After a mediocre season in 2016, the Heppner Mustangs volleyball team had a resurrection under first-year head coach Mindy Wilson. The Mustangs, who finished 13-13 overall and 2-6 in the Columbia Basin Conference, improved to a 19-10 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the CBC to tie Culver for the regular season title, and earned a No. 9 seed in the 2A state playoffs.
So it was no surprise to see the Mustangs tied with the district champion Bulldogs with five total all-district team selections, released shortly after the season.
Heppner led the district with three first team picks, including seniors Morgan Correa and Sophie Grant and freshman Sydney Wilson. Rounding out Heppner’s selections are junior Jacee Currin on second team and junior Jenna McCullough as an honorable mention.
Weston-McEwen, the 2016 state champion, earned four total selections with senior Alyssa Finifrock and junior Bryce Thul on first team and senior Chelsea Quaempts and junior Hailey Weaver on second team.
Pilot Rock also had four selections with senior Abby Rigby on first team, junior Grace Austin and senior Rhyanne Oates on second team and senior Siobhan Holman an honorable mention.
Stanfield’s lone selection was sophomore Kendra Hart as an honorable mention.
Columbia Basin Conference
Margie Beeler, sr., Culver; Irma Retano, jr., Culver; Alyssa Finifrock, sr., Weston-McEwen; Morgan Correa, sr., Heppner; Sophie Grant, sr., Heppner; Bryce Thul, jr., Weston-McEwen; Abby Rigby, sr., Pilot Rock; Sydney Wilson, fr., Heppner.
Catylynn Duff, sr., Culver; Maddie Miller, jr., Culver; Hailey Weaver, jr., Weston-McEwen; Jacee Currin, jr., Heppner; Grace Austin, jr., Pilot Rock; Rhyanne Oates, sr., Pilot Rock; Chelsea Quaempts, sr., Weston-McEwen.
Jenna McCullough, jr., Heppner; Allie Griffin, jr., Stanfield; Claire Bender, fr., Culver; Siobhan Holman, sr., Pilot Rock; Kendra Hart, so., Stanfield.