Boys 1st Team
Isaiah Nunnery — Hays High, 6-3 sr.
Nunnery, the area player of the year, led the Indians to the sub-state championship, where they fell to top-seeded McPherson, the eventual champion in Class 4A Division I.
The senior directed the Indians’ offense and was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.6 steals and a block per game on 46 percent shooting from the field.
He scored 32 points in the Indians’ senior night game against Dodge City. He then carried the Indians to a sub-state victory over Buhler with 26 points, hitting his first four attempts from 3. He closed his prep career with 22 points against the Bullpups.
Nunnery finished his prep career in ninth place on the Indians’ career scoring list with 830 career points. He’s signed a letter of intent to continue his hoops career at Fort Hays State.
Jared Vitztum — Thomas More Prep-Marian, 6-7 sr.
Vitztum’s size and skill proved to be a confounding combination for opposing defenses. At 6-foot-7, the Monarch senior easily scored over smaller defenders in the post, but he used his guard skills and jump shot to score from the perimeter when given the opportunity.
He finished the year averaging 19.6 points per game and 10.7 rebounds along with more than two assists. The senior was at his best in the Monarchs’ four-overtime victory over Scott City. He finished with 33 points and 17 rebounds and hit a contested 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to extend the game. Vitztum also scored 32 points in the Monarchs’ overtime win against Hutchinson-Trinity. He added 18 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Vitztum led TMP to the sub-state finals and a 19-4 record. He is currently mulling over a number of options to continue playing at the collegiate level.
Claiborne Kyles — Hill City, 6-4 jr.
Kyles, a junior, was the leading scorer and rebounder on a Ringneck team that went to state for the first time in the wing’s prep career.
He led the team with 18.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He also added two steals and more than one assist and block per game. He was an efficient scorer as well, shooting 50 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line.
The junior saved one of his best performances for the biggest stage, as he put up 25 points and 11 rebounds with three assists, steals and blocks in the Ringnecks’ first-round upset of top-seeded Sedan in the 2A state tournament at Bramlege Coliseum.
Kyles scored his season high of 33 points on 15-of-24 shooting against Quinter. He scored in double figures in 18 straight contests at one point this season.
Brendon Brenner — Ellis, 6-6 sr.
Brenner put up some of the more impressive numbers in the area. As a senior, the forward averaged 22.6 points and 11.3 rebounds on 52 percent shooting. He had double-doubles in 18 of the Railroaders’ 23 games.
The Ellis senior opened his final prep campaign with a 30-point performance against Phillipsburg. He went on to score 30 or more points in five games, topped by a 33-point night against Smith Center when he made 14 of his 23 shots. The Railers’ top scorer reached double figures in every game this season.
Brenner helped Ellis reach the sub-state championship game with a 32-point, 16-rebound performance against St. Francis. He hit 12 of his 18 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The senior’s steady production helped the Railers to 15-8 record in his final prep season. Brenner will continue his football career at Hutchinson Community College.
Chandler Stiawalt — Ness City, 6-2 jr.
Stiawalt led the Eagles to a 15-8 record this season despite being the only starter returning from last year’s team.
The 6-foot-2 point guard’s athleticism gave opponents trouble on both ends of the floor throughout Ness City’s season. Stiawalt was the focus of opposing defenses and even saw some box-and-1 attention, but he still managed to have one of the most productive seasons in the area with a balanced offensive game.
The junior scored 26 of his team’s 47 points in a loss to Pratt in January. He also added five rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists in the victory. He led the Eagles to a victory in Victoria with 19 points on Feb. 20.
Stiawalt’s best game may have come against the Knights earlier in the season. The junior scored 25 points in a overtime victory in the championship of the Purple and Gold tournament in WaKeeney.
Drew Young — Hays High
Joey Dortland — Victoria
Easton Smith — Ellis
Zech Wilson — Hill City
Jace Ruder — Norton
Cade Allen — Wallace County
Daniel Hair — Western Plains
Reshean Holloway — Russell
Peyton Hoffman — TMP
Cullen Grabast — Osborne
Ryan Ruder — TMP
Keith Dryden — Hays High
Hayden Friend — Plainville
Regan Kats — Logan
Eric Gfeller — Wallace County
Shane Berens — Hays High
Justin Burch — Osborne
Taylor Corley — Victoria
Tad Holm — Triplains-Brewster
Tyus Henson — Norton