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Miles' Riddle and Kalina named All District

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

The All-District 7-2A All-District volleyball selections were announced on November 23. Two Miles Bulldogs players were name to the First Team; Senior Kinsley Riddle and junior Allie Kalina.

Miles Lady Bulldogs junior Regan Smithwick hits the ball back over the net against the Wall Hawks on August 18th.

The Lady Dogs had a tough rebuilding year with all of their starting seniors graduating in May. They leave a lot of new talent to be developed on the team. Last season Miles went 29-10 overall and 10-2 in district. This season wasn't as kind to them as they went 7-13 overall and 6-7 in district. The season started out tough for the ladies as they started off with 8 straight losses. The team built from the positives and gelled as the COVID- nterrupted season wore on. The ladies went 5-5 in their last 10 games, a vast improvement from the start of the season. Two of those losses were to powerhouse Veribest team that only dropped 2 games all season. Veribest made it 4-rounds into the playoffs before falling to Sterling City, who would then fall to Blum 3-0.

The Miles Lady Dogs improved returning the Wall Lady Hawks' serves througout the game.

While Kalina and Riddle were the First Team selections, there were 4 other player selected to Second Team and Honorable Mention, respectively: Jessica Hinds, Regan Smithwick, and Whitney Halfmann were Second Team while Katelynn Graves won Honorable Mention.

All-District honors went to:

MVP: Kalysta Minton-Holland, Sr., Water Valley

Newcomer of the Year: Emily Jackson, Fresh., Bronte

Hitter of the Year: Katelyn Powell, Sr., Bronte

Setter of the Year: Hailey Abbott, Sr., Veribest; Saige Busby, Sr., Bronte

Blocker of the Year: Kyzrie Shields, Jr., Water Valley

Defensive Specialist of the Year: Emery Sears, Soph., Water Valley

FIRST TEAM

Thalia Castaneda, Jr., Bronte; Cora Blackwell, Soph., Veribest; Emillie Ramirez, Sr., Paint Rock; Alyssa Urbantke, Soph., Water Valley; Taleya James, Jr., Colorado City; Kinsley Riddle, Sr., Miles; Lexi Shield, Sr., Colorado City; Bella Halfmann, Sr., Veribest; Allie Kalina, Jr., Miles; Kennadi Wheeless, Jr., Veribest; Kylie Bradley, Jr., Water Valley

SECOND TEAM

Olivia Abbott, Soph., Veribest; Callie Briley, Soph., Veribest; Kynlea Foltz, Jr., Water Valley; Aly Greebon, Fresh., Water Valley; Jessica Hinds, Soph., Miles; Regan Smithwick, Jr., Miles; Whitney Halfmann, Jr., Miles; Emily Crawford, Soph., Water Valley; Saeja Barlow, Sr., Loraine

HONORABLE MENTION

Olfen (Desiree Medina, Regan McGill, Lavelle Barrera, Jazmin Cecilio); Water Valley (Ashlyn Long, Natalie Treadaway); Miles (Katelynn Graves); Veribest (Meredith Robles); Paint Rock (Ashlynn Hall); Loraine (Raelon Walthall); Colorado City (Sterling Clanton, Alina Hernandez, Lina Rivera, Mallory Kern)