Smoky Valley senior basketball standout Chase Dippel was named The Hutchinson News’ Area Player of the Year on Sunday.
Dippel averaged 27 points a game for the Vikings to rank among the top scorers in the state.
He was joined on the All-Area first team by McPherson High’s Christian Ulsaker.
Ulsaker and MHS’ Adam Bruner were named to the 5A first team, while Treg Fawl was tabbed honorable mention. MHS’ Casyn Buchman was named to the girls’ 5A honorable mention team.
Area honors:
Canton-Galva -- Kaitlyn Bressie, honorable mention 2A.
Inman -- Mishaun Pfannenstiel, first-team 2A; Sam Martin, second-team 2A; Will Tonn, honorable mention 2A; Bre Beckerman, honorable mention 2A; Kenda Ely, honorable mention 2A.
Little River -- Callie Cordell, honorable mention, 1A.
Moundridge -- Katie Vogts, second-team All-Area, 1st-team 2A; Trey Unrau, first-team 2A;  Jayson Kaufman, honorable mention 2A; Austin Neufeld, honorable mention 2A; Spencer Suderman, honorable mention 2A.
Smoky Valley --  Chase Dippel, All-Area Player of the Year, first-team 4A.