Korrie Brinton and Jazzlyn Wells to compete in Grin Action Classic

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

More than 40 athletes from southwest Missouri will compete in the 7th annual Grin Action Classic All-Star High School Volleyball tournament on Saturday morning at Parkview High School in Springfield.

The action is slated to start at 9 a.m. with the championship game tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The players are selected and coached by a committed group of the best volleyball coaches in the area.

Admission into the event is $6 per person, and ages six and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield or at Parkview High School the day of the event.

Proceeds will support the Tooth Truck helping provide dental treatment and dental hygiene education for local children in need.

Competing in the tournament will be former Lebanon volleyball standouts Korrie Brinton and Jazzlyn Wells.

Brinton had a solid senior season under head coach Jenny Collins and earned All-Ozark Conference honorable mention, Academic All-State and was second team in the Class 4 District 10 tournament in 2017.

“I think as a player I can adapt easily which is good for the team,” she said in an interview earlier this year. “Sometimes I am playing front row, and other times I’m in the back row. Whatever it takes to win, I am willing to do.”

Wells finished her year earning All-Ozark Conference first-team honors, first team All-District, first team in the Class 4 District 10 tournament, Academic All-State, and broke the school record for career digs as a libero with over 1,000.

“She (Jazzlyn) is very passionate about all that she does, and it is evident her love for the game when she's on the court,” Collins said. “She welcomes challenges and has defensively made some match-saving plays to give us the upper edge. Jazzlyn was the backbone of our defense all season long.”

Wells committed to play volleyball a the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on October 7.

“The very first time I went on a visit to UAFS it just felt like home,” Wells said. “The thing that led me to choose them was the girls on the team. They’re so sweet and inviting, and really you feel like you’re part of a family.

“I’ve known most of the girls for a little more than a year now, so hopefully, that will help our relationships on and off the court. I hope to bring energy and fire to the team.”

The two will compete on the North All-Star team with Chloe Rear (Strafford), Anna Wolf (Bolivar), Hope White (Bolivar), Sierra Anderjaska (Fair Grove) and Emma Tibbs (Marshfield). They will be coached by Ashley Bough (Strafford) and Austin Walker (Camdenton).

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