Mothers, daughters continue forging relationships at state
RAPID CITY -- Mothers and daughters are routinely a theme at state volleyball tournaments and this weekend is no exception.
Three area coaches -- Billie Jo Indahl, Tami Bies and Stephanie Plastow -- are coaching their senior daughters for one final weekend at the state tournament at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Bies, the coach of McCook Central/Montrose, had guided the Fighting Cougars to their third straight state volleyball tourney this weekend and daughter has been along for every step along the way.
“It’s been so fun,” Tami Bies said. “Having her out there and seeing the talent she has, and the talent and drive has really been nice. She may not have had a choice in that growing up with it since day one, but she does love the sport. … It's nice to see her flourish in something she loves to do.”
The Rustlers are making their second trip to the state tournament, with outside hitter Jada Plastow powering them back for another trip. Stephanie Plastow said her daughter has evolved as a vocal leader for Ethan, while they’ve also continued to develop their relationship.
“Jada has really grown up a lot and I can count on her for what I need,” Stephanie Plastow said. “It’s always pretty stressful situation because you want to do so well for your kid, too. You want them to do well. It puts a lot of pressure on you as a coach I think to try to get things done. She’s gotten yelled at a lot by me, but this year she’s really learned how to take it better than I think I’ve learned I don’t need to do that quite so much. That relationship has kind of developed a little bit as we’ve been together here, too.”
Billie Jo Indahl has led the Cougars to their third straight state volleyball tournament, with senior outside hitter Taylee Indahl the mainstay behind the team’s success. Billie Jo’s daughter, Adisyn, is a freshman on the team this season.
The team and community was rocked by a tornado in August, but that just drew them all together.
“We’ve really pushed through all of that and just tried to make the best of what we have,” Billie Jo Indahl said. “We are just so thankful everybody was able to come together and still play this season. It’s just a fun group of girls and I have two daughters on the team. It’s just really fun not only as a coach, but as a parent to watch them play together.”
Fun fall for all
The 2019 fall sports season will be one to remember for three Mitchell area communities. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan recently captured the Class 11B state football championship, while their teams are now playing at the state volleyball tournament in Rapid City.
“That’s really something amazing to see those three communities excel in just about everything,” said Ethan athletic director Tim Hawkins, who also noted the success of the cross-country teams. “It’s really neat to have everybody together for another weekend.”
Bridgewater-Emery is making its first ever trip to a state volleyball tourney. The Rustlers are making their second straight trip, completing the fun fall for the three communities just off Interstate 90.
“It’s been crazy around here,” Bridgewater-Emery athletic director Jeff Van Leur said. “It’s great for communities like this and it pulls them together, having pep rallies, cheering each other on and that’s huge in small communities.”