Tonganoxie, McLouth athletes named to all-area teams
James Hartshorn took first in the Kaw Valley League, third at regionals and sixth at the state wrestling tournament.
On Thursday, the Chieftain senior was named to the all-area team by the Lawrence Journal-World.
"I was surprised because Paxton took second at state," Hartshorn said about the Eudora wrestler.
Both wrestlers were in the 215-pound class and both made the all-area team. Paxton, a senior, finished 34-6 with his silver medal at state. Hartshorn finished sixth in his second state appearance and ended the year with a 33-9 mark.
Santa Fe Trail dominated the all-area team with five selections and coach of the year Regan Erickson. The Chargers won their sixth consecutive Kaw Valley League title, took first in their regional and qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament, the most in Erickson's six years at Trail.
Sophomores Max Connelly, Travis Eden, Chad Schmale and Justin Wiscombe made the all-area team, as did freshman Lorenzo Mundy.
Baldwin's Kyle Flory made the Journal-World team after winning the Class 4A title in the 171-pound division. A selection last year as well, Flory finished the season 40-6 as a junior. Baldwin had another selection in Derek Lang, who took fourth at regionals and finished the season 34-14.
De Soto's Neil Erisman and Mill Valley's Eric Pingleton went undefeated before losing in the state finals of their respective divisions. Erisman, a freshman, was 33-1, while Pingleton finished the season 40-1.
Wellsville finished out the all-area team. Senior Chris Caruthers, the Frontier League runner-up in the 125-pound division was 31-6 for the Eagles. He finished Class 3-2-1A with a fourth-place finish. Kyle Patton, a four-time Frontier League champ, took third this year at state, but has two state titles under his belt in the 119-pound division. He finished the season 35-2 and posted a 117-16 record during his high school year.
For Hartshorn, the selection was a welcomed honor in his second-favorite sport.
Football, however, is the senior's top sport. He will sign a letter of intent in that sport with Kansas Wesleyan at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Tonganoxie High School library.
All-area basketball team
McLouth and Tonganoxie landed players on both boys and girls squads for the Lawrence Journal-World all-area team.
McLouth's Isaac Gardner and Courtney Edmonds made their respective second teams, while Tonganoxie senior Jacob Walker and THS sophomore Addie Heim were third-team selections.
Making first team all-area for the boys were Lee Baldwin, jr., Ottawa; Andy Hannon, jr. Baldwin; Kyle Kelsay, sr., Oskaloosa; Kaleb Niedens, sr., Eudora; and Ross Thompson, sr. Ottawa.
First-team girls selections were: Emily Brown, jr., Baldwin; Liz Burks, sr., Ottawa; Lauren Kraci, jr., Eudora; Anna Skaggs, sr., Baldwin; and Shannon Wilson, sr., Perry-Lecompton.
Along with Gardner, four other players made second team: Cameron Babb, sr. Santa Fe Trail, Spencer Kennedy, jr., Perry-Lecompton; Andrew Maxwell, jr., Ottawa.; and David Woods, sr., Mill Valley.
For the second-team girls squad, Edmonds joined Melissa Ball, jr. Santa Fe Trail; Kari Garrison, jr., Baldwin; Jenny Heck, sr., Ottawa; and Allie Heinen, jr., De Soto.
For third-team selections, Walker was named along with: Danny Brown, so., De Soto; Tyhler Cleveland, jr., Eudora; Travis Newell, sr., Oskaloosa; and Brandon Smith, jr. Mill Valley.
Heim was part of a young third-team all-area squad, as three selections were underclassmen. Joining Heim were: Julie Beck, jr., De Soto; Kendra Cordley, so., Mill Valley; Michelle Deluna, fr., Eudora; and Kayla Pringle, sr., Baldwin.