Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
Cascade Christian junior Karlee Britton's knack for scoring points served her well during the volleyball season and made her an easy choice for player of the year in voting by the Southern Cascade Hybrid coaches.
The 5-foot-11 outside hitter averaged 9.7 kills per match and played a key role in the Challengers going undefeated in SCH play en route to her repeat showing on the all-conference first team. Britton posted a whopping 40 percent kill percentage with 222 kills on 555 swings and hit .192 overall for Cascade Christian, which is 19-5 overall and opens the Class 3A state tournament at 8 a.m. Friday against Valley Catholic.
"She's probably the most exciting player to watch when she gets set a ball," said the Challengers' Rob Kleker, who was named coach of the year. "She was definitely the hardest hitter we had and there was that anticipation of, 'OK, what's she going to do with it this time,' when she got set the ball."
Cascade Christian senior middle Mackenzie Kelton and senior libero Courtney Case, who were first-teamers a year ago, made the first team, as did senior outside hitter Elise Gardner.
Case repeated as defensive player of the year.
Also on the first team was St. Mary's senior outside hitter Nina Console.
All-Southern Cascade Hybrid Volleyball
Karlee Britton, OH, Jr., Cascade Christian; Ashley Reese, S, Sr., Lakeview; Courtney Case, L, Sr., Cascade Christian; Mackenzie Kelton, M, Sr., Cascade Christian; Elise Gardner, OH, Sr., Cascade Christian; Megan Reynolds, M, Sr., Lakeview; Nina Console, OH, Sr., St. Mary's.
Player of the Year — Karlee Britton, Jr., Cascade Christian.
Setter of the Year — Ashley Reese, Sr., Lakeview.
Defensive player of the year — Courtney Case, Sr., Cascade Christian.
Coach of the year — Rob Kleker, Cascade Christian.
Hayley Tyus, L, Sr., St. Mary's; Kayla Winter, S, Sr., Cascade Christian; Kortney Moore, OH, So., Rogue River; Hannah Graunke, OH, Sr., St. Mary's; Tori Crumrine, OH, So., Lakeview; Paige Bruce, DS, So., Cascade Christian.
Delaney Hall, OH, So., Lakeview; Amanda Arcularius, L, So., Lakeview; Madeline Gregg, S, Jr., St. Mary's; Anjelica Pamplona, So., Rogue River; Alex LaFlamme, M, So., Illinois Valley; Keyanna Augustadt, Jr., Illinois Valley; Dakotah Rothfus, M, So., St. Mary's; Natalie Watkins, S, So., Rogue River; Madigan Smith, M, So., Cascade Christian; Darby Gibson, M, Jr., Rogue River; Abigail Miller, Jr., Illinois Valley.