Baldwin’s Jones named to Lawrence Journal World’s All-Area team
Player of the Year
Shelby Dahl, Santa Fe Trail
Fresh off a volleyball state title, the 5-foot-11 forward brought the Chargers another Class 4A-II state championship. Dahl led Santa Fe Trail in scoring and assists and was third in rebounding. She frustrated opponents with her ability to score in the post and behind the three-point arc, averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds in the state tournament.
Coach of the Year
Jayson Duncan, Santa Fe Trail
The Chargers were solid in the past few years, but fell just short of trips to the state tournament. Duncan leaned on his veteran lineup — seniors Bri Beckham, Shelby Dahl, Ashtyn Mentzer, Amber Moore, Jaeden Romine and Megan Zaldivar — to lead Santa Fe Trail to its first state championship since 1998, finishing with a 22-3 record.
Megan Bonar, De Soto — The Wildcats junior earned first-team All-Frontier League honors for the third straight year, as she averaged 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-1 forward orally committed to the University of South Dakota and also added 57 blocks and 65 steals this season.
Kionna Coleman, Lawrence — One of the top post players in the Sunflower League, the LHS senior led the league in rebounding and was among the top five in scoring, posting nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds a game. The 5-foot-9 forward will continue playing at Coffeyville Community College.
Shelby Dahl, Santa Fe Trail — A first-team All-Big 7 League selection for the second straight year, Dahl dominated throughout the season with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. The senior will play basketball at Johnson County CC next year.
Carly Eaton, Mill Valley — A 5-foot-9 senior, Eaton was the only Jaguars returner with any varsity experience and carried them on both offense and defense. She led Mill Valley with 10.2 points per game and was second on the team with five rebounds per game.
Corie Fischer, Ottawa — A three-year starter for the Cyclones, Fischer guarded the opposing team’s top player and also was a force on offense, averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. A first-team All-Frontier League selection, she had seven double-doubles throughout the year.
Tori Huslig, Veritas Christian — One of the fastest and most aggressive defenders in the KCAA, the 5-foot-6 freshman guard averaged more than six steals per game and turned that into 18.4 points a night. Huslig also earned first-team KCAA state tournament honors.
Katie Jones, Baldwin — A 5-foot-8 guard, Jones earned first team All-Frontier League honors for the second straight year — averaging 12.7 points, 3 assists, 2 steals. She will play at Johnson County next season.
Amber Moore, Santa Fe Trail — One of the most well-rounded players in terms of offense and defense, Moore posted 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals a night. The 5-foot-8 senior earned first team All-Big 7 League honors for the third straight year and signed to play with Cowley County.
Madison Piper, Free State — In her first varsity season, the Firebirds freshman finished second in the Sunflower League with more than 15 points per game. Piper frustrated opposing teams as she was able to use her 5-foot-10 frame to score in the post, but could also shoot well from outside and use the dribble to create her own shot.
Scout Wiebe, Free State — Not only was Wiebe a strong scoring threat for the Firebirds, averaging nearly 13 points a game, but the 5-foot-8 senior was also the team’s primary ball handler and was versatile on defense, defending quick point guards and tall forwards.
Makayla Bell, Lawrence; Makaila Garcia, Eudora; Madison Hess, Perry-Lecompton; Jabria Leggett, Mill Valley; Reilly Malone, Bishop Seabury; Brette Moore, Ottawa; Maddie Ogle, Baldwin; Marissa Pope, Lawrence; Jaeden Romine, Santa Fe Trail; Millie Shade, Free State; Mariah Smith, Bishop Seabury; Emily Soetaert, Tonganoxie; Kayla Steffey, McLouth; Katelyn Waldeier, Tonganoxie.