The Wood River High School varsity continued the school's strong volleyball tradition this fall by winning Hailey's 19th district tournament championship and going to the state tournament for the 19th time.
Fifth-year coach Tim Richards (115-78) joined by assistant coach Gary Carr saluted the 2006 Wolverines at Monday night's awards banquet for the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams in the high school commons area, Hailey.
"I've told the girls—tradition doesn't graduate, it just gets better," said Richards. "There was no team that we couldn't compete with this season and we had many victories over 5A schools as well."
Richards was named Great Basin Conference West "Coach of the Year" on Monday for guiding the Hailey varsity to a 22-15 record including an unblemished 9-0 record in league play. In his five years, Wood River has compiled a 47-11 record in league and district play.
Wood River now has seven consecutive 20-win seasons.
Selected Monday to the Great Basin West first team were seniors Leah McIlhenny and Kelsey Lidstrom plus junior Hannah Gove. Making the second team were senior co-captains Elissa Baker and Casey Vegwert along with sophomore Angela Coleman. Honorable mention went to junior Lauren Morgenthaler.
For the second straight year, Jerome's 5-11 middle hitter Megan Parrish was Great Basin West "Player of the Year."
Team awards presented Monday went to:
Best All-Around Players: Leah McIlhenny and Casey Vegwert. Most Inspirational: Angela Coleman.
Wolverine Coaches Award: Casey Vegwert. Best Defensive Players: Angela Coleman and Elissa Baker. Best Offensive Players: Kelsey Lidstrom and Hannah Gove.
Earning their first varsity letters were Angela Coleman, junior Currie Arnold and sophomore Kaylee Baker.
Academically, the Wolverines logged a team GPA of 3.65, not far behind Idaho 4A academic winner Century of Pocatello (3.82) in the Idaho High School Activities Association "Distinguished Team Scholastic Award," rankings.
Those with 3.75-4.00 averages were Leah McIlhenny, Lauren Morgenthaler and Kaylee Baker. Student/athletes with 3.25 and higher averages were Angela Coleman, Hannah Ward, Kelsey Lidstrom, Casey Vegwert and Elissa Baker.
Coach Richards thanked parents and boosters and gave special mention to longtime scorekeeper Laurie Lindsey along with parent Karol Ward.
Special junior varsity awards were presented. Most Inspirational was 5-4 junior defensive specialist Dakota Orchard. Most Valuable Player was 5-4 sophomore libero/right side Kylie Anderson.
Named Most Outstanding Player on the freshman team coached by Kim Young was 5-8 outside hitter Grace Lagodich.