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New football coach hired at Washington County High School

Washington County School District hired a new football coach at their last meeting on March 11. Daniel Vaughn of Elkhart was hired to replace Phil Wilson, who will stay on as high school principal. Vaughn will teach 7-12th grade physical education.

He is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and has been at Elkhart for 2 years.

Also during the meeting, Wilson told the board members that he had contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s office to have them do a breathalyzer at the Washington County High School prom and the junior class will

send out letters to all juniors and seniors to let them know about this. Some new fitness equipment has been purchased from Body Basics of Lincoln, NE for almost $41,000. The equipment will be paid through the school’s PEP Grant.

2012-2013 NCKL Basketball All League Teams

Boys First Team
Andy Wilson – Senior – Abilene
Cooper Holmes – Freshman – Concordia
Isaac Poe – Senior – Wamego
Zach Heiman – Senior – Chapman
Jacob Harms – Senior – Abilene
Grant Holmes – Junior – Concordia
Marshall Wethington – Senior – Wamego
Garrison Wright – Senior – Marysville
Dalton Haist – Senior – Clay Center
Gabe Bergmann – Senior – Concordia

Boys Honorable Mention
Keil Kelly – Junior – Abilene
Matthew Barlow – Senior – Abilene
Logan Lehmkuhl – Senior – Chapman
Caleb Carson – Senior – Clay Center
Alan Garcia – Senior – Concordia
Brandon Griffee – Senior – Marysville
Matt Webb – Senior – Wamego
Dakota Turner – Senior – Wamego

Girls First Team
Kaylee Page – Junior – Wamego
Alyx Bloom – Senior – Clay Center
Lanie Page – Sophomore – Wamego
Alyssa Steppe – Senior – Clay Center
Abi Degenhardt – Junior – Marysville
Tristin Wicks – Junior – Marysville
Belle Barbieri – Freshman – Abilene
Megan James – Junior – Concordia
Macy Franson – Sophomore – Clay Center
Kiley Crider – Senior – Abilene

Girls Honorable Mention
Macey Dieckmann – Sophomore – Clay Center
Holly Cooper – Senior – Clay Center
Rikki Alderson – Senior – Wamego
Lakyn Rowden – Senior – Wamego
Lindsey Hurford – Sophomore – Chapman
Jordan Woods – Senior – Chapman
Tristen Leiszler – Sophomore – Concordia
Courtney Geist – Junior – Abilene
Dani Schwarz – Senior – Marysville



Kansas Well Represented on All Big 12 Awards

IRVING, Texas – Kansas seniors Jeff WitheyTravis Releford and Elijah Johnson and redshirt freshman Ben McLemore highlight KU’s selections to the 2013 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball awards announced Sunday. The all-conference awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

For the second straight season, Withey is the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He was joined on the 2013 All-Big 12 First Team by McLemore. Releford was a second-team all-conference selection, while Johnson earned honorable mention all-league. Withey and Releford were named to the six-person Big 12 All-Defensive Team, while McLemore was selected to the six-person Big 12 All-Rookie Team. There were ties in the coaches’ votes for the defensive and rookie teams, hence six players listed.

“I’m happy for all of them” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “We knew Ben and Jeff would be on the first team but I feel sometimes when you have guys on the first team it could split the vote for player of the year. Marcus Smart is a very deserving player of the year in leading Oklahoma State to a good finish in the league and an NCAA Tournament bid. Any of those four – Ben, Jeff, (Kansas State’s Rodney) McGruder and Smart – could have been player of the year.”

“Travis and Jeff both deserve to be on the All-Defensive team and it’s great for Jeff being named the defensive player of the year for the second straight season,” Self said. “I’m glad Elijah is honorable mention. I am so pleased for Travis to make second team. He’s put so much time into this program. He’s the rock nobody talks about.”

Withey becomes the second Jayhawk to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, joining former KU center Cole Aldrich who was named for the honor in 2009 and 2010. Withey has 124 blocked shots, a total that ranks fourth on the single-season Big 12 chart after he set the record of 140 in 2011-12. He is the Kansas and Big 12 career blocked shots leader at 289.

“This is a big honor to be named the defensive player of the year for two straight years in such a tough conference,” Withey said. “These are prestigious honors from the coaches and to have my other teammates listed throughout those awards shows how much of a team we have been (this season).”

McLemore has nine games of 20 or more points in 2012-13, including three 30-point efforts against Big 12 competition. Releford and Johnson are appearing on All-Big 12 squads for the first time in their careers. A lockdown defender, Releford leads KU with 37 steals this season, while Johnson has a team-high 149 assists in 2012-13.

“I’m happy for all those guys,” Self said. “They are all very deserving. Individual awards are terrific but I know our guys are focused on team achievements, which mean much more.”

Kansas, which tied Kansas State in winning its ninth-straight, 13th Big 12 and NCAA-leading 56th overall regular-season conference championship in 2013, placed two student-athletes on the All-Big 12 First Team for the second straight year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Jayhawks have had two first teamers nine times in the 17-year history of the Big 12, which began in 1996-97.

No. 4/3 Kansas (26-5, 14-4) will enter the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship as the No. 1 seed and will play in the quarterfinals of the event on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. (Central). The Jayhawks will face the winner of the No. 8 West Virginia versus No. 9 Texas Tech game to be played Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

For a complete list of the All-Big 12 honorees go to Big12sports.com.

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Weber, Three Wildcats Honored by Big 12 Coaches

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Head coach Bruce Weber earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors, while Rodney McGruderAngel Rodriguez and Shane Southwell were named to the Coaches’ All-Conference team, as the league office announced its annual men’s basketball awards on Sunday.

McGruder was named to the five-man All-Big 12 First Team and Rodriguez to the five-man All-Big 12 Second Team, while Southwell was one of nine players to earn honorable mention.  It marked the first time in 14 years that Kansas State had three players on the all-conference team with four players earning honorable mention in 1999.  Overall, only one other time (1951) was there three Wildcats on an all-conference squad.

Weber is the sixth K-State head coach to earn conference Coach of the Year honors and the second in the Big 12 era, following Tex Winter (1958, 1959, 1960), Cotton Fitzsimmons (1970), Jack Hartman (1975, 1977), Dana Altman (1993) and Frank Martin (2010).  He also collects league Coach of the Year accolades for the third time in his career in his third different league after winning the honor in the Missouri Valley in 2002-03 and the Big Ten in 2004-05.  With Weber’s coaching honor, K-State becomes just the second Big 12 school to have its football and men’s basketball coaches earn league Coach of the Year honors in the same season.

A native of Washington, D.C., McGruder became just the third men’s basketball player to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors since the inception of the league, joining Michael Beasley (2008) and Jacob Pullen (2010, 2011).  The leader in six categories, including scoring (15.1 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (25), 20-point games (nine), field goals (174) and minutes (32.9), McGruder also earned first team accolades from the Kansas City Star and ESPN.com.  Overall, he earned all-conference accolades for the third time in his career after being named to the second team as a junior (2012) and third team as a sophomore (2011).  He is averaging 15.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting, including 32.3 percent from 3-point range, to go with 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals in 32.9 minutes per game.  He ranks among the Big 12’s Top 20 in scoring, field goal percentage, steals and minutes played.

Rodriguez, who ranks among the Big 12’s Top 5 in assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio, was named to the league’s second team for the first time in his career.  The San Juan, Puerto Rico native, he is averaging 11.5 points on 37.1 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range, to go with 5.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 27.6 minutes per game.  He ranks second in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio, third in assists and free throw percentage and fifth in steals.  He paces the Wildcats in 3-point field goals (46), free throws (81), assists (159), steals (43), while he is second in scoring, double-digit scoring games (20) and field goals (103).  His 159 assists are the third-most in a single-season, trailing Steve Henson (186, 1987-88) and Jim Roder (163, 1983-84), while his 5.48 assists per game average is second only to Roder’s 5.62 average.

A Bronx, N.Y., native, Southwell earned all-conference honors for the first time in his career, as the junior was named honorable mention.  The Wildcats’ best 3-point shooter is averaging 8.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting, including 44.3 percent from beyond the arc, to go with 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.8 minutes per game.  He ranks second on the team in 3-point field goals (43), third in scoring, assists and steals and fourth in field goals and minutes played.  He has registered double-digit scoring nine times this season, including a career-best 19 points against No. 3/2 Kansas on Jan. 22.

The 9/10 Wildcats ended the regular season with a 25-6 overall record and a 14-4 mark in Big 12 play, which includes a tie for its first conference title in 36 seasons and a No. 2 seed in this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center.  The 25 wins are the most-ever in the regular season and just the school’s fifth 25-win season, while the 14 conference wins tie the 1958-59 team for the most in school history.  Overall, it is the 18th conference regular season title in school history and the first since 1976-77 season.

K-State begins play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday when the Wildcats play the winner of Wednesday’s first round contest between No. 7 seed Texas (15-16) and No. 10 seed TCU (11-20) at 6 p.m. at the Sprint Center.

NCKL All-League Wrestling Teams Announced

2012-2013 NCKL All League Wrestling
Weight Class Name School
106 lbs 1st Team Chris Dieters Marysville
HM Logan McDowell Abilene
Weight Class   Name  School    
113 lbs 1st Team Josh Goepfert Marysville
HM Zane Baugh Abilene
HM Cameron Miller Concordia
Weight Class   Name  School
120 lbs 1st Team Jr. Morgan Abilene
HM Dalton Carley Wamego
Weight Class   Name  School    
126 lbs 1st Team Caysen Smith Abilene
HM Jacob Dietrich Wamego
Weight Class   Name  School    
132 lbs 1st Team Kyle Wilson Wamego
HM Seth Strauss Abilene
Weight Class   Name  School    
138 lbs 1st Team James Landoll Marysville
HM Drake Hake Concordia
Weight Class   Name  School    
145 lbs 1st Team Grady Ware Clay Center
HM Dylan Jones Marysville
Weight Class   Name  School    
152 lbs 1st Team Tim Cramer Marysville
HM Jacob Hagedorn Abilene
Weight Class   Name  School    
160 lbs 1st Team Josh Nelsen Marysville
HM Nick Ward Abilene
Weight Class   Name  School    
170 lbs 1st Team Zach Witt Chapman
HM Dave Luebcke Marysville
Weight Class   Name  School    
182 lbs 1st Team Mikah Nietfeld Marysville
HM Alex Madackz Abilene
Weight Class   Name  School    
195 lbs 1st Team Skyler Hittle Concordia
HM Zach Thurlow Clay Center
HM Brandon Escocio Marysville
Weight Class   Name  School    
220 lbs 1st Team Kyle Marks Concordia
HM Casey Hilton Marysville
Weight Class   Name  School    
285 lbs 1st Team Jason Zook Chapman
HM Jonathan Todd Abilene

State Basketball Scoreboard – March 6th


Highland Park 65, Winfield 49
Ottawa 76, Anderson County 44
Andale 54, Piper 52
Abilene 51, Independence 45


Garden Plain 57, Riley County 34
Russell 50, Caney Valley 42
Burlington 48, Sabetha 46
Hillsboro 53, Holcomb 45


Ness City 53, Lyndon 48
Republic County 78, Jeff North 68
Meade 80, Oswego 43
Moundridge 48, Inman 41


Olpe 56, Hanover 40
St. John 55, Centre 26
Hoxie 81, Stockton 36
Bucklin 45, Thunder Ridge 32


Ingalls 54, Southern Coffey 27
Wilson 53, Baileyville B&B 42
Norwich 56, Dighton 35
Golden Plains 58, Hope 43

Best Kansas High School Boys Basketball Players of the 1990′s

High school basketball players from across the State of Kansas who played in the 1990’s were recently recognized by the sports website http://www.kansas-sports.com, and their twitter account http://www.twitter.com/sportsinkansas for their accomplishments. Kansas-Sports compiled the list from records kept by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame all-state teams and input from Kansas media members. To be considered, student-athletes had to graduate between 1990 and 1999.

Click Here For the Complete List

Area Teams Head To State Championships

The Kansas State High School Activities Association on Sunday released the 2013 State Basketball Championship brackets. Several area teams are participating, and links to all the brackets are available below courtesy of KWCH TV and CatchItKansas.com. Your Country KNDY will have coverage beginning on Wednesday.

Boys – Abilene
Girls – Wamego

Boys – Nemaha Valley
Girls – Sabetha, Riley County

Boys – Republic County
Girls – Republic County

1A Div 1
Boys – Centralia
Girls – Hanover

1A Div 2
Boys – Axtell
Girls – Baileyville B&B

Sub State Championship Scoreboard – March 2nd

The Kansas State High School Activities Association Sub-State Championship Scoreboard. These score are courtesy of http://www.kansas-sports.com.


Boys – Abilene 70 Hesston 33 – FINAL
Girls – McPherson 35 Hesston 26 FINAL

Fort Scott
Boys – Garnett- Anderson County 64 Fort Scott 56 – FINAL
Girls – Fort Scott 47 Frontenac 41 – FINAL

Boys –  Independence 41 Coffeyville 36 – FINAL
Girls – Labette County 46 Chanute 37 – FINAL

Boys – Winfield 40. Wichita Collegiate 38 – FINAL
Girls – Clearwater 33 Augusta 20- FINAL

Boys – Ottawa 73 DeSoto 39 – FINAL
Girls – Paola 41 Baldwin 33 – FINAL

Boys – Andale 65 Ulysses 28 – FINAL
Girls – Pratt 35 vs. Hugoton 27 – FINAL

Boys – KC Piper 78  KC Sumner 60 – FINAL
Girls – Tonganoxie 62 Atchison 36 – FINAL

Topeka Hayden
Boys – Highland Park 60 Wamego 37 – FINAL
Girls – Wamego 53 Holton 38 – FINAL


Conway Springs
Boys – Independent vs. Remington
Girls – Garden Plain 38 Conway Springs 30 – FINAL

Boys – Nemaha Valley 64 ACCHS 48 FINAL
Girls – Sabetha 45 Nemaha Valley 39 – FINAL

Boys – Sacred Heart 49. Haven 46 – FINAL
Girls – Hillsboro 43 Haven  32 – FINAL

Boys – Humboldt 59 Eureka 58 – FINAL
Girls – Burlington 83 Fredonia 31 – FINAL

Southwestern Heights
Boys – Scott City 81 Holcomb 61 – FINAL
Girls – Holcomb vs. Cimarron – FINAL

Boys – Beloit 65 Phillipsburg 58 – FINAL
Girls – Russell 55 Ellsworth 37 – FINAL

Boys – Colgan 74 Riverton 54 – FINAL
Girls – Caney 44 Cherryvale 33 – FINAL

Riley Co.
Boys – Silver Lake 46 Osage City 43 – FINAL
Girls – Riley Co. 52 Silver Lake 31 FINAL


Girls – Northern Heights 59 Burlingame 48 FINAL
Boys – Lyndon 40  MDCV  39  FINAL

Girls – Sedan 53 Pleasanton 48 – FINAL OT
Boys – Oswego 48 Oswego 35 – FINAL

Republic County
Girls –  Bennington vs. Republic Co.
Boys – Washington County vs. Republic Co.

Girls – Elkhart vs. Meade
Boys – Meade vs. South Gray

Girls – Berean Academy vs. Moundridge
Boys – Moundridge 57 Peabody 34 – FINAL

Girls – Jefferson Co. North 57 Doniphan West 25-  FINAL
Boys – Jefferson Co. North 49 Onaga 38 FINAL

Girls – Smith Center 59 Ellis 48 – FINAL
Boys – Ness City 62 Oakley 47 FINAL

Girls – Sterling 58 Central Plains 54 – FINAL
Boys – Inman 42 Little River – 39 – FINAL


Girls – Centre 60 Fairfield 37 FINAL
Boys – Burrton 60 Fairfield 48 FINAL

Girls – Hanover 49 Valley Heights 35 – FINAL
Boys – Centralia vs. Valley Heights

South Central
Girls – Bucklin 52 Spearville 45 – FINAL
Boys – Minneola 50. Deerfield 40 FINAL

Girls – Olpe46 Waverly 25 FINAL
Boys – Olpe 68 Waverly 58 FINAL

Girls – Thunder Ridge vs. Osborne
Boys – Stockton 57 Osborne 30 FINAL

St. John Hudson
Girls – St. John 58 Victoria 24 – FINAL
Boys – St. John 51 Macksville 35 – FINAL

Girls – South Haven vs. Caldwell
Boys – South Haven vs. Udall

Girls – Hoxie 73 vs. Quinter 38 FINAL
Boys – Hoxie 54. Quinter 24 FINAL


Allen County

Girls – Southern Coffey Co 44 . Elk Valley 27 – FINAL

Boys – Crest 41 Chetopa 34 FINAL

Baileyville B&B
Girls – Baileyville B&B 48 vs. Wetmore 27 FINAL
Boys – Axtell 58 Baileyville B&B 53 FINAL

Girls – Ingalls vs. Ashland
Boys – Fowler vs. Ashland

South Barber
Girls – Norwich 46  South Barber 34 – FINAL
Boys – Cunningham 55  South Barber 44 – FINAL

Girls – Natoma vs. Dighton
Boys – Palco vs. Dighton

Girls – Wilson vs. Elyria Christian
Boys – Hutchinson Central Christian 74 Sylvan 61 FINAL

Girls – Hope 37 White City 25 – FINAL
Boys – White City 42 Beloit-St Johns 40 FINAL

Girls – Golden Plains 53. TriPlains 33 FINAL
Boys – Wallace Co 62 Cheylin 42 – FINAL