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Halle is a senior at Bennington High School and participates in cross country and track for the Bulldogs. She was the 2017 state cross country champion in Class 2A and two-time Top 10 finisher; a four-time league champion and three-time regional champion. In track, she was a four-time regional champion in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs and the 2017 Class 2A state champion in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Halle carries a 3.92 grade point average and belongs to the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Forensics, Mentor Magic, TRUCE and 4-H clubs at school. She volunteers for the Love Chloe Foundation, Relay for Life, Food Inc. and Recycling Center. She will attend Wichita State University on a cross country and track scholarship.

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Cade is a senior at West Elk and participates in football, basketball and baseball for the Patriots. In football, he was named all-district first team and HM All-State (quarterback and defensive back) as a sophomore and junior. In basketball, Cade was second-team All-SCBL as a sophomore and first team as a junior. In baseball, he was selected first-team All-SCBL as a sophomore and junior and secondLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed team all-state in Class 2A. Cade carries a 4.0 GPA and do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore belongs to the National Honor Society,magna STUCO, Family, FCCLA, Math Team, FBLA, Skillsexercitation USA and Drama aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud Club. He volunteers for the United Methodist Youth Halle Johnson Cade Miller ea commodo consequat. and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bennington H.S.ullamco laboris West Elknisi H.S. ut aliquip exFellowship Cade plans to attend college and work towards Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velitanesse advanced degree in the medical field.


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Class 3A runners compete in the state cross country championships at Rim Rock Park near Lawrence. (Photo, Kelly Ross)


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The Value of Effort, Consistency Back in my high school days, you didn’t want me guarding you at practice, or even in a pickup game. I would stick to you, harass you and annoy you from the opening tip until the final whistle. When I laced up those Chuck Taylor Converse shoes, I was ready to go to war. Sometimes that came with consequences. I probably still own school records at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Va., for cuts, scrapes, floor burns and missing teeth. But I didn’t care. I just wanted to win. During one game, I took an elbow to the mouth and lost two teeth. For several minutes, they stopped the game so we could search for them. One turned up at midcourt and the other by a wall. I got to wear a red wrestling mask for the rest of the year. That look was probably fitting. I wasn’t the fastest or the tallest. I was 6-foot-3 and weighed 145 pounds, dripping wet. I didn’t play above the rim or do many of the things that make the highlight reels. But I competed really, really hard – all the time – and I made it my mission to improve every single day, on the court and in the classroom. Looking back, those are two qualities that helped me the most as a player: effort and consistency. Not surprisingly, they’re two things I now value as a head coach. Of course, consistency isn’t just a quality; it’s a skill that developed and shaped. It’s often what separates good players from mediocre ones. Good players perform certain tasks – many of them simple ones -- over and over again, routinely. It is not easy to be consistent. At Wichita State, we ask our players to be “every day” guys and we hold them to the highest standards. When it comes to success, we tell them, “Be pleased but not satisfied. You can always do more. Your only chance to approach your potential is to strive constantly to do more. Satisfied players are rarely good ones.” For you high school kids -- I hope you will take this message to heart, because it applies to more than just basketball. Whether its school, work, sports, etc. -- the best way to improve at any endeavor is with consistent effort. This is a very special time in your young lives. In closing I would like to personally wish all of you the best of luck in your upcoming seasons as you strive to reach your goals. But most of all, I hope you take the time to soak it all in. The season will be over in a flash. Take time to enjoy the ride. – Gregg Marshall, Men’s Basketball Coach – Wichita State University

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Natalie Bevan of Bluestem sets the ball in the 3A state tournament at Emporia as teammate Addy Emmons (2) goes to the net. (Photo, Nikki Hightree) Maggie Creitz of Andover goes up for a kill shot against Goddard in the 5A state tournament in Topeka. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Morgan Bullinger of Bishop Carroll goes high for a kill against Newton in the 5A state tourney. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Haley Keeler of Pretty Prairie sets to a teammate in the 1A-I state tournament in Hays. (Photo, Everett Royer)

Grace Van Driel of Rose Hill hammers a kill against Louisburg in the 4A-I championship match in Salina. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Keelie Cunningham of Wellington gets ready to serve in the third-place match against Ulysses. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Montana Soderberg of Goddard prepares to serve against Andover in the 5A state tournament. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

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Kennedy Higgins of Cheney tries to tip past Wellsville defenders in the 3A state tournament in Emporia. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Aulora Eales of Hutchinson gets ready to set up a teammate in the 6A state tourney in Topeka. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Cyra Kelley of Nickerson goes for a kill against Hayden in the 4A-II championship game in Salina. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

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Bishop Carroll quarterback Braden Howell breaks loose from Maize’s Antonio Espinosa during Carroll’s 26-14 win in the 5A playoffs. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Micah Grover of Cheney powers his way over a Marion defender to score a touchdown during the Cardinals’ 56-0 win in the 3A playoffs. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

KamRon Gonzalez of Goddard brings down Eisenhower’s Ty Trudo during the Lions’ 28-13 win in the 5A playoffs. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Maize South’s Max Dominick and Trevion Mitchell break up a pass intended for McPherson’s Gabe Hoover in the 4A-I quarterfinals. McPherson won, 28-7. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Matt Lyman of Andover Central runs for yardage against Andale in the 4A-I playoffs. Andale won the game, 40-10. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Northwest’s Breece Hall (1), Jalen Smith (7) and Kale Patterson (8) ran roughshod over Garden City in the 6A playoffs, 49-6. (Photo, Lindsey Bauman)



The Cheney Cardinals get fired up to play Marion in the 3A playoffs. The Cardinals rolled to a big win. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Nate Heneha of Central Christian hands off to Garrett Burns in an Eight-Man II playoff game at Scandia against Pike Valley. (Photo, Tom Clark)

Collegiate quarterback Cody McNerney scrambles for yardage during a 12-2 loss at Smoky Valley in the Class 4A-II playoffs. (Photo, Todd Deterding)

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Buhler’s Dalton Brown runs through an opening against McPherson during a 15-14 overtime loss in the 4A-I playoffs. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Camden Jurgenson of Maize runs for yardage against Bishop Carroll in the 5A quarterfinals. The Eagles lost, 26-14, to end a 9-2 season. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Josh McElroy, Austin Zaring and Josh Carter of Northwest bury a Garden City ball carrier during a 49-6 win in the 6A quarterfinals. (Photo, Lindsey Bauman)

Mason Fairchild of Andale rumbles for big yards against Andover Central in the 4A-I quarterfinals. Andale won the game, 40-10. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Tanner King of Eisenhower (5) zeros in on Goddard’s Kaeden Hoefer in the 5A quarterfinals. Goddard won the game, 28-13. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Eisenhower’s Ty Trudo hands off to Justis Moore during a 20-6 win over Salina South in the 5A playoffs. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)



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Kapaun’s Alexander Zachgo goes high for a kick against Aquinas in the 5A thirdplace match. Kapaun won a 2-0 decision. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Andover Central goalkeeper Davis Joseph dives in an attempt to stop Miege’s Ethan Martinez from scoring in the 4-3-2-1A championship match. Miege won the match, 3-0. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Joseph Chessmore of Kapaun makes a save in the third-place match against Aquinas. (Photo, Mark Weaver)



Carson Lee of Bishop Carroll battles two Blue Valley Southwest defenders for possession the 5A title match. Carroll lost 1-0 to BVSW. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Dennis Howard of Andover Central and Miege’s Tonny Salas eye the ball during the 4-3-2-1A title match. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Skyler Stuckey, part of Bishop Carroll’s historic senior class, is ready to move the ball up-field against Blue Valley Southwest. (Photo, Mark Weaver)


Young Life student athlete of the month Gavin Woodard, Maize South High School Gavin Woodard is a senior at Maize South High School. Woodard has played football for the Mavericks since he was a freshman—starting at left tackle on the varsity team for the last two years. Woodard carries a 3.8 G.P.A. and plans to go to Kansas State University next year. He has been attending Young Life since he started high school. He has gone to Young Life camp in Colorado and Georgia, and also is active in a Young Life Campaigners Bible study group. What was the best part of camp? “It was really eye opening to look at things from the different perspectives of everyone’s lives and see how God worked on everyone while were there.” What is the wildest thing you’ve done through Young Life? “Probably repelling off a cliff at Frontier Ranch (Young Life Camp in Colorado).” Why are you glad that Young Life is at Maize South? “It gives me another reason to learn more about the Lord and a place to bring friends to find a relationship with the Lord.” What have you learned in Young Life? Gavin Woodard and his Young Life “That wherever you are, you are always loved by Jesus upstairs -- never tell yourself that you’re not good leader Brock Glenn enough because he created us the way we are. “ Young Life has been present in Wichita-area schools since 1956. Our mission is to love kids in the name of Christ and walk with them in an authentic quest for truth, focusing on fun, adventure and friendship. Currently, Young Life is active in 19 area schools, including programs for high school students, middle school students, expecting/ parenting teens and students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Young Life office at 316.303.1490 or check out Young Life dates for Maize South High School All-area Suburban Barn Club: November 13 Campaigners Weekend: December 9-13 Follow Maize Young Life on Facebook, Twitter @ylmaize and Instagram @maizeyl

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Rose Hill celebrates a second consecutive 4A-I state title. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Rockets Soar to Second Straight Title By Brad Hallier VYPE South Central Kansas Since Class 4A split for the 2013-2014 school year, Division 1 has been dominated primarily by one school – the juggernaut in far northeastern Johnson County, Bishop Miege. Before the split, it was St. James Academy ruling 4A from 2008-2011. There’s a new dynasty forming in Class 4A Division 1, and it’s not another powerful suburban Kansas City private school. It’s Rose Hill. Rose Hill won its second straight 4A Division 1 state title last month in Salina. The Rockets polished off a dominant 40-4 campaign at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center by going 2-1 in pool play and then sweeping past Ulysses in the semifinals before winning a white-knuckle thriller in the championship match, beating Louisburg 23-25, 2510, 29-27. The victory avenged a loss to Louisburg the previous day in pool play. Rose Hill announced its presence in 2011 when the Rockets reached the state tournament. The Rockets went 1-2 and didn’t advance, but they were setting the proverbial table. 18


Cheney coaches and players react to a call late in the 3A state title game. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

“In 2011, we had a group of seniors that worked hard and pushed to accomplish a feat that hadn’t been done in several years - winning a substate championship when they were not expected to win,” said Rose Hill coach Melissa Segovia, who finished her seventh season in charge at Rose Hill. “The younger players were able to use that success and carry into the following seasons. There have been siblings and relatives in the program that have taken on the challenge.”

Rose Hill’s teams have had plenty of talent in recent years. Senior setter Emily Witt was Rose Hill’s undisputed leader, and Segovia said she was one of the best court-aware players she’s ever coached. Junior middle hitter Gracie Van Driel, who has committed to Kansas, became more of a double threat, using her hitting to collect points, but she also became a good blocker and back-row player. Senior libero Danyel Yardley was a defensive guru, digging opponent attacks like an archeologist. Senior middle Sarar Lazar had a strong state tournament. With a talented core coming back next fall, and perhaps for years to come, Rose Hill doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. “The families of the players are willing to support their athletes both on and off the court, which is a huge part of the success,” Segovia said. “The players continue to put in the work in the off-season to accomplish team goals. We have also been fortunate to have great coaching at the junior varsity (Elaine Witt) and freshmen levels over the past seven years.” Wellington didn’t go to Salina with much fanfare, having a pedestrian 19-16 record. But the Crusaders won three matches at state and took home third place after sweeping Ulysses 25-23, 25-16, which avenged a pool-play loss. Senior middle blocker Shayland French had a good tournament and landed on the all-tournament team. El Dorado entered state with a 20-19 record and dropped all three pool matches.

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Hutchinson hasn’t been known for volleyball this century, but the Salthawks did reach the state tournament in 2014. The next two years, the Salthawks seemed to slip back into the abyss. But first-year coach Maria Bujanda put the young Salthawks – which went to state and became respectable under former coach Tina Johnson – back in the state tournament with a thrilling three-set win at Wichita Northwest in the substate championship. The Salthawks, who went 16-27 against a tough schedule, lost all three matches at state, but those young players returning – including a talented sophomore class that included Gabbie Posch, Peyton Allen, McKenzie Ontjes and Tina Robertson – now have that taste. As does Bujanda. “Being able to play among some of the best competition in the state was simply an honor,” Bujanda said. “I remember overhearing some of the girls saying ‘it feels like a dream, it doesn’t feel real.’ It was great experience and good eye opener for all of us. We learned quite a bit during this time. Now, we just have to keep working hard and use this as a stepping stone for what lies ahead for the program.”

Kelly Jo Ince of Hesston goes high for a tip against TMP-Marian in the 3A semifinals. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Sophie Mader (17), Lauren Hiatt (7), Morgan Stout (15) and Remyngton Green (8) of Nickerson celebrate a point in the 4A-II title game against Hayden. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Morgan Schrag of Pretty Prairie goes high to slam down a point in the 1A-I state tournament. (Photo, Everett Royer)

Goddard 4th in 5A

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Bishop Carroll also could be a regular, as freshman setter/ outside hitter Ella Larkin shined at state in which saw the Golden Eagles go 1-2 in pool play. Newton had another typically-strong season, winning 36 matches and getting a strong season from senior outside hitter Taylor Antonowich. Andover also reached state, and the Trojans didn’t go home empty handed, taking down Leavenworth in their final pool match.

Goddard celebrates scoring a point in the 5A state tournament in Topeka. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Nickerson 2nd, Trinity 3rd in 4A-II

Nickerson continues to make steady progress toward winning a state title. A program with little history prior to coach Deedra Woodbury’s arrival seven years ago, Nickerson reached state in 2014 – when this year’s seniors were freshmen – and nearly made the semifinals. Last year, the Panthers reached the semifinals and came home with a third-place trophy. This year, Nickerson played for the state title, eventually losing to Topeka Hayden 25-18, 25-23. “This senior class is extremely special,” Woodbury said. “They had great leadership when they were freshmen and stayed hungry to keep making history throughout their high school careers. They all played a very special part of turning the culture around and putting Nickerson volleyball on the map.” Nickerson had the talent this year. In the middle was 6-foot middle blocker, senior Tara Davis. Senior Remyngton Green was a powerful opposite hitter, while senior setter Sophie Mader was the steady influence match to match. But the well isn’t drying up, with 6-1 sophomore middle Morgan Stout having a spot on the all-state tournament team. “We keep the run going by continuing to work hard,” Woodbury said. “We now have a winning culture at Nickerson High School, and the returning players are just as motivated and determined to continue the winning tradition and state-tournament success.” Trinity Academy entered state as the No. 1 seed with a 31-6 record, and while the Knights didn’t play for the title, they earned a trophy after beating Burlington 27-25, 25-16 for third place. Junior libero Maggie Peterson and freshman outside hitter Ashley Sawyer were the state-tournament stars for Trinity.

Cheney Runner-up, Hesston 3rd

Led by strong senior classes, Cheney and Hesston were among the favorites to win a state title, and while Thomas More Prep-Marian won, both area teams collected hardware, with Cheney falling to TMP in the championship match 25-22, 18-25, 25-19, and Hesston beating Nemaha Central 25-20, 25-7 in the third-place match after losing to TMP in the semifinals. 20

Wellington coach Blake Brewster and Mary Grace Fink urge on their team in the 4A-I state tournament in Salina. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Madison Spencer reaches in front of Trinity Academy teammate Maggie Peterson to dig a serve in the 4A-II state tournament. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Cheney’s senior trio of outside hitter Emily Monson, middle hitter Kadie Smith and libero Kristen Wewe landed on the all-tournament team. Hesston also had a senior trio on the alltournament team, including setter Alaina Dunlavy, and outside hitters Kailey Ince and Mia Loganbill.

Pretty Prairie 4th in 1A-I

Pretty Prairie had a long state-tournament drought – 39 years to be exact. The Bulldogs reached state last year for the first time since 1977. They returned this year and were now season veterans, as they reached the semifinals, where the Bulldogs lost 25-19, 22-25, 25-23 to South Central. Pretty Prairie finished fourth after a loss to Sylvan Grove. The core will return, as juniors Haley Keeler (setter) and Morgan Schrag (outside hitter) made the all-tournament team.


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Lakelin Conrad of Collegiate leads Hugoton’s Abraham Garcia-Aquirre and El Dorado’s Cale Carson in the 4A race at Wamego. (Photos by Bill Millspaugh)

Conrad Joins Exclusive Club With Third Win By Kyle McCaskey VYPE South Central Kansas Wichita Collegiate’s Lakelin Conrad took residence in an exclusive pantheon when he captured the Class 4A Boys State Cross Country championship last month in Wamego, checking off his third title in four years. His status in the history books was just that, however – history. “I kind of think if I get too obsessed in that, that won’t help me later,” Conrad said. “My goal moving forward should be some really fast track times.” Conrad set a standard as a freshman with a 3A state title at Rim Rock. In 4A as a sophomore, he dropped back to third place against veteran competition at Wamego. “When I’m not running, it’s in the past, but when I’m training, it’s still with me. That showed me I can get faster,” Conrad said. Conrad soon found his stride with Wamego’s hills and pinball-like running paths as he ascended to the top of the podium again as a junior. 22


His senior run secured a trifecta, as his 16:19.5 provided a just-comfortable-enough cushion of nearly four seconds to fend off Hugoton’s Abraham Garcia-Aguirre and reach the three-victory plateau that only a handful of runners have reached over the last 60 years. But, Conrad will not succumb to complacency. The celebration of another championship was short and sweet. He briskly put it in the past, determined to adhere to a daily grind to improve his consistency as track season inches closer. The historic perspective on Conrad is still being written. “I think the track season is going to be by far his biggest, the time he really shows what he’s capable of,” said Collegiate cross country coach Clark Ensz. “I’m telling you, there’s a lot more there.”

Circle, Halstead Boys Win Titles

Avery Stuever was bestowed the mentoring, fatherly role for the Circle boys cross country team by default.

The lone senior among a top seven that also featured five sophomores and one freshman, Stuever battled the sense of urgency that festered as each meet signaled his high school career was inching closer to its conclusion. Meanwhile, his teammates could be carefree knowing that was years away. They were a perfect balance – spoonfuls of lightheartedness paired with a pinch of earnestness from Stuever. “They’re just goofing around. I’m like, ‘All right, let’s get our game faces,’” Stuever said. “We’ll be goofing around and singing songs. It takes the edge off. I’m puking before a race, and they’re having fun.” The finish of the Class 4A Boys State Cross Country Championship was a whirlwind for Stuever. He placed fourth in 16 minutes, 37.9 seconds, behind Conrad, Garcia-Aguirre and El Dorado’s Cale Carson. Stuever, gasping to recover from a new personal record, spotted teammate Emmet Keller crossing the line 19 seconds behind him. The Thunderbirds kept charging. Eli Jacobson and Ryan Derry stormed in 18th and 21st, respectively. Brycen Schoenhofer clocked in 31st to round off the eventual final team score. “We call it, ‘Slam the back door,” said Circle coach Gary Wartick. “Brycen was the one to slam the back door.”

Aimee Davis of Clearwater finished third in the Class 4A girls’ race, her second straight Top 3 finish.

Circle senior Avery Stuever placed fourth in Class 4A to lead his team to the team championship.

But in the moment, Stuever was not so sure. He clung to teammates, confident in the performance but unsure how the numbers stacked up with Andover Central. After all, it was only a year ago that Circle lost a thirdplace tiebreaker with Andover Central. “We thought about it a lot,” Stuever said. “Our coach always said before practice, ‘Who’s not going to beat us?’ ‘Andover Central.’ ‘Who’s going to beat us?’ ‘Nobody.’” Stuever gathered his teammates around the team tent. Wartick asked if his squad knew how they finished, building the suspense before announcing Circle’s 54 points held off Andover Central by five for the team title. Tears escaped Stuever’s eyes. His final season was capped with unbreakable joy.




Stuever reminisces now, wishing he could swing one more year with his teammates. They advance on, a little older and stronger, as the favorites to repeat. “They’re just going to go up and up from here,” Stuever said. Those almost-had-it memories lingered with Halstead, too, at the 3A state meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. The Dragons were state runners-up in 2016, falling to Hugoton by 14 points – snapping a two-year reign on top for Halstead. “I told our kids, it’s obvious that our goal every year is to make it to the state meet and hopefully win it,” said Halstead coach Curtis Vermillion. “We had to find some gaps to fill on our own squad. We had some kids step up that had run last year.” The Dragons graduated three vital seniors from that runner-up squad. No matter. A concentrated team approach led Halstead to reclaim the state title, edging Central Heights by two points. Halstead lacked a Top 10 performer, but everyone provided purpose – Halstead’s seventh runner outpaced Central Heights’ fifth by two positions. “Our four, five, six, seven (runners) we really felt like were the difference in us being able to win,” Vermillion said. “Every kid did their part.” Defending champion Robert Pearce of Kingman scored another Top 5 performance in fourth. His teammate Teagan Flanagan was second.

Teagan Flanagan of Kingman was the runner-up in Class 3A at Lawrence. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

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Cale Carson of El Dorado placed third in Class 4A. (Photos by Bill Millspaugh)

Central Christian freshman Collin Oswalt finished third in the 1A race at Wamego.

Abby Kennedy, Northwest H.S. In 1A, Central Christian freshman Collin Oswalt made a statement run with a third-place showing. The two competitors ahead of him are graduating seniors, making Oswalt a surefire title contender moving forward. Andover kept Bishop Carroll at bay for third in the 5A team standings. Maize’s Nathan Jones placed fourth overall. In 6A, Derby’s Jonathan Jones was fifth.

Clearwater’s Davis Top 3 Again

No area girls team or individual was able to run away with a championship, but several captured notable finishes near the top of the leaderboards. Clearwater sophomore Aimee Davis tracked down her second Top 3 performance in as many tries in the 4A race. Maize South, the defending 4A champion, bumped up to 5A this season. The Mavs placed fourth, with Alexa Rios’ seventh-place performance paving the way. Andover Central, runner-up to Maize South in 4A the previous year, brought home the second-place hardware once more in 4A. Berean Academy captured third in 2A, one point behind runner-up Ellinwood. Junior Erin Topham topped the Warriors with a fifth-place time of 20:27.7.

Abby is a junior at Northwest High and participates on the bowling team for the Grizzlies where she has earned two letters. She finished 35th in the Class 6A state tournament as a sophomore and 26th as a freshman. Abby carries a 3.0 grade point average and plans to attend Wichita State and become a pediatric nurse. She has a high game of 282 and high series of 632.

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Winnie Shaw, Independent H.S. Winnie is a senior at Independent High School and a multi-sport athlete for the Panthers. She has lettered in golf, tennis, basketball, soccer and track. Winnie qualified for the state golf tournament four times in golf - finishing 4th, 7th, 3rd and 11th - and also placed 5th, 2nd and 8th in state doubles competition in tennis. Last month, Storytime Village partnered with Independent through a group called Literacy Champions. Winnie is one of 30 Literacy Champions at Independent who receive training in leadership, advocacy and service. These students participated in Storytime Village Kansas Children's Literacy Conference and Festival on Oct. 28. Winnie represented the Literacy Champions at the Hoops 4 Literacy basketball game as a scorekeeper for the game and was also featured during half-time with former Harlem Legends (former Harlem Globetrotters). The Hoops 4 Literacy game featured teams of police officers and sheriffs along with special celebrity guests Wichita mayor Jeff Longwell and city councilwoman Lavonta Williams.

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STATE SOCCER Bishop Carroll goalkeeper Braeden Huslig dives to make a save against Blue Valley Southwest in the 5A finals. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Carroll Falls Just Short in Historic Season By Brad Hallier VYPE South Central Kansas The sting of losing a state championship game isn’t easy to get rid of. But Bishop Carroll boys soccer coach Mike Skaggs doesn’t want the Eagles to feel that pain. It was, after all, a historical season for Bishop Carroll. Eighteen wins, a 15-game win streak, and a spot in the Class 5A state championship game for the first time ever. The Eagles also went undefeated in the City League and won their third straight league title. Yes, the 1-0 loss to Blue Valley Southwest - Kansas’ only undefeated team at 20-0-1 - was a bummer for Bishop Carroll. Nobody sets out to win the silver medal. But Skaggs puts the season in perspective, especially with Carroll beating Kansas’ mega-power - St. Thomas Aquinas - 2-1 in a semifinal doubleovertime thriller. “This team has made it to the Final Four three of the last four years, with third-place finishes in 2014 and 2016, to go with the second-place finish this (season),” Skaggs said. “Also add to that the three consecutive City League titles. The two best teams played a 1-0 match for the state title. There’s no shame in being runner-up this year. Aquinas is a team we’ve never beaten, so it was a big win for the program and something we can build on.”



Kapaun’s Ryan Mccully is congratulated by teammates Kevin Black (10), Jack Barrier (9) and Cody Benedict (14) after a goal against Aquinas in the 5A third-place match. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Carroll will lose a talented and accomplished senior class, which includes Corbyn Howard, Skyler Stuckey, Dawson Lee, Ryan Griffin and Alec Bevis. But the foundation has been set, and Bishop Carroll soccer appears set for the foreseeable future. “Schools always graduate seniors, so there is always the possibility of a dropoff,” Skaggs said. “However, we’ve had strong senior classes leave before, and we’ve been able to maintain our level of competitiveness. There are always kids who have been playing in the shadows of JV and C (team), and then step up and do great things at varsity no one expected.” Kapaun Mount Carmel was strong, as expected this season. The Crusaders, a year after finishing fourth at 5A, improved to third this season and finished with a sparkling 16-4-1 record. Kapaun reached the state semifinals, where the Crusaders lost 2-0 to Blue Valley Southwest, but they ended the season with an impressive 2-0 win against St. Thomas Aquinas. Newton (12-7-0) navigated the tricky AVCTL Division 1 with a solid 10-6 record, and then the Railers embarked on a solid postseason run. After cruising past Andover 7-0, Newton edged Liberal 3-2 in double overtime in the regional finals. Newton’s run ended with a 3-0 loss to Kapaun. Maize soccer had a young team and ended the regular season with an unimpressive 7-8-1 record. But, the Eagles dispatched Great Bend 3-2 and then

Cole Hickerson of Andover Central battles Miege’s Ethan Martinez in the 4-3-2-1A finals in Olathe. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

edged Eisenhower 1-0 on a chilly, windy day. Maize graduates seniors Will Thompson, Luke Coffman and Antonio Melchor, but the Eagles return plenty next year, including defenders Hunter Clark and Ethan Kingery, midfielders Nick Reiswig and Sam Bartlett, forward Logan Voran and goalkeeper Caleb Wessley. “I think a quarterfinal appearance is something for us to build on moving forward,” Maize coach Jay Holmes said. “We have a quality group of freshmen and sophomores that we will need to count on next season to help us be successful.”

Corbyn Howard of Bishop Carroll is surrounded by BVSW defenders during the 5A championship match in Maize. (Photo, Mark Weaver)



STATE SOCCER Lyam Silveria of Kapaun sends the ball upfield against Aquinas in the 5A thirdplace match. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

The question moving forward for the Jaguars (17-4-0) is how do they follow up these two memorable seasons after the loss of 10 seniors? “That question will be answered by the players,” Huskey said. “I know we will have some very excited athletes for summer … as we prepare for the 2018 season. New leaders will emerge, and former players will return to guide and mentor the team during summer workouts. Hopefully, we can maintain the upward trend of the program and keep achieving our goals.”

North Reaches 6A Quarters Jags Set Records, Finish 2nd

Team records fell all over Andover Central this season, which more than made up the disappointment for losing in the state championship game to Bishop Miege. The Jaguars set school records for wins (17), fewest goals conceded (14 in regular season 17 overall), shutouts (10) and best postseason finish. “Most of our varsity players have been on the team for multiple years, and they know that their contribution to our program is second to none,” Andover Central coach Steven Huskey said. “Going to state in back-to-back years shows the amount of dedication and effort they put into moving this program forward.”

The 6A Central/South Central region was loaded. An 8-8 record was only good enough to garner the 10 seed in the 16-team region. Wichita North was part of that loaded field, and despite a 13-3 record, only played one postseason game at home. Yet, the Redskins made the most of their postseason trip, being the only Wichita 6A school to advance past regionals. After dispatching Wichita Southeast 5-0 in the regional semifinals, North ended Campus’ best season in school history with a tantalizing 2-1 win at Campus. The run ended with a 3-0 loss to Manhattan in the state quarterfinals.

Andover Central players gather together following their loss to Bishop Miege in the 4-3-2-1A state finals. (Photo, Kendall Shaw) 30


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Alexa Rios, Maize South 7th Place, Class 5A

Ashten Dodson, Douglass 7th Place, Class 3A

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Asher Moen, Andover 6th Place, Class 5A

Claire Lieb, Trinity Academy 9th Place, Class 4A

Ashley Melugin, Flinthills 8th Place, Class 1A

Emmet Keller, Circle 8th Place, Class 4A

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Erin Topham, Berean Academy 5th Place, Class 2A

Nathan Jones, Maize 4th Place, Class 5A

Jonathan Jones, Derby 5th Place, Class 6A

Robert Pearce, Kingman 4th Place, Class 3A

Matthew Maki, Andover Central 9th place, Class 4A

Sienna Schmidt, Remington 8th Place, Class 3A

Preseason Polls Stir Things Up The Wichita City League basketball race is expected to be as close and competitive as ever. The Derby Panthers and their bevy of talented transfers are the pick in Division I of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League, while the Eisenhower Tigers will look to keep their stranglehold on the top spot in Division II. And, Division III and IV ... do the names McPherson and Andale ring a bell? Those two programs are perched in their usual position as we head into the 2017-18 high school basketball season. Preseason polls ... some people love them, others despise them, but one thing is certain, everyone reads them. Listed below is VYPE’s unscientific preseason coaches rankings for the 10 different leagues in VYPE’s readership area (The girls are on Page 54). It’s time for some basketball. The polls are closed.

PRESEASON COACHES’ POLLS boys basketball (From Information Received By VYPE Magazine)

CITY LEAGUE 1. Southeast 2. Heights 3. East 4. Kapaun 5. Bishop Carroll 6. South 7. North 8. Northwest 9. West





1. Derby

1. Eisenhower

1. McPherson

1. Andale

2. Salina Central

2. Maize South

2, Buhler

3. Newton

3. Andover Central

4. Campus

4. Arkansas City

5. Hutchinson

5, Goddard

6. Maize

CENTRAL PLAINS 1. Cheney 2. Trinity Academy 3. Belle Plaine 4. Garden Plain 5. Chaparral 6. Conway Springs 7. Independent 8. Douglass 9. Medicine Lodge


3. Augusta

2. Collegiate 3. Wellington 4. Mulvane

4. Circle

5. Rose Hill

6, Andover

5. El Dorado

6. Clearwater

7. Salina South

7. Valley Center

6. Winfield

CENTRAL KAnsaS 1. Smoky Valley 2, Hesston 3. Hillsboro 4. Halstead 5. Pratt 6. Haven 7. Kingman 8. Hoisington 9. Larned 10. Nickerson 11. Lyons

HEART OF AMERICA 1. Sterling 2, Trinity Catholic 3. Inman 4. Berean Academy 5. Sedgwick 6. Moundridge 7. Bennington 8. Remington 9. Ell-Saline 10. Marion


HEART OF PLAINS 1. Central Christian 2. South Barber 3. Burrton 4. Attica 5. Skyline 6. Pretty Prairie 7. Stafford 8. Norwich 9. Fairfield 10. Cunningham

SCBL 1. Sedan 2. Caldwell 3. West Elk 4. Dexter-CV 5. Flinthills 6. Oxford 7. Argonia 8. South Haven 9. Central Burden 10. Udall

High-scoring Dylan Vincent and the Eisenhower Tigers are picked to win the AVCTL-II race again this season.

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Barnes Ready For (Another) Banner Year By Conor Nicholl VYPE South Central Kansas Southeast senior guard Israel Barnes developed his strong faith and character at Chisholm Trail Church of Christ in Wichita. The church helped hone his basketball skills, too. Barnes and his father, Todd, have a key to the Chisholm gym and constantly had practices and workouts during the years. Often the practices went past 11 p.m. and focused on all basketball skills, especially conditioning. “I have done this since I was five years old,” Barnes said. “My dad is just the type of person that just wants me to put in 100 percent to everything, and I love him so much. That’s really like my best friend.” The work at Chisholm and through the summer MoKan (Missouri-Kansas) basketball program has molded Barnes into another Wichita great. “I just really love the City League and everything that it brings,” Barnes said. “And I feel like me being one of the faces of the City League, I just feel like we want to just keep growing it.” The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Barnes, who averaged 28 points and eight rebounds for Southeast last year, recently signed with Division I Weber State University, which produced current NBA all-star point guard Damian Lillard. Former Southeast standout Jerrick Harding is a Weber State starter as a sophomore. Two years ago, Harding and Barnes led Southeast to a Class 6A state runner-up finish. “We really had a good system that year, and we all loved each other on that team,” Barnes said. “That was a real great bond that I will remember forever.” Last season, the Golden Buffalo slipped back to around .500 with a young team. Additionally, Southeast switched to a new gym after decades in its famously small fieldhouse. This year, Southeast returns a group that includes senior Chase Williams, junior Johnny Murdock, and sophomores Micah Jacques and Shawn Warrior.



Israel Barnes averaged 28 points and 8 rebounds a game last season for Southeast. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

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Barnes signed a letter of intent with Weber State on November 8. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

“It’s beautiful, it’s a fresh start, everything about it is new, and of course, we are going to have to get acclimated, we are have to get used to it,” coach Melvin Herring said. “The first couple of games it was kind of like I am coming to a visiting game. I am not at home, but it’s home. But for us, we know we’ve got to make it home.” Growing up, Herring played basketball at the park with friends that included Todd. Todd and his brother Val, were standouts at Wichita South. Herring served in the navy for eight years, including the first Persian Gulf conflict. Once Herring returned to Wichita, he talked with longtime friend Reggie Love about coming back to basketball. Herring first saw Barnes at Coleman Middle School, a Southeast feeder. Barnes went to Sunrise Christian as a freshman and then transferred to Southeast. “His basketball game was a lot more mature than the other kids,” Herring said. “He had already been welltaught.” Herring worked with multiple Wichita-area players in previous summers, including several with the late legendary Southeast coach Carl Taylor. Herring joined Taylor’s staff as an assistant, and took over the program prior to the 2012-13 season. Barnes averaged 19.2 points per game as a sophomore before he took over the team last winter. He had multiple Division I offers, including Tulsa and Texas Tech, but will joing Harding at Weber State. “You reap what you sow and Israel has always had a really good work ethic,” Herring said.

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“Will to Prepare” Athlete of the Month Nathan Hungate, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Nathan is a senior at Kapaun and a three-year baseball letterman for the Crusaders. He was 3-0 with a 2.59 earned run average on the mound last year and was named first-team All-City. Nathan has signed to play next year at Neosho County Community College. "I've watched Nathan pitch for the last three years. This is the first year Nathan has pitched for a team I coach," said Ray Baty, manager of 316 Elite, Nathan's summer league team. "If I was asked to use only one word to describe Nathan, it would be 'complete.' Nathan has been so far the most complete pitcher I have ever coached. Although he still has a long way to go, his ceiling is as high as I've seen in a long time. Good luck Nathan."

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Impact Transfers Boost Derby

Tyler Brown averaged 30 points a game last year at Valley Center. (Photos, Mark Weaver)

By Matt Browning VYPE South Central Kansas When Iowa State basketball coach, Fred Hoiberg, took over the Cyclones’ program in 2010, his intentions were to be good instantly. The only way to do that was to depend on transfers - a wide array of players seeking second or third chances. Hoiberg built a Top 25 program at Iowa State by bringing in the unorthodox recruits in transfers and build chemistry and a culture conducive to success. Derby basketball coach Brett Flory is facing a similar challenge this season. The Panthers have four impact transfers, who moved into the district over the summer, coming into the program that will be immediately eligible. Tyler Brown, who averaged 30 points per game at Valley Center last season, Bryant Macoby, who averaged 20 points at Goddard, Emilo Valentin, who averaged nine points at East and Jared Macoby, who averaged three points at Goddard are all expected to be significant contributors this season. Add those four with returning players, sophomore, Grant Adler (7 ppg, 4 rpg), senior, Adrian Brown (4 ppg, 3 rpg), junior, Clayton Hood (1 ppg, 1rpg) and sophomore, Tre Washington (2 ppg, 1rpg) and Derby basketball is perhaps the most fascinating and unpredictable team in the area this season. “I’m not all that worried about how the chemistry will work,” Flory said. “There will probably be a 42


transition period where they are learning to play together. But they are great kids, who have been wonderful since day one.” Brown transferred early in the summer, so he was able to play with the Panthers at camps and workouts before school started. The Macobys, on the other hand, transferred towards the end of the summer, so their learning curve will be higher once practice starts. “I am pretty confident that we can gel in the first couple of weeks of practice,” Bryant Macoby said. “We haven’t had much time together, but we have played in some open gyms.” Besides the raw talent on his team, what has Flory particularly encouraged is the high level of character. Individual accolades like scoring average is something that is not a priority. “I couldn’t care less about how many points I score,” Brown said. “Just as long as the wins and losses are in our favor then I’ll be happy. I’d much rather score ten points, with ten assists, as long as we win games.” Flory is used to having to mix and match lineups early in the season, as the Panther football team is typically still playing during the first few practices of basketball season. With Adler and both Macobys playing football, Derby might struggle early in the season, but Flory is hoping the extended time over Christmas break will be beneficial to his team.

Bryant Macoby, who transferred from Goddard with younger brother Jared, scored 20 points a game last season for the Lions.

Emilio Valentin was a defensiveminded player who scored nearly nine points a game last year at East High. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

“Every team runs its own race,” Flory said. “Basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint, so we hope to survive the pre-Christmas schedule and get in good work during practices during the break so we can peak in March.” All of the newcomers fit Flory’s uptempo style offensively, as well as his full-court pressing schemes defensively. However, the key is going to be which pieces fit what place in Flory’s system. “From year to year, we always tweak some things that we do,” Flory said. “We want to do things that take advantage of what our guys have. But from a base philosophical perspective, we’re going to do the same things.” As of press time, preseason rankings had not been released. However, Derby will most likely be highly thought of. And while there might be some lumps taken early in the season, the talent the Panthers have could make for a fun month of March. “The interesting thing for us to find out is how are we going to play together,” Adler said. “I think our ceiling it limitless. I think we can win state. I know that is everyone’s goal, but I honestly think we can do it.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | NOV 2017


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Coach of the Month On & Off the Field! COACHING - In her 12th year at North as girls' swim coach ... coached boys' swimming (2009-16) ... Twin Rivers Swim Club (8 years) CLASSROOM - English, AVID, Creative Writing.

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VYPE - How important is it for you, as a coach, to balance academics and athletics with your athletes? von Fange - "It is very important to me that my athletes maintain their grades, attendance and behavior in their academic classes. They are STUDENT-athletes and swimming and diving is an enrichment of their academic experience. I try to partner with teachers to make sure our athletes are successful in and out of the water. There have been practices where we sat in the bleachers and had a required study hall as a team or kids will study notes in Ziploc bags during their kick sets. Academics come first." VYPE - What are one or two important messages you convey to your athletes during practice and meets? von Fange - "I believe self-improvement is key. Every practice and race, focus on improving your time as an individual. That individual growth is measurable in swimming and regardless of place, you can win against yourself. "Be a good person. Hold yourself accountable and represent your school, coach, and self in everything you do in and outside of school. I think at this age it is important to teach our kids life values that will benefit them their entire lives."

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BOYS TEAM CAPSULES Editor’s Note: Only those schools which sent preseason information to VYPE are included in the list below.

ANDALE INDIANS Head Coach - Jeff Buchanan (12th year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 19-3 (9-1, 1st T), Preseason Poll - 1st Returning starters (4) - Brody Jobbins, 6-3, Sr. (6.5); Easton Hunter, 6-3, So. (12.8); Parker Bruce, 6-2, Sr. (6.9); Grant Fairchild, 6-4, Sr. (5.2) Other Lettermen - Codi Urbanek, 6-3, Sr. (5-4); Mason Fairchild, 6-4, Jr. (6.0); Nick Carney, 6-4, Sr. (4.7)

ARKANSAS CITY BULLDOGS Head Coach C.J. Jennings (2nd year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 11-10 (4-8, 5th) ,Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - Cevin Clark, 5-11, Jr. (20.3); Nathan Spencer, 6-1, Sr. (3.3); Hunter O’Toole, 6-0, Sr. (7.4); Cooper Pierce, 6-4, Sr. (8.0) Other Lettermen - Jordan Wilson, 6-3, Sr. (5.2); A.J. Wilson, 6-1, Jr. (1.1); Hunter Stewart, 6-1, Sr. (0.2); Paul Fiorentino, 5-10, Sr. (6.0)

ATTICA BULLDOGS Head Coach - Danton Hilton (6th year) ,League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 13-10, (4-5, T5), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - Blake Harnden, 6-0, Jr, (16.3); Masen McDaniel, 6-0, Jr. (7.3); Mason Miller, 5-10, So. (8.4); Ezra Goodman, 6-2, Jr. (3.1) Other Lettermen - Seth Orr, 5-10, Sr.; Kenny McCartney, 6-6, So.; Miles Mans, 6-1, So.; Aden Rausch, 6-1, So.

AUGUSTA ORIOLES Head Coach - Jake Sims (2nd year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 13-8 (6-4, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (4) - Jonny Clausing, 6-7, Sr. (15); Chance Whitehead, 6-0, Sr, (10.6); Clay Wesbrooks, 6-2, Sr. (8.3); Zac Burton, 6-1, Jr. (8) Other Lettermen - Blake Altenhofen, 6-1, Jr.; Jaren Jackson, 6-0, So.; Easton Brown, 6-3, Sr.

BELLE PLAINE DRAGONS Head Coach - Joe Newman (3rd year), League - Central Plains Last year - 16-10 (9-3, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (3) - Caleb Stover, 6-4, Sr. (8.3); Bo Gooch, 5-11, Jr. (19.8); Cole Osgood, 5-11, Jr. (10.0) Other Lettermen - Taylor Douglas, 6-3, Jr. (1.9)

BEREAN ACADEMY WARRIORS Head Coach - Lewis Wiebe (24th year), League - HOA Last year - 18-5 (6-3, T 1st), Preseason Poll - 5th Returning starters (2) - Toby Penner, 5-11, Sr. (6.5); Clayton Rust, 6-3, Sr. (4.0) Other Lettermen - Devin Rust, 6-5, Jr. (11.0); Jesse Unruh, 6-1, Sr. Easton Hunter of Andale averaged nearly 13 points a game as a freshman last year.

ANDOVER TROJANS Head Coach - Martin Shetlar, League - AVCTL II Last year - 9-13 (6-6, 4th), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (0) Other Lettermen - Luke Windish, 6-1, Sr. (4.6)

ANDOVER CENTRAL JAGUARS Head Coach - Jesse Herrmann (17th year) , League - AVCTL II Last year - 9-16 (3-9, 6th), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (3) - Braden Belt, 5-11, Jr. (14.6); Easton Leedom, 6-2, Jr. (11.9); Xavier Bell, 6-2, So. (10.0) Other Lettermen - Jacey Washington, 6-1, Sr.; Nolan Crawford, 6-0, Sr.; Peyton Jensen, 6-2, Jr.; Jerome Washington, 6-3, So.

ARGONIA RED RAIDERS Head Coach - Bob Almanza (12th year) League - SCBL Last year - 7-15 (3-6, 6th) Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (4) - Trevor Pierce, 5-11, Sr. (12); Anthony Handlin, 6-0, Sr. (1); Kamden Basinger, 6-0, Sr. (1); Zach Haxton, 6-1, Jr. (7) Other Lettermen - Micah Carter, 5-10, Sr. (1)



Cevin Clark scored over 20 points a game for Arkansas City last season.

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COUGARS Head Coach - Adam Clark, League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 20-6 overall, Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (3) - Nate Heneha, 6-1, Sr. (22.5); JT Duree, 6-0, Sr. (6.1); Corbin Gibson, 5-11, Sr. (3.1) Other Lettermen - Adam Hall, 5-11, So. (8.6); Richie Oswalt, 5-11, Jr.; Marshall Walton, 5-10, Jr.

CENTRAL BURDEN RAIDERS Head Coach - Dave Whitehill (5th year), League - SCBL Last year - 7-15 (2-7, 7th), Preseason Poll - 9th. Returning starters (4) - Dustin Handlin, 6-0, Sr. (14.0); Trey Hamilton, 6-0, Sr. (7.0); Bowdy Williams, 5-10, Jr. (2.0); Clark Loewer, 6-0, Jr. (2.0) Other Lettermen - Michael Vaught, 5-10, Sr.; Clayton Cook, 6-0, Jr.; Hayden Powell, 6-0, Jr.


Bo Gooch helped lead Belle Plaine to a third-place finish in the 3A state tournament in March as he averaged just under 20 points a game.

BISHOP CARROLL GOLDEN EAGLES Head Coach - Mike Domnick (2nd year), League - GWAL Last year - 12-11 (7-9), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (3) - Luke Evans, 6-1, Sr.; Clay Cundiff, 6-5, Jr.; Cade Becker, 6-5, Jr. Other Lettermen - Gunner Lynch, 6-1, Jr.; Carson Lee, 5-9, Jr.; Lorenzo Barles, 5-4, So.; Luke Larson, 6-2, So.; Max Bullinger, 6-3, So.; Crece Bowling, 6-4, Jr.

Head Coach - Josh Inslee (10th year), League - CPL Last year - 8-13 (5-8, 7th), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (3) - Andrew Clark 6-0, Sr.; Quinton Pfaff, 6-1, Jr.; Jake Burke, 6-1, Jr. Other Lettermen - Hunter Spicer, 6-5, Jr.; Jarrett Fox, 6-0, Sr.; Brandon Clark, 6-3, Sr.; Jarrett Shelton, 5-8, Jr.

CHENEY CARDINALS Head Coach - Lee Baldwin (5th year), League - CPL Last year - 16-10 overall (2nd), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (5) - Trent Scheer, 5-10, Sr. (9.0); Lakin Petz, 6-0, Sr. (11.0); Micah Grover, 6-1, Sr. (5.0); Trey Patterson, 6-4, Jr. (10.0); Brendon Dewey, 6-3, Jr.(7.0) Other Lettermen - Hunter Adolph, 5-9, Sr., (8.0); Tyler White, 6-0, Sr. (4.0); J eff Thisius, 6-4, Sr. (3.0)

BLUESTEM LIONS Head Coach - Gavin Wuthrich (7th year), League - Tri-Valley Last year - 10-12 (4-3, 4th), Preseason Poll - NA Returning starters (3) - Blake Bevan, 5-10, Sr.; Hunter Clift, 6-0, Jr.; Brian Elsen, 6-3, Sr. Other Lettermen - Nicholas Laider, 5-11, So.; Luke Simon, 5-11, So.

BUHLER CRUSADERS Head Coach - Ryan Swanson (3rd year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 15-7 (8-2, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 2nd Returning starters (3) - Dylan Brown, 6-2, Sr. (9.0); Dalton Smyres, 6-4, Sr. (9.0); Grant Owens, 6-7, Sr. (12.0) Other Lettermen - Dalton Brown, 5-11, Sr; Dawson Dreher, 6-0, Sr; Adam Schrag, 5-11, Sr.

BURRTON CHARGERS Head Coach - Robbie Wright (2nd year), League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 15-6 (8-1, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (4) - Michael Rimbey, 5-10, Sr. (8.0); Cooper Zehr, 5-7, Jr. (13.0); Bryce Meacham, 5-10, Sr. (10.0); Bradley Cooprider, 6-6, Sr. (6.0). Other Lettermen - Anthony Schmitt, 6-3, Jr. (2); Dustin Hughes, 5-10, Jr.

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CALDWELL BLUEJAYS Head Coach - Jason Marlin (3rd year), League - SCBL Last year - 23-3 (10-1, 1st), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (2) - Jalen Risley, 6-0, Jr. (12.0); Justin Brown, 5-11, Sr. (4.4) Other Lettermen - None.

CAMPUS COLTS Head Coach - Chris Davis (4th year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 4-17 (2-12, 6th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - Rico Harvey, 6-2, Sr. (5.0); Tyler Kahmann, 6-3, Jr. (11.0); Tanner Leslie, 6-2, So. (7.0); Cade Howard, 6-7, Jr. (6.0) Other Lettermen - Cameron Harvey, 5-10, Jr. (2.0); Mateo Martinez, 6-2, Jr. (2.0)




BOYS TEAM CAPSULES CUNNINGHAM WILDCATS Head Coach - Dustin Murphy (2nd year), League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 0-21 overall (10th), Preseason Poll - 10th. Returning starters (2) - Brayden Schnittker, 6-2, Jr.; Jaden Strohl, 6-0, Sr. Other Lettermen - None.

DERBY PANTHERS Head Coach - Brett Flory (7th year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 17-5 (10-2, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (1) - Grant Adler, 6-3, So. (7) Other Lettermen - Tyler Brown, 6-1, Sr. (transfer); Bryant Mocaby, 6-5, Sr. (transfer); Emilio Valentin, 6-3, Sr. (transfer); Adrian Brown, 6-2, Sr. (4); Clayton Hood, 6-2, Jr. (1); Jared Mocaby, 6-2, Jr. (transfer); Tre Washington, 5-8, So. (2); Jacob Karsak, 6-2, So. (1)

DEXTER-CEDAR VALE SPARTANS Head Coach - K.B. Criss (2nd year), League - South Central Border Last year - 14-8 (5-4), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (2) - Javen Killman, 5-11, Sr. (10.2); Tracy Sweeney, 5-10, Sr. (4.2) Other Lettermen - Clayton Henderson, 6-2, So. (5.3); Arik Artherton, 6-0, So. (1.8); Zach Norris, 5-11, Jr.; Colton Potter, 6-3, So.; Braden Snyder, 5-10, Jr.; Elijah Helphingstine, 6-1, So.


Nate Heneha of Central Christian is one of the top players in Class 1A. He averaged 22.5 points per game for the Cougars last year.

CIRCLE THUNDERBIRDS Head Coach - Bo Horyna (5th year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 8-14 (4-6, 4th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (1) - Dylan Meier, 6-2, Sr. (6.6) Other Lettermen - Jude Warren, 6-0, Jr. (8.4); Lane Coulter, 5-11, Sr. (3.1)

Head Coach - Laron Nordstedt (3rd year), League - CPL Last year - 8-14 (3-5, 6th), Preseason Poll - 8th. Returning starters (3) - Kaden Dunham, 6-0, Sr. (5.6); Caleb Eck, 6-0, Sr. (3.8); J acob Gray, 6-3, Sr. (2.5) Other Lettermen - Ryan Kiekel, 5-11, Jr. (1.6); Devon Anderson, 6-1, Sr. (2.3)

EISENHOWER TIGERS Head Coach - Steve Blue (7th year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 23-2 (12-2, 1st), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (3) - Dylan Vincent, 6-2, Sr. (21.7); Tanner King, 6-3, Sr. (8.8); Jeff Wake, 6-2, Sr. (10.7) Other Lettermen - Jordan Vincent, 6-1, So. (4.0); Josh Paul, 6-5, Sr. (2.0); Mitchell Morris, 6-4, Sr.


CLEARWATER INDIANS Head Coach - Dustin Clevenger (8th year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 9-12 (4-6, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (0) - None. Other Lettermen - Taylor Gibbs, 6-1, Sr. (4.4); Drake Beatty, 5-11, So. (3.3)

Head Coach - Jordon Regehr (3rd year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 8-13 (2-8), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (2) - Jarin Koehler, 6-5, Jr. (12.8); Cameron Clausing, 6-4, Jr. (5.6) Other Lettermen - Peyton Duryea, 6-5, Sr. (1.2); Adam Haines, 5-11, Jr. (1.1); Cody Wittenberg, 6-0, Jr. (0.7).



Head Coach - Mitch Fiegel (29th year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 22-3 (9-1, tie 1st)., Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning Lettermen (7) - Cody McNerney, 6-1, Sr (17.9); Nate Kelly, 5-10, Sr. (5.2); Riley Dick, 6-4, Sr. (9.8); Grant Deiter, 6-3, Sr. (1.0); Shishir Reddy, 6-3, Sr. (1.0); Gabe Fisher, 6-4, Jr. (11.3); Jarrett Baker, 6-4, Jr. Other Players - Cole Thornton, 6-8, So.

CONWAY SPRINGS CARDINALS Head Coach - Paul Lange (3rd year), League - CPL Last year - 18-5 (6.5-1.5, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (1) - Christian Hedrick, 6-2, Sr. (9.3) Other Lettermen - Zach Mercer, 5-10, Jr. (3.2)

Head Coach - Jeff Lantz (2nd year), League - CPL Last year - 10-11 (4-4, 5th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - Nicholas Dooley, Sr.; Alex Mannebach, Sr.; Sam Thimmesch, Sr.; Matt Pauly, So. Other Lettermen - Justin Puetz, Sr.; Kaleb Snyder, Sr.; Colin Zoglman, Sr.; Dylan Dreiling, Jr.

GODDARD LIONS Head Coach - Kyle Taylor (7th year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 10-11 (6-6, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (6) - Jeremiah Crawford, 6-6, Sr. (10.0); Ian McSwain, 6-0, Sr. (11.0); Blake Sullivan, 6-2, Sr. (3.1); Chod Morrow, 6-7, Sr. (2.5); Parker Winter, 6-1, Sr. (3.4); Rowan Heick, 6-0, Sr. (12.0) Other Lettermen - None.

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HALSTEAD DRAGONS Head Coach - Lonnie Lollar (2nd year), League - CKL Last year - 12-10 (4-6), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (6) - Wyatt Seibel, 6-10, Sr. (1.5); Baylor Bohling, 5-11, Sr. (6.4); Kason O’Neal, 6-2, Sr. (7.5); Dalton Kraus, 5-11, Sr. (7.7); Andrew O’ Brien, 6-4, Jr. (8.3); Braden Gerber, 6-0, Jr. (9.9) Other Lettermen - Kaden Kraus, 5-9, So. (4.1); Lane Pitts, 6-0, Jr. (0.5)



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HAVEN WILDCATS Head Coach - Lonnie Paramore (10th year), League - Central Kansas League Last year - 12-9 (6-4), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (1) - Luke Wells, 6-3, Sr. (11.0) Other Lettermen - Nathan Rohling, 6-0, Sr.; Thane Unruh, 5-10, Sr.; Haxton Smith, 5-10, Sr.; Kodi Dale, 5-10, Sr.; Tyler Newcomer, 6-2, Sr.; Kaleb Dale, 5-9, Jr.; Jamar Miller, 6-0, Jr.; Jeremy Nisly, 5-7, Jr.; Bryce Davis, 5-10, Jr.; Jacob Ediger, 5-9, Jr.; Quinton Miller, 5-9, Jr.; Clay Schmucker, 5-10, So.; Wyatt Carmichael, 6-1, So.

HESSTON SWATHERS Head Coach - Greg Raleigh (7th year), League - CKL Last year - 19-3 (10-0, 1st), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (2) - Reese Nebel, 6-1, Sr. (7.8); Cameron Cox, 5-9, Jr. (6.9) Other Lettermen - Mitchell Martin, 6-0, Sr.; Blake Martin, 6-6, Jr.; Grady Toews, 6-1, Jr.; Parker Roth, 5-10, Jr.

HUTCHINSON SALTHAWKS Head Coach - Ted Webster (1st year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 4-17 overall., Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (4) - Davian Vigil, 6-3, Jr. (6.8); Max Ontjes, 6-2, Sr. (4.3); Jacob Cole, 5-10, Jr. (3.6); Tre’Vaughn Jones, 6-2, Sr. (6.1) Other Lettermen - Tate Webster, 6-6, Jr. (1),

INDEPENDENT PANTHERS Head Coach - Bobby Wesley (2nd year), League - CPL Last year - 4-16, Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (2) - Hayden Chase, 5-10, Sr. (7.0); Gunner Jensen, 6-2, Sr. Other Lettermen - Waylon Chance, 5-9, Jr.

KAPAUN CRUSADERS Head Coach - John Cherne III (7th year), League - GWAL Last year - 17-5 (15-2, 1st), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (5) - Mitchell Woodward, 6-3, Sr.; Mark Hutton, Jr., 6-3, Sr.; K eaton Eberhart, 5-6, Sr.; Scott Valentas, 6-3, Jr.; Jack Barrier, 5-6, Jr. Other Lettermen - None.

The Beesons and Nittlers

Chad, April, Sidney, Jake, Brice, Kiley and Harper Whether it's heading to Kansas City for baseball, Wichita for wrestling or watching the Cowley County dance team perform, Chad Beeson and April Nittler stay busy and engaged with a house-full of five active children. Sidney Nittler is a freshman at Cowley County and a member of the school's dance squad. Jake Beeson is a senior at Arkansas City High School and one of the state's top wrestlers. He is a three-time state qualifier and won the Class 5A state title at 138 pounds last year. He recently signed with Central Oklahoma University and was also a member of last year's 400-meter relay team that placed fourth in the 5A state track meet. Kiley Beeson is a junior at Ark City High and will be starting her third year as a student manager for the wrestling team. Brice Nittler is a junior and plays baseball and football for the Bulldogs. He led the AVCTL Division III in tackles from his linebacker position, while also playing fullback and offensive line. Eight-year-old Harper Webb is very active as well in soccer and softball. "It definitely keeps us busy," said Chad Beeson. "Sometimes we have to split up weekends because we have events in two different places. It keeps us going. The kids are very supportive of each other. If they don't have a conflict, they show up and support the others."

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BOYS TEAM CAPSULES NEWTON RAILROADERS Head Coach - Andy Hill (2nd year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 9-13 (7-5, T3), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (3) - Ty Berry, 6-3, So. (21.2); Cailen Valdez, 5-10, Sr. (7.5); Damarius Peterson, 6-6, Jr. (9.2) Other Lettermen - None

NICKERSON PANTHERS Head Coach - Curt Field (1st year), League - Central Kansas League Last year - 9-13 (4-6), Preseason Poll - 10th. Returning starters (1) - Tanner Schrag, 6-5, Jr. Other Lettermen - TJ Powell, 6-4, Sr.; Trevor Frederick, 6-0, Sr.; Chance Gorges, 6-4, Sr.; Hunter Jones, 6-2, Jr.; Peyton Kuhn, 5-11, Sr.; Spencer Nisly, 5-10, Jr.; Alex Nava, 6-0, Jr.

NORWICH EAGLES Head Coach - Seth Roe (6th year), League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 11-11 (4-5, 6th), Preseason Poll - 8th. Returning starters (0) - None. Other Lettermen - Blake Allender, 5-11, So. (6.5); Cody Bartel, 5-8, Sr. (2.4)

OXFORD WILDCATS Head Coach - Kyle Green (12th year), League - South Central Border Last year - 11-10 (6-3, T3), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (3) - Dakota Mitchell, 5-11, Sr.; Camren Clements, 6-2, Sr.; Cal Shimkus, 6-4, Sr. Other Lettermen - Ty Carter, 6-0, So.; Ty Askins, 5-10, Jr.; Kyle Jones, 6-1, Jr.; Caden Logue, 6-1, Sr.

REMINGTON BRONCOS Mitchell Woodard was a big part of Kapaun’s high-scoring offense style a year ago.

KINGMAN EAGLES Head Coach - Matt hew Lawson (3rd year), League - CKL Last year - 5-16 (2-8, 8th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (4) - Tanner Albright, 6-0, Jr. (14.3); Teagon Flanangan, 5-9, Jr. (4.5); Logan Buehler, 5-11, Jr. (4.6); Carter Oeding, 6-3, Sr. (1.0) Other Lettermen - None.

MAIZE EAGLES Head Coach - Chris Grill (4th year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 13-9 (7-5, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (4) - Caleb Grill, 6-2, Jr. (14.5); Jalen Johnson, 6-0, Sr. (3.9); Devon Koehn, 6-6, Jr. (4.3); Antonio Espinoza, 6-3, Sr. (2.2) Other Lettermen - Brandle Studovan Jr., 6-2, Jr.; Deriq Doty, 6-2, Jr.

MAIZE SOUTH MAVERICKS Head Coach - Kip Schultz (9th year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 9-12 (8-4, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (5) - Bryce Wiedemann, 6-5, Sr. (14.0); Tristen Knoblauch, 6-2, Sr. (4.0); Nolan Veenis, 6-3, Jr. (11.0); Ethan Hartig, 6-2, Jr. (9.0); Kael Kordonowy, 6-7, Jr. (9.0) Other Lettermen - Hayden Bontrager, 6-4, Jr. (5)

MULVANE WILDCATS Head Coach - Mike Abasolo (3rd year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 9-14 (3-7), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (1) - Drew Ellis, 5-7, Jr. (14.0) Other Lettermen - None.



Head Coach - Matt Regier (2nd year), League - Heart of America Last year - 12-10 (3-6, 7th), Preseason Poll - 8th. Returning starters (2) - Jadihn Martin, 5-9, Jr. (2.2); Kyle Thiessen, 6-4, Sr. (5.3) Other Lettermen - Brayden Marciano, 6-3, Jr. (2.9); Chase Bowen, 5-11, Sr.

ROSE HILL ROCKETS Head Coach - Joshua Shirley (3rd year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 5-13 (2-8, 6th), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (3) - Koby Campbell, 6-0, So. (7.0); Dalton Rapp, 6-3, Jr. (4.4); Dylan Sapp, 6-4, Sr. (6.0) Other Lettermen - Cole Knight, 6-5, Sr. (3); Aaron Moore, 6-1, Sr. (2.3)

SEDGWICK CARDINALS Head Coach - Darren Crumrine (24th year), League - Heart of America Last year - 10-11 (4-6), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (3) - Brayden Francis, 5-10, Sr. (14.6); Neal Bever, 5-11, Sr. (16.5); Colton Smith, 6-0, Jr. (2.5) Other Lettermen - Mason Lacey, So. (5.1); Kale Schroeder, So. (3.1); Trey Bright, Jr. (2.1); Brock Horning, Sr.

SUNRISE ACADEMY BUFFALOES Head Coach - Jared Miller (first year), League - KCCA Last year - NA, Preseason Poll - NA Returning starters - Not available Other Lettermen - Not available

TRINITY CATHOLIC CELTICS Head Coach - Joe Hammersmith, League - Heart of America Last year - 12-11 (6-3, T1) ,Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (5) - Connor Remar, 6-8, Sr. (13.0); Kaleb Hammeke, 5-10, Jr. (9.7); Alex Hammersmith, 6-2, Jr. (4.8); Mac Pritchett, 5-10, Sr. (2.2); Jack Neal, 6-3, Jr. (3.3) Other Lettermen - None.



Head Coach - Ty Unrau (3rd year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 7-14 (5th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (4) - Wyatt Lange, 6-0, Sr. (12.0); Joe Petrakis, 6-8, Sr. (6.8); Zach Williams, 6-4, Jr. (5.6); Ray Flora, 5-7, So. (0.7) Other Lettermen - Trenton Driskill, 6-6, Jr.; Jaythan Lutz, 5-7, Jr.****

Head Coach - Gary Squires, League - GWAL Last year - 12-9 (8-8, 4th T), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (2) - Peyton Hatter, 6-6, Sr. (13.0); Chase McCollum, 6-1, Sr. (7.0) Other Lettermen - Zach Sterner, 6-4, Sr. (3.0); Daniel Moose, 6-1, Sr. (1.5); T y Bruckner, 5-10, Sr. (0.9)



Head Coach - Rick Roitman , League - AVCTL IV Last year - 8-14 (3-7, 5th), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (2) - A.J. Snipes, 6-2, Sr. (17.4); Ian King, 6-8, Sr. (13.5) Other Lettermen - J. Mutazammil, 5-10, Sr. (1.2); J. Walton, 6-3, Sr. (1.9); De’Andre Washington, 6-0, Jr.; S. Popplewell, 6-0, So. (2.8); G. Hatfield, 6-1, Jr. (4.0)

Head Coach - Bryan Chadwick (4th), League - GWAL Last year - 6-16 (3-13, 8th), Preseason Poll - 8th. Returning starters (4) - Jalen Smith, 5-10, Sr. (11.0); Jamir Cupps, 5-8, Jr. (7.0); Breece Hall, 6-1, Jr. (7.0); Javin Dixon, 6-4, Sr. (11.0) Other Lettermen - Joey Duncan, 6-5, Jr. (5)



Head Coach - Joe Jackson (6th year), League - GWAL Last year - 13-8 overall, Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (2) - Jaylen Randle 6-0, Jr. (6.0); D’Ron Jacobs, 5-10, Jr. (2.0) Other Lettermen - Jayden Finney, 6-2, Sr. (3.1)

Head Coach - Chuck Gunter (5th), League - GWAL Last year - 16-6 (11-5, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (2) - Deahvian Manning, 5-10, Sr. (10.0); Remy Lemovou, 6-8, Sr. (12.5) Other Lettermen - Cody Silmon, 6-1, Sr. (2.0); Jamial Pugh, 6-3, Sr. (2.0)



Head Coach - Joe Auer (22nd year), League - GWAL Last year - 18-7 (12-4, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (2) - Devin Davis, 6-1, Sr. (16.5); Jaden Okon, 6-3, Jr. (4) Other Lettermen - Braxton Kirkendoll, 6-0, Sr.; Curtis Profit, 5-9, Sr.; Deante Edwards, 6-0, Sr.

Head Coach - Melvin Herring , League - GWAL Last year - 11-12 overall, Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (4) - Israel Barnes, 6-4, Sr. (28.0); Johnny Murdock, 6-0, Jr. (10.0); Shawn Warrior, 6-4, So. (8.0); Micah Jacques, 6-2, So. Other Lettermen - Richard Reed, 6-5, Jr.; Tarik Adkins, 6-3, Sr. (5.0)

WICHITA WARRIORS Head Coach - Steve Guinn (1st year), League - KCAA Last year - 15-14 (7-4, 4th), Preseason Poll - NA Returning starters (4) - Marshal Masterson, 5-11, Jr. (10.3); Grant Mellinger, 6-1, Jr, (8.4); Judah Townsend, 6-3, Jr. (10.3); Levi Masterson, 6-2, Jr. (1.4) Other Lettermen - Markus Lallement, 6-2, So. (1.6)

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Birthday - November 26 Randle is starting her eighth season as the girls' basketball coach at Southeast. She was also the varsity girls' coach at North High and a freshman coach at East High in 2003-04. Randle has been part of the Dellrose United Methodist Women's Ministry since 2007 and on the leadership board from 2007-09. She played basketball at Wichita State from 1998-2001. She is a member of two halls of fame Biddy Basketball (1999) and Wichita Sports HOF (2009).

Newton’s Ty Berry poured in 21.2 points per game as a freshman last year. (Hudl Photo)

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WICHITA WEST PIONEERS Head Coach - Michael Lewis (4th year), League - GWAL Last year - 0-21 (0-18, Last), Preseason Poll - 9th. Returning starters (5) - Knowledge McPherson, 5-10, So (5); Alante French, 6-1, Sr. (6); Rayquwon Brazil, 6-2, Sr. (3); Corey Anderson-Haynes, 6-3, So. (7); Kelvin Saulsberry, 5-10, So. (3) Other Lettermen - Jered McGehee, 6-4, Jr. (1); Omar Njai, 6-5; Khalil Frierson, 6-0, Sr. (7); Trey Campell, 6-0, Sr. (10)

WINFIELD VIKINGS Head Coach - Connor Bechard (2nd year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 2-19 (0-10, 6th), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (2) - Jordan Mays, 6-3, Sr.; Matt Everett, 6-4, Jr. Other Lettermen - Caleb Weathers, 5-10, Sr.; Jacob Weber, 6-1, Jr.

Devin Davis is one of the City League’s top players. He led Heights in scoring a year ago at 16.5 per game.



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Baking Cookies. Fundraising. Volunteering time. Just a few of the things that I am involved in when it comes to supporting my kids’ schools. Their high school lives keep me busier than I remember my own being. I am constantly running from tennis matches to football games and basketball games, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am a mom to four outgoing and busy kids. Hanah is 18, Halie is 16, Cody is 15 and Sadie is 8. I enjoy being involved in their education and helping out in any way that I can. Currently I hold the role of Conway Springs High School Booster Club Vice President and will be taking over as President next fall. My favorite activities to help with are serving meals to the football boys, baking cookies for our teams and working concession stands at the football games. Having the opportunity to participate actively in the lives of my children means the world to me. They grow up so fast. They only have four year of high school. Those four years have a big impact on the rest of their lives and, as their mom, it is a privilege to be a part of it in any way that I can.passion. - Jennifer Jones

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CITY LEAGUE 1. South 2. Bishop Carroll 3. Heights 4. Kapaun 5. East 6. Northwest 7. Southeast 8. West 9. North

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AVCTL II 1. Goddard

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HEART OF AMERICA 1. Sedgwick 2. Remington 3. Sterling 4. Moundridge 5. Berean Academy 6. Marion 7. Inman 8. Bennington 9. Ell-Saline 10. Trinity Catholic



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Derby coach Jodie Karsak was fired up during last year’s fourth-quarter comeback in the Class 6A championship game against Manhattan. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas There was about five minutes remaining in the 2017 Class 6A title game when the Derby girls, while in a timeout and trailing by 18 points, took a moment to let it all sink in. “We kind of looked at each other -- ‘we’re not done yet,’” Derby forward Kennedy Brown said. “Looking in the stands, we saw everyone came to support us, to watch us, to win.” The Panthers put on a defensive show and tied the score with 24 seconds to go before losing by two. “That was pretty tough on all of us,” said Brown, a 6-foot-6 junior, who was named to The Wichita Eagle’s All-State team in March. “We wanted it, bad. Still do. This season, that’s our goal for sure. There was a lot of emotion. It’s just motivation, knowing that we can make it that far.” It was a devastating loss, but the Panthers have their sights firmly on a return. Asked if she had gotten over the loss, junior guard Tor’e Alford said, “I don’t know what you mean. I’m 58


confused on the question. “Nope. I want to play them again.” There’s no forgetting that game for coach Jodie Karsak, either. “I’ve probably watched that film several dozen times,” Karsak said. “... It was almost miraculous how they came back. It was incredible. “What I loved about it, it embodied so much of what I hoped our program embodies -- we never give up, we’re always going to fight, no matter what, give our all for each other.” Eight months later, Karsak said people still stop her in the store or church or on the street and want to talk about the comeback. “They don’t necessarily remember who we played,” she said. “They remembered the fight that they saw.” Now it’s all about getting back to that title game. Karsak added new assistants in former Wichita State player Jessica Diamond and former Wichita State women’s basketball coach Jody Adams-Birch. “Just that knowledge that (Adams-Birch) brings will be great for us,” Brown said. “She can help develop

Kennedy Brown, one of the top recruited players in the Midwest, averaged 16.4 points and 13.2 rebounds last year as a sophomore. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

players, and Karsak won’t have to worry about that so much.” On the court, Brown and Alford are two critical components. Brown is virtually unstoppable in the lane. As a sophomore, she averaged 16.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocks. “Along with her height, she’s a very smart player,” Karsak said. “Even if Kennedy’s not scoring, she’s going to alter the game in some way for us.” Brown has made unofficial visits to UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona State. She also had a trip planned to Louisville. Brown, whose mom, Danika, played at Michigan State, plans to narrow her list to five schools by the spring and announce her choice before the summer. “I think for us to win, it starts with our defense,” Brown said. “We have (Sydney Nilles) and Madi (Young) up front -- they’re two of the toughest players you’ll ever meet on defense…. Aliyah (Myers) is a great defensive player. She’s quick, she moves her feet. She’ll be more of a complete player, too. She’s worked on her shot a lot.”

“I’ve probably watched that film several dozen times ... It was almost miraculous how they came back. It was incredible.” – Derby coach Jodie Karsak

Alford, who has made a non-binding verbal commitment to Missouri State, is a three-year starter like Brown. She sees the court incredibly well, and often chooses to make the pass before shooting. “She understands where people are going to go,” Karsak said. “Her IQ is a little higher. Even as a young player, watching her grow up, she’s been able to find where the ball goes. I’m really hoping that she can step up her game offensively because she’s so unselfish, sometimes to a fault, because she can score.” Also returning is Holly Mills, who suffered an ACL injury during the 2016-17 season. What may matter even more than an incredible group of returning talent - Derby graduated one - is team chemistry. “We’re friends off the court,” senior Jalina Johnson said. “We do hang out…. During the summer, we just hang out and we have sleepovers.” That tight bond was vital after Alford’s father, Amos, an assistant basketball coach at East High, died suddenly in April. “That was pretty emotional,” Brown said. “Not only to see her hurt -- that was tough -- but a lot of us were close with Amos…. He was like a second dad to us, and then having Tor’e, we’ve basically been sisters. “I think being there for her, letting her know she could talk to us, helped her.” That trust and love for each other translates on the court. Which will only serve to make the Panthers even more of a threat to win it all.

Junior guard Tor’e Alford has made a verbal commitment to Missouri State. (Photo, Dale Stelz)



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T-Bird Girls Eye ‘Next Level’

Head coach Brian Henry’s team finished 21-4 last season, its losses to Bishop Miege, McPherson (twice) and KC Piper. (Photos, Tanner Colvin)

By Bob Lutz VYPE South Central Kansas Circle’s girls basketball team lost four games last season. One to Bishop Miege, which won the Class 4A-I state championship. Two to McPherson, which lost in the state title game to Miege. And one to Kansas City Piper, which beat the Thunderbirds in the 4A-I third-place game. “I think ultimately, our hope is to get to that next level,” said Circle coach Brian Henry. “We had a great experience last year, but we don’t want to rest on that. We want to use that as a building block.” The Thunderbirds, 21-4 last season, are in one of the state’s toughest classes. Miege and McPherson are two of the most traditionally-strong programs in Kansas and will be two of the favorites in the class this season. Circle should be right in the mix, too. Even though the Thunderbirds lost four seniors from last season’s team, including standout guard Kali Martin, there is lots to like about this season’s team. 62


It stars with junior Carissa Beck, a 5-foot-7 guard, who Henry says is one of the best shooters in the state. Two other juniors from last season’s team – guard Kelsie Kelly and forward Raegen Galloway – are also back. So is senior guard Camron Perry. There’s also been a significant addition to the roster. Alyson Potter, a 6-2 junior forward, arrived at Circle along with her father, Don, the new superintendent of schools in Towanda. “We’ve been blessed with players transferring in,” Henry said. “Two years ago, Kali was a transfer as a junior.”

“We had a great experience last year, but we don’t want to rest on that. We want to use that as a building block.” – Circle coach Brian Henry

Beck, who averaged 14.3 points per game as a Circle sophomore, said Potter is going to add some muchneeded height to the Thunderbirds. Not to mention her scoring ability. Potter averaged nearly 20 points a game last year at Neodesha. “Ally and I were pretty close friends before she transferred here, from playing summer basketball together,” Beck said. “We work well together and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” Beck’s biggest strength is her ability to shoot. It’s come from a lot of practice inside any gym she and her dad, Thomas, could find that didn’t have the doors locked. “We started going to the gym to practice my shooting when I was little,” Beck said. “And even now, I still work on shooting a lot. I stay after practice and shoot and I go with my dad on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, when he’s off work.” There’s a regimen to follow, Beck said. “My main objective is that I shoot 100 three-point shots and try to hit more than 80,” she said. “And then I shoot 20 free throws and try to make at least 18. At the beginning, that was pretty tough. But I’ve gotten a lot better.” Carissa Beck averaged over 14 points a game as a sophomore.

Camron Perry, a senior, is a returning guard for the Thunderbirds.

Beck is unlikely to back off on her practice habits when it comes to shooting, but she’s doing more to make herself a more complete player. “I’ve really worked on my defense and my quickness,” she said. “And especially my ball-handling, which has gotten a lot better. And I’m trying to attack the basket more.” Spot-up shooting is fine, but Beck understands how much more of a challenge she’ll be to guard if she can add a driving game to her skill set. Beck will also be one of the players Henry is relying on to fill a big leadership void left by the departure of Martin and the three other seniors who graduated. “Kali was just a great team player,” Henry said. “She would find ways to not only get herself involved in the game, but to get other people involved, too. If she wasn’t shooting well one game, she would find ways to pick up the other areas. She wasn’t a one-dimensional player. So we’re asking other players to step up and take on a little bit more this season.” There’s a clear goal for the Thunderbirds and that’s to break through against the Miege’s and McPherson’s of the world. It won’t be easy. “We lost four games last season to the top three teams in the state,” Henry said. “Our girls know what it takes.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | NOV 2017


Comeback Player of the Month MayLee Edwards, Newton H.S. Newton freshman MayLee Edwards has her high school career right on track, thanks to quick work to overcome a summertime leg injury. Edwards competes in basketball, track and tae kwon do – in the latter, twice qualifying for nationals. The hard work, however, caught up to her as she suffered an osteochondral defect of her femoral condyle. “It’s kind of like a deep bone bruise, when your cartilage is almost going to detach from your bone,” Edwards said. To heal, she spent six weeks on crutches, coupled with four weeks of physical therapy at Newton Medical Center. Edwards hopes to be part of the next wave of Newton’s prestigious programs – girls’ basketball has made state three straight seasons, while track is the two-time defending state champion. “It’s pretty cool,” Edwards said. “I was really excited to get on the basketball team, and I’m still excited to try out for the track team.”

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GIRLS TEAM CAPSULES AUGUSTA ORIOLES Head Coach - Tracy Anderson (6th year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 11-9 (5-5, 3rd T), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (4) - Jayden Marlnee, 5-9, Jr. (12.3); Abbee Rhodes, 6-2, Jr. (11.1); Madison Wheeler, 5-3, Sr. (7.5); Maddie Livingston, 5-8, Jr. (5.0) Other Lettermen - Natalie Rockers, 5-6, Sr.; Mackenzie Kirk, 5-3; Teresa Steinkamp, 5-7; Raine Harman, 5-6; Nataleigh Cantu, 5-5

BELLE PLAINE DRAGONS Head Coach - Jason Jinkens (2nd year) , League - Central Plains Last year - 0-21 (0-12, 9th), Preseason Poll - 8th. Returning starters (3) - Marissa Lawless, 5-2, Sr. (2.1); Lea Morel, 5-9, So. (5.2); Taylor Bohannon, 5-6, So. (3.1) Other Lettermen - Ebony Flynn, 5-10, Jr.; Mallory Reynolds, 5-10, So.; Dawn Hammond, 5-6, Sr.; Jayden Martinez, 5-7, So.

Ryann Stearns of Andover Central returns after averaging 16 points a game as a junior.

ANDALE INDIANS Head Coach - Ted Anderson (3rd year) , League - AVCTL IV Last year - 14-10 (7-3, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (3) - Tyler Winter, 5-6, Sr. (5.2); Rachel Bergkamp, 5-8, Sr. (7.5); Morgan Geist, 5-10, Sr. (4.7); Sophie Easter, 5-7, Sr. (4.7) Other Lettermen - Bria Gutchenritter, Sr. (3.9); Macie Eck, 5-9, Jr.; Paiton Bruce, 5-9, Jr.; Jacy Anderson, 5-5, Jr.; Maggie Knoblauch, (3.8); Morgan Bruna, 5-10, So.

ANDOVER TROJANS Head Coach - Clint Cornelsen (2nd year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 6-15 (4-8), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (4) - Hayley Jones, 5-5, Sr. (7.7); Shanti Henry, 5-6, Jr. (12.4); Kylee Gaddis, 5-6, Jr. (11.0); Isabelle Reynolds, 6-0, Sr. (4.4) Other Lettermen - Hannah Showalter, Sr.; Sydney Wekamp, Jr.; Carley Phelps, Jr.

ANDOVER CENTRAL JAGUARS Head Coach - Stana Jefferson (13th year) , League - AVCTL II Last year - 13-9 (9-3), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (2) - Ryann Stearns 5-9, Sr. (16.0); Ashtyn Brown, 5-9, Sr. (8.0) Other Lettermen -

ARGONIA RED RAIDERS Head Coach - Dixie Brewster (12th year), League - South Central Border Last year - 10-13 (4-5, 6th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (2) - Baylee Booker, 5-5, Jr. (6); Cora Vineyard, 5-10, Jr. (18) Other Lettermen - Kaylee Schulte, 5-5, Sr; Kaylee Laycee, 5-7, Jr.

ARKANSAS CITY BULLDOGS Head Coach - Brett Gunderson (1st year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 5-16 (1-11, 7th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (3) - Chassidy Weathers, 5-5, Sr. (8.9); Destiny Stewart, 5-3, Sr. (8.6); Allison Smith, 5-8, Sr. (9.1) Other Lettermen - Erika Hoag, 5-5, Sr. (1.4); Kirsten Birdwell, 5-8, Jr. (2.8); Kalyn Corley, 5-6, Jr.; Braylee Ruyle, 5-5, So. (2.6); Espy Daniels, 5-5, So.

ATTICA BULLDOGS Head Coach - Bret Ricke (10th year), League - HOPL Last year - 11-10 (3-6, 6th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (3) - Juels Loreg, 5-7, Jr.; Ashlynn Rogers, 5-4, Jr.; Kaitlin Newberry, 5-4, Jr. Other Lettermen - None. 66


Ashtyn Wiebe of Berean Academy will be counted on for a big year.

BEREAN ACADEMY WARRIORS Head Coach - Kristin Wiebe (13th year), League - HOA Last year - 19-5 (1st T), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (1) - Ashtyn Wiebe, 5-8, Sr. Other Lettermen - Mallory Wiebe, 5-10, Jr.; Brooke Wiebe, 5-7, So.; Claira Eldridge, Jr.; Makenzie Womack, Sr.; Chloe Driskill, Sr.; Grace Neal, Jr.

BURRTON CHARGERS Head Coach - Kelli Zehr (6th year), League - HOPL Last year - 5-15 (2-7), Preseason Poll - 9th. Returning starters (1) - Ronni Salgado, 5-4, Sr. Other Lettermen - Hannah Watson, 5-0, Jr.; Kassandra Salgado, 5-6, So.

CALDWELL BLUEJAYS Head Coach - Jason McVeigh (1st year), League - SCBL Last year - 16-8 (1st), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (4) - Tylyn Ward, 5-5, Jr.; Katie Jo Schmidy, 5-3, Jr.; Kasidy Bruey, 5-6, Jr.; Megg Lebeda, 6-0, Jr. Other Lettermen - Samie Strnad, 5-5, Jr.; Suzy Hagar, 5-4, Jr.; Delaney Mayo, 5-8, So.; Lucy Schneider, 5-11, So.; Tori Lewellen, 6-0, So.; Katie Townsend, 5-10, Jr.

CAMPUS COLTS Head Coach - Josh Curtiss (10th year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 1-20 (0-12, 7th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (4) - Camryn Huggans, 5-11, Jr. (5.5); Hannah Schutte, 5-7, Jr. (4.3); Elizabeth Baalmann, 5-8, Jr. (3.7); Venus Thanasouk, 5-6, So. (2.9) Other Lettermen - Lauryn Johnson, 5-5, Jr. (1.8)

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COUGARS Head Coach - Jason Hett (5th year), League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 14-9 (5-4), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (1) - Josie Ibarra, 5-8, So. (6.0) Other Lettermen - Lindsey Kauffman, 5-4, So. (10); Krysten Bartlett, 5-4, So. (3.0); Paisley Jaye, 5-4, Sr; Courtney Jensen, 5-4, Sr.; Baylea Dennet, 5-5, Jr.

Bishop Carroll expects a big year out of Ashton McCorrry.

BISHOP CARROLL GOLDEN EAGLES Head Coach - Taylor Dugan (6th year), League - GWAL Last year - 2nd., Preseason Poll - 18-5 (14-2, 2nd) Returning starters (2) - Ashton McCorry, 6-0, Sr. (8.1); Allison McFarren, 5-5, Jr. (5.2) Other Lettermen - Britney Ho, 6-0, Jr. (5.0); Rebecca Hageman, 5-7, Jr. (1.1); Hannah Landwehr, 5-8, So. (4.0)

BLUESTEM LIONS Head Coach - Troy Babcock (1st year), League - Tri Valley Last year - 8-14 (4-6, 5th), Preseason Poll - NA. Returning starters (2) - Natlie Bevan, 5-6, Jr.; Addyson Emmons, 5-6, Jr. Other Lettermen - Paige Fisher, 5-9, Jr.; Andrea Harlan, 5-4, So.; Cheyenne Lewis, 5-4, Jr.; Brandy Rigg, 5-4, Jr.; Marie Standfast, 5-11, Jr.; Emma Young, 5-4, So.

BUHLER CRUSADERS Head Coach - Brittany Hines (1st year), League - AVCLT II Last year - 3-18 (2-8, 5th), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (5) - Haley Miller, 5-2, So.; Alexis Marchione, 5-7, So.; Alyvia Owens, 5-10, So.; Maggie Epp, 5-7, So.; Kara Stutterheim, 5-9, So. Other Lettermen - Libby Schultz, 5-5, So.; Amanda Mounce, 5-5, Sr.; Addi White, 5-6, Sr. Kadie Smith of Cheney is a returning starter for the Class 3A runner-up Cardinals.




CHAPARRAL ROADRUNNERS Head Coach - Cody Liebelt (4th year), League - CPL Last year - 10-11 (6th), Preseason Poll - 9th. Returning starters (2) - Liz Francis, 5-5, Sr. (2.5); J’Lynne Stolsworth, 5-7, Jr. (2.3) Other Lettermen - Ivy Bringer, 5-8, Sr. (3.2)

CHENEY CARDINALS Head Coach - Rod Scheer (8th year), League - Central Plains Last year - 21-5 (8-1), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (4) - Kadie Smith, 6-11, Sr. (7.7); Kristen Wewe, 5-6, Sr. (4.0); Kirsten Campbell, 5-11, Sr. (8.1); Emily Monson, 5-8, Sr. (4.3) Other Lettermen - Jordan Black, 5-6, Sr. (0.3); Kennedy Higgins, 5-7, Sr. (2.9)

CIRCLE THUNDERBIRDS Head Coach - Brian Henry (12th), League - AVCTL III Last year - 21-4 (8-2, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (5) - Carissa Beck, 5-7, Jr. (14.3); Camron Perry, 5-6, Sr. (4.3); Kelsie Kelly, 5-5, Jr. (6.5); Raegen Galloway, 5-11, Jr. (6.6); Alyson Potter, 6-2, Jr. (19.0). Other Lettermen - Jessie Nibarger, 5-5, Jr.; Jordan Hammer, 5-8, Jr.; Mallory Cowman, 6-0, So.; Brinlee Ysidro, 5-5, So.

Daphne Williams of Halstead scored 13.0 points a game last season.

COLLEGIATE SPARTANS Head Coach - Jeff Skar (2nd year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 6-15 (4-6, 4th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - A’Niah Bell, 5-7, Jr. (5.0); Kennedy Brandenburg, 5-10, Jr. (10.0); Maddie Reed, 5-6, So. (8.0); Abby Waddell, 6-1, So. (4.0) Other Lettermen - Anna Caughlin, 5-7, Jr. (1.0)

CONWAY SPRINGS CARDINALS Head Coach - Pat Carl (4th year), League - Central Plains Last year - 14-7 (7.5-1.5, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (3) - Sabrina Bellar, 5-10, Sr. (10.1); Lacey Pauly, 5-10, Sr. (4.9); Kayla Koester, 5-9, Jr. (9.6) Other Lettermen - Shannon Drouhard, 5-0, Sr. (3.2); Makenzie Curry, 5-8, Jr. (2.4); Kara Koester, 5-10, So. (4.3)


DOUGLASS BULLDOGS Head Coach - Kyle Moore (2nd year), League - CPL Last year - 3-18 (8th), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (4) - Katelyn Moore, 5-7, Jr.; Shelby Little, 5-9, So.; Greely Munroe, 5-7, Jr.; Emilia Potts, 5-7, Sr. Other Lettermen - Hannah Reynolds, 5-5, Jr.; Hanna Brown, 5-8, Sr.

EISENHOWER TIGERS Head Coach - Joe Blasi (7th year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 1-20 (1-11, Last), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (4) - Mary Omli, 5-7, Sr. (9.8); Sienna Carter, 5-6, Jr. (3.4); Sarah Howard, 5-8, So. (2.6); Faith Denning, (2.3) Other Lettermen - None.

Head Coach - Eric Meyers, League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 19-3 (8-1, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (2) - Lauren Murphy, 5-10, Jr. (6.4); Kylee Ricke, 5-5, Sr. (10.3) Other Lettermen - Holly DeWeese, 5-10, So. (7.6); Macy Huhman, 5-5, So.; Catie Westerman, 5-6, So.




Head Coach - Jodie Karsak (5th year), League - AVCTL-I Last year - 20-5., Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (5) - Kennedy Brown, 6-6, Jr. (16.3); Tor’e Alford, 5-7, Jr. (10.0); Aliyah Myers, 5-6, Jr. (4.0); Madi Young, 5-4, Jr. (5.0); Sydney Nilles, 5-10, So. (9.0). Other Lettermen - Holly Mills, 5-8, Sr.; Jalina Johnson, 5.6, Sr.; Kenni Henson, 5-7, Sr.; Lexi Winkle, 5-6, Sr.; Ahdaya Myers, 5-6, Sr.

DEXTER-CEDAR VALE SPARTANS Head Coach - Jared Bratcher (4th year), League - South Central Border Last year - 7-17, Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (5) - Marissa Bratcher, 5-7, Sr.; Ellie Boatman, 5-11, Sr.; Jackie Call, 6-1, Jr.; Haily Grantham, 5-8, Sr.; Kearsten Leonard, 5-5, So. Other Lettermen - Emma Speer, Jr.; Emma Boatman, So.



Head Coach - Jordan Crawford (4th year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 2-19 (0-10, 6th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (2) - Hailey Eaton, 5-7, Jr.; Channing Kimble, 5-5, Sr. Other Lettermen - Katie Fox, 5-6, So; Mallory Parsons, 5-3, So.; Kelsi McClaren, 5-5, So.

Head Coach - Chris Hewitt (10th year), League - Heart of the Plains Last year - 12-9 (4-5, 6th), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (3) - Ellie Schwertfeger, 5-10, Sr. (13.0); Hannah Knoche, 5-6, Sr. (6.0); Jaetyn Conrad, 5-5, Jr. (8.0) Other Lettermen - Katelyn Wilt, 5-7, Sr. (5.0); Bailey Basye, 5-10, So., (8.0)

FLINTHILLS MUSTANGS Head Coach - Monty Melugin (5th year), League - SCBL Last year - 19-4 (7-2, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (3) - Ashley Melugin, 5-6, Sr.; Makenzie Jackson, 5-6, Sr.; Harley Ratcliff, 5-1, Jr. Other Lettermen - Cari Brown, 5-9, Jr.; Taylor Bisbee, 5-9, Jr.; Nyah Brown, 5-3, So.; Sarah Hinnen, 5-3, So.; Sarah Sorum, 5-7, So.; Janea Totty, 5-5, Fr.; Lyndee Martin, 5-7, Fr.

GARDEN PLAIN OWLS Head Coach - Kody Kasselman (5th year), League - Central Plains Last year - 17-6 (7-1, T-1st), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (3) - Taylor Joplin, 6-0, Sr (12.5); Piper Bourne, 5-7, Sr. (7.4); Lauren Danahy, 5-9, Jr. (5.8) Other Lettermen - Abby Gordon, 5-10, So. (3.3); Kara Heimerman, 5-3, Jr. (2.5); Kennedy Horacek, 5-4, So. (2.8)

GODDARD LIONS Head Coach - Kevin Hackerott (5th year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 16-5 (10-2, 1st), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (2) - Kade Hackerott, 5-11, So. (8.5); Torri Vang, 5-10, Jr. (5.7) Other Lettermen - Sydney Morrow, 5-10, So.; Kylie Jayne, 6-1, Jr.; Anahi Nunez, 5-8, So.

HALSTEAD DRAGONS Head Coach - Derek Schutte (6th year), League - CKL Last year - 15-6 (7-3, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (2) - Daphne Williams, Sr. (13.0); Kayla Williams, Sr. (10) Other Lettermen - Jayden Seibert, Jr.

HAVEN WILDCATS Head Coach - Dwight Roper (22nd year), League - CKL Last year - 13-9, Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (5) - Emmiley Hendrixson, 5-3, Sr. (13); Faith Paramore, 5-10, So. (10); Arie Roper, 5-6, Jr. (4); Genna Schmutz, 5-9, Sr. (6); Kaylie Bontrager, 5-7, Sr. (2) Other Lettermen - Sara Yutzy, 5-10, So. (6); Delaney Sipe, 5-5, Jr. (1.6); Abbie Yutzy, 5-8, Sr.; Kara Matteson, 5-7, So. (1.2); Sierra Nisly, 5-5, Jr.; Julie Wilhite, 5-10, Jr.

Independent’s Lea Coccetella helped lead her team to the 3A state by scoring 16 points a game.




HESSTON SWATHERS Head Coach - Matt Richardson (13th year), League - CKL Last year - 16-17 overall, Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (4) - Kailey Ince, 6-2, Sr. (12.0); Alaina Dunlavy, 5-6, Sr. (6.1); Abby Weber, 5-7, Sr. (2.0); Rylie Schilling, 6-1, Jr. (4.5) Other Lettermen - Elise Kaiser, 5-7, So. (7.7); Celbi Richardson, 5-8, So. (6.9); Lydia Enge, 5-8, Sr. (1.0); Kylie Klassen, 5-5, Sr. (1.6)

HUTCHINSON SALTHAWKS Head Coach - Casey Stiggins (5th year), League - AVCTL Last year - 8-13 (4-8, 5th), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (3) - Kasey Hazell, 5-11, Sr (12); McKenzie Onties, 5-4, So. (3); Gabbie Posch, 5-8, So. (8) Other Lettermen - Jayla Byron, 5-10, Jr. (4); Abbey Hefley, 6-2, Sr. (2)

INDEPENDENT PANTHERS Head Coach - Chris Porter (2nd year), League - CPL Last year - 16-7 (9-4, 4th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (2) - Lea Coccetella, 5-10, Sr. (16.0); Janel Douvier, 6-2, Sr. (7.0) Other Lettermen - Reema Moussa 5-5, Jr.; Laeh Dean, 5-9, So.

KAPAUN CRUSADERS Head Coach - Billy Graf (4th year) , League - GWCL Last year - 12-10 (9-7, 4th), Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - Brenna Monty, 5-6, Sr. (11.7); Anna Roulston, 6-0, Sr. (12.5); Cajia Allen, 5-11, Sr. (4.9); Jada Mayberry, 5-6, Jr. (3.5) Other Lettermen - Megan Michaelis, 6-0, Sr. (1.4); Mary Short, 6-0, Jr. (1.2); Ava Ayala, 5-9, So. (0.9)

KINGMAN EAGLES Head Coach - Justin Batt (9th year), League - CKL Last year - 19-3 (10-0, 1st), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (4) - Brianna Bradshaw, 5-10, Sr. (7.2); Karli Packard, 5-8, Jr. (2.5); Sydney Bangert, 5-5, Sr. (6.2); Bailey Bangert, 5-5, Sr. (18.3) Other Lettermen - Grace DeWeese, 5-11, Sr.; Macey Maloney, 5-7, Jr.; Hayley Belt, 5-3, Jr.; Brianne Garrison, 5-10, Jr.; Carlie Kelley, 5-9, So.


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Head Coach - Terrance Micheaux (8th year), League - Independent Last year - 18-7., Preseason Poll - NA Returning starters (1) - Rongomi Timson, 5-6, Sr. (11.5) Other Lettermen - Carla Bermaud, 5-11, Sr. ; Claire Borot, 6-0, Sr.; Kennadi Cooper, 5-9, So.; Nworie Emilia, 6-4, So.; Zaccheaus Tunmise, 6-4, So.

Head Coach - Aaron Stucky (9th year), League - Heart of America Last year - 15-6, Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (4) - Grace Thompson, Macie McGinn, Sydney Hillard Other Lettermen - None.

MAIZE EAGLES Head Coach - Jerrod Handy (9th year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 21-4 (11-1, 1st), Preseason Poll - 3rd Returning starters (3) - Halie Jones, 5-9, Jr. (7.2); Alexis Cauthon, 5-10, Jr. (6.2); Autumn Hanna, 5-10, Sr. (2.2) Other Lettermen - Sydney Stauffer, 5-8, Sr.

MAIZE SOUTH MAVERICKS Head Coach - Ben Hamilton (1st year) League - AVCTL II Last year - 12-9 Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (3) - Katie Wagner, 5-10, So. (5.0); Lauren Johnson, 5-10, Jr. (10.0); Gretchen Graham, 5-11, Sr. Other Lettermen - Alyssa Slaven, 5-7, Sr; Kennedy Miller, 5-10, Sr.; Macy McCormack, 5-9, So.; Haley Jacques, 5-9, Jr.

MULVANE WILDCATS Head Coach - Dale Landes (1st year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - , Preseason Poll Returning starters (3) - Peyton Christian, 5-8, Jr. (3.8); Erika Landes, 5-5, Sr. (3.3); Mady Tharp, 5-6, Jr. (2.1) Other Lettermen - Carson White, 5-7, So. (3.5)

SOUTH HAVEN CARDINALS Head Coach - Mike Heater (5th year), League - South Central Border Last year - 6-15 overall, Preseason Poll - 8th. Returning starters (4) - Cynae Wiley, Jr. (10.0); Lillian Bowlby, Sr. (7.0); Kayden Wolf, Sr. (4.0); Rachel Turek, So. (4.0) Other Lettermen - Megan Giger, Sr. (1.0); Kendall Ray, Sr.; Tiffany Liersemann, Sr. (1.0)

SUNRISE ACADEMY Head Coach - Terry Michael (13th year), League - KCAA Last year - 15-10 (6-1, 1st), Preseason Poll - NA Returning starters (3) - Lexy Salmans, 5-9, Sr. (10.8); Tailey Chandler, 5-3, Sr. (5.5); Hannah Dort, 5-6, Sr. (8.8) Other Lettermen - Emily Jones, 5-5, So.; Lizzy Nelson, 5-6, So.; Kaitlyn Lumbert, 5-8, So.

TRINITY ACADEMY KNIGHTS Head Coach - Lori Broadie (1st year), League - CPL Last year - 13-9 (8-5, 5th), Preseason Poll - 5th. Returning starters (4) - Alex Bearup, Sr. (12.0); Reagan Lesser, Sr. (2.9); Lindsey Scheufler, So. (6.4); Lauren Mathews, So. (2.9) Other Lettermen - Elsa Cozine, So. (2.2)

NEWTON RAILROADERS Head Coach - Randy Jordan (15th year), League - AVCTL I Last year - 17-6 (8-4, 3rd), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (4) - Taylor Antonowich, 5-10, Sr. (8.0); Kyndal Bacon, 5-7, Sr. (6.0); Jada Berry 5-7, Sr. (6.0); DesiRay Kernal, 6-1, Jr. (12.0) Other Lettermen - Savannah Simmons, 5-6, Sr. (4.0); Aubrey Nichols, 5-8, Sr. (2.0); Taylor Brewer, 5-7, Sr. (4.0); Megan Bartel, 5-7, Jr.; Kalli Anderson, 5-7, Jr.

NICKERSON PANTHERS Head Coach - Jon McLean (1st year), League - CKL Last year - 6-15 overall, Preseason Poll - 4th. Returning starters (4) - Sophie Mader, 6-0, Sr.; Madison Ontjes, 5-6, So.; Tara Davis, 6-0, Sr.; Brylee Engelland, 5-6, Jr. Other Lettermen - Alex Altum, 5-8, Jr.; Carrie Schweiser, 5-7, Jr.; Jersey Rome, 5-8, Jr.

REMINGTON BRONCOS Head Coach - Ben Wertenberger (15th year), League - Heart of America Last year - 17-5, Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (3) - Sage Westerfield, 5-10, Sr. (10.8); Sienna Schmidt, 5-6, Sr. (5.0); Bethany Regehr, 5-7, Jr. (4.0) Other Lettermen - Tiyonnah Sattler, Morgan Thunberg, Caitlin Crisp, Hope Thiel, Kathrine Collister

Bailey Bangert scored over 18 points a game last season for the Kingman Eagles.

ROSE HILL ROCKETS Head Coach - Greg Welch (3rd year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 19-3 (1st), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (0) - none Other Lettermen - Sarah Sissel, 5-10, Sr. (1.7); Emily Adler, 5-8, Jr. (3.3); Sydney Adler, 5-8, Jr. (1.3); Emma Cunningham, 5-10, So. (2.8); Danyel Yardley, 5-7, Sr. (1.3); Kelsea Kill, 5-7, Sr. (0.4) VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | NOV 2017


GIRLS TEAM CAPSULES WICHITA NORTHWEST GRIZZLIES TRINITY CATHOLIC CELTICS Head Coach - Ricky Snyder (5th year), League - Heart of America Last year - 6-15 (2-7, 8th), Preseason Poll - 10th. Returning starters (3) - Elizabeth Zrubek, 5-7, Sr. (5.2); Olivia Shank, 5-5, Jr. (9.8); Jordan Gallihar, 5-9, Jr. (2.6) Other Lettermen - Meg Friday, 5-7, So. (3.3); Sierra Garcia, 5-3, So. (0.4)

UDALL EAGLES Head Coach - Brycen Byrd (5th year), League - SCBL Last year - 14-8 (7-2, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (5) - Payton Weber, 5-6, Sr. (10.0); Breckyn Rowley, 5-7, Sr. (10.0); Shyann Reid, 5-6, Sr. (6.0); Layna Adams, 5-5, Jr. (5.0); Michaela Mosqueda, 5-6, Jr. (5.0) Other Lettermen - Whitney Leiblie, 5-5, Jr. (4.0)

Head Coach - Deitric Sanders (4th year), League - GWAL Last year - 9-13 (7-9), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (6) - Dejanae Arnold, 5-10, Sr.; Madison Surmeier, 5-7, Sr.; Ziara Davis, 5-9, Sr.; Alexis Snodgrass, Jr.; Jayla Dennis, 5-0, Jr.; Jayda Garret, 5-7, Jr. Other Lettermen - Ashley Cordell, 5-7, Sr.; Makenna Green, 5-9, Jr.

WICHITA SOUTH TITANS Head Coach - Antwain Scales., League - GWAL Last year - 22-1 (20-0, 1st), Preseason Poll - 1st. Returning starters (4) - TreZure Jobe, 5-7, Sr. (14.0); Loan-Anh Johnson, 5-8, Sr. (10.0); Haley Beard, 5-10, Jr. (8.0); Brittanie Brickhouse, 5-9, Jr. (6.0) Other Lettermen - Trinity Butler, 5-10, Sr. (4.0); Kiera Powell, 5-6, Jr.; Kyra Griffin, 5-4, So.; Anastacia Massey, 5-7, So.; Dayjsha Fanning, 5-7, So.; Erica Lee, 5-8, So.


Head Coach - Trent Preheim (3rd year), League - AVCTL II Last year - 14-8 (9-3, 2nd T), Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (2) - Taylor Rowley, 5-8, Sr. (5.9); Zayda Perez, 5-5, Jr. (6.3) Other Lettermen - Ellie Shank, 5-8, So. (4.6); Aysia Arrowood, 5-8, Jr. (2.4)

Head Coach - LaToya Randle (8th year), League - GWAL Last year - 3-18 (3-13, 8th), Preseason Poll - 7th. Returning starters (3) - Krissandra Pollard, 5-7, Sr. (13.5); Gina DeFazio, 6-1, Jr. (3.2); Daijane Adams, 5-8, Jr. (6.2) Other Lettermen - Beyonsia Johnson-Anderson, 5-11, Sr. (2.3); Brentaysha Christon, 5-5, Sr. (1.0)




Head Coach - Eric Adams (5th year), League - AVCTL IV Last year - 17-6 (7-3, 2nd), Preseason Poll - 2nd. Returning starters (3) - Avery Rusk, 5-9, Sr. (12.0); Shayland French, 5-9, Sr. (9.0); Mekenna Adams, 5-6, Sr. (3.5) Other Lettermen - Jacelyn Buck, 5-7, Jr. (2.0); Taylor Meyer, 5-7, Jr. (1.5); Gracie Fink, 5-6, Sr. (1.0)

Head Coach - Jason VenJohn (6th year), League - AVCTL III Last year - 9-11 (4th), Preseason Poll - 6th. Returning starters (0) - none Other Lettermen - Marisa Rameriz, Sr.; Emily Randall, So.; Aleigha Gale, So.

WICHITA EAST BLUE ACES Head Coach - Brian Johnson (1st year), League - GWAL Last year - 5-16 (4-12, 7th), Preseason Poll - 5th Returning starters (6) - Dymond McElrath, Sr.; Aniya Keeling, Sr.; Mariah McKinney, Sr.; Keisha Ross, Sr.; Sunny Robinson, Sr.; Ja’mia Jackson, Jr.

WICHITA HEIGHTS FALCONS Head Coach - Ken Palmer (9th year), League - GWAL Last year - NA, Preseason Poll - 3rd. Returning starters (3) - Whitlee Teague, 5-5, Sr.; Imari Grayson, 5-6, Sr.; Taylor Jameson, 5-4, So. Other Lettermen - Rayjone Callahan, 5-9, Jr.; Ashton Conley, 5-9, So.; Ashanti Ammons, 5-5, So.

WICHITA WARRIORS Head Coach - Kevin Schwemmer (2nd year), League - KCAA Last year - 24-4 (9-1, 1st T), Preseason Poll - NA Returning starters (3) - Shiloh Collins, 5-10, Sr. (4.2); Sarah Schwemmer, 6-0, Jr. (10.2); Erin Mellinger, 5-7, So. (10.7) Other Lettermen - Abby Harvey, 5-6, So. (0.8); Sophia Kulas, 5-6, So. (0.4)

WICHITA NORTH REDSKINS Head Coach - Michael Bailey (1st year), League - GWAL Last year - 0-21 (0-16, 9th), Preseason Poll - 9th. Returning starters (2) - Sataisha Buckner, 5-7, Sr. (6.0); Ty’Liezzea Agnew, 5-5, Jr. (4.0) Other Lettermen - Rahdacious Carson, 5-3, Jr. (2.0); Caitlin Riordan, 5-6, Sr. (4.0); Tekla McFaul, 5-11, Sr. (2.0); Sierra Garcia, 5-4, Jr. (4.0)



DesiRay Kernal of Newton will be counted on for a big year for the Railroaders.

Antonio Espinosa, Maize H.S. Antonio is a senior at Maize High School and participates in football and basketball for the Eagles, with three letters in football and two in basketball. He earned second-team all-league honors as a defensive end as a sophomore and junior. Antonio carries a 3.40 grade point average, belongs to STUCO at school and volunteers for Golden Gloves, Guns & Hoses and L.P.O.A. As an outdoorsman, he is most proud of the hog he shot in Texas when he was an 8th grader. Antonio plans to attend college and play football.


Why Exercise Is Cool

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Curtis Vermillion,

Halstead Cross Country Curtis Vermillion, now in his 29th year, has led the way as Halstead cross country has become a state stalwart in recent years. Vermillion has overseen three individual championships and Class 3A boys’ state team titles in 2014, 2015 and now 2017. It is a prestigious résumé for Vermillion, especially considering the Mullinville graduate was not a cross country runner himself. VYPE - The Halstead boys lost three sensational seniors from this past year’s state runner-up squad with the graduations of Steven Cline, Patrick Porch and Cory Hiebert. Did you keep the state title as the goal, or were you tempted to walk back expectations.” VERMILLION - “I felt like at the end of last season, at the end of the year, we were a little disappointed. I thi nk the whole team felt like they had let each other down, let the community down by not winning a third state championship in a row. We didn’t run bad at state last year, we just got beat by a good Hugoton team … We had that goal to make it back to state, and when Hugoton went 4A, we just kind of looked at times and just felt like – we challenged the guys – ‘Hey, we think this is possible. Go out and make a name for yourself.’ That’s what we continue to work for.” VYPE - How familiar were your boys with the Rim Rock, the state cross country course in Lawrence? VERMILLION - “Rim Rock has been a good course for us. I kind of call it ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ because it’s a good place to run, but it’s a monster of a course … It’s tough to prepare for the kind of hills and challenges that course provides. I think the kids felt confident.” VYPE - Halstead did not have the verified superstar who challenged for an individual title, but you had several good runners in a pack. What are the advantages and disadvantages of that? VERMILLION - “A disadvantage is I felt like even with Scott City up there, we knew going in, Scott City was going to be a major threat. Jack Thomas wins, and when your No. 1 runner scores one point, in a way you can look at it and say, ‘Now it’s four-on-five.’ That’s a very good advantage if you have a runner that can win it all. That’s a great score to be able to give. We knew going in, we thought maybe Josh (Talbott), if he was healthy, he could be in the Top 10. That’s what his goal was, I think. We try to stress packing up all year. We do some workouts to try to bring about running together, and we want to close that gap.” VYPE - What does a state title mean to a community the size of Halstead? VERMILLION - “They just really welcomed the kids and the effort, and have been very supportive. I know with the state titles, they introduce the kids at the football game on Tuesday night. I guess it’s kind of ironic – the football team has always been in the playoffs on the Tuesday after they won state. They introduced the kids at halftime. It’s a big deal at our school. We only hang banners in the gymnasium if you win a state championship. We don’t hang them for second place or third place or a league championship. They only put banners up for a state championship. The community has really come out to support that. When they hang the banner, that means a lot to the kids.” VYPE - For not growing up in the cross country scene like some coaches did, you have found a winning formula all your own. What is your secret? VERMILLION - “Working with kids in middle school, you kind of see some kids, that’s been helpful. Something that’s been helpful the last 15 years, I’ve had a great assistant coach, Donovan Regehr. He’s had a great impact, too. He usually coaches the distance kids at the high school in track … “I don’t know if it helps or not, but all my 29 years here, I make it a point to run with the kids every day … To me, that means a lot. I hate coaches saying, ‘Hey, go run this.’ I try to maybe run with my junior varsity runners or some of my girl runners. You try to motivate them. I just feel like I’ve always asked of the kids, you may not be the best, but if you give your best, you can’t ask for anything more than that. Those are the things that have helped me as a guy who has never run cross country. You just try to learn as you go about each season and each year.”



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Reid McConnaughey, Independent H.S. If there’s a pep assembly taking place at The Independent School, senior Reid McConnaughey is right in the middle of it. If there’s a sporting event involving the Panthers, Reid makes himself heard in a positive way. “The kid is the energizer bunny. Reid gets the kids pumped up and is always the loudest fan at the game,” said Independent athletic director Kurt McAfee. “He only cheers for our team and never is derogatory to the other team. He encourages the student body to be active and is always helping our student body to be loud and proud.” Independent cheer advisor Alyssa Boyer said Reid is the cheer team’s “secret weapon.” “Reid is a true leader here at Independent. He is not only the voice of our pep rallies, but also a champion debater.,” said Boyer. “The cheer team has recruited him to help the girls with special performances. He is the cheer team’s secret weapon, planted in the middle of the student section. Because of his leadership, our student section has been more engaged and spirited than ever! Thank you Reid!” Reid participates in Debate, Mock Trial and Forensics, along with being the master of ceremonies during pep assemblies and an honorary spirit leader. He has also lettered one year in wrestling for the Panthers. Reid carries a 4.0 grade point average, belongs to the Bio-club, Hip-Hop Club, Thespians and National Honor Society and volunteers for the Red-Cross and after school programs at Independent. After high school, Reid plans to go to college on the east coast and get a degree, “using my talents and gifts, and enjoy life.” “I believe in trying to be as friendly as possible towards everyone and hoping that my positivity will be contagious enough to infect everyone with good vibes,” Reid said.



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