Sports in Kansas has released the 2017 Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Southeast Kansas All-Area Football Team. Players are made up from the CNC, SEK (plus Pittsburg) and TRL leagues in Kansas. Every week Sports in Kansas releases a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" from the Southeast Kansas area. Visit Craw-Kan online here. Craw-Kan now offers gigabit fiber in Pittsburg and Frontenac!
First Team Offense
QB- Easton Dean, Labette County, Jr.
QB- Chase Curtis, Pittsburg, Sr.
QB- J.C. Shelton, Galena, Jr.
RB- Michael Helton, Galena, Jr.
RB- Zarek Fewell, Fort Scott, Sr.
RB- Keenan Stanley, Columbus, Sr.
RB- Max Wilson, St. Mary’s Colgan, Sr.
ATH- Jaylen Logan, Coffeyville, Jr.
TE- Brandon Gray, Jayhawk Linn, Sr.
WR- Garrett Hall, Galena, Sr.
WR- Dylan White, Pittsburg, Jr.
WR- Tanner Russell, Labette County, Sr
WR- Kale Smith, Columbus, Sr.
OL- Garrett Bolinger, St. Mary’s Colgan, Jr.
OL- Trevor Little, Galena, Sr.
OL- Cal Strand, Frontenac Sr.
OL- Drake Adams, Galena, Sr.
OL- Sam Eddington, Columbus, Sr.
OL- Daniel Eichenberger, Pittsburg, Sr.
OL- Dylan Walker, Labette County, Sr.
OL- Colby Page, Fort Scott, Sr.
K- Trey Harris, Frontenac, Sr.
Ret- Keshaun Anderson, Labette County, Sr.
First Team Defense
DL- Broc Ginavan, Frontenac, Sr.
DL- Anthony Albertini, St. Paul, Sr.
DL- Nathan Neef, Pittsburg, Sr.
DL- Sam Green, Colgan, Sr.
DL- Andrew Callahan, Fort Scott, Sr.
DL- Andrew Mays, Frontenac, Sr.
LB- Jerek Butcher, Pittsburg, Jr.
LB- Kyler Siebert, Girard, Sr.
LB- Derek Bollinger, Fort Scott, Sr.
LB- Joseph Helton, Galena, Jr.
LB- Rogan Bruce, Labette County, Sr.
LB- Chase Johnson, Pittsburg, Sr.
DB- Jeremiah Buche, Colgan, Sr.
DB- Jake Wilbert, Frontenac, Sr.
DB- Joel Kafka, Pittsburg, Jr.
DB- Jessie Lawrence, Fort Scott, Sr.
DB- Josh Pralle, Independence, Sr.
ATH- Lane Harvey, Chanute, Jr.
P- Tate Phillips, Labette County, Sr.
Craw-Kan Player of the Year Honors
Offensive Player of the Year
Zarek Fewell, Fort Scott, Sr. RB
Fewell set the single season rushing record for Fort Scott with 1,960 yards this season for the Tigers. He was the leading rusher in the state of Kansas for the 4A-I classification. Fewell also scored 36 touchdowns in leading the Tigers to the 4A-I playoffs after having a losing season in 2016. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound back was a 4A-I Player of the Year finalist from Sports in Kansas and was an All 4A-I pick by every major publication in Kansas at running back.
Defensive Player of the Year
Broc Ginavan, Frontenac, Sr. DE
Ginavan was the 4A-II Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Kansas for the 2017 season. He was also a Top 11 selection from the Wichita Eagle this season in all-classifications in Kansas, becoming the first Frontenac player to earn that honor since 1965. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound, senior, led a defensive unit that shut down Holton and Topeka Hayden on the way to an appearance in the 4A-II title game for the first time in 17 years. Ginavan had 168 tackles and 20.5 sacks in his three years as a starter.
Co-Coach of the Year
Mark Smith, Frontenac
On paper going into the year, this may have been the fourth or fifth best team that Mark Smith has had at Frontenac, but it’s the only one that has reached the title game. Nobody in the area or state had the Raiders playing for a title after they lost 10 offensive starters from the loaded 2016 squad. The Raiders had a rough start but caught fire in the playoffs knocking off Holton and Hayden in upsets to take 4A-II runner-up, reaching the title game for the first time in 17 years. Outstanding season turn-around for one of the states top young coaches.
Keith Wiatrak, St. Paul
Wiatrak earned coach of the year honors last year from Craw-Kan and repeats it this year by punching their ticket to the 8M-I title game for the first time in 15 years. Wiatrak came full circle with the Indian program as he played in a title game as a quarterback, was an assistant coach on two title teams and now a head coach in a title game. Nobody had the Indians punching a ticket to the state title game and they did so by impressive come from behind victories over state powers Osborne and Burlingame, teams they shouldn’t have had any shot at coming into the year.
Second Team Offense
QB- Peyton Brown, Frontenac, Sr.
QB- Daquan Johnson, Parsons, Soph.
RB- T.J. Mayhue, Labette County, Sr.
RB- Brandis Evans, Pittsburg, Jr.
RB- Trevor Wilson, Marmaton Valley, Sr.
RB- Nate Miller, Pleasanton, Sr.
WR- Patch Loadholtz, Parsons, Jr.
WR- Tajahn Thomas, Coffeyville, Sr.
WR- Owyn Back, Labette County, Sr.
WR/TE- Matt Campbell, Fort Scott, Jr.
TE- Josh Walters, Labette County, Sr.
ATH- Cade Simmons, Colgan, Jr.
ATH- Matt Hernandez, Chanute, Sr.
OL- Grant Hutcherson, St. Paul, Sr.
OL- Blythe Ipock, Baxter Springs, Sr.
OL- Tucker Coble, Columbus, Sr.
OL- Brandon Barrager, Coffeyville, Sr.
OL- Dalton Gromer, Pittsburg, Sr.
OL- Jacob McDonald, Chanute, Sr.
K- Alejandro Mate, St. Paul, Sr.
Ret- Adam Albertini, St. Paul, Soph.
Second Team Defense
DL- Quiencey Jones, Labette County, Sr.
DL- Caleb Haggard, Labette County, Sr.
DL- Nate Moyer, Columbus, Sr.
DL- Tye Cicero, Pittsburg, Sr.
DL- Chandler Humble, Girard, Jr.
LB- Cody Smith, Coffeyville, Sr.
LB- Zach Porter, Columbus, Sr.
LB – Ridge Smith, Columbus, Sr.
LB- Luke Orender, Colgan, Jr.
LB- Kolby Spielbusch, St. Paul, Sr.
DB- Brendan Ishimura, Frontenac, Jr.
DB- Braven Born, St. Paul, Sr.
DB- Austin Hunt, Southeast-Cherokee, Sr.
DB- Caleb Hentzen, Labette County, Sr.
ATH- Caleb Pecha, St. Paul, Sr.
P- Cody Stephens, Parsons, Sr.
Bentley Boekhout – Pittsburg, Jhalani Long – Pittsburg, Kaden McKee – Pleasanton, Taylor George – Pleasanton, Tuner Dent – Pleasanton, Hayden Seabolt – Crest, Austin Henrix – Crest, Will Holeman – Marmaton Valley, Brock Hall – Pleasanton, Tayton Driskell – Crest, Lane Kabrey – Chetopa, Brendan Doherty – St. Paul, Jace Wilson – Oswego, Hunter Pollman – St. Paul, Collin Carlson – St. Paul, Jacob Adams – Chanute, Qualin Powell – Chanute, Gage Leedy – Chanute, Corbett Kimberlin – Chanute, Mason Couch – Fort Scott, Ben Daniels – Fort Scott, Alec Michaud – Fort Scott, Tyler Gorman- Fort Sott, Gunnar Brown – Fort Scott, Jarett Shoemaker – Fort Scott, Elijah Wright – Fort Scott, Jesse Jones – Fort Scott, Joel Schibi – Parsons, Malik Robinson – Parsons, Braden Baker – Labette County, Zach McCarty – Labette County, Trevor Rinne – Independence, Kale Irwin – Labette County, Amauryon Farley – Independence, Skylar Gatewood – Labette County, Dalton McKnickle – Labette County, Davonte Yates – Parsons, Treyton Wilson –Fort Scott, Dalton Colvin – Fort Scott, Ethan Jameson – Labette County, Cam McFarland – Girard, Kooper Lawson – Galena, Nathan Kaufman – Fronteanc, Austin Harshman – Galena, Carter Doherty – Girard, Jordan Ishimura – Frontenac, AJ Himes – Baxter Springs, Cameron Mitchell – Columbus, Trey White – Baxter Springs, Ethan Henson – Galena, Connor Adams – Galena, Jace Flood – Baxter Springs, Bryce Hutchins – Colgan, Cal Marquardt – Colgan, Matt Lomshek – Colgan, Max Boney – Riverton, Gavin Gilmore – Riverton, Weston Ward – Galena, Kreed Curran – Girard, Noah Newcomb – Southeast, Brett Malle – Southeast, Blake Booth – Galena, Kenny Herrenbruck – Baxter Springs, Narcisco Ortiz – Baxter Springs, Greyson Walden – Columbus, Treyton Compton – Jayhawk Linn, Harley Stone – Jayhawk Linn, Brandon Gills – Jayhawk Linn, Zck Nickelson – Jayhawk Linn, Jake Walker – Oswego, Ty Davidson – Uniontown, Andrew Reed – Uniontown, Devon Hathaway – Yates Center, Julius Hodges – Yates Center, Ethan Balk – NE-Arma, Kamryn O’Dell – NE-Arma, Hayden Broyles – Jayhawk Linn, Chad O’Banion – NE-Arma, Damon Simmons – Oswego, Anthony Smith – Oswego, John Righini – Yates Center, Quin Lowder – Yates Center, Gavin Gry – Uniontown, Nick Hatahway – Uniontown, Corbin Jefferson – Pittsburg, Dylan Jordan – Pittsburg, Zach Sutton – Pittsburg, Peyton Steele – Pittsburg.
Sports in Kansas handles the entire selection process with input from local media. Special thanks to Mike Snow and Trent Kling of ESPN 100.7 for input on the selections. Also special thanks to Scott Nuzum (Fort Scott Tribune), Sean Frye (Parsons Sun), Derek Livingston (Derek Livingston Photography) for providing us with info and photos this season.
Photo Credit: Ginavan (Derek Livingston Photography), Fewell (Kenny Shaw Photography)