CASPER — Marley Newton, a recent graduate of Mountain View High School, has been handpicked by members of the Wyoming Coaches Association to play on the Wyoming All-Star volleyball team.
The game, held at the Casper Community College on July 22, at 5 p.m., features a showcase of the best athletes from around the state. The esteemed athletes are all recent high school graduates and are divided into two teams, the north and the south.
“I am looking forward to the All-Star game for many reasons,” explained Newton. “The biggest thing I am looking forward to is being able to play on a team of girls I was so competitive against for so long. It will be such a surreal experience to become friends and teammates with 11 girls I’ve known of, scouted and played against for many years.”
Along with her excitement for the new opportunities coming her way, Newton looks back on the time she spent wearing a purple jersey with heartfelt respect and appreciation.
“Overall, I feel like my high school volleyball career couldn’t have gone any better,” Newton said. “I got to play on four very different, but always competitive teams. Although we came up short of a state title two years in a row, the opportunity playing on that stage was something I will never forget. The experience I had, the friendships I gained and the memories I made are all things I will forever cherish.”
Newton became a key player on the varsity team as a freshman and was a force to be reckoned with ever since.
“Marley is a great athlete and has been a huge contributor to the success of the Mountain View volleyball team over the past few years,” said Diana Tims, head volleyball coach at MVHS. “Marley is the type of player who is versatile and can execute any volleyball specific skill, whether it’s a serve receive pass, a defensive move, attacking the ball or accurately placing a second ball contact for a teammate.”
Marley Newton serves the ball during a game at state tournament last year. COURTESY PHOTO/Linda Newton