PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown Eagles garnered two top honors in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference volleyball for the 2012 season with Shannon Ryan earning Most Valuable Player and Shana Hileman sharing Coach of the Year with AuSable Valley’s Sandy Hoey.
Nineteen players were named as to the CVAC volleyball all-star team with Beekmantown and AuSable Valley both landing four players on the elite squad.
Plattsburgh earned three stars while Saranac and Northern Adirondack both had two selections apiece. Peru Central was awarded the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award. All All-Star selections, coaching and school awards are chosen by the coaches of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.
Most Valuable Player
Shannon Ryan (Beekmantown) – In only her third season playing volleyball, Ryan established herself as an offensive machine in Section VII. As a middle hitter, she averaged 13 kills, 10 points, seven digs and four blocks per game. Ryan led the Eagles in kills and kill percentage and had a season-high 19 kills in the team’s regional playoff game against Johnstown. In the sectional championship, she also had four blocks with nine kills. Adding to her MVP nod, Ryan earned a Second Team All-State Class B selection. Along with her hitting and blocking skills, the sophomore was the team’s most consistent server. While an offensive threat, Ryan will show her defensive side next season with the Eagles losing their libero to graduation.
Coach of the Year
Shana Hileman (Beekmantown) – Hileman guided the Eagles to another impressive season. The squad went 17-1 and did not lose a match until the sub-regional round of the NYSPHSAA tournament. The Eagles cruised through the regular season and swept Peru en route to the Section VII Class B championship. During her seven seasons as head coach, Hileman has compiled a 111-21 record. A competitive coach who is eager to lead, she took off only three days for the birth of her second child. In addition to her coaching duties, Hileman also co-runs the Volleyball Academy and Junior Digger summer instructional and development camps with her sister and fellow coach, Kaylen Fessette.
Coach of the Year
Sandy Hoey (AuSable Valley) – Under Hoey, the Patriots marched to the Section VII Class C championship and a 16-3. AuSable Valley beat Plattsburgh for the sectional title then faced unbeaten Voorheesville in the sub-regional game. The Patriots ended up losing in three games, but not without a valiant team effort. After the match, Hoey credited her players with sticking together and playing hard every minute. She helped turn around a Partriot squad that finished with a sub-.500 record in 2011.
Emily Anderson (Beekmantown) – The starting middle hitter and co-captain of the Eagles, Anderson showed her ability from the service line. The junior averaged 12 points and seven aces per game. In the team’s sectional championship match, Anderson led the way with 15 points and nine aces. Three days later, she served 12 points with five aces, four blocks and six digs. Known as a leader on and off the court by her teammates and coaching staff, Anderson will return for one final season to help the Eagles as a dominate hitter, blocker and power server.
Kendra LaFountain (Beekmantown) – The team’s libero, senior and captain, LaFountain leaves the Eagles as an All-Star. A focal point of the Eagles’ passing and defensive game, LaFountain led the squad in dig percentage. She had a team-high seven digs in the sectional championship and followed that up with 14 digs against Johnstown in the regional round. On a young team, Hileman and teammates looked to LaFountain for guidance as the team ran to a 17-1 record this season. LaFountain was named to the Third Team All-State Class B team.
Michaela LaFountain (Beekmantown) – Coming into this season, the Eagles needed a setter and LaFountain stepped up to the challenge. The freshman dished out 22 assists per game, including 16 in the sectional championship and a match-high 27 assists in the regional contest. LaFountain’s quickness, vertical jump and agility helped established her as a dominant presence on the court. A participant in multiple instructional camps and out-of-season leagues, LaFountain looks to continue her starting role for the next season.
Sara Wood (Saranac) – An instrumental part of the Saranac offense, Wood made her mark during her senior season. She recorded 121 points, 88 kills and 46 aces during the season. In the Chiefs’ sectional quarterfinal match against Northeastern Clinton, Wood racked up 19 points with nine aces and seven kills. Two days later, she added 13 points, six kills and two blocks in a semifinal loss to AuSable Valley.
Noelle Miller (AuSable Valley) – The junior Patriot was vital to the team’s offensive attack this season. During the sectional title match against Plattsburgh, she had 12 points and 14 kills with one block. Miller then followed that up with seven points and eight kills against Voorheesville in the sub-regional match. In a regular-season match against Saranac, Miller had 16 kills, seven points and three aces. She had another double-digit performance against Peru with 14 points and 11 kills. Miller was also chosen as a Fourth Team All-State Class C selection.
Miranda Sheffer (AuSable Valley) – Along with teammate Noelle Miller, Sheffer was a key contributor to the Patriot offense. In the sectional semifinals, Miller contributed nine points, eight aces and a match-high 15 kills to beat Saranac. Her 12 points, seven aces and nine digs during the sectional championship match helped lead the team past Plattsburgh. She then followed up against Voorheesville with 11 digs and five points. The junior also garnered a Third Team All-State Class C pick.
Kianna Dragoon (Plattsburgh) – A calming demeanor on the court, Dragoon helped lead the Hornets’ 5-1 system. The junior setter finished her second season as a starter for a Plattsburgh squad that made it to the sectional finals. In that title match, Dragoon had 12 points and six kills while dishing out 16 assists. Prior to that match, she had an explosive performance against Saranac where she contributed seven points and a season-high 29 assists.
Kadijah Brown (Plattsburgh) – The Hornets’ captain, Brown rounded out her career as a three-year starter. She finished this season with 82 points, 135 kills and 38 digs. Brown had six matches of 10 or more kills, including a season-high 13 kills in the sectional semifinals against Saranac Lake. In addition to her statistical contributions, she was also known for her hustle and high-energy play during each match.
Hannah Charland (Northern Adirondack) – A senior setter, Charland was part of a Bobcat squad that won the Class D sectional championship. In the title match, she had 23 points, six aces, five digs and eight kills. Three days later in the sub-regional round against Hartford, Charland had four points, five kills and five digs. In addition to the conference honors, Charland was also named to the All-State Class D Fourth Team.
Belle O’Toole, AuSable Valley
Alexandra Lincoln, AuSable Valley
Deanna LaBarge, Plattsburgh
Ali Harpp, Saranac
Shonni Velasquez, Northern Adirondack
Amanda Tallon, Northeastern Clinton
Nicole Viscardo, Saranac Lake
Seirina Hayes, Lake Placid
Brittany Kelso, Peru
Kayla Boise, Plattsburgh
Whitney Mesec, Northern Adirondack
Emily Norris, Northeastern Clinton
Ashley Byerley, Saranac
Rebecca Tenbuuren, Peru
Carleigh Garrett, Lake Placid
Emily Fountain, Saranac Lake