Havre Daily News sports editor
Two Havre High volleyball players earned Class A all-state honors after the Ponies' second-place finish at the 2005 Class A state tournament in Bozeman.
Senior setter Alexa Lipp and junior outstide hitter Lena Suek were named to the Class A all-state team for the 2005 season. Lipp finished the season as the assist leader in both the Central A and Class A this season.
Suek also had a breakout year for the Ponies, leading the Central A in kills. Both players also earned first-team all-conference honors, and both were named to the Class A state all-tournament first team.
HHS seniors Kelsey Evans and Keelie Solomon were also honored. Solomon was named second-team all-conference after a fine all-around season. Evans, who had a standout year from her defenseive specialist position, was named the Central A's defensive player of the year. She also earned second-team all-tournament honors at the state tournament. Sophomore Signe Hillson was named honorable mention all-conference from her middle-hitter position. Hillson also earned honorable mention all-tournament honors at the state tournament.
HHS head coach Bill Huebsch earned Central A coach of the year honors after guiding the Ponies to a 9-1 conference record and both the Central A regular season and divisional tournament championships.
All-State - Alexa Lipp, Havre; Jessica Hespen, Belgrade; Jenna Skunk Cap, Browning; Heidi Rettig, Lewistown; Lena Suek, Havre.
First team - Alexa Lipp, Havre; Jessica Hespen, Belgrade; Jenna Skunk Cap, Browning; Heidi Rettig, Lewistown; Lena Suek, Havre; Olivia Rider, Livingston.
Second team - Katie d'Autremont, Lewistown; Necia Knuchel, Belgrade; Keelie Solomon, Havre; Brittney Brophy, Butte Central; Sara Meyer, Livingston; Jessica Greany, Belgrade.
Honorable mention - Lyndsay Bayless, Lewistown; Noel Higgins, Browning; Bobbi Woodworth, Browning; Signe Hillson,Havre; Kelsey Estabrook, Butte Central; Katelyn McCarthy,Butte Central.
Defensive player of the year - Kelsey Evans, first team, Havre; Merrick Carpenter, second team, Lewistown; Megan Knuchel, honorable mention, Belgrade.
Coach of the year - Bill Huebsch, Havre.
First team - Tracy Schwada, Sr., MH, Whitefish (MVP); Ashley Ferda, Soph., OH, Whitefish; Cassie Hodges, Sr., MH, Hardin; Alexa Lipp, Sr., S, Havre; Mandy McFadden, Sr., S, Whitefish; Maria Peterson, Sr., S/MH, Corvallis; Lena Suek, Jr., OH, Havre.
Second team - Courtney Austin, Sr., OH, Anaconda; Jessie Conners, Sr., L, Whitefish; Katie d'Autremont, Jr., OH, Lewistown; Sarah DeVore, Sr., OH, Hardin; Kelsey Evans, Sr., DS, Havre; Heather Jones, Sr., MH, Anaconda; Tisha Smith, Sr., OH, Corvallis; Darcy Torske, Sr., S, Hardin.
Honorable mention - Sam Barkell, Jr., OH, Anaconda; Carmen Burdette, Sr., DS/L, Corvallis; Courtney Ferda, Jr., MH, Whitefish; Mary Hall, Sr., OH, Bigfork; Signe Hillson, Soph., MH, Havre; Heide Rettig, Sr., OH, Lewistown; Brianne Schipman, Sr., S/DH, Glendive.