Lancer duo signs with Cloud

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Crest High School photo
Crest High seniors Brandon Newton (second from left) and Todd Johnston (middle) recently signed letters of intent to play basketball next year at Cloud County Community College in Concordia. On hand for the signings at Colony were Newton’s mother, Keela Newton (left) and Johnston’s parents, Connie and Bill Johnston (all seated) along with (standing left to right) Cloud County assistant coach Chad Eshbaugh, Crest High head basketball coach Travis Hermreck and Cloud County head basketball coach Kevin Muff.

 

It really wasn’t planned this way. It was talked about by Crest High teammates Todd Johnston and Brandon Newton but not planned.
Crest High’s Johnston and Newton have played basketball together for a lot of years. And they’ll have at least one more season together at the college level, maybe two.
The two Lancer seniors recently signed letters of intent to play basketball next year for Cloud County Community College in Concordia. Newton and Johnson helped make up the driving force behind two state basketball tournament trips in the past two years by Crest High’s Lancers.
“We’re excited to be able to have signed both Brandon and Todd,” said Kevin Muff, Cloud County head basketball coach. “We’re fortunate to get them out of eastern Kansas because there were other Jayhawk Conference schools recruiting them, including Allen County.”
Newton is a 6-3 forward who led the Lancers in scoring and rebounding. He ended up second on Crest’s career scoring list with 1,508 points and first in career rebounding with 810 rebounds.
Newton earned first team All-Class 1A honors as a junior and senior and was named to the All-State third team as a senior. He was a first-team All-Three Rivers League selection three straight years.
“I really liked the coaches and how they presented their program to me at Cloud,” Newton said. “My goal is always to get to the next level and I believe the Cloud coaches can help be do that.”
Newton, who was named the MVP in the North Central Kansas All-Star Game held at Cloud County this spring, said he was recruited by all the Kansas community colleges and a lot of NAIA colleges.
Newton and Johnston, who also played in the all-star game at Cloud County, leave their mark on Crest High basketball. They led Crest to a 65-10 record over the past three years.
That record includes the 26-2 run of 2008 and third place at the state tournament. In 2008-2009, the Lancers were top-ranked throughout the season in Class 1A, and ran up a perfect regular season record.
Crest, 25-1, went back to the state tournament and lost in the first round of play.
Johnston is a 6-foot guard who wrapped up a four -year career at Crest as the top three-point field goal shooter with 166 made and No. 1 in steals with 237. He finished with 1,365 points, third on the career scoring list.
“Brandon and I talked about playing together in college and it just worked out like that. We know each other pretty well,” Johnston said. “I knew I wanted to go to junior college to play and I had a good visit at Cloud County connecting with the coaches and players.”
Johnston was an All-TRL selection three years running plus earned second team All-Class 1A honors as a junior and senior.
“Todd can stretch defenses because of his shooting ability and is so athletic at the guard spot,” Muff said. “Brandon, who can shoot it from the perimeter as well as get to the basket, is an impact player. They both come out of a strong high school program with good work ethics.”
The two played in several all-star games this spring.
Both players are honor students. Newton is the son of Keela Newton of Colony and plans to major in mechanical engineering. Johnston is the son of Bill and Connie Johnston of Kincaid and plans an education major.