Herreid-Selby Area players earn All-State honors
By Jay Davis
The middle of the net was well taken care of for the Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines on their way to a sixth-place finish at the State B Volleyball Tournament in Mitchell, so much that both middle hitters were named to the Class B All-State Volleyball team.
Shauni Schwartz, senior from Herreid High School, was named second team, and Haylee Biel, junior from Selby Area High School, earned a spot as honorable mention.
Schwartz moved up to the second team after earning honorable mention last season.
“Shauni is a great athlete whose versatility made her hard to stop on the volleyball court,” said coach Jody Schmidt. “As a hitter, she could pound it to the floor or tip it to the open spot.”
Schwartz had 320 kills, 66 blocks, 92 digs and 14 aces this season. For her career she racked up more than 1,000 kills, while leading the Wolverines to a 59-4 record the last two years.
“She is a quiet leader who leads by example,” said Schmidt. “I am happy to see that she made this year’s team. It is quite an honor that she should be proud of. We will definitely miss her contributions next year.”
Biel gets the honorable mention nod after a season with 271 kills, 103 blocks, 22 aces and 58 digs. Her 103 blocks were more than any other player on the all-state team.
“Haylee had a solid year at the net,” said Schmidt. “She is an emotional player who can be a game-changer. She delights in overfeeds when the other team makes a bad pass to the net. She has a great future ahead of her if she continues to work hard at improving her game.”
Class B All-State Volleyball Team
First Team: Rachel Rogers, Sr., Warner; Ashley Rozell, Soph., Warner; Ashley Clemens, Sr., Northwestern; Samantha Boeck, Jr., Arlington; Amber Dysthe, Sr., Parker; Kellie Winckler, Sr., Andes Central.
Second Team: Shauni Schwartz, Sr., Herreid-Selby Area; Logan O’Farrell, Sr., Summit; Tara Nihart, Sr., James Valley Christian; Erin Benson, Jr., Chester Area; Tessa Weeldreyer, Sr., Parker; Brett Heuer, Jr., Arlington.
Honorable Mention: Haylee Biel, Jr., Herreid-Selby Area; Jeanna Duncan, Jr., Northwestern; Karlea Stahl, Jr., Sully Buttes; Krista Winckler, Sr., Andes Central; Mackenzie Schultz, Sr., Bridgewater-Emery; Autumn Schulz, Sr., Wall.