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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Loecker repeats as player of the year

  • McPherson High School’s Katelyn Loecker has accomplished something not done since Claflin’s legendary Jackie Stiles in the late 1990s, namely repeating as the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year.
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  • McPherson High School’s Katelyn Loecker has accomplished something not done since Claflin’s legendary Jackie Stiles in the late 1990s, namely repeating as the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year.
    Loecker, who just completed her senior year in a Bullpup basketball uniform, averaged 17.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this past season. She led the Bullpups (22-4) to the Class 4 state championship game Saturday night, where they lost to Wamego 60-53.
    This is the first time a player has repeated as the player of the year since Stiles, a 2007 inductee into the Kansas Sports Hall of fame, accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1997.
    Additionally, Loecker is only the third Kansas player in the history of the Gatorade Player of the Year award to receive the honor in back-to-back years. The feat was first accomplished  by Roshonda Reed from Washington High School in Kansas City 1994 and 1995.
    “This is quite an accomplishment,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said in an email. “It couldn’t have happened to a better kid.”
    Also a volleyball standout, Loecker has maintained a 4.27 weighted GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating her time as a youth basketball instructor, she has volunteered on behalf of her church, as part of breast cancer research fundraisers and at a community Thanksgiving dinner event.
    Loecker will join the Oklahoma State University basketball program this fall.
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