Gabe Hoover, wide receiver, McPherson High School

Gabe Hoover has produced eight touchdowns in the month of the October for the McPherson High School football team. In the past two games, Hoover had back-to-back three touchdown performance. He now has 16 touchdowns for the year and has recached the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards. The Bullpups continue their undefeated season with a pursuit of winning a state championship for the first time in school history.
"Gabe is a great kid on and off of the field.  He carries himself with a sense of humility well beyond his years.  There is no doubt this young man will make a productive citizen in the future," Bullpups' head coach Jace Pavlovich said.


Ellen Durst, senior setter, Moundridge High School

Ellen Durst helped lead the Moundridge High School volleyball team to the Class 1A State Tournament where the Wildcats finished third. She was named 1st team All-State Tournament Team
and 1st team HOA All-League. This season, Durst recorded 744 assists, 109 Kills with a .405 attack percentage, 31 service aces while serving 88 percent.
Ellen is carrying a 4.0 GPA and also a KU honors Scholar student.  She is also senior class president and student council representative for the National Honor Society.  Ellen also serves as Fellowship of Christian Athletes president.

"Ellen has developed into a very dynamic  setter with a seemingly endless amount of energy. She has turned into an effective attacker for us as well through her shot making and vision. A setter often defines your team and I have felt very comfortable with Ellen defining us," Moundridge Head Volleyball Coach Otte said.

Runner Ups

McPherson High School

Ashley Achilles, girls tennis

While holding a 4.3 GPA, Achilles has been a two-time state qualifier for the Lady netter. She is the

member of the Girls Tennis Regional Champion Team for two years. In the classroom, she is a stuco secretary, a class officer for three years, NHS Vice President, PUPPS Mentor, choir leadership and math relays state championship team member for three years.

Rhett Edmonson, boys soccer

Rhett Edmonson had a strong month of October after scoring six goals in four games. That also includes a game-winning goal against Great Bend High School to close out their season.

Moundridge High School

Kaela Helms senior Libero, volleyball

Kaela Helms has a serve receive passing of 2.28 on a scale from -1 to 3, 553 digs, 24 service aces while serving 95 percent.
Helms is carrying a 3.95 GPA. She serves as Treasurer for Moundridge Pep Club and secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

She was recently named First-Team All-State Tournament Team and First-team HOA All-League team.
"Moundridge has a legacy of great ball control athletes and Kaela has become one of the best.  Her ability to read opponent attackers and her consistent passing was essential in our tempo attacking and the basis of our entire defense," head coach Bryan Otte said on Helms.

Inman High School

Dantile Raney, Volleyball

Dantile Raney led the Teutons in kills with 210. She was third in aces at 32, and second in digs at 239. Raney is also second in serve receive with 432.

"What I love most about Dantile is she is always the last one to leave everyday after practice. I don't know how many times I've had to kick her out," Inman head coach Emily Butler said. She works extremely hard not only for herself but for her teammates. She is a coach's dream. I am so excited when I get to tell people she is only a sophomore. I know her teammates look up to her also. She is a kind and caring individual and I am blessed I get to coach her."

Her GPA is 3.57, and she is taking the Kansas Scholars Curriculum to prepare her for college.

Nicholas Martisko, Cross Country

Nicholas Martisko qualified for state tournament for the third time in a row. He finished 38th in the Class 2A state championship.

Elyria Christian

Makenzie Archer, Tennis

Makenzie Archer qualified for the Class 3-2-1A Girls State tournament in Pratt. The Senior went for 4-3, which it would put her in eighth place during the state tournament.

Archer finished her season with a record record of 28-12 in her final year as an Eagle.

Smoky Valley High School

Cort Elliott, running back/linebacker

Cort Elliott has rushed for 404 rushing yards five touchdowns in the month of October at running back. On defense he recorded 16 tackles at linebacker.

Lane Schrag, quarterback/defensive back

Lane Schrag rushed 337 this month and record 20.5 total tackles and two interceptions in the secondary this month. Smoky Valley High School football remains undefeated in the playoffs.

Canton-Galva High School

Landon Everett, quarterback, football

As the Eagles continue their historic run in the playoffs, Everett has been having a spectacular year at quarterback. The junior has thrown 58 percent of his passes, 1,074 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a runner, he's averaged 14.9 yards per carry, and rushed for 1405 yards and 33 touchdowns. On Oct.26, Everett created three turnovers on defense. Two of them resulted into a touchdown. That includes a 53-yard pick six and 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Morgan Becker, cross country

Becker has become a freshman sensation for the Canton-Galva High School cross country team. In the Wheat-State league meet, he finished first with a time 18:02 at Harvey County. A week later

qualified for state after breaking the school record during Class-2A Regionals with a time of 17:10. During the state championship, he finished 25th out of 108 runners at Wamego.

If you know a high school player in the McPherson County who should be recognized for his or her's performance on and off the field, please Contact Peter Holland Jr. by email Each candidate must be nominated by the last week of each month.