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Rosie Honl, National Coach of the Year

On Oct. 18, The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, ran a long, front-page story that focused on volleyball at Crook County HS, located in economically depressed Prineville, Oregon, and its twinkle-eyed ball of energy for a coach, Rosie Honl, a 17-year head coach who these days spends almost as much time on fundraising as she does on fundamentals. The next evening, a small school bus pulled into our driveway in West Linn and the Crook County Cowgirls piled out. They spent the night in sleeping bags in our basement and living room, grateful for a cost-saving measure after the long drive from Eastern Oregon, and, the next day upended eventual 6A champion Jesuit en route to second place in the West Linn Tournament. Three weeks later, with 4A Player of the Year Makayla Lindburg contributing 17 kills and heavy-hitting Hannah Troutman adding 16, the Cowgirls swept by Astoria to win their seventh straight title and third in a row since a population decrease forced them from Class 5A to Class 4A.   MoreRosie