Here are the top performers of the week in the Reno County area after week 1 of high school football

Billy Watson
The Hutchinson News
Buhler's Dalin Coffey (33) celebrates Sam Elliott's (20) touchdown during their win against Goddard 42-14  Friday night in Buhler.

After a busy first weekend of high school football, all high school fall sports are underway. 

On a weekly basis, The Hutchinson News sports department will take nominees for all and conduct research for its top performers list, which will be released every Monday. This list is for all fall sports in the Reno County area.

Here is the first week of top performers. The list is in no particular order:

Sam Elliott, running back, Buhler

Buhler's star running back Sam Elliott ran for over 250 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns in the Crusaders' opening week win over Goddard 42-14.

Hutchinson Salthawks defense

Hutchinson Salthawks defense only allowed 39 net total yards against Valley Center in Friday's 34-6 win, including outscoring the Hornets 27-0 in the second half.

Maliyah Johnson, outside hitter, Hutchinson

Hutchinson volleyball outside hitter Maliyah Johnson is hitting an unreal percentage with a .500 hitting percentage along with 67 kills in seven games played.

Hutchinson junior Maliyah Johnson attacks and spikes the ball during the AVCTL preseason tournament Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at the Salthawk Activity Center at Hutchinson High School.

More:Final scores from this week's high school football schedule for Reno County-area teams

Noah Khokhar, quarterback, Hutchinson

Hutchinson junior quarterback Noah Khokhar rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns in Hutchinson's 34-6 home-opening win over Valley Center. 

Zach Hogan, running back, Hutchinson

Hutchinson senior running back Zach Hogan ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns in Hutchinson's 34-6 win over Valley Center.

Brayden Schilling, receiver/linebacker, Hesston

Hesston senior receiver and linebacker Brayden Schilling had an impressing opening game in the Swathers' 45-8 win over the Haven Wildcats. Schilling had two catches for 44 yards and one touchdown while also gathering 4.5 tackles (three solo, three assisted, one sack, 1.5 tackle-for-loss) and one interception. 

Bradley Neill, quarterback, Buhler

Buhler quarterback Bradley Neill was near-perfect on the few passes he threw on Saturday. Neill was five for six for 83 yards and two touchdowns, including a dime of a throw for a 46-yard touchdown to Sam Elliott

More:PHOTOS: Buhler defeats Goddard in home opener

Buhler boys cross country go 2-3-4

  • Buhler senior Tanner Lindahl finished second at Great Bend/Hoisington Invitational cross country meet.

  • Buhler sophomore Kaden Lohrentz finished third Great Bend/Hoisington Invitational cross country meet.

  • Buhler senior Hayden Keller finished fourth at Great Bend/Hoisington Invitational cross country meet.

Lauren Penner, cross country, Trinity Catholic

Trinity Catholic senior Lauren Penner finished second place and wrote a new personal record at TMP Invitational cross country meet last Saturday. 

Hutchinson's Rachel Tomac

Sophomore Rachel Tomac is making the most of her youth and size at the net. So far, Tomac leads the Salthawks in blocks with 15. She also has 35 kills.

Trinity Catholic boys cross country

Trinity Catholic boys cross country team took home its first meet title at the TMP Invitational last Saturday.

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Gauge Stauffer, defense, Pretty Prairie

Pretty Prairie's Gauge Stauffer led Bulldogs defense in a defensive "dog"-fight in 8-man rivalry-game win over Central Christian, which included a stop on the potential game-tying two-point conversion in the final minutes of the game. Pretty Prairie got their first win of the year for first-year head coach Matt Goering 16-14.

Ava Jones, outside hitter, Nickerson

Nickerson junior Ava Jones led the Nickerson Panthers over ranked-Cheney in head coach Payton Scheer's return to her alma mater, including a spirt with three kills and a monster block to rally and tie the game midway through the second set. The Panthers swept the Cardinals and Wichita Independent.

Hutchinson junior Mya Thompson spikes the ball during the AVCTL preseason tournament Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at the Salthawk Activity Center at Hutchinson High School.

Hutchinson's Mya Thompson

Mya Thompson has had a superb start to the year beginning with the AVCTL preseason tournament. This season so far, Thompson is second on the team in kills and attempts. She had 44 kills with a .245 hitting percentage.

If you have a nominee for top performers of the week, send your inquiry to, or you can direct message @hutchsports on Twitter or the sports reporter Billy Watson @billywatson4l.