Jeff Hennick will be the Head Coach for Division II West Squad. He graduated from Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs in 2008. He played football at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas in the fall of 2008 before transferring to Garden City Community College to play football in the fall of 2009. After earning his Associates degree there, he moved on to earn his Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University. Jeff returned to Sharon Springs to coach under Kevin Ayers for one year where the Wildcats reached the state finals and finished as runner-up. The next year he took over the program for Ayers and finished 11-1 in 2014 and 2015, losing only to eventual state champion, Victoria Knights. He teaches high school strength classes and elementary P.E. He also is a head coach for junior high basketball and high school track.
Doug Oberle will be an Assistant Coach for Division II West Squad. He graduated from Claflin High School in 1989. He graduated from Barton County Community College in 1991. Doug attended Kansas State University, then joined the United States Army serving 2.5 years active duty and 5.5 years in the Kansas National Guard. Upon returning from active duty military he received an Occupational Therapy assistant degree from Barton County Community College. Doug served as an assistant coach under Chris Windholz at Victoria High School from 2003-2005. He was named the head coach in 2006, and has been the head football coach at Victoria for the last 10 years. Doug has been married to his wife Gina for 18 years and has two children Karly 17, Caden 15.
Lance Barr will also be an Assistant Coach for Division II West Squad. He was born and raised in Joes, Colorado. He attended Liberty High School and was a three sport athlete - football, basketball, track. Lance was selected All state-6 man Football, All State- Basketball 1a-5a. He attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and played football from 2004-2007. Lance was Team Captain and All Conference Defensive end in 07. He also played basketball from 2007-2009. After Graduating in the spring of 2009 he began teaching and coaching in the fall of 2009 in Hoxie as High School PE/Strength training and Head Football Coach. His career football record is 41-25, with three postseason appearances. The best season was in 2013 with a 10-2 record and sub state runner up. Lance met his wife Lichelle at Tabor College. They began dating in 2008 and were married on June 25, 2011.
No. 1 - Peyton Taylor is a 2016 graduate of Hoxie High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2014: All District Offensive Line and Honorable Mention Defensive Line; All League; 2015: All District, All League, All State, Top 100 Seniors Honorable Mention. Statistics - 2015: 46 solo tackles, 37 assists, 83 total, 18.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks; 2014: 35 solo tackles, 32 assists, 67 total, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks; 2013: 13 solos, 1 assist, 15 total tackles, 1 sack. Hoxie reached the playoffs in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2013 they were District Champs, Regional Champs and Sub-State Runner-Up. Peyton was a two time golf state qualifier, playing 4 years and played basketball 3 years. He is a member of Christ Community Church Youth Group and enjoys hunting and fishing. Activities and honors in school include FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society and Senior Class president. Peyton's parents are Kory and Stacie Taylor.
No. 2 - Parker Gates is a 2016 graduate of St. John's Catholic High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: Lettered in football 4 years; selected All District Honorable Mention Running-back/Reciever in 2013 and 2014; All District Honorable Mention Kick Returner/Punt Returner, 2014; All District Honorable Mention Defensive Back, 2013. The School set a record for most wins, 32, reaching the state playoffs in 2012, 2013 and 2014, finishing as Sub-State Runner-Up in 2013. Parker had 31 passing yards with 1 TD, 1500 rushing yards with 23 TD's, 900 receiving yards with 14 TD's, for 3,000 All Purpose Yards. He had 151 tackles (4 for loss), 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries (4 caused fumbles), 4 kick returns for TD's and 1 punt return for a TD. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include: lettered in basketball 3 years, track and golf 4 years, reached the state basketball tournament 2 years, state basketball champions 1 year, state golf 3 years, state golf champions 1 year. Parker placed at the State Track Meet in 2015: 5th in the 300m hurdles, 8th in the 4x800m relay; and was a member of the state basketball runner-up team in 2014-2015. He has played American Legion and K-18 baseball and participates in Crossfit. Honors and activities in school include: Student Council 3 years, Class President-Senior, National Honor Society 3 years, National Honor Society President-Senior, lettered band & vocal music 1 year, lettered Scholar's Bowl-4 years, Scholar's Bowl Champions-2 years, Fort Hays May Relays State Champions-4 years, Eco-Meet, 3 years. Parker's parents are Brian and Julie Gates.
No. 3 - Drake Rowh is a 2016 graduate of Hoxie High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2013: 7 tackles; 2014: 50 tackles, 5 sacks; 2015: 170 yards, 6.3 yard per carry, 84 yards receiving, 28 yards per reception, 86 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 6 TD's, 10 conversions. In 2015 Drake was selected 2nd Team All League Offensive Line, 2nd Team All League Linebacker, 1st Team All District Offensive Line, 1st Team All District Linebacker. In 2013 Hoxie was District Champion, Bi-District Champion, Regional Champion and Sub-State Runner Up; 2014: District Runner-Up and Bi-District Runner-Up. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include 2 year letter winner in wrestling, freshman and sophomore years; 2 year letter winner in basketball, junior and senior years. Activities and honors outside school include Charter Member of Sons of American Legion Squadron 351, Jennings, Kansas; Member of American Angus Association. Hobbies and interests include building and driving demolition derby cars, going to Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals games, hunting and fishing. Drake is member of FFA. Drake's parents are Jason Rowh and Mandy Hovis.
No. 5 - Devon Janicke is a 2016 graduate of Ceylon High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: Lettered 4 years; selected 2nd Team WKLL All-League Running Back, 2013, Honorable Mention WKLL All-League Quarterback, 2013; Honorable Mention All-District Running Back, 2013; Blue-Gray Football Combine, 2014; 1st Team WKLL All-League Running back 2015; 1st Team WKLL All-League Defensive Back, 2015; All District Running Back, 2015; All-District Defensive Back, 2015. All purpose career yards, 2,974; total career tackles, 289. Honors and accomplishments in other sports: basketball 4 years, lettered 3 years; track 4 years, lettered 4 years; selected Honorable Mention WKLL All-League Basketball, 2014-2015; single game Cheylon basketball scoring record, 41 points, 2014-2015; state track meet qualifier, 200m dash, 2014-2015. Activities and honors outside school include full member Immanuel United Methodist Church, IUMC Youth Council, Sound booth technician, sound and cameras operator, easy worship computer, usher and communion steward; American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy. Hobbies and interests include riding motorcycles, camping and going to the lake with family and friends. Activities and honors in school include National Honor Society, 3 years; band and choir, 4 years; Musicals "Hello Dolly", "Damn Yankees" and "Bye Bye Birdie"; FFA, student government, band vice president, senior class president, senior representative to Student Government, Cheylon NHS Vice President, National Honor Society 3 years, High Honor Roll 4 years, Member of Cheylon WKLL League Scholarship Campion Teams 2 years, Placed in WKLL League Scholarship Tests 4 years, Exemplary Ratings on State Tests 2 years, Certificate of Outstanding Achievement 3 years, WKLL All League Academic team senior year, excellent ratings on vocal solos, trumpet solos, brass choir, choral ensemble, band and choir at Music Festivals. Devon's parents are Clayton and Lori Janicke.
No. 7 - Nick Higgason is a 2016 graduate of Otis-Bison High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: District Honorable Mention, running back; team kicker for 4 years; team captain, 2015; special teams, 4 years. Otis-Bison was District Runner-Up and Bi-District Runner-Up in 2015; District Champions, Bi-District Champions and Regional Runner-Up, 2012. Nick placed 3rd in the State Powerlifting overall in 2015. He is member of the Youth Board of Goldenbelt Telephone, active youth member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, 4-H and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Hobbies and interests include hunting, fishing and woodworking. Activities and honors in school include SADD,. StuCo, KAY's, Honor Roll, Scholar's Bowl, Senior Class President, football, basketball, track and powerlifting. Nick's parents are Scott and Kim Higgason.
No. 8 - Hardin Perry is a 2016 graduate of Wallace County High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2014: 1st Team All-League Nose Guard, 1st Team All-District Defensive Line, All-State Defensive Line; 2015: 1st Team All-League Nose Guard and Center, 1st Team All-District Defensive & Offensive Line. Hardin had 200 total tackles, 14 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss, 54 yards for loss. Wallace County made the playoffs all 4 years, sub-state runner up 2012, state runner up 2013, sub-state runner up 2014 & 2015. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include: freshman year: lettered football and basketball, most improved powerlifter of the year, state champion in squat 156 pounds, powerlifting, 4th in state basketball; sophomore year: basketball 3rd in state, 5th in state track 4x800 relay, powerlifting-3rd in squat 165 pounds at state; junior year: Power Lifter of the Year, State Champion in squat in 173 lb division & 4th in clean, 2nd overall; state champions in basketball; senior year: sub-state runner up in football. Activities and honors outside school: 12 year member of 4-H and Harrison Endeavors 4-H Club; member of Wallace County Livestock judging team for 6 years, state livestock Sweepstakes team since 2010. Hardin was recently a member of the Judging team participating at the National Western Stock Show Judging Contest. The team was 4th in beef, 4th in sheep and 5th overall. He is also a member off the local 4-H Council, serving as treasurer and a member of CYO at his church. Hardin loves to farm and ranch with his family, enjoys roping and breaking colts, showing pigs and cattle. He is an avid reader and likes to read history and autobiographies. Activities and honors in school include selected History Student of the Year and Powerlifter of the Year. Hardin's parents are Heath and Lynn Perry.
No. 10 - Brady Dinkel is a 2016 graduate of Victoria High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: Hays Daily News Super 11, 2014 and 2015; Hays Daily News Offensive Player of the year, 2015; All State, 2014 and 2015. Victoria was State Champions in 2014 with a 12-1 record; State Champions in 2015 with a 12-0 record and CPL Champions in 2015. Brady was selected All League Baseball in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was a member of the 4A State Baseball team that placed 3rd at state in 2014. Activities and honors outside school include CYO and Altar Server. Brady enjoys basketball, baseball, hunting and fishing. Activities and honors in school include National Honor Society, Class President, Kansas Scholar, Superior Honor Roll, FCCLA, V-Club. Brady's parents are Kurt and Shanna Dinkel.
No. 12 - Edgar Valenzuela is a 2016 graduate of Weskan High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2013: Honorable Mention Defensive Back; 2014: 1st Team Defensive Back, Honorable Mention Defensive Back; 2015: 1st Team Running Back, Defensive Back; 2nd Team Returner. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include State Qualifier in Track, 4x800, 2014; All-League Basketball, 2015; All-Tournament Team Basketball, 2015 & 2016. Edgar enjoys farming and ranching, any outdoor activities and Youth Group. He was class president 2 years. Edgar's escorts are Bryce & Tracy Walker and his mother is Alma Valenzuela.
No. 14 - Ryan Gfeller is a 2016 graduate of Triplains High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 4 years: 157 completions out of 325 yards passing, total 2,149 yards passing; 36 touchdowns; kicking 15 touchbacks, 6 of 11 PAT's, 3 of 5 field goals; rushing totals, 398 carries for 2421 yards, 34 touchdowns; 93 solo tackles, 99 assisted tackles, 291 total tackles. 2015: completed 50 of 102 passes for 697 yards, 14 TDs; rushed 150 times for 1,042 yards, 29 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles, 73 total tackles, 17 touchdowns. Ryan was selected All League Quarterback in 2015 and 1st Team Defensive Back. Triplains tied for the league championship in 2014 and 2015, making the playoffs both years. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include State Golf Medalist, 2 years; State Track 110m high hurdles and 300m hurdles, medaled in 300m hurdles; selected All League Basketball. Activities and honors outside school include KJGA during the summer and church group. Ryan enjoys golf, fishing, church group and weight lifting. Activities and honors in school include League Scholarship Contests Medalist, KAYS, band, football, basketball, track and golf. Ryan's parents are Kent and Cindy Gfeller.
No. 15 - Isaiah Warnke is a 2016 graduate of Buckling High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2015: 41 carries for 401 yards rushing, 9.8 avg., 9 TD's; 6 catches for 191 yards, 31.8 average per carry; 26 kickoffs for 1036 yards, 39.8 average; 14 punts for 286 yds., 20.4 average; 20 kick returns for 309 yards, 15.5 average, 2 touchdowns; 19 solo tackles, .5 sacks, 2 tackles for loss. Accomplishments in other sports include state track 4 years, breaking the 110h record at high school, 20m dash record holder. Activities and honors outside school include SADD, Future Business Leaders of America, and Student council. Hobbies and interests include sports, photography and drawing. Isaiah's parents are Brent and Jenna Warnke.
No. 20 - Branson Sandoval is a 2016 graduate of Ingalls High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2,960 rushing yards, 860 receiving yards, 64 total TD's. He was named 8 Man Division II Offensive Player of the Year, Wichita Eagle 1st Team Running Back, 2 times Kansas Preps All District Running back and Offensive MVP. Ingall's was regional runner up, and bi-district champion 2 years and bi-district runner up 1 year. Branson was a State Track Qualifier in the 4x100 relay. He enjoys hanging out with friends, working, wrestling, and watching TV. Branson was a National Honor Society member for 4 years, I-Club and KAY's Club 4 years. Branson's parents are Shawn Sandoval and the late Terry Sandoval.
No. 21 - Skylar Hanson is a 2016 graduate of Triplains High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2014 All League Defensive Back, 2015 All League Guard, lettering all 4 years. Triplains was 2014 League Champions. Skylar enjoys farming and ranching. Activities and honors in school include lettering 4 years in football and track, KAYS 4 years, National Honor Society 3 years, placed in WKLL Academic Testing 4 years, named WKLL All-League Academic Team. Skylar's parents are Mark and Jill Hanson.
No. 22 - Dawson Sandoval is a 2016 graduate of Ingalls High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: selected Top 100 Seniors Honorable Mention, Wichita Eagle Honorable Mention linebacker; K-Preps All District Wide Receiver and Line Backer, Defensive MVP. In 2015 he had 407 receiving yards with 167 tackles. In 2014 and 2015 Ingalls was bi-district and district champ and in 2013 they were bi-district and district runner-up. Dawson lettered in basketball, track and wrestling and was a member of the 4x100 relay at State Track. Activities and honors outside school include working for some of the greatest people in the world, Dave and Betty Hewes. Dawson enjoys playing video games and spending time with family and friends. Activities and honors in school include KAYs Club, National Honor Society, "A" Honor Roll and I-Club. Dawson's parents are Shawn Sandoval and the late Terry Sandoval.
No. 30 - Joe Dortland is a 2016 graduate of Victoria High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: Letter winner 3 years; CPL 2nd Team Defensive Back junior year; CPL Honorable Mention Utility Back, junior year; CPL 1st Team Defensive Back, senior year; CPL 2nd Team Quarterback, senior year; Hays Daily News Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Victoria was CPL League Champions in 2013; 2014 State Champions; 2015 CPL League Champions; 2015 State Champions with an undefeated record, 12-0. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include: 3 year basketball letter winner, K-18 Baseball Champions, Track letter winner, Hoisington Winter Jam All Star Team 2016. Joe attends Mass and is a Server at St. Mary's Parish, Gorham. He enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing and working on the farm. Activities and honors in school include Class Vice President 4 years, National Honor Society Member, CPL Honors Award Winner, KU Honor Scholar, 2015 Snowball King, SADD member, V-Club member, FCCLA member, 2016 Homecoming candidate, 2016 Snowball candidate. Joe's parents are Darrell and Kayla Dortland.
No. 38 - Landon Walker is a 2016 graduate of Minneola High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2015 All League Football, 1st Team Offensive and Defensive Back. Minneola was 2014 and 2015 District Champs, 2014 and 2015 Bi-District Champs, 2014 and 2015 Regional Runner-Ups. Landon was a 2-1A All State Center Fielder in baseball in 2014 and 2015. He is a member of youth group at church and plays summer baseball and enjoys fixing up his 1968 Mustang. Activities and honors in school include football, basketball, baseball, track, vocal, band and Scholar's Bowl. Landon's parents are Mark and Carolyn Walker.
No. 42 - Kaleb Holaday is a 2016 graduate of Wheatland High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2013: All League honorable Mention Defensive Line; 2014: All League 1st Team Defensive Line; All League Honorable Mention Tight End, Wide Receiver 2014 & 2015: All District 1st Team Defensive Line, All League 1st Team Defensive Line; 2015: All League 1st Team Defensive Line, All League 1st Team Tight End, Wide Receiver. He was selected State Varsity Kansas Honorable Mention Defensive Line and Topeka Capital Journal Honorable Mention Defensive Line. Wheatland placed 2nd in Western Kansas Liberty League in 2014 and 2015. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include Basketball: All League Honorable Mention, All State Honorable Mention, WKLL Champions, WKLL Sub-State Champions. He lettered in track, and was a 4x100 state alternate. Hobbies and interests include hunting, trapping and heavy equipment operation. Activities and honors in school include Electric Car-lettered, president, vocal-lettered. Kaleb's parents are Raymond and Shelly Holaday.
No. 44 - Jordan Gering is a 2016 graduate of Thunder Ridge High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2013: Lettered, recorded 15 tackles; 2014: lettered, recorded 32 tackles, named League Honorable Mention Offensive Line and Defensive Line; 2015: Lettered, recorded 24 tackles, played 4 games due to injury senior year. Thunder Ridge was 2012 State Runner-Up, 2013 League Champions.
Accomplishments in other sports include: KEMFA Powerlifting Meet, 2nd place overall team in Spring 2014; 2014: League Powerlifting 4th overall as individual heavyweight class, State Powerlifting 4th Overall as Individual HWT class; 2015: Trego Invitational 2nd overall as Individual HWT class, League Powerlifting 3rd Overall as individual HWT class, State Powerlifting 3rd Overall as Individual HWT Class. Activities and honors outside school including being employed by the local grocery store for 4 years, Harlan Dodgeball team member, Harlan VBS Youth Helper, employed at Huffman's Floor Covering. Hobbies and interests include fishing, powerlifting, working on cards and playing basketball. Activities and honors in school include being on the honor roll 7 out of 8 semesters, StuCo Rep, sophomore, junior and senior year (vice president); KAYS member 3 years, FFA member 1 year. Jordan's parents are Alan and Dana Gering.
No. 55 - Brandon Brungardt is a 2016 graduate of Victoria High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: Victoria was 2014 State Champions and 2015 State Champions with an undefeated season. Brandon was a basketball letter winner in 2014/2015. Hobbies include welding. Brandon's parents are Kevin and Jennifer Brungardt, Gorham.
No. 63 - Nathaniel Kerschenske is a 2016 graduate of Stafford High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: selected All District Offensive Lineman and Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman. Nathaniel was Winter Homecoming King. Nathaniel's parents are Chris Kerschenske and Mindy Pack.
No. 99 - Eric Gfeller is a 2016 graduate of Wallace County High School. Football statistics and accomplishments include: 2015: completing 98 of 166 passes for 1414 yards, 24 touchdowns, 5 interceptions; 169 rushes for 1228 yards and 25 TDs; 57 solo tackles, 32 assists, total 89, 2 defensive interceptions. Career: completed 153 of 261 passes for 2410 yards, 44 TDs, 6 interceptions, quarterback rating 119.4; career record 44 wins, 4 losses. He was selected All League 1st Team Quarterback and Safety; Team Captain, 2 years; All District Quarterback, Offensive Player of the Year, Hays Daily Super 11, 2014 and 2015. Wallace County was Sub-State Runner Up in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and State Runner Up in 2013. Honors and accomplishments in other sports include: Basketball: 2013 State 4th Place, 2014 State Runner Up, 2015 State Champions; selected All League and Northwest Kansas All Star Classic Player; Track: 2015 Regional Champion & 4th Place State Medalist in Pole Vault; Golf: 2014 Team Regional Champion, 3 time state qualifier and 2015 state medalist. Activities and honors outside school include Bethesda Lutheran Church Acolyte and Usher, Feed My Starving Children Volunteer, Strand Theatre Volunteer and Wallace County Fair Volunteer. Hobbies and interests include sports, hunting and hanging out with friends. Activities and honors in school include 4 year powerlifting, Three Sport Award, and High Academic Honor Roll. Eric's parents are Dennis and Jana Gfeller.
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