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Huxford brings home the hardware

Leading Boulder City High School to their fourth consecutive state championship, head coach Rachelle Huxford and her staff of Kurt Bailey and Chad Robinson were named coach of the year for the 3A classification.

“Our coaching staff has been honored because of the hard work of our kids,” Huxford said. “We have been blessed to be a part of their experience over the past year and the last four years for a good chunk of these kids. It’s because of them that we’ve been honored. I don’t believe we’ve done anything special, we’ve just been blessed to work with amazing kids.”

Finishing the season with a 26-6 overall record including a 3-0 victory over 4A state champion Basic, the Eagles proved they weren’t just the best 3A program in Nevada.

Picking up a pair of victories over 5A programs Foothill and Silverado and a victory over 4A Sky Pointe, Huxford is excited to continue to change the narrative about her small-town program.

“This year we proved that we’re competitive with 5A and 4A schools,” Huxford said. “I still don’t think our kids get the recognition that they deserve. I’m hopeful in the future that we can change the small school narrative and just be recognized as one of the best teams in the state.”

Fueled by her passion for the sport, Huxford is proud of what she’s accomplished in the last eight years since the program’s inception, hoping to continue the momentum the program has built.

“When I started with this program eight years ago, I had no idea that it would become so big, so quickly,” she said. “What keeps me coming back every year is watching these boys learn a sport that isn’t mainstream. I love the opportunity to give them a different outlet for sports. It’s been so fun to watch the light in their eyes when they figure out how much fun volleyball is. That to me is the rewarding part.”

Becoming not only the top program in the 3A classification but at the local high school, Huxford credits her players for the program’s continued success.

Dating back to 2021, the Eagles have amassed a 99-19 record during their four-year dynasty, including a 38-0 record in league play.

Their last loss to a 3A program came on May 14, 2019 to now 4A Mojave.

“I think it’s really cool that we’ve become a top program,” Huxford said. “As coaches, we don’t set that bar, it’s the kids who set it for themselves. They set out the goals that they want to be state champions and that they want to win. That’s where our success of our program has come from. It’s been really cool to watch these student athletes dedicate themselves and set a standard for our program.”

Looking to build off of the team’s success, Huxford’s next goal is to not only continue the dynasty, but the growth of the sport in Boulder City.

With players starting younger, and more and more high school students interested in the game, Huxford is hoping the next crop of Eagles become collegiate signees.

“I think the installation of boys volleyball in the middle school is definitely going to provide a great influx of players that already know how to play,” Huxford said. “I would love to get these kids playing younger and even on club teams. There are so many collegiate opportunities in boys’ volleyball, I would really like our boys to start taking advantage of them.”

More accolades for Lady Eagles softball team

After helping Boulder City High School softball reach the 3A state tournament, head coach Angelica Moorhead and her staff were named coach of the year for the 3A classification.

Lady Eagles recognized as honorable mentions

Following stellar high school seasons with Boulder City softball, sophomore Payton Rogers and junior Baylee Cook were both named honorable mention selections on the All-Southern Nevada team for their efforts.

More court accolades for Sorenson

Establishing himself as one of the state’s top players, senior boys volleyball star Brady Sorenson was named a first-team All-Southern Nevada selection, highlighting the state’s top players regardless of classification.

Lucky 7 swim to regional honors

Continuing Boulder City High School’s rich swimming tradition, seven athletes from the boys and girls teams were selected to the All-Southern Nevada team, highlighting the region’s top athletes regardless of classification.

Jenas-Keogh, golfers earn state award

A trio of Boulder City High School athletes were named to the All-Southern Nevada team in their respective sports, highlighting the region’s top athletes regardless of classification.

Render receives all-state nod

Helping Boulder City High School baseball reach the postseason, senior Derek Render was named to the 3A second-team all-state.

Lady Eagles clean up on diamond

Helping Boulder City High School softball reach the state tournament, 3A player of the year Payton Rogers highlighted the 3A All-State team featuring four Eagles.

Four Eagles named to all-state volleyball team

Boulder City High School boys volleyball was well represented on the 3A All-State team en route to their fourth consecutive state championship.

Rogers named 3A Southern player of the year

Helping Boulder City High School softball reach the 3A state tournament, sophomore phenom Payton Rogers was named 3A Southern player of the year.