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High School Female Athlete of the Year Finalists

Ariana Dirkzwager, East

  • For second straight year, she won a pair of individual gold medals
  • Defended her Class 6A title in 100 free, All-American status for 200 free
  • Four-time city league champion
  • Georgia Tech commit

McKenzie Fairchild, Andale

  • Wichita Metro Volleyball Player of the Year, Class 4A Player of the Year
  • Powered Andale to a historic 40-3 championship season in volleyball
  • Won discus, shot put and javelin state titles
  • 169-4 throw in javelin earlier this season ranks No. 5 in history
  • Helped Andale track & field girls win their fifth consecutive team title

Brooke Hammond, Garden Plain

  • Class 2A state track & field champion in 100, 200, 4×1 relay
  • Led Garden Plain to three straight Class 2A state championships
  • Kansas Volleyball Association All-Star
  • Emporia State track & field commit

 Brittany Harshaw, Andover Central

  • 18.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg
  • Gatorade Player of the Year finalist
  • Creighton commit
  • Helped Andover Central grab third place in 5A state tournament

 Hayley Trotter, Clearwater

  • Ran away with Class 4A cross country championship
  • She won seven of her nine races this season and the only two she didn’t, she finished runner-up to Southeast-Saline’s Jentrie Alderson, the Class 3A state champion.
  • Class 4A state track & field champion in the 800 and 1600

Zyanna Walker, Wichita Heights

  • 2021-22 Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year
  • Wichita Metro Girls Basketball MVP
  • 25.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 5.2 apg, 6.8 apg
  • Louisville commit

High School Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Ashton Barkdull, Andover Central

  • Broke the 5A state track & field meet record in pole vault with jump of 16 feet, 7 ¼ inches
  • The leap was the sixth best all-time in Kansas history, giving him another title
  • Star tailback for the Jags, who finished as Class 4A state football runners-up
  • KU track and field commit

Gradey Dick, Sunrise Christian Academy

  • 2021-22 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, the first Wichita native to win the award
  • Led the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference in scoring (17.5) and three-point shooting (3.7 per game on 41.6% accurary)
  • Kansas basketball commit

Dylan Edwards, Derby

  • 2021-22 Kansas Football Player of the Year
  • Ran for 2,603 yards and 38 touchdowns for the Panthers, who finished second in Class 6A state football playoffs
  • Kansas State football commit

 Nick Grabon, Collegiate

  • Perfect 26-0 in boys tennis, claiming the Class 3-1A singles state title
  • Only dropped a total of 26 games in 26 matches

Avery Johnson, Maize

  • Four-star quarterback prospect led the Eagles to a Class 5A state football runner-up finish
  • Averaged 11.6 ppg, 3.7 apg, and 2.7 rpg on the hardwood for Maize

Henry Thengvall, Kapaun

  • Averaged 20.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 44% from the floor
  • Helped Kapaun get No. 1 seed at Class 5A state tournament
  • Wichita State basketball walk-on

Marcus Ziegler, Wichita Heights

  • Wichita Metro Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player
  • Led state-champion Falcons with 13.7 points per game

High School Team of Year Finalists

Andale football

  • Class 3A state champions for third straight year

Andale volleyball

  • Class 4A state champions, first state championship

Goddard wrestling

  • Class 5A state champions for eighth consecutive year

Kapaun Mt. Carmel girls golf

  • Class 5A state champions
  • Won title by 90 strokes

Valley Center softball

  • Class 5A state champions
  • First state title in program history, first girls team state championship in 44 years at Valley Center

Wichita Collegiate baseball

  • Class 3A state champions
  • First state title since 2001

Wichita Heights boys basketball

  • Class 6A state champions

High School Coach of the Year Finalists

 Joe Auer, Wichita Heights boys basketball

  • Class 6A state champion
  • Picked up his 700th career win at Heights

Luke Barnwell, Sunrise Christian boys basketball

  • Naismith Boys Coach of the Year

Kaylie Bergkamp, Andale volleyball

  • Class 4A state champion

Joe Gehrer, Wichita Collegiate baseball

  • Class 3A state champion

Corey Jones, Valley Center softball

  • Class 5A state champion

Brett Means, Goddard wrestling

  • Class 5A state champion

Dylan Schmidt, Andale football

  • Class 3A state champion

Division I College Female Athlete of the Year Finalists

Addison Barnard, Wichita State

  • D1 Softball/Softball American First-Team All-American
  • Finished the season second in the nation in home runs (33) and third in RBI (84). One of only two players in the country to hit 30+ home runs in 2022

Caroline Bien, Kansas

  • Big 12 Volleyball Freshman of the Year
  • St. Thomas Aquinas grad

Megan Keil, Mizzou

  • Earned All-America Honorable Mention accolades with a 15th-place finish in the 50 free at NCAA
  • Claimed First-Team All-America honors as a part of Mizzou’s eighth-place 200 free relay at NCAAs
  • Derby, Kan. native

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

  • Set an NCAA Division I single-game record with 61 points
  • 2022 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Sydney McKinney, Wichita State

  • Second-team All-American
  • USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist
  • Led the NCAA in batting average (.522) and hits (97). One of only two players in the country to hit better than .500 for the season

Taylor Robertson, Oklahoma

  • AP All-America Honorable Mention and unanimous All-Big 12 First Team
  • Averaged 17.2 points with career-highs in rebounds (4.7) and assists (3.1)
  • 17.2 PPG ranked fifth in the Big 12

Small College (NCAA D2, JUCO, NAIA) Female Athlete of the Year Finalists

Aubry Donley, Friends

  • NAIA All-American
  • Finished second in the NAIA National Championship in the 800
  • Lincoln, Kan. native

Kayli Duncan, Butler

  • NJCAA Div. I All-American
  • Had 300 kills, ranked first in nation with block assists (209) and blocks (220)
  • Circle High School grad

Kortney Schutt, Friends

  • NAIA All-American
  • U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association Women’s South Central Region Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year

Madi Young, Butler

  • NJCAA First Team All-American
  • Finished in the top-five in doubles (29), on-base percentage (.646), batting average (.564), slugging percentage (1.141), triples (9), and runs scored (95)
  •  Derby, Kan. native

Division I College Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

  • Consensus First-Team All-American
  • Big 12 Player of the Year
  • Helped lead Kansas to 2022 NCAA Division I national title and named Final Four Most Outstanding Player

Jackson Nicklaus, Oklahoma

  • Hit .289 with 9 doubles, 10 homeruns and 30 RBI’s for the Oklahoma Sooners who finished second in the College World Series
  • Fifth on the team in hitting
  • Attended Blue Valley High School after being at Andover High School

Taran Taylor, Wichita State

  • First-Team All-American
  • Broke school record in javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
  • Arkansas City, Kan. native

Skylar Thompson, Kansas State

  • 2021 TaxAct Texas Bowl MVP
  • Finished second on KSU’s all-time ranks in passing touchdowns, yards and completions
  • Drafted by Miami Dolphins

Small College (D2, JUCO, NAIA) Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Cevin Clark, Southwestern

  • NAIA Second-Team All-American and KCAC Newcomer of the Year
  • Led the KCAC in points per game with 20.0, shooting 48.6% from field and 44.7% from deep
  • Arkansas City, Kan. native

Jerod Elcock, Butler

  • U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year
  • Won two championships at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships

Jaylon Scott, Bethel

  • NABC All-American, KCAC Player of the Year, and KCAC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Averaged 19.2 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game
  • Finished career with over 1,900 points, 1,400 rebounds, 290 assists, and 260 steals

Josh Seabolt, Bethel

  • KCAC Defensive Player of the Year and NAIA All-American
  • Led the team with 99 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks

Tyler Wilson, Friends

  • USA National Powerlifting champion in the 110kg division
  • Set an American record in the 110 Collegiate Raw division
  • Andover, Kan. native


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