Hays High swept the top awards on the All-Western Athletic Conference football team.
Gaven Haselhorst was defensive player of the year, Jordan Dale offensive player of the year and Tony Crough coach of the year.
The WAC-champion Indians landed 13 players on the all-conference team released Thursday with eight first-team selections.
Haselhorst, a senior defensive end and Kansas State commit, was joined on the first team-defense by senior defensive end Trey Adams, junior linebacker Gavin Meyers and senior safety Tucker Veach.
Junior running back Dylan Dreiling, junior receiver/running back Jaren Kanak and junior offensive lineman Gavin Nutting joined junior quarterback Dale on the first-team offense.
Junior defensive lineman Carson Spray, senior linebacker Dalton Dale and senior defensive back Brett Orth were second-team picks on defense. Junior receiver Carson Kieffer and senior tight end Bryce Salmans earned second-team honors on offense.
Haselhorst, one of the top defensive players in the state, logged 77 tackles in eight games and led the league in sacks (6), forced fumbles (4) and tackles for loss (32).
"I think the fact that we’ve just all been playing together for so long made a big difference for us," Haselhorst, a 6-1, 230-pounder, told Brett Marshall for wacathletics.com. "The defense was the strength of our team and our secondary started to play way more aggressively, which allowed us to be more aggressive in the pass rush."
Dale was thrust into duty at quarterback after Dreiling was out of the lineup in Week 2 against Great Bend. He answered the call with a 229-yard rushing effort on the ground and four touchdowns.
He finished the season with 482 yards rushing and completed 39 of 71 passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
"I think our offense as a whole made a lot of improvement over last year," Dale told wacathletics.com. "I don’t know if, or how much, I got better. If you’d told me at the start of the year that I would be player of the year, I would not have believed you."
Hays High has improved in each of the three seasons under Crough, who guided the Indians to a 5-3 overall record in 2020 with a 4-0 mark in WAC play.
"I think we’d seen this coming," Crough told wacathletics.com. "We had a lot of seniors who had been playing since they were sophomores. That’s a lot of experience and you have that hope of things coming together. This year, we made a move more in the right direction."
2020 All-WAC Football
*Jordan Dale - QB - JR - Hays
Dylan Dreiling - RB - JR - Hays
Easton Zapien - RB - JR - Liberal
Joshua Janas - RB - SR - Garden City
Alex Esparza - FBH - SR - Liberal
Trey Nuzum - OL - SR - Garden City
Elias Moreno - OL - SR - Great Bend
Aldo Avalos - OL - JR - Liberal
Gavin Nutting - OL - JR - Hays
Gavin Jones - TE - SR - Dodge City
Matt Friess - WR - SR - Dodge City
Jaren Kanak - WR/RB - JR - Hays
*Gaven Haselhorst - DL - SR - Hays
Trey Adams - DL - SR - Hays
Christian Erives - DL - JR - Dodge City
Hunter Huskey - DL - JR - Liberal
Alden Knedler - LB - SR - Dodge City
Joel Bellows - LB - JR - Garden City
Gavin Meyers - LB - JR - Hays
Christian Reyes - DB - SR - Garden City
Caleb Wiese - DB - SO - Garden City
Tucker Veach - DB - SR - Hays
Malcolm Wiltshire - DB - SR - Liberal
Josh Taylor - DB - SR - Dodge City
Chance Kerr - RB - JR - Dodge City
Jaylin Slaten - SB - JR - Liberal
Carlos Teran - OL - JR - Dodge City
Deshawn Miller - OL - SR - Liberal
Christian Flores - OL - SR - Liberal
Broc Reed - OL - SR - Great Bend
Ronaldo Ramos - OL - SR - Garden City
Kaden Whitehurst - OL - JR - Garden City
Jason Scott - OL - JR - Great Bend
Bryce Salmans - TE - SO - Hays
Carson Kieffer - WR - SR - Hays
Carson Spray - DL - SO - Hays
Matt Nieman - DL - JR - Great Bend
Xavier Soriano - DL - JR - Garden City
Terrell Elliott - DL - SR - Garden City
Santonio Turner - DL - SR - Dodge City
Dalton Dale - LB - JR - Hays
Tony Rivero - LB - SR - Liberal
Trystian Juarez - LB - JR - Liberal
Daniel Sanchez - LB - JR - Dodge City
Ty Villaysing - DB - SR - Dodge City
Cooper Ramsey - DB - SR - Garden City
Kwami Williams - DB - SR - Liberal
Brett Orth - DB - SR - Hays