CHEYENNE – Ky Buell has set herself apart as one of the state’s best basketball players.
She led Class 4A in scoring as a freshman and sophomore, and ranked third as a junior.
However, Buell was eager to make a name for herself on another court.
The Cheyenne East senior did that when she was named to the Class 4A all-state volleyball team Monday.
“A big goal of mine was to come out and give everything I had to this season,” said Buell, who was a setter for the Lady Thunderbirds. “I did that. I worked really hard in practice and with my girls. We spend extra time on things because I wanted to be the best me I could be.
“It feels great to get that honor in another sport.”
Buell dished out 118 assists and notched 60 digs to help the T-Birds go 3-1 and finish third at the 4A state tournament. Those statistics also earned her Prep Athlete of the Week honors from WyoSports’ Cheyenne staff.
Buell spent her summer playing in basketball tournaments with East and the Rocky Mountain Fever club team. That didn’t leave much downtime, but Buell still made it a point to make as many volleyball activities as her schedule would allow.
“Obviously, basketball is my sport, but I want to be the best I can at whatever I do,” Buell said. “I gave myself time to do both sports, and volleyball was still a big part of my summer. I was able to make sure I was at the level I needed to be for us to be successful.”
The 5-foot-6 Buell finished her season with 719 assists and 279 digs. She improved as an overall player, East coach Nicole Quigley said.
“She was dedicated to being a leader for us,” Quigley said. “She has a real passion for the game. She is disciplined in what she does and always competes. Her willingness to compete and continue to be aggressive helped our team throughout the year.
“You want your setters to be aggressive, because they touch the ball every single time. To have that aggressive personality in one of your setters is always a great quality. You can’t teach that.”
Buell set out to be a leader this fall.
“I wanted to show our younger girls that it was OK to play hard and swing hard,” she said. “I tried my best to communicate. That’s important in all sports, but especially important in volleyball.
“I took the initiative to tell my hitters where to go.”
Others recognized for their efforts include:
Madison Blaney and Hailey Marshall, volleyball, East: Blaney, a senior, recorded 49 kills and 65 digs in four state tournament matches.
Marshall, a junior, had 53 kills and 50 digs.
Kira Brownell and Porscha Cavanaugh, girls swimming, Cheyenne Central: Brownell, a sophomore, placed second in the 100-yard backstroke in a school-record 59.02 seconds at the Class 4A state meet. She also took third in the 50 freestyle (24.53).
Cavanaugh, a senior, was second in the 100 freestyle (54.19) and fourth in the 50 free (24.88).
Graedyn Buell, football, East: The junior quarterback completed 22 of 44 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the Thunderbirds’ 27-21 loss at Thunder Basin.
Hyleigh Fornstrom, volleyball, Pine Bluffs: The senior posted 28 kills, 84 digs and 70 assists to help the Lady Hornets go 1-2 at the Class 2A state tournament.
Andrew Johnson, Carter Lobatos and Dawson Macleary, football, Central: Johnson, a junior, caught 15 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ 62-35 loss at Sheridan.
Lobatos, also a junior, rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Macleary, a senior, completed 31 for 49 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.