Whetham, Lady Bobcats enjoy their time at the All-Star game

Friday, June 26, 2015

To get recognized, you have to be the best. In the case of Berryville volleyball coach Kristin Whetham and two of her Lady Bobcat players, Hannah Noble and Aleksei Smith, they were. Whetham, who was one of four coaches selected to coach the West All-Star team, had the privilege of coaching two of her senior leaders one last time Wednesday evening in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association all-star volleyball game at the Farris Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas at Conway.

"We had a lot of fun," Whetham said. "I thought Aleksei and Hannah played really well. They got to play with some really good players and they really enjoyed that."

The East won the match in five sets, but for Whetham it wasn't about the final score.

"I took a lot away from this," Whetham said. "I learned a lot of different strategies and things that I hope to implement this season."

The coaches arrived Sunday evening for a coaches meeting and the players arrived Monday. While they did have team practices, they also got to partake in other activities throughout the week.

"They put us up in a dorm," Whetham said. "We got to go out and meet the other players and went to the baseball game Tuesday night. Then we had a good team meal before we played Wednesday."

While Noble will be high jumping at UCA next year, Smith hopes to become a coach and possibly come back to Berryville.

"Her goal is to go to college, come back, coach under me for a few years and take my job," Whetham said. "That's fine with me, though. I will retire or be the assistant under her and let her have all the hard parts."

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