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2023 Sports in Kansas Football Player of the Year Finalists Announced

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Omari Elias of Kapaun (5A) had 3,100 yards rushing in 2023 for the 5A runner-up. Photo: John Biehler Jr. for Sports in Kansas

Sports in Kansas has released its annual list of finalists for player of the year in the state of Kansas for every classification, offense and defense. Voting Process: The list is decided upon by a statewide media panel in Kansas in all areas of the state who receive a ballot and vote, the votes are then counted by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas. Winners will be announced on the weekend of the December 2nd and 3rd. All-State teams, players of the year, coaches of the year will also be announced that same weekend. Congrats to all of the players who made our list. Players on this list are eligible for a Classification Player of the Year Finalist patch, to order that patch contact Chet Kuplen at [email protected] and we will send you an order form. Be on the lookout for all-state teams over the weekend and updated statistical leaders next week.

Sports in Kansas Football Player of the Year Finalists

Sports in Kansas 6A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Bryce Noernberg, Olathe South Sr. QB

Bravin Powell, Gardner Edgerton, Jr. QB

Branton DeWeese, Washburn Rural, Sr. QB

Braxton Clark, Derby, Sr. QB

T.J. Porter, Olathe North, Sr. RB

Gavin Hoffman, BV Northwest, Sr. TE

Braden Hales, Olathe North, Sr. OL

Rayvelle Leak, Wichita East, Sr. RB

DaeOnte Mitchell, Wichita East, Sr. QB

Wesley Edison, Free State, Sr. QB

Da’Saahn Brame, Derby, Jr. TE

Sports in Kansas 6A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Mark Debiak, Gardner Edgerton, Sr. DE

Brett Carroll, Olathe East, Sr. DL.

J.C. Heim, Washburn Rural, Sr. LB

Michael Boganowski, Junction City, Sr. LB

Trey Ridley, Blue Valley Northwest, Sr. DB

Kaleb Dewey, Gardner Edgerton, Jr. LB

Jaren Heim, Washburn Rural, Sr. LB

Max Stanard, Manhattan, Sr. SS/FS

Mason Hopper, Derby, Sr. DE

Maguire Richman, Blue Valley, Jr. ATH

Dawson Merritt, Blue Valley, Jr. LB/DE

Britton Pascual, Derby, Sr. LB

Sports in Kansas 4A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Dylan Dunn, Blue Valley Southwest, Sr. QB

Omari Elias, Kapaun, Sr. RB

Gus Hawkins, Mill Valley, Sr. OL

Max Huston, Seaman, Jr. QB

Derek Morgan, Eisenhower, Jr. QB

Brooks Kappelman, Liberal, Sr. QB

Zayden Martinez, Liberal, Sr. WR

Alex Parks, Blue Valley Southwest, Sr. WR

Colton McKanna, Spring Hill, Sr. RB

Malik Bah, Hays, Sr. RB

Lucas Dickman, Eisenhower, Sr. RB

Tate McNew, Maize South, Jr. QB

Sammy Dresie, Maize South, Sr. WR

Tristan Baker, Mill Valley, Sr. RB

Callen Barta, Seaman, Sr. WR

-more finalists in 5A due to several tying

Sports in Kansas 5A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Jayden Woods, Mill Valley, Jr. DE

Callen Barta, Seaman, Sr. DB

Hudson Cahill, Kapaun, Sr. LB

Trey Thomas, Blue Valley Southwest, Sr. DB

Lucianno Riggi, Lansing, Sr. LB

Charlie Woleben, De Soto, Jr. DL

Dalton Meyers, Hays, Jr. LB

Sports in Kansas 4A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Declan Battle, Louisburg, Sr. QB

Kaleb Scott, Basehor Linwood, Sr. WR

Jeremy Schelicher, Bishop Miege, Sr. OL

Colton Brusven, Tonganoxie, Sr. RB

Jace Adler, Andover Central, Jr. WR

Trevor McGraw, Tonganoxie, Sr. QB

Aaron Tunstall, Coffeyville, Jr. RB

Dusty Bannister, Wellington, Jr. QB

Trey Carter, Atchison, Sr. QB

Stocton Timbrook, Abilene, Sr. QB

Sports in Kansas 4A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Kian Payne, Aquinas, Sr. DL

Teagan Haines, McPherson, Sr. LB

Justyce Betts, Bishop Miege, Sr. LB

Drew Pettay, Wamego, Sr. DB

Ashton Moore, Louisburg, Jr. LB

Cole Rickard, El Dorado, Sr. LB

Dillon Marshall, Aquinas, Sr. DB

Spencer Dohm, St. James, Sr. LB

Aaron Henson, Piper, Sr. LB

Kyle Newsom, Andover Central, Sr. DL

Cannon McCormack, Circle, Sr. LB

Sports in Kansas 3A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Hudson Ferralez, Collegiate, Sr. QB

Willie Dorsey, Wellsville, Sr. QB

Collin McDaniel, Scott City, Sr. RB

Donald Collier, Wichita Trinity, Sr. WR

Jack Voth, Cheney, Sr. WR/ATH

Josh Burdick, Cheney, Sr. QB

Finn Dunshee, Hayden, Sr. RB

Jhamarion Washington, Parsons, Sr. RB

Owen Eck, Andale, Sr. RB

Sports in Kansas 3A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Cade Brown, Parsons, Sr. LB

Dalton Rousch, Holton, Sr. DL

Brody Hayes, Clay Center, Sr. LB

Colter McDaniel, Cheney, Sr. DB

Tristan Sprole, Collegiate, Jr. DL

Karson Butts, Andale, Sr. LB

Kooper Tichenor, Holcomb, Sr. DL

Carter Charvat, Hayden, Sr. DE/LB

Kason Messenger, Cheney, Sr. DE

Jude Konrade, Hayden, Sr. LB

Sports in Kansas 2A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Tony Moore, Hoisington, Sr. QB

Daniek Kejr, SE Saline, Sr. QB

Caiden Hoffman, Hoisington, Sr. OL

Kacen Parsons, Osage City, Soph. QB

Gage Lee, Garden Plain, Sr. RB

Blake Ellis, Humboldt, Jr. QB

Carter Hajek, Nemaha Central, Soph. RB

Holden Bass, Nemaha Central, Sr. OL

Tanner Martin, Silver Lake, Sr. QB

Eli Jones, Norton, Jr. QB

Sports in Kansas 2A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Roman Hauser, Norton, Sr. DE

Holden Bass, Nemaha Central, Sr. DL

Loden West, Ellsworth, Sr. LB

Tristen Davidson, Kingman, Sr. DL

Abram Keim, Nemaha Central, Jr. LB

Christian McAfee, Sabetha, Sr DE/LB

Jason Robinson, Hoisington, Jr. DB

Holden Ziegler, Council Grove, Jr. DL

Sports in Kansas 1A Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Corey Crumrine, Sedgwick, Jr. QB

Keveon Ruiz, Medicine Lodge, Sr. QB

Luke Franklin, Smith Center, Sr. RB

Carson Spoonts, Valley Heights, Sr. QB

Cooper Simmons, Colgan, Sr. RB

Jack Lanning, Marion, Sr. QB

Grady Noll, Jefferson County North, Sr. QB

Tucker Harrell, Colgan, Sr. QB

Zane Farney, Sterling, Soph. RB

Brayden Kunz, Conway Springs, Sr. RB

Sports in Kansas 1A Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Jade Tenry, Colgan, Sr. DL

Atticus Martin, St. Marys, Sr. DL

Trevor Schafers, Marion, Sr. LB

R.B. Tweed, Jefferson County North, Sr. DL

Eli Franklin, Smith Center, Sr. LB

Brayden Kunz, Conway Springs, Sr. LB

Braden Young, NE-Arma, Sr. LB

Connor Keirns, Jefferson County North, Sr. DB

Harlem Miller, Medicine Lodge, Sr. DL

Sports in Kansas 8M-I Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Wyatt Gardner, Leoti-Wichita Co., Sr. QB

Tanner Heckel, Lyndon, Sr. QB

Jase Pavlik, Cair Paravel, Sr. QB

Brock Griffin, Chase County, Sr. RB

Duncan Bell, Hoxie, Sr. QB

Khris Hermosillo, Leoti-Wichita Co., Jr. RB

Ryan Sramek, Rawlins County, Sr.

Jsesiah Bonura, Cair Paravel, Sr. RB

Marshall Johnson, Ell-Saline, Sr. QB

Creyo Koop, West Elk, Jr. RB

Brock Keith, Meade, Sr. RB

Lane McMannis, Canton Galva, Sr. RB

Kaedin Massey, Lyndon, Sr. OL

Kreighton Kanitz, Moundridge, Sr. RB

Ryder Dent, Ell-Saline, Sr. RB

Jalen Massey, Lyndon, Sr. RB

Andew Smith, Little River, Sr. QB

Trent Long, Clifton-Clyde, Sr. RB

Jace Wunderlich, Central Burden, Sr. QB

Sports in Kansas 8M-I Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Creyo Koop, West Elk, Jr. LB

Casten Wirth, Lyndon, Sr. LB

Micah Caruthers, Chase County, Sr. DE

Ian Brian, Cair Paravel, Sr. LB

Henry Hecox, Moundridge, Jr. LB

Christopher Michel, Wichita County, Sr. DL

Brock Keith, Meade, Sr. LB

Tanner Heckel, Lyndon, Sr. DB

Sports in Kansas 8M-II Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

J.T. Prusa, South Central, Jr. QB

Owen Reece, Hodgeman Co. Sr.

Brandon Schmelze, Axtell, Jr. QB

Mason Baker, Thunder Ridge, Sr. QB

Eli Lang, Minneola, Sr. QB

Wes Anderson, Frankfort Soph. QB

Eli Broxterman, Axtell, Jr. ATH

Caden Morgan, La Crosse, Sr. QB

Sports in Kansas 8M-II Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Jase Rutherford, South Central, Jr.

Gavin Uhl, South Central, Sr.

Eli Broxterman, Axtell, Jr.

Brandon Schmelze, Axtell, Jr.

Zakary Kirkpatrick, St. Paul, Sr.

Seth Schwein, Victoria, Sr.

Kaden Arensman, Kinsley Sr.

Sports in Kansas 6-Man Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

Logan McCarty, Cheylin Sr.

Aiden Hurst, Peabody, Sr.

Landen McPhail, Ashland, Sr.

Ben Mehan, Waverly, Sr.

Jimmy Gardner, Pawnee Heights

Pablo Bermudez, Cheylin Sr.

Jeremiah Hansen, Northern Valley, Sr

Blake Carter, Chetopa Sr.

Sports in Kansas 6-Man Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Logan McCarty, Cheylin

Carter Peters, Tescott

Britt Grigsby, Ashland

Kale Harris, Ashland

Derrick Thomas, Chetopa

Jack Ruckle, Cunningham

Luke McGuire, Cunningham

Brady Ketzner, Cheylin

Pablo Bermudez, Cheylin

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