High school notebook: Van Alstine best in 5A volleyball

High school notebook: Van Alstine best in 5A volleyball


High school notebook: Van Alstine best in 5A volleyball


Morgan Van Alstine added another chapter to her Merritt Island High volleyball career this year, being named the Class 5A Player of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

She led the Mustangs back to the state final this season, a year after helping win the school’s first state championship in volleyball.

Van Alstine, who will play college volleyball for the University of North Florida, was the 2011 ­FLORIDA TODAY Player of the Year.

This season, she had 333 kills, 98 digs and 67 blocks, 40 of those solo. As a result of her selection, she is a finalist for the 2012 Miss Volleyball Award.

■ Van Alstine and teammate Danielle Klein will represent the Space Coast today in the senior all-star game being played at St. Leo University.

They are two of 24 players from around the state selected for the honor. Merritt Island’s Angie Patrick will be a coach in the event.

Runners participate in all-star race

Tristan Kattenberg of Holy Trinity placed third Saturday in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Senior All-Stars meet in Tallahassee, the same site where the Tigers won a state championship last month.

Kattenberg completed the 5K in 15:50.45, running for the East boys. The East won the meet, 43-44 over the West.

Holly Wooley of the Brevard Heat placed sixth for the winning East girls team, which was coached by Merritt Island’s Nancy Buonanni. Wooley ran a 19:27.90.

Other Brevard girls in the race were Holy Trinity’s Mackenzie Dummer in 12th (19:56.99) and Merritt Island’s Elizabeth Harper (18th, 20:13.47) and Julia Magill (24th, 21:13.64).

Astronaut wrestlers sixth at Gateway

The Astronaut High wrestling team placed sixth in the Troy Smith Duals at Gateway High on Saturday.

After losing to Wellington in the first match, Astronaut went on to beat Haines City and Harmony before falling in the fifth-place match to Seminole Ridge.

Viera High lost to Gainesville Buchholz and eventual winner Brandon in the tournament.


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