SJL volleyball team made school history with state appearance

St. John’s Lutheran volleyball team made school history by finishing fourth in the Class S state volleyball tournament held on March 23 in Herrin. The team defeated New Horizon after three sets, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-11. They advanced to the quarter final match against Shawnee and won 25-20, 25-20. For the semi final match the team played Germantown and lost 11-25, 9-25. The Cougars then played Iuka for third place. Iuka won the match 25-14, 25-14 to claim third place. Team members in front, from left: Emily Farmer, Molly Kuehn, Karleigh Liefer, Norah Wagner, Mallory Arbeiter, Addy Schloemann and Lilly Meyer. In back Coaches Kara Wagner, Tina Arbeiter, players Maya Macbeth, Ella Cowell, Caitlin Wilson, Tessa Stenzel, Colae Kaiser, Coaches Ashley Herriman, Jill Gross and Makayla Whelan.