Seven Warriors receive all-state honors |

Seven Warriors receive all-state honors

Steve Yingling

Whittell High may need a separate gymnasium if it ever plans to forever honor its all-state volleyball players.

“I don’t have a wall big enough at the school,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “The last few years it’s been unbelievable watching these girls play.”

Seven Warriors were given all-state recognition on Tuesday, five months after they repeated as Nevada 2A state champions and finished with a 23-1 season record.

Senior setter Jackie Marino was selected as the state’s most valuable player and six of her teammates were chosen either first or second-team all-state.

“She was widely considered in the state of Nevada as one of the best setters, if not the best,” McLaughlin said.

Although the season concluded five months ago, the Northern 2A coaches finally got around to making the selections on Tuesday via a conference call. Coaches representing the four state semifinals participated in the voting.

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Warriors made up half of the first-team selections. Senior outside hitter Tina Hordzwick, senior defensive specialist Whitney Gielow, sophomore outside hitter Jessica Woods and sophomore middle blocker Kelly Karmann made the first team.

“Lovelock coach Shauna Bake told me those four could have started on any school in Nevada,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin was specifically pleased with Gielow’s first-team selection because her contributions weren’t always noticed on the stat sheet.

“She’s one of the few players I’ve ever seen that have been able to control a game defensively,” McLaughlin said.

Second-team selections included junior middle blocker Katrina Kacirek and senior outside hitter Anna Kingman. McLaughlin believed that Kacirek would have also made the first team if it was any other year.

“The only reason Katrina wasn’t on the first team was because the other schools had to have players there,” he said. “It was clearly understood that Katrina was as good as everybody else.”

Other first-team choices included Lovelock’s Felicia Booth and Jessica Brinkerhoff, White Pine’s Marly Chachas and Needles’ Pooja Shaw.

For the second time during his nine-year coach career at Whittell, McLaughlin was chosen as the Class 2A’s top mentor.