By Bill Foley
Butte Central volleyball coach Becky Hancock said she liked what she saw from her Maroons during Saturday’s Maroon and White scrimmage at the Maroon Activities Center.
The Maroons held their practice game that served as their dress rehearsal for next week’s Western A Tipoff Tournament in Ronan. While the team is just a little over a week into practice, Hancock give her Maroons passing grades.
“I think we’re looking good for one week of practice,” she said. “I think we’re going to get better. We don’t have a lot of height, but they go after it. I just think things are going to get better as we progress through the season.”
The Maroons rotated players from the varsity and junior varsity teams throughout the practice game. Hancock said her team that is relatively low on varsity experienced showed it is ready to rise to the occasion.
“It’s an old squad, but it’s a young squad when you look at varsity experience,” Hancock said. “They are taking on new rolls, and it can change throughout the season. They’re working hard, and that’s all that you can ask for right now. They’re competitive each and every day, and they are getting better at practice.”
Central’s roster includes seniors Kinley Hamilton, Sofee Thatcher, Payton Hartwick, Brenna Foley and Rileigh McGree. Juniors Maycee Anderson, Brooke Badovinac and Mia Keeley are also on the varsity, along with sophomores Mollie Drew and Ella Moodry.
On Saturday, Moodry showed off a powerful right arm from her position as outside hitter.
The BC JV roster includes juniors Hattie Mehring, Jaeden Berger, Miranda Murray, Meredith Varady and Cora Wall, and sophomores Ali Stajcar, Kate Johnston, Kathryn Lalicker and Lucy Kelly.
“We’re learning where we need to go, where we need to be,” Hancock said. “It’s a whole new world for a lot of these girls, and they’re doing well with it.”
Central will compete in a tournament in Manhattan on Sept. 4. BC’s first home match is Sept. 9 against Dillon.
Hancock is entering her 16th year in the BC program. This is her eighth as head coach. She is assisted by Brianna Dudley, Shawnee Hjelt and Erin McGeehan.