All-Area Boys first-team capsules


Player of the year — Jared Casey, 6-1, sr., Plainville


Casey is the Hays Daily News boys basketball player of the year after a tremendous senior season. He did it all for the Cardinals, averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals per game. He’s a first-team All-Area pick by the HDN for the second straight year.


The Cardinals went 14-9 and reached the sub-state finals. He was first-team All-Class 2A by The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Wichita Eagle and KBCA. He was a first-team All-Mid-Continent League pick.


Casey is headed to the University of Kansas to play football.


Brady Frickey, 5-11, jr., Ellis


Frickey led the Railers with 17.2 points per game, helping the Railers to a 15-6 mark. Frickey reached double figures in points in 19 of 21 games on the season. He had seven games of at least 20 points or more.


The junior guard put up big numbers over the final five games of the season, averaging 21.8 points over those contests. He put up a season-high 29 points on Feb. 1 against Hill City, going 9 of 13 from the field.


Frickey tied for the team lead in assists with 36 and had a team-high 35 steals.


Frickey was a first-team All-MCL selection. He was third-team Class 2A pick by the Topeka Capital-Journal and honorable mention in 2A by The Wichita Eagle and KBCA.


Carson Jacobs, 6-7, sr., TMP-Marian


Jacobs was a force inside for TMP, helping the Monarchs win Mid-Continent League regular-season and tournament championships.


He recorded 14.1 points and grabbed 7.7 rebounds for TMP, which went 18-5 on the season. Jacobs had four 20-point outing over the last five games of the season. He 20 points against Stockton on Feb. 21, a career-high 29 points on Feb. 25 against Plainville, 27 points against Hutchinson-Trinity on Feb. 27, 24 points against Hoisington on March 5 in the sub-state semifinal and 20 points against Beloit in the sub-state final. He recorded double-doubles in his final two games as a Monarch.


Jacobs was a first-team All-MCL selection. He was named third All-Class 3A by the Topeka Capital-Journal and honorable mention in 3A by the Wichita Eagle and KBCA. He is set to play baseball at Newman next year.


Harlan Obioha, 6-11, jr., Hoxie


The junior center was an imposing task to defend, averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds on the season. He helped Hoxie go 21-3 on reach the Class 2A state tournament.


Obioha scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Class 2A quarterfinal against Garden Plain.


Obioha is also a skilled passer and force on the defensive end. “He’s definitely a team player for us,” Hoxie coach Jake Moss said.


He was first-team All-Class 2A by the KBCA and a second-team pick in 2A by The Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. “He can score, he can rebound, he can pass, and he anchors our defense in the middle of the paint with a lot of blocked shots.”


Obioha is garnering significant Division I interest in football.


Dalyn Schwarz, 6-6, jr., Hays High


Schwarz helped Hays High reach the Class 5A semifinals and claim a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship. Schwarz scored 9.8 points and grabbed 5.8 rebounds for the Indians, who finished 17-6 before the state semifinal game was cancelled because of the coronavirus. He had two 19-point games on the season and had two double-doubles.


The junior forward was a big reason why the Indians were so tough defensively, with Hays High allowing just 35 points per game in their three postseason games. Schwarz was honorable mention Class 5A by the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal and was a first-team All Western Athletic Conference pick.


Coach of the year — Alex Hutchins, Hays High


The Indians enjoyed a strong season in Hutchins’ first year leading the boys program. Hutchins, who coached the HHS girls last year before being hired as boys coach, guiding the Indians to a 17-6 record. After a 46-43 win over Topeka Highland-Park in the Class 5A quarterfinals, the Indians were set to play Basehor-Linwood in the Class 5A semifinals but the game was cancelled because of the coronavirus.


Hays High shared the Western Athletic Conference title with Great Bend with a 7-1 league record, splitting with the Panthers in the regular season. The Indians then won the rubber match against Great Bend with a 43-36 win in the sub-state championship game.


All-Area girls basketball team


Aubree Dewey, 5-8, sr., Plainville


Dewey is a first-team All-Area selection for the third straight year. She averaged 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.4 steals in her senior season for the Cardinals.


Dewey never scored fewer than 12 points in any game on the season for Plainville, which finished 9-12. Dewey had three 40-point performances over the last five games, including a 43-point outing on senior night against Thomas More Prep-Marian. She had three doubles-doubles on the season and notch at least one steal in every game as a senior.


Dewey was a first-team Class 2A All-State pick by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle and KBCA.


Dewey has signed to play basketball at Washburn University.


Jordyn Lowrie, 5-9, sr., Oakley


Lowrie helped pave the way for a seven-win improvement for Oakley from the year before, helping the Plainsmen sport a 17-6 record. Oakley was on a roll late in the season, winning 11 straight game before falling to WaKeeney-Trego in the sub-state final.


Lowrie averaged 17 points per game and grabbed seven rebounds per game. She us perhaps best known for her prowess on the defensive end in Oakley's zone, averaging five blocks per game.


Lowrie was a first-team All-MCL selection, a second-team All-2A selection by the Topeka Capital-Journal and honorable mention in 2A by the Wichita Eagle and KBCA.


Lowrie has signed to play basketball at Tabor College.


Lili Shubert, 5-8, jr., WaKeeney-Trego


Shubert led the Golden Eagles to a 23-1 record and a second straight trip to the Class 2A semifinals. The Golden Eagles were set to face Garden Plain in the semifinal before the rest of the state tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.


Shubert, a back-to-back All-Area pick, averaged a team-high 18.2 points per game. She was the Golden Eagles’ top rebounder with 6.2 boards a game and added 2.5 assists game. Shubert score over 20 points on 14 occasions in the season. She also further established herself as an excellent defender.


Shubert was a first-team All-MCL pick. She was named first-team Class 2A by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle and KBCA.


Taryn Sides, 5-6, fr., Phillipsburg


Sides turned in one of the best freshman seasons in the state while helping the Phillipsburg girls earn their first state tournament berth in school history.


The Panthers went 20-4 and won the MCL regular-season championship. They advanced to the Class 3A state tournament with a 40-36 win over Norton, with Sides scoring 18 points in the win. Sides led all scorers with 23 points in Phillipsburg’s loss to Cheney in the state quarterfinal.


Sides averaged a team-high 18.7 points, 2.8 assists and 4.5 steals, adding six rebounds a game.


Sides was first team Class 3A by the Wichita Eagle, second team in 3A by the Topeka Capital-Journal and the KBCA.


Maddie Wiltse, 6-2, sr., Otis-Bison


Wiltse anchored Otis-Bison to a 22-3 and trip to the Class 1A state tournament. She averaged a team-high 17.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.2 steals.


Wiltse, a two-time first-team All-Area pick, was sensational in sub-state, helping the Cougars take down two previously-unbeaten teams. She had 21 points and nine rebounds in the sub-state semifinal against Thunder Ridge. Wiltse then scored 29 points and grabbed nine boards in the sub-state final against Golden Plains. She scored 25 points and had 13 rebounds in the final game of career against Hanover in the 1A quarterfinal.


Wiltse was first-team Class 1A by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle and KBCA.


She has signed to play basketball at Nebraska-Kearney.


Coach of the year — Rachel Miller, Phillipsburg


Miller guided the Panthers to their first trip to the state tournament in school history. The Panthers won just one game in the 2016-17 season before making steady progress each year. Phillipsburg won five games in 2017-18, then went 12-10 in the 2018-19 season before taking a giant leap forward this past season, finishing with a 20-4 mark.


The Panthers claimed the Mid-Continent League championship, thanks in large part to a 47-40 win at WaKeeney-Trego on Feb. 7. Phillipsburg punched its ticket to state with a 40-36 win over Norton in the sub-state final.


Phillipsburg won nine straight games before ending its breakthrough season with a loss to Cheney in the 3A quarterfinals.


All-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM


First team


Jared Casey, 6-1, sr., Plainville


Brady Frickey, 5-11, jr., Ellis


Carson Jacobs, 6-7, sr., TMP-Marian


Harlan Obioha, 6-11, jr., Hoxie


Dalyn Schwarz, 6-6, jr., Hays High


Second team


Zachary Eck, 6-2, sr., Ellis


T.J. Nunnery, 6-2, sr., Hays High


Dylan Ruder, 6-10, sr., Hays High


Jackson Schulte, 6-1, jr., TMP-Marian


Ty Sides, 5-8, jr., Phillipsburg


Third team


Brady Dinkel, 6-2, sr., St. Francis


Carson Kieffer, 6-1, sr., Hays High


Ethan Means, 6-1, jr., Stockton


Kade Melvin, 6-1, sr., Norton


Steele Wolters, 5-10, sr., Osborne


Honorable mention


Brennan Brumbaugh, jr., Goodland; Taylor Cable, so., Ness City; Henry Cole, sr., Goodland; Jesse Baxter, jr., St. Francis; Jaden Boone, so., Quinter; Trenton Colby, sr., Smith Center; Wyatt Eberle, jr., Lakeside; Kyler Haffner, sr., Wheatland-Grinnell; Darrien Holloway, sr., Osborne; Jonah Huehl, jr., Sylvan-Lucas; Dalen Journigan, sr., Hill City; Fabian Loya, sr., Northern Valley; Jace Mackley, sr., Weskan; Colton McCarty, jr., Cheylin; Austin Miller, sr., Phillipsburg; Carter Minson, sr., WaKeeney-Trego; Hunter Morgan, sr., La Crosse; Jonah Ruder, jr., Norton; Charlie Russell, so., WaKeeney-Trego; Cody Seader, sr., Wallace County; Andrew Schields, jr., Cheylin; Calvin Stapp, sr., Colby; Dylan Van Laeys, so., Logan; Harley Weese, sr., Golden Plains; Taylor Zarybnicky, jr., Wheatland-Grinnell.


ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM


First team


Aubree Dewey, 5-8, sr., Plainville


Taryn Sides, 5-6, fr., Phillipsburg


Lili Shubert, 5-8, jr., WaKeeney-Trego


Jordyn Lowrie, 5-9, sr., Oakley


Maddie Wiltse, 6-2, sr., Otis-Bison


Second team


Grace Eck, 5-5, jr., Ellis


Libby Frost, 5-8, sr., WaKeeney-Trego


Tessa Hauser, 6-2, jr., Norton


Brennan Kirchhoff, 5-3, sr., Thunder Ridge


Jill Stephens, 5-9, sr., Colby


Third team


Addi Campbell, 5-4, sr., Hoxie


Tallon Rentschler, 5-11, so., Smith Center


Emilee Lane, 6-0, so., TMP-Marian


Hallie Vaughn, 5-6, sr., Colby


Taighe Weeter, 5-6, sr., Goodland


Honorable mention


JC Allen, jr., Weskan; Cora Anderson, sr., Otis-Bison; Hannah Bailey, jr., Norton; Shaylee Benoit, sr., Palco; Jessi Bernbeck sr., Wheatland-Grinnell; Jaden Boden, sr., Thunder Ridge; Rhyann Brown, sr. Osborne; Anna Carter, sr., Oberlin; Bree Frieling, sr., Smith Center; Grace Grady, sr., Lakeside; Shae Griffin, sr., Stockton; Melany Huser, so., Victoria; Brooklyn Jones, so., Colby; Keeli Knobbe, fr., Sylvan-Lucas; Trinity Luetters, fr., Osborne; Kassie Miller, sr., Golden Plains; Ryland Reeves, so., Russell; Aleyia Ruder, so., Hays High; Grace Sabatka, sr., Cheylin; Ashley Stoll, jr., Golden Plains; Emily Schneider, sr., Phillipsburg; Brooke Stoll, jr., Golden Plains; Kristen Wells, sr., Phillipsburg; Rylee Werth, sr., Ellis; Alyssa Van Vleet, sr., Oberlin.