Leading the way on the 1A Trico All-League volleyball team was, you guessed it, La Center. Middle Billie Ross was named Offensive Player of the Year while fellow Wildcat Mia Achzinger was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Ross, a 6-foot junior, finished the regular season with 143 kills in 39 sets. Meanwhile, Achzinger anchored a strong defense that finished the regular season with an unblemished 18-0 regular season record en route to a third-place finish in the state.
Castle Rock, which finished its season 8-11 and just outside the 1A state tournament, placed two of its players on the second team.
Joining Ross on the first team are: outside hitter Ellie Matheson (King’s Way), outside hitter Ali Orduna (Seton Catholic), outside hitter Esther Langeliers (La Center), outside hitter Brooklyn Fobe (King’s Way), setter Natalie O’Neill (King’s Way) and libero Mia Achziger (La Center).
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Castle Rock seniors Laynee Logan (outside hitter/defensive specialist) and Kynsi Bayes (center) were honored for their individual play this season. Rockets players Bailey Sibbett and Paige Ogden were honorable mentions for the 1A Trico team.
Joining the Rockets duo on the second team are: Jessica Bulkington (Columbia), center Ava Moats (Kings Way), setter Billy Espana (La Center), center Piper Rudd (Stevenson), and outside hitter Olivia Fauth (Stevenson).
The Coach of the Year award was shared between Brittany Fobe of King’s Way and Lindsay Southwick of Seton Catholic.
Malones Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
The 1A Trico girls soccer coach of the year was Horst Malonet of La Center. Malonet, has local roots including a successful stint as head coach of the Toledo Wenlock boys soccer team.
The 1A Trico Player of the Year award was given to La Center senior Sheila Bradley. Offensive Player of the Year was awarded to Seton Catholic sophomore CJ Moore and Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Seton Catholic senior Alyssa Mancuso.
The Best Goalkeeper award went to Los Angeles senior center Sophia Johnson.
Castle Rock was able to land forward Sarah Johnson on the second team, but she was unable to crack the first round.
The first-team defense included: Scarlett Reed (Kings Way), Sequoia Cohen (Columbia), Ava Gavora (Seton Catholic), and Jana Kroski (La Center). The first team midfield included: Brielle Vanderhoff (La Center), Jessica Barrett (Seton Catholic), Shaylee Hague (Kings Way), and Saylor Hogue (Columbia).
The first-team offense included: Madison Newberry (La Center), Michaela Bright (La Center), Kaya Loder (Seton Catholic), Abby Gavora (Seton Catholic), and Allie Smith (Kings Way) while the first-team guard was Hailey Hammerstrom of Seton Catholic.
Joining Castle Rock’s Johnson on the second team includes: Forward – Hailey Herbuth (Seton Catholic); Midfielders: Lilin Sondergaard (Stevenson), JJ Lugen (Seton Catholic), Cosette Silva (Kings Way), Kiera Buescher (Columbia); Defense: Bill Brigham (Stevenson), Addie McCaleb (Seton Catholic), Sadie Pratt (La Center), Sadie Hohensee (Columbia).