Hesston had a nice run thanks to a great group of 2022s. Will they be able to get back to the top? That remains to be seen. Graduation losses hit several of the top 3A teams hard. Here’s a look…
Hesston had a nice run thanks to a great group of 2022s. Will they be able to get back to the top? That remains to be seen. Graduation losses hit several of the top 3A teams hard.
Here’s a look at “returners,” “challengers” and “unknowns” for the upcoming season on the 3A level:
Southeast of Saline – The Trojans are the only state tournament team that legitimately returns in tact. In fact, the Trojans did not have a single senior a year ago. They are stacked and experienced. They are led by big, talented forwards inand and by gritty guards Luke Gebhardt and Drake Augustine. They should be the frontrunner to start the season.
Sabetha – The Bluejays have been building something for a couple of years now. They have given a lot of experience over the past couple of seasons to seniorsand (pictured). They have length on the front line in Rokey, senior Noel Niehues and junior . Junior is another threat at the guard spot.
Osage City – The Indians could legitimately be placed in the “unknown” category because they have to replace three starters. But when you haveand Kaden Kirkpatrick back, you have a solid foundation to build on. Those two seniors are powerful athletes who produce a ton.
Hesston – Big time rebuilding at Hesston. They start with a really good one in senior forward. After that…it’s all new guys. No question, the Swathers know how to coach ‘em up, and they don’t run a system dependent upon superstars. But this could be a work in progress.
Perry-Lecompton – The Kaws scuffled to a 10-11 mark a year ago, but their schedule might be a little more navigable this season due to graduations at rival schools. They certainly have some intriguing pieces. First, they return, a senior guard who bullies opponents with his physicality. He’s the leader of the club. They also return 6-foot-3 jumping jack Kael Gorski who runs the floor and explodes to the basket about as well as any forward around. They have a couple of athletic and talented guards in Ryeki Tuley and . Add to that group standout senior transfer and his younger brother Koltyn Kaniper and that’s a really strong and diverse collection of talent.