Johnson, Nichols, Krieger, Collins, and Lesteberg among awardwinners for KMS

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The KMS volleyball team finished the season with a 17-12 overall record, including a 5-6 mark within the Camden North Conference.  It was the second-most wins for the Saints volleyball program since 2008.  In fact, it was also the third most wins for the KMS volleyball program, which has also had a 24-6-1 season in 2004 when the team went third at state, and 20-10 in 2015.  The Saints were seeded second in its “pod” of Section 5A, but KMS beat Benson in four games and Browerville-EV in three games to earn a berth in the sub-section finals where it lost in three games to BBE.  The Jaguars went on to earn the Section 5A title, but went 0-2 at state.

MACCRAY won this year’s Camden North title with a 6-5 league mark, followed by KMS (5-6), Prinsburg CMCS and Lac qui Parle Valley (both 3-8), Dawson-Boyd (2-9), and Renville County West (0-11).  In the Camden South, Minneota won the title with a perfect 11-0 record, followed by Lakeview (10-1), Canby (9-2), Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (8-3), Tracy Area (7-4), and Yellow Medicine East (2-9).

Lost to graduation from this year’s team, coached by Joquel Molenaar, are seniors Lizzy Mansfield, Morgan Lesteberg, Haylee Johnson, Sarah Jeppesen, and Claire Hauge.  Lesteberg and Johnson were starters on the team, meaning the Saints will lose only two regulars to graduation from this year’s team.  “Overall, it was an outstanding season and I couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Molenaar said.  “As a coach, there is nothing more satisfying than to see the growth in each athlete and when you can see the development of the team as a whole...”

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