Mvp Conspicuously Missing From All-State List

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The East region's most valuable player was conspicuously absent when the Class 1A-3A 2006 All-State Volleyball team was announced Nov. 26.

The state list, which included first team, second team and honorable mention players did not include Lady Longhorn Brooke Cannon who at the end of the regular season was selected the East's MVP.

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Lady Longhorn Tori Wilbanks was named honorable mention when the Class 1A-3A 2006 All-State Volleyball team was announced Nov. 26.

Cannon, a senior setter, was chosen in a voting of coaches after turning in a banner season in which she led the Lady Horns to a share of the East championship.

The sports staff of The Arizona Republic newspaper chooses the all-state teams.

A Republic representative said, "a coaches' ballot, all-region teams, interviews with coaches, statistics and reporters' observations are used in the selection process."

Although Cannon was excluded from the prestigious list, Lady Horn Tori Wilbanks was named honorable mention.

Coach Arnold Stonebrink praised Wilbanks as "by far the best hitter I've ever had."

He also lauded her all-around volleyball abilities saying, "Not only was she an animal hitting, but she was also a dominate blocker and worked very hard to become a starting back row player and a solid passer."

Wilbanks, also a basketball star at PHS, has given up that sport this season to concentrate on playing club volleyball in the off-season.

Joining Wilbanks on the all-state honorable mention list are three fellow East region players -- Cassidi Donaldson, an outside hitter from Round Valley, Snowflake middle blocker Rachel Papa and RaeLynn Johnson, an outside hitter from Blue Ridge.

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