Five Squaws on All-NHC squad
ALEX GOES HIGH â€” Bellmont's Alex Fuelling goes high to strike the ball from the back row earlier this week in the BHS Regional. Fuelling was named first team All-NHC again this year, and has been on the squad all four years of high school. Five Bellmonters were named to the squad. (Jim Hopkins Photo)
Bellmont, which dominated the NHC for the fifth straight year, did not exactly dominate the All-NHC squad, putting three players on the first team and two on the second team. The squad was evidently announced to the Journal-Gazette yesterday. The Daily Democrat received a fax this morning from New Haven High School.
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Coaches were allowed to nominate five players.
Alex Fuelling was named first team All-NHC for the fourth straight year. Chelsea Colclasure and Madison Schultz were repeaters to the squad. Setter Steph Shoup, who had the outstanding regional game Tuesday with 45 assists in just three games, was named second team, as was Payton Schultz, who had 15 kills in the regional championship match.
Bellmont, 35-0 in the past five years of NHC play, finished 7-0 again this year and had to go to Carroll to get a tough victory to complete the conference whitewash again. Sixth-year coach Craig Krull was once again named Coach of the Year in the NHC, but had to share the honor with Carroll's Doug Helsom. Carroll, of course, had three on the first-team as well.
The Chargers (31-6) are still alive in the postseason. The school of 1,981 students will take on LaPorte (33-4) at the Warsaw 4A Semistate Saturday.
Beth Howard, Jena Spedafora and Lauren Prachar were named to the first team squad out of Carroll. No positions were noted by NHC officials who released the information.
Fuelling is an outside hitter who will soon commit to a scholarship offer from a Division I school. Madison Schultz is Bellmont's steady middle hitter, and Coclasure is a four-year player who is the BHS libero. Payton Schultz plays the middle and Shoup is setter.
Last-place Homestead put Julia Sciole on the first team. Norwell's Lauren Klansek was named to the squad, as was DeKalb's Kayla Northrup and Lauren Fulk of East Noble.
Names to the second team were: Shoup, Payton Schultz, Kalisha Goree, Maddie Hinen and Paige Moore of Columbia City, Carroll's Bree Anderson, Rachel Fulk of East Noble, Amanda McAfee of Norwell and Hannah Salerno of New Haven.
Laken Chaney and Elizabeth Ault of Norwell were among those given honorable-mention.
Fuelling, who has 476 kills this season, and was listed at No.11 of top statistical players in the state. She has delivered 92 aces with 14 solo blocks, 48 block-assists and has 210 digs.