Archive for Thursday, November 12, 2009

Burkharts earns second all-league selection

November 12, 2009

For the second straight season, Ramie Burkhart was lauded as one of the 12 best volleyball players in the Frontier League by opposing coaches.

Burkhart, a Baldwin High School junior, was named to the all-league second team once again. The results became available last week.

“I was very excited when coach told me I made it again,” Burkhart said. “It felt like all my hard work paid off.”

While Burkhart was happy to be honored a second straight season, her coach felt she deserved a spot in the top six.

“Ramie had the most kills on our team,” coach Kelly Brown said. “She was also comparable as far as number of kills and blocks with girls on other teams. She worked very hard and was well deserving of the honor.

“I really was hoping she would make first team,” she said. “There were so many kids up for it and with her being a junior, I think the second team is still a really good honor for her. Plus, it gives her something to work for next year.”

Burkhart did have to joke around, saying she didn’t put in as much work over the summer as she wanted, but she did say she plays volleyball most of the year.

“Well, this summer I didn’t do too much,” she said. “I went to a few open gyms, but that was about it. During the offseason, I always play club volleyball and put in a lot of work, considering I’m doing basketball at the same time.”

Two other Bulldogs were named to the all-league roster. Seniors Katie Brecheisen and Taylor Brown were chosen as honorable mention all-league by the coaches.

“They both worked their butts off this year,” coach Brown said. “It’s nice for them to be honored. They played a big part in our team this fall.”

Both Brown and Burkhart agreed the Bulldogs’ season didn’t go as well as they hoped, but signs of improvement were obvious. They both expect to continue improving next fall.

“Well, obviously it was much better than the previous season, but I still knew we could do better,” Burkhart said. “We've been making progress and hopefully next year we'll be able to get a few more wins. We all worked hard this year and it showed at times, but we just have to do that all the time.”

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