By CONOR NICHOLL
In 2019-20, Uniontown boys’ basketball completed possibly the state’s best turnaround when it went from 1-19 to 15-7. This winter, the Eagles returned four key players: Jake Harvey, Drew Perry, Hunter Schaaf and Clay Sutterby. Uniontown, led by coach Chad Hays, again completed a 15-7 record that ended with a sub-state title game loss to Erie.
Harvey and Sutterby earned a bevy of postseason honors released through the latter part of March. Harvey was Class 2A second team all-state by Sports in Kansas, and honorable mention all-state from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. Sutterby was honorable mention all-state from SIK. Harvey and Sutterby were both first team all-Three Rivers League. Sutterby, a 6-foot-5, 208-pound center, shot 61 percent from the field. Harvey, Sutterby, and Schaaf are seniors, Perry a junior.
Harvey completed his career with 1,075 points, seventh-best in school history, per Uniontown High School. No. 6 on the school list is Jake’s uncle, Bart Harvey. As a junior, Harvey earned unanimous team all-league when he delivered 18 points, six rebounds and three steals per game.
Uniontown is 16-7, 7-13, 1-19, 15-7 and 15-7 the last five seasons. This year, Uniontown delivered 54.7 points per game, the team’s best scoring offense in the last five winters – slightly better than last winter and ’16-17. Harvey delivered several seminal moments, including 27 points and six rebounds against Kansas City Christian in a contest that determined the top-two slots in the midseason Kenny Holt tournament. Uniontown finished second in the tournament.
The Eagle boys had a goal to reach the sub-state title game, and fell, 42-38, to Erie, a 21-2 squad. Uniontown has lost six in a row to Erie.
Uniontown completed a banner winter sports season. Both Eagle girls’ basketball and wrestling were previously featured on SIK. Uniontown’s Bryce Eck became the first state champion – and state placer – in school annals when he captured the Class 321A state title at 152 pounds. Junior Danielle Howard was second team all-state (top-10) in 2A by the KBCA. She was also a 2A SIK POY finalist. Howard set single season school records for field goal percentage (56 percent) and career steals (314).
Howard averaged 19.8 points per game, and senior Karleigh Schoenberger was at 16.7 points a contest. Howard finished eighth in Kansas with 5.2 assists a game. Like the Uniontown boys, the Eagles have enjoyed a nice turnaround. After a 4-17 record four years ago, the Eagles have posted 11-10, 16-6 and 16-4 marks.
This winter, Uniontown girls had a 14-game winning streak, along with a shared Three Rivers League title, and a Kenny Holt tournament title. The Eagle had four seniors, including Schoenberger, who became the third Eagle to ever clear 1,000 career points.
On March 30, Bri Stokes captured the Class 2A powerlifting championship at 132 pounds. She had an overall score of 525. Stokes cleaned and benched 135 and set a new 2A state mark of 255 pounds in the squat.
Brooklynn Dreisbach was fifth at 140 girls with a total of 440. Korbin Miller earned sixth at 242 boys with an 895 total. Dreisbach, a freshman, appeared in 14 varsity basketball games and averaged 5.1 points a contest this season. Stokes was a key volleyball player last fall.
Additionally, on April 1, Cheyanne Hodges signed to cheer for NAIA Friends University next year. Uniontown softball opened with a doubleheader sweep against Colony-Crest (15-8, 12-2) on April 1.
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