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2020 Girls Sports in Kansas All-Classes Player of the Year
2020 Girls 1A Sports in Kansas Girls Player of the Year
Emily Ryan, Central Plains, Sr.
Janae Ryan is Emily Ryan’s sister and her best friend. In Emily’s fifth or sixth grade year, she started to score 25 to 30 points in MAYB games. As she gotten older, Emily continued to separate herself in Kansas with her talent and work ethic. Janae has seen Emily’s work first-hand. Before school, Emily was in the gym shooting at 6:30 a.m. everyday. She attended practice afternoon. After practice, she’d go back for another hour and a half, two hours. The work ethic has yielded one of the more phenomenal careers in Kansas basketball history. This is the third straight winter Ryan earned 1A Player of the Year and All-Classes Player of the Year. Ryan, an Iowa State signee, never lost a high school game.
The 5-foot-9 Ryan led Central Plains to a 26-0 record this year, and CP broke or tied several state records, including scoring defense, average scoring margin and team field goal percentage. Ryan is the third player in state history to clear 3,000 career points, joining Claflin’s Jackie Stiles and Moundridge’s Laurie Koehn. CP has won 136 in a row, the nation’s longest winning streak in 67 years. She again led Kansas in scoring with 29.5 points a game, well ahead of Plainville’s Aubree Dewey, in second at 24 points a contest. Overall, Ryan completed her career with 3,007 points, 703 assists and a state record 599 steals. Known for her leadership, Ryan led an experienced group that returned four starters, all seniors: Addison Crites, Delaney Rugan, Rachel Lamatsch, along with standout sophomore Kassidy Nixon.
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Sports in Kansas 1A Girls POY Finalists
Emily Ryan, Central Plains POY
Morgan Meyers, Cunningham
Tianna Lohse, Hanover
Maddie Wiltse, Otis-Bison
Lauryn Dubbert, St. Johns/Tipton
Neleh Davis, Olpe
Brennan Kirchoff, Thunder Ridge
Brittany Byers, South Haven
Christy Wiebe, South Gray
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