Well off at Haven: Prep basketball preview

Kelton Brooks
kbrooks@hutchnews.com
Haven senior Luke Wells, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward, averaged 11 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in his junior year. [Travis Morisse/HutchNews]

Haven’s Luke Well has blossomed over the years both on and off the court.

The once lanky, bushy-haired freshman who stepped on the Wildcats’ court as a knock down shooter is steadily improving as a 6-foot-3 guard/forward that has the ability to shoot off the dribble and attack the basket.

Wells remains one of the better shooters in Class 3A, but even his head coach in Lonnie Paramore has taken noticed to Wells’ tireless work ethic off the court and said teams will be surprised to see how his senior’s skill set has improved over the years.

“He loves to play basketball,” Paramore said. He’s always working, always has the ball in his hands and he’s always shooting in his driveway. He’s improved off the bounce quite a bit. He attacks the rim.

“He should be pretty hard to guard knocking down shots then putting pressure on the defense by putting the ball on the floor.”

Well is coming off a junior campaign where he averaged 11 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He scored just six in the season opening loss to Trinity. During his sophomore year, he dazzled the Haven faithful with one of the most fruitful shooting display all season. Wells went a perfect 7 of 7 from three-point range in the game, including 4-of-4 in the first half against the Nickerson Panthers.

The fourth-year player doesn’t have to do it alone like he did in that game with talent like Thane Unruh and Nathan Rohling on his side.

But Paramore wants more than improved play from Wells on the floor. He also pushed Wells to become more of a vocal leader to pair with his skillset. As pleasant of a personality Paramore described of Wells, the coach said Wells can lead the team further is he displays his leadership qualities.

“I’ve been challenging him to be a leader and be more vocal as a leader as well,” Paramore said. “All the guys respect him and his work ethic. The guys will follow him in whatever he says if he becomes more vocal as a leader.”

Reno County Boys team

1. (Class 6A) Hutchinson (4-17)

The Salthawks lost their star player from a season ago in the graduated Kolby Holmberg, who had an impact on both defense and offense. New head coach Ted Webster’s goal is to turn around a proud program back into a 6A power on the hardwood.

2. (Class 4A Division I) Buhler (15-7)

Buhler coach Ryan Swanson has accumulated a 30-13 record going into his third season as the Crusader coach. He brings back a trio of experienced players in Grant Owens, Dalton Smyres and Dylan Brown. Swanson’s task is to lead his group past their rivals in McPherson.

3. (Class 4A Division II) Haven (12-9)

Luke Wells has been a budding star for Haven through his four years with the Wildcats. Coming off a junior season where he averaged 11 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, now a senior, Wells has the experience and talent to become Haven’s star player since Jamal Rogers.

“We have good athleticism across the board and should continue to play up-tempo. We need to improve on the boards from last season. We have six seniors that should lead the way for us.” – Haven coach Lonnie Paramore

4. (Class 4A Division II) Nickerson (9-13)

The Nickerson Panthers haven’t reached state competition since 2010, which was also the last year the Panthers had a winning season. The Panthers hope to change those misfortunes under new coach Curt Fields.

“This is a physically strong group that has been working in the weight room. We are looking to apply that work ethic to the basketball court, and hopefully, that will translate to wins.” – Nickerson basketball coach Curtis Field

5. (Class 3A) Trinity Catholic (12-11)

The Celtics are aiming to take the next step after losing to Hugoton in the sub-state championship game a season ago. Joe Hammersmith, the 24-year head coach, last led Trinity Catholic to state in the 2010-11 season. The team has the talent to duplicate that success with Connor Remar and Kaleb Hammeke returning to the court. The duo will have to step it up a notch after losing the graduated Angel Martinez.

“We hope to see more maturity as these kids are now upperclassmen. We will be counting on these players. The majority of our kids have high basketball IQ, and they will play hard. We will have to practice and play at a high level.” – Trinity Catholic coach Joe Hammersmith

6. (Class 1A Division II) Central Christian (20-6)

Did Elias Butterfield drop another 3-pointer? The Cougars would love to have still Butterfield, who broke a 1A state record with 10 3s in a game while tying the overall record held by former Hillsboro player Craig Duerkson in 1992. But Central Christian still has prolific all-around talent Nate Heneha, who averaged 22.5 points per game as a junior.

7. (Class 1A Division II) Pretty Prairie (9-13)

The Bulldogs have had recent success, advancing to state in the 2016 season. Coach Dennis Detter has amassed a 244-216 record during his 21-year tenure at Pretty Prairie. The Bulldogs young group has another season of experience behind Sam Livingston, Trae Gehring, Tyler Nisly and Lane Detter.

8. (Class 1A Division II) Fairfield (5-16)

The Falcons lost their smooth starting point guard in Damian Espinosa, who averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. Coach Terry Stucky does return Jerry Oller and Lane Pike. Pike led the team in scoring at 10.7.

Reno County Girls team

1. (Class 6A) Hutchinson (8-13)

Head coach Casey Stiggins gets one more year of Kasey Hazell, who averaged 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last season. The 2016-17 was much improved for the Salthawks, but the next state is advancing to the state playoffs for the first time since 2007.

2. (Class 4A Division I) Buhler (3-18)

The Crusaders have to find to find ways to score the basket this season. Buhler averaged just 36.3 pppg last season, scoring 25 or fewer in four games. Alyvia Owens is a good option inside for easy points.

3. (Class 4A Division II) Haven (13-9)

Faith Paramore was one of the better freshman across the state a season ago. Paramore scored a game-high 20 points, including going 6 of 9 from 3-point range in a game over Nickerson last season. Even with sharp-shooting senior Emmiley Hendrixson still on the team, coach Dwight Roper has another building block for years to come in Paramore.

4. (Class 4A Division II) Nickerson (6-15)

Nickerson lost one of the brighter minds in young coach Brittney Hines, who moved on to her alma mater, Buhler. But Nickerson gains Buhler’s Jon McLean, who inherits a talented group with four returning starters from a season ago.

“We will have good size with our post players and will have some decent speed with our guards. How these girls will mesh with team chemistry and how quickly they learn how I want them to play will be a factor in how much success this could have. I’m looking forward to this season.” – Jon McLean

5. (Class 3A) Trinity Catholic (6-15)

The Celtics had a quality group of athletes on the hardwood despite their talent a season. From that group, Trinity Catholic returns junior Elizabeth Shank and senior Elizabeth Zrubek. Shank was second-team all-league, averaging 9.8 ppg.

6. (Class 1A Division II) Central Christian (14-9)

Head coach Jason Hett led his Cougars to a 14-9 season with a trip to the Class 6A state tournament last season. Central Christian lost Raelee Ibarra to graduation but returns a starter in Josie Ibarra and key contributors in Lindsey Kauffman, Becca Paine and Paisley Jaye.

7. (Class 1A Division II) Pretty Prairie (4-14)

Losing one of the better players in Jordan Barlow to Haven was a big loss for Pretty Prairie. Barlow was one of the better young players in the Heart of the Plains League last season. She’s gifted around the rim and also provides a defensive presence inside. Now a junior, Barlow will become more of a household name.

8. (Class 1A Division II) Fairfield (11-10)

The Falcon girls were a surprise team last season in the Heart of the Plains League. Their improvement should continue with Fairfield returning their leading scorer in Jaetyn Conrad

Area teams to watch:

Boys

1. (Class 3A) Sterling (14-8)

Black Bears coach Derek Schneider has kept his team competitive throughout his nine years at Sterling. This year is no different as the Black Bears returns a host of talented players in Kenan Comley, Blake Richter and Lucas Briar, who was First-Team All-League, averaging 20.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

2. (Class 3A) Hesston (19-3)

Hesston last made a trip to state in 2015, but the Swathers have had the talent in recent years. The Swathers have a deep team with two returning starters in Reese Nebel and Cameron Cox.

3. (Class 4A Division I) McPherson (20-5)

Ben Pyle, Mason Alexander, and Jake Alexander is perhaps the best trio of teammates in all of Class 4A. Pyle is an offensive juggernaut by himself. The 6-foot-8 senior averaged 22.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks last season. McPherson has been to the state title game the past four season. This season could be a fifth.

4. (Class 4A Division II) Pratt (19-6)

The state runner-ups lost seven seniors from last year’s team, but that group does return a starter in Travis Theis and a key contributor in Landen Studer. Head coach Chris Battin took the team to the state title game in his first season, but how will he duplicate last season’s success with a core of young players?

5. (Class 2A) Central Plains (16-7)

Central Plains last went to the state tournament in 2016 when there 24-0 season came to an end Salina-Sacred Heart. The Oilers have the players to return after a 16-win season in Alex Barton, Brett Liebl, Alex Hickel and Devin Ryan.

Area teams to watch:

Girls

1. (Class 2A) Central Plains (26-0)

Outright frightening, the defending 2A champions returns one of the best players in the state in Emily Ryan. What’s even more terrifying is that Ryan is only a sophomore, who averaged 21.8 points and 6.4 assists per game as a freshman. She’s as much as a terror on defense. Ryan averaged 5.4 steals per game last season. She is every bit as advertised.

2. (Class 3A) Hugoton (26-0)

The Eagles will have to start their state title defense without coach Andy Gillen, who accepted to be the boys head basketball coach at Caney. Hugoton has replaced Gillen with Emmanuel Adigun, who amassed a 47-40 record as the girls’ basketball coach at Pratt.

3. (Class 4A Division II) Larned (13-9)

Ashley Crosby is one of the most dynamic young coaches around, leading Larned to a state appearance in her first season with the Indians. Crosby welcomes back two starters from the state tournament team in Baylea Perez and Ivory Muldrow.

4. (Class 3A) Halstead (15-6)

The Dragons lost four seniors from one the best season Halstead has had in the last 30 years. Halstead does return Daphne and Kayla Williams, players who have started since their freshmen season. Daphne averaged 13 points, and Kayla averaged 10 points 6 rebounds per game.

5. (Class 3A) Sterling (14-8)

Taya Wilson is one of the most efficient players in 3A, posting a stat line of 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds per game a season ago. Sterling coach Jill Rowland has the talent to compete in Class 3A, even after losing to defending champions Hugoton at sub-state.

“We will still try and run the ball with an up-tempo game and be hardnosed defensively. We will have kids with some varsity experience, but they will have to expand their roles this year.” – Sterling coach Jill Rowland.

Capsules

Hutchinson Salthawks

Boys Coach: Ted Webster, first season

League: AVCTL

Last year’s record: 4-17

Returning starters: Davian Virgil, jr., ppg 6.8, rpg 2.4; Max Ontjes, sr., ppg 4.3, rpg 1.4; Jacob Cole, jr., ppg 3.6, rpg 1.6; Tre’ Vaughn Jones, sr., ppg 6.1, rpg 5.5; Tate Webster, jr., ppg1, rpg 1.

Outlook: Our team strengths will include being a veteran group made of mostly juniors and seniors. Defensive intensity and toughness will be key strengths. Our weaknesses will include scoring the basketball, especially inside. We have Max and Tre’ Vaughn who should provide key senior leadership and a steady presence on the court.

Girls Coach: Casey Stiggins, fifth season (39-46)

Last year’s record: 8-13

Returning starters: Kasey Hazell, sr.; McKenzie Ontjes, so.; Gabbie Posch, so.; Jayla Bynum, jr.; Abby Hefley, soph.

Buhler Crusaders

Boys Coach: Ryan Swanson, second season (30-13 overall)

League: AVCTL Div. 3

Last year’s record: 15-7

Returning starters: Dylan Brown, Dalton Smyres, Grant Owens, Adam Schrag, Dawson Dreher.

Girls Coach: Brittany Warner, first season

Last year’s record: 3-18

Returning starters: Haley Miller, Maggie Epp, Alexis Marchione, Kara Stutterheim, Alyvia Owens. Returning Libby Schultz, Amanda Mounce, and Bailee Stewart.

Central Christian Cougars

Boys Coach: Adam Clark, 18th season (224-146 overall)

League: Heart of the Plains

Last year’s record: 20-6

Returning starters: Nate Heneha, 22.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg; Corbin Gibson, 3ppg; JT Duree, 6.1 ppg, 7 rpg. Other returning players: Adam Hall, Richie Oswalt, Marshall Walton.

Girls Coach: Jason Hett, fifth season (37-51 overall)

Last year’s record: 14-9

Returning starters: Josie Ibarra, sophomore. Others returning: Lindsey Kauffman, so.; Krysten Bartlett, so.; Becca Paine, jr.; Paisley Jaye, sr.; Courtney Jensen, sr.; Baylea Dennett, jr.

Nickerson Panthers

Boys Coach: Curt Field, first season

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 9-13

Returning starters: Tanner Schrag, jr. Others returning: Trevor Fredrick, sr.; Chance Gorges, sr.; Hunter Jones, jr.; Peyton Kuhn, sr.; Spencer Nisly, jr.; Alex Nava, jr.; Kaden Whittington, sr.; Logan Broomfield-Tate, soph.

Outlook: Coach Field states “This is a physically strong group that has been in the weight room. We are looking to apply that work ethic to the basketball court and hopefully that will translate to wins.”

Girls Coach: Jon McLean, first season at Nickerson but 21st year as Head Coach

Last year’s record: 6-15

Returning starters: Sophie Mader, sr.; Tara Davis, sr.; Madison Ontjes, so.; Brylee Engelland, jr.; Alex Altum, jr.; Carrie Schweiser, jr.; Jersey Rome, jr.

Outlook: “I think we have a chance to have a competitive team,” says Coach McLean. “We have several returning starters that have gained a lot of varsity minutes the past two or three years. We will still be young in a few spots , but those players should only get better as they gain more experience. We will have good size with our post players and will have some decent speed with our guards.”

Haven Wildcats

Boys Coach: Lonnie Paramore, 10th season (288-219 overall)

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 12-9

Returning starters: Luke Wells, sr.; Nathan Rohling, sr.; Thane Unruh, sr.; Haxton Smith, sr.; Kodi Dale, sr.; Tyler Newcomer, sr.; Kaleb Dale, jr.; Jamar Miller, jr.; Jeremy Nisly, jr.; Bryce Davis, jr.; Jacob Ediger, jr.; Quinton Miller,jr.; Clay Schmucker, so.; Wyatt Carmichael, soph.

Outlook: Coach Paramore states “We have an experienced group returning. We have good athleticism across the board and should continue to play up tempo. We need to improve on the boards from last season. We have six seniors that should lead the way for us. We do have a large junior class that should push for varsity minutes as well as a couple of sophomores. Our practices should be highly competitive.”

Girls Coach: Dwight Roper, 22nd season (309-167 overall)

Last year’s record: 13-9

Returning starters: Emmiley Hendrixson, sr., 13 ppg, 3 rpg; Faith Paramore, so., 10 ppg, 5 rpg; Arie Roper, jr., 4 ppg, 3 rpg; Genna Schmutz sr., 6 ppg, 6 rpg; Kaylie Bontrager sr., 2 ppg, 3 rpg. Other lettermen: Sara Yutzy, so. 6 ppg, 6 rpg; Delaney Sipe, jr., 1.6 ppg, 3 rpg; Abbie Yutzy, sr.; Kara Matteson, so., 1.2 ppg; Sierra Nisley, jr.; Julie Wilhite, jr.

Outlook: “Lots of experience returns,” says Coach Roper. “We also know a year older doesn’t make you better, it takes hard work. We have good depth and size to go along with Hendrixson’s scoring and leadership. Paramore will be able to play on the perimeter all the time, which makes us more flexible and increases our size. It will be a very competitive

preseason to see who will be on varsity. The girls worked hard this summer and we look forward to the season. Our

schedule will be challenging with our first 7 games on the road.”

Trinity Catholic Celtics

Boys Coach: Joe Hammersmith, 24th season (280-203 overall)

League: HOA

Last year’s record: 12-11

Returning starters: Connor Remar, 6’8, sr., 13.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg; Kaleb Hammeke, 5’10, jr., 9.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.3 apg; Alex Hammersmith, 6’2, jr., 4.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg; Mac Pritchett, 5’10, sr., 2.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg; Jack Neal, 6’3, jr., 3.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg.

Outlook: This is what Coach Hammersmith has to say about the year: “We have a group of kids that have went through some learning pains as they have played at the varsity level for year or two out of necessity. We hope to see more maturity as these kids are now upper classmen. We will be counting on these players. The majority of our kids have high basketball IQ and they will play hard. We will have to practice and play at a high level. We have a very challenging schedule that will put us to the test each and every night. I expect our team to be solid defensively. We have to prove that we can rebound and score on consistent basis. Players will need to know and accept roles. If we can do these things, we can hopefully take that next step in post-season play.”

Girls Coach: Ricky Snyder, fifth season (35-50 overall)

Last year’s record: 6-15

Returning starters: Elizabeth Zrubak, sr., 5.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg; Olivia Shank, jr., 9.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Jordan Galliher, jr., 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg; Meg Friday, so., 3.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; Sierra Garcia, so., 0.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg.

Outlook: This is a young team with only four juniors and seniors. This group of girls are small but they like the aggressiveness and the ability to put the ball on the floor.

Pretty Prairie Bulldogs

Boys Coach: Dennis Detter

League: HOPL

Last year’s record: 9-13

Returning starters: Sam Livingston, Tyler Nisly, Lane Detter, Trae Gehring, Cade Fairchild, Timber Allen.

Girls Coach: C.T. Young, 18th season (172-221 overall)

Last year's record: 5-17

Returning starters: Blair Hollenbeck, Kassidy Keeler, Morgan Schrag, Alyssa Beaman, Claire Krehbiel, Haley Keeler.

Hoisington Cardinals

Boys coach: Kyle Haxton, ninth season (101-93 overall)

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 9-12

Returning starters: Braxton Donovan, jr., 5’10, 2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg; Xavier Robinson, jr., 5’11, 1.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; Eric Barrett, sr., 6’0; Isaac Prosser, sr., 6’2; Derek Boxberger, jr., 5’11; Avery Brewer, so., 5’8.

Outlook: Coach Haxton says: “We come into this season with an entirely new Varsity level team from a year ago. We have two or three players that return with some valuable Varsity experience, but this will certainly be a rebuilding year. The rebuilding process began over the summer. My hopes are that we will be very competitive this season. I had 20+ players put in a lot of work in the off-season. We had three teams playing in the Barton County summer league and we competed in a number of MAYB tournaments. Most of our players invested their time in the weight room all summer as well. Our group of freshmen came into high school only losing a game or two throughout middle school, and they have played hundreds of games since 4th grade. They will only make our program stronger. I’m excited about our group’s ability to shoot from the perimeter and put the ball on the floor. Our teams in the past have always played with great effort. This group will be no different.”

Halstead Dragons

Girls Coach: Derek Schutte, 12th season (105-134 overall)

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Last year’s record: 15-6

Returning starters: Daphne Williams, sr., 13 ppg; Kayla Williams, sr., 10 ppg, 6 rpg; Jayden Seibert, jr.; Starr Barrett, sr., Erin Newman, jr.

Outlook: Coach Schutte has this to say about the team. “The Dragons lost 4 Seniors off the 16-17 team that had the best season in 30 years for Halstead Girls Basketball. Seniors Daphne Williams and Kayla Newman have started since they were Freshman and were All CKL players as Juniors. They will be relied on to lead an inexperienced varsity group. Some freshman (from an undefeated 8th grade season) could be relied on to make major varsity contributions as well.”

Hesston Swathers

Boys Coach: Greg Raleigh, seventh season (118-21 overall)

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 19-3

Returning starters: Reese Nebel, 6’2, sr., 7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg; Cameron Cox, 5’10, jr., 6.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Mitchel Martin, 6’1, sr.; Blake Martin, 6’6, jr.; Parker Roth, 5’10, jr.; Grady Toews, 6’0, jr.

Hillsboro Trojans

Girls Coach: Nathan Hiebert, 11th season (139-74 overall)

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 5-16

Returning starters: Abby Sechrist, jr., 4.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg; Sienna Kaufman, jr., 5.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg; Trinity Malm, jr., 2.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg.

Outlook: We bring back 2 All-League players that provide a lot of leadership and experience. We also have one other player that played considerable minutes. Beyond that we will rely on a lot of new and young players to fill several roles. As a team we will have to grow quickly to gain experience in order to be successful.

Sterling Black Bears

Boys Coach: Derek Schneider, ninth season (110-70 overall)

League: HOA

Last year’s record: 14-8

Returning starters: Kenan Comley, sr.; Blake Richter, sr.; Lucas Briar, sr.; Trent Jones, sr.; John Schweizer, sr.; Conan Ball, jr.; Max Dutton, jr.; Brady Myers, so.; Caleb Lambert, soph.

Girls Coach: Jill Rowland

Last year’s record: 14-8

Returning starters: Taya Wilson, sr., 15 ppg, 5 apg; Aniston Ramsey, sr., 4 ppg, 1.5 apg; Camille Schweizer, sr., 7 ppg, 3.5 rpg; Alley Rowland, sr., 1 ppg, 2 rpg; Grace Rowland, jr., 3 ppg, 3 apg; Kaylie Zimmerman, jr.; Deb Schmidt, jr.; Morgan Simpson, jr.

Outlook: The Lady Black Bears lost Maddie Thrasher, Lindsay Gilmore and Elise Kelley through graduation. Maddie did a great job at the point defensively and running our offense. We will still try and run the ball with an up tempo game and to be hard nosed defensively. We will have kids with some Varsity experience but they will have to expand their roles this year.

Larned Indians

Boys Coach: Jerrod Smith, second season

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 4-17

Returning starters: Carson Smith, 5’10, sr.; Damontay Phillips, 6’3, sr., 3.6 ppg; Thomas Harmon, 5’11, sr., 5.7 ppg; Alex Barger, 6’0, sr.; Kellan Castro, 6’2, sr.; Chance Sanger, 6’0, so., 8.4 ppg; Mason Perez, 6’1, so.; Brock Skelton, 5’11, soph.

Outlook: After a rebuilding year last year which brought back no returning starters and very little varsity experience we are very much looking forward to the start of this season. Several players competed in summer league, camps, fall conditioning workouts and fall league. A year of maturity and a sense of what varsity is all about will aid in slowing the game down and allowing decisions to be made. Our success hinges on the boys settling into roles and playing within the system. A realistic goal from a coaching standpoint is to win 10 games this season. If everything falls into place and the players continue to mature we could be better than that.

Girls Coach: Ashley Crosby, second season

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 13-9

Returning starters: Baylea Perez and Ivory Muldrow. Other players to watch: Katie Fisher, Alyssa Clark, and Brook Butler.

Chaparral Roadrunners

Boys Coach: Josh Inslee, 10th season

League: CPL

Last year’s record: 8-13

Returning starters: Andrew Clark, 6’0, sr.; Quinton Pfaff, 6’1, jr.; Jake Burke, 6’1, jr.; Hunter Spicer, 6’5, jr.; Jarrett Fox, 6’0, sr.; Brandon Clark, 6’3, sr.; Jarrett Shelton, 5’8, jr.

Outlook: The Chaparral Roadrunners return three starters from last season’s team. We have several other players returning that have the ability to make an impact. The team will have to come together quickly to meet the challenge of a tough early schedule.

Meade Buffaloes

Boys Coach: Aaron Dardis, second season

League: Hi-Plains

Last year’s record: 11-11

Returning starters: Ethan Thompson, 6’0, jr., 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg; Blaise Sancedo, 5’8, sr., 2.5 ppg; Gatlin Clawson, 6’0, jr., 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg.

Sedgwick Cardinals

Boys Coach: Darren Crumrine, 24th season

League: HOA

Last year’s record: 10-11

Returning starters: Hooper Schroeder, jr., 6’0, 3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg; Brayden Francis, sr., 5’10, 14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg; Neal Bever, sr., 5’11, 16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; Colton Smith, jr., 6’0, 5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg; Caleb Carson, sr., 6’2, 5.2 pg, 5.5 rpg; Brock Horning, sr., Trey Bright, jr., 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg; Kale Schroeder so., 3.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg; Mason Lacey, so., 5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg.

Outlook: A strong group of returning players should help us handle close games better this season. Losing six games, by four points or less hurt our overall record last year. We have to be more consistent and rebound the ball better this season. We will have to overcome a lack of size with sound execution and team defense.

Girls Coach: Aaron Stucky, 9th season

Last year’s record: 15-6

Returning starters: Grace Thompson, Macie McGinn, Sydney Hillard

Outlook: Coach Stucky says this about their expectations of the year: “We had a great season last year and we have some key returners. However, we won’t sneak up on anyone this year. Our goal is to have some post-season success this year.

Cunningham Wildcats

Boys Coach: Dustin Murphy, second season

League: HOPL

Last year’s record: 0-21

Returning starters: Brayden Schnittker, 6’2, jr.; Jaden Strohl, 6’0, sr.

Pratt Greenbacks

Boys Coach: Chris Batton, ninth season

League: CKL

Last year’s record: 19-6

Returning starters: Travis Theis, jr.; Landen Struder, sr.

Outlook: The Greenbacks lost 7 seniors from the 2016-2017 team. The Greenbacks will be returning 1 starter as well as 1 other key contributor that helped the Greenbacks make a run to the 2016-2017 state championship game. Pratt high will be a young team looking to gain some quick experience as the majority of the team has seen very little varsity action. This team will be predominantly made up of juniors. The Greenbacks are excited for the challenges and opportunities that this season brings.

Girls Coach: Dustin Hildebrand, first season

Last year’s record: 3-18

Returning starters: Kierson Maydew, Makenzie Baird, Allisan McGowanm Kaitlynn Rasmussen, Madalynn Wilson, Danielle Staates, Jenna Fincham, Kyra Johnson, Rheagan Hoover.

Newton Railroaders

Boys Coach: Andy Hill, second season (9-13 overall)

League: AVCTL – Div 1

Last year’s record: 9-13

Returning starters: Ty Berry, Cailen Valdez, Damarius Peterson, Alex Krogmeier, Jamieson Jones, KJ Hampton, Isaiah Prasley.

Spearville Lancers

Girls Coach: Andrew Kempke, third season (28-15 overall)

League: SPIAA

Last year’s record: 12-9

Returning starters: Sarae Ricke, Addison Roane, Audrey Brownlee, Haley Gleason, Ehlaina Hartman, Ashton Miller, Shawnda Kolbeck, Alissa Heskamp, Brianna Ede.

Stanton County Trojans

Boys Coach: Shane Traughber, first season

League: Hi-Plains

Last year’s record: 13-9

Returning starters: Alexis Molina, 5’11, sr., 10.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Creed Puyear6’5, jr., 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg; Francisco Corrales, 5’7, jr., 8.6 ppg; Edgar Garcia, 5’8, sr., 7.6 ppg; Victor Molina 5’11, jr. 5.6 ppg, Michael Aleman, 6’0, jr.; Jalen Tucker, 6’3, sr., 5.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg; Erik Pantoja, 5’9, sr.

Outlook: Coach Traughber had this to say about his team this year: “We have gto a talented team that is driven to have a good year. We just need to get a little better every day, and focus on progress, not goals. If we do that, and play together, we will have a shot to do some damage come the end of the year.

Cimarron Bluejays

Boys Coach: Iric Mawhirter, second season (13-9 overall)

League: Hi-Plains

Last year’s record: 13-9

Returning starters: Jaylen Pickle, 6’6, sr.; Justin Fugitt, 6’1; jr.; Matt Mowry, 5’11, jr.; Alec Coast, 6’2, sr. Players to watch: R.J. Thomas, 6’1, so.; Jayden Perkins, 5’9, so.; Jesus Aguilar, 5’11, sr.

Outlook: Coach Mawhirter states: “Having to replace 4 starters due to graduation means we will lack some experience, but we have a group of underclassmen that were very successful at the JV level ready to fill the void. Senior Jaylen Pickle will once again provide a strong post presence along with fellow senior forward Alec Coast. We have some talented

perimeter players in Matt Mowry, Justin Fugitt, and RJ Thomas who will provide our offense with a good inside/out scoring threat. We are deep at the guard position, with several quick and athletic players. We will look to take advantage of our quickness with a more up-tempo style on offense. Overall, I think our lack of experience will be more than compensated by our athleticism and work ethic.”

Marion Warriors

Boys Coach: Randy Skiles, second season

League: HOA

Last year’s record: 5-16

Returning starters: Zachary Stuchlik, 6’3, sr.; Noah Dalrmple, 6’4, jr. Other returning players: Evvan Heidebrecht, Eli Hett, Sam Zinn, Chase Stringer, and Collin Williams.

Outlook: Coach Skiles says this about his team: “We should be more experienced this year at the varsity level, but inexperienced at some positions. I am excited about the upcoming season. I have a great group of kids who are competitive and want to win. I look for us to finish in the upper half of the HOA league.

Girls Coach: Mr. Kelly Robson, sixth season (51-56 overall)

Last year’s record: 16-6

Returning starters: Kourtney Hansen, sr., 14.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg; Sam Richmond, sr., 5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Courtney Herzet, sr., 2.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg. Other returning players: Alli Molleker, sr., 5.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg; Jessi Lewman, sr., 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; Corin Parmley, sr., 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; Corrina Crabb jr., .3 ppg, .3 rpg.

Outlook: Coach Robson had this to say about the team: “We return a fairly experienced group of six seniors. Last year was the first varsity action for most of them and they handled the new level well. We need to cut down on turnovers and value each possession. Our intensity and desire have been good. Our league is generally pretty tough, so we will need to bring that desire to the court every night.

Norwich Eagles

Boys Coach: Seth Roe (31-77 overall)

League: Heart of the Plains

Last year’s record: 11-11

Returning players: Cody Bartel, Carter Payne and Blake Allender.

Lakin Broncs

Boys Coach: Nate Schmitt, fourth season (35-29 overall)

League: Hi-Plains

Last year’s record: 8-13

Returning starters: Diego Davila, Hunter Kirby, Dawsen Shalberg, Fernando Chavez, Khai Hernandez, Juan Banuelos, Dominick Daniels.

Burrton Chargers

Boys Coach: Robbie Wright, first season

League: Heart of the Plains

Last year’s record: 15-6

Returning starters: Michael Rimbey, Cooper Zehr, Bryce Meacham, Bradley Cooprider, Dustin Hughes, Anthony Schmitt.

Garden City Buffaloes

Boys Coach: Jacy Holloway, eighth season (76-78 overall)

League: WAC

Last year’s record: 11-12

Returning starters: Garret Doll, Demarcus Elliott, Jarrod Springston. Other returning players: Tye Davis, Carlos Acosta, Zach Lamb, Jayden Crook.

Girls Coach: Matt Pfeifer, first season

Last year’s record: 6-16

Returning starters: Josie Calzonetti, sr.; Beth Guymon, sr.; Kensi Peitz, sr., Annie Gerber, sr.

Satanta Indians

Boys Coach: Tim Dusin, sixth season (46-60 overall)

League: SPIAA

Last year’s record: 6-14

Returning players: Ty Blair, sr., 6’1, 14.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg; Willy Garcia, sr., 6’0, 5.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; Javier Morales, sr., 6’2, 7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Gabe Salas, jr., 5’10, 9 ppg, 2 rpg. Other players: Houston friend, Jaylon Essix, Kris Wagner.

Outlook: Coach Dusin says “We hope to improve our record and level of play this year. We have four returning starters this year and have some experience if we can improve every practice we hope to be competitive this year. We will be competing in a competitive SPIAA league and have a very competitive non-conference schedule.

Girls Coach: Janie Lutz, 11th season (148-223 overall)

Last year’s record: 4-16

Returning starters: Alex Howie, sr., 9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Brooke Abernathy, jr., 4.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg; Lizete Olivas, jr., 7.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg; Ava Howie, so., 2.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg.

Outlook: Coach Ltz says: “We will be quick with some size inside. We should be very competitive with the addition of the younger players to help build the depth of the team.”

Central Plains Oilers

Boys Coach: Brett Rolfs, sixth season (96-24 overall)

League: Central Plains

Last year’s record: 16-7

Returning starters: Alex Barton, 6’4, sr.; Brett Liebl, 6’3 jr.; Alex Hickel, 6’0 jr.; Devin Ryan, 5’11, jr. Other players: Myles Menges, 6’4, jr.; Lawson Oeser, 5’7, soph.

Girls Coach: Pat Stiles, sixth season (123-4 overall)

Last year’s record: 26-0

Returning starters: Emily Ryan 5’9, so., 21.8 ppg, 6.4 apg; Avery Hurley, 5’3, jr., 3.1 ppg. Other players to folloe: Julie Donecker, Rachel Lamatsch, Rylee Cunningham.

Outlook: Success will depend on us playing the Oiler way: playing hard, and playing together by making the extra pass and sharing the ball, which we have done well in the past. We will be extremely young and inexperienced but will continue to improve as the year goes.

Elkhart Wildcats

Boys Coach: Kerry Overmiller, second season

League: Hi-Plains

Last year’s record: 5-15

Returning starters: Caleb Orth, sr.; Calum Ellis. Sr. Other returning players: Kayden Haynes, sr.;Elian Prieto, jr.; Lane Whisennand, jr.

Girls Coach: Rex Richardson, fifth season (44-40 overall)

Last year’s record: 15-7

Returning players: Micah Hall, sr., 5’4; Chantry Hoskinson, sr., 5’1. Returning players: Rylee Parker, Kylee Richardson, Shayden Hanes, Ellie Easterwood, Jess Forbes, and Jayden Hanna.

Goessel Bluebirds

Boys Coach: Curtis Guhr, seventh season

League: Wheat State

Last year’s record: 7-14

Returning starters: Jordan Griffin, sr., 6’2, 10.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg; Carson Sterk, sr., 6’2, 1.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg; Dylan Lindeman, so., 6’3, 10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg.

Outlook: With losing size and some key scoring to graduation and injury the Bluebirds will look to their 3 returning starters to play a pivotal part this season. Rebounding and defense will be several keys to focus on in practice throughout the year. With only 3 returning letter winners from last year’s team, finding the guys to step up and fill the voids will be a key to our season. Looking to some upper classmen and other younger guys to step up and fill those holes.

Girls Coach: Ryan Hoopes, 11th season

Last year’s record: 19-4

Returning starters: Eden Hiebert, 6’0, sr.; Brittney Hiebert, 5’11, sr.; Kara Buckholder, 5’6, sr.; Abby Hannon, 5’2, sr.; Leah Booton, 5’11, sr.; Savanna Wuest, 5’6, jr.; Stephany Meyer 6’0, jr.

Outlook: “The Lady Bluebirds return 90% of their scoring from last year’s team. The Bluebirds are senior heavy (7) and will look to their seniors for leadership on and off the court. Although senior heavy, they will also have a number of girls competing for playing time and capable of making an impact. The Bluebirds will be moving up to 2A this year which will allow the opportunity for new post season challenges. We are skilled enough to make a run at 2A state. Toughness and leadership on the court will be a key for our success this year.”

Moundridge Wildcats

Girls Coach: Brian Holloway, third season (39-8 overall)

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Last year’s record: 18-5

Returning starters: Bethany Stucky, sr., 10 ppg, 6 rpg; Kassidy Kaufman, sr., 7 ppg, 6 rpg. Other players to watch: Ellen Durst, Kaela Helms, Keira Sebrant, Hailey Unruh.

Outlook: With only 2 returners with much varsity experience, we will have to overcome some early “trial-by- fires”. The young kids are going to have to step up and provide much needed depth and additional scoring. Bethany will be one of the best Forwards in the area. She has improved her outside shooting and her quickness makes it tough for a big girl to guard her. Kassidy will provide a nice outside balance to Bethany’s inside presence. Our team strengths are we have smart players with high basketball I.Q. Winning tradition. Playing in a tough league prepares for the post season. Team comradery. This year’s team has a chance to be one of the best in a while with this. I look for them to be great teammates, on and off the floor. Team weakness is our size. We have one player over 5”9. That may make it tough to rebound.

Rolla Pirates

Girls Coach: Megan Gibler, second season

League: Santa Fe Trail

Returning starters: Aaliyah Earl, Nayeli Ochoa, Vanessa Reza, Cacee Milburn, Kaberlin Hull, Trolkeyia Cooper, Magaly Cortes.

Medicine Lodge Indians

Boys Coach: Josh Ybarra, fourth season (20-43 overall)

League: Central Plains

Last year’s record: 5-16

Returning starters: Drew Honas 6’0, sr., 15.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg; Ben McKinney 6’0, sr., 3.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg; Tanner Wedel, 5’9, sr., 3.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg; Dakota Bayliff 5’4, jr., 7.8 ppg, 2.4 apg; Garrett Burden, 5’9, jr., 9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg. Players to watch: Garrett Randels, Blake Winter, Kyson Cunningham, Cason Liebst.

Outlook: Coach Ybarra says the keys to their success are: “going to be playing bigger than we are, taking care of the ball, playing a faster paced game, and being the smarter team. We are not going to be the biggest team on the court most nights so we have to figure out how to make that an advantage instead of a weakness. Mixing up defenses and pushing the ball offensively should help us with this situation. Not turning the ball over will be another key. If we can take care of the ball, we will limit the other teams’ possessions which will limit the number of times we have to guard them in the post.

Girls Coach: Kami Dahlberg, 2nd season

League: Central Plains

Last year’s record: 8-13

Returning starters: Kyla Alojacin, Madison England. Other returning players: Rylee Waller, Jaycee Patton, Aaliyah Armstrong.

Attica Bulldogs

Boys Coach: Danton Hilton, sixth season (84-31 overall)

League: Heart of the Plains

Last year’s record: 13-10

Returning starters: Blake Harnden, 6’0, jr., 16.3 ppg; Masen McDaniel, 6’0, jr., 7.3 ppg; Mason miller, 5’10, so., 8.4 ppg; Ezra Goodman, 6’2, jr., 3.1 ppg. Others to watch: Seth Orr, Kenny McCartney, Miles Mans, Aden Rausch.

Outlook: Our strengths this year will be our ability to shoot the ball and our physical and mental toughness. Our weaknesses will depend on how we buy in defensively and rebounding.

McPherson Bullpups

Boys Coach: Kurt Kinnamon, 25th season (473-93 overall)

League: Ark Valley Chisholm Trail

Last year’s record: 20-5

Returning starters: Ben Pyle, 6’8, sr., 22.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg; Mason Alexander, 6’1, sr., 14.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Jake Alexander, 6’4, jr., 12.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg; Drew Labertew, 6’3, sr., 3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg; Thomas Diggs, 6’1, sr., 4.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Jayse Alexander 6’1, sr., 3.3 ppg; Wyatt Seidl, 6’4, sr., 1.0 ppg; Jace Kinnamon, 5’10, jr., 1.1 ppg; Kyler Hoppes, 6’1, jr., 1.0 ppg; Gabe Hoover, 6’1 jr.; Cody Stufflebean 6’4, so.; Aren Trost, 6’5, jr.

Outlook: On experience – all 12 players are back from ateam that was a state runner-up the last two seasons. Perimeter shooting, this team should be a very good outside shooting team. Versatility, There are several guys that are interchangeable and can play a variety of positions.

Little River Redskins

Girls Coach: Trey Look, third season (12-30 overall)

League: Wheat State

Last year’s record: 8-14

Returning starters: Melanie Renken, so., 12 ppg; Emma McBride, so., 7.1 ppg; Madison Loder jr., 4 ppg; Emma Wright, so., 2 ppg; Isabelle Eberle so., 3.9 ppg. Other returning starters: Jacie Porter, Michelle Loder, Morgan Konen.

Ulysses Tigers

Girls Coach: Tim Hofferber, sixth season

League: GWAC

Last year’s record: 11-10

Returning starters: Alyssa Castilleja, Gina Ballesteros, Kali Kenny, Luz Gomez, Riley Oglieve, Mercedes Degollado, Cristen Edwards, Madison Haney.

Liberal Redskins

Boys Coach: Ryan Petty, first season

League: WAC

Last year’s record: 18-3

Returning starters: All 10 seniors graduated last year and they were the only players.

Girls Coach: Carter Kruger, third season (28-15 overall)

Last year’s record: 17-5

Returning starters: Katie Horyna, Ali Lucero, Whitney Hay, Machia Mullens, Reagan Watt, Kim Alarcon, Aysha Porras.

Outlook: Our team should be pretty athletic and able to play at a fast pace. We can stretch the floor and that will hopefully help overcome our lack of size. We hope to build on a successful 2016-2017 season.

South Gray Rebels

Boys Coach: Mark Applegate, 37th season (628-214 overall)

League: SPIAA

Last year’s record: 24-2

Returning starters: Clifton Miller, 6’0, jr., 10 ppg, 3 rpg; Gilbert Peters, 6’7, sr., 14 ppg, 8.5 rpg; Brock Davis, 6’1, sr., 6 ppg, 4 rpg. Other returning letterman: Austin Jantz, Tyler Askew, Craig Griebel, Ismal Rosas, Brett Koehn.

Outlook: We have a lot of experience returning. We were state runner-up last year, we would like to get back to the state tourney and one step further. Our guard play should be a lot stronger this year.

Girls Coach: Paul Clancy, first season

Last year’s record: 17-5

Returning starters: Trudy Martens so.; Hannah Askew, jr.; Emily Salmans, sr.; Christy Wiebe, so.; Shade Torres, jr.

Outlook: this group is very athletic this year and we have 3 returning starters.

Fowler Goldbugs

Boys Coach: Craig Maynard, first season

League: SPIAA

Last year’s record: 6-16

Returning starters: Brayden Watson. Other players to watch: Jurney Bird, Saul Medina, and Diego Medina.

Girls Coach: Samantha Gillis, first season

Last year’s record: 13-9

Returning starters: There is none this season. Key contributer: Savannah Bollinger.

Sublette Larks

Girls Coach: Andrea Ardery, fifth season (46-43 overall)

League: Hi-Plains

Last year’s record: 16-7

Returning starters: Mia Kells, jr., 11.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg; Bekah Unruh, so., 4.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg; Mercedes Martinez, jr., 7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Shelby Thorton, jr., 1.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; Reagan Frank, so., 3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Madeline Lee so., 2.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Brekken Hoffman jr., 1.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg.

Outlook: This team has come together early this season to commit to making this team the best it can be this year.

Kiowa County Mavericks

Boys Coach: Matt Hoffman, first season

League: SPIAA

Last year’s record: 15-7

Returning starters: Taylor Odle, sr., Cale Thompson, jr., Camden Vandenhoek, jr. Newcomers: Reid Rhodes, jr.; Brandon Detwiler, sr.; Corey Erickson, sr.; Cooper Zenger, so.; A.J. Owen, jr.; Rhylan Tedder, jr.

Outlook: We have talent returning but also a lot of newcomers as well who have potential to contribute a lot to our team. I am excited to see what my guys can do this season with a new program. I would say early on there will be a lot of up’s and down’s but there is a big upswing that could happen with these guys. South Central is always a fun game as they would be our rival but I look to see South Gray as the league front runner this year so that could be a tough matchup.

Hugoton Eagles

Girls Coach: Emmanuel Adigun, first season

League: GWAC

Last year’s record: 26-0 (3A State Champions)

Returning starters: Dallie Hoskinson, sr., 13.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg; JohAnna Rawlins, sr., 4.2 ppg, 5 rpg; Brooklynn Harper, sr., 3 ppg, 3 rpg; Laney Hoskinson, sr.; Rebecca Johnson, jr. Other returning players: Britta Bees, sr.; Jaysa Featherston, sr.; Toby McClure, so.; Etni Guzman, jr.

Outlook: Assitant Coach Ramsey had this to say about the team this year: “Dallie Hoskinson has been a 3 year starter (point guard) for the Lady Eagles and she has scored 910 points in her career so far as well leading the team in rebounds, assists and steals each year. She is most definitely one of the TOP girl players in all of the state irregardless of classifications. She has been overlooked somewhat the last 3 years because of having Katy Heger (Washburn) and Amy Scott (Seward County) on the team but not this year.. she’ll have a big year for sure. Our seniors are 71-4 with 2 state championships and a 3rd place finish so I know they are extremely focused on finishing their high school careers with another strong season. The girls are very fortunate that Coach Adigun came to Hugoton from Pratt- - his style of play and philosophy is a perfect fit for the team. “

Otis-Bison Cougars

Boys Coach: Curtis Little, first season

League: Central Prairie

Last year’s league: 15-8

Returning starters: Blake Bahr, Maitland Wiltge, Clade Anderson, Anton Foust, Luke Higgason.

Ingalls Bulldogs

Boys Coach: Travis Leverett, first season

League: SPIAA

Last year’s record: 8-13

Returning starters: David Varela, Joe Clark, Mikel Osborne, Timothy Gillen, Easton Irsik.

Holcomb Longhorns

Girls Coach: Nathan Novack, fourth season

League: GWAC

Last year’s record: 8-14

Returning starters: Eboni Sapien, Taylor Sleep, Courtney Wren, Britnie Novack, Darien Mader, Chesney McVey, Madi Ruda, Gracelynn Rupp, Lauren Jones, Rylynn Senecal.

Moscow Wildcats

Girls Coach: Stu Moore, second season

League: Santa Fe Trail

Last year’s record: 6-16

Returning starters: Adriana Salcedo, Monica Gonzalez, Morgan Robson, Yamilet Rojo, Morgan Lahey, Giselle Martinez, Brittney Stuckey.

Smoky Valley Vikings

Girls Coach: John Bellah, third season

League: Central Kansas

Last year’s record: 7-14

Returning starters: Jordan Otto, 5.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg; Amanda Behanna, 3.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg; Jacque Hulse, 1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg; Lindsey Gerlach, 2.0 ppg, 1.1rpg; Kira Haxton, 1.5 ppg, 1.7rpg.

Outlook: “I feel we should have a good depth,” said Coach Bellah. “We have a lot of players we can use for different reasons and the challenge will be to see what combinations work best for what we a trying to accomplish. I think our younger players will help us well. Rebounding will be a concern. We don’t have the size we would like so we are going to have to make up for it with our determination. Our key to success will be to find ways to get great looks at the basket and defend extremely well.”

Chase Kats

Boys Coach: Mitch Light, tenth season

League: NPL

Last year’s record: 8-13

Returning starters: Brayden Moore, 6’3, sr., 11.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg; Lance Hinderliter, 6’2, jr., 4 ppg, 2 rpg.

Outlook: Coach Light says: “Our strength will be our defense. With new varsity players Randy Pray and Jason Joyner we will be competitive with every team we play. The key will bw can we score enough to win these ballgames.

Dighton Hornets

Girls Coach: Amy Felker, 16th season (222-126 overall)

League: NWKL

Last year’s record: 21-3

Returning starters: Emily Sheppard, jr., 2.4 ppg, 2,8 rpg; Kenadee O’Brien, jr., 1.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg; Gentry Shapland. Jr., 1.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Ella Roberts, so., 10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, Mallory Dowell, sr., 1.2 ppg; Marissa Villarreal, jr.

Outlook: We lost 66% of our scoring from a year ago, so new girls will have to step up and want to become a scorer. Our goal is to improve every practice and game. The girls have heart and are hard workers. They know the system, but will take on different rolls.

Great Bend Panthers

Girls Coach: Carrie Minton, sixth season (66-43 overall)

League: Western Athletics

Last year’s record: 11-10

Returning starters: Carly Brack, sr.; Camryn Dunekack, sr.; Annie Mills, sr.; Shailey Clark, so.; Alyssa Keller, Jenna Mauler, Kaylee Unruh.

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