By BRETT MARSHALL
Three Scott City High football players — quarterback/safety Dillon Stucky, wide receiver/defensive back Alex Swan and tight end/defensive end Jorden Funk — have all signed letters-of-intent to play in the fall for Ottawa University, a member of the 10-school Kansas College Athletic Conference.
Swan and Funk were members of the Garden City Telegram All-Area football team, leading the Beavers to the Class 3A quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season before falling 19-17 to eventual state champion Wichita Collegiate. Stucky, who quarterbacked the Beavers to the quarterfinals as a junior, missed his entire 2010 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee the week before the regular season started.
On a team that prided itself with balance in 2009, Swan (6-foot, 170 pounds) utilized his multiple skills. He was the team's leading rusher with 753 on just 99 carries (7.5 average) and scored 13 touchdowns. He was second in receiving with 21 receptions for 344 yards (16.3 average) and caught four touchdowns. In limited duty on special teams, Swan averaged 15.8 yards on kickoff returns and 17 yards on punt returns.
"Overall, I thought it was a pretty good season," Swan said in November. "I felt stronger, faster and had another year of experience. I was able to play with more confidence."
On the defensive side, Swan had 21 solo tackles and eight assists. In his final game, he had two interceptions against Collegiate.
The Ottawa staff projects Swan to play receiver as they utilize a spread offensive formation.
Funk (6-4, 215) averaged 17.4 yards per catch and he caught three touchdowns. On the defensive side, he had 31 solo tackles and 32 assists.
"I like getting the sacks, but I also like getting the touchdowns," Funk said. "It all evens out."
During his junior season, Stucky threw for almost 1,000 yards and also played defensive back. He will likely compete for playing time at both cornerback and safety for the Braves, who went 11-1 last season and won the KCAC.
Area Notes: Greeley County High School girls basketball coach, Tom Farmer, who led the Lady Jackrabbits to a 19-6 record and to the Class 1A state tournament in Hays announced he will retire.
Farmer, a Tribune native, accepted the position following the retirement a year ago of 15-year coach Stan Shafer.
"I took this to help out the school and my community," Farmer said. "When we moved back here a few years ago, we really came back to retire and enjoy our family and friends."
Farmer had served as an assistant football coach for two years before stepping down two years ago.
"I enjoyed the coaching, enjoyed the girls we had because they were a great group," Farmer said. "It's a long season. We've got kids, grandkids that we want to visit and spend time with and we've got other family who need our assistance and I want time to be able to do that. It's just the right thing to do."
Before returning to Tribune, Farmer spent a number of years coaching in the Las Vegas, Nev. school district. In 1972, the first year for girls sports in Kansas, Farmer took the Manhattan High School girls basketball team to the state tournament.
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Kelli Crittenden, a 5-6 point guard from Greeley County, has signed to play with Colby Community College next year.
A second-team Telegram All-Area selection, Crittenden averaged more than 13 points a game for the Jackrabbits in leading them to an appearance in the Class 1A state tournament in Hays.
"I really liked the fact they have a physical therapy assistant's program," Crittenden said. "Their basketball program has been a little shaky, but I think they have a chance to improve."