Five local preps named all-area
Five area athletes have been named to the Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area fall sports teams.
Four Tonganoxie High students received first-team honors, as did one McLouth High standout.
Keaton Schaffer, sr., Tonganoxie
Schaffer was a team leader for the Chieftains during 2009 in more ways than one. He stood out for his aggressive and advanced play, led with his attitude and experience and was the anchor of the Tonganoxie defense, which helped the Chieftains compete with just about every team they faced this season.
Jeremy Carlisle, jr., Tonganoxie
At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Carlisle was hardly the prototypical size for a quarterback this fall. It didn’t matter. He finished the season with 1,105 yards and 16 TDs on the ground and added 586 yards and 7 more TDs through the air in leading the Chieftains to 40 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards of total offense. The junior burner also won the “Iron Chief” award in the summer.
Abby Eisman, sr., Tonganoxie
Despite standing just 5-foot-7, Eisman delivered in a major way for THS. She finished ’09 with 229 kills and 200 digs and added 33 blocks and 37 aces to her two most dominant categories. She was an all-tournament selection at the Rossville Invitational and was named first-team all-Kaw Valley League. She also earned a spot on the Mo-Kan All Star Match’s Kansas squad.
Molly O’Hagan, jr., Tonganoxie
The 6-foot junior was a monster at the net all season for the Chieftains. O’Hagan finished with 344 kills, 142 blocks and proved to be a valuable asset on defense, finishing with 220 digs and 34 aces. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the Rossville and Tonganoxie invitationals and was named first-team all-Kaw Valley League.
Kylie Shufflebarger, sr., McLouth
In leading McLouth to just its second winning season in more than 20 years, Shufflebarger once again was sensational as a senior. The 5-10 middle hitter finished the season with 514 kills, an improvement on the 439 she had her junior season. She also added 165 digs, 53 solo blocks, 61 aces and finished with a serving percentage of 91 percent. Shufflebarger also was the 2008 All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year.
Eight other local athletes received honorable mention on the all-area squads: Marcus Titterington and Jake Willis, THS boys soccer; Andie Jeannin, THS cross country; Jeremie Maus and Dane Gonser, THS football; and Shane Cassatt, Alex Courtney and EJ Field, MHS football.