McPherson lagging in Catchys voting

By Steve Sell
June 30, 2015

McPherson High’s candidates for the annual “Catchy” awards are lagging behind as voting has reached the halfway point.

According to, McPherson High’s boys basketball team is far behind in voting for Class 4A Team of the Year. Rose Hill’s boys soccer team is in first with 39 percent of the vote and Andover’s football team is in second with 26 percent.

In the top tennis singles and/or doubles category, Sacred Heart’s Stratton Brown is the leader, with McPherson’s Gallagher Martin and Nolan Schrader trailing.

Smoky Valley’s Austin Cook, however, is far and away the leader for Wrestler of the Year.

Hesston’s girls are in second place in the 3A Team of the Year voting. The leader is Scott City’s boys basketball team.

To vote, go tocatchitkansas.comand complete the ballot. You can vote as many times as you want. The final day to vote is July 20, with the winners to be announced July 27.

Here are the leaders, according to the website’s breakdown:

• Best Football Player: A pair of Wichita running backs lead the voting. Tyler Burns of Wichita Trinity (43.73%) leads fellow K-State Wildcat Denzel Goolsby of Bishop Carroll (35.89%) in the voting. Another Wildcat, Alex Delton from Hays, sits in third in front of Derby's Darreon Jackson.

• Best Volleyball Player: Maize's Keiryn Swenson (43%) is ahead of Bishop Carroll's Taylor Bevis (27.02%) in the voting. 

• Best Boys Cross Country runner: Riley Osen of Winfield is ahead in yet another race as he leads the voting with 46.81%. Lakelin Conrad of Wichita Collegiate sits in second with 25.04%.

• Best Girls Cross Country runner: This race is neck-and-neck between Andover's Carly Flake (31.80%) and Maize's Deidra Walker (30.35%). Emily Sechrist of Hillsboro and Douglass' Klair Gibson are fighting to get closer.

• Best Boys Soccer Player: Currently, Alek Santo of Rose Hill (33.38%) has a slight edge over Wichita East's Alex Gomez (30.65%). Andover's Tommy Fiszel has 23.45% of the vote.

• Best Girls Golfer: On the leaderboard, Makena Mucciaccio from Goddard Eisenhower is shooting 31.45% of the votes with Laine Evans of Maize South close behind with 27.34% of the vote. Kapaun Mt. Carmel's Emma Whitaker has 22.15% of the vote and teammate Hannah Perkins is not far behind.

• Best Girls Tennis Player/duo: Defending Catchy winner Do-hee Lee of Andover (22.41%) currently sits in third behind teammate Grace Ball (22.83%). The Buhler doubles team of Jessica Steffen and Kendra Nachtigal are out in front with a serving percentage of 36.99% of the vote.

• Best Boys Basketball Player: Two state champions lead the vote with Dean Wade of St. John-Hudson earning 35.67% of the vote and Samajae Jones of the Wichita East Blue Aces (31.52%) not far off.

• Best Girls Basketball Player: Maize's Keiryn Swenson is out repeat as the Catchy Award winner for the category. She leads the vote with 42.22%, Jessica Steffen of Buhler and Shelby Lopez from Bishop Carroll sit in second and third, respectively.

• Best Boys Swimmer: Defending Catchy-winner Gavin Smith (33.62%) from Rose Hill leads the voting with teammate Noah Baden closing in with 30.78% of the vote. Wichita Heights teammates Bryce Blattner and Dylan Jensen round out the category.

• Best Wrestler: The leader in this category to date is a little smoky. Austin Cook out of Smoky Valley nearly has half of the vote (47.65%). Wichita Heights' Sean DeShazer has 29.15% of the vote. 

• Best Boys Bowler: Derby Panther Noah Brooks leads a very tight race with 29.12% of the vote. Not far behind are Cody Hubbard of Wichita Northwest (25.19%), Jerod Hromek of Circle (23.48%), and Caleb Limes of Wichita Heights (22.20%). 

• Best Girls Bowler: Wichita Heights Falcon Rebecca King has a handicap of 39% in the voting. Meanwhile, Chelsey Harber of El Dorado and Alexa Hemmert from Garden City are battling for the two spot. 

• Best Baseball Player: Maize Eagle Connor Lungwitz is trying to add a Catchy to his game in the embers of his high school career. Lungwitz is way out in front with 44.91% of the vote. 

• Best Softball Player: Part of the top teams in the country, Brittany Finney of Bishop Carroll heads the voting with 35.57%. Brooke Eberhardt of Augusta sits in second with 26.52%.

• Best Boys Track and Field Athlete: Andale's Jeff Ast leads the race (35.78%), while Creighton Sanders is holding on to second just ahead of Winfield's Riley Osen. 

• Best Girls Track and Field Athlete: Leading yet another category in the Catchys is Keiryn Swenson of Maize. Swenson is way out in front with 46.92% of the vote.

• Best Boys Golfer: Trying to repeat as Catchy-award winner in the category is Kale Reynolds of Maize. So far, he is on top of the leaderboard with 36.45% of the vote. Jared Burns of Kapaun and Brooks Brown from Salina Sacred Heart are within 0.16% of each other to be the runner-up.

• Best Girls Swimmer: Mia Gibson of Maize South (36.58%) is edging out Taylor Kostboth of Wichita Trinity (33.51%) for the lead.  Gibson is the defending award winner for the category.

• Best Boys Tennis Player/Duo: Representing Salina Sacred Heart, Stratton Brown has the advantage with 31.82% of the vote. His competition is tightly battling it out for second.

• Best Girls Soccer Player: Jami Reichenberger of Bishop Carroll looks to grab the golden boot as she currently leads with 34.77% of the vote. Katie McClure of Maize, Masen Stamp of Andover Central and Jordan Eickelman of Derby are neck and neck to catch up.

• Best Boys Multi-Sport Athlete: Wichita Trinity's Tyler Burns has 40.51% of the vote. Sitting in second is Andale's Hunter Knoblauch with 28.41%. 

• Best Girls Multi-Sport Athlete: Maize's Keiryn Swenson is looking to grab her fourth Catchy this year. She currently has 53.95% of the vote with Jaylyn Agnew of Andover behind her at 25%.

• Class 6A Team of the Year: The Wichita East boys basketball team is dribbling through the competition's legs with 45.38% of the vote. Wichita South girls hoops sit in second at 22.50%.

• Class 5A Team of the Year: Swimming past the competition is the Wichita Heights boys swim team. It leads the nationally-ranked Bishop Carroll softball team in the voting by 12.4%.

• Class 4A Team of the Year: Rose Hill boys soccer is on top of the table with 39.79% of the vote. The Andale Indian football team sits in second with 29.63%.

• Class 3A Team of the Year: Out for another title is the Scott City boys basketball team. The Beavers lead the Hesston Lady Swathers basketball team for the best in the classification.

• Class 2A Team of the Year: The St. John-Hudson Boys have a slight edge over the Central Plains Lady Oilers on the hardwood. 

• Class 1A Team of the Year: The Hoxie Lady Indians are looking to add another win to their dominating tally. They lead the public voting with 42.84%  in front of Central Plains 8-man football championship.

• Best Performance: Two Catchy Award juggernauts are in front of the category as Trinity's Tyler Burns (34.94.%) leads the voting for scoring in every phase of the game vs Wichita Independent last fall in the first five minutes of the game. Maize's Keiryn Swenson sits in second with 27.54% of the vote for breaking the state meet javelin record by 13 feet this spring.

• Story of the Year: Bishop Carroll softball's fifth-straight state championship and national ranking leads the voting by just a nose over Wichita Trinity's Taylor Kostboth who overcame herniated disks to win the state swimming title.