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By RICK PETERSON

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Tylan Alejos, Topeka High

A 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior running back and strong safety, Alejos was a standout on both sides of the ball for Topeka High in the 2020 season, earning All-City honors at running back while receiving All-Centennial League honorable mention.

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Camden Barta, Seaman

A senior quarterback/free safety, Barta played free safety for the 7-2 Vikings last season and backed up All-City Top 11 quarterback Reid Cowan. Barta is expected to move into the starting quarterback position for Seaman this fall. 

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Malachi Berg, Topeka West

Still just a junior, Berg is starting his third season as Topeka West's starting quarterback. The 6-3, 195-pound Berg received All-City honorable mention last season and will be looked on to provide leadership for the Chargers this fall.

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Robby Bolin, Washburn Rural

A 6-2, 190-pound senior wide receiver/safety, Bolin was an All-City Top 11 selection last fall, catching 29 passes for 863 yards and eight touchdowns. Bolin received second-team All-Centennial League recognition on offense and honorable mention on defense and also received All-6A honorable mention.

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Carter Brian, Cair Paravel Latin

Brian, a senior, turned in an outstanding junior season for the Lions, who play Eight-Man Football, ranking as one of the state's most prolific passers. Brian was named the city offensive newcomer of the year last season for Cair Paravel, which posted a 5-5 record.  

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Orrin Busenitz, Shawnee Heights

Busenitz, a senior, will be counted on to help anchor the T-Birds' offensive line after earning second-team All-United Kansas Conference recognition last season for Shawnee Heights, which is coming off a 1-8 season.

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Jacob Carver, Rossville

A junior offensive/defensive lineman, Carver is a returning starter on both sides of the ball for Rossville after helping the Bulldawgs post a perfect 13-0 record and win the 2A state championship as a sophomore.

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Corey Catron, Rossville

A senior running back/linebacker, Catron played a key role as Rossville posted a 13-0 record and captured the 2A state championship. Catron received first-team All-Mid-East League honors on defense for the Bulldawgs and received All-2A honorable mention.

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Matthew Etzel, Shawnee Heights

Etzel, a senior defensive end, earned second-team All-United Kansas Conference recognition last season for the 1-8 T-Birds while also receiving All-City honorable mention. Etzel recorded 40.5 tackles last season with a sack.

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Ben Evans, Hayden

Evans, a 6-3, 255 offensive tackle/defensive tackle, was a stalwart a year ago for a Hayden team that posted a 7-2 record and advanced to the second round of the 3A playoffs. Evans received All-City honorable mention last season.

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Noah Hastert, Cair Paravel Latin

A 6-6, 220-pound senior tight end/defensive end, Hastert earned All-City Top 11 honors last fall for the 5-5 Lions. Hastert caught 58 passes for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns while also recording 61 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. 

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Torrey Horak, Rossville

Horak, a senior quarterback/free safety, received first-team All-State all-class honors last season after helping lead the Bulldawgs to a perfect 13-0 record and the 2A state championship. Horak rushed for 1,629 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior while passing for 1,447 yards and 25 TDs. Horak has compiled 5,382 yards of total offense in his career, accounting for 90 TDs.

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Kaden Ireland, Seaman

A senior running back/cornerback, Ireland helped Seaman post a 7-2 record and go unbeaten against city competition last fall, earning second-team All-Centennial League recognition on defense as well as All-City honorable mention.

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Daigan Kruger, Silver Lake

Kruger is a standout senior quarterback/linebacker for Silver Lake, helping lead the Eagles to a 6-2 record while earning All-2A honorable mention in 2020. Kruger is also one of the state's premier wrestlers, placing third in the 3A-1A state tournament as a junior.

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Brody Lietz, Rossville

A senior offensive/defensive lineman, Lietz is a returning starter on both sides of the ball after helping Rossville post a 13-0 record and win the 2A state championship last season. Lietz was an All-Mid-East League first-team selection on defense a year ago while earning All-2A honorable mention.

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Joe Otting, Hayden

A 6-4, 265-pound junior guard/defensive end, Otting received All-City and All-3A honorable mention a year ago for the 7-2 Wildcats and is one of the top Division I prospects in the state, receiving offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State and New Mexico. Otting is also a basketball standout, receiving All-Shawnee County recognition as a sophomore.

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Tyrell Reed, Topeka West

Reed, a junior, will play running back/free safety for the Chargers, who will be looking to improve on last year's one-win campaign. Reed, who received All-City honorable mention in '20, was a 5A medalist in the 5A state track meet this past spring, placing third in the 100-meter dash.

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Gannon Remer, Silver Lake

A senior wide receiver/safety, Remer earned first-team All-Mid-East League honors last season as a junior after helping Silver Lake post a 6-2 record.

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Brogan Renfro, Silver Lake

A senior slotback/running back/cornerback, Renfro earned first-team All-Mid-East League recognition on defense last season. Renfro is one of the state's top returning track and field performers, earning four state medals in the 2021 3A state meet.

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Tre Richardson, Highland Park

Richardson, a junior, is a multi-sport standout for Highland Park, playing football, basketball, baseball and track and field. A receiver/defensive back/returner, Richardson was the All-City returner a year ago while also earning second-team All-Centennial League honors. Richardson was a multi-event state placer in the 5A state track meet.

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Danny Saili, Topeka High

Saili, an offensive lineman/noseguard, transferred to Topeka High from Jefferson West for his senior season. Saili earned first-team All-Big Seven League recognition on both offense and defense a year ago and also received All-3A honorable mention for the Tigers.

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Jarin Sanders, Shawnee Heights

A senior, Sanders earned All-City honorable mention last season at running back for the T-Birds, carrying the ball 126 times for 426 yards as a junior as Shawnee Heights posted a 1-8 record. Sanders also plays point guard for Heights' basketball team.

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Casen Stallbaumer, Seaman

Stallbaumer, a senior H-back/strong safety, earned All-City Top 11 honors in 2020 for the 7-2 Vikings, rushing for 195 yards, catching 38 passes for 624 yards and scoring eight touchdowns while also throwing for a pair of TDs. Stallbaumer received second-team All-Centennial League recognition and All-5A honorable mention.

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Ty Weber, Washburn Rural

A 6-3, 235-pound junior outside linebacker, Weber was an All-City Top 11 selection last fall. Weber was also an All-Centennial League first-team selection after compiling 120 tackles (64 solo), with eight tackles for loss.

 

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