Sereena Weledji of Aquinas takes home 5A POY honors

Sereena Weledji takes home 5A Player of the Year. (photo courtesy of STA Athletics)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen & Conor Nichol
Mar 18, 2018

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2018 5A Sports in Kansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Sereena Weledji, Aquinas, 6-0, Sr.

Weledji led the Saints to their third straight state title with a 54-40 win against Bishop Carroll in the state title. She formed one-third of Aquinas’ potent size, along with 6-2 Allison Thomas and Alayna Townsell. They combined for 27 points in the title game. In the semifinals, Weledji delivered 15 points and seven rebounds in a 41-34 victory against Maize. She delivered 17 in a 27-point victory against Salina Central in the first round at state. Known for her defense, she helped Aquinas hold teams to just 33 points a game. A three-time first team all-state player, Weledji exceeded 1,000 career points after she averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior. Weledji has excellent academic/athletic roots. One sister plays for Princeton, another for Brown and their dad participated in soccer at Boston University.


Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and Athletic Department would like to congratulate the 2018 5A State Champion Saints on an outstanding 2017-2018 season. STA would also like to congratulate Sereena Weledji on the 5A POY and head coach Rick Hetzel on the 5A COY. Find us online at