In two different communities and a few hours apart, two long-time high school volleyball coaches achieved milestone victories on Saturday.
Jeff Carroll of Billings Senior and Huntley Project’s Iona Stookey both earned their 600th career victories.
The Broncs won four matches against Wyoming schools for Carroll to reach 600, while the Red Devils swept Forsyth at home for Stookey’s 600th win.
“I think I said the same thing when I hit 500 wins. I’m a few years older and a few more years blessed,’’ said Carroll, whose team is 21-0 this season. “Gosh, you don’t get to do something like this, particularly at the Class AA level, without good players and good parents. It’s a nice milestone and can’t think of better group of girls to experience this with.”
Carroll is 600-199 in 27 seasons at Senior, his alma mater. The Broncs have won nine state championships during his tenure.
Stookey is 600-153 in 23 years of coaching. Prior to taking over Huntley Project, she was the head coach at Shepherd for three seasons.
“It’s exciting,’’ said Stookey, whose teams have won seven of the last nine Class B state titles. “I didn’t tell anybody but obviously my daughter (Keera) did. They had a sign and gave me flowers after the match.
“It’s pretty exciting. It’s a lot of matches and a lot of people involved over the years. A lot of great players.”
Attending the Huntley match was Rocky Mountain College coach Laurie Kelly, who reached 600 career wins last season.