By Breeanna Runyan
Congratulations to the Libby Logger Volleyball team for placing fourth at the Montana State Volleyball Tournament this season.
The team finished their regular season 13-1 and had an overall record of 20-5. The team won the Northwest vs. Southwest tournament for the second year in a row, and they won the District Tournament for the third year in a row.
At Divisional 2018, they placed second, and at State they placed fourth. Head coach Cindy Ostrem-Johnston said, “We fell a little short of our goal of putting up a banner to fill the empty spot under the 1997 one (the state championship banners hung up in the Ralph Tate Gymnasium at Libby High School), but we still enjoyed our share of success.”
This year’s letter winners included first year winner Ashlyn Monigold, second year winners Sheyla Gallagher, Mckenzie Proffitt, and Kylee Quinn, third year letter winners Jessika Jones and Linsey Walker, and four time letter winners, Alli Collins, Emma Gruber, Mehki Sykes, and Jayden Winslow. The two four year letter winning managers were Ryggs Johnston and Ryan Christensen and the two first year letter winning managers were Sammee Bradeen and Breeanna Runyan.
Voted on by the players and the three assistant coaches, the Most Improved Player was junior Ashlyn Monigold, Most Inspirational Player went to junior Mckenzie Proffitt, and the Most Valuable Player went to senior Jayden Winslow.
The First Team All Conference and All State Hall of Fame winners were middle hitter Mehki Sykes, libero Emma Gruber, and outside hitter Jayden Winslow.
Coach Ostrem-Johnston said, “It’s incredibly rare to get three All State players on one team, but we did it once again.”
Setter and senior Alli Collins won First Team All Conference for the second time. Collins will continue her education and volleyball career at Dickinson State University in North Dakota.
Senior Jessika Jones, an outside hitter, was awarded Second Team All Conference. Linsey Walker and Mckenzie Proffitt were Honorably Mentioned.
Varsity Coach Cindy Ostrem-Johnston will be retiring from coaching and teaching after this year finishes. She told The Montanian, “I feel like it’s the right time to finish my career but I have some big holes in my heart. I’ve dedicated 32 years to coaching volleyball with all my heart and soul.” Libby High School will greatly miss Coach OJ as their volleyball coach and gym teacher.
Photo of the Libby Logger 2018 volleyball team courtesy of Breeanna Runyan, The Montanian.