Scherger named player of year, Blue Jackets clean up MAL honors

When your team goes undefeated not only in the league but overall, you’re bound to rake up postseason accolades.

Such was the case for the New Riegel Blue Jackets, who come into tonight’s Division IV district semifinal match with Carey with a 23-0 record. New Riegel polished off an 11-0 Midland Athletic mark last week.

The Blue Jackets had three players named to the All-MAL first team. One of those players, junior Kara Scherger, was named MAL Player of the Year, while Blue Jackets coach Cindy Walerius was named MAL Coach of the Year.

Scherger finished the regular season with 262 kills, 289 digs and 72 aces.

Joining Scherger on the first team were teammates Lauren Ladd and Taylor Arbogast. Ladd, a senior, had 271 kills to go with 205 assists and 55 blocks. Arbogast had 225 kills, 39 blocks and 229 digs.

Also making the first team were three players from Eric Hoover’s 20-3 Mohawk team, which still is alive in the Division III districts.

Senior Kasey Adelsperger had 306 kills for the Warriors, along with 47 blocks. She was named to the first team along with teammates Julie Adelsperger and Taylor McClain.

Julie Adelsperger had 248 kills, 36 blocks and 36 aces. McClain had 359 digs.

Rounding out the first team was Hopewell-Loudon’s Courtney Burns (315 kills, 52 blocks, 254 assists), Carey’s Sydney Wentling (527 assists) and Calvert’s Meridith Lucius.

Lucius had nine kills Saturday, helping the Senecas to a sweep over St. Wendelin in the sectional finals.

Lucius and the Senecas – like New Riegel and Carey – will be in action tonight in Fostoria. Calvert will take on Arlington in the district semis.