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Sertoma all-star volleyball in McCook Saturday night

Friday, June 18, 2010

Serves, spikes and sets take center stage in McCook Saturday night in the 19th annual Sertoma All-Star Volleyball Classic.

The all-star volleyball contest matches many of southwest Nebraska's top senior players from the 2009 season. The match is set to begin Saturday at 7 p.m. at the McCook Senior High School gymnasium.

McCook will have three players on the East All-Star roster -- outside hitters Jayde Aufrecht and Kelsey Pohl, and right side/outside hitter Katie West.

Doors at the Senior High gym open Saturday at 6 p.m. Teams will begin warm-ups at 6:30 p.m. The all-star coaches, players and their parents, along with game officials, will be introduced about 7 p.m., followed by the National Anthem and the opening serve.

Players are selected from high schools representing 12 counties in southwest Nebraska -- Red Willow, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Lincoln and Perkins. Schools in the area are divided into east and west by a line running from McCook to North Platte.

Area coaches are asked to submit nominations of senior players from their respective schools who are worthy of playing in the all-star game. The all-star coaching staffs use input from area coaches to help select the players.

The West All-Stars hold a 11-7 edge in the series that started in 1983.

The 2010 East team will be coached by Codina Schutz of Elwood and Katie VanWesten of Cambridge. The West coaching staff included Monica Cole and Penny Hite of Perkins County.

Each team was scheduled to hold four practice sessions this week in preparation for Saturday's contest.

The all-star match will be five sets in length regardless of the outcome of each set.

Admission prices to the Sertoma Classic will be $6 each for students and adults ages 13 years and older, and $4 each for students ages 5-12 years. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free of charge.

Cathy Carman, local Sertoma volleyball chairperson, said proceeds from the annual all-star event are used by the McCook Area Sertoma Club to help support hearing screening and community projects, with an emphasis on youth-oriented projects.


Saturday, June 19, at McCook Senior High School gym

Team Rosters


Coaches: Codina Schutz, Elwood

Katie VanWesten, Cambridge

No.Player Name, High SchoolHt.Pos.
14Jerrica Lewis, Cambridge5-9OH
12Frankie Peterson, Cambridge5-9MB/OH
30Bailey Mahlberg, Elwood5-8OH/MB
15Emily Max, Gothenburg6-0MB/OH
6Myria Knapp, Maxwell5-7OH
2Jayde Aufrecht, McCook5-8OH
10Kelsey Pohl, McCook5-7OH
5Katie West, McCook5-8RS/OH
6Sarah Schrock, Medicine Valley5-10MH
21Natalie Wood, North Platte St. Pat's5-1L
4Jordan Brooks, Southwest5-5L
8Brooke Ryan, Southwest5-0RSH
6Miranda Sheets, Southwest5-1S
18Jessica Murdoch, Southern Valley5-8OH

OH-outside hitter, MH-middle hitter, MB-middle blocker, RSH-right side hitter, S-setter, L-Libero.


Coaches: Monica Cole, Perkins County

Penny Hite, Perkins County.

No.Player Name, High SchoolHt.Pos.
8Taylor Lutz, Dundy County-Stratton5-7MH/S
3Ann Kuroki, Hershey5-9MH
8Jaci Wright, Hitchcock County5-4Set
3Baylee Collins, North Platte5-4Lib
7Kacee Higgins, North Platte5-8Set
4Katie Mroczek, North Platte5-6OH
2Mackenzie Hite, Perkins County5-3Set
5Jenni Sis, Perkins County5-5RSH
4Jenna Aylward, Wallace5-10MH
3Katie West, Wallace5-10MH
9Tori Adams, Wauneta-Palisade5-8OH
4Katie Flaig, Wauneta-Palisade5-5OH/S/L
6Dawnta Harchelroad, Wauneta-Palisade5-7MH

OH-outside hitter, MH-middle hitter, MB-middle blocker, RSH-right side hitter, S-setter, L-Libero.

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