St. Marys Area High School
St. Marys, PA
Monday June 30 - Thursday July 3, 2008
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Veteran Awards          Rookie/Middle Awards 

Back Row: Coach Sam, Jenna Anderson, Lauren Geer, Chelsea Gregori, Taylor Billina, Melissa Bauer,
Kayla Nussbaum, Kristen Anderson, Kristi Wendel, Isabella Cadori, Erin Gahn.

3rd Row: Coach Devyn, Emily Pollino, Rachel Ehrensberger, Lauren Dalessandro, Carley McMackin, Kindred Wiseman,
Karisa Krieg, Courtney Cunningham, Paula Hogan, Abbey Cribbs, Kristen McMackin, Coach Maggie Allison.

2nd Row: Courtney Bankovich, Sami Hanes, Chelsie Gaton, Stephanie Buerk, Rachel Swasta, Andrea Schatz, Lucia Cadori,
Kayla Wehler, Morgan Cartwright, Shelby Zomcik, Megan Longhi, Coach Nikki Johnson.

Front Row:  Gina Pelgrin, Joesey Williams, Casey Gahn, Angie Dempsey, Heidi Rupprecht, Tia Cunningham, Becky Hoffman

St Mary's Camp 2009          St Mary's Camp 2010 


Steal The Bacon Champions!
Erin, Jenna, Shelby, Karisa
Steal The Bacon RunnerUps
Lucia, Andrea, Carley, Lauren

Varsity Captain Of The Day for Monday June 23:  Gina Pelgrin
Captain Of The Day for Tuesday June 24: Angie Dempsey
Captain Of The Day for Wednesday June 24: Heidi Rupprecht
Captain Of The Day for Thursday June 24:  Tia Cunningham: 

Elbow Tag on Monday was the after lunch warmup!  AWESOME!!!

Then on Wednesday after lunch we played Amoeba Tag!!

Lunch each day was incredible!
Thank you SMAHS Vball Boosters!!

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More Moments From Camp!!

The Passing & Digging Drills!!



2008 Camp Format:

Mon - Wed : 9 am to 4pm, with 60 minutes for lunch.
Thursday:   9 am to 1pm.


Registration Info:

The camp registration form was here.

The camp was split by Coach McMackin into a Veteran Division and a Rookie/Middle Division.

There was camper limit, so girls were asked
to register early!! 

The veteran campers had a tournament on Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm!!  Middle/rookie campers had a mini-tournament also!  That final day was awesome! 

If you have any questions about the camp, you may email the camp director, Coach Houser,
at or the camp host,
St. Mary's Head Coach Fawn McMackin, at


Lunch was from 12 to 1 each day & was provided every day by the St. Mary's Volleyball Boosters. This was incredible! The first day was a sandwich platter items and fruit, second day was "make your own chicken salads," and the third day was chicken fajitas and yogurt with granola.Thanks for everything CoachHouser.

"Coach Houser:
i'm using everything i've learned from camp and always remembering the good times that we had while we were all together.        (=        I MISS YOU!!!"

"Hi, i just wanted to let you coaches know that my daughter had an awesome time at camp!!!! She was very excited about the entire week. She can't wait to do it again next year. !! She was really proud of her award.  It is still on her dresser. You really gave her a boost of confidence that this is HER SPORT. Thank you sooo much for all you did to show how much you care about these young girls !!!!!"


JV Camp Director:

Nikki Johnson
Coach Johnson was a star setter at William Byrd High near Roanoke, Virginia (she played against my teams!) and continued her playing career as a setter at Hollins University.   She has coached club volleyball with Roanoke Juniors and years of JV volleyball at Lord Botetourt near Roanoke, Va.  Now she is the head coach at Lord Botetourt, and just finished a 18-6 season, coaching the conference Player Of The Year.    Coach Johnson is a smiling, encouraging person who impresses people each time they see her team play!  I've hoped that she & I could coach a travel volleyball team together, but it just hasn't worked out yet!  You can learn even more about Coach Johnson here.

List Of Camp Assistants: 

Maggie Allison
Maggie is a freshman at Ferrum College where she rooms with Devyn (below). She tried out for the team in August and MADE IT!!!  While in high school, she has played 1 year of J.O. vball on my 16's team, played 4 years of varsity vball, and 3 years of middle school ball.   She also played high school varsity softball and basketball. Maggie has assisted with 13 STAR camps!  Her email is 

Devyn Bayes
Devyn is a freshman at Ferrum College, where she rooms with Maggie (above)!  She also tried out for the team and made it!!!  She graduated from George Washington High School in Danville, VA in 2007, where she played volleyball for six years.   She started out as a setter, but in her junior year, she became a starting OH.  That year she was named the team's Outstanding Server!    Devyn has now assisted at six STAR volleyball camps.   Email:

Sam Thomas
Sam is a senior at North Cross School.  She started playing volleyball in the 8th grade, has played 3 years of Juniors (one on my 15 Red team here) and 4 years of school ball.  Sam was just named 2nd team All-Conference and was a starter on the North Cross varsity team that made the final 4 in the state tournament.  She is presently assisting me with my 15's Open Roanoke Juniors team.  Her email address is

Marissa Bille
Marissa is a 2008 graduate of St. Mary's School.   While attending high school she was involved in volleyball and basketball.  She coached 7th grade junior high volleyball this year.  In the fall of 2008 she will attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, majoring in Athletic Training.   You can contact her at


 "Coach Houser:
I had an amazing time at camp!

i learned alot of stuff and it was alot of fun.

I've been working on my digging cause i was really happy to get the award for digger of the week it's still sitting on my dresser in my room :)

thanks again!"



St. Marys Area High School info:

St. Marys Area School District
977 South St. Marys Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
You can use this to get directions to the school.

The coaches stayed at a Comfort Inn in St. Marys Pa. It was 1 minute from the school.



If anyone is interested in some one-on-one training. Coach Houser offers player training in Roanoke nearly every weekend. There are athletes who come from West Virginia, North Carolina and all over Virginia. Nope, no one from Pennsylvania yet.
The website is here. It's a TON of fun!!  Please pass the word!!  If you or your teammates have any questions, you can email him anytime at




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