Volleyball, soccer name winners of team awards: Freshman Gillespie named girls soccer MVP

Freshman Shelby Gillespie was named most valuable player for the high school girls soccer team.

Jessica Snow received the Coach’s Award. Erin Rose was named outstanding freshman. Larissa Bjornsen received the Hustle Award, and Kelsi Walker was named most improved and most valuable defender Alex Hawk.

Michelle Buhn was presented with a “Smashminton” set in honor of receiving so many hits to the face during the season.

Receiving first-year letters were freshmen Erin Rose and Shelby Gillespie; sophomores Sarah Nelson, Rochelle Zamacona, Kaitlin Keenon and Alex Hawk; and senior Kayla Kingsberry.

Second-year letters went to sophomores Julie Bosso, Brianna Wirth and Snow and junior Faith Helfrich.

Third-year letters went to juniors Leanna Blankenship and Kathy Wilson and senior Michelle Buhn.

Senior Bjornsen earned her fourth letter in soccer.

Ending a winless season, Coach Ramiro Santana is optimistic about next year’s team.

This year was more of a bonding time for the team, he said. The Huskies worked on the basics, and things are starting to click among the girls.

“I expect next year we’re going to be the best ever,” Santana said. “I think we should have a few wins next year.”

Many of the teams the Huskies played were loaded with seniors, he said. That’ll change next year, while his young team will have experience, and he will have most of this team for two more years.

To explain his optimism, he couples that piece with the fact that several girls who didn’t play this year will go out for soccer next year, he said, and several incoming freshmen are good enough to play varsity.

He expects the team’s overall speed to improve, especially in the forwards section, he said. “I’m looking forward to who is coming up.”

Twenty-two players started the season, and 22 players ended the season, even if two of them had broken bones, he said. Next year, he expects to add another six to seven freshmen and four or five new high school players.

“There’ll be too many girls for just one team,” he said, and he anticipates forming a junior varsity squad.