Mont. school recruits Moe’s double-double

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Breetta Moe, flanked by her Bayfield High School basketball coach (Ronnie Posey) and volleyball coach (Kelley Rifilato), parlayed state tournament appearances in both sports into a dual scholarship at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont. Enlarge photo

Dale Strode/Durango Herald Breetta Moe, flanked by her Bayfield High School basketball coach (Ronnie Posey) and volleyball coach (Kelley Rifilato), parlayed state tournament appearances in both sports into a dual scholarship at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont.

BAYFIELD – Breetta Moe is used to going from sport to sport in high school.

That won’t change next year in college.

Moe signed her national letter of intent to play both volleyball and basketball at Dawson Community College in Montana.

“When the volleyball coach (at Dawson) starting talking to me, I figured it would be all volleyball in college ... that I would focus on volleyball,” said Moe, the setter for the Wolverines.

“But, I didn’t want basketball to be over,” the Bayfield High School senior and point guard on the basketball team said.

It won’t be.

John Marble, the volleyball coach at Dawson Community College, watched Moe play in the Colorado state basketball tournament. Immediately, he talked to Dawson’s women’s basketball coach.

“When they told me I could play both, I was really excited because I love both sports,” Moe said at her signing ceremony at the BHS auditorium.

“After she played so well in the state basketball tournament, they had no doubt about recruiting her,” said Kelley Rifilato, the BHS head volleyball coach.

“I’m so glad she gets to play (both sports),” said Rifilato, who formerly coached club volleyball in Idaho with Marble.

“He (Marble) is a very knowledgeable guy. He knows volleyball. He was trained by Tom Hilbert; you don’t need to say much more,” Rifilato said with a reference to the highly respected coach at Colorado State University.

“And he (Marble) has had multiple players that he’s shared with the basketball program. They’ve shared a bunch of athletes because it is a smaller school,” she said of the community college in Glendive, Mont.

“One of her biggest selling points is ... she has not let her lack of size bother her at all,” Rifilato said.

The diminutive setter/point guard helped the Wolverines to the state’s elite eight in volleyball and basketball this year.

She’s played in the state volleyball tournament all four years in high school.

In fact, Moe did not lose a single Intermountain League volleyball match during her high school career.

The Wolverines finished third at state volleyball last fall.

“Her serving ability is huge. Breetta fit what they were looking for,” Rifilato said.

Ronnie Posey, Moe’s high school basketball coach, said the Dawson Buccaneers are getting a cerebral basketball player with a passion for the game.

“Her mental preparation and her understanding of the game will make her competitive (in college),” Posey said.

“She’ll be a coach on the floor if they let her.”

He said Moe’s unflappable nature will help, too. That came through under the bright lights at Moby Arena at Colorado State University during the state basketball tournament, he said.

“She started quicker and with more confidence than any player in the state tournament,” coach Posey said.

“I am genuinely happy for her,” said Posey, who directed the Wolverines to a school-record 20 wins this season.

“My coaches here have prepared my for (college sports),” said Moe, daughter of Amy and Verne Moe.

The ability to adjust to new teammates will be critical next year, she said.

“Learning to play with different people ... connecting with teammates will be (important) because I’ve played with these girls so long,” Moe said.

“I know there’s a lot I can work on,” said Moe, who will be close to a number of relatives in nearby Wyoming.

“She’s going to be close to family, which she wanted. She gets along with everyone,” Rifilato said. “I think she’ll do great things at Dawson.”

dstrode@durangoherald.com

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo
“When the volleyball coach (at Dawson Community College) starting talking to me, I figured it would be all volleyball in college ... that I would focus on volleyball,” said Breetta Moe, a state setter for the Bayfield Wolverines. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo “When the volleyball coach (at Dawson Community College) starting talking to me, I figured it would be all volleyball in college ... that I would focus on volleyball,” said Breetta Moe, a state setter for the Bayfield Wolverines.

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo
“After (Breetta Moe) played so well in the state basketball tournament, (Dawson Community College) had no doubt about recruiting her,” said Kelley Rifilato, the Bayfield High School volleyball coach. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo “After (Breetta Moe) played so well in the state basketball tournament, (Dawson Community College) had no doubt about recruiting her,” said Kelley Rifilato, the Bayfield High School volleyball coach.