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High school basketball: Girls All-State basketball Most Valuable Players

Published: Monday, March 18 2013 11:21 p.m. MDT

4A MVP: #20 Emilie Volk, Bonneville Next » 4 of 5 « Prev
Emilie Volk is talented enough that she wouldn’t have to do much to be successful.

But the senior, who played every position on the floor except center this season, was not content with simple success.

“She’s a special person and I think a lot of it is God-given,” said Bonneville head coach Mike Russell. “At the same time, she’s a very, very hard worker.” When asked what her greatest strengths were as an athlete, Russell said it would be hard to single out just one.

“Her size is obviously a huge help with her just being as long as she is, coupled with her overall ability,” he said. “She moves so well, and I had coaches comment all the time how fun she is to watch.”

Volk started her career at a 1A private school, Christian Heritage. When the school closed the summer before her junior year, she transferred to Bonneville.

“That’s a tough time to move,” said Russell. “It’s hard to try and fit in. But she just stepped right in and hit the ground running. There really wasn’t a learning curve for her. She fit in perfectly.”

Sometimes having a superstar join a team that’s already talented can be problematic.

“But she doesn’t have an ego,” said Russell. “She’s the epitome of the team player and humility. She’s the most down-to-earth, humble person I’ve ever met.”

Her humility coupled with her talented and ferocious work ethic made her a leader on the Laker squad that was undefeated until meeting eventual 4A state champion Springville in the semifinals.

In fact, if she has a flaw, it might be that she’s not arrogant — at all.

“She was too unselfish sometimes,” Russell said. “We constantly had to tell her to be assertive. She’s such a team player, she just wants to get everybody involved.”

She will graduate with a 3.98 GPA and take her skills to Fresno State. She averaged 15 points, six rebounds, 2.75 assists and 2.42 steals per game.

While the Lakers will miss her hard work and humility, opponents are breathing a sigh of relief at her impending graduation.

“Emilie was a very difficult player to prepare for,” said Roy head coach Brock Randall. “She creates matchup problems wherever she is on the floor. You’re always nervous when you go up against a player that can play like a guy. She is probably one of the two smoothest players I’ve ever coached against. She is so fundamentally sound and disciplined. When you combine that with her length and size and it becomes quite a recipe for success. It was a pleasure coaching against her.”

Adds Springville head coach Nancy Warner: “Emilie is an all-around great athlete and basketball player. She could do it all for her team. We knew she was going to get her points, her rebounds. I don’t think she’s an athlete who can be stopped.”
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