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2018 NCR Award Winners

By Admin, 05/15/18, 10:00AM CDT


Coach of the Year || Gintautas Garsys

"Gintas' knowledge of the game has put MN Select's Boys Volleyball Program on the map for the highest standard of Minnesota Boys Volleyball. He brings a solid technical approach to teaching the game and brings out the best in his athletes." His achievements are: Led his MN Select 18-1 Boys Team to the following Tournament Finishes: *2018 NCR Presidents' Day Festival Boys Division Gold Champion *2018 380 Devil Dog Tournament Champion *2018 NCR Boys Showcase Regionals Gold Semi-Finalist *2018 Badger Region Dale Rohde Memorial Tournament Silver Semi-Finalist. His Osseo Varsity Team is currently undefeated in the MN Boys High School Volleyball Association

Jr Girl Player of the Year || Alexis Noble

"Alexis has started and played every serve. Has never missed a practice. Team has always finished in the top 4 of every tournament . Her outstanding achievement is actually not a stat, but it is her personality, she gives 100% every time she is out there and never complains. Her leadership and sportsman's ship on the court are exceptional. She is always the first person to volunteer to help do anything. She has a positive personality on the court, even in defeat. A true captain."

Jr Boy Player of the Year || Ben Putman

He was a member of NCR Boys VB Club 18-1 team for 2 seasons. He was the Eagan H.S. Student Manager: 3 Seasons (2 Time State Class AAA Champion, State Class AAA Runner-up this past season). He was an All-Tournament Team Recipient of the 2018 NCR Boys Volleyball Showcase Regionals. "Ben is a leader on and off the court and leads by example. He holds himself to the highest standard and has had to be versatile to best suit the needs of his team. His composure, experience, and determination has been a factor in the team's success this season: 3 tournament semi-final appearances and 1 tournament championship. His ability to be able to execute all skills on the court is an obvious value to the team but he also has the ability to inspire those around him. All this was evident in his selection to the 2018 NCR Boys Volleyball Showcase Regionals All-Tournament Team." ~Mike Hullerus, Ben's Club Coach. "Having Ben in the gym was one of the best things that happened to our program! He was involved in every practice from start to finish. From helping get things ready to participating in any drill, Ben was always ready and a step ahead in knowing how to help out. This past season he had an expanded roll in helping run drills as I had a shoulder injury and had limited ability to do so myself. If I listed Ben’s “job description,” it would take up a whole page and he would get the highest marks in every category! It’s hard to put into words what he added to every practice and game. When he was blocking, the players worked just a little bit harder to score. When he was hitting, they hustled to dig just a little bit more. He fit into any position we needed and did it well! When he made a mistake, it was a great comic relief that we needed from time to time. Every player has had the greatest respect for Ben and accepted him as an integral part of the team from day one!" ~Kathy Gillen, Ben's HS & Club Coach. Ben will be attending Loyola Chicago in the Fall of 2019 and will play on their Men's Club Volleyball Team and Major in Accounting.

Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award || Cara Lang

"Cara has been tremendous this season in coaching and starting sitting volleyball skills clinics. She has devoted her time to help grow and teach sitting volleyball in the North Country Region. She has been a coach for the USAV Women's Olympic Team for the last 3 Paralympic Games. She volunteers her time to help grow the sport she loves and lives her life to ensure NCR's motto of "Volleyball for Life". The Sitting program would not be where it is today with out her knowledge and expertise."