Crook County senior leads maxprepsports.coms medium school All-American list

The accolades just keep pouring in for Crook County High School volleyball player Hannah Troutman.

Troutman, who recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball and compete in track and field at Oregon State University, was already named Oregon Class 4A player of the year and Gatorade player of the year for the state of Oregon. by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hannah Troutman blasts a kill past a pair of Ridgeview blockers during the OSAA Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament. Troutman was named first team all tournament, first team all state, Gatorade Oregon volleyball player of the year, and now maxprepsports medium school national player of the yaer.

Now, she has been recognized on an even bigger stage, as the 5-10 outside hitter has been named the maxprepsports medium school national player of the year.

"She has had a great year and a tremendous career," said Oregon State Head Volleyball Coach Terry Liskevych. "It's a great honor to be the Gatorade state athlete of the year and the maxprepsports national player of the year. We are really excited about getting her at Oregon State and I really think that the sky is the limit for Hannah."

Troutman was also pleased with the announcement.

"It's just an incredibly high feeling being given this award," Troutman said shortly after learning she had won the award. "I'm so overwhelmed by it. It's just an incredible award and I'm thankful for everything I've been given."

"Isn't it great?" Crook County Head Volleyball Coach Rosie Honl said when she heard the news. "Hannah called me and said that she made it on the All-American team and she was just giddy. She was tickled pink. It was fun to see her so excited."

Troutman is used to success. Crook County High School has won eight consecutive state volleyball championships, and she has been an integral part of the last four. She has been first team all tournament and first team all state each of the last two years. Still, for Troutman it isn't about individual recognition -- she just wanted to help her team win.

"All of my goals were team-related," Troutman said. "Like winning state and doing well throughout the season. I didn't have any individual goals unless it was individual goals in a game."

Always a powerful hitter, Troutman gave opposing players concussions each of the last two years with her hits. However, this year, Troutman was not only expected to be a a standout on the floor, she was also given an added leadership responsibility as the Cowgirls played five freshmen in their starting rotation.

"It got a lot of attention because you don't hear about five freshmen girls on varsity very often," she said. "But, they were outstanding players and just took control of the court. I definitely felt a lot of pressure going into the state championship game, but I knew that once they got on that court, they weren't going to act like freshmen anymore. They were going to act like confident players."

The Cowgirls finished the season with a 38-5 record including tournament wins over most of the top Class 5A and 6A teams in the state.

Individually, Troutman finished the year with 642 kills, 534 digs, 62 blocks, a serving percentage of 91.3 with 83 aces, and received 609 serves with just 18 errors.

The level of performance is a far cry from the tentative player that Troutman was as a freshman.

"In her freshman year, she wasn't very good on defense or passing, but she's put in the time to become good," Honl said. "Now, she's an all-around player. She has all the tools. She plays great defense, she's a great blocker, she can pass fantastically, she serves well, and she puts the ball down. She hates to lose, and oh man she just hits so bloody hard."

Liskevych is also impressed with Troutman's versatility.

"We still don't know what position she will play," he said. "It could be outside hitter. It could be libero. It could be defensive specialist, but what we are excited about is number one, her volleyball skills. Number two, her athleticism, and number three, the fire that she brings to the court."

That fire is what drove Troutman to become the player that she is.

"I never thought of myself as the best of the best," she said. "I always thought that I had to work harder and put in the extra time because I wanted to get better. Honestly, when you love the sport that you are doing, it's not hard to go to practice every day and work hard because you want to get better at it and you want to become the best that you can be."

That desire to win has made Troutman the success that she is both on and off the court. However, she is quick to credit others for her success.

"I'm just thankful for all the opportunities and all the experiences that my coaches and my teammates have given me," she said.

Troutman's mother, Heidi Wood, is proud of the success and recognition that Hannah has received, but also credits Honl for much of it.

"I would just like to say that Hannah has been blessed to have Rosie as a coach," she said. "She's a great coach, a great mentor, and Hannah has been lucky to have her on and off the court. Really, without her, none of this would have happened."

Honl is confident that Troutman will be a factor at Oregon State.

"I think that if they keep score at all, she will definitely show them that she can play," Honl said. "She's such a smart all-around player. Still, there's a lot of work that she needs to do to play at the next level."

Liskevych is also excited to see exactly what kind of a player Troutman can be at Oregon State.

"We like her attitude and I know that Rosie does a great job in instilling that," he said. "I love seeing Hannah play, and I can't wait to coach her here at Oregon State."

As far as the award itself, Troutman isn't sure yet exactly what doors it might open.

"I don't know what happens after this," she said. "I don't know if I get a little sticker that says good job, or if it's like woo hoo, high fives all around, but I definitely think that I can bring a good work ethic and attitude to Oregon State and hopefully I can contribute on the court."

Maxprepsports medium schools All-American team

Player of the year – Hannah Troutman, Crook County High School

Coach of the year – Jeremy Weiss, East Troy, Wis.

First team – Hannah Troutman, 5-10 senior outside hitter (OH), CCHS. Katherine Carlson, 5-10 junior OH, Notre Dame Prep, Pontiac, Mich. Sidney Brown, 5-11 senior OH, Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla. Ali Frantti, 6-2 senior OH, Richmond-Burton, Richmond, Ill. Olivia Boender, 6-2 senior OH, Waverly, Neb. Michaela Dews, 5-9 senior OH, Parker, San Diego, Calif. Luisa Schrimer, 6-2 senior OH, Sutherland, Pittsford, N.Y. Maggie DeJong, 6-0 senior middle blocker (MB), Roosevelt, Sioux Falls, S.D. Alyssa Garvelink, 6-3 senior MB, Holland Christian, Holland, Mich. Allie Monserez, 5-9 senior setter (S), Bishop Moore, Orlando, Fla. Kali Eaken, 5-9 senior S, Bishop Miege, Shawnee Mission, Kan. Abby Detering, 6-1 senior S, Lake Catholic, Mentor, Ohio. Tess Van Grouw, 5-9 senior libero (L), Central Valley Christian, Visalia, Calif. Samantha, Dubiel, 5-6 senior, L, St. Francis, Wheaton, Ill. Kristen Mead, 5-11 all-around (A-A), Valley Christian, San Jose, Calif. Maddie Dilfer, 5-11 senior, A-A

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