Burns Volleyball duo signs to play collegiately in the Cowboy State

Published: Nov. 2, 2023 at 12:03 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s a big week for Burns Volleyball, as they’re defending their state championship this weekend in Casper. On Wednesday, it got that much bigger.

Two of their star seniors made their choices official as to where they will be competing at the next level. Both are staying in the Cowboy State; Savannah Kirkbride will play for Eastern Wyoming College, and Brooke Hansen is joining Gillette College’s team.

For each of them, their respective schools clearly stood out above the rest while going through the visiting process.

”I kind of visited a couple other places around Wyoming, there’s a couple in Colorado [too]. They all were like ok, but nothing really felt like a great fit. But as soon as I met the team-- I already had known a couple of them because it’s local, you know? And so I already knew a couple of them, and [Eastern Wyoming] just kind of felt like the perfect place to be,” Kirkbride said.

“I mean I just loved everything [Gillette] had there. Like everything there was just super nice. The gym, the dorms, the classroom, everything was just way nicer than any of the other schools I had visited. So it just seemed like a good fit,” Hansen said.

Both girls have been extremely impactful for the Burns Volleyball program. For starters, they helped put an end to the Lady Broncs’ 30 year state championship drought when they stunned top ranked Big Horn in last year’s title match. Kirkbride holds the all time record at Burns for blocks, and Hansen earned an All-State nod last season while also currently leading the team in kills.

Their athletic achievements go far beyond volleyball as well; Kirkbride and Hansen were a part of the trailblazing basketball team that won its first championship in school history.

These two have spent nearly ten years competing together, so it’s extra special to share this particular achievement with each other.

”I just think it’s awesome. We’ve been through a lot together, so experiencing this day together is also just a really fun thing and I’m really glad we could work it out for us to do it together,” Hansen said.

“It’s awesome. We’ve been playing together since we were seriously like eight years old probably, in second grade. It’s crazy like all the way we’ve been together, and now we’re accomplishing this together. So it’s really fun,” Kirkbride added.

Congratulations to Savannah Kirkbride and Brooke Hansen on choosing their next steps.