By Conor Nicholl & Chet Kuplen – Sports in Kansas
Just one player, Blue Valley’s John Price, is listed among Class of 2024’s Top-25 recruits in the state of Kansas, per 24/7, a recruiting leader. However, the running back corps has many of the state’s best pure football players, several whom are the Sunflower State’s most well-known players.
That includes Kapaun Mt. Carmel’s Omari Elias, last seasons SIK Non-Senior Offensive Player of the Year, given to the state’s top player that isn’t a senior, Hays High’s Malik Bah, Valley Center’s Dai’Mont Mucker, Mill Valley’s Tristan Baker, Conway Springs’ Brayden Kunz, Pittsburg-Colgan’s Cooper Simmons and Blue Valley West’s Sage Huffman. Plus, Hoisington returns more than 95 percent of its ground attack, a big reason why the Cardinals could be the preseason 2A favorite.
Plus, all the top six-man teams return a standout back, headlined by Ashland’s Kale Harris. Leoti-Wichita County’s Khris Hermosillo and Axtell’s duo of Brandon Schmelzle and Eli Broxterman helped their teams win state titles and break Kansas’ all-time eight-man scoring record last fall.
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Top Returning 2023 Running Backs
(not a recruiting list or in any ranked order)
Omari Elias, Kapaun
Kapaun Mt. Carmel’s Omari Elias is widely considered a top-three running back in the Class of 2024. He has committed to Air Force. He earned SIK’s underclassman offensive player of the year. KMC lost multiple close games, finished 5-5, and was eighth in 5A with 36.9 points per contest. Elias was a first team all-City League selection and went over 2,000 rushing yards. He was last seasons SIK Non-Senior POY.
Malik Bah, Hays
Entering last fall, SIK listed Hays High’s Malik Bah as a potential breakout player. That definitely occurred as Bah, despite injuries, helped Hays High to a school record 10-win season and 5A semifinalist showing. Bah is one of Kansas’ top players for all classes. HHS graduated all of its starters on defense and is expected to have three returning starters on the offensive line, plus a new quarterback in 2023. It’s very possible that a healthy Bah will break every major Hays High rushing record this fall. Bah was first team all-Western Athletic Conference. HHS had 7.6 yards per play and 7.7 yards per rush. The Indians ran the ball on 77 percent of plays. Bah was Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed 155 times for 1,633 yards. Bah missed two games because of injuries and played half the time in several other contests.
Brayden Kunz, Conway Springs
Conway Springs’ Brayden Kunz returns after he was the Class 1A Defensive Player of the Year, he also competed for the offensive honor but was edged out by state champion and Top 11 player Keller Hurla. Kunz, St. Marys quarterback Keller Hurla and Inman quarterback Tanner Heckel were considered the top-three 1A players last fall on offense. Hurla graduated after Top 11 all-classes honors, while Heckel transferred to eight-man Lyndon. Kunz is one of Kansas’ best players for all classes. He finished with 2,295 total offensive yards, including 2,271 rushing, 16 passing, eight receiving and 27 touchdowns. Conway Springs was 7-4 and finished No. 14 with 27 points per game. The Cardinals opened 0-3 before they won seven straight contests. Kunz was a first team all-league unanimous selection. Kunz, nationally ranked in the rodeo, has received significant FBS/FCS interest.Conway Springs and Pittsburg-Colgan will likely be top-five preseason 1A.
Cooper Simmons, Colgan
Cooper Simmons, who just earned 2-1A Player of the Year honors in baseball, rushed for 1,200-plus yards and 20 scores. Colgan went 9-2 and was third in 1A with 39.8 points per game. Simmons is a returning first team all-league selection at both running back and linebacker. Senior teammate Tucker Harrell and Simmons are likely two of the top five players in the class returning on paper this fall. Harrell, who plays quarterback, is really an athlete and could be considered as a combo pick here with Simmons but will be listed on other lists by his position.
Tristan Baker, Mill Valley
Mill Valley has won four straight 5A state titles and is 6-0 all-time in state title games under coach Joel Applebee. He has more state titles without a state championship defeat in school history, per SIK research and Kansas historian Brett Marshall. Senior Tristan Baker delivered 223 carries for 1,437 yards and 20 rushing scores, all which easily led the Jags. MV replaces nearly all of its skill players and back seven on the defense, but the Jaguars have been able to replenish and still win the state title again. MV has two Power 5 recruits with OL Gus Hawkins (Kansas State commit) and DL Jayden Woods. Plus, DL Truman Griffith has a Northwest Missouri State offer and is among Kansas’ best seniors for any position. MV averaged 7.2 yards per play, 6.5 yards per rush and ran the ball on 76 percent of plays.
John Price, Blue Valley
Blue Valley’s John Price has committed to Kansas State. BV finished 5-5 and scored 23 points a contest. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Price is ranked as the state’s No. 4 recruit, per recruiting leader 247 Sports. He is the highest-ranked recruit behind Lyndon tackle Kaedin Massey, Junction City linebacker Michael Boganowski and Blue Valley Northwest linebacker Gavin Hoffman. Price is the only running back in the Top 25 recruits, according to 247. Price was second team all-Eastern Kansas League last season. He rushed 142 times for 1,004 yards and 10 scores.
Finn Dunshee, Hayden
Topeka Hayden’s 5-foot-9, 180-pound Finn Dunshee has posted 10.75 seconds in the 100-meter dash and a 4.43 GPA. Hayden was fourth in 3A with 38.6 points per game and delivered a 10-2 record.
Rayvelle Leak, Wichita East
Wichita East’s Rayvelle Leak has helped the Blue Aces to a nice turnaround the last couple falls. He posted 129 carries for 1,507 yards and 26 scores. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Leak has run 4.4 seconds (handheld) in the 40-yard dash and 10.84 seconds in the 100-meter dash. East finished 6-4 and scored 40.4 points per game, fourth-best in 6A.
Axtell has its outstanding 1-2 junior combination of Brandon Schmelzle and Eli Broxterman. Both are back-to-back Eight-Man, Division II first team all-state selections on the Eagles’ undefeated teams, its just a matter of what positions they will play/fill which could be multiple. Axtell has captured 26 straight games and will be the preseason favorite again in Division II. Axtell graduated Top 11 quarterback Isaac Detweiler, who, per SIK research, set the all-time Kansas record for TDs accounted for. However, Schmelzle will likely take over at quarterback. He is a Division I talent and likely a top-five recruit in the Class of 2025. Broxterman is an outstanding player, too. These are two of Kansas’ best. Axtell scored 786 points and averaged 60.5 points per game. The 786 points is an all-state Eight-Man, Division II state record, per SIK research. Both were first team all-league selections. Axtell averaged 10.1 yards per play and nine yards per rush. They combined for 84 rushes for 907 yards and 25 rushing TDs. As well, they had 87 catches and 26 scores.
Allen Baughman, Shawnee Heights
Allen Baughman helped Shawnee Heights enjoy a nice turnaround. He was first team all-league United Kansas Conference as a junior. He had 225 carries for 1,496 yards and 20 scores.
Jeremy Colbert, Coffeyville, Aaron Tunstall, Coffeyville, LaMarcus Allen, Independence, Jhamarion Washington, Parsons
Running backs from the same area really jump off the page this season. Coffeyville-Field Kindley enjoyed a nice turnaround and has two quality backs returning with Jeremy Colbert and Aaron Tunstall. Allen, who played at Coffeyville last season, recently announced he will be at Independence this fall, he posted 888 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. Colbert was a first team All-SEK pick after going over 1,000 yards last season. Tunstall finished with 357 yards and four scores in two games because of a broken leg. Joshua Shobe also rushed for nearly 400 yards for the Golden Tornado. Coffeyville was No. 14 in 4A with 26.4 points per game. Allen was a second team all-league selection in the SEK. Camdon Julian is expected to be the quarterback but could play multiple spots after rushing for nearly 900 yards last season. Parsons is an SEK league school but not for football as they are independent and play in 3A where they have one of the top returning backs for 3A Southeast Kansas in a Jahmarion Washington at 6’1” and 215 pounds. He rushed for nearly 900 yards last year in nine games with 11 TDs.
Parker Schwarz, Prairie View
Prairie View has produced a steady line of running backs with coach Kyle Littrell. As a freshman, Parker Schwarz rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns in the Pioneer League. He was also the team’s leading receiver. PV had a rare losing season with a 4-5 mark and was No. 21 in 3A with 25.9 points per game.
Wamego’s Porter Smith and Thomas McIntyre returns from the Red Raiders’ 4A state runner-up squad along with Mason King who was honorable mention all-league. Wamego finished 12-1 and was fifth in 4A with 40.2 points a contest. Wamego delivered 8.6 yards per play and 6.8 yards per carry. The Red Raiders ran the ball 71 percent of the time.
Andover has a talented combination with Noah Noyes, Vaiden Law and Tanner Woolston. Andover has enjoyed some nice year over year turnarounds in recent seasons and could have a similar jump this season. AHS was 3-6 and delivered 22.1 points per game. Woolston was honorable mention all-league.
Clay Center enjoyed its surprising run to the 3A state semifinals and returns the bulk of its backfield with senior Carter Long and juniors Brody Hayes and Owen Craig. Clay Center finished 8-4 and delivered 30.3 points per game, No. 15 in 3A. Hayes and Long were each first team all-league selections as juniors. CC finished top-five in 3A in offensive yards, along with 7.1 yards per play and 6.8 yards per carry. Hayes finished with 104 carries for 836 yards and 14 scores. Craig delivered 52 carries for 643 yards and five TDs. Long had 163 carries for 844 yards and eight scores.
Cencere Thompson, Wichita Northwest
Wichita Northwest’s Cencere Thompson helped the Grizzlies again pace 5A/6A in scoring offense. He delivered 1,474 all-purpose yards and 18 scores on 154 carries. Northwest went 8-3 and scored 52.7 points per game. Thompson was a first team all-league fullback as a junior
David Garcia, Bishop Miege
David Garcia was a steady complement to Top 11 all-classes quarterback Mac Armstrong for the 4A state champion Stags. Armstrong graduated after he set the Miege all-time single season passing record. Miege was 11-2 and fourth in 4A with 41.1 points per contest. Garcia was an honorable mention pick in the Eastern Kansas League. He finished with 150 carries for 774 yards and 12 scores. That included 25 carries for 118 yards and two scores in the title game. Miege led 4A in multiple offensive categories, including plays, total yards and passing yards.
Sage Huffman, Blue Valley West
Blue Valley West’s Sage Huffman posted 1,432 yards and 11 scores, along with 254 yards and three touchdowns. BVW finished 5-6 and scored 27.6 points per game in the Eastern Kansas League. Huffman was a second team all-league pick.
Heart of America
In Heart of America, Marion senior Trevor Schafers and Inman senior Kellen Schrag were both first team all-league selections. Additionally, Sterling – which should be much improved – returns sophomore Zane Farney, a returning second team all-league selection.
Hector Gomez, Macksville
Macksville’s Hector Gomez enjoyed a big season for the Eight-Man, Division I Mustangs. Gomez should be the main offensive threat after 6-foot-6 quarterback Ryan Kuckelman graduated. Macksville finished 9-1 and was eighth in Division I with 46.4 points per game. Gomez was a first team all-league tailback for the Central Prairie League. Gomez is the only one of the four first team CPL running backs returning. He rushed 60 times for 799 yards and 17 scores.
Creyo Koop, West Elk
West Elk junior Creyo Koop has delivered back-to-back huge seasons for the Patriots. WE was 8-1 and scoring 50.9 points per game, fourth-best in the classification. Koop was first team all-league South Central Border League. He delivered 127 carries for 1,129 yards and 24 scores.
Olathe West senior Vincent Gatschet was second team all-Sunflower League. West finished fourth in 6A in total yards at 4,738. West had 7.7 yards per play, seven yards per carry and ran the ball 72 percent of the time. He finished with 167 carries for 1,226 yards and 19 scores. OW was 8-3.
Colton McKanna, Spring Hill
Spring Hill’s Colton McKanna had a huge junior season and has improved in the offseason. He is not easy to tackle. SH finished 5-5 and scored 29.3 points per game, No. 13 in 5A. McKanna finished with 208 carries for 1,362 yards and 24 scores.
T.J. Porter, Olathe North
Olathe North running back T.J. Porter should be one of Kansas’ top players in the Class of 2024. He cleared 1,200 rushing yards and rushed for 14 touchdowns. North posted an 8-2 mark with 36.4 points per game, eighth-best in 6A. Porter was first team all-Sunflower League.
Luke Franklin, Smith Center
Smith Center’s Luke Franklin is among 1A’s best players and should be the workhorse back for the Redmen. Mike Rogers, a Smith Center legend and multi-decade assistant coach, takes over as SC head coach this fall. He posted more than 1,000 yards and 16 scores last year. Franklin was a first team all-Mid-Continent League selection. He is one of four first team all-league MCL offensive players back, joining Norton senior tight end Roman Hauser, and linemen Caden Seems of Phillipsburg and Thomas More Prep-Marian’s Kendall Walker. Smith Center went 8-3 and scored 36 points a game, seventh-best in 1A.
Hoisington junior Tony Moore returns as the Cardinal signal caller, though headlines a stout rushing attack for longtime coach Zach Baird. Hoisington is likely a preseason top-five 2A team and possibly the West favorite. The Cardinals finished 8-3 and scored 34.7 points a game, seventh-best in 2A. This is likely the best returning backfield in 2A. Hoisington averaged 290 rushing yards and 8.5 yards per carry. The Cardinals return all but 23 carries and 209 yards. Moore, junior Teron Kraft, and senior duo of Ian Smith and Mason Alderdice are key in the backfield, too.
Cody Knoche, Stafford
Stafford junior running back Cody Knoche helped the Trojans to a nice turnaround under first-year coach Mitchell Engelken, a former Baileyville B&B all-state pick and Osborne assistant coach. Knoche tore his meniscus in game 1 and finished with 990 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Stafford posted an 8-1 record and scored 44.9 points per game, No. 8 in Eight-Man, Division II.
Mason Baker, Thunder Ridge
Thunder Ridge all-purpose threat Mason Baker is expected to have a huge year for the Longhorns. Coach Joel Struckhoff has routinely had a back enjoy massive individual numbers. TR is the defending Eight-Man, Division II runner-up to Axtell. Baker played well against eventual Division I semifinalist Hill City and in the state title game. Even if Baker starts at quarterback, expect him to often use his legs. Baker finished with 46 carries for 688 yards and seven scores, played some at quarterback and was the team’s top receiver with 39 catches for 664 yards and 11 scores.
Micah Johnson, Goddard
Goddard enjoyed an impressive turnaround with a single-wing, run-heavy offense. Micah Johnson was first team all-conference in AVCTL Division II. Goddard went from 0-9 to 5-4. Johnson finished with 136 carries for 927 yards and 10 scores.
Dai’Mont Mucker, Valley Center
Dai’Mont Mucker was a move-in for Valley Center last fall and led the Hornets to a huge improvement. He was a second team all-league player. VC went from 2-7 to 7-3. Mucker rushed 265 times for 1,864 yards and 18 TDs.
Gage Prosser & Andale
Andale senior Gage Prosser is one of the few players back for the Indians, which have won 51 straight games, fifth-longest in Kansas history. In the last two seasons, AHS has outscored teams 692-68 and 689-67, which are the best scoring offenses and defenses in school history. He rushed 95 times for 692 yards. Andale punted once all 2022. We also expect Cooper Marx to be a big-time two-way player over the next two seasons for the Indians.
The SPIAA returns two quality first team all-league backs with Bucklin senior Andrew Bowman and Meade senior Brock Keith. Coldwater-South Central’s JT Prusa was second team as a sophomore. Satanta’s Edwin Arana was an honorable mention all-league pick. Bucklin was 6-4 and scored 37.2 points a contest. Bowman posted 133 carries for 731 yards with nine scores. He paced the Red Aces with 35 catches for 360 yards and three touchdowns.
Westin Rose, Towanda-Circle
Towanda-Circle junior Westin Rose rushed for 868 yards and nine touchdowns last fall. Circle enjoyed its best season since 1980. The T-Birds finished 8-3 with the sixth-best offense in 4A with 36.3 points per contest. Rose was honorable mention all-league.
Hill City’s Jaden Nuss rushed for 493 yards and nine touchdowns, along with 347 yards and four scores. Nuss also picked up 100 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions. Hill City finished 10-2, won the second district title in school history and advanced to the Eight-Man, Division I state semifinals. HC lost to eventual state champion Leoti-Wichita County, which set the all-time eight-man scoring record. Nuss and dual threat QB Aiden Amrein are top returners for a Ringneck squad that should open top-two in Eight-Man, Division I this fall. HC finished 9-2 and was ninth in Division I with 45.8 points per game. The Ringnecks were third in Division I offense (3,777 yards), along with 8.5 yards per play and 7.7 yards per attempt.
Council Grove set a bevy of school records last season and hosted a playoff game for the first time in school history under head coach Butch Hayes and veteran defensive coordinator Derron Reddick. Landon Dody delivered a 475-pound squat and 285-pound clean at 165 pounds. He was a 2A state champion powerlifter. Cade Goodell is a returning starter and averaged more than five yards a carry. CG posted a 7-3 record and 30.8 points per game, No. 11 in 2A.
Colter Oldham, Lakin
Lakin returns junior Colter Oldham, along with all of its offensive yards, from a 7-3 squad that scored 28.9 points per game, No. 12 in 5A. Oldham was a first team all-league selection. He rushed 167 times for 1,165 yards and 15 scores.
Kris Hermosillo, Wichita County
Leoti-Wichita County junior Khris Hermosillo returns after he and his brother, Erhik, led the Indians to a 13-0 mark and Division I state title. They helped WC to the all-time eight-man scoring record with 792 points, or 60.9 points per game. Known for his bowling-ball style running, Hermosillo had 132 rushes for 1,251 yards and 23 scores.
Max Younie, Pratt
Pratt’s Max Younie was a first team all-league unanimous running back and served as one of the Greenbacks’ two quarterbacks in the single wing attack. Pratt finished 7-3 with two losses to four-time 3A champion Andale. Younie completed 27 of 43 passe for 527 yards with 10 scores against two interceptions. He rushed 130 times for 888 yards and 12 scores. Pratt was seventh in 3A with 36.2 points per contest.
Dawson Kindler, Gardner Edgerton
Gardner-Edgerton’s Dawson Kindler helped the Trailblazers to the 6A state championship game. G-E reached its first state game since ’09. Kindler notably delivered 29 carries for 125 yards and four scores against Olathe Northwest in the 6A semifinals. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards.
Colton Brusven, Tonganoxie
Tonganoxie senior Colton Brusven was a first team all-league selection. He rushed 243 times for 1,260 yards and 11 scores.
Cody Miller, Great Bend
Miller rushed for just under 1,000 yards last season on the way to earning second team All-WAC last season. GB had a very nice turnaround and Miller was a big reason why out of the backfield.
Lebo senior Corey Reese was a first team unanimous Lyon County selection. His teammate, Drew Konrade, was a second team pick as a sophomore. Burlingame junior Dane Winters was a unanimous first team all-league defensive back and second team at running back. Both Lebo and Burlingame will likely open as top-five teams in Division II and I, respectively. Winters finished with 57 carries for 418 yards and eight scores. Reese delivered 105 carries for 946 yards and 17 rushing scores. Also keep a serious eye on Jalen Massey who comes down from 1A this season. Lyndon is a serious contender with Kaedein Massey, Jalen Massey and one of the best 1A players in Kansas transferring in Tanner Heckel. Brock Keith is also back after an all-state honorable mention season last year for Meade.
Southeast of Saline senior Nathan Friesen was a first team all-league selection in the NCAA last fall. Ellsworth senior Wyatt Bohnen was a second team pick. SES led 2A with 5,142 yards. The Trojans lost to Kingman in the state semifinals. SES delivered seven yards per play and six yards per attempt. Friesen rushed 160 times for 1,002 yards and 17 scores. Senior Daniel Kejr and sophomore Grady Gebhardt performed well in limited roles with 70 carries for 559 yards and nine scores and could be breakout players this season. Braylon Smith of Minneapolis was also a first team all league selection.
Aidan Whitley, Chapman
Chapman’s Aiden Whitley was a first team all-league selection. He paced the North Central Kansas League with 249 carries for 1,487 yards and 15 scores. All three first team all-NCKL running backs return with Clay Center’s Brody Hayes and Carter Long and Whitley.
Errol Siemon, Eudora
With the graduation of Octavius Lyles, we expect a major increase in production with Siemon this season. He rushed for 722 yards in eight games last season as a sophomore.
Zane Betz, Colby
Betz rushed for over 800 yards last season and is a player to keep an eye on in Western Kansas out of the GWAC which always has all-state talent. He earned all-state honorable mention honors from SIK last fall.
Tyrone Butler, Lansing
Butler is primed for a big senior season after accumulating over 1,000 yards of all-purpose yards as a junior RB/KR. He features 4.54 handheld speed in the 40-yard dash.
Vincent Gatshet, Olathe West
Gatschet was a second team all-non senior all-state pick from Sports in Kansas last fall as a junior. The Olathe West program continues to climb and he should be primed for another big year. He also picked up second team All-Sunflower league in a senior-heavy league year in and year out.
Jefferson County North
Jefferson County North’s Grady Noll and Conor Keirns return after both earning all-league on each side of the football last season. Noll was also an all-state first team pick in 1A at running back as a junior.
With the graduation of Colorado signee Dylan Edwards we expect the production for Derek Hubbard to pick up after rushing for 475 yards last season. We don’t expect it to be a one-man show this season for Derby and will have several contributors offensively.
In the six-man ranks, it’s pretty clear that, in some order, Ashland, Bird City-Cheylin and Almena-Northern Valley will be ranked 1-2-3 in the preseason. Defending champion Cunningham and Tescott will likely push for a top-five. Cheylin returns dual threat quarterback Logan McCarty and offensive threat Pablo Bermudez, both four-year starters. Ashland returns running back Kale Harris. Cunningham has dual threat quarterback/running back Luke McGuire. Jeremiah Hansen paced NV with 795 rushing yards and 13 scores. NV quarterback Kenton Thalheim also returns. Tescott has its duo of senior Blake Green and Carter Peters.Ashland and Cheylin each averaged 10.3 yards per play, while Northern Valley was at 8.1. All three teams averaged at least eight yards per rush. Harris had 111 carries for 1,116 yards with 21 scores. Landen McPhail posted 118 carries for 1,232 yards and 24 TDs. Langston Northern of Ingalls also returns after an all-state sophomore season in 2022.
What’s next for these programs?
St. Thomas Aquinas, Holton, Beloit, Nemaha Central and Rossville routinely have excellent running games and should have a feature back this spring. Aquinas should return all its linemen for coach Randy Dreiling. STA had no senior linemen last season. The Saints averaged seven yards per play and ran the ball 89 percent of the time. Gianna Rizzi does return after an all-state honorable mention season that saw him near 800 yard for Aquinas. Although Blue Valley Northwest isn’t known for just running likes to spread it out they have been steady at the position over the last three years in All-Everything athlete Grant Stubblefield who graduated in the spring and is now playing D1 basketball.
Other top running backs to watch for in 2023 around the state:
Salina South’s Ian Andalon; Maize South’s Braxton Bigley, Hutchinson’s Zion Burgess; Circle’s Cannon McCormack; Mulvane’s Fisher Dye; Augusta’s Isaiah Blackwell, Winfield’s Cale Lindenman; Clearwater’s Weston Buford; Olathe South’s Max Armstrong; Gardner-Edgerton’s Dylan Butash; SM North’s Jeremiah Looney; Olathe East’s Jalen Proctor; Perry-Lecompton’s Tristan Gorden; Manhattan’s Dwayne Newby; Halstead’s Owen Farmer; Hesston’s Karter Gonzalez; Larned’s Brady Hope; Haven’s Van Loop; Belle Plaine’s Levi Christy; Blue Valley Northwest’s Lovie Pulliam; Baldwin’s Cody Buck; Moundridge’s Joaquin Huff; Pratt-Skyline’s Brayden Berens; Norwich’s Dax Rosenhagen; Phillipsburg’s Trace Hanchett; Silver Lake’s Blake Redmond; Lakeside’s Ian Kresin; St. Francis’ Preston Witzel; Quinter’s Trace Kinderknecht; Argonia-Attica’s Dalton Morrison; South Sumner Co’s Alex Smith; Valley Heights’ Jayden DeWalt; De Soto’s Bennett Hutchison, Amarion Green and Jayden Lang; Leavenworth’s Xavier Strickland, Liberal’s Ivan Moreno, Carroll’s Thomas Gorges; Garden Plains’ Seth Dugan and Gage Lee; Frontenac’s Korbin Niegsch & Gavyn Witthuhn; SM West’s Noah Gunion; SM North’s Jeremiah Looney; Olathe East’s Jalen Proctor; Scott City’s Brady Welker; Elkhart’s Donavan Rhodes, Phillipsburg’s Trace Hanchett; Burlington’s Cam Stadel; Dodge City’s Daelyn Unzueta; Pleasant Ridge’s Lucas Beying; Sabetha’s Colin Menold; Aquinas Gianni Rizzi; Eisenhower’s Lucas Dickman, Pittsburg’s Wyatt Rink; Osage City’s Cooper Parsons; Remington’s Kole Klassen; Wichita Southeast’s Ronelle Slaughter; Humboldt’s Cole Mathes; Nemaha Central’s Carter Hajek; Wichita North’s DeAnthony Jones; Wichita Northwest’s Aaron Bohannon; Golden Plain’s Diego Perez; Pawnee Heights Jimmy Gardner & Davin Hamby; Satanta’s Edwin Arana; Tescott’s Carter Peters; Linn’s Gavin Turk; SJ/Tiptons Chance Jermark; Spearville’s Austin Hornung; Central Plain’s Blaine Hickel; Wallace County’s Tyler Korbe; Washburn Rural’s TJ Minikwu & JC Heim, Seaman’s Jack Bloom; Kingman’s Carter Helm; Riverside’s Percy Duncan; Trego’s Nolan Kinderknecht; Frankfort’s Lane Louiseau; South Barber’s Bryson Ratheber; Rolla’s Jose Alvarado; Centre’s Santiago Knepp