Success seems to follow Keelie Koepp wherever she goes. The Calaveras High School junior reached the playoffs in both volleyball and softball this year.
On the volleyball court, Koepp played a major role in handing the Sonora Wildcats their first ever Mother Lode League defeat. She helped lead Calaveras to a league record of 12-3 and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Koepp, who was a libero, was a first-team, all-Mother Lode League player. She recorded 56 serving aces, supplied 38 assists and had 436 digs. Koepp had 33 digs in a five-set playoff win over Liberty Ranch and a season-high nine assists in a 3-0 victory against Argonaut.
In the spring, Koepp helped lead Calaveras to a perfect 15-0 league season in softball, but also back to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship for the third year in a row. She hit .494 with an on-base percentage of .500. Koepp had 41 hits and drove in 43 runs. She scored 31 times, had 10 doubles, one triple and three home runs while stealing 11 bases. Koepp was a first-team all-Mother Lode League player.
“She had a lot to live up to based on the season she had as a sophomore, with numbers that were really hard to duplicate,” Calaveras head softball coach Mike Koepp said. “Early on in the season, she was our best player. She had a really solid year for us and she did everything she needed to do to help us out. On a talented team, we didn’t need people to be superstars. We just needed people to be who they are and she did that.”