Panthers celebrate division championship, 19-win season

The Monticello High School volleyball team held its annual awards banquet Nov. 2 in the MHS Commons. Earning team awards, first row from left: Keziah McQuillen, Mallory Steiner, Piper Hansen and Abby Sharlow. Second row: Emma Hynick, Kylie Van Dorn, Bronwyn Hodge and Jayden Kuper. Not pictured is Emma Sperfslage. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Earning All-River Valley Conference awards, from left: Keziah McQuillen, Mallory Steiner, Bronwyn Hodge and Jayden Kuper.

     A season that included a River Valley Conference North Division championship, a postseason win, and a 19-9 overall record, was celebrated at the Monticello High School Volleyball Awards Banquet Nov. 2 in the MHS Commons.

     The Panthers won the North title for the second year in a row, going 6-0 against division opponents, and won a regional quarterfinal match over Dubuque Wahlert before falling to Independence in a tight semifinal match.

     “I felt like we competed in all our matchups,” head coach Stacie Breitbach said. “Our wins were on the court, but they were also (earned) at practice. I appreciate all the time and effort these girls put in. I’m super proud of all of them.”

     A list of award-winners follows.




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     Elite: Jayden Kuper, freshman.

     North Division: Bronwyn Hodge, senior; Mallory Steiner, senior.

     Honorable Mention: Keziah McQuillen, sophomore.

     North Division Coach of the Year: Stacie Breitbach.

Varsity awards

     Most Valuable: Mallory Steiner, senior; Jayden Kuper, freshman.

     Most Improved: Abby Sharlow, sophomore.

     Best Offensive Player: Bronwyn Hodge, senior.

     Best Defensive Player: Keziah McQuillen, sophomore.

     Panther Pride: Emma Sperfslage, senior; Kylie Van Dorn, senior.

     Captains’ awards: Emma Hynick, senior;  Mallory Steiner, Senior.

     Best Teammate: Piper Hansen, senior; Emma Sperfslage, senior.

Junior Varsity awards

     Most Valuable: Aleasha Schilling, junior.

     Most Improved: Bella Mullen, junior.

     Best Offensive Player: Abby Sharlow, sophomore.

     Best Defensive Player: Jaelyn Aitchison, junior.

     Panther Pride: Olivia Zimmerman, junior.

Sophomore awards

     Most Valuable: Taylor Gassman.

     Best Offensive Player: Gabi Barnhart.

     Best Defensive Player: Kinzi Schlarmann.

     Panther Pride: Raegan LaGrange.

Freshman awards

     Most Valuable: Madilynn Kromminga.

     Best Offensive Player: Hailey Henderson.

     Best Defensive Player: Lydia Ahlrichs.

     Panther Pride: Haili Schlarmann, Jessica Stadtmueller.



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