1. Madison Slayton (sophomore) and Hanna Hawks (sophomore), Trinity Academy
The ceiling remains high for Trinity after Slayton and Hawks posted a 1-2 individual finish and led the Knights to a 26-shot victory in the Class 4A tournament last fall. Trinity won every tournament in which the duo played. Megan Elliott came in seventh at state and will combine with another top-20 finisher, Reagan Lesser, to give Trinity a strong veteran presence.
2. Morgan Brasser (sophomore) and Jacy Anderson (junior), Andale
The top three finishers in 4A were freshmen last season, and Brasser was in that group. She has the ability to go low, as evidenced by her 69 that won a regular-season tournament at Hesston. Anderson tied for 15th at state and returns as the Indians shoot for their 10th consecutive state appearance.
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3. Baylee Bloom (senior) and Hayley Jones (senior), Andover
Bloom and Jones return as three-time state qualifiers for the Trojans. Bloom finished seventh in 5A each of the last two seasons, while Jones was just outside the top 20. Their leadership will be key as the remainder of Andover’s lineup is young.
4. Sadie Revell (senior) and Kenna Biddle (junior), Winfield
After winning the 4A title two years ago, Winfield missed out on state by one shot last fall. Revell, the AV-CTL III medalist, and Biddle, a regional champion, qualified individually and were eighth and 11th respectively.
5. Kenni Henson (senior) and Emma Johnson (junior), Derby
Henson and Johnson led Derby’s four-player team to a 6A berth last season, and will be key to a return trip. Johnson tied for 17th at state after winning the Hutchinson regional, while Henson just missed a state medal after finishing one shot behind Johnson.
6. Winnie Shaw (senior), Independent
Shaw has hovered near the top of 3-2-1A in each of her first three seasons. She finished third as a sophomore and seventh last year, also reaching the state tennis tournament in doubles. A higher finish will be challenging, as five of the top seven were underclassmen.
7. Maggi Duncan (junior) and Nicole Graf (junior), Kapaun
Bigger roles await Duncan and Graf after Kapaun graduated a talented trio led by Oklahoma State signee Emma Whitaker. Duncan provided the Crusaders’ fourth score at state as they won their fourth consecutive 5A title, tying for 16th individually. Graf was also part of the title team.
8. Lakin Shelton (senior), Bishop Carroll
Shelton, an All-City second-team performer, is one of three varsity returnees for the Golden Eagles. She was part of Carroll teams that finished fourth in 5A in 2015 and seventh a year ago.
9. Morgan Ayres (senior), Cheney
Cheney graduated four players off a team that finished sixth in 3-2-1A. Ayres, who tied for 33rd individually, is the top returnee and will lead the Cardinals along with junior Emory Ast.
10. Amber Donker (senior) and Riley Hunter (junior), Maize
Donker and Hunter return with the top scoring averages for Maize, which finished eighth in 5A last fall. Donker tied for 42nd individually and Hunter was 44th.