Bell High School senior Shelbie Hutto is not only a fantastic athlete, but she’s also a sweet girl.
Shelbie was recognized last week as the Gainesville Sun’s High School Volleyball Player of the Year. Her coach, Lisa Barry was also recognized by the Gainesville Sun as the Small School Volleyball Coach of the Year for leading the Lady Bulldogs to their first state tournament since 1995 and going 24-4.
Shelbie, who is the daughter of Shawn and June Hutto, led Class 1A with 380 kills. She also had 154 digs and 142 service points.
Bell Senior Baylee Rolling was also recognized by the Gainesville Sun for leading District 1A in assists with 532. She had 144 kills, 130 digs, 284 service points with 105 aces.
Ashton Matthews, a junior at Bell High School was also recognized for her 252 kills, 219 serving points and 43 blocks this season.
Not only are Shelbie Hutto and Baylee Rolling teammates, but they are also best friends who have played sports together since their t-ball days.
When asked about the Volleyball Player of the Year, Baylee had this to say about Shelbie, “Every player would love to get this award, but I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Shelbie. She is one of the most hard working players, whether it is for volleyball or softball. Shelbie always made me want to work harder and we stayed after practice many times to improve our skills.”
After Shelbie received the award she stated, “I would just like to say a huge thank you to my teammates and coaches. I would not have achieved this award without them and also a big thank you to our community, family and friends for standing behind us and supporting us all the way to state.”
If she could use only one word to describe her best friend, Baylee said she would say Shelbie is humble.
“When we were freshman and first moved up on the varsity team, we made it our goal to go to state. This year we achieved that goal and could not have done it without each player and the coaches,” Baylee said. “Something people may not know about Shelbie is that she is very funny and if you need a corny joke, Shelbie is who you should go to. She is a great friend, teammate, role model, and all around person. I can’t wait to see what Shelbie will do in the future!”