Huntley Project Volleyball Wins Class B State Championship

Huntley Project poses with their trophy after winning the state Class B tournament Saturday afternoon at the Brick Breeden Field House in Bozeman. (Jonathan McNiven photo)

#10 State Championship title in the history book!

WORDEN — The Huntley Project High School volleyball team capped a perfect, undefeated regular season with a perfect, undefeated post-season and won the state Class B title Saturday, Nov. 11, at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The Ladies defeated Florence-Carlton 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 for the title win.

It was the 10th state volleyball championship for the school.

It was a smooth run to the title for Huntley Project, which swept all its opponents. They defeated Joliet 25-8, 25-11, 25-14 in the undefeated semi-final round Friday night.

On Thursday, HP opened the tournament with a first-round win over Fairfield, 25-14, 25-10, 25-8. They won again Thursday evening, sweeping Jefferson 25-10, 25-16, 25-19.

Coach Iona Stookey said she was impressed with her team’s performances.

“I just thought we put together a great tournament, all three days,” she said.

The Lady Devils were runners-up last year, losing to Red Lodge in title play. Red Lodge did not qualify for the state tournament this year.

The HP team also won the district tournament, which HP hosted this year, and the Southern B divisional at Red Lodge.

Stookey has 769 career wins. The HP volleyball team has qualified for state 19 years in a row and has brought home 18 state trophies: 10 firsts, four for second place and four for third place. Stookey’s teams have played for the state Class B championship for eight years in a row.

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