Pfannenstiel takes home Sports in Kansas 2A POY honors

John Pfannenstiel named 2A POY from Sports in Kansas - Photo (Haily Rogers)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Mar 17, 2019

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2019 2A Sports in Kansas Boys Player of the Year

John Pfannenstiel, Ness City, Sr.

The 6-1 Pfannenstiel led Ness City to its first boys’ basketball state championship in school history. NC, the No. 4 seed, went 22-4. The Eagles beat Bishop Seabury, 63-61 in overtime, in the state quarterfinals on two buzzer-beaters, the latter by Pfannenstiel to win the game.

In the semifinals, Ness City held off Inman, 71-66, and then beat Trinity Catholic, 67-55, in the championship. Of NC’s six postseason wins, five came by single figures. Pfannenstiel, an excellent leader with a perpetually positive personality, averaged 21.7 points, 4.7 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Overall, he shot 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Pfannenstiel sunk 73 percent of his free throws for a team that was superb at drawing fouls (15.3 free throws attempted per game). Pfannenstiel had a 1.62 assist/turnover rate for a team that turned the ball over just 17.5 percent of the time.

Pfannenstiel had an excellent supporting cast, including seniors Andres Rios, Angel Guzman, Landon Reinhardt and Clayton Beutler, along with junior Easton Seib, who all stepped up at various times when defenses focused on him. Pfannenstiel was a two-time first team unanimous all-league selection. Pfannenstiel has received an offer from NAIA Bethel College, though has expressed a desire to play Division II basketball, especially at nearby Fort Hays.

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Congratulations, John. 2A Player of the Year!! From Coach Rogers, Haily, and Cal

John, Congratulations on this highly regarded award of 2A Player of the Year from Sports in Kansas! We are so proud of your har work and perseverance! Love, Dad, Mom, and Summer.

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Sports in Kansas 2A Player of the Year Finalists

Kaleb Hammeke, Hutch Trinity Sr.

John Pfannenstiel, Ness City Sr.

Mason Thiessen, Inman Sr.

Payton Froese, Inman Sr.

Jared Casey, Plainville Jr.

Aaron King, Yates Center Sr.

Zach Bloch, Bishop Seabury Soph.