After a stellar year, the volleyball team from Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy in Brighton has racked up a host of post-season honors.
In only its second season of MHSAA competition, the CSPA squad had an amazing year, recording a 32-12 record while being ranked No. 11 in the state. The Sentinels made it all the way to the Class D district finals.
For their efforts, several players earned post-season honors, including two who were named to the Class D All-Region and All-State teams – freshman Paige Gallentine and sophomore Theresa Kehn. Paige was named to the second team All-State squad, while Theresa was named to the third team.
Senior captain Celena Pitcher, meanwhile, was named to the Academic All-State Team. Pitcher carries a grade-point average of 3.87 at CSPA, a college-prep charter school.
The entire CSPA team was also honored by being named an Academic All-State Team. The team’s cumulative GPA is 3.8.
Coach Paula Gallentine was justifiably proud of the honors.
“Individual awards for a team sport are a wonderful side note to what we achieve as a team and they are certainly fun and exciting for all of us involved,” Gallentine said. “The work ethic of each of our 11 players in the classroom and in the gym has brought our team to wonderful places and will continue to do so. The individual awards our three players earned are a result of this team work ethic and their own amazing work ethic over the course of many years! I believe habits define us and their habits are elite.”
Gallentine said the atmosphere and high expectations at CSPA also contributed to the team’s success this season.
“These girls are a fine product of their CSPA school culture,” the coach said.
Paige Gallentine was one of the only freshmen in the state to earn All-Region and All-State honors – a huge accomplishment.
“I am honored to get this award and I would not have done it without my awesome team,” Paige said. “We succeed because we have each other’s back and we work hard for each other. I am so glad to have a team family like this.”
Kehn, meanwhile, is only a sophomore, and she’ll also be back next season to help lead the Sentinels.
“One of our team’s many mottos for volleyball is, ‘You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for.’ This season, our team worked so hard and that allowed me to play my best and really shine,” she said. “I could not be more grateful for that.”
And Pitcher, a senior captain, was able to end her CSPA volleyball career on a very high note, earning All-State Academic honors.
“Playing volleyball while being only 5-foot-4 has taught me to have perseverance and determination,” she said. “Those two qualities have helped me to achieve academic success.”