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Kodiak’s Katrina Pruitt tips the ball during a high school volleyball match against Colony in September at Kodiak High School. 

Katrina Pruitt — Kodiak volleyball’s most experienced player heading into the season — ended the 2019 campaign with a significant award. 

The Bears’ senior middle hitter was named to the Northern Lights Conference first team.  

“I’m super happy for her,” Kodiak coach Amy Willis said. “We have an incredibly strong region with lots of really talented athletes. I’m pleased that the other coaches recognized Katrina’s contributions to our team and our program and how strong of an athlete and a leader she has been for us.”

Pruitt entered her final season with the most varsity experience on the roster and was the “mental health mother” on the team. 

“She tries to make sure everybody is in a good mental frame of mine and ready to play,” said Willis of her captain. 

Senior libero Ashley Luto made the NLC second team. 

“There is a couple of really outstanding liberos in our region, and there were coaches out there who saw the value in Ashley and what Ashley was capable of doing,” Willis said.  

Senior Joie Macariola was Kodiak’s representative on the good sport team. 

“She is just a great kid,” Willis said. 

Soldotna’s Ituau Tuisaula was named the conference’s most valuable player, while Colony’s Steve Reynolds earned coach of the year. 


Northern Lights Conference Awards

Most valuable player — Ituau Tuisaula, Soldotna

Coach of the year — Steve Reynolds, Colony


First team

Madison Wakaliuk, Colony; Kelsey Giese, Palmer; Kristen Beames, Palmer; Katrina Pruitt, Kodiak; Talia Villnerve, Palmer; Josi Schachle, Wasilla; Jada Schults, Wasilla; Holleigh Jaime,  Soldotna; Sam Bryant, Colony; Ituau Tuisaula, Soldotna.

Second team

Heidi Brewer, Wasilla; Lily Hyce, Wasilla; Emily Cizek, Wasilla; Bailey Armstrong, Soldotna; Ashley Luto, Kodiak; Bella Brown, Colony; Hallee Yundt, Colony; Meagan Grogan, Palmer; Deana McNutt, Palmer. 


Good sport team

Cianna Jorgenson, Colony; Joie Macariola, Kodiak; Aurora Davidson, Palmer; Bella Hayes, Wasilla; Abbie Fullenwider, Soldotna. 

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