Nov 6, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThree Shoshoni High School volleyball players landed a spot on the Class 2-A all-state list to complete a highly successful season.
SHS seniors KayLee Fegler, Natalee Goff and Kolbi Pickinpaugh received top individual honors in the state.
The team was voted on by the Wyoming Coaches Association.
Sarah Thompson, Kelly McAuslan and Shaide Pingetzer were the other seniors on the roster for the Lady Wranglers.
"I cannot say enough about my seniors," SHS coach Christina Mills said. "I was privileged to be their coach, and it was a year to remember. Each one brought something special to this team. They also set a standard for their younger teammates of hard work and dedication."
One of the season highlights was when SHS outlasted Thermopolis in five sets to win the Class 2-A West regional title at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander. SHS was ranked No. 1 in the Class 2-A division for most of the season.
"This was a tremendous season for SHS volleyball at all levels," Mills said. "The girls improved every game. It was was exciting to see them meet all of their season goals."
The Lady Wranglers posted a 2-2 record at the state tournament to finish fourth at the Casper Events Center.
SHS lost to Wright twice in the three days at state. The Lady Wranglers were the No. 1 seed from the West. Wright was the No. 4 seed from the East.
"The girls played well at the state tournament," Mills said. "They knew that there was tough competition and that they would have to be playing well in order to place at state. I could not be more proud of their heart and determination."
The two wins at the state tournament were over Southeast and Thermopolis in consolation play.
"The state tournament is a difficult atmosphere to replicate, so it does not compare to other season tournaments," Mills said. "It represents the eight top teams in 2-A in the state, so it's definitely tough competition."
SHS steamrolled through the Southwest conference for an undefeated season.
Goff was voted the 2-A Southwest Player of the Year.
Goff, Pickinpaugh and Thompson were elected to the Class 2-A Southwest volleyball list.
MaCayla Arrington and Tory Thoman of Wind River were on the team along with Wyoming Indian's Kanai Washakie.
Lovell won the state title. SHS beat Lovell at the end of the regular season and in the semifinals of the Class 2-A West regional tournament.
"You never know how teams will play at state," Mills said. "The East and West both had great teams, based on how teams placed at state. It was some great volleyball to watch."
Mills is excited about the future of the SHS volleyball program.
"My younger athletes proved time and time again this season that they will be a force to be reckoned with. We have an outstanding setter returning with some tremendous hitters who are eager to take the next step and show how good they are," Mills said. "I know that they will be ready to take on any challenge next year."
Class 2-A all-state volleyball players
Hallie Burkhart, Southeast; Shelby Burrough, Southeast; Chelsey Ellis, Lovell; Emilee McClure, Lovell; KayLee Fegler, Shoshoni; Natalee Goff, Shoshoni; Kolbi Pickinpaugh, Shoshoni; Jordan Leyba, Thermopolis; Dana Bjorhus, Thermopolis; Jadyn Mirich, Big Horn; Brittany Belt, Wright; Kiley Segelke, Wright; Sara Nielsen, Tongue River; Madison Vickery, Kemmerer.
Class 2-A Southwest volleyball list
Bailey Copeland, Big Piney; Sarah Shafer, Big Piney; Tia Tiller, Kemmerer; Madison Vickery, Kemmerer; Natalee Goff, Shoshoni (2-A Southwest Player of the Year), Kolbi Pickinpaugh, Shoshoni; Sarah Thompson, Shoshoni; MaCayla Arrington, Wind River; Tory Thoman, Wind River; Kanai Washakie, Wyoming Indian.
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