Varsity Kansas

Valley Center Hornets

Boys

Coach Brett Flory

36-69 in five seasons

Probable starters

GDylan McCullough6-1Sr.

FRobby Mayber 6-2Sr.

Top reserves

GCorey Kingslund5-10Sr.

FJesse Newman6-3Sr.

GBryson Schoenthaler5-5Sr.

GChatham Williams5-11Sr.

FNathan Williams6-2Sr.

GZack Brown5-10Fr.

Breakdown

McCullough showed last season he was as good as any guard in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League, earning All-AV-CTL Division II honors by averaging 16 points and 5 assists.

To follow up that performance, the 6-foot-1 senior spent his summer trying to expand his shooting range, something the undersized Hornets will need desperately.

"In order for anybody on this team to score a lot, we're all going to have to play good," McCullough said. "And for me, I do need to be able to shoot the three a lot better."

While McCullough is a proven scorer, Flory doesn't have much in the way of size. His top post player is two-year starter Mayber, a 6-2 senior forward who averaged 6 points and 6 rebounds last season.

"Robby might be a little undersized for a (power forward), but he's got the experience," Flory said. "He's been starting for two years now so he knows what it takes."

girls

Coach Daniel Smith

5-16 in one season

Probable starters

GBeth McCormick5-8Sr.

Top reserves

GMadison Wedekind5-7So.

GMorgan Wedekind5-7So.

CMeagan Williams6-0So.

GTaylor Johnson5-10So

GLindsey Luna5-8Jr.

CElayna Coleman6-0So

Breakdown

While 5-foot-8 senior guard Beth McCormick is the Hornets' best returning player, it will be a group of underclassmen and how they perform that will determine the trajectory of Valley Center's season.

"Beth does everything well, she plays hard, she guards, she's just very solid all-around," Valley Center coach Daniel Smith said. "But we are in a building process because we are extremely young."

After McCormick, sophomore guards Madison and Morgan Wedekind have the most experience coming back from last season. In the post, Valley Center has size with a trio of sophomores in Taylor Johnson (5-10), Meagan Williams (6-0) and Elayna Coleman (6-0).

"We don't have a lot of varsity experience coming back," Smith said. "A lot of this is going to have to be learning as we go."

—Tony Adame

The schedule

December

6—Maize (boys); 6— at Collegiate; 7-11— Cheney tournament; 14— at Goddard; 17— Andover.

January

4—at Ark City; 7— McPherson; 11— at Andover Central; 14— at Salina South; 18— at Campus (girls); 20-22— Valley Center tournament (boys); 27-29— at McPherson tournament (girls); 28— at Campus (boys).

February

1—Newton; 4— at Andover; 8— Andover Central; 11— Goddard; 18— Ark City; 22— at McPherson; 25— Hutchinson.

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