April 16, 2021

Stevens County Times

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Dominant Wolverine volleyball team headlines inaugural SCT-KMRS/KKOK All Area First Team

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley finished the volleyball season 9-0 and headline the inaugural Stevens County Times-KMRS/KKOK radio All Area team with three selections.

Brandon-Evansville was represented with two First Team and one Second Team selection and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta was represented with one First Team and one Second Team selection. West Central Area, Hancock and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross were all represented with Second Team selections.

The First Team includes B-E’s Bailey Schaefer and Korrie Randt, C-G-B’s Jessica Moberg, Lora Botker, and Reanna Ward, and Morris/C-A’s LaRae Kram.

The Second Team includes Hancock’s Carlee Hanson, MACA’s Sophia Carlsen, B-E’s Mikeena Pattrin, Wheaton/H-N’s Ellissa Rinke and Brylie Schultz and WCA’s Morgan Stark.

Earning all area honorable mention include: Morris/C-A’s Emma Bowman, Courtney Lehman and Emma Berlinger and WCA’s Liz Rustan and Brooke Anderson.

The coverage area for this newly established award consists of six sports teams, including Morris/C-A, Hancock, Brandon-Evansville, C-G-B, Wheaton/H-N and West Central Area. Team coaches nominated their players and the final decisions were made by KMRS/KKOK Sports Director Brett Miller and Stevens County Times Sports Editor Brooke Kern.

Full story of all award recipients here.

First Team

Bailey Schaefer

Brandon-Evansville senior outside hitter and two-time team captain Bailey Schaefer was an all-state honorable mention volleyball player for the Chargers this fall. She was named Little Eight Conference MVP for the second consecutive season after leading the Chargers to a 9-3 record. She finished the year with 207 kills and a 30.4 hitting percentage.

Brandon-Evansville coach Kelly Olson said, “Bailey is a top player in the area and the state. She was the focus of the other team every point of each match. Every night she stepped on the floor, whether in practice or for a match, she dedicated herself to get better and do what was best for the team.”

Jessica Moberg

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley sophomore Jessica Moberg was named Pheasant Conference MVP and for good reason. She was a do-it-all player, who led the Wolverines to a perfect 9-0 record this fall. She finished the season with 121 kills, 130 set assists and 103 digs.

C-G-B coach Kristi Moberg said, “Incredible all around player. A force at any position. She is a five-tool player and a stat leader for the team. Young, but a leader on the court and trusted by her teammates. Deserving as a sophomore of all conference MVP and will continue to grow and succeed.”

Lora Botker

C-G-B senior outside hitter Lora Botker has been a consistent player for the Wolverines throughout her volleyball career. This year was no different. She finished with 135 set assists, 84 kills, and 61 digs as she also garnered all-conference honors from the Pheasant Conference. 

C-G-B coach Kristi Moberg said, “Great player for many years. Is an incredible setter and all-around teammate. Has incredible intuition and can run the show if necessary. Exciting to see what she did as a career player.”

Reanna Ward

C-G-B senior middle hitter Reanna Ward is the third and final Wolverine to earn a spot on the First Team. She finished the season with 76 kills, 19 aces, 60 digs and 12 blocks.

C-G-B coach Kristi Moberg said, “Incredible hitting power. Has a fast quick attack and a straight down attack. Can control the middle and has strong blocking power. Height, speed and jumping ability create a triple threat power player.”

LaRae Kram

Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta senior setter LaRae Kram tallied her 1,000th career assist this season and helped the Tigers to a 5-7 record. The West Central Conference all-conference player finished the year with 148 set assists and 59 kills.

Morris/C-A coach Leah Schroeder said, “All five of these seniors have been huge leaders in the two years of my coaching at Morris. They bring intensity and focus to practice and energy and pride to the court. They are hard working and dedicated to the Tiger volleyball program.”

Korrie Randt

Brandon-Evansville senior setter Korrie Randt averaged 8.88 assists per set for a total of 364 assists this season. She was named to the Little Eight First Team and finished with 20 ace serves and a 94 percent serve percentage.

Brandon-Evansville coach Kelly Olson said, “Korrie is a player who gave her best everyday in practices and matches. Korrie did not waste an opportunity to get better. A two year captain and a leader in every sense of the word.”

Brooke Kern