Varsity Kansas

Newton Railroaders

BOYS

Coach Don Cameron

17-25 in two seasons

PROBABLE STARTERS

G Kyle Preston 6-0 Sr.

F Austin Vermillion 6-2 Jr.

G Kaven Denno 6-0 Sr.

F Alex Dorrell 6-2 Sr.

C Jon Alexander 6-6 Sr.

TOP RESERVES

G Jenson Kingsley 6-2 Jr.

F Matt Lawrence 6-1 Jr.

F Shelby Grosch 6-1 Jr.

BREAKDOWN

Newton (4-17, 1-9 AV-CTL II) regressed from 13 wins in 2008-09 after losing several key players, and last season’s team featured a balanced scoring load in which no player proved himself as the go-to scorer. The Railers’ success could rely on their ability to establish a reliable scorer each game.

Vermillion is a strong candidate for that role. He led Newton in scoring at 7.7 points, took more free throws than any of his teammates and was second on the team in three-pointers with 22. Preston also has the capabilities to be the lead Railer.

The emergence of Alexander in the paint could give Newton balance. A reserve last season, Alexander is likely to move into the starting lineup, and if he can score around the basket and create open perimeter shots by drawing defenders, the Railers, who move to AV-CTL Division I, are likely to improve on their 37-percent shooting.

GIRLS

Coach Randy Jordan

96-31 in seven seasons

PROBABLE STARTERS

G Maddie Pendry 5-6 Jr.

G Emily Hiebert 5-10 So.

F Avery Vogts 5-10 Sr.

F Kendra Scott 5-10 Jr.

C Kate Lehman 6-4 Sr.

TOP RESERVES

G Jaci Garver 5-6 Sr.

F Cassandra Folkerts 5-9 Sr.

G Alyssa Tolle 5-7 Jr.

F Abbie Lehman 6-0 So.

F Jocelyn Cochran 5-8 So.

BREAKDOWN

Few teams can match the Railers (17-6, 8-2 AV-CTL II) in size, not just because of Lehman in the middle, but because of the superior height Newton will have at the shooting guard and small forward positions with Hiebert and Vogts.

Lehman, a project when she arrived as a lanky freshman, has become the Railers’ most important and troublesome player. Having added bulk to her wiry frame, Lehman can power to the basket to score or draw fouls. She took 35 more free throws than any of her teammates last season while averaging 15.8 points.

Vogts gives Newton a viable outside threat to pair with Lehman. She has the ability to slash to the basket or run to the floor on the fast break, but her biggest contributions usually come from the perimeter, as she made a team-best 34 three-pointers.

_ Jeffrey Lutz

THE SCHEDULE

December

2-4—Hays tournament; 7—Salina South; 10—at Salina Central; 14—Campus.

January

4—Derby; 7—at Hutchinson; 11—at Maize; 18—McPherson (girls); 20-22—Dodge City tournament (boys); 25—McPherson (boys); 27-29—Newton tournament (girls).

February

1—at Valley Center; 4—Hutchinson; 8—Derby; 11—at Salina South; 18—Salina Central; 22—Campus; 25—Maize.

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