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Edgerton, Big Foot volleyball sweep top honors

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Gazette Staff
November 4, 2009

Edgerton and Walworth Big Foot dominated Rock Valley Conference volleyball this season.


Bethany Wedvick and Kirsten Halma were a big reason why.


Wedvick has been named the Rock Valley North Player of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Crimson Tide to an unbeaten conference season and a 40-4 overall record.


Halma was just as dominant in becoming Player of the Year in the Rock Valley South. She led the Chiefs to the South title and another outstanding season.


“I don’t think you would ever find two kids more deserving of Player of the Year honors than those two,” Edgerton High coach Jason Knott said. “And I think both choices were unanimous. That’s how good they were.”


Wedvick put together a record-setting season. She finished with a school-record 544 kills and 227 blocks, and set an Edgerton single-game record with 29 kills against Sauk Prairie in a Division 2 sectional semifinal match.


“What else is there to say about Bethany?” Knott said. “She can do it all. I think the most amazing stats she put together were her hitting and kill percentages. She just didn’t make mistakes or hit the ball out of play.”


Wedvick’s twin sister, Katie, also has been named to the first team. Katie had 408 kills, 140 blocks and a team-best .940 hitting percentage.


Edgerton senior Molly Langer earned first-team honors for the second straight year. Langer set the all-time conference record for digs with 695 and had a .770 dig percentage.


Other first-team members of the Rock Valley North are East Troy juniors Katie Ledwell and Caitlin Dolan, along with McFarland senior Melissa Wilcosz.


Knott said Halma’s intensity and decision-making on the court made her stand out in the Rock Valley South.


And after earning first-team honors a year ago, Halma stepped up her play even more this season as one of the top setters in the state.


“What impressed me most about Kirsten was how she commands things on the court,” Knott said. “Big Foot had a lot of young players, and Kirsten seemed to always get the ball where it needed to be.


“She’s a very solid player who doesn’t make many mistakes on the court. And she’s tremendously athletic.”


Palmyra-Eagle senior Becky Pronschinske joined Halma as a repeat selection on the first team.


Other first-team South selections are Orfordville Parkview senior Jasmine Koch, Big Foot sophomore Annie Kunes, Clinton senior Maggie Schultz and Palmyra-Eagle junior Richelle Ranney.


“The Rock Valley has really turned into a strong conference for girls volleyball,” Knott said. “You had two state-ranked teams (Edgerton and East Troy), and a number of girls who had the talent to play on any team in the state.”


Rock Valley North

FIRST TEAM


x-Bethany Wedvick, sr., Edgerton; Katie Ledwell, jr., East Troy; Molly Langer, sr., Edgerton; Cailtin Dolan, jr., East Troy; Katie Wedvick, sr., Edgerton; Melissa Wilcosz, sr., McFarland.


SECOND TEAM


Michelle Witt, soph., McFarland; Jessi Martin, sr., East Troy; Meggie Schmidt, jr., Edgerton; Kayla Dejong, soph., Jefferson; Samantha Kniep, sr., East Troy; Anne Tronnes, jr., Edgerton.


x—Player of the Year.


HONORABLE MENTION


East Troy—Tia Nowak, sr.; Katie Isleb, jr.; Edgerton—Tori Wileman, jr.; Tessa Snell, soph.; Evansville—Samantha Alisankus, jr.; Anne George, sr.; McFarland—Jenna Blaser, sr.; Whitewater—Daryn Portman, jr.; Molly Griep, soph.


Rock Valley South


FIRST TEAM


x-Kirsten Halma, sr., Big Foot; Jasmine Koch, sr., Parkview; Annie Kunes, soph., Big Foot; Becky Pronschinske, sr., Palmyra-Eagle; Maggie Schultz, sr., Clinton; Richelle Ranney, jr., Palmyra-Eagle.


SECOND TEAM


Amanda Johnson, sr., Brodhead; Haley Schwart, sr., Big Foot; Abby Smith, sr., Parkview; Jordyn Courier, sr., Big Foot; Megan Heller, sr., Brodhead; Danielle Billington, jr., Clinton.


x—Player of the Year.


HONORABLE MENTION


Big Foot—Meghan Schneider, soph.; Kacie Bidwill, jr.



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