JAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoFor sophomore outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, volleyball is a family affair. Both of her older sisters played at the collegiate level, and now, her younger sister has stepped into her shoes as the left outside hitter at Waupun High School in Waupun, Wis. “She is still trying to catch up to me, which is really cute,” Dolgner said.The family tradition of playing volleyball is what attracted Dolgner to begin playing in fourth grade. She said going to her older sisters’ high school matches and seeing the energy the crowd brought to the game is what made the game exciting and interesting for her.“I loved watching it, loved going to state and loved traveling,” Dolgner said. “I just loved the game.”Dolgner, who led Waupun High School to four consecutive state titles, is long gone from her prep glory days. Last year, Dolgner became the first freshman in Wisconsin history to be named All Big Ten. She also led the team in kills with 461, averaging 4.12 per game.This year, she leads the eighth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team and the Big Ten in kills, averaging 4.84 per game. She has stepped up her pace during an eight match double digit kills streak, averaging 5.39 kills per game. Against No. 2 Penn State, Dolgner notched 27 kills. “Brit is an awesome athlete,” co-captain Taylor Reineke said. “She jumps through the roof.”Dolgner came to Wisconsin as one of the highest recruited players in the state. She was a three-time Mizuno All-American and 2005 PrepVolleyball.com player of the year. But she said there was no real external pressure to perform.“It was all for myself because I had high expectations and I wanted to do well,” Dolgner said. “Coming in, I didn’t want to let my team down and let my family down.”As a freshman, Dolgner made 31 starts in 33 matches and played in 112 games. Though she started right away, she had to adapt to the speed of the college game. “The first game I out, against Texas, I was terrified,” Dolgner said. “But I came out, made a couple of digs, and I’m like: ‘I can do this; this isn’t so bad.’”Now more than a year removed from her Badger debut, Dolgner says her goal is to become a well-rounded player; she wants to become a better blocker and get more digs per game, which she said comes with time and watching older teammates.“Taylor [Reineke], Audra [Jeffers] and Jackie [Simpson] are great blockers, and [I have to] just watch their fundamentals and techniques,” Dolgner said.Head coach Pete Waite agrees that she needs to improve on her blocking and defense but says her offensive ability is great.“She finds ways to score in the front row and the back row,” Waite said. “And there have been times this year when she has carried a big load for us.”So far this season, Dolgner is on pace to not only have more blocks this year, but also to have more kills. Halfway through the season, she already has 295 kills and 40 blocks.Dolgner attributes her improvement to the support of her teammates. She said even when she makes errors in games or in practice, her teammates tell her not to worry about it and move on to the next play. According to Waite, she works hard in practice, but is also able to enjoy the game.“Especially match time, she really cranks it up a notch,” he said. “Some players are going hard all the time, but they don’t have another level to take it to. She is able to, and really elevate above the rest.”It is Dolgner’s temperament and attitude toward that game that has made her successful and a great teammate.“She’s just funny and goofy, and she makes you laugh,” Reineke said. “It’s easy to feel comfortable around her. I think that’s important in a teammate.” Dolgner’s personal performance is not only important for the team now, but for the future as well. She is part of a sophomore class, which includes outside hitters Caity DuPont and Katherine Dykstra, that will prove to be the nucleus of the team in years to come.“We are glad they will be around for a while because we will be losing a lot of players out of this senior class,” Waite said. “They will really have to step up next year and lead the team.”They already have shown great promise, as Dolgner, Dykstra and DuPont account for almost half of the team’s 1,102 kills and half of the team’s 220 total blocks. For now, though, Dolgner does not have to worry about taking charge. Instead she can concentrate on being a contributor to the team and, more importantly, tending to family matters like helping her younger sister, Brandi, become yet another star Dolgner on the court.
10. And then thereâ€™s stateâ€¦Â The regional winners will advance to the Class 4A State Golf Tournament in McPherson at the Turkey Creek Golf Course. on Tuesday, May 26. The top two teams at the six regionals and then the next five lowest individual scores that are not members of qualifying teams will compete.Follow us on Twitter. 5. The starters so farâ€¦In high school golf the top four scores of the teamâ€™s six players are accumulated.Yesterday, DeJarnett shot an 88, as Wellingtonâ€™s top golfer.Jonah Luna, a freshman, finished with the Crusadersâ€™ next low score, shooting a 95.Shane Hughes, a returning starter, finished with a 100, and Carson LeGrand rounded out the team scoring with a 105.Jake Walton, a junior, finished with a 117, and Ty Wilson, a freshman, shot a 118.â€œWe gained a lot of valuable experience in this tournament,â€ Ginter said. â€œWe will get better.â€ 3. Wellington and its first golf tournamentâ€¦Â The Wellington varsity team made its 2015 debut in the Crestview Country Club tournament Monday afternoon in what was a great day to play golf.Unfortunately, the team finished 11th out of 14 teams. The Crusaders finished with a 388. Andover, the host, won the event with a 315 with Buhler finishing second at 317 and Wichita Collegiate at 312. Class 4A Regional Hughes, Shane11 6. The 2015 rosterâ€¦ Thurs., April 30Tex Consolver1Various teams Thurs., April 23Hesston1Various teams 4. So what does this mean?â€¦It means Wellington has plenty of growth in its future.â€œWe did not play as well as we would have liked, but there were some promising signs,â€ Ginter said. â€œWe had three young men who played in their first varsity tournament yesterday.â€œThis will only help them prepare for our upcoming tournament in Wellington.â€ Scott, Max9 Tues., May 12Winfield – Quail8AV-CTL tournament Mason, Aaeron11 8. The full scheduleâ€¦Wellington has a full slate for the next two monthsâ€¦ Thurs., April 30Hesston1Various teams. Haydon, Kelsie10 Wilson, Ty9 DeJarnett, Grayson11 Mon., May 4Wellington3Andover, And. Cent., Augusta, Buhler, Clearwater, Goddard, Goddard Ike. Heimer, Jack9 Friesen, Joseph11 2. Young but growingâ€¦How young is the Wellington golf program? There is just one senior: Jessica Reyes. There are five juniors, four sophomores, and eight freshman. Thatâ€™s not to mention the 20 or so Wellington Middle School golfers who are part of the inaugural Knights middle school program.â€œOur numbers are up this year with 17 players,â€ Ginter said. â€œThis is good news for the program.Ginter said the eight freshmen is the biggest number out for a particular for the sport in years.â€œWith the addition of the middle school program, the future looks bright,â€ he said. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Ten things to know about the Wellington High School golf team as it embarked on its first golf tournament Monday.1. Where we last left off â€¦Wellingtonâ€™s Chance Russell and Graysen DeJarnett made all league at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League DIV tournament held in Winfield, a year ago.Â Russell is gone but DeJarnett, a junior, will return after shooting an 86 at Quail Ridge in the AV-CTL tournament a year ago.WHS returns three varsity starters from that team a year ago, including DeJarnett, Shane Hughes, and Jake Walton.â€œThe leadership will be vital to the growth and success of our young teams,â€ said James Ginter, Wellington head golf coach. Luna, Jonah9 Schoemann, Aaron9 Walton, Jake11 Levirich, Jake10 Tues., April 21Serra Hills3Various teams Mon., April 13Sierra Hills3Various teams Mon., April 6Crestview1Andale, Andover, And. Cent., Augusta, Buhler, Circle, Ike, Maize, Mulvane, V. Center, W. Collegiate, R. Hill, Eureka, W. Trinity. Thurs., April 9Wellington1Andover, And. Cent., Augusta, Circle, Clearwater, Goddard, Goddard Ike, Maize, Mulvane, Collegiate, R. Hill, Chaparral, Hesston, M. Lodge, Trinity. Wellington JV golfLocationTimeOpponents Class 4A State. Tues., May 5Newton – Sand Creek8Various teams. Wellington golfLocationTimeOpponents Thurs., May 7Tex-Consolver3Various teams. Fri., April 24Cherry Oaks3Various teams. Mon., May 18TBA 7. Tournament this Thursdayâ€¦Wellington High School will be hosting its annual invitational this Thursday with 14 other teams from the area.It should be a good one. Andale, Andover, Andover Central, Buhler, Circle, Goodard Eisenhower, Maize, Mulvane, Wichita Collegiate, Rose Hill, Eureka and Wichita Trinity are scheduled for the event.Every boy, who placed in the top 10 in Crestview Monday, will be on the Wellington links Thursday. Tues., May 26TBA LeGrand, Carson10 McComb, Matthew9 9. Wellington to host regionalâ€¦Wellington Golf Club will be the host of the Class 4A Regional on Monday, May 18 – one of six in Class 4A.Those participating will be Wellington, Andale, Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Circle, Wichita Trinity and Winfield. NameClass Bales, Blake9 Tues., May 5Clearwater3Various teams Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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