WHEATLAND –Three players from the Lady Bulldog volleyball team brought home some postseason hardware.
Sophomore Kendall Schaffner earned all-state honors as well as a spot on the all-conference team. Sophomore Grace Battershell and senior Kami Henthorn also received all-conference honors.
Battershell, who has been playing volleyball for four years said, “When I started I liked the girls who were trying out and I wanted to try something new.”
Battershell who has been nearly flawless from the service line said that she watched teammate Schaffner and followed her lead.
“I kinda taught myself from there,” she said. “My parents were huge influences in my life and I also play basketball and softball.”
In addition to her athletics, Battershell lives at home on a small farm and in the past, was active in 4-H, showing steers.
Henthorn has been playing volleyball since seventh grade and after being a Lady Bulldog for six years, she walked off the court for the final time this season. She admitted that it was an emotional time for her.
She may not be done with her volleyball career as she is hoping to go on to play at the collegiate level. She has not made up her mind as to where she would like to play, but her coach is in the process of marketing her to colleges.
Her thundering outside spike is what most people will remember about her and she says that she didn’t really develop that until this year. Although she had many good memories, one stands out from all others.
“My favorite memory would probably be that feeling after we beat Torrington in Rawlins,” she said. “Seeing everyone so excited and knowing that all the hard work paid off.”
That game paved the way for Henthorn and the rest of the team to be able to go to the state tournament, something that had not been done since 2009. Henthorn said that it was definitely something that she would not forget.
“Put in the work in the offseason,” Henthorn said, giving advice to the younger players. “Don’t wait until your last year.”
Schaffner who had missed her entire freshman year after a knee injury and reconstructive surgery completed a miracle as she walked off the volleyball court at the state tournament having earned all-state honors.
In her state tournament appearance, she hit 94% of her serves, delivered 11 kills, gathered 46 digs and had a 98% on service receives.
“I am looking to the future,” Schaffner said. “Looking forward to playing with my friends again, working this offseason and doing something at state next year.”
Coach Lindsay Scaffner said that she was so proud of not only those who won awards, but every one of the girls who has put in the time to make the program stronger. She is excited for the future of the program.
“They stayed calm and played great under the pressure this year. I was excited to see them rise to the challenge. We are truly a team