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Valkyries place two on all-Northwest A volleyball teams

For the Eagle | November 22, 2023 12:00 PM

The Valkyries had two players honored as Montana Northwest A volleyball announced its all-conference teams last week.

Junior Ava Davey was a first-team all-Northwest A selection while sophomore Taylor Howlett was named to the second team.

The Vals went 16-13 this season, advancing to the Western A divisional tournament, where they went 1-2.

Whitefish’s Isabella Hartwig and Brooke Zetooney and Polson’s Avery Starr and Mckenna Hanson were named All-State for volleyball out of the Northwest A.

The league coaches chose their all-Northwest A teams, and a third Polson Pirate made first team: Julia Barnard. 

Hartwig and Zetooney were the top hitters for a Whitefish squad that finished third at the Western A Divisional and qualified for the State A tournament for the first time since 2018. The Bulldogs went 17-12 this season.

Starr, Barnard and Hanson helped Polson make it to Bozeman for the first straight season. The Pirates won a match at State and finished 12-8.

The complete honors team list is below.

Northwest A


First team

Avery Starr, sr.    Polson*

Brooke Zetooney, sr.    Whitefish*

Mckenna Hanson, sr.    Polson*

Isabella Hartwig, jr.    Whitefish*

Ava Davey, jr.    Bigfork

Julia Barnard, sr.    Polson

*-denotes All-State selection.

Second team

Maddie Moultray, sr.    C-Falls

Jerel Whitegrass, sr.    Browning

Myli Ridgeway, jr.    Whitefish

Taylor Howlett, so.    Bigfork

Emalee Alton, jr.    Columbia Falls

McKenna Corley, fr.    Ronan

Honorable mention — Natalie St. Goddard, sr., Browning; Samantha Rensvold, jr., Polson; Seattle Adams, jr., Ronan; Bailey Smith, sr., Whitefish; Hannah Simpson, sr., Polson; Lauryn Buhr, jr., Ronan; Ainsley Scott, sr., Whitefish.

Coach of the Year — Addy Connelly, Whitefish