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It’s hard to figure whether it was a new coach that got Valley Christian HS over the hump this year, or whether the Trojans were just waiting for Chanel Brown to get to her senior year.
Brown (shown here holding the trophy in this school photo), is a 5’10″senior outside hitter who led Valley Christian to a 34-win season and its first 2A state title in eight years, which also earned her the prestigious honor of being named Small Schools Player of the Year (second consecutive), as selected by the Arizona Republic sports writers. The Trojans were runners-up to the title for the past three years, but head coach Molly Stark, who came over from Cactus Shadows HS this year where she was Region Coach of the Year, got the girls over what was becoming a psychological hurdle.
Stephanie Preach, setter for Xavier Prep, was the Big Schools Player of the Year (also a second time), also leading her squad to a 39-6 record and the 5A state title before heading off next year to Arizona State University to play for the Sun Devils.
Both were part of the 2009 All Arizona team that also included Madison Kingdon, a junior outside hitter from Sunnsyslope HS; Betsi Metter, senior outside hitter from Desert Vista HS; Katie Rutherford, senior setter from Sunrise Mountain HS; and the sophomore sensation from Seton Catholic HS, 6’4″ outside hitter Haley Lawless, who has led Seton to a 4A-II state title in each of her years there.
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