nathan Young tallied 14 points, while Mike Kee added 11 and David Mank and Lonnie Adolphsen, both four.

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