By KRIS MILLS – firstname.lastname@example.org
With volleyball season set to begin in just a few weeks, here are 12 players from Shelby County to watch this fall:
Shelbyville Golden Bears
Johnson finished with 126 kills as a junior, which was third on the team. She also added 18 blocks last season and is set to lead an experienced group in a new campaign. With the help of Johnson, among others, Shelbyville improved its win total by six games during the 2018-19 season.
Kuhn led Shelbyville with 141 kills last season as a sophomore. The younger sister of 2019 SHS graduate Zach Kuhn, Macey has all the physical talent needed to be one of the top players in the conference.
Reinhart, despite missing time with an injury, still managed to lead the Golden Bears in digs last season as a sophomore with 297. Her digs per set (4.7) was one of the best in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. Last season, Reinhart averaged just under 15 digs per match.
Triton Central Tigers
Schweitzer broke the Triton Central school record for assists last season with 737 (7.8 per set). A highly intelligent player, Schweitzer also added 66 kills, 37 aces and 367 digs as a sophomore.
Sanders also put her name in the record books at TC, breaking the school record for digs in a season with 499 as a freshman last year. She averaged 5.3 digs per set and also finished with 36 aces.
Shaw is essentially a jack-of-all-trades type of athlete for Triton Central. A six-rotation player, Shaw will see her role increase as a junior with the loss of Ella Blair and Addison Meier. Shaw finished with 97 kills and 230 digs (56 sets) as a sophomore.
Her older sister, Taylor, was lost to graduation after finishing with 394 kills last season. Trinity, who finished with 136 kills as a sophomore, should see her production increase as one of the focal points of SW’s offense. Trinity also added 296 digs, 55 aces and 48 blocks last season.
Engel finished with 122 kills as a junior and will form a nice 1-2 punch at the net with Trinity Tatlock. Engel led the Spartans with 49 blocks last season and added 52 aces.
Morristown Yellow Jackets
Laster burst onto the volleyball scene as a freshman last season, finishing second on the team behind 2019 senior Raegan Butcher with 209 kills. She had the best hitting percentage on the team among those who received regular playing time and also finished with 76 blocks, 30 aces and 145 digs.
Theobald, who seems to excel in every sport she plays, totaled 584 assists last season as a sophomore. She committed just 22 errors on over 2,200 set attempts and also added 196 digs and a team-high 67 aces.
Tyree, a veteran setter, is back to lead the Mohawks in her final high school campaign. Last season, she finished with 341 assists, 177 digs and 49 aces. Tyree also added 42 kills as a junior.
Garner had a fine freshman campaign, finishing second on the team behind 2019 senior Abby Adams with 79 kills. She also added 30 aces and 190 digs. Despite being a sophomore, Garner is one of the most athletic girls in the county.
Others to watch: Izzy Lewis, Julia Prickett, Gracie Leffler (SHS); Emily LeMasters, Maddy Beaver (TC); Megan Bogemann, Shelby Fewell, Madalyn Hudnall (WA); Allison Warfield, Bella Thompson, Beth Hodgin (MT); Kyla Robertson, Payton Jackson (SW).
2018-19 Records: Shelbyville 12-12; Triton Central 20-10; Southwestern 20-13; Morristown 23-12; Waldron 9-16.
Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.