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Volleyball wraps up districts

Wolferman and Dowd’s ladies finish 6-8 on the season

In their first seasons running the Lone Peak Ladies varsity and junior varsity programs, head coach Ellen Wolferman and assistant coach Bailey Dowd, led the girls to the district tournament where they played three games back-toback before their season came to an end this weekend.

The Lady Bighorns beat the West Yellowstone Wolverines in their opener on Thursday, Oct. 28. A few hours later, they faced the number two ranked White Sulphur Springs Hornets. “We’ve faced White Sulphur Springs before. Their program is developed, experienced... They have a really really strong front row; their defense is really good; they are stacked in every single spot,” Wolferman told over the phone. The Bighorns unfortunately lost to the Wolverines after an injury set the team back. This loss bumped the ladies into the elimination bracket where they faced the Twin Bridges Falcons.

Coach Wolferman was looking forward to the matchup against the Falcons going into their third game in 24 hours. “I was excited for that game personally. We have a lot of similar type players. Their coach Kendall is also a first-year coach as well. A ton of similarities in our program and theirs... Looking at their record, same vibe,” explained Wolferman.

The Big Horns battled against the Falcons but ended up losing in three. It was their last game of the season. “It happened so fast. It’s so much volleyball in a short amount of days... The girls didn’t want to be done. I didn’t want to be done. And Bailey didn’t want to be done,” Wolferman acknowledged.

Wolferman left the tournament proud of her girls. Plays clicked that they had been working on the entire season—it felt like one of those games where everything came together. Asked what she will remember in her first season as head coach, Wolferman spoke of the overall experience with the program, subtle moments shared with the students on ordinary days, and her strengthening friendship with assistant coach Bailey.

Additionally, Wolferman will remember: “The win in Lima, when we traveled there, and just the confidence our team had... We ended up walking through the Dairy Queen drive through. You couldn’t take the bus... I got Covid halfway through our season. That was my first game back.”

Wolferman believes this group of young women made her first season easy. “Every single day there was something I was either laughing at until I cried or crying until I laughed. I think just watching them grow as a team. Knowing how many opportunities they are going to have ahead of them. Whether its volleyball or life… I felt very fortunate to work with this group of girls.” Congratulations on another great season Lady Bighorns!

Wolferman, who does not teach at Lone Peak High School, will return to Big Sky Resort as a ski instructor for her fourth season. She hopes for 100 days on the mountain this year. Although she makes clear her plan to return and guide another group of young women on the court, Wolferman and her partner recently bought a fishing camp in Alaska.

The camp is called Alaska King Salmon Adventures and sits on the remote Nushagak River near Bristol Bay. There, only reachable by small aircraft, she will work as the operations manager. She’s in charge of booking flights, scheduling reservations for clients, and making sure there is enough food. All in a day's work as a volleyball coach! 

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