Varsity Kansas

Picking the state's best players

Part of my job each basketball season is picking the top 15 boys basketball players, as well as all-class teams.

This year, in celebration of 100 years of state basketball tournaments, I picked the top 15 boys and top 15 girls. In the state’s history of state tournaments.

It was a little nuts. The list is below. What do you think? Is Tiffany Bias from Andover Central too high? Is Antoine Carr too low? Should we have included current high school players?

I’m pretty sure there’s not a soul who will agree with the complete list, but who would you add? Who would you take off?


First team

Lucius Allen, KC Wyandotte

Greg Dreiling, Kapaun Mount Carmel

Jacy Holloway, Moundridge

Ricky Ross, Wichita South

Darnell Valentine, Wichita Heights

Coach: Walt Shublom, KC Wyandotte

Second team

B.H. Born, Medicine Lodge

Antoine Carr, Wichita Heights

Perry Ellis, Wichita Heights

Johnny Murdock, Wichita South

Josh Reid, Brewster

Third team

Larry Drew, KC Wyandotte

Francis Johnson, Hartford

Cleo Littleton, Wichita East

Dave Piehler, Newton

Ernie Schmidt, Winfield


First team

Tiffany Bias, Andover Central

Laurie Koehn, Moundridge

Jackie Stiles, Claflin

Kendra Wecker, Marysville

Lynette Woodard, Wichita North

Coach: Terry English, Bishop Miege

Second team

Kelly Dougherty, Leavenworth

Camilla Hartzler, Spearville

Shalee Lehning, Sublette

Kareema Williams, Wichita Southeast

Jeneka Joyce, Washburn Rural

Third team

Rhonda Matzke, Silver Lake

Amy Prose, Little River

Ashley Sweat, McPherson

Miklannet Tennal, Centralia

Brooke Ubelaker, Osborne