Football in Kansas: Class 3A state preview – How Jack Kraus epitomizes Andale’s dynasty; Collegiate, Holton, Hayden, Rock Creek, SE Kan. teams look for big years


Sports In Kansas continues its classification previews. The smaller five classes are already published. As well, check out our positional previews and video interviews from Bethany Bowman on SIK platforms. All scoring offense, defense ranks from Conor Nicholl, SIK, along with databases at KPreps and Prep Power Index.

Andale is on a 38-game winning streak and has an historic senior class, including QB Wyatt Spexarth.

Class 3A: Andale had the greatest statistical team in school history last season. This year could be even better.

Andale completed its third straight perfect season in 2021. The Indians earned their sixth state championship, all since ’06. Andale posted a 13-0 mark and paced all Kansas 11-man teams with 53.4 points a game and 5.2 points permitted a contest.

Andale set school records for average margin of victory, scoring offense and scoring defense. Coach Dylan Schmidt, an Andale graduate and former AHS assistant coach, stands at 61-2 since he took over the program.

Running back Cody Parthemer and defensive end Riley Marx picked up first team all-state SIK as juniors. Three seniors were first team: offensive lineman Garrett McCaskill, and linebackers Ivan Lies and Logan Spexarth. Beau Kerschen collected Shrine Bowl honors.

“The greatest statistical year we’ve ever had in the history of the program,” Schmidt told SIK in August.

This year, though, Schmidt offers multiple superlatives for a highly talented roster. Andale has 84 kids, staggering for a 3A school, and the most under Schmidt.

“Kids expect to win, they are willing to do what it takes to win, and I love that,” Schmidt said.

While Class 3A has plenty of depth with defending runner-up Frontenac, semifinalist Holton, talent-rich Galena, traditional power Wichita Collegiate and Rock Creek’s high-octane pass offense, Andale is the clear classification favorite.

The Indians currently carry a 38-game winning streak, longest in Kansas. Andale has not lost a home game in 10 years. In the last three seasons, Andale has had more than 14 total games with a running clock in the second half.

“I think this was the toughest year ever for (picking) captains,” Schmidt said.

Andale has a chance to reach rarified status this fall. Just four programs in Kansas history have ever captured at least 50 straight games, per state historian Brett Marshall. Smith Center won 79 in a row from ’04-’09, and Pittsburg Colgan captured 66 straight from ’00-04. Conway Springs won 62 in a row from ’01-04, and Claflin earned 51 straight from ’97-00. Andale’s closest game in ’21 was a 37-16 semifinal victory against Southeast of Saline.

“They do a good job,” Southeast of Saline coach Mitch Gebhardt said. “Their kids are well-schooled in what they are supposed to be doing, and they have some very, very good athletes, and I have got to know their coaching staff over the last couple years, and those guys do an outstanding job.”

“It obviously starts with those guys, but they have a good system going for the kids that they have,” he added. “They have also good athletes, and their kids work awful hard, and their community is behind them, and that’s the key to anything. They are on a historical run, and it’s impressive what they’ve been doing.”

Traditionally, Schmidt noted Andale is a senior-laden team with 20 to 25 kids in the senior class. In ’22-23, Andale has just 30 senior boys total in the school. This current senior football group has 13, including three move-ins.

“But all of them can play,” Schmidt said. “I mean, they are studs.”

That includes lineman Jack Kraus, a 60-foot shot putter. Schmidt became emotional when he discussed Kraus’ colossal work ethic, including waking up at 3:30 a.m.

“He’s just a guy we can’t keep off the field,” Schmidt said. “I mean, he’s just too tough and too physical.”

Many of them, especially Marx, Kraus and Jonah Meyer, were key contributors to Andale boys winning state track last spring. Andale boys’ track has won 16 straight league titles, 10 consecutive regional crowns and eight overall state championships.

“Team-wise, this group, there is nobody that even touches it,” Schmidt said.

The girls have done even better with 17 in a row for league track, 13 straight regional and eight state titles, including five in a row. Marx and his first cousin, senior McKenzie Fairchild, can make a strong case for best boy and girl athlete in Kansas for ’22-23. Fairchild was the reigning 4A volleyball player of the year and first team all-state basketball. She won all three throwing events at state and picked up an Oregon track offer. The Fairchilds have seven children, Marx with six.

“If there is anything that we’ve really been proud of, it’s the way we’ve practiced and the way we’ve prepared,” Schmidt said.

Marx has three Division I football offers, from Southeast Missouri, UTEP and Old Dominion. He also notably has a Wichita State track offer; his sister, Samantha, currently throws for the Shockers. Marx has won back-to-back javelin and discus state crowns. He picked up wrestling early in high school and was state runner-up at 220 in 4A.

“Riley is probably as talented an athlete as we have ever had in Andale,” Schmidt said.

Lance Marx, Riley’s father, is known for his strength. Schmidt has an introductory weights talk when kids come in as freshmen. Everyone starts with the bar, for lifting, squat and bench. Then, Schmidt tells a joke.

“Unless your last name is Marx,” he says. “And then you can lift whatever you want. Because those guys just came in, and they were trucks. I mean, they looked like, ‘Wow.’ Dad is a big, strong guy.”

Devin, Riley’s older brother, set the Andale hang clean record with a one-rep max of 390 pounds in May 2019. Riley had good size as a freshman. As a sophomore, Andale beat Wichita Collegiate in a key game midway through the season. Marx was meeting the physicality of Collegiate standouts.

“Which is rare for a sophomore to be able to step in and play against those kinds of guys,” Schmidt said.

Marx can play multiple positions in the 3-4 defense. Andale used him at nose guard in the 53-0 win against Frontenac in the state championship game.

This year, Marx, Kraus, Parthemer and Noah Bruce are the captains. The group also includes Meyer, multi-year starting quarterback Wyatt Spexarth, defensive back Tegan Orth and athlete Kelby Eck. Schmidt is high on senior offensive lineman Brayden Weber, who has worked hard in the offseason.

“We could have picked any of those guys,” Schmidt said of captaincy.

In 2020, Andale became the first team in Kansas history to win all playoff games via shutout. Last season, the Indians had the biggest margin of victory in a 3A state game in state history.

Marx was conference defensive player of the year. Meyer, Eck and Marx were first team all-league picks. Marx and Parthemer were first team all-league running backs, while Eck was first team all-league specialist. Bruce was unanimous all-league tight end and will be one of the top tight ends in the 3A classification this season. The coaching staff has tried to keep practices and the daily grind from monotony. This year, for the first time, Andale is tracking turnovers forced on defense.

Eck will move back from outside linebacker to safety this year. He returned four special teams kicks for touchdowns in ’21. His dad, Keith, was a former All-American at Fort Hays. Kelby paced Andale with 67 tackles.

“Kelby is an unbelievable player for us,” Schmidt said. “…He’s long and lean and athletic.”

Meyer was second to Marx at the 4A state javelin with a throw of 186-4. He has interest in track at Air Force. Andale moved Meyer from defensive line to middle linebacker this fall. Meyer has immediately become a vocal leader for Andale’s defense with his high football IQ.

“Tough as they come,” Schmidt said.

Plus, Andale has junior outside linebacker Gage Prosser. He took fifth at the state 400 with 50.9 seconds. He broke the school mark in the 400.

“Might be as talented as a kid athletically as we have had in a long time,” Schmidt said.

Then, there’s Kraus, who has a strong desire to compete in track at Army West Point. Schmidt recently sent in a letter of recommendation to AWP for Kraus. He broke the school shot put record in the spring, a mark of 57-6.5 that had stood since 1971.

Kraus is undersized as a lineman at 5-foot-10, 230. In 2021, he finished second in the 4A state shot put. He cleared 56 feet. Like many, Kraus attends a weights class during the school day.

During the winter, Schmidt keeps the weight room open for an hour after school for athletes who aren’t involved in basketball or wrestling. In his sophomore year, Kraus couldn’t come because of his job at the Goddard meat locker.

One day, Kraus came in after school to lift. Schmidt asked him if he was still working. Schmidt knew Kraus’ job was important. Kraus said yes. Schmidt asked when?

Kraus said he was waking up at 3:30 a.m. and worked at the meat locker from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

“It kind of stopped me in my tracks,” Schmidt said.

Jack Kraus, shown here in track, has great work ethic and will be a key OL/DL for Andale.

Then, he came over to Andale, took a shower at the school, went to class and lifted after school. Kraus was one of three Kansas’ shot putters to clear 60 feet in ’22. He was beat on his final throw at state and again took second.

Andale needs to replace four offensive starters. Weber will start at tackle, and Kraus at guard. Junior Henry Eck will start at center.

“We have some unbelievable kids, but that’s the story where you are just like, ‘Wow,’” Schmidt said. “…That’s why you do what you do, and it brings tears to your eyes just talking about it.”

Wichita Collegiate looks to continue spring success

Like Andale, Wichita Collegiate is coming off a state championship in the spring. Collegiate won the 3A baseball title. Many of the key Spartan baseball players are involved in football, too. Hayden Malaise collected baseball SIK 3A Player of the Year honors and first team all-state pitcher.

Brett Black, son of Collegiate head football coach Troy Black, was first team all-state infield. Malaise and Black are both looking to play college baseball. Malaise is a starting tight end and linebacker at 6-foot-1.

Coach Black noted Malaise’s great hands, blocking and aggressive downhill play – “he plays football like he pitches, aggressive, and with an attitude, which is awesome.” In 2021, Collegiate baseball lost by 11 in the state quarterfinals before the improvement last spring.

“He’s a really good football player,” coach Black said. “Obviously, he’s a great baseball player, but the success those guys had, the two-year journey they took to get there, we are really hoping that that carries over to football. Because those guys, they went from making it there, just kind of being happy to being there to learning what they had to do overcome, and we are really hoping they bring that to us.”

Black is 6-3, 245 and is the returning starting center. Collegiate runs everything from shotgun, and Black had 785 perfect snaps with one bad snap last fall. The Spartans, which lost in the state semifinals to Andale two years ago, were 8-2 last season. WC beat 4A Mulvane, an eventual 8-3 squad, in the regular season and took losses to Andale and Cheney.

“Some of those guys are different with their attitude and their energy and their effort, and their attention to detail,” Black added. “And so we are starting to see some of that, so that was exciting. I mean, obviously as a dad, I was excited, but as a coach it was awesome, because I knew I was going to get most of those (baseball) guys back in our (football) program, and the benefits and things they learned from that experience was going to help us as well.”

Collegiate returns senior dual threat quarterback/defensive back Wesley Fair. A Kansas State commit, Fair is the No. 6 recruit for all classes, per 247. Fair recorded more than 950 rushing and passing yards. He is a 3A Offensive Player of the Year finalist each of the past two falls. Black is the lone returning offensive line starter.

Senior Jaden Mitchell returns after he won the 3A state 100-meter title. Senior running back/free safety Carson Phelps enjoyed a great sophomore year, and then was hurt most of last season. He played only around a game and a half.

Coach Black said Phelps returns in great shape; Collegiate is deep at the skill positions. Phelps is expecting to ease the load on Fair carries. As a sophomore, Phelps came on late and finished with more than 500 rushing yards.

“It’s the lineman that has got us worried,” coach Black said.

Collegiate is young up front with limited depth. Black is confident in several players. Senior Mason Charbonneau will be a tackle. He was the starting nose guard in ’21. He is the third of the Charbonneau brothers; Trey and Drew were all-state football players on the defensive side.

“Mason is a great defensive linemen, but he is also a really good offensive linemen,” coach Black said. “Very strong and aggressive, and we really need him to be able to stay healthy, because he got a little dinged up last year on defense. But he’s the key. He’s a good football player, and he’s a good lineman.”

Senior PJ Enegren is passionate about rugby and should fill another line position. Like Charbonneau, Enegren is a little undersized, though with great strength.

“He’s going to be a good football player,” coach Black said. “He just needs time, and he needs the experience at the varsity level.”

Juniors Lucas Ranney-Brown and Jace Campbell are battling for a guard spot. Campbell is a former tight end who agreed to come play offensive line.

“They are really raw, but they have been getting better everyday,” coach Black said.

Sophomore Tristan Sprole saw consistent playing time as a freshman. Black called him “crucial.” Sprole is 6-0, 225. Sprole showed his aggressiveness as an eighth grader in football. He loves being in the weight room and lifting weights all the time. Sprole suffered illness toward the end of last year, which Black said “really hurt us.” Sprole was one of the strongest freshman in a long time at Collegiate.

Those same players will be on the defensive line. Behind that group, Collegiate has untested freshmen and sophomores.

“Strength-wise, he is as strong as any kid we will go up against,” Black said.

Sophomore Cooper Brown, whose dad played at Collegiate, could emerge, along with junior Givi Gibson as breakout players.

Returning 3A first team all-state players (non-Andale):

Frontenac running back Mario Menghini

Galena tight end Tyler Little

Topeka Hayden offensive lineman Joe Otting

Holton kicker Matt Lierz

Holton linebacker Jace Boswell

Rock Creek defensive back Yanci Spiller

Marysville punter Peyton Smith

Girard punter Luke Niggemann

Wichita Collegiate quarterback Wesley Fair

Holton, Southeast Kansas pace other 3A contenders

While Andale is the heavy favorite, Class 3A again has plenty of strong teams and elite individual talent, including Holton’s backfield, Galena Division I athlete Tyler Little, and Rock Creek’s passing offense.

Galena, Frontenac and Columbus are the District 1 favorites to many but a team that could surprise many that nobody seems to be talking about is Parsons led by Jeff Schibi who has the program going in the right direction. Prairie View and Girard pace District 2. Wellsville leads District 3. Holton, Perry-Lecompton and Topeka Hayden lead District 4. Parsons was one of the most improved teams from the beginning of the season to the end of the season last year in 3A.

On the West, Concordia and Rock Creek lead District 5. Hesston, Chapman and Collegiate headline a strong District 6. Andale has Cheney and Pratt in District 7. Out west, Holcomb and Scott City should lead District 8. Holton is a clear preseason No. 2, while the top-five likely includes Rock Creek, Wichita Collegiate and Girard. Frontenac is the reigning state runner-up.

Holton (11-1) – Coach Brooks Barta enters his 26th season with a career 246-57 record. Holton lost to Frontenac in the state semifinals. Holton returns a bevy of stars in its wishbone offense. Four players return with at least 600 rushing yards: Garyson Booth, Jayden Fletcher, Jace Boswell and Matt Lierz. As well, Lierz is back at quarterback and all-state kicker. Fletcher and Booth are the two leading tacklers with 68 and 65 stops, respectively.  Boswell has committed to North Dakota.

Charlie Gilliland is a standout two-way player after he recorded six sacks. The line is highly experienced behind seniors Cooper Baxter (6-2, 270), Brody Page (5-9, 220), Tristen McCammon (5-11, 240), Ty Phillips (6-1, 200) and junior Dalton Rousch (5-10, 235). In most years, Holton would be the No. 1 in 3A. Lierz has kicked game-winning field goals in back-to-back Week 1 wins against Nemaha Central.

Frontenac (10-3) – Frontenac enjoyed a tremendous run and earned the second state runner-up under veteran coach Mark Smith. FHS graduated defensive end Landon Dean, the 3A Defensive Player of the Year and Oklahoma State signing. Frontenac had significant graduation losses, especially on the line, though does return Mario Menghini: 942 rushing, 345 receiving, 42 tackles and six interceptions.

Last year, Frontenac delivered 206 rushing yards a contest, per SIK research and Hudl boxscores. Frontenac finished plus-12 in turnover margin and allowed 4.3 yards per play. Menghini helped the Raiders’ pass defense allow 47 percent completion with 10 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. In ’20, Frontenac rushed for 149 yards a game, was plus-3 in turnover margin and allowed seven TD passes against eight interceptions.

Rock Creek (7-4) – Rock Creek has plenty of returners back. Dalton Whitworth paced Kansas in passing with 203 of 337 for 2,894 yards with 38 touchdowns. Ethan Burgess recorded 61 catches for 1,030 yards and 11 scores. Daegen Vinduska and Yanci Spiller combined for 80 catches. Spiller is one of Kansas’ top-10 defensive backs. Senior running back Jaydon Winans and junior center Malachi Bell are top players for coach Shane Sieben. RC faces Southeast of Saline in a high-profile Week 1 contest. Rock Creek had its most wins since 2011 last season and second-highest since ’08.

RC head football and baseball coach Shane Sieben noted to SIK’s Bethany Bowman that each of the offensive linemen added at least 20 pounds this summer. Rock Creek was extremely pass-heavy last fall. Sieben hopes the improved OL will translate into a “more formidable run game” and “can make us more balanced.” Winans is a highly talented running back and expected to have a big year.

Columbus (4-5) – Columbus enjoyed a breakthrough in the spring with a 3A state runner-up baseball showing, the best team in school history. Many of those players return for the Titans, including quarterback Brett Hamilton and receiver Cole Minor. Hamilton accounted for 12 offensive TDs.

Columbus is a trendy breakout 3A team. Senior Jake Eddington (5-10, 265) is a talented player. Sophomore lineman Carter Henry (5-10, 240) is an emerging player. WR/DB Landin Midgett returns after he missed last fall with a broken leg. Midgett has committed to Coffeyville CC baseball. Jacob Lenard, who does excellent work covering Southeast Kansas for KOAM TV, reported Columbus captains are Jake Eddington (OL/DL), Midgett, Cade Saporito (WR/DB), and Jaydn Hale (OL/LB).

Girard (10-1) – Girard enjoyed a breakout season last fall under Neil Philpot, a former All-American Pittsburg State quarterback. Philpot won 17 games in four years before the breakout season. Senior quarterback Luke Niggemann (6-4, 200) has a Pittsburg State offer and has packed on a good 15-20 pounds in the off-season. He passed for 1,078 yards and 19 scores, we feel he’s one of the best in the state and a very underrated prospect. Alex Coester returns after 648 rushing yards. Slotback Ethan Davidson is a top player.

Girard posted 4-6, 5-4, 4-5 and 4-6 records before the program’s best start since 1999 last fall. In 2020, Girard committed 34 turnovers and finished minus-20 in turnover margin. Last year, the Trojans completely flipped that. Girard had 10 total turnovers and was plus-11 in turnover margin.

Girard delivered 322 yards a contest and permitted 223. Last season, Philpot told SIK that better practices and a stronger mindset helped fuel the turnaround. The line returns starters with junior Caleb Combs, and seniors Ryan Jarboe, Cordell Searan, and Aarick Williams. Adam Shireman (DL) was a second team all-league selection as a junior last fall on defense Girard had multiple comebacks in ’21, including key wins against Frontenac and Prairie View.

“This year, we haven’t had that kind of negative setback in the game that just kind goes the wrong way for you that you can’t respond to,” Philpot said to SIK last season. “I think that’s the big thing for us is when we have had those bad plays or we have given up something on the defensive side, that we have responded well to it. That comes with a little confidence when you start winning a few ball games, you believe you can win, and you believe that you can make those plays.”

Galena (8-2) – Galena is a longtime power under coach Beau Sarwinski, who has 15 straight winning seasons since he took over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have not been under .500 since 2003. Sarwinski is one of the most consistent coaches in the state.

Senior TE/DE Tyler Little is being recruited as an Athlete and a top-15 statewide recruit for the Class of 2023. Little has several Division I offers and is the No. 13 player for all classes. He stands 6-6, 240. Senior defensive lineman Isaiah Dunaway (5-10, 240) also returns. Koby Meyrs was also all league first team on offense last season at 6’1″ and 215 pounds. Zane Turner is an athletic playmaker that figures to make a big impact in his first year as the starting quarterback. Galena also features Ty Hall who is 6’7″ and 230 pounds in just his second year of football. Dawson Mooney is another player to keep an eye on out of the backfield for the bulldogs.

Parsons (7-3) – Parsons graduated Isiah Tyson (all-state DL) and Dion Sylvester to FHSU but the program is on the rise under third year HC Jeff Schibi, who is a former standout QB for the Vikings in HS. Tra Mack shined at times last season at QB, Cade Brown is expected to be a breakout type LB and HB/FB this season along with Jahmarion Washington at RB. ALso look for big years for Jesse Jones and Landon Wheat at WR. The Vikings also have a threat at kicker in Jayce Quirin who could be one of the best kickers in 3A this season after returning from injury. Very under the radar program that with good line play this season could turn some heads.

Cheney (10-1) – Cheney graduated quarterback Harrison Voth, the 3A Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-state in football, basketball and baseball. Jack Voth is back after 34 catches for 558 yards and eight cores.

Hesston (4-5) – Hesston returns one of the state’s top quarterbacks and juniors with Hudson Ferralez. He completed 193 of 274 passes for 2,436 yards and 27 scores. Jake Proctor is back after 42 catches for 721 yards and nine scores.

Pratt (6-3) – Pratt enjoyed a breakout season last year behind fullback Enoch Walton and a big offensive line. The Greenbacks bring back three offensive linemen, including decorated senior Drake Van Scoyoc (6’2″ 265), a two-time all-league player. Junior Max Younie is an electrifying player who delivered more than 10 yards a carry in 2021. He delivered 72 carries for 734 yards and 11 scores. Coach Brent Hoelting noted to SIK last season that Younie had “incredible vision, incredible balance.” We also expect WR/Ret/DB Johnny Martinez to be one of the better players in the CKL this season

Wellsville (10-1) – Wellsville finished last season as a top-5 Class 2A team with the second-best scoring defense. The Eagles move up to 3A. Wellsville brings back Nash Money, who delivered 192 rushes for 1,561 yards and 30 scores. Senior defensive back Dez Winton picked off six passes for honorable mention all-state honors. Wellsville recorded eight wins in three years. Wellsville also has senior quarterback Dylan McCarty.

“We have a very, very talented group of guys right now coming through Wellsville,” Wellsville coach Mike Berg told SIK last season. “And they all like each other. They get along. They work extra.”

Senior lineman Kaleb Green, a 2A Defensive Player of the Year finalist, transferred to Gardner-Edgerton. McCarty is a three-year starter after he was hurt as a freshman. Winton never played varsity football as a freshman. As a sophomore, Berg told SIK last year that Winton weighed just shy of 110 pounds in ’20 and bumped to 130 last year. Winton is a dual threat offensive player.

“He knows the offense better than me,” Berg said. “I can’t say enough about him.”

Concordia (8-3) – Senior Stryker Hake returns after he picked off six passes and has the school record with 13 career INTs. Eight total starters return after a solid campaign last season under head coach Jordan Echer.

Chapman (7-3) – Chapman has a young team, though has plenty of size up front, including junior lineman DJ Messerly (6-1, 235). The Irish return seven starters for head coach Kurt Webster.

Topeka Hayden (8-2) – OT Joe Otting (6’5″ 275) has committed to Notre Dame and is ranked as the No. 2 Kansas prospect in the 247 rankings. Longtime coach Bill Arnold will have the Wildcats as a serious contender as always in 3A. Also look for Ben Evans (6’2″ 270) who is one of the most underrated lineman in 3A. JC Cummings had over 600 yards rushing last season. The Wildcats play three statewide powers to open up the first three weeks in Olpe, Silver Lake and Rossville. A very new look for them as they will not play any usual Centennial League opponents. It would have been very interesting to see those three power programs, who lost a ton of talent from the 2021 season to graduation, play Hayden last year.

Perry-Lecompton (6-4) – The Kaws have routinely had excellent dual threat quarterbacks under longtime coach Mike Paramore. P-L finished second to Andale in ’19 and ’20. Senior Gunnar Ball delivered a big year with 109 of 177 passing for 1,242 passing for 15 scores against four interceptions. He delivered 148 carries for 583 yards and eight scores. P-L lost twice to rival Holton in 2021.

Santa Fe Trail (2-7) – SFT is an intriguing team with new coach Nick Fawcett, a single wing coach. Fawcett led St. Francis to a pair of recent eight-man state runner-up showings. SFT returns well over 90 percent of its offensive yards. Junior Luke Edwards is back after 67 of 143 passing for 1,062 yards. Junior Colton Warthen had 129 carries for 878 yards and 10 scores.

Western Kansas?

Scott City had a down year last season with a 4-5 record but Jim Turner has been very consistent with a 46-17 record over the last six seasons. Several key players return after getting a lot of experience in 2021. We expect Jace Thomas to be a breakout player in the classification this season. Also returning is QB Dylan MEtzger who passed for over 800 yards. Kent Teeter always puts together a solid 3A unit at Holcomb, including winning a couple of state titles in the 4A-II division in 2015 and 2017. They lose some key skill spots so it’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back from a 7-3 campaign. Colby was 4-5 last season and returns Zane Betz out of their backfield.

Class 3A Top-15 2021 Offenses (48 total)

Andale 53.4

Southeast of Saline 48.0 (down to 2A)

Pratt 40.6

Cheney 40.2

Holton 38.3

Concordia 38.1

Holcomb 37.4

Rock Creek 34.6

Topeka Hayden 34.5

Wichita Collegiate 34.0

Chapman 33.1

Prairie View 32.0

Girard 31.9

Riley County 31.4

Galena 30.9

Class 3A Top-15 2021 Defenses (48 total)

Andale 5.2

Southeast of Saline 7.5

Cheney 11.6

Girard 11.9

Holton 12.3

Topeka Hayden 12.3

Wichita Collegiate 15.0

Riley County 15.1

Sabetha 15.6

Frontenac 16.6

Parsons 17.7

Holcomb 17.9

Prairie View 18.2

Galena 18.5

Caney Valley 19.4

Below is last seasons All-State team as selected from Sports in Kansas (keep in mind, some of the teams listed below won’t be in the 3A classification this season as this is last seasons team from 2021 season)

Sports in Kansas 3A First Team All-State Offense – 2021

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QB- Harrison Voth, Cheney, Sr.

RB- Keyan Miller, Concordia, Sr.

RB- Eli Riegel, Chapman, Sr.

RB- Mario Menghini, Frontenac, Jr.

RB- Cody Parthemer, Andale, Jr.

WR-Chase Poague, SE Saline, Sr.

WR- Luke Grace, Cheney, Sr.

TE- Tyler Little, Galena, Jr.

OL- Cruz Blair, Frontenac, Sr.

OL- Dalton Owen, Concordia, Sr.

OL- Kaden Fields, Osawatomie, Sr.

OL- Garrett McCaskill, Andale, Sr.

OL- Joe Otting, Hayden, Jr.

ATH- Trey Harmison, Riley County, Sr.

ATH- Enoch Walton, Pratt, Sr.

K- Matt Lierz, Holton, Jr.

Sports in Kansas 3A First Team All-State Defense – 2021

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DL-Riley Marx, Andale, Jr.

DL- Isaiah Tyson, Parsons, Sr.

DL- Ian Rosales, Colby, Sr.

DL-Landon Dean, Frontenac, Sr.

DL- Kody Schalk, Columbus, Jr.

LB- Jace Boswell, Holton, Jr.

LB- Brecken Troike, Girard, Sr.

LB- Colton McCammon, Prairie View, Sr.

LB- Matthew Rodriguez, SE Saline, Sr.

LB- Ivan Lies, Andale, Sr.

LB- Logan Spexarth, Andale, Sr.

DB- Brett Sarwinski, Galena, Sr.

DB- Dion Sylvester, Parsons, Sr.

DB- Yanci Spiller, Rock Creek, Jr.

DB- Levi Knoll, Holcomb, Sr.

DB- Luke Gebhardt, SE Saline, Jr.

ATH- Collin McCartney, Frontenac, Sr.

P- Peyton Smith, Marysville, Jr.

P- Luke Niggemann, Girard, Jr.

Sports in Kansas 3A All-State Honorable Mention

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Kelby Eck – Andale, Jonah Meyer – Andale, Ben Evans, Hayden, Carter Charvat – Hayden, Jake Gebhardt – SE Saline, Koby Meyrs – Galena, Isaiah Dunaway – Galena, Alex Coester – Girard, Zane Turner – Galena, Jacob Grant – Baxter Springs, Adam Shireman – Girard, Keegum Beims – Concordia, DJ Messerly – Chapman, Cam Cleveland – Concordia, Ian Suther – Chapman, Jackson Henry – Clay Center, Skyler Hake – Concordia,  Noah Bruce – Andale, Wesley Fair – Colllegiate, Hayden Malaise – Collegiate, Brett Black – Collegiate, Jack Kraus – Andale, Tegan Orth – Andale, Jack Voth – Cheney, Van Scoyoc – Pratt, Johnny Martinez – Pratt, Hudson Ferralez – Hesston, Jake Proctor – Hesston,Dalton Whitworth – Rock Creek, Ethan Burgess – Rock Creek, Daegen Vinduska – Rock Creek,  Maddox Ibarra – Rock Creek, Jace Thomas – Scott City, Jayden Fletcher – Holton, Josh Hermann – Sabetha, Grayson Booth – Holton, Kael Gorski – Perry Lecompton, Cade Reynolds – Hugoton, Marcus Bauman – Sabetha, Charlie Gilliland – Holton, Christian Mcafee – Sabetha, Ashton Rockey – Hiawatha, Gunnar Ball – Perry Lecompton, J.P. Harris – Scott City, Enoch Walton – Pratt, Jesus Ornelas – Pratt, Haven Lysell-Stewart – Smoky Valley, Max Werner – Hesston, Brayden Schilling – Hesston, Fernando Hererra – Larned, Trevor Stimatze – Pratt, Ryan Eilert – Hesston, Keaton Nevins – Nickerson, Luke Wilson – Larned, Justice Autry – Smoky Valley, Logan Erway – Larned, Gabe Martin – Columbus, Ethan Merrell – Girard, Wyatt Foley – Girard, Lane Franklin – Frontenac, Trent Smith – Columbus, Justice Compton – Frontenac, Jaxson Haraughty – Columbus, Colt Sell – Chapman, Ryan Benfer – Clay Center, Lane Musselman – Clay Center, Garrison Craig – Marysville, Torin Cavanaugh – Chapman, Lucas Sullivan – Clay Center, Cav Carlgren – Concordia, Brent Golden – Chapman, Drew Charbonneau – Collegiate, Beau Kerschen – Andale, Byron Knight – Collegiate, Ashton Villagomez – Collegiate, Jack Duarte – Collegiate, Clay Glasscock – Andale, Daniel Reichart – Andale, Nathan Nemecheck – Andale, Luke Grace – Cheney, Peyton Hays – Cheney, Quincy Thomas – Cheney, Rylan Doshier – Cheney, Reichen Rush – Perry Lecomtpon, Andrew Williams – Holton, Kaden Cattrell – Holton, Thad Mennold – Sabetha, Wesley Monaghan – Perry Lecompton, Braydon Griswold – Hiawtha, Kaden Edelman – Sabetha, Connor Collins – Holton, Kaden Stones – Jefferson West, Ethan Burton – Council Grove, Matt Whitaker – Sabetha, Levi Knoll – Holcomb, Tyler Voss – Colby, Cooper Henson – Holcomb, Dexter Dautel – Goodland, Carter Gooden – Scott City, Kaden Johnson – Holcomb, Nick Almaraz – Holcomb, , Josh Seudass – Goodland, Kolby Johnson – Holcomb, Connor Lanning – Colby, Damien Kline – Prairie View, Bodi Isenhower – Prairie View, Max Kuhlmann – Burlington, Tyler Boeken – Iola, Andrew Reynolds – Prairie View, Colton McCammon – Prairie View, Dalton Kellerman – Anderson Co., Eric Pabon – Burlington, Jake Whitaker – Osawatomie, Blaue Buessing – Santa Fe Trail, Fisher Galey – Anderson Co., Cooper Riley – Iola, Chaylin Peine – Anderson County, Daniel Brown – Bishop Ward, Tyler Gilchrist – Hayden, Jack Chisham – Hayden, Dawson Adams – SE Saline, Dalton Bunch – SE Saline, Cole Keesling – Clearwater, Tate Martin – Clearwater, Braxton Blake – SE Saline, Jasper McDowell – SE Saline, Blake Brokenicky – Riley County, Brooks Redden – Riley County, Konner Stadel – Riley County, Zak Zeller – Riley County, James Jarrett – Bishop Ward, Christian Stein – Bishop Ward, Daniel Brown – Bishop Ward, Juan Delgado – Bishop Ward, Jacob Ney – Russell, Jesse Whitmer – Russell, Jacob Windholz – Russell

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