Missy Bennett, CHS v-ball team also honored
Twenty standout high school athletes, including Colville High School junior volleyball player Joellee Buckner, have been recognized for their accomplishments in 2011 and will be honored during the annual Inland Northwest Youth Awards Luncheon Feb. 15 at the Spokane Convention Center.
The luncheon is hosted by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters, whose 50 members in eastern Washington and north Idaho pick finalists and vote for the winners of junior male and female athlete, coaches and teams of the year.
They will also honor three people with long associations to youth sports with 25-year awards.
Co-hosting the popular event will be the Spokane Regional Sports Commission.
This yearâ€™s Master of Ceremonies will be KHQâ€™s Sam Adams and Ed Sharman.
Among the junior awardsâ€™ finalists are Buckner, who helped lead Colville High to its first-ever State 1A volleyball championship back in November. Buckner was the Northeast A League MVP and State 1A MVP.
Among the finalists for Girlâ€™s Coach of the Year honors is Bucknerâ€™s coach, Missy Bennett.
Bennettâ€™s CHS volleyball team is up for Female Team of the Year honors. The Indians finished the season 34-1 and never lost a match to Class 1A competition during a season to remember. Colville won the NEA and district championship, along with the regional title on the way to annexing the title in Yakima.