Leo Durkin always has been a polished setter while playing for Centennial’s boys volleyball team.
His emergence as a capable outside hitter made for a special senior season.
Coaches recently voted Durkin the Northwest League Most Valuable Player, and Centennial’s Scott Nelson took Coach of the Year.
“(Durkin) played two roles: controlling the offense and being on the offensive end terminating balls,” Nelson said. “We knew Leo had the potential to become an effective hitter, and he was as the season progressed.”
Durkin, who has accepted a walk-on invitation from Brigham Young, led Centennial (16-4) to the Northwest League title and the semifinals of the Sunset Region playoffs.
He showed off his versatility in a 3-1 quarterfinal win over Clark with 15 kills, 17 assists and four aces.
“The previous two years, he was strictly a setter,” Nelson said. “Just the idea of him developing attacking skills was amazing. Adding other aspects to our team helped quite a bit.”
State champion Bonanza dominated Southwest honors, with senior middle blocker Price Jarman taking MVP and Joe Cap being named Coach of the Year.
Coronado senior opposite Chris Andrulis was voted Southeast MVP, and Green Valley’s Kevin Barney took Coach of the Year.
Las Vegas High swept the Northeast’s top awards, with senior setter/outside hitter Luke Hansen being named MVP and Sue Thurman the Coach of the Year.
Most Valuable Player–Luke Hansen, Las Vegas.
Coach of the Year–Sue Thurman, Las Vegas.
Most Valuable Player–Chris Andrulis, Coronado.
Coach of the Year–Kevin Barney, Green Valley.
Most Valuable Player–Leo Durkin, Centennial.
Coach of the Year–Scott Nelson, Centennial.
Most Valuable Player–Price Jarman, Bonanza.
Coach of the Year–Joe Cap, Bonanza.