Fall sports All-Area: XC runners pace 2012 honorees.
XC runners pace 2012 honorees.
By The Telegram
Fall's finest brings together the cream of the crop for athletes who compete in cross country, boys soccer, girls tennis and girls golf.
Once again, the selection process remains challenging.
Of the 11 athletes selected, each of them had an individual top 10 finish at a state competition where individual results are compiled while the two Garden City boys soccer players helped the Buffs to one of the best records in school history.
Erik Barragan, Garden City
It would seem unlikely that a team dominated by seniors would look to a sophomore for much of its scoring punch, but that's exactly what Barragan brought to the 2012 edition of the Buffs' soccer team.
All the forward did was lead the team in scoring with 19 goals and added 8 assists, second best on the team. With his contribution, the Buffs posted a 15-3 won-loss record and won the WAC championship. They reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs, before losing in double overtime to Derby. He scored all three goals.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Three goals in the regional championship and all-state honorable mention.
Favorite athletes: Leo Messi and Neymar.
Favorite food: Italian.
Favorite class in school: Intro to manufacturing.
Person I most admire: My dad.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Leo Messi.
Favorite pasttime: Winning state this summer with my traveling team.
College plans: Undecided.
Area of intended study: Architect.
Branscum topped off her stellar season with a sixth-place finish at the 4A state meet in Wamego, where she clocked a time of 15:52.6 over the 4-kilometer layout.
The junior helped her team qualify for state, where the Lady Tigers placed 10th.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Finishing second at class 4A regional cross country meet.
Favorite athlete: Candace Parker.
Favorite food: Pasta, except spaghetti.
Favorite classes: Math/accounting.
Person I most admire: My parents and coach Perez.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Pat Summitt or John Wooden.
Favorite pasttime: Spending time with family and friends, and sleeping.
Campbell had her best season of her outstanding four-year prep career at GCHS.
She capped off her final year with a gutsy round of 78 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita to claim third place at the 6A state.
Campbell was runner-up in the WAC individual standings after winning two of the five events.
Her 18-hole average of just over 79 strokes was the best of her four-year career.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Chipping in on the first hole at state and placing third with all of my friends and family there to support me.
Favorite athletes: Rory McIlory and Paula Creamer.
Favorite food: Spaghetti.
Favorite class: Psychology.
Person I most admire: My parents.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Bradley Cooper.
Favorite pasttime: Having fun with friends and hanging out with my family.
College plans: Attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Area of intended study: Nursing.
After a slow start to her senior season, Koops came on strong by winning four tournaments in the final month, including the Class 4A regional at Larned.
She shot a solid round of 85 to finish seventh individually at the 4A state meet on the Hesston Golf Course.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Shooting 78 (personal record) at home golf invitational.
Favorite athlete: Rory McIlory.
Favorite food: Rocky Road ice cream.
Favorite classes: AP Biology and Art.
Person I most admire: Condoleezza Rice
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: The late Neil Armstrong.
Favorite pasttime: Climbing and backpacking.
College plans: Attend the Colorado School of Mines.
Area of intended study: Materials engineering.
His fifth place finish in the Class 3A cross country meet at Rim Rock proved to be his fastest time as a prep runner (16:39.0). His performance helped lift the Beavers to a runner-up finish in Class 3A.
He was third in the regional meet at Cimarron, took fifth in the tough Great West Activities Conference meet, and had four other top 5 finishes
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: State, when I ran my personal record for my whole career and helped my team win a state runner-up trophy.
Favorite athlete: Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat.
Favorite food: Chicken alfredo.
Favorite class: Math.
Person I most admire: My mother, Margie Meyer.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Usain Bolt.
Favorite pasttime: Doing basketball, track, and playing video games or hanging out with my girlfriend Madison Rogers.
College plans: Possibly attend Colby Community College or Fort Hays State University so far.
Area of intended study: Undecided.
The forward/midfielder was second to Barragan in goals scored with 13 and topped the team chart on assists with nine.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning the WAC title and beating top team Manhattan in the last minute.
Favorite athlete: Neymar.
Favorite food: My mom's enchiladas.
Favorite class: Broadcasting.
Person I most admire: My dad and my mom.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: My grandpa.
Favorite pasttime: Play soccer and hang out with my friends.
College plans: Undecided.
Area of intended study: Physical therapy.
Shaddix established herself as one of the top prep golfers in Kansas during her junior campaign.
Averaging just over 76 strokes per 18-hole round, Shaddix tied the all-time lowest 18-hole round in Kansas girls high school history when she shot a 66 at Sim Park Golf Course in Wichita.
Shaddix won the WAC player of the year after having captured three of the five WAC tourneys.
She posted wins in six tournaments while having three other top 10 finishes. She was sixth at the state 6A tournament in Wichita.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Shooting 66 at Sim Park Golf Course in Wichita, then shooting 69 at Carey Park in Hutchinson on consecutive days.
Favorite athlete: Michael Phelps.
Favorite food: Olive Garden breadsticks.
Favorite class: English.
Person I most admire: My mom and dad, Wasinger family, and coach Tim Mahoney.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Bill Self.
Favorite pasttime: Playing golf and watching the Jayhawks.
Competing in one of the toughest mid-sized leagues (Great West Activities Conference) and in one of the toughest classes (4A), Weaver compiled a strong senior season, capped off by his fourth-place finish at the state meet in Wamego. His 16:09 time for the 5-kilometer race was his best of the season.
He garnered first-place finishes at Meade, Hugoton, Stanton County, Lakin, GWAC at Colby while taking third at the Buhler regional.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning my league meet by a minute.
Favorite athletes: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.
Favorite foods: Pizza and tortas.
Favorite class: Government.
Person I most admire: My uncle, Kevin Kennedy.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Chris Hemsworth.
Favorite pasttime: Playing tennis.
College plans: Attend Stanford University.
Area of Intended study: Economics and physics.
During his senior campaign, Wineinger had four individual firsts, a pair of runner-up finishes and two thirds. His lowest finish was sixth at Lakin against runners from Classes 2-3-4A schools. His time of 17:00 at the state meet was his fastest time of the season.
Wineinger was a member of three state championship teams and one state runner-up squad during his career.
Most Memorable moment of 2012 season: Leading the team to a state championship, third place at the state meet, and breaking the school record in the process.
Favorite athlete: The late Steve Prefontaine.
Favorite food: Subway chicken bacon ranch.
Favorite class: Human anatomy and physiology.
Person I most admire: Kyler Wineinger.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Jesus Christ.
Favorite pasttime: Winning state in cross country back-to-back freshman and sophomore year, and winning state in basketball sophomore year.
College plans: Undecided.
Area of intended study: Biology.
During her sophomore season, Yanez posted three individual championships, including regionals and had six other top five finishes. Her fifth-place finish at state was the lowest finish of the year. She clocked a 16:34 at Wamego on one of the toughest courses of the year, giving her the fourth best time for her season.
Yanez was part of the 2011 state runner-up team.
Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning state cross country and being a part of such a great team.
Favorite athlete: Olympic runner Tirunesh Dibaba.
Favorite food: Chinese.
Favorite class: Math.
Person I most admire: Tirunesh Dibaba.
If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Tirunesh Dibaba.
Favorite pasttime: Reading when I'm not running.