weather icon Clear

Volleyball team uses camp to boost talent

The Boulder City girls volleyball team prepared for the upcoming season by attending the annual All-American Volleyball Camp held at Boulder City High School this week.

Players have used the camp in the past to gain experience that helped them win the Sunrise League the past three years, and to advance to state tournament in four of the past five seasons.

“The camp is an important part of our summer in preparing for the new season,” said senior Kinsey Smyth. “It was a great help to me and a lot of other players last summer and I think it was also good for everyone this summer. It helps us with our skills and in team chemistry building. Our team is filled with lots of great athletes with a lot of experience on the court.”

The three visiting coaches were Amanda Bible, a former setter for St. Mary’s University who played professionally for several years; Bonita Wise, a former All-Conference middle blocker at the University of Cincinnati who’s played on the pro circuit for more than 10 years; and Lindsey Stalzer, a former All-Conference middle blocker from Bradley University. Stalzer finished as the all-time career kills leader in the conference and was selected as the conference’s player of the year.

“These are excellent coaches who bring much experience and skills to the camp and share it with all the girls,” Boulder City coach Cherise Hinman said. “They just help make us a better team. We took most of the summer off, but with the camp and open gym this month, we are ready to get back to business and look toward this season.”

Last season, the Lady Eagles won the Sunrise League after finishing with a 22-11 record, including a perfect 12-0 record in league play. They advanced to the state playoffs for the 17th consecutive year, and reached the state tournament four of the last five years. They lost to Dayton in the state semifinals last year.

“Making the playoffs is not the overall goal,” Smyth said. “Boulder City is a solid enough program to do that, but it is doing something memorable when we get there. We don’t just want to make the playoffs, we want to win in the playoffs.”

The graduation of league MVP Whitney Barlow means that Smyth and Sam Hanson will have to fill the spot at the net. Defensive specialist Alyssa Ybarra returns to bolster the back line.

“I am very excited for the season to start and to get back on the court with my teammates,” Ybarra said. “The plan for the season is to stay strong as a team and listen to coach Hinman. She is a great leader and she can help us get back to the state tournament and as a senior, I really want to go all the way to state in my final season. We have the players to do it again.”

Official tryouts are Aug. 18-20 and practices begin Aug. 21. Information is available at www.bouldercityvolleyball.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Cowley ready to serve as Merchant Marine

Showing patriotism toward his country, Boulder City class of 2020 graduate Cade Cowley has set his sights on attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy after high school.

Cox honored as a top student-athlete

Ladd Cox, a multisports star who just completed his senior year at Boulder City High School, earned praise far beyond athletic achievement as he was named one of Southern Nevada’s top 10 student-athletes June 17.

Schaper to swing for South Dakota

Blake Schaper, who was a star player on Boulder City High School’s boys varsity golf team as a junior, has committed to Division I program South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Schools get OK to open; training for fall sports to get underway

Finally experiencing a win for high school athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Southern Nevada will be allowed to open this week, under new direction from Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Eagles take the ‘Cup’

Boulder City High School has been named the One Nevada Cup winner for the 3A classification, recognizing its all-around excellence as a program.

Season ends with disappointment

Worst case scenario for high school athletics finally came to fruition April 23 when the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association announced that it has officially canceled all spring sporting events.

BCHS baseball star commits to Clackamas

A rising star for Boulder City High School’s baseball team, senior Jonathan Neal has committed to Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon.

Hope for resuming spring sports fades

High school sports resuming play this season still remains a possibility, but optimism is quickly fading.

Modified schedule for spring sports planned

The spring sports season for high school sports remains in suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker tops Eagles’ postseason accolades

Ethan Speaker, Boulder City High School’s boys basketball star, was named to the All-Southern Nevada boys basketball team after establishing himself not only as the top player in the 3A classification, but one of the best in Nevada.