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

First-Team Offense

*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

First-Team Defense

*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

Second-Team Offense

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

Second-Team Defense

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