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By John Verser
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Peetz's Curlee inks with North Platte CC


For The Sun-Telegraph

Mikenna Curlee signed a volleyball scholarship Thursday with North Platte Community College. Pictured front row, from left, are: Step father Jeff Heller, mother and Peetz head volleyball coach Lori Heller, Mikenna Curlee, father Todd Curlee and step mother Brittany Curlee. Pictured back row, from left, are: assistant Peetz volleyball coach Megan Schumacher, Peetz athletic director Scott Sorenson and soon-to-be Peetz volleyball coach Morgan Meier.

Mikenna Curlee is happy to have her future mapped out.

The 5-foot-11 Peetz senior inked a volleyball scholarship with North Platte Community College Thursday, and she couldn't be more relieved with that decision.

"It was really a relief to know where I'm going to be at and have things planned out," she said. "I'll get the opportunity to play with several girls from the area who I know and who I've played against, so I'm looking forward to that."

Curlee had a team-high 291 kills for the Lady Bulldogs in 2015, averaging 4.2 kills per set. She also led the team with 183 digs and 29 blocks, while taking third on the team with 23 aces.

The senior said she is most excited about playing with those who she knows on the team, including recent signees Brooklyn Krehmeyer of Weldon, Colo., and Antonya Schaffert of Otis, Colo., along with returning team member Megan Chinalta of Fleming, Colo.

Curlee also hopes that knowing some of her future teammates will ease the transition to college.

"Being somewhere that's not very familiar, having some familiar faces will definitely be helpful in the transition," she said.

Curlee looked at several schools before making her decision to attend NPCC. Those schools include Western State, Adams State, Chadron State and a tryout at Northeastern Junior College. After a couple campus visits, NPCC felt more like home.

"North Platte just felt kind of the most homey and welcoming for me," Curlee said. "The campus was very welcoming, and I think that will be good in the


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