Clay Custer is rated in the top 100 players nationally by Rivals. (photo: T.Custer)
The 2013-2014 preseason list of high school basketball players to watch in Kansas by @sportsinkansas is led by Iowa State commit, Clayton Custer, of 6A defending state champion Blue Valley Northwest. Custer, a 6-1 senior point guard, is ranked in the top 100 players nationally by Rivals.Com. He and four other returning starters will look to lead the Huskies back to the 6A state title.
The 2013-14 list features 38 players who earned some type of all-state honor from Kansas-Sports.Com last season.
Rounding out the list are over 100 other players from the eight different classifications in Kansas.
Take a look below to check out the full list… Continue reading
6A State Championship: Derby 28 SM East 21
5A State Championship: Blue Valley 27 Salina South 26
4A State Championship: Buhler 31 Coffeyville 14
3A State Championship: Silver Lake 82 Beloit 38
2-1A State Championship: Centralia 61 LaCrosse 0 Continue reading
Tyler West has scored 19 touchdowns in seven games this season (photo: Crossroads Photography)
There has been a ton of hype surrounding this years 6A Derby High School football team, probably more than almost any Kansas team over the last several seasons. They have multiple players with D-1 interest, their national showing in 7-on-7 this summer, and of course their dominating wins. One of the most talented players on this loaded team is senior running back Tyler West.
West, a 6-1 215 pounder, is in his fourth year as a starter for the Panthers. He doesn’t have the flashy stats, but that’s because hes only played in 17 quarters on the year because of blowouts and injuries. West has put up 1,056 yards on 127 carries in just seven games on the season. He averages 8.3 yards every time he touches the football and has 19 scores on the year. West is one of the top power backs in the entire state of Kansas. He has received two division one offers at this point (Army, Florida A&M) and has multiple schools wanting him to convert as a linebacker at the next level. Continue reading
McGrew has committed to play football at Illinois. (photo: Chuck Arlund)
Football recruiting for the class of 2014 in Kansas is arguably the best its ever been. It has been rumored by experts that we could see anywhere from 25-30 players get at least an FCS offer in this senior class. One of the most sought after players in the state plays for the Class 5A Blue Valley High School Tigers. His name is Henry McGrew.
McGrew, a 6’3 and 240 pound senior, plays linebacker and committed to play football at Illinois last June. In addition to his great size, he features ridiculous strength for a high school player (380+ lb. bench press). Not only is he a big time recruit with great combine performance numbers, he’s also got the job done all season long on the field. His 147 tackles and three sacks this season in 12 games support why he is one of the best defenders in Kansas. Continue reading
Nachbar and Salina South will play for the 5A state title Saturday. (photo: Tony Guzman)
One of the best high school wide receivers in Kansas this season has been Zach Nachbar of Salina South. Nachbar has helped his team into the class 5A title game with impressive play all season.
Nachbar, who is 6’3 and 185 pounds, has 47 receptions for 1,114 yards receiving on the season. The senior all-state candidate has 16 receiving touchdowns in 2013. Nachbar also has 332 return yards as a kick and punt returner. He has seen a huge improvement in numbers from 2012, where he had 425 yards on 21 receptions, earning honorable mention all 5A honors. Continue reading
Grant (23) and Cooper Holmes (34) look to lead Concordia in 2013-14. (T.Holmes)
There are not many days in the Holmes/Heller household that hoops are not discussed. A love for the game of basketball is customary in this family. Derek and Tracey Holmes live in Concordia, KS with their two sons, Grant and Cooper, who play basketball for Concordia High School and are members of the nationally ranked AAU team KC Run GMC (formerly Kansas City Pump N’Run) directed by L.J. Goolsby.
Grant, a 6’4 senior guard, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Fort Hays State University next year. He was an all-state 4A selection last season as a junior and has already scored over 1,000 points in his career. Younger brother Cooper is a 6’4 sophomore, who led the North Central Kansas League in scoring (19.4 ppg) last season as a freshman. He is the only freshman to do so in the history of the league and earned honorable mention 4A honors for his play in 2013. Both brothers are preseason all-state candidates for the upcoming season. Continue reading
Multi-sport all-stater James Newton of Coffeyville (photo: Newton)
Three-sport athletes are very hard to find anymore, especially those that are state champions and all-state in every sport they do. If you check out Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High School, they feature one of the best in Kansas in senior speedster, James Newton. Right now, Newton is known for being one of the top football players on one of the top teams in Kansas, but football is probably his third best sport.
Newton, a 5-11, 150 pound senior, is a returning 4A all-state selection in football from 2012. He has 2,211 career receiving yards with 26 career receiving touchdowns, including over 800 yards this season. He would be classified as an athlete on the football field, playing multiple positions, accumulating 4,309 career all-purpose yards with 1,653 yards coming on return yardage. Newton has also picked off eight passes in his career. His versatility makes him one of the best athletes in Kansas over the past three seasons. Continue reading
One of the most exciting high school players in all of Kansas this season has been Greyson Tempel of Garden City (8-3). Tempel, a 5-11 175 pound senior dual-threat quarterback, has put up numbers like Johnny Football in 2013. His all-state caliber of play this season has landed Garden City a spot in the class 6A semifinals for the first time in eight years.
Tempel will contend for all-state honors in 2013. (photo: letsgobuffs.com)
Payton Vetter is 43-7 as the Beloit starting QB. (photo: Stephanie Meier Photography)
Beloit senior, Payton Vetter, has been the starting quarterback for the Trojans since his freshman season. The Trojans have been 43-7 over the last four football seasons with Vetter at starting QB, including a perfect 12-0 record this season. He has never lost a league contest, going 22-0 over the past four seasons. Vetter, who has also started three years on defense, is obviously a big reason for his teams recent success. Continue reading
Schultejans had 624 kills in her junior campaign (photo: Nathan Ham)
One of the top volleyball players in Kansas comes from Silver Lake, a sports title-town, just outside of Topeka with a population of 1,439. Her name is Alyssa Schultejans. If you haven’t heard of her, then you probably aren’t closely involved with volleyball in the state of Kansas.
Schultejans, a 6-1 junior outside hitter, helped lead the Eagles to the Class 3A state volleyball title this fall. She was named the Kansas Volleyball Association 2013 Class 3A player of the year earlier this week. Her ridiculous number of 624 kills on the season help support that honor. Last season, as a sophomore, Schultejans verbally committed to play volleyball at Kansas State University. Continue reading
Lyndon head coach Rod Stallbauer has led his team to back-to-back 2-1A semi-final appearances. (photo: A. Stallbaumer)
One of the most successful 2-1A high school football teams in Kansas over the past few seasons has been the Lyndon Tigers of the Flint Hills League. Seventh year head coach, Rod Stallbaumer, has been a big part of his teams recent success. Lyndon’s back-to-back appearances in the 2-1A semi-finals prove that.
Stallbaumer, a Bern, KS native, has been at Lyndon since 2007 and has put together a 52-22 record as the head football coach. He was also the head coach at Quivira Heights for two seasons (2004-2005) and has an overall head coaching record of 66-27 at the high school level. Over the past two seasons, Lyndon has a 22-1 record, with their only loss coming to state-power Centralia in the 2-1A semi-finals in 2012. Despite losing several key seniors from last years squad, the Tigers have a perfect record (11-0) in 2013.
All-State RB Riley Allen of Buhler (photo: Jolene Reed)
One of the most talented athletes in the state of Kansas is senior all-state running back Riley Allen of 4A Buhler. Allen, a 6-0 180 pound senior, has rushed for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2013, despite missing key time in 2013 with injuries. Allen is part of the 4A running back class in Kansas that is as loaded as its ever been.
He rushed for 2,285 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior last fall, as the Crusaders finished 8-4. Allen, who is also a big-time track and field athlete, features 10.8 speed in the 100 meter dash, along with a 21.89 in the 200 meter dash. An ankle injury kept him from competing in the state outdoor last May in Wichita or Allen may have some serious hardware from the 2013 season. Continue reading
Suchan earned all 5A honors in 2013 for Maize South (photo: Wendy Homan)
One of the top returnees for girls basketball in the state of Kansas for this upcoming season is Maize South senior Mariah Suchan. Suchan, who was an all-5A selection last season at Kansas-Sports.com, signed to play Division I basketball at the University of Buffalo on Wednesday.
Suchan, standing at 6-feet-1, has been a big-time performer for her high school team since her debut as a freshman, when she started in 11 games. She blossomed as a sophomore, averaging 13.6 points, ten rebounds and earned league defensive player of the year honors. As a junior in 2013, she improved on her numbers across the board, averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and almost three blocks per game, earning all 5A honors. The Maverick combo-forward posted double doubles in 14 games last season. Continue reading
Derek Jasper, once an all-state QB at Troy, has the Trojans 7-3 in his first season as head coach. (photo: L.Jasper)
Troy High School football has been a bit of a surprise in the state of Kansas in 2013. The Trojans, who combined for four wins in 2011 & 2012, are off to a 7-3 record in 2013. First year head coach, Derek Jasper, is a big reason for that and has the Trojans in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Not bad for a team that only scored 91 points in nine games last season, to rank second to last in 2-1A.
If the coaches name sounds familiar, that’s because he was a record setting all-state quarterback at Troy in the early 1990′s, and was even on our all 1990′s list of top football players at Kansas-Sports.com. His high school football coach, Don Cash, is even an assistant on his current staff. But even if Coach Jasper tries to fool you, his playing days are long gone now, and his focus is on coaching. Continue reading
Dillon Kramer is a junior at Maur Hill Mount Academy High School in Atchinson, Kansas. Dillon is a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. The 6’2”, 220 pound, junior is wanting to major in Athletic Training in college along with playing basketball at the next level. In 2012-13, in 21 games, Dillon averaged 11.2 points per game, shooting 56%, compiling 179 rebounds, and had 27 steals. In football, Dillon received DVL Honorable Mention All League Defensive Lineman. Varsity Recruit asked Dillon some question about his high school experience, the recruiting process, and why he signed up with Varsity Recruit services. Continue reading
Trever Powell of Kiowa County has put up huge career numbers. (photo: Julisa Haines)
Trever Powell, 5-9 175 pound senior, of Kiowa County has been one of the top 8-man football players in the state of Kansas over the last two seasons. As a running back, he has rushed for 2,284 yards (41 total TDs) this season in 10 games, over 1,500 more than the population (777 people) of his high school town of Greensburg, Kansas. For his career, he has video game-like numbers, accumulating 5,854 all-purpose yards and 88 total touchdowns. As a defensive back, he has racked up 249 career tackles and 16 career interceptions. Continue reading
Ryan Ralston of BV West (photo: Matt Gilmore, Kpreps)
Three sport athletes are very hard to find these days, especially at bigger high school programs. Ryan Ralston, senior at Blue Valley West, is one of the very few left. Not only is he a three-sport athlete, he’s also a great leader and student that stands out in everything he does. He is an all-state quarterback on the 5A football team, starter on the 6A runner-up basketball team, and an all-american third baseman on the defending 6A state champion baseball team.
Ralston will have a tough choice when it comes to picking what he wants to do with his future. At 6-4 220 pounds, he has a 90 mile per hour fastball, and is one of the top returning high school position players for baseball in the United States. With those kind of tools, college coaches are drooling over him. He has offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Wichita State. The MLB Draft, also a strong possibility, is not to be ruled out for him this summer. Continue reading
Chad Berg and Baldwin look to bring home a 4A state title. (photo: J.Irey)
One of the hottest teams in the state right now are the Class 4A Bulldogs of Baldwin. A big reason for that is the play of senior quarterback Chad Berg. Berg, a dual threat QB, has rushed for 1,323 yards with 14 touchdowns, while passing for 658 yards and 10 touchdowns for the undefeated Bulldogs (9-0).
Berg, the son of head coach Mike Berg, has proved to handle the pressure of being a coaches son greatly over his career. Last season, he missed much of the year with a broken jaw and ankle, as the Bulldogs finished 7-4. This year he has picked up right where he left off as a sophomore in 2011, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 95 tackles on defense. Berg is also a very accomplished athlete in baseball, basketball and track & field. Continue reading
Michael Mason of Mulvane (photo: Mulvanefootball.com)
Michael Mason of class 4A Mulvane (4-4) has been one of the most impressive high school running backs in Kansas for 2013. The powerful senior back has rushed for 1,676 yards and 21 touchdowns in eight games this season. He has rushed for at least 150 yards in every single game this year, including four games over 200 yards.
Mason has great size and strength for a high school running back. At 6’0 202 pounds, he bench pressed 185 pounds 26 times at the Shrine Bowl combine in Topeka this summer. His off-season workouts have proved to be beneficial, as he has already rushed for 700 more yards this season than he did in 11 games in the 2012 season. Continue reading
Jett Little of Meade will look to lead the Buffaloes to another state title. (photo:Stephanie Ormiston -Whispers and Wishes)
Senior Jett Little (5-8 160) is a big reason the Meade sports programs have enjoyed its recent success. As a junior in 2012, he helped Meade to a 2-1A state football title as an all-purpose back with over 1,200 yards combined rushing/receiving and eight interceptions on defense. Little also made the game winning score against Centralia in the state title game last season.
This season, the senior all-stater has taken over the quarterback position and will look to lead the Buffaloes to a back-to-back 2-1A championship finish. He has 990 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground this season. He has also passed for 587 yards and 12 TD’s. Continue reading
Dustin Rottinghaus will look to lead B&B to another state title. (photo: Rottinghaus)
Baileyville B&B senior QB, Dustin Rottinghaus, has been one of the top 8-man football players in all of Kansas over the last two seasons. Last season, with nearly 2,000 combined yards and 35 TDs, he helped lead the Falcons to the 8-man Division II title with a perfect 13-0 record.
This season, the 6-1 175 pound all-stater has passed for 1,229 yards and 22 touchdowns to lead the Falcons (6-1). He has also rushed for another 218 yards and 8 touchdowns on the year. Baileyville’s lone loss this season was to 8-man power Madison (7-0), who is ranked first in 8-man division I. Continue reading
Mekhai Bates (WR) of 8-man I Hill City makes the hit of the year.
Katren Rienbolt of Fort Scott
Fort Scott senior, Katren Rienbolt, is one of the best girls multi-sport athletes in the state of Kansas for 2013-2014. She is the defending state champion in 4A cross country and also won two gold medals (1600, 3200) at the state outdoor track and field championships last May. Reinbolt is also an all-state basketball player for the Fort Scott girls basketball team, who took third place in 4A last March. Continue reading
Ryan Schadler of Hesston (photo: Donna Schadler)
Ryan Schadler, 5-10 170 senior RB/DB, of Hesston is putting up ridiculous number for the Swathers in 2013. He has rushed for 1,341 yards on 77 carries, giving him a ridiculous average of 18.2 yards per carry. Think about that, it’s not a typo. Schadler has also accounted for 25 total touchdowns through the first five games.
By: Johnny Carver (special to Kansas-Sports.com)
Some players heard it snap. With that sound, SM Northwest senior nose tackle Logan Miller’s high school football career was over.
(photo: Kevin Haley)
“I just heard him yell and I freaked out,” said free safety Jake Hoskins. “I looked down and saw that his cleat and his ankle were rolled over his leg.” Continue reading
Joe Dineen of Lawrence-Free State (provided photo)
Joe Dineen (6-2 200 Sr. QB/DB) of Lawrence-Free State is one of the most complete high school football players in the state of Kansas. He has led the Firebirds to a 4-0 start in the 2013 season, including a huge win last Friday over 6A defending state champion Shawnee Mission West (35-14). Continue reading
Frontenac, # 2 all-time in wins, shown here with the 1994 2-1A trophy. (Frontenac High School)
-updated through 2012 season
Team Wins Loss Ties
- Lawrence 712 273 38
- Frontenac 632 223 9
- Smith Center 610 277 32
- Pittsburg 603-285-39
- Dodge City 599 326 21 Continue reading
Nebraska commit, Peyton Newell, of 3A Hiawtaha earned all-state in 2012. Picked Huskers over 34 other schools. (Deb’s Images)
The 2013 football season could feature some of the best talent we have ever witnessed in the state of Kansas. Some recruiting experts predict the class of 2014 will have at least 30 players with division I offers after this fall.
Headlining the 2014 recruiting class is mammoth lineman, Braden Smith (6-6 290 OT/DT), of Olathe South. Smith, who reportedly has a bench press of 545 pounds, already has NFL size and strength. The defending 6A champ in shot put and discus is one of the nations most prized recruits.
Also headlining the list of players to watch in Kansas this season: Seniors Peyton Newell (Hiawatha), Trae Wrench (Gardner-Edgerton), DeAndre Goolsby (Derby) & junior Alex Delton (Hays). View rest below…
Levi Esses, CEO of Varsity Recruit, pictured above (left) played football at Bethany College (right).
I am really excited about the opportunity to showcase and spotlight student-athletes in Kansas and throughout the midwest. I am originally from Colorado where I was a three sport athlete at a 5A high school. When I graduated I had the opportunity to play college football at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS under College Football Hall of Fame Coach Dr. Ted Kessinger. I studied secondary math education and was really involved on campus. Continue reading
Maurice Evans was an all-stater at Wichita Collegiate graduating in 1997. (NBA.Com)
We have compiled a long list of the best basketball players in Kansas from the 1990s.
This list was selected with input provided from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame all-state teams and other media across Kansas.
In order to be eligible for the list players had to graduate from the years 1990-1999.
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Terence Newman of Salina Central (photo: NFL)
The 1990′s in the state of Kansas featured some great talent. Some went on to great careers in colleges and even some are still playing in the NFL.
We have went into a great amount of research in compiling this list. All-state selections, coach nominations and of course our following of sports in the state of Kansas.
This list was compiled by @sportsinkansas with the help of other media outlets in the state of Kansas, including all-state lists from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
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