There's more than one reason why Oakes' Sadie Hansen was named Class B's outstanding senior volleyball athlete according to her coach, Katelyn Hagen.
"Sadie is an all-around excellent athlete as far as her physical capability, but also her coachability," Hagen said. "When you coach you want the coachability, you want them to work hard, you want them to be held accountable and Sadie encompasses all of that. She's definitely worked hard for it, it's not just something that has been given to her.
Hansen was named the state's senior athlete of the year at the conclusion of last month's Class B state volleyball tournament, while also earning all-state honors. The setter has signed to play at Valley City State University.
"I think that this is a huge honor that I’m very grateful for," Hansen said. "The girls that were in the running for this award are just as worthy of it. I give credit to my coaches and teammates who’ve made me a better player throughout my years."
Oakes missed out on representing Region 3 in Fargo this season, having lost to Linton/HMB in the Region 3 tournament semifinals on Nov. 12. Linton/HMB would go on to win the Class B state title defeating Langdon/Edmore/Munich 3-0 in the state championship match.
Hansen has started, primarily as a setter, for the Tornadoes since the seventh grade, racking up 3,672 assists, 1,122 digs, 691 kills, 288 aces and 127 blocks. Hagen, who replaced Shari Christensen as Oakes' head coach this season, transitioned the setting Hansen to the outside where she put up 215 kills as a senior.
"She just took that and she learned and she loved it," Hagen said. "She loves swinging and having that extra opportunity to make a play for her team on different sides of the ball. She's undoubtedly a huge leader for the team and has been for several years."
Hagen was an assistant coach for Oakes' District 5 rival LaMoure/Litchville-Marion prior to accepting the head coach position at Oakes. Hagen said when she was on the opposite bench she saw Hansen's skill and passion for the sport of volleyball. When Hagen made the move to Oakes, Hansen impressed her with her character and leadership ability.
"Getting the opportunity to coach her, I was even taken aback a little bit," Hagen said. "She's had so much success in her career already but you would never know that. She doesn't wear her successes on her sleeve by any means. She's so humble. I was just so proud to see that that's who Sadie is. Whatever job you give her -- she works so hard."
Two more workhorses and all-staters came out of Region 3 this season.
Linton/HMB's JayCee Richter and Teegan Scherr were both named Class B all-state.
"They are the greatest kids," said Linton/HMB coach Jaime Richter. "They put the time in, they work hard and they have goals.
"I think they are two of the smartest kids playing volleyball," Richter added. "Offensively they can hit almost any shot. They can do a cut-shot, they can do a roll; an offspeed shot or a tip."
That quick offense helped lead the Lions to a perfect 26-0 season, ending with the team's first state title in recent program history. Richter racked up 209 kills in her first season as a starting outside and put up 56 assists, while Scherr's kill total was one shy of an even 300.
Richter also commended the duo's defensive ability. Richter made 378 digs this season while Scherr ended the year with 274. Richter also broke the school's ace record, having served up 309 in her three years with the Lions.
"They can get a ball in system almost every time on their serve-receive, their passing is almost always perfect to the setter, they quicken up the offense, they pick up any ball when they are digging and their serving (is strong). They just know the game so well."
Coach Richter said Richter and Scherr's communication and constant strategizing will be a huge asset heading into next season. While the head coach is enjoying the moment right now, she knows her girls will not be content with just one trophy on the shelf.
"I am just so proud of them," Richter said. "They both deserve this so much. Because I have the two of them as leaders they're going to strive for (another state title) and they are going to push the other girls. That's why they are all-staters."
2020 CLASS B VOLLEYBALL ALL-STATE TEAM
Rugby: Brooke Blessum, Sarah Blessum; Flasher: Tymber Boldt; Langdon/EM: Morgan Freije, Lexis Olson; North Star: Danielle Hagler; Oakes: Sadie Hansen; Des Lacs-Burlington: Addyson Hughes; Thompson: Mackenzie Hughes; Dickinson Trinity: Abbey Kubas, Amaya Willer; Northern Cass: Morgan Nelson; Hettinger/Scranton: Samantha Oase; Linton/HMB: JayCee Richter, Teegan Scherr; Kenmare: Megan Zimmer.
NDHSCA POWERade Outstanding Senior Athlete: Sadie Hansen, Oakes.
NDHSCA SUBWAY Coach of the Year: Jaime Richter, Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock.