Cooper Griffith, Jr,

Scott City

A first-team all-league linebacker, Cooper Griffith was also a threat on offense.

When he carried the ball, he made it count. Averaging just over nine carries a game, he managed 1206 yards (8.9 per carry) and 18 scores, his longest a 95-yard run against Cimarron.

Three times he ran for more than 100 yards in a game.

He earned the linebacker honors for his 164 tackles (26 of those for loss).

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Favorite Athlete: Bill Romanowski

Favorite Food: Ribeye steak

Favorite Class in School: Weights

Person I Most Admire: Michael Murphy, Navy SEAL

If I Could Meet One Person, It Would Be: Ronald Reagan

Favorite Pastime: Playing football in friends’ backyards

Season Highlights: Winning league; Playing in a state championship; beating Collegiate; getting Mohawks with the team

Honors: 1st-team GWAC linebacker; Honorable Mention GWAC running back; All-area

Josh Irsik, Jr,

Ingalls

Ingalls enjoyed its best season in recent memory, finishing 10-1 and winning its first playoff game in a decade.

One of the keys was all-area player Josh Irsik, a junior speedster at both running back and defensive back.

Built like a sports car at 5-7, 155 pounds, Irsik was the Everyman player.

He rushed for 737 yards (15.4 yards per carry) and scored nine touchdowns.

He also caught for 261 yards and five scores.

He finished with 1506 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns.

On defense, Irsik had 71 tackles, 12 pass breakups and two interceptions.

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Favorite Athlete: Maurice Jones-Drew

Favorite Food: Spaghetti

Favorite Class in School: Weights

Person I Most Admire: My brother, Jordan Irsik

If I Could Meet One Person, It Would Be: Ray Lewis

Favorite Pastime: Lifting weights; eating

Season Highlights: Winning our district and then winning the first playoff game Ingalls has won in a decade; Being dominant this year on the football field

Honors: 1st team SPIAA running back; 2nd team all-league defensive back; all-area Telegram

Jared Koster, Jr.,

Garden City

Koster blossomed in his junior season for the Buffaloes, leading the team in rushing with 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 178 yards and two TDs, showing his versatility. He averaged 5.9 yards per rushing attempt.

“His vision and quickness separate him from most running backs,” head coach Brian Hill said of Koster.

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Most memorable moment of 2014 season: Beating Dodge City and keeping The Hatchet

Favorite Athletes: LaDainian Tomlinson, Derrick Rose

Favorite class in school: Sports officiating

Person I most admire: My grandpa, Frank Petersen

If I could meet one person, it would be: Michael Jordan

Favorite Pastime: Basketball, football, video games

Season Highlights: Rushing for 250 yards against Wichita East; 1st team All-WAC

Wyatt Kropp, Jr,

Scott City

One of the Great West Activities Conference 1st-team players is not huge by most standards.

At 5-9, 165 pounds, Scott City’s Wyatt Kropp is normal-sized, but his stats prove that appearances can be deceiving.

Kropp carried the ball just 139 times but amassed 1,089 yards and 20 touchdowns.

His longest scoring run was 88 yards.

Six times he rushed for more than 100 yards a game.

He also caught 24 passes for 371 yards.

Combined with his punt and kickoff returning, he had 1,917 all-purpose yards, one of his punt returns going for a touchdown. He was also a force on defense with 61 tackles.

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Favorite Athlete: Dan Gable

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Class in School: Biology

Person I Most Admire: Coach Martin Segovia

If I Could Meet One Person, It Would Be: Ronald Reagan

Favorite Pastime: Summers of football with my teammates

Season Highlights: Beating both our rivals and making it to state

Honors: 1st-team GWAC running back and punt returner

Trey O’Neil, Sr,

Scott City

In four years, Trey O’Neil played on Scott City teams that went 49-4, with a state title in 2012.

A three-year starter in that time, O’Neil has been used to winning, taking over the quarterback duties in 2013 from his brother Brett, who guided the team in that title year.

He learned well under a good system.

This year he threw for 2,063 yards and 22 TDs, completing 139 of his 201 throws (70 percent), earning a 132.7 quarterback rating.

He also rushed for 271 yards and five scores.

On defense, he had 60 tackles and picked off opposing quarterbacks eight times.

Many of his statistics — as with a number of his talented teammates — are misleading, as Scott City won many of its games by three or more touchdowns.

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Favorite Athlete: Johnny “Football” Manziel

Favorite Food: DQ chicken wraps

Favorite Class in School: Elementary PE Aide

People I Most Admire: My dad Glenn O’Neil; my brother Brett

If I Could Meet One Person, It Would Be: Damian Lillard, point-guard for the Portland Trailblazers

Favorite Memory: Winning state football and state basketball in 2012-13 with my brother Brett

College You Plan to Attend: Fort Hays State University, basketball scholarship

Area of Intended Study at College: Strength and conditioning

Honors: 1st-team, GWAC; 1st-team all-area

Humberto Perez,Sr, Garden City

Playing center for the Buffaloes, Perez was responsible for many of the offensive line blocking calls. He registered 43 pancake blocks and scored at an 82 percent rate in games as graded by the GCHS coaching staff. He earned the Golden Helmet Award (voted as the toughest player) voted on by his teammates and was an all-WAC first team selection.

“He has been our quarterback on the offensive line the past two seasons,” coach Brian Hill said.

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Most memorable moment of 2014 season: Being down 14-0 to Dodge City in The Hatchet Game and coming back to win, 32-14.

Favorite Athlete: Ray Lewis

Favorite Food: Chicken Teriyaki sub

Favorite class in school: Advanced weights

Person(s) I most admire: My parents

If I could meet one person, it would be: Vince Lombardi

Favorite Pastime: Play Xbox, Call of Duty

College I plan to attend: Undecided

Area of intended study: Business management

Honors: First team All-Western Athletic Conference; Golden Helmet Award (voted by teammates)

Blake Richmeier, Sr, Holcomb

At 6-2, 230 pounds, Richmeier was a thorn in opposing coaches’ sides.

On offense, Richmeier had 533 yards on 119 carries, scoring six TDs.

On defense, he had 101 tackles, seven of those for loss. He also had an interception and caused two fumbles.

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Favorite Athlete: Jonathan Truman

Favorite Food: My grandma’s pie

Favorite Class in School: PE

Persons I Most Admire: My father and grandfather

Favorite Pastime: “Buddy Day” with the high school players

College You Plan to Attend: Undecided

Area of Intended Study at College: Agricultural business

Season Highlights: The overtime win vs. Ulysses; district and regional championships; sectional championship

Honors: 1st-team GWAC (2013, 2014); All-area (2013, 2014); team captain (2013, 2014)

Trey Teeter, Jr,

Holcomb

Teeter was a pretty effective quarterback and kicker as a sophomore at Goodland last season.

So when his dad Kent took the Holcomb coaching duties this year, it quickly became obvious that the junior’s show played well on the road.

The 5-11 quarterback led his new team all the way to the Class 4A-II state semifinals, throwing for 2,082 yards and 24 touchdowns to a variety of players.

He was 151 of 240 in passing (62.9 percent) with just seven interceptions.

For his career, he has 5,020 passing yards and 55 touchdowns.

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Favorite Athlete: Drew Brees

Favorite Food: Chicken bacon ranch pizza

Favorite Class in School: Physics

Person I Most Admire: My dad (and coach)

If I Could Meet One Person, It Would Be: Joe Montana

Favorite Pastime: Going to all of the football practices with Dad when I was younger

Season Highlights: Beating Ulysses in OT; Winning districts

Honors: 2013 at Goodland (GWAC HM quarterback and kicker; all-state HM quarterback); 2014 at Holcomb (GWAC HM quarterback, 1st-team kicker; all-area)

Caleb Tramp, Sr,

Garden City

Despite playing just two seasons of varsity football, Tramp leaves Garden City High School as one of the program’s top receivers in history.

His senior season, with a new quarterback in hand, Tramp caught 41 passes for 711 yards and nine touchdowns. He was a first team All-WAC performer.

“Caleb had one of the best careers of any wide receiver who has played at Garden City High School,” coach Brian Hill said of the 6-5, 210-pounder.

During his two year career, Tramp set school records in touchdown receptions with 21 and receiving yards (1,813). He was second all-time in receptions.

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Most memorable moment of 2014 season: Beating Dodge City

Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan, Kyrie Irving

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Class in School: College biology

Person I most admire: My mom

If I could meet one person, it would be: James Naismith

Favorite Pastime: Basketball, video games, football

College I plan to attend: Undecided

Area of intended study: Engineering

Honors: 1st team All-WAC; 1st team All-Area.

Dillon Williams, So, Holcomb

He’s just a sophomore, but Holcomb’s Dillon Williams played huge on both sides of the ball.

At 5-11 and 215 pounds, Williams was one of the Great West Activities Conferences most feared linebackers and potent running backs.

Offensively, Williams carried the ball 64 times for 410 yards and scored five touchdowns.

He earned 1st-team all-league honors on defense with 130 tackles.

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Favorite Athlete: Ray Lewis

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers

Favorite Class in School: Weights

Person I Most Admire: My dad

If I Could Meet One Person, It Would Be: Ray Lewis

Favorite Pastime: Playing sports

Season Highlights: Beating Ulysses in OT; District, sectional, regional champions

Honors: GWAC 1st-team linebacker.