Carol Benedict, who led the Manitou Springs Mustangs to at least a top-eight finish in her three years with the program, has been forced out as the volleyball coach of the Mustangs. The former coach transferred her kids out of Manitou and moved her family to the Walsenburg area. Benedict was forced out due to repeated complaints from parents,...
Zachary Alhamra, Pine Creek
Ben Dingman, Rampart
Adam Egger, Coronado
Dylan Day, Fountain-Fort Carson
Connor McCabe, Rampart
Colton James-Wells, Doherty
Nic Vai, Coronado
Michel Swanson, Coronado
Jack Quinn, Liberty
Dominic Walker, Palmer
Katie McKiel said she feels incredibly grateful. She's been playing varsity since she was a freshman and in each of her first three seasons with the Manitou Springs volleyball team, she's helped lead the Mustangs to the state tournament. "There's so many teams that we play that don't ever see state in their entire high school career," McKiel...
When Colorado Springs Christian School's volleyball team fell in the state semifinals after being swept by Eaton, second-year coach Lori Currier walked off the court smiling.
She sounded anything but disappointed when she spoke of the loss and summarized the season in which her team finished 25-3 with a trip to the state tournament as the No....
The Gazette Class 3A & Below Volleyball All-Area teams
Outside hitter: Katie McKiel, Manitou Springs, jr.-Led the state in kills (529) and hitting percentage (54.0). Posted 50 blocks, 47 aces, 232 digs.
Outside hitter: McKenzi Petricko, Manitou Springs, jr.-Her 216 kills came on a hitting percentage of 48.4. Had 204 digs....
A new era is about to start at Lewis-Palmer for its powerhouse volleyball program. Life without Alexa Smith has officially begun.
Smith walked off the court as a Ranger for the last time when she and her teammates captured their second straight Class 4A state championship at the Denver Coliseum last month.
For her efforts she is The...
Susan Odenbaugh had the keys to what was the equivalent of a Ferrari this season, and she couldn't have driven it any better. The Lewis-Palmer volleyball coach guided a talented roster to a 29-0 record and a second consecutive Class 4A state championship. "It's definitely an honor to be recognized as coach of the year, especially when you...
All-Area volleyball team
Outside hitter: Alexa Smith, Lewis-Palmer, sr.-Her numbers: 362 kills, 51.9 kill percent, 72 aces, 37 blocks, 202 digs. Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year. Captain on the 29-0 Class 4A state champion.
Outside hitter: Alyssa Brinton, Pine Creek, sr.-Class 5A CSML player of the year put...
When Lewis-Palmer volleyball walked off the court after capping a perfect 29-0 record Saturday, it was also the end of one of the greatest high school careers in Colorado history.
Alexa Smith went out a champion, which was fitting since she has consistently been a winner during her stellar four-year stint as the Rangers' leader....
Manitou Springs entered the tournament looking for revenge. After falling to Eaton in last year's 3A finals, the Mustangs wanted another chance at the reigning state champions, and making it to the finals was the expectation all season, said coach Carol Benedict.
First, though, the No. 6 Mustangs needed to get through No. 2 Valley in the...