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PHS volleyball: Ella Skinkis

Ella Skinkis, seen here playing in 2018, returned to PHS to help current players get into better shape.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Thursday, Oct. 24.

While Denee Newton was telling me last night about Ella Skinkis returning to campus to help whip the team into better shape, I pictured her running around in the gym in an ROTC uniform barking orders.

Of course, that wasn’t the case, but the military-style approach to fitness had the players sore after practice. For the Warriors, they hope it pays off and gets them battle-tested for the postseason.

“It was mostly, ‘here’s the plan,’” Newton described as to how Skinkis helped. “There’s a song we stole, ‘Bring Sally Up’ — it’s like a push-up challenge, so we’ve been using that with various things. They’ve really been working hard and by the end were struggling.”

With Sweet Home and Sisters occupying the league’s top two spots (they tied for first at 11-1 after the Outlaws beat the Huskies early this week), Philomath will need to win a play-in match to advance to the state playoffs.

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The Warriors still have one more to play but with the way things stand now, Philomath would be the No. 2 team in the play-in round with a potential matchup against Siuslaw. Banks would be in the top spot and Tillamook and Stayton would also have home play-in matches.

The rankings freeze at 10 p.m. Thursday so those play-in matches are only estimates. But it’s certain Philomath will play at home against somebody this coming Tuesday.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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