Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A league of their own

November 30, 2005

Now that the fall sports seasons are complete, Tonganoxie athletes are being recognized for their efforts.

Tonganoxie overall had 20 athletes earn all-Kaw Valley League distinction among four sports.

The Tonganoxie football team, which again this year finished 9-2, had 10 players earn all-league honors. Of those 10 athletes, four earned first-team honors -- Aaron Adcox, Jeff Hughes, Kent Fleming and Brandon Willis.

On Tonganoxie's cross country teams, which both finished second at the KVL meet, six runners earned medals at the league meet. The top 20 runners at the league meet receive medals. The top 10 are named to the first team, while the second 10 earn second-team honors. Matt Brock, Colt Coffin and Colin Perkins were first-team finishers on the boys team, while Christy Weller and Jennifer Wagner were first-team selections for the girls team.

The Chieftain volleyball team completed its season with a 16-18 record and reached the Class 4A substate finals before losing to Eudora.

Ali Pistora and Sami Franiuk were Tonganoxie's all-league volleyball selections.

And in soccer, the Chieftains finished the season at 5-12.

Like volleyball, the soccer team had two players named to the all-league squad. Derek O'Brien was a second-team selection, while Micah Titterington earned honorable mention honors.

Here is a closer look, in alphabetical order, at each of this year's all-Kaw Valley League selections:

AARON ADCOX

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: First-team defense as a middle linebacker; first-team offense as a left tackle.

Previous honors: All-league honorable mention offense as a left tackle in 2004.

Plans after high school: Play collegiate football. Adcox has a list of schools where he's looking to play: Butler County, Garden City and Coffeyville community colleges, Washburn, Pittsburg State, Missouri Western, Missouri Southern and Mid-America Nazarene.

MATT BROCK

Year in school: Freshman

Sport: Cross country

Selection this fall: First team

Other sport(s) involved in: Wrestling, track

COLT COFFIN

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Cross country

Selection this fall: First team

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

JOHN DAVIS

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Cross country

Selection this fall: Second team

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

Plans after high school: Attend college

KENT FLEMING

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: First-team defense as a lineman.

Previous honors: In 2004 -- first-team all-KVL, honorable mention all-area and honorable mention all-Class 4A as a defensive lineman; in 2003 -- honorable mention all-KVL as a defensive lineman.

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

Plans after high school: Earn an athletic scholarship and play football in college. Fleming has many schools showing interest in him, including Central Missouri, Pittsburg State, Nebraska-Omaha and Tennessee State.

SAMI FRANIUK

Year in school: Sophomore

Sport: Volleyball

Selection this fall: Honorable mention

Previous honors: All-tournament team for the Tonganoxie Invitational this fall.

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

Plans after high school: Play collegiate volleyball. Franiuk would like to play at Washburn.

JEFF FRANK

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: Honorable mention offense as a lineman.

Other sport(s) involved in: Wrestling, track

Plans after high school: Attend college and play football. Frank hopes to choose among Kansas Wesleyan, Washburn, Missouri Southern or Mid-America Nazarene. He also is looking at the community college ranks with Coffeyville, Butler County and Garden City.

PHIL GEORGE

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: Second-team offense as a lineman.

Previous honors: Honorable mention offense as a lineman in 2004.

Other sport(s) involved in: Baseball

Plans after high school: Attend Johnson County Community College.

JEFF HUGHES

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: First-team special teams as a punter, honorable mention offense as a quarterback and honorable mention defense as a cornerback.

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball and track

Plans after high school: Attend college and play football as a place-kicker/punter. Hughes is looking to play at Kansas State or McPherson College.

SETH LLOYD

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: Honorable mention defense as a defensive end.

Plans after high school: Lloyd is considering attending Texas Tech.

TYLER MILES

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: Honorable mention offense as a split end.

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball

Plans after high school: Miles wants to attend Kansas State.

BRYAN MORRIS

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: Second-team defense as a lineman.

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball, track

Plans after high school: Play football in college and major in architecture. Morris has a list of schools where he would like to play -- Pittsburg State, Missouri State, Butler County Community College, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Missouri.

DEREK O'BRIEN
Year in school: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Selection this fall: Second-team all-league on offense.

Previous honors: O'Brien also was named to the all-area soccer team this fall.

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

Plans after high school: More school

COLIN PERKINS

Year in school: Sophomore

Sport: Cross country

Selection this fall: First team

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball, track

Plans after high school: Attend college and run track, possibly at Kansas or Missouri.

ALI PISTORA

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Volleyball

Selection this fall: First team

Previous honors: In 2005 -- All-tournament team, Rossville and Tonganoxie invitationals and honorable mention all-state; 2004 -- all-area Lawrence Journal-World selection.

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball and track

Plans after high school: Attend college. Pistora hopes to earn an academic scholarship.

DAVID POWELL

Year in school: Freshman

Sport: Cross country

Selection this fall: Second team

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

Plans after high school: Run cross country at Kansas.

MICAH TITTERINGTON

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Selection this fall: Honorable mention

Other sport(s) involved in: Track

Plans after high school: Attend college. Titterington is looking to play soccer at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., or Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.

DANIEL VOLK

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: Honorable mention as a defensive back.

Other sport(s) involved in: Baseball and football

Plans after high school: Volk would like to play baseball at Nebraska.

JENNIFER WAGNER

Year in school: Junior

Sport: Cross country

Selection this fall: First team

Previous honors: Wagner competed at the state track meet in the spring. She participated in the pole vault and hurdles in Wichita.

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball and track

CHRISTY WELLER

Year in school: Sophomore

Sport: Soccer

Selection this fall: First team

Other sport(s) involved in: Basketball, track

Plans after high school: Attend Johnson County Community College

BRANDON WILLIS

Year in school: Senior

Sport: Football

Selection this fall: First-team defense as a defensive back and honorable mention offense as a running back.

Plans after high school: Undecided

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