Haylie Hakanson, Bernadette Newman officially two of the best
Haylie Hakanson and Bernadette Newman were the two members of the Jamestown High School volleyball team to be named to the Class A All-State volleyball team.
JAMESTOWN — From the first game of the season, one could tell Jamestown's Bernadette Newman and Haylie Hakanson were two of the best players on the North Dakota prep volleyball scene.
While everyone else might have known it, the thought didn't enter the pair's heads until the Monday after the 2022 State Tournament.
Following the Blue Jays' third-place finish at State, Hakanson and Bernadette Newman were named to the 2022 Class A All-State Volleyball Team. Newman, a senior outside hitter, earned first-team honors while Hakanson picked up a second-team nomination.
"It wasn’t something I thought about during the season at all because I was so focused on the team aspect with our play on the court and our team as a whole," said Hakanson, a senior middle blocker. "Our team had team goals and that is where I was focused.
"I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it’s a really good thing to get," she said of earning an all-state berth. "It was nice seeing the hard work I had put in during the off-season and the season had paid off."
The work Hakanson and Newman had put in to make the season a successful one was no joke.
In the off-season, Newman and Hakanson went to the Jimmie and Blue Jay volleyball camps. Hakanson also made it a point to try sand volleyball during the summer months.
Newman committed to working out with a personal trainer from New Age Fitness at least four times a week. Hakanson also dedicated a good portion of her time to personal training to increase her overall strength. Even when practices began, the duo continued working out on their own time.
"Haylie and I had a fun time together in the front row," Newman said. "We had a sweet handshake we did to get pumped up and had great communication by telling each other where we should hit the ball. Haylie was a great teammate of mine and obviously, with her height, she was a great hitter and blocker, which was a part of our team's successful season."
Hakanson ended her final season with a whopping 217 kills, 30 blocks and 11 aces.
"(Earning all-state) makes me proud of the things I have accomplished and the work I have put in," Hakanson said. "There was something special about this team this year that I don’t feel happens very often."
Newman, a second-year varsity team member, was an all-around threat for the Blue Jays. Her 214 kills accumulated across 17 conference matches ranked her fifth in the WDA for the most kills acquired overall. All told, the Jays' leading attacker hammered home 291 kills and recorded 37 aces.
"Berdie is obviously a power hitter," Hakanson said. "She hits a hard ball and is always smart about where she puts it and not many people are able to do both those things. I think our chemistry was really good, especially us being able to switch it up where she could hit out of the middle and I go to the outside."
Her power was only half the story.
Newman was credited with 19 blocks and 267 digs in 23 matches.
"I feel very blessed and honored to be voted one of the best players in the state and I am thankful that others noticed my hard work throughout the season," Newman said.
Hakanson and Newman have aspirations to play collegiate volleyball. Hakanson signed with the University of Jamestown in August. As of Dec. 1, Newman is still weighing her options for where she wants to spend the next four years.
"(Coach) Sara (Hegerle) and volleyball have impacted my life in so many ways," Hakanson said. "Going into the season the goal was to finish better than we did the year before and I feel we accomplished that and more."
"I feel blessed about all the friendships I made during not only this season but my whole volleyball career with the Blue Jays," Newman added. "Individual awards are nice (and) I am very honored to be on the all-state team, but it's all about the success of the team."
2022 Class A Volleyball All-State Team
Bernadette Newman, Jamestown; Claire Bauman, Century; Reagan Bogenreif, West Fargo-Sheyenne; Raina Chwialkowski, West Fargo; Emma Dalby, Fargo South; Payton Foster, Bismarck High, Chelsa Krom, Legacy; Hannah Litzinger, Red River; Logan Nissley, Century; Caton Pearcy, Dickinson; Betsy Schiltz, Fargo North; Kailee Waasdorp, West Fargo-Sheyenne.
Haylie Hakanson, Jamestown; Khloe Brown, West Fargo-Sheyenne; Eden Fridley, Century; Mykendra Messer, St. Mary's; Cayla Sailer, Fargo Davies; Olivia Soine, West Fargo.
NDHSCA POWERade Outstanding Senior Athlete: Logan Nissley, Century
NDHSCA SUBWAY Coach of the Year: Leah Newton, West Fargo Sheyenne