Seven city players earn All-United Kansas Conference first-team football honors

Rick Peterson


Twenty-five city players have earned All-United Kansas Conference football recognition, led by seven first-team picks.

AllenBaughmanWestShawnee Heights junior running back Allen Baughman was one of four T-Birds to earn first-team spots on the All-United Conference football team. [File photo/TSN]

BrysonVawterFB2Seaman senior Bryson Vawter earned All-United Kansas Conference first-team recognition at running back. [File photo/TSN]

XavierAlexanderTopeka West senior Xavier Alexander (32) was named the All-UKC first-team punter and also received honorable mention at running back. [File photo/TSN]

Shawnee Heights put a city-high four players on the All-UKC first team, with junior running back Allen Baughman, senior offensive lineman Gavin Zuperku, junior all-purpose pick Jayden Moore and junior defensive lineman Christian Gonzales all earning first-team berths.

Seaman is represented on the first team by senior running back Bryson Vawter and senior offensive lineman Sean Miller while Topeka West senior Xavier Alexander was named the All-UKC first-team punter.

Earning second-team all-conference honors on offense were Topeka West senior quarterback Malachi Berg, Seaman junior receiver Callen Barta, Shawnee Heights junior tight end Jayden Holly and Shawnee Heights junior lineman Rykan Carver.

Eight city players earned second-team spots on defense -- Seaman senior lineman Kasen Hasenkamp, Topeka West junior lineman Kyrece Robinson, Seaman senior linebacker Jaxson Thomas, Shawnee Heights junior linebacker Alex Dittman, Shawnee Heights senior linebacker Sean Wunder, Seaman junior back Jack Bloom, Shawnee Heights senior back Jayden Berry and Heights senior back Jaye Jones.

In addition to earning first-team honors at punter, West's Alexander received All-UKC honorable mention on offense while Seaman's Vawter, a first-team running back, received honorable mention on defense. Six other city players received honorable mention.


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Scots' Diaz named co-player of the year in Meadowlark Conference

Rick Peterson



Highland Park senior Vellamy Diaz has been named the Meadowlark Conference soccer co-player of the year after helping lead the Scots to a 10-7-1 record in the 2022 season.

VellamyDiazactionHighland Park senior Vellamy Diaz has been named the All-Meadowlark Conference soccer co-player of the year. [File photo/TSN]

Diaz is joined on the all-conference first team by Scot teammates Ismael Salinas, a senior, and sophomore Antonio Aguirre.

Highland Park senior Manny Hernandez received honorable mention.


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