Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:10
The Goessel Bluebirds dominated this year’s Wheat State League post-season volleyball honors with five players on the all-league first team and a sixth player receiving honorable mention.
Both Centre and Peabody-Burns were represented by one player on the first team and one on the second team. Three Cougars received honorable mention as did one Warrior.
Bluebirds named to the first team were seniors Tia Goertzen, Alex Hiebert, Jessica Harvey and Johanna Hoffman and freshman Page Hiebert. Sophomore Erin Brubaker received honorable mention.
The Bluebirds finished the season with a 29-10 record. They played for the sub-state championship and a state tournament berth, but lost to Olpe, who went on to win the state title.
Centre, 19-13 for the year, was represented on the all-league first team by senior Anna Weber. Cacey Simons, a junior, was selected for the second team. Receiving honorable mention were seniors Genesis Rudolph and Ellie Miller and sophomore Brenna Shields.
The Cougars made it to the sub-state semifinals before losing to Olpe.
Representing Peabody-Burns were Paige Lewis as a first-team pick, Rayna Barnes for the second team and Brandie Burnett with honorable mention.
The Warriors finished the season with a 17-16 record, losing in 2A sub-state semifinals to Berean Academy, who went on to qualify for the state tournament.
Wheat State League
2012 all-league volleyball selections
First team: Tia Goertzen, Goessel, senior; Alex Hiebert, Goessel, senior; Page Hiebert, Goessel, freshman; Anna Weber, Centre, senior; Jessica Harvey, Goessel, senior; Paige Lewis, Peabody-Burns, senior; Johanna Hoffman, Goessel, senior; Skylar Johnston, Little River, junior.
Second team: Rayna Barnes, Peabody-Burns, senior; Abby Fields, Elyria, senior; Cori Mines, Elyria, senior; Chloe Baldwin, Little River, senior; Cacey Simons, Centre, junior; Katy Benson, Peabody-Burns, freshman; Alexis Campuzano, White City, sophomore; Brooke Janssen, Solomon, senior.
Honorable mention: Brenna Shields, Centre, sophomore; Erin Brubaker, Goessel, sophomore; Brandee Burnett, Peabody-Burns, senior; Genesis Rudolph, Centre, senior; Abi Dillon, Hope; Bryanna Svoboda, Centre, junior; Laura Keil, Elyria, senior; Ellie Miller, Centre, senior.