By CONOR NICHOLL w/ Chet Kuplen
Sports in Kansas will have in-depth previews on all nine classes, six-man to 6A, in the next three weeks. All per-game football statistics and per-game rankings from Conor Nicholl, SIK, along with databases from KPreps and Prep Power Index. Eight-Man, Division I and II and Six-Man are already at sportsinks.com. Follow along for video interviews from SIK’s Bethany Bowman, too.
1A: Smith Center connection paying off for St. Marys with best scoring defense in 12 years; St. Marys among many new 1A teams this season
Kyle Schenk played offensive guard and strong safety for the 1998 Smith Center Redmen. SC set a then-state record for average margin of victory at 50.8 points per game. The Redmen opened with seven straight shutouts and permitted just 22 points all season. Smith Center went 11-1 and by lost two to eventual 3A state titlist Conway Springs in the state semifinals.
Per a 2013 book on Smith Center and legendary coach Roger Barta called “Brothers Through the Bone,” Schenk was widely considered one of the hardest hitters in Smith Center history. Schenk played college football at Trinity (Ill.) International, started at linebacker all four years and finished as the school’s all-time leading tackler with 379 stops.
Schenk coached at multiple colleges, including Trinity, Malone (Oh.), Sterling College, Bethany College and most recently Southern Nazarene in Oklahoma. In ’08 and ’09, Sterling was top-10 in the NAIA in fewest rushing yards allowed. At Southern Nazarene, Schenk was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Schenk delivered quick defensive turnarounds at Malone and SNU.
Schenk’s wife, Kristen, is from Smith Center. The family has four children. Schenk was looking to come back closer to home and not move so frequently. He thought maybe Kansas or Nebraska. He and Kristen loved the area between Manhattan and Topeka.
Schenk applied at St. Marys, just three hours east of Smith Center on US-24. The Schenks live a couple of blocks from the high school, one from the park. Plus, Schenk recalled that St. Marys had solid football tradition, including state championship losses to Smith Center in ’99 and ’06.
“Been great for our families, just the small-town life,” Schenk said.
When Schenk took over at St. Marys, his first phone call was to Mark Simoneau, a famous SC Shrine Bowler who is in the Kansas State Hall of Fame.
“He’s as good as they come,” Schenk told SIK in early August. “One day I would love to even know half of what he’s known.”
Plus, Schenk talked with Brooks Barta, another all-time great SC and Kansas State player and longtime Holton coach.
“There was a couple decisions that I wasn’t sure on what to do,” Scheck said. “And I said, ‘Hey, I’ve got a couple of people to call, and one of them is the coach Brooks Barta, and see what he has to say. So yeah, he’s been awesome with me, too. That’s one thing about the Redmen community is that these guys who are legends that have no business helping me, they are still willing to help just because I’ve played for the same guy they did, so it’s been awesome.”
In 2020, St. Marys posted a 3-6 mark in Schenk’s first season. However, the scoring defense dropped from 40.4 in ’19 to 31.3. Last year, St. Marys had a big improvement. The Bears play in the highly challenging Mid-East League with Silver Lake, Riley County and current two-time undefeated 2A champion Rossville. St. Marys finished 5-4, including a five-game winning streak.
The Bears permitted 19.1 points a game, No. 14 in the 48-team 2A classification.
It marked St. Marys best scoring defense since 15.1 points allowed a contest in ’09.
The five victories were the most for St. Marys since ’17 and tied for the second highest since ’09. St. Marys lost to Riley County and SL by a combined four points and was competitive with Rossville, which has now won 26 straight.
“The seniors and juniors last year matured a ton, and they really brought into the program,” Schenk said. “And then I felt like we really got the support of the community. We started playing some good football, and they started to believe, and things kind of snowballed from there.”
This fall, St. Marys drops down to revamped Class 1A – and returns multiple talented players, especially seniors James Rezac, Abe Huaracha, Cason Gomez and quarterback Keller Hurla. Huaracha was first team all-league defense. Hurla has significantly college interest in football and basketball. Hurla was first team all-state 2A basketball and helped St. Marys to a state runner-up. He qualified in state track and golf.
“He’s just this unique athlete,” Schenk said. “He does everything really well. Maybe not the best at everything, but he does everything really well, and his change of direction has been typically really, really good.”
St. Marys is a legitimate state contender – as is Smith Center.
Three Smith Center alums have notably won Kansas high school football championships: Brooks Barta, current SC coach Darren Sasse and former Thunder Ridge coach Jerry Voorhees. Each of those had at least two finals trips. All the current Smith Center assistants, Brock Hutchinson, Mike Rogers and Shawn Stansbury, are longtime Redmen coaches and SC graduates.
St. Marys, Smith Center, Pittsburg Colgan, two-time undefeated state champion Olpe, and defending state runner-up Inman headline a class that went through significant changes from 2021.
“We are not approaching it any different,” Scheck said. “We want to play the best. We don’t care where we play them. We have got some amazing football teams in 1A with Olpe and Smith Center. … We are going to do everything we can to see great competition in the jamborees, in the summer, because we are expecting great competition. Yeah, we don’t speculate on how good teams are going to be. We just expect them to be fantastic.”
1A back up to 42 teams; Olpe enters with 24-game winning streak; St. Marys, Smith Center, Olpe, Inman, Colgan lead pack
In the last couple of years, 1A football has dwindled to 27 teams. A major question entering 2021 was the long term viability of 1A.
However, football went through restructuring went the advent of sanctioned 6-Man. Class 1A has 42 teams for 2022. The new look has 17 squads that moved down from 2A, including St. Marys and Pittsburg Colgan. Plus, three eight-man teams bumped into 1A with Medicine Lodge, Valley Falls and Onaga.
The class has eight districts, with Wabaunsee, which is just 38 miles west of Topeka, on the West.
Pittsburg-Colgan headlines District 1, and Olpe in District 2. St. Marys, Mission Valley and Jefferson County North are the District 3 frontrunners.
District 4 is generally close and should be again with Centralia, Jackson Heights, Onaga and Troy.
For the West, Smith Center and Wabaunsee are the District 5 leaders. District 6 is relatively open with likely Sedgwick the favorite. District 8 is likely open, too, with no clear favorite; Plainville, Oakley and Ellis could contend.
District 7 should be very deep with Conway Springs, returning state runner-up Inman, and Trinity Catholic.
“I am thrilled they got that fixed,” Smith Center coach Darren Sasse said. “Because I know the solution in a year or two was going to be combine 1A and 2A again like they had done in the past, so I am glad that they got that part fixed, and it is crazy that the east/west line is over by Topeka now.”
In 2021, the classification was highly strong at the top with an historically great Olpe squad that has won 24 straight games entering this fall. Olpe permitted just 24 points all season, the best 11-man scoring defense in at least a decade.
Under coach Chris Schmidt, Olpe won back-to-back state crowns in football and basketball and graduated an incredible class that featured quarterback Damon Redeker, running back Derek Hoelting and Top 11 All Classes linebacker Ted Skalsky, the two-time 1A Defensive Player of the Year. Olpe opens with Topeka Hayden in a marquee game.
“They are just so fundamentally sound,” Inman coach Lance Sawyer said of Olpe. “With our offense, we move a lot, and we run a lot of motion. They were so solid in their positioning. They made the right reads. They just never got out of position.”
Inman (11-1) and semifinalist Sedgwick (10-1) both enjoyed the best finishes in school history.
“They have worked really hard,” Sawyer said. “They realize that that’s the new standard, and that’s the new goal.”
Sedgwick graduated Shrine Bowl quarterback Lance Hoffsommer, the 1A Offensive Player of the Year, after it led the classification with 48.9 points a contest. As well, Connor Tillman graduated after he set the state mark for kick scoring. Corey Crumrine is expected to take over at quarterback. Jase Helstrom and Kaden Foster are three-year starters at center and nose guard, respectively.
Centralia went 8-3 and won a district title before legendary coach Larry Glatczak retired. Wabaunsee posted a 7-3 mark, its first winning season since 1997. Longtime power Conway Springs went 8-3 and has won at least eight games in the past five years. CS junior running back Brayden Kunz rushed 128 times for 1,120 yards and 18 scores.
Inman returns three exceptional skill players: cousins Eli and Harrison Brunk and junior Tanner Heckel, who will take over for Shrine Bowler Jace Doerksen at quarterback. Heckel has a 38-inch vertical and played quarterback for many years in the younger ranks. He can alley-oop dunk. The trio set school records in the 400 and 1,600 relays.
“He’s probably a more gifted quarterback than he is at running back,” Sawyer said. “He makes great reads.”
Heckel finished with 62 carries for 675 yards and nine scores. He caught 23 passes for 339 yards and four TDs. The Brunks combined for 46 catches.
Eli (6-foot-4, 190) is an elite 1A linebacker. Senior Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen will be Inman’s best lineman. The Brunks and Heckel paced Inman to a third-place team finish in 2A track. Harrison won the 200. The trio combined for seven state medals, five individual and two relays.
“It’s going to be hard pressed to find a better linebacker in 1A – is Eli Brunk,” Sawyer said. “He’s as quick as he is off the edge. We are going to give him some freedom to blitz in holes that he just wants to blitz in. He’s going to be good.”
Olpe was second with 48.3 points a contest, and Inman third at 47. No other squad was above 40. Defensively, Inman was second with 8.6 points allowed and didn’t permit a touchdown until a road win against Smith Center in Week 8.
Olpe returns a bevy of key players, including defensive lineman Garret Cole and Blake Skalsky, offensive linemen Cole and Rowdy Orear and receiver Truman Bailey, a key basketball player the last two seasons.
Potential for multiple breakout teams
Colgan finished 4-5 and was the No. 20 defense in 2A with 22.7 points allowed. It marked the Panthers’ first losing record since 1997. However, the Panthers return nine of its top-12 tacklers, including the leading four: junior Cooper Simmons (94), junior Tucker Harrell (74), senior Brody Kannarr (58) and senior Carter Jacquinot (46). Simmons delivered 69 carries for 563 yards and nine TDs. Harrell and Simmons, both juniors, are expected to be two of the best two-way players in Southeast Kansas. Harrell features a clean of over 300 pounds at his weight of 175 pounds. Simmons is one of the states top catchers in the small school ranks after earning all-state in each of the last two seasons as a freshman and sophomore.
Additionally, multiple squads, like St. Marys, are expected to significantly improve its win total from last season. Onaga went 4-5 in Eight-Man, Division II, and returns quarterback Zac Fisher. He rushed for 1,131 yards and delivered 26 offensive scores.
Hutchinson Trinity (4-5), Marion (5-4) and Mission Valley (2-7) are experienced squads that drop down from 2A. Jefferson County North (7-3), Plainville (6-4), Troy (5-5), Jackson Heights (5-5) and Oakley (4-6) should again be in the top-half of the class, though aren’t considered preseason top-5 squads.
Inman plays Marion in Week 1, the first time the Heart of America teams face since 2019.
“It’s exciting to get our league schools back on our schedule,” Sawyer said. “..They return a ton of kids, and so we are going to have our work cut out for us Week 1, that’s for sure.”
Trinity Catholic returns the bulk of its top players, including junior quarterback Eric Armour, and seniors Caleb Sanger and Blake Hammeke. Plainville senior running back Kyle Werner has more than 1,800 career rushing yards. Mission Valley, which won state baseball in the spring, has a possible breakout candidate in sophomore Porter Deters, a key baseball player. As a freshman, he delivered 453 all-purpose yards and 22 tackles.
“He’s turned himself into a beast” – Smith Center loaded, looks for Jake Sasse’s return
Smith Center (9-2) has advanced to the quarterfinals each of the last two seasons, including a last-second loss to Sedgwick last year. SC is extremely experienced this year, especially with 6-foot-1, 260-pound senior lineman Cauy Haresnape and senior defensive back Bentley Montgomery. Haresnape and senior linebacker Jake Sasse each reached the prestigious 1,000-pound club for combined weight lifted in bench, squat and clean. Both players earned Bethel offers in May.
Haresnape is the only one of the five first team all-Mid-Continent League lineman back. Coach Sasse highly emphasized Haresnape’s intelligence and ability to play anywhere on the line.
“He was good last year,” coach Sasse said. “We are expecting a ton out of him this year. He’s just turned himself into a beast. … He really understands what we are trying to do, and he takes care of getting calls made across the front line.”
Sasse delivered an all-state sophomore season and missed last year with injury. Sasse suffered another injury this summer. Coach Sasse, his dad, said Jake should return during the fall.
“Jake, I think as far as understanding our defense is as good as anybody we’ve had in quite a few years,” coach Sasse said.
Montgomery was first team all-league defense and second team offense at running back. Junior Luke Franklin paced the Redmen with 123 carries and 15 rushing touchdowns. He had 704 yards. Montgomery delivered 87 carries for 769 yards and 13 rushing scores. Overall, Montgomery easily paced SC with 1,339 all-purpose yards.
As well, he easily led SC with 92 tackles. Coach Sasse said, if Montgomery was bigger, he would have played as a freshman. He will be a three-year starter.
“You always wish he was 20 pounds bigger, but his heart is so big,” coach Sasse said. “He’s a pretty quiet kid. He’s not going to talk a lot about himself, and he’s not worried about stats. But I tell you, he gives you 100 percent, whether it’s football, wrestling, track, you just get 100 percent out of him with everything he does. And we do lean on him more this year as far as being a vocal leader, and he has even done a great job stepping up that way.”
As well, junior Eli Franklin returns after 70 tackles, second-most on the squad, and nine for loss. Luke Franklin recorded 61 stops and a team-best 11 TFLs for longtime defensive coordinator Brock Hutchinson. Junior Jason Desbien, another experienced player who moved from linebacker to defensive back, was fifth with 60 tackles. Smith Center finished fifth in 1A with 13.2 points allowed a contest.
“A bunch of guys back that have experience,” Sasse said. “That’s part of being a 1A team and having smaller numbers is you do play a lot of kids that are younger.”
As a sophomore, Jake rushed for 821 yards. He delivered 166 tackles in his first two years. Senior Kaid Sasse, Jake’s first cousin, and Eli Franklin filled in well when Jake was hurt. Once Jake comes back, he could play outside linebacker because of his speed.
Coach Sasse said Kaid, his nephew, was small as a seventh and eighth grader. He has grown a lot since and played solidly at center and middle linebacker in ’21.
“Just can’t say enough about how he’s come along,” coach Sasse said.
The left side of line has historically been where Smith Center mostly runs behind. SC enters with 10 all-time state titles, the last coming in ’17 and ’18, along with four runner-ups. Haresnape and Eli Franklin will likely play on the left side.
Senior Tarek Koelsch will take over at quarterback after Nathan Jaeger started the last two seasons. Koelsch played some defensively and recorded 36 tackles with seven passes defended in ’21.
The two Sasses, Montgomery, Koelsch, and Haresnape are the captains.
“I don’t think our quarterback has to be our best player,” Sasse said. “But I tell you, he does a lot to execute our offense. … Gets some experience under his belt, I think he’s going to be just fine.”
“A big step” – St. Marys looked to continue to build behind experienced seniors; highly challenging first three games.
The 2020 St. Marys season featured multiple blowout losses, including 47-8 to Riley County, 67-12 to Rossville, 41-8 against Nemaha Central, 40-0 against Republic County and 37-14 versus Maur Hill.
Then, Schenk started to see program buy-in. In spring and summer ’21, Schenk said the players “took a big step” in the weight room. That helped him see the program was going in the right direction.
“People were more committed than they were the previous year,” he said. “It seemed like they had more fun. It seemed like they wanted to be there, more willing to go to 7-on-7.”
Schenk echoed similar words that Simoneau used in an interview to SIK several years ago. Simoneau and then head coach Ryan Cornelsen delivered the biggest one-season turnaround in Sunflower League history when they took Gardner-Edgerton from 0-9 in ’17 to 10-1 the following season. Simoneau significantly discussed “quality of movement.”
Schenk said St. Marys is “movement based.”
“Everything that we do is based on upon how fast can we do a movement, and how explosive can we be doing that movement,” he said.
Schenk uses a variety of indicators, including running 10- and 20-yard sprints each week. St. Marys frequently tests running speed and jumping ability. Plus, St. Marys extensively power cleans and squats. Hurla completed 52 of 96 passes for 722 yards with seven scores against nine interceptions in ’20. Kason Gomez caught one pass his sophomore season, Abe Huaracha had 13 offensive touches for 101 yards.
Last year, Hurla made huge improvements to 94 of 153 passing for 1,581 yards with 15 scores against two interceptions. He led with 109 rushes for 490 yards and 11 TDs. Schenk credited offensive coordinator Troy Biladue for significantly helping Hurla.
Schenk said Hurla’s arm strength “improved drastically” and is a way more accurate passer who now “knows everything” with the offense.
“He’s very cerebral,” Schenk said. “He’s a sponge, absorbing information.”
Gomez delivered 10 catches for 287 yards and a team-high four scores. Gomez also blocked three kicks. He is 6-1/6-2 range with long arms and qualified for state in the 200-meter dash.
“Made big plays in big games for us last year,” Schenk said.
Huaracha finished with 10 grabs for 214 yards and a pair of TDs. Huaracha, Rezac and Hurla finished 2-3-4 in tackles with 64, 49 and 48 apiece. Huaracha picked off four passes as St. Marys had 15 interceptions on defense.
Senior Joshua Deiter is a key lineman, whom Schenk said “got a lot faster.” Huaracha is known for his change of direction. Gomez has significantly improved on power cleans. Schenk labeled Rezac a workhorse in the weight room.
Junior Atticus Martin has started on the line since he was a freshman. Martin and Deiter will play defensive tackle, Rezac and Huaracha at linebacker, though Huaracha is athletic enough to be at defensive end. Gomez can play linebacker with his versatility.
Junior Nate Hutley, listed as a running back/receiver, is expected to help.
“He’s turning into a good football player,” Scheck said.
Schenk, though, has long believed the identity of a defense is how it tackles. He believes St. Marys can improve in that area. Just like when Schenk coached in college, the question is: How simple do we need to be? How much can we put in?
Just like last season, St. Marys opens with a highly challenging slate of versus Rossville and Rock Creek and at Silver Lake.
St. Marys has lost four in a row and 11 of 12 to Rossville.
St. Marys has lost 19 straight to Silver Lake dating back to ’04.
It last played Rock Creek in ’19, a 44-6 loss.
“Probably the difference in us winning several more games was we needed to be better tacklers, so that’s something we have worked on. It’s a funny thing to work on tackling,” Schenk said. “I feel like the best way to do that is you have got to know where you are going first, and then you’ve got to get there fast, and you have got to be willing to do it fast, and then you have got to be physical, and it kind of goes in that order, so there were times where I felt like we weren’t playing fast, because we didn’t know where we needed to go soon enough.”
“We are going to win this one next year” – Inman features tremendous athletes
Inman enjoyed a remarkable ‘21 with just three total points allowed in the first seven games. The Teutons won the district title with a 38-15 victory at Smith Center. In the playoffs, Inman held off Oakley, Conway Springs and Sedgwick.
However, Inman had key injuries in the playoffs, notably to standout linebacker Kyler Konrade and running back Kendyn Blank. Inman lost, 35-6, to Olpe at Fort Hays State.
“I just wish we could have played at full strength,” Sawyer said. “Again, I didn’t want to take anything away from Olpe. They were fantastic. … We just wanted the challenge of it, and it just kind of left a bad taste.”
Inman graduated a superb class of six high-level contributions, including Konrade, Blank, first team all-state lineman Dawson Mannebach, and four-year starting quarterback Jace Doerksen, a Shrine Bowl pick.
Sawyer still recalls his conversation with Heckel as the pair walked off Fort Hays field. Ted Skalsky made a key tackle on Heckel at the 1-yard line right before halftime. Sawyer had never seen anyone make that play.
“He was like, ‘We are going to make it back. We are going to win this one next year,’” Sawyer said. “And so they have put in the work to do it, and so we are excited. We have some guys really stepping up.”
Sawyer said Inman might run the quarterback a little bit more than in the past with Heckel under center. Plus, Heckel has thrown an impressive ball in summer camps. Heckel might be at safety.
Harrison Brunk will switch out to cornerback. Harrison will again be back at receiver, though could play some at running back because of his speed. Eli will be at tight end and linebacker.
Sawyer noted junior Kellen Schrag as had an “amazing summer.” Junior Dawson McConnell will be a key player on both sides. In addition to Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen, senior Zaden Johnson and junior Zachary Martisko will play on the line. Johnson was second team all-district guard. Martisko played linebacker in the state title game. Senior Garrett Froese will likely play on the line, too.
Nuese-Rasmussen and McConnell are returning starters on the defensive line. Johnson has impressed on the defensive line, too. Nuese-Rasmussen had 71 tackles, Heckel 70 and Eli Brunk with 65, eight for loss. Senior Samuel Shober delivered 68.
“His footwork is so good,” Sawyer said of Nuese-Rasmussen. “He’s able to reach block. He’s able to hook. But then he has enough power to just drive people off the ball. Defensive line, he reads the ball so well. He’s physical, he’s strong. He’s just a big body to move. He’s just so smart. He understands the game.”
Wabaunsee highly experienced on defense after breakout season
Before 2020, Wabaunsee coach Jess Rutledge, the team’s defensive coordinator, installed a 4-3 look. For last season, he simplified and heavily focused on core principles: stay assignment sound, read keys, do your job and trust teammates. Wabaunsee more than halved its scoring defense from 33.1 allowed in 2020 to 15 a game, seventh-best in 1A.
Wabaunsee had one senior who started on defense in ’21. The top-10 tacklers all return.
The Chargers graduate Cade Oliver, who broke numerous team passing records and went to Washburn. Still, the Chargers are heavily experienced.
In 2020, Tate Deever delivered 75 tackles, Maverick Havenstein with 72 as freshmen. In ’21, Deever led with 118 stops. Havenstein finished with 85 and a team-high 12 TFLs. Senior Bryton Reves was second with 95 stops.
Senior defensive end Lanson Parry is a three-year starter, as is Eli Oliver at cornerback and senior Logan Clark at strong safety. Juniors Zach Frank and Alex Beggs had some starts in ’20 and moved into a full-time role last year.
Oliver caught 34 passes for 516 yards and a team-high 12 scores.
High-flying Sedgwick looks to retool
The Cardinals graduated Hoffsommer, one of Kansas’ all-time most prolific passers. Sophomore Corey Crumrine served as the JV quarterback as a freshman and had spot varsity time. Crumrine was the starting shortstop and pitcher on the baseball team last spring.
“We think he is going to be a good one in our program,” Sedgwick coach Jeff Werner said.
Helstrom is a steady center in Sedgwick’s shotgun offense. Foster is a talented nose guard.
“He is an undersized wrestler-type that is high motor and tough to block,” Werner said. “He makes our defense go up front.”
Junior Jeff Nold is expected to be a breakout threat at receiver. He has started since his freshman year and is now 6-foot-4. He will take over for Ryan Stucky, among the state leaders for all classes in receiving yards.
Top-15 Offense – 1A 2021 (27 total teams)
Conway Springs 38.7
Smith Center 37.1
Jackson Heights 26.8
Jeff County North 25.2
Valley Heights 21.0
Top-15 Defense – 1A 2021 (27 total teams)
Conway Springs 11.2
Jefferson County North 11.3
Smith Center 13.2
Jackson Heights 18.6
Valley Heights 21.1
Last seasons 2021 1A All-State Team from Sports in Kansas (Note: Several players in 1A for 2022 were in 2A last season, so they wouldn’t be listed)
Sports in Kansas 1A All-State – 2021 First Team Offense
QB- Lance Hoffsommer, Sedgwick, Sr.
RB- Jacob Kirchoff, Smith Center, Sr.
RB- Kendyn Blank, Inman, Sr.
RB- Trenton L’Ecuyer, Valley Heights, Sr.
WR- Ryan Stucky, Sedgwick, Sr.
WR- Jerritt Norris, Troy, Jr.
TE- Ryan Feldkamp, Jeff County North, Sr.
OL- Brayden Weiss, Olpe, Sr.
OL- Colton Haresnape, Smith Center, Sr.
OL- Maverick Havenstein, Wabaunsee, Jr.
OL- Christian Koch, Oakley, Sr.
OL- Austin Harjo, Sedgwick, Sr.
OL- Kemper Clary, Troy, Jr.
OL- Treydon Talley, Centralia, Sr.
ATH- Cade Oliver, Wabaunsee, Sr.
ATH- Ethan McNally, Centralia, Sr.
K- Connor Tillman, Sedgwick, Sr.
Sports in Kansas 1A All-State – 2021 First Team Defense
DL- Dawson Mannebach, Inman, Sr.
DL- Dakota Yost, Plainville, Sr.
DL- Garrett Cole, Olpe, Sr.
DL- Zane Zoglman, Conway Springs, Jr.
DL- Julian Bruto, Jackson Heights, Jr.
LB- Ted Skalsky, Olpe, Sr.
LB- Kyler Konrade, Inman, Sr.
LB- Logan Warren, Conway Springs, Sr.
LB- Brandon Brin, Plainville, Sr.
DB- Jace Doerksen, Inman, Sr.
DB- Damon Redeker, Olpe, Sr.
DB- Derek Hoelting, Olpe, Sr.
DB- Anders Dewey, Plainville, Sr.
DB- Presly Bowers, Centralia, Sr.
ATH- Bentley Montgomery, Smith Center, Jr.
P- Brayden Meseke, Wabaunsee, Sr.
RET- Tony Detweiler, Central Heights, Sr.
Sports in Kansas 1A 2021 All-State Honorable Mention
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Carson Wood- Central Heights, Dawson MccConnell – Inman, Eli Brunk – Inman, Brayden Cunningham – Oakley Josiah Annis – Oakley, Ace Martinez – Sublette, Boden Benitz – Troy, Traden Buckman – Uniontown, Cauy Haresnape – Smith Center, Landyn Plummer – Oakley, Bryton Reeves – Wabaunsee, Trenton Clayclamp – Valley Heights, Bryce Johnson – Pleasanton, Dominic Nuesue-Rasmussen – Inman, Aiden Welch – Central Hts, Blake Fowler – Jeff County North, Miguel Hernandez- Sublette, Caden Parker – Valley Heights, Brycen Stewart – Uniontown, Jalen Massey – Lyndon, Bentley Montgomery – Smith Center, Caden Parker – Valley Heights, Eli Oliver – Wabaunsee, Blake Redeker – Olpe, Kyle Werner – Plainville, Brayden Kunz – Conway Springs, Kaison Bigham – Valley Heights, Tate Deever – Wabaunsee, Karsten McKee – Pleasanton, Bryton Reeves – Wabaunsee, Koen Werner – Sedgwick, Brayden Fowler – Olpe, Braylon Bittell – Plainville,, Grant Armon – Jackson Heights, Patrick Freiss – Conway Springs, Brayden Meseke – Wabaunsee, Karson Wrothington – Jeff County North, Braden Scribener – Remington, Trey Lockwood – Horton, Ben Hansen – Plainville, Trey Bazil – Lyndon, Caleb Worthington – Jeff County North, Derrick Smith – Conway Springs, Lance Pauly – Conway Springs, Jackson Pfeifer – Oakley, Cam Anderson – Troy, Izic Billups – Conway Springs, Jason Bosley – Jackson Heights, Jarod Blaha – Centralia, Evan Claasen – Remington, Silas Holliday – Jackson Heights, Nathan Jaeger – Smith Center, Darian Massey – Lyndon, Ian McClure – Uniontown, Jackson Pfeifer – Oakley, Toby Miller – Lyndon, Sam Culp – Sedgwick, Jackson Pfeifer – Oakley, Andrew Wilkinson – Smith Center, Korbin Miller – Uniontown, Ethan Perkins – Conway Springs, Tegan Bradley – Ell Saline, Jonathan Calzada-Villa – Ell Saline, Nathan Jaeger – Smith Center, Blake Huebert – Sedgwick, Kaden Lutz- JCN, Grant Fuhrman – JCN, Karson WOrthington – JCN, Wyatt Bacon – Jackson Heights