Fall sports all-area teams announced
All-area teams in football, cross country, soccer and volleyball have been named by the Lawrence Journal-World sports staff. The selections were based heavily on voting by area coaches and player performances throughout the fall season. All the area coaches had an opportunity to vote for first-team, second-team and honorable mention honors, with the exception of football, which named the Super 25 area team.
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Eudora High School head football coach Gregg Webb was named the all-area coach of the year.
Webb guided the Cardinals to an 11-1 record and a trip to the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Along the way, Eudora recorded its first perfect 9-0 regular season, a Frontier League championship and two playoff victories.
Tonganoxie senior Jeff Hughes was named the player of the year for the Super 25 Area Football Team.
Hughes rushed for 1,080 yards and 13 touchdowns and completed 46-of-73 passes for 803 yards and nine scores. On defense, he had 41 tackles and three interceptions. He also nailed 27-of-31 point-after kicks and had a 37-yard punting average.
Eudora players named to the team include junior wide receiver Matthew Abel, junior running back Travis Clarke, senior linebacker Austin Hoover, senior quarterback Kent Swanson, and senior offensive lineman Richard Wilks.
Abel caught 42 passes for 818 yards -- an average of 19.5 yards per catch -- and 10 touchdowns. He also totaled 665 yards and two touchdowns in the return game.
Clarke ran the ball 300 times for 1,671 yards -- an average of 5.6 yards per carry -- and 19 touchdowns.
Hoover recorded a team-high 132 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and collected two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Swanson completed 85-of-135 passes for 1,318 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Wilks, a right guard, was the top man in the trenches for a Cardinals offense that had more than 3,400 yards.
Other players named to the Super 25 area team were Jerod Bader, Erik Hill, Jake Morse and J.T. Thompson, all of De Soto; Josh Cauthon, Santa Fe Trail; Danny Crouse, Trevor Keling and Ryan Smith, all of McLouth; Caleb Denton, Brent Garrison and Jake Hetrick, all of Perry-Lecompton; Darius Johnson, Ottawa; Justin McDaniel, Tyler Miles, Derrick Parrett, and Daniel Volk, all of Tonganoxie; Clay Metzger, Oskaloosa; and Brandon Reed and Luke Weaver, both of Baldwin City.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Baldwin High School coach Mike Spielman was named the all-area boys cross country coach of the year. Baldwin took second at the Class 4A state meet at Wamego, a regional title at Anderson County and a Frontier League title at Rim Rock Farm.
Baldwin's Chris Enliff was named the All-Area Boys Runner of the Year for the second straight year.
Enliff finished second at the Class 4A state meet at Wamego in a time of 17:08. He won the Frontier League meet.
Eudora seniors Jody Chino and Cody Burns were named to the all-area first team.
Chino finished fourth at the Class 4A state meet at Wamego in 17:12. His three wins included the 4A regional at Anderson County and he set a personal record with a 16:29 at the Eudora Invitational.
Burns finished 19th at the Class 4A state meet at Wamego in 17:56. His top time of the season came at the Southern Stampede, where he clocked 17:19. His best finish was third at Anderson County.
Other first-team picks were Aaron Karlin and Caj Kueffer, both of Baldwin; Tanner McNamara, De Soto; and Derek Poor, Wellsville.
Second-team selections were Matt Brock and Chris Price, both of Tonganoxie; Brad Canterbury and Nathan Dick, both of Baldwin; and Chris Dvorak, Colin Jokisch and Lucas Slater, all of De Soto.
The honorable mention team included Jerin Riffel, De Soto; Quentin Capra, Santa Fe Trail; Oliver Parsons, Mill Valley; and Colin Perkins, Tonganoxie.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
De Soto High School coach Chris McAfee was named the all-area girls cross country coach of the year.
McAfee guided his young but talented squad to the Class 4A state title at Wamego, a regional championship at Anderson County and a second-place showing at the Frontier League meet at Rim Rock Farm.
Baldwin junior Heather Garcia was named the runner of the year. Garcia won the Class 4A state title at Wamego in a time of 14:05. She won every meet she entered except for a second-place finish at Rim Rock.
Other first-team runners were Eudora senior Brittney Graff; Morgan Frehe, Lauren Karnitz and Carly Stanley, all of De Soto; Kelsey O'Hara, Mill Valley; and Kelsey Verhaeghe, Baldwin City.
Graff, the defending Class 4A state champion, won the silver medal this year at Wamego with a personal record of 14:24. She finished in the top two in all nine meets she entered, including a win at the prestigious Southern Stampede.
Second-team selections were Chesney Burgweger, De Soto; Calleigh Durr and Madison Shoemaker, both of Baldwin; Katie Hirsch, Perry-Lecompton; Andie Jeannin and Christy Weller, both of Tonganoxie; and Erica Layton, Wellsville.
The honorable mention team included Emily Ballock and Lauren Colman, both of Eudora; Trisha Roberts, De Soto; Eliza Allegre, Ottawa; Jodi Mundy, Santa Fe Trail; Corrina Papps, Baldwin; and Aubrey Poor, Wellsville.
Baldwin High School coach Gus Wegner was named the all-area boys soccer coach of the year.
In the program's second year of existence, Wegner led the Bulldogs to a 12-5-1 record and their first-ever playoff victory before falling to Kansas City Piper in a Class 4-3-2-1A regional championship.
Baldwin High School junior Dustin Schiller was named the All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Schiller scored 15 goals and contributed 15 assists as the Bulldogs advanced to a class 4-3-2-1A regional championship game.
Eudora senior midfielder Erryn Kindle was named to this year's all-area first team and the Class 4A all-state team. Kindle, a varsity performer for all four seasons with the Cardinals, was named the team MVP and offensive player of the year this fall after heading the Eudora offensive attack with nine goals.
Others named to the first team were Fernando Chuery, Baldwin; Blake Elliott, Ben Huff and Spencer Nash, all of Mill Valley; Zach England and Brady Seaman, both of De Soto; Alex Nowasell, Tonganoxie; and Brady Roberts and Kory Roberts, both of Perry-Lecompton.
Players named to the second team were Connor Hartpence, Eudora; Coady Andrews, Josh Grimes and Alex Linthicum, all of Mill Valley; Gene Cosby, De Soto; Kirby Flory, Travis Moore and Casey Wagner, all of Baldwin; Emily Kuenzi and Bryce Walker, both of Perry-Lecompton; and Jake Poterbin, Tonganoxie.
Those who received honorable mention were Anthony Barta, Felipe Buchele, Jacob Cox, Logan Hartpence, Jim Thoennes and Issac Welsh, all of Eudora; Ryan Alexander and Connor Koch, Mill Valley; Nick Barkley, Avery Baughan and Colin Busby, all of Baldwin; Jacob Callahan, Megan Elder, Riley Shafer and Ryan Walker, all of Perry-Lecompton; Zach Mayse, Tonganoxie; and Santiago Loayza, Scott McKechnie, Riley Pierce and Jake Sosna, all of De Soto.
Eudora High School head volleyball coach Jill Stutler was named the all-area coach of the year.
After watching her team fail to advance out of pool play at the Class 4A state tournament for two consecutive seasons, Stutler found the winning formula in Salina this fall, guiding the fourth-seeded Cardinals to the school's first state volleyball title. Eudora finished with a 40-7 record.
For the second straight season, Eudora senior middle blocker Erin Kracl was named Player of the Year.
Kracl, a University of South Florida recruit, paced Eudora with a .350 hitting percentage, 524 kills (5.2 per game) and 97 blocks.
Junior middle blocker Nikki Snider, a second-team pick last fall, was named to this year's all-area first team and the Class 4A all-tournament team after helping the Cardinals win the state championship. She finished with 454 kills (4.5 per game) and a .309 hitting percentage and paced Eudora in ace percentage.
Others named to the first team were Meagan Montis and Bobbie Pearce, both of Wellsville; Ali Pistora, Tonganoxie; and Brooke Pryor, Santa Fe Trail.
Second-team selections were Kayci Vickers, Eudora; Rachel Bogard and Sami Franiuk, both of Tonganoxie; Emily Forbes, Santa Fe Trail; Jackie Goleman, De Soto; and Chelsie Oshel, Wellsville.
Honorable mention went to Elaina Kouri, Eudora; Tracie Hileman, Tonganoxie; and Korey Higbe, Jessica Lund and Aubrey Moore, all of Wellsville.