Some of the top players in 2A a year ago are back. They’re ready for huge senior seasons. And perhaps the best senior in 2A is not the frontrunner for Most Outstanding Player. The Frontrunners: Keller Hurla Keller Hurla 6'0"…
Some of the top players in 2A a year ago are back. They’re ready for huge senior seasons. And perhaps the best senior in 2A is not the frontrunner for Most Outstanding Player.
Keller Hurla Keller Hurla 6'0" | CG St. Marys | 2023 State KS , 6-foot guard, 2023, St. Marys:
Hurla got it done this fall, leading the Bears to a football state championship and earning a football scholarship to Washburn. He can get it done on the hardwood too. He led the team to state runner-up with 19 points per game a junior. He’s a brilliant shooter who may have to pick up a bigger load to make up for graduation losses.
Britton Dutton Britton Dutton 6'1" | SG Ellinwood | 2023 State KS , 6-foot-1 guard, 2023, Ellinwood (pictured):
Points won’t be a problem for Ellinwood this year. The prolific scorer Dutton is just one of a bunch of returners for the Eagles. For Dutton to be a candidate for Most Outstanding Player, the team needs to get out of the sub-state round. There’s no question about his ability to produce. He can go for 30 nearly every night, and he gets the ball to his teammates too.
Brekyn Ratzlaff Brekyn Ratzlaff 6'0" | PG Hillsboro | 2023 State KS , 6-foot guard, 2023, Hillsboro:
What’s a two-time all-stater and back-to-back state champ doing in the “outsiders” category? There’s no question Ratzlaff is a brilliant distributor, defender and playmaker. He’s perhaps the best point guard in the small school ranks. The problem is that the Trojans graduated nearly everything else from the championship team. A lot of other guys will have step up for Hillsboro to continue their run. Ratzlaff’s abilities as a leader will be paramount.
Eli Lawson Eli Lawson 6'7" | C Bennington | 2024 State KS , 6-foot-6 center, 2024, Bennington:
This guy is a problem for small school opponents. Lawson is so fundamentally sound, so powerful and so smart in the post. He turned in a very impressive 21 points and 10 boards as a sophomore, then really showed his talents against big school competition over the summer. What’s standing between him and Most Outstanding Player candidacy? Wins. The Bulldogs went just 13-9 a year ago.
Dylan Werth Dylan Werth 6'8" | PF TMP | 2023 State KS , 6-foot-7 forward, 2023, TMP:
Werth was a second-team all-stater and led his team to state on the 3A level as a junior. Now the Monarchs drop to 2A for his senior year. Werth has length for days and is a springy forward who can raise his 14 points and 7 boards if needed. It will be interesting to see how the addition of TMP impacts the 2A field.
The Surprise Candidates:
Logan Churchill Logan Churchill 6'6" | C Moundridge | 2023 State KS , 6-foot-6 center, 2023, Moundridge:
Moundridge returns several key pieces for this season, but if anyone can really take it to the next level, it’s probably the big man. Churchill averaged 19 points as a junior and should be a dominant post presence that frees up his talented teammates. The team should be really good.
Jackson Biggs Jackson Biggs 6'5" | SF Lyndon | 2023 State KS , 6-foot-5 forward, 2023, Lyndon:
Lyndon will have a lot of holes to fill from last year’s state team. But versatile, athletic wing player isn’t a hole they need to fill. They have the springy senior Biggs ready to produce even more than the 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists he contributed last year. He can shoot from deep, run the floor and compete in the paint at both ends.