Faces in KS: Trey O'Neil

Trey O'Neil of Scott City, now in 3A, earned 4A-II player of the year in 2014. (Pam's Portait Place)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Feb 12, 2015

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When it comes to listing sports towns in the state of Kansas, Scott City is one that comes to mind. The Beavers are known for their recent success in basketball, football and obviously as the hometown of Wichita State star basketball player, Ron Baker.

The past four seasons SC has went 86-7 in basketball. Scott isn't your average 3A school as they have picked up wins in 2014-2015 over schools with nearly five times the enrollment in Pueblo East (CO), who has over 1,000 students. They have also beat Kansas schools with over twice their enrollment this season in Hays (4A-I) and Kansas City Schlagle (5A). 

A huge reason for that 86-7 record is senior multi-sport all-stater ,Trey O'Neil, who stars on the football and basketball teams. It seems like O'Neil, a four year starter in basketball, has been around forever. I would imagine every coach in his league is anxiously awaiting his graduation. 

In football, the 6'2 180 pound senior, was a first team all-state selection at defensive back as a senior after picking off eight passes. He also led the Scott offense at quarterback as he passed for 2,063 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2014. The Beavers took second in 3A this season, losing to Rossville in the state championship.

He may have success in football but basketball is O'Neil's sport. He is on his way to becoming a three time all state selection for Scott this season. O'Neil, who is among the states leading scorers, currently averages 22.4 points per game for the Beavers. Known as a sharpshooter, he has 177 career three point makes and is currently a 42% shooter from three this season. He has scored 1,291 career points at Scott City, already more than Ron Baker did at SC from 2008-2011 (1,103 points). O'Neil was named the 4A-II player of the year by Sports in Kansas last season.

"I think playing multiple sports is the best thing an athlete can do. It helps you keep that competitive edge." Trey said. 

At Scott City, Trey plays for his dad, head coach Glenn O'Neil, in both basketball and football. In Trey's four years the pair have won two state basketball titles and a football title, while taking second in each football and basketball. Trey's older brother, Brett, a 2013 grad of Scott City, was part of all three titles with Trey. This season O'Neil is looking for that third state title in basketball and first without his brother and fourth overall title with his dad. 

"I wouldn't want to play for any other coach," Trey said. "Our number one goal is to obviously win a state championship. If we can get back to Hutchinson it will mark the fifth year in a row Scott has competed for a state title." Trey said.  

Next season O'Neil will take his talents to Fort Hays State University, where he will play for the Tigers basketball team. It was a perfect fit for O'Neil, who will be one of many former Scot all state selections, to join the Tigers.

"The program has done a lot for Scott City. Guys like Tim Peitner, Corbin Kuntzch, and now Drew Kite have all played there." Trey said.

For now it's all about finishing his career on a strong note at Scott City. A jersey that O'Neil is very proud to put on.

"To put on my Scott City jersey is an experience I'll never forget," Trey said. "Everyone around here is so supportive, I am very thankful to have grown up in this community."

The Beavers, currently ranked #1 in 3A by the KBCA, took second in last years 4A-II state championship to Eudora. Since moving down to 3A this season, Scott will look to add to its three consecutive 3A titles from 2011-2013. 

Q&A w/ Trey O'Neil

How did you get involved with basketball?

I've been around basketball my entire life. Being a coach's son, I've grown up around the game. I have always attended my dad's practices for as long as I can remember, so in all honesty, it was my dad who introduced me to the game of basketball and instilled in my a love for the game.

How has the season went for you so far?

The 2014-15 season has been going well. We had a big championship game against Hays High a few weeks ago winning the Orange and Black Classic at Colby.

What are your team goals this season?

The number one goal for any program should be to win a state championship. If we make it back to Hutchinson this year it would mark five years in a row that we have competed in the state tournament.

What will it take to make a run in 3A this season?

 Playing together and playing hard will be two huge keys for us. We have to keep improving everyday and play sound basketball each and every time we step onto the court.

Who are some of the other players on your team to watch for?

Brett Meyer and Sloan Baker will be two guys to watch. Brett has a solid offensive game and really helps spread the floor. Sloan is a grind it out type of player. He'll use his strength and quickness to make up for his size down low. He's a go getter. I'm very happy that these two guys are playing alongside of me because I know they will give their all each and every time they are on the court wearing their SCHS Beavers' uniform.

Describe yourself as a player?

I've spent countless of hours in the gym during the winter, spring, and summer. I take pride in being able to create easy shots for my teammates, but I can also create for myself. This year I have been trying to widen my assists to turnover ratio. I also love being the leader on the court. I know the areas I can be better at and I will continue to try and better myself for whatever team I'm playing on.

What is it like to play for your dad?

Having the opportunity to play for my dad is very special and not many people have the opportunity to experience it. He's a great coach and a great person. He'll go down as the best coach in Scott City history and one of, if not the top, coaches in the state. We have our times where we get after each other, but with us being so close, it'll only effect us for a little bit before we move on. I wouldn't want to play for any other coach.

Describe how big of a sports town Scott City is?

To put on my Scott City jersey is an experience that I'll never forget. Scott City is great and supports its athletic programs well. Our facilities that we have our great, and much of that can be attributed to strong community support. Multiple boosters invest a lot of time and money for the athletes to have the best. Scott City loves their basketball, along with other sports, and I'm very thankful to have grown up in this community and be a part of a winning program and tradition.

Have you ever played some one on one with Ron Baker?

 Recently, I have not. I'm sure back when we were growing up there were some games played due to the fact that Sloan is a classmate and close friend of mine. I've grown up with the Baker family. We've had some great pick up games though when he comes back to town.

Why did you choose Fort Hays?

The program has done a lot for Scott City, with Tim Pointer, Corbin Kuntzsch, and now Drew Kite. I've known Coach Johnson because he has been a friend of my dad. They told me that I was their guy they wanted and once I committed they wouldn't recruit any other guys at my position. Coach Johnson, my dad, and I had a very good and serious conversation at the end of June, and I liked what I heard.

How does playing multiple sports make you a better athlete?

I think playing multiple sports is the best thing a high school athlete can do. The sports keep you in competition all year long and you never lose that edge. I'm a huge competitor and hate losing in anything. Playing football has helped with my strength, agility, and toughness. I wouldn't be the same basketball player if I didn't play football as well.

Favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject has been being an elementary p.e. aide. Being able to be involved in their lives is a really cool thing to me. I start my day off with 3rd/4th graders and they always put me in a good mood to begin my school day.

When you are not playing sports, what do you do for fun?

I'm a big gamer on the Xbox 360. I could play Black Ops 2, 2K, and Madden all day and would never get bored.