Hale’s Abby Parkinson tips the ball over the net during last week’s action at Charlton Heston Academy.


ST. HELEN – Hale made it look easy Wednesday night in its early season tri-match at Charlton Heston Academy. The Lady Eagles swept both of their opponents with relative ease, winning each set by at least 12 points. 

Hale opened with a 25-8 and 25-13 win over AuGres and finished up by toppling Charlton Heston 25-12 and 25-6.

“As a team they really worked well together,” head coach Toni Nieman said. “For losing as many players as we lost from last year, I’m really happy with them. My seniors are really stepping up and serving as leaders to my underclassmen. It has been a great start to a different year.” 

Claudia Cadwell served for 26 points on the night, including 11 aces. Madison Hubbs added 19 points along with eight aces and nine kills. Kaylee Collins batted down seven kills and Abby Parkinson had six kills. 

“We did well defensively, but need some more work on our transitions,” Nieman said. “Overall, once the girls adjusted to the rotations, they started to come together. I look forward to being able to practice on our court and seeing what this team can accomplish.”

Hale (3-2 overall) hosts Hillman on Thursday in its North Star League opener and heads to Rogers City on Sept. 17. The Eagles are looking forward to playing on their home court, thanks to last week’s executive order.

“Being able to play on a court is great, my only concern now is with masks that they’ll have to wear while playing but that’s just another obstacle that we have to overcome,” Nieman said. “It will be interesting but it is all in our mindset. I have had to cancel four practices due to weather; never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have to cancel practice due to a thunderstorm. The more we get to practice on our court the better and now we are just going to work together and to do our best and keep our positive attitudes.”