5A SIC PLAYERS TO WATCH
Brooke Foster, Timberline
The 6-foot senior outside hitter is committed to Montana and plays all the way around for the defending district champs. “When she is on, she changes what is happening on the court for both sides,” Boise coach Kyle McMorrow said.
McKenzie Lee, Eagle
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A second team all-5A Southern Idaho Conference selection at setter as a sophomore, Lee is the lone returning starter for the state-qualifying Mustangs. “McKenzie is a very smart setter and has a really nice touch on the ball,” Mountain View coach Allison Sletager said.
Allison O’Harra, Centennial
Joins Foster as the only other returning all-5A SIC first-team pick after leading the Patriots to a third-place finish at state. She has committed to Pepperdine. “She is a great middle. Very athletic and a team leader,” Nampa coach Gina Radford said.
Abbey Schwager, Timberline
The returning starting setter for the Wolves received all-5A SIC honorable mention recognition last season. “There is not a better setter in our conference,” Boise coach Kyle McMorrow said. “She is the real deal.” Schwager, a senior, is the daughter of former Eagle High coach Paul Schwager, who led the Mustangs to five state championships.
Maddie Wolter, Boise
An all-5A SIC honorable mention selection last season as a junior outside hitter, Wolter is committed to Carroll College as a libero. “She can change a game in so many different ways — passing, serving, defense or hitting,” Boise coach Kyle McMorrow said.
4A SIC PLAYERS TO WATCH
Olivia Bradley, Skyview
The junior is a three-year starter at middle blocker, giving the five-time defending 4A District Three champ a strong block. “Great hitter and blocker,” Middleton coach Kamille Crawford said of the 2015 all-4A SIC honorable mention pick.
Marissa Hilliard, Middleton
The only returning all-4A SIC first-team selection is a dominant force at middle blocker in her fourth season as a starter. “Very quick and athletic middle. Very difficult to stop defensively,” Skyview coach Kevin Murphy said.
Mahra McLeod, Emmett
Played in the 3A classification last season, earning all-3A SRV first-team recognition, and is among the tallest players at 6-foot-3. “She can attack off one foot, which is the hardest set to defend,” Bishop Kelly coach Alisha Young said.
Dani Nay, Skyview
An early front-runner for 4A SIC player of the year, the outside hitter landed on the all-4A SIC second team a year ago. “Solid, strong player all-around who really controls the tempo of the match,” Emmett coach Dana Williams said.