/ June 14, 2019 By Kasey McDowell


The Topeka Capital-Journal hosted the Best Of Kansas Preps banquet last night in Topeka. The Best of Kansas Preps awards banquet is the Capital-Journal's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions. Sponsored by Envista Credit Union and the University of Kansas Health System, the event honors the top performers in 22 sports. Awards were presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. The special guest speaker was Jordy Nelson, former Kansas State University All American and NFL Pro-Bowler receiver.

Drew Ellis was selected to the Football Best of Kansas Preps Team. Drew finished the season with 40 receptions, 815 yards, and 9 TDs. He finished with 18 tackles, 8 pass break-ups, and 4 interceptions with 141 int return yards. Ellis holds the school record for longest pass TD reception (91 yards) in a season, career receiving yards in regular season games (1571), and career TD receptions in regular season games (19). As a wide receiver this year, Drew earned All League - 1st Team, All Class 4A (KS Coaches Assn.), All Class 4A - Hon Mention (W. Eagle), and kansas-sports.com Top 100 Seniors. For defensive back, Drew earned All League - 1st Team, All Class 4A - 1st Team (TCJ), and All State 4A (Kpreps.com). Ellis was also a nominee for the 2019 KS Shrine Bowl All Star Team. Drew signed to play college football at Sterling College next year. Drew is a member of the Mulvane High School Wall of Fame.

Addyson Schiffelbein was selected to the Women's Bowling Best of Kansas Preps Team. Addy finished the season with a 601 series average and her best individual game was a 246. She earned 1st Team All League in the AVCTL league tournament, finished in 3rd place at the regional tournament and qualified for state, and finished in 3rd place in the 5-1A State Tournament earning a state medal. Addy was selected to the 4-1A All-Kansas Team by the KS Coaches Association. Schiffelbein was also the 5-1A State Champion in her sophomore season (2016-17).  Addy signed to bowl for the Newman Jets next year. Addy is a member of the Mulvane High School Wall of Fame.

WOMEN'S BOWLING BEST OF KS PREPS

  • Savannah Adams - Junction City HS
  • Victoria Alvarez - Wichita Northwest HS
  • Kaylee Back - Bishop Carroll HS
  • Jadyn Barr - Andover Central HS
  • Abigayle Berner - Piper HS
  • Cayla Bortz - Shawnee Heights HS
  • Lauren Buchanan - Washburn Rural HS
  • Taylor Cessna - Campus HS
  • Brianna Evans - Seaman HS
  • Kaitlyn Evans - Seaman HS
  • Taylor Lang - Hutchinson HS
  • Karly Larson - Garden City HS
  • Dakota Lennen - Campus HS
  • Alexis Leon - Garden City HS
  • Madison Liby - Shawnee Heights HS
  • Lauren Lust - Salina South HS
  • Jaiden Montandon - Buhler HS
  • Alex Newell - Manhattan HS
  • Piper Reams - Campus HS
  • Addyson Schiffelbein - Mulvane HS
  • Emily Stamper - Olathe North HS
  • Ryleigh Whitehurst - Garden City HS

FOOTBALL BEST OF KS PREPS
  • Daniel Becker - Conway Springs HS
  • Carter Bruna - Hanover HS
  • Cameron Burt - Blue Valley North HS
  • Jerek Butcher - Pittsburg HS
  • Ian Carpenter - Andover Central HS
  • Josh Carter - Wichita Northwest HS
  • Turner Corcoran - Free State HS
  • Clay Cundiff - Bishop Carroll HS
  • Nick Davenport - Ell-Saline HS
  • Javier Derritt - St. Thomas Aquinas HS
  • Jax Dineen - Free State HS
  • Dylan Downing - Bishop Miege HS
  • Drew Ellis - Mulvane HS
  • Mason Fairchild - Andale HS
  • Jay Fisher - Derby HS
  • Jace Friesen - Basehor-Linwood HS
  • Keenan Garber - Free State HS
  • Landon Gegen - Cheney HS
  • Kam’ron Gonzalez - Goddard HS
  • Daegan Goodner - Humboldt HS
  • Mason Griffin - Silver Lake HS
  • Caleb Grill - Maize HS
  • Gage Gulley - Gardner-Edgerton HS
  • Stuart Habbert - Eisenhower HS
  • Breece Hall - Wichita Northwest HS
  • Kaleb Hammeke - Hutchinson Trinity HS
  • Wyatt Hayes - Scott City HS
  • David Hernandez - Manhattan HS
  • Quinton Hicks - Campus HS
  • Marcus Hicks - Wichita Northwest HS
  • Austin Hobelmann - Smith Center HS
  • Gabe Hoover - Mcpherson HS
  • Jon Hunnacutt - Phillipsburg HS
  • Hunter Igo - Derby HS
  • Reagan Jones - Wichita Northwest HS
  • Isaac Keener - Derby HS
  • Dalton Kellum - Perry-Lecompton HS
  • Brett Liebl - Central Plains HS
  • Khalil Lisbon - Mcpherson HS
  • Myles Livingston - Emporia HS
  • Kevontae Mcdonald - Manhattan HS
  • Graham Mertz - Blue Valley North HS Poy
  • Joe Michalski - St. Thomas Aquinas HS
  • Dalton Miller - Great Bend HS
  • Isaac Mitchell - Salina South HS
  • Austin Moore - Louisburg HS
  • Wyatt Pedigo - Hoisington HS
  • Taylor Poitier - Bishop Miege HS
  • Cole Sample - Tonganoxie HS
  • Daymonn Sanchez - Olathe North HS
  • Jordan Schippers - Colby HS
  • Jc Shelton - Galena HS
  • Chase Shryock - Mill Valley HS
  • Trey Sides - Phillipsburg HS
  • Pj Spencer - Shawnee Mission East HS
  • Jack Stallard - Blue Valley North HS
  • Noah Stanton - Maize HS
  • Elliott Strahm - Sabetha HS
  • Travis Theis - Pratt HS
  • Ky Thomas - Topeka HS
  • Scott Valentas - Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS
  • Derek Vandorn - Centralia HS
  • Mikey Waggoner - Riley County HS
  • Ethan Wampler - Smoky Valley HS
  • Tre Washington - Derby HS
  • Lane Whisennand - Elkhart HS
  • Dylan White - Pittsburg HS
  • Tank Young - St. Thomas Aquinas HS