Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, bumps the ball during a game against Grand Junction High School at MCHS. Sadvar was named a 4A Western Slope League all-conference player while fellow senior Morgan Knob earned WSL honorable mention at Thursday’s fall sports awards ceremony at MCHS.

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Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, bumps the ball during a game against Grand Junction High School at MCHS. Sadvar was named a 4A Western Slope League all-conference player while fellow senior Morgan Knob earned WSL honorable mention at Thursday’s fall sports awards ceremony at MCHS.

MCHS volleyball players, runners honored

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Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team individual postseason award winners:

4A Western Slope League all-conference honors:

• Annie Sadvar — Sr.

4A Western Slope League all-conference honorable mention:

• Morgan Knob — Sr.

Academic all-state honors:

• Makayla Camilletti — Jr.

• Jordan Field — Sr.

• Annie Sadvar — Sr.

Academic all-state honorable mention:

• Jessica Behrman — Jr.

• Morgan Knob — Sr.

• Kelsie Pomeroy — Jr.

Moffat County High School varsity cross-country team individual postseason awards:

Academic all-state honors:

• Aubrey Campbell — Fr.

• Brenna Ciesco — So.

• Kelly Ciesco — Sr.

• Bailey Hellander — Jr.

• Matt Hulstine — Jr.

• Eryn Leonard — Jr.

• Derek Maiolo — Fr.

• Sassy Murray — Jr.

Academic all-state honorable mention:

• Delaney Baker — Fr.

• Taft Cleverly — So.

• Rene Molina — Sr.

• Dale Nakai — Sr.

Team MVPs

Boys: Alfredo Lebron — Sr.

Girls: Eryn Leonard — Jr.

— The MCHS boys and girls cross-country teams were also selected academic all-state champions.

After four years of playing on struggling volleyball teams, Annie Sadvar received the credit she was due.

Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, was named a 4A Western Slope League all-conference player during Monday’s fall sports awards ceremony at MCHS.

“It’s been four years, so it felt really good to win the award,” Sadvar said. “I think I had good passing this season and my hitting came around this year. Everything just clicked and I understood what the coaches wanted me to do.”

Sadvar led the MCHS varsity volleyball team with 100 kills and 20 blocks on the season.

Head coach Sandy Camilletti said Sadvar’s consistency helped her improve this year.

“Annie moved from outside hitter to middle hitter this season, and she wasn’t excited, but she did what she needed to help the team,” Sandy said. “She got to be in a more active position and she was our most consistent player and led the team on the court.”

The Bulldogs finished the season 5-13 overall, and when things got tough, Sadvar said she tried to keep a positive attitude.

“We had a good season, we just couldn’t pull it out at the end against our opponents,” she said. “I stayed positive this year and made sure no one got too down when we were behind.”

Fellow senior Morgan Knob was named a WSL honorable mention.

Knob was the team’s setter and led the Bulldogs with 28 aces off her serve.

“Morgan was one of our best servers and one of the top servers in the league,” Sandy said. “As a setter, she doesn’t get all the thanks, but she was the only player to touch the ball every time it came over the net and she played her role very well.”

Sadvar, Jordan Field and Makayla Camilletti received academic all-state honors with grade point averages above 3.6.

Knob, Jessica Behrman and Kelsie Pomeroy had GPA’s above 3.3 to be named academic all-state honorable mentions.

Success on, off course

With both the MCHS boys and girls varsity cross-country teams having success on the course this season, the runners’ work in the classroom was acknowledged Monday.

Aubrey Campbell, Brenna Ciesco, Kelly Ciesco, Bailey Hellander, Matt Hulstine, Eryn Leonard, Derek Maiolo and Sassy Murray received academic all-state honors.

Delaney Baker, Taft Cleverly, Rene Molina and Dale Nakai were named academic all-state honorable mentions.

Both the boys and girls teams were named 4A cross-country academic all-state champions.

The teams had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 among all runners.

“When you get home from practice, it is hard to get motivated to do homework,” Leonard said. “But, you know you have to get it done so you don’t fall behind and can still compete in cross-country.

“Succeeding in the classroom is more important than in sports because academics will take you further than any sport.”

MCHS junior Leonard and senior Alfredo Lebron were named the team’s most valuable runners for their respective squads.

Lebron was crowned the 4A state champion while Leonard led the girls team in every race, culminating in a 75th-place finish at the state meet.

“It feels very satisfying to have the hard work I put out get acknowledged,” Leonard said. “I have been running since elementary school and I always want to be competitive.”

While the boys team is losing six seniors, the girls team is losing only two, and Leonard said they will be ready come next season.

“It is going to stink to lose our seniors, but we have some good freshmen, sophomores and juniors who can step up,” Leonard said. “We will suffer by losing our two seniors, but we should be able to compete next season.”

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