It’s the year of the Cowgirl

18_vb7992POWER SHOT  — Moranda Brenteson goes up and powers a shot over the net during a volleyball practice session. Thursday evening at 7 p.m. there is a scrimmage for the team and Friday the Cowgirls open the season at the Choteau tournament.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

There’s a lot of excitement in the air at the high school gym these days.

The Cowgirl volleyball players are going through their practice routines under the watchful eyes of Coach Dale Janzen and assistant coach Rebel Rilley.

This year for the first time in many years, the coaches actually had to make cuts to trim the teams down to 26 players.

“We have some really good height this year and so much talent,” says Coach Janzen. “It’s going to be a good year on the courts for Conrad.”

When he was talking about height, he indicated that most of the players came up to his shoulders last year, “and this year, we’re up to here,” said, putting his hand above his forehead to show where most the team height was.

The varsity squad has a nice balance with four seniors providing experience and leadership, five juniors and two sophomores.

Senior players include Kara Bandow, Kellie Fagan, Olivia Campbell and Taylor Johnson.

Juniors include Brittany Greyn, Ciara Bender, Emily Weisgram, Rashelle Johns and Shanae Newmiller.

Sophomores are Moranda Brenteson and Taylor Judisch.

Court players on the JV and C squads include junior Jenna Stratman and sophomores Justine Desjardine, Megan Fetters, Jessica Stenson and Kristine Warlick.

Freshmen players are Alicia Fladstol, Hayley Orcutt, Jayde Richardson, Kelci Watterud, Makayla Barringer, Meghan Bruner, Morgan VanDyke, Nicole Sasek and Taryn Erickson.

The managers are Anabelle Wittmier, Faith Dyrud and Naomi Goyette.

The Cowgirls will have a scrimmage on Aug. 26 in the CHS gym beginning at 7 p.m.

Come on down to “The Corral” and get a preview of what’s to come for the season.

School hasn’t even started yet but that won’t keep the team from beginning the season as they open up a new year with a tournament in Choteau on Aug. 27.

They have two road games, Shelby and Chinook, and then will have their home opener with the Lady Wolves of Cut Bank coming to town.

Let the spiking begin!