Photo by Nick Bernardy
KILL—Senior Lilly Bartling puts the ball down on Lincoln in a game Oct. 30 at WHS.
Bartling named Gatorade Volleyball Player of Year
WHS record-breaker committed to School of Mines
By Treyton Ponto
Senior Lily Bartling is really killing it.
On the volleyball court, that is.
Currently in the middle of a successful girls basketball season, Bartling was recently named the Gatorade South Dakota Volleyball Player of the Year for 2018.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field and qualifies Bartling to call herself South Dakota’s best high school volleyball player.
Bartling set the WHS record for career kills with 959, ending in the State AA Championship Game. She also tallied 403 digs, 44 blocks and 42 service aces this season. A three-time first team Metro All-Conference selection, Bartling said she was proud of her accomplishments.
“I’m really happy and humbled to get this award,” Bartling said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help and support from my coaches, teammates and family.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in each state.
Volleyball coach Kelly Schroeder said he is also proud of Bartling’s achievements.
“She just needed to realize she has the ability to take over the game,’’ Schroeder said. “To have a player on the floor who can do that is really good to have.”
Bartling has volunteered locally as a part of community beautification projects and as a youth volleyball and basketball coach.
Barlting has maintained a weighted 3.81 GPA in the classroom and is committed to play volleyball at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Bartling has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing.
She has chosen an organization she works with in the local community.
“I plan on giving the $1,000 grant to EmBe Volleyball where it will go to underprivileged kids who can’t pay to play,” Bartling said.