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Overton named to All-State volleyball team

A four-year starter for the Kenmare Honkers volleyball team, Sierra Overton was named to the 2017 Class B All-State volleyball team.

11/28/17 (Tue)

A four-year starter for the Kenmare Honkers volleyball team, Sierra Overton was named to the 2017 Class B All-State volleyball team.

Overton is one of only three players from Region 8 named to the team of 16 that is selected by volleyball coaches across the state. The others include Mikka Haugeberg of Watford City and Ryleigh Popinga of Our Redeemer’s.

According to Honker head coach Tim Wallstrum, Overton has piled up some impressive numbers in her high school volleyball career, but the statistics are somewhat skewed in her favor because of the positions she’s played.

As an example, Overton attacked the ball 871 times this year and knocked down 311 kills. In her career, she had 1,572 attempts and succeeded with 524 kills.

“You have to remember, she was a setter for two years,” Wallstrum said. “So those numbers are far more impressive when you consider them in two years rather than four.”

Overton served the ball 359 times in 2017 and had 56 aces. Her serving percentage was 91 percent. In her career she served 1,468 times and nailed down 221 aces.

This year, she had 333 digs and 732 in her career. Also this season, Overton stopped 16 of her 20 career blocked shots.

This year the Honkers finished the season with a 27-10 regular season record, missing a trip to the state tournament by one match, the Region 8 championship and a 3-2 loss to Watford City in one of the most exciting volleyball matches in recent memory.

In her career of four years, Overton compiled a win-loss record of 102-56 and played a total of 423 sets.

In addition to her All-State designation, Overton has earned several other awards in volleyball including All-District and All-Tournament teams in 2016 and All-Tournament team in 2017.

“She has been playing since the seventh grade and has a lot of experience at a number of positions on the volleyball court,” Wallstrum said. “She has always been willing to help the underclassmen out.”

Wallstrum called Overton a “very coachable” player and does what is asked of her.

“She has a very serious attitude and focuses very hard on the game,” her coach said. “She respects everyone in the game and off the court.”

State Class B champion LaMoure placed two players, Anna Holen and Jackie Meiklejohn on the All-State team, as did third-place Langdon in Rachel Hill and Callie Ronningen. Taylor Zak was the only player from Thompson to make the team. The Tommies finished second to LaMoure.

The rest of the team included Maria Blessum, Rugby; Raquel Doll, Hazen; Abby Hintz, Center-Stanton; Elizabeth Lyons, Lisbon; Lily Pyle, Central Cass; Taylor Sabinash, Medina-Pingree-Buchanan, Caitlyn Vogel, Des Lacs/Burlington and Alexa Walby, Dickinson Trinity.”

According to Wallstrum, players are nominated by their coach, then all the coaches in each district select their nominees. Those players are then considered by all the coaches in each region and finally by the Class B coaches across the state.

To be named to the All-State team, coaches considered this year’s statistics only.

A humble Overton simply said “thanks” to those who believed in her to receive this award and added, her bigger priority right now is to focus on the 2017-18 girls basketball season which started Tuesday night at home against Glenburn... 

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