Area basketball players take all-league honors

By The Mercury

Several area basketball players earned honors in their respective leagues this past week.

Rock Creek senior Cooper Schlochtermeier and juniors Carson Zenger and Martin Vogts were named to the Mid-East League first team. The trio led Rock Creek to an 18-5 record and the first round of the 4A Division II state tournament, where the Mustangs lost to Hayden, 75-51. Vogts and Zenger led Rock Creek with 23 and 10 points per game, respectively, while Schlochtermeier was a crucial part of the team’s defense. Jayden Weers and Laney Scott earned honorable mention. The Rock Creek girls basketball team finished with a 5-16 record.

Riley County’s Bethany Crubel and Tory Thomson were named to the Mid-East League first team, while fellow Falcon Emily Earhart was honorable mention. Crubel, a senior, led her team with 15.5 points per game. Riley County (15-9) made it to the first round of the 3A state tournament, where the Falcons lost to Hugoton, 44-24.

Riley County sophomore T.J. Fritz took home honorable mention on the boys’ side.

The Wamego duo of Dillon Blain and Sean Nordberg made it on the North Central Kansas League first team. The seniors led the Red Raiders to a 16-5 season. Wamego lost to Ottawa, 63-50, in the first round of the sub-state playoffs. Tessa Seeberger took home first-team honors for the Wamego girls basketball team, while Ashley Faiola earned honorable mention. The Wamego girls basketball team finished 6-15 and fell, 54-47, to Ottawa in the first round of the sub-state playoffs.

Frankfort’s Emilee Ebert and Valley Heights’ Kayla Smith were named to the Twin Valley League first team. Ebert was joined in all-league honors by her teammate, Jessa Yaussi, who was named to the second team. Frankfort finished 14-9, while Valley Heights finished 11-10.

Logan Woodyard and Bryan Yungeberg of Valley Heights were named to the All-Twin Valley League second team, as was Frankfort’s Adam Kenworthy. Valley Heights finished with a 13-9 record, while Frankfort finished 8-13.

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