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Leyton headed back to state

Warriors deck Hay Springs 3-0 to capture district title


PCM / For The Sidney Sun-Telegraph

Leyton's Kassandra Harris, Katy Ernest, Kelsey Waite, Whitney Goeman, Carly Rushman (front), Hope Dykman, Kristine Barnett, Kaitlyn Berner, Shaela Jenkins, Katelyn Higgins, Diedra Waite, Dani McKay and Natalie Cruise (back) with coaches, managers and up and coming Warriors.

With Leyton up 2-0, but struggling badly in the third set, Jodi Craig huddled her team and did what any coach would do: she quoted a t-shirt slogan.

The slogan, selected by her seniors before the season began, informs all that good teams can win when they're ahead, great teams can win when they're behind.

"I said 'here's your chance to prove you're a great team,'" Craig explained.

In brushing past Hay Springs 25-14, 25-16 and 25-21at Bayard Thursday night to earn the D2-6 district title and the squad's third consecutive trip to state, the Warriors appeared to validate the message.

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