Ten area athletes reap state honors for basketball play

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Basketball players from Iola, Crest, Humboldt, Uniontown, Yates Center and Southern Coffey County high schools receive state postseason basketball honors recently.
The all-state basketball teams for each classification were released Sunday by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle newspapers.
Iola High’s Jenna Sigg earned Class 4A honorable mention from both newspapers. The 5-6 senior forward led the Fillies with 286 points, 149 rebounds and 91 steals plus had 32 assists.
Crest High’s Brandon Newton and Todd Johnston paced the Lancers to an undefeated regular season and a second straight appearance in the Class 1A state tournament in 2009.
Newton, a 6-4 senior, was named to the Class 1A All-State team by both newspapers. Johnston, a 6-1 senior, was named to the 1A second team by both papers.
Also getting Class 1A honors was Southern Coffey County High’s Justin Meyer. Meyer is a 5-9 senior who earned honorable mention from both Topeka and Wichita.
Staying in Class 1A, Southern Coffey County High’s Lady Titans reached the state basketball tournament for the first time in 2009. Junior Shelby Birk, a 5-5 guard, made the 1A second-team list in both newspapers.
Lady Titan teammate, 5-9 junior Laurie Ohl, and Crest High’s 5-8 senior Kerry Stoneking earned honorable mention. Ohl was on the list by the Capital-Journal and the Eagle while Stoneking drew recognition from the Topeka newspaper.
Humboldt High’s Kelci Owens, a 5-4 senior, was named to the Class 2A third team by the Capital-Journal and earned honorable mention from the Eagle. Owens reached the 1,000-point career plateau this season and ended up as the Lady Cubs’ leading career-scorer with 1,080 points.
Speaking of reaching the 1,000th career-point club, Yates Center High’s Michael Bettega did so during his final season for the Wildcats. Bettega earned Class 2A honorable mention from both newspapers.
Uniontown High’s Abbie Smith, a 5-10 junior, received Class 2A honorable mention from both newspapers.