City player of the year Carly Bachelor, a Washburn Rural sophomore, headlines the 2017 All-City girls basketball team after leading the Junior Blues to a second-place finish in the Centennial League and a perfect 10-0 record against city competition.
Bachelor averaged a city-high 20.9 points for the 17-5 Junior Blues, earning her second straight All-City first-team honor.
Also earning All-City honors for the second straight season is Hayden sophomore Preston Reid, who led the Wildcats to a berth in the Class 4A Division II state tournament.
Bachelor and Reid are joined on the All-City first team by Topeka High senior Erica Birch, Shawnee Heights junior Lydia Ostenson and Washburn Rural junior Kendall Michalski.
Birch moves up to the first team after being a second-team All-City pick in 2016 while Ostenson moves up from the third team. Michalski rounds out the first team after averaging 10.8 points and hitting a city-high 55 3-pointers.
Seaman coach Steve Alexander was named city girls coach of the year after his young Vikings posted a 14-8 record, making a 10-win improvement over the previous season.
Viking freshman Katera Mayfield was named the city newcomer of the year after making an immediate impact for Seaman, averaging 8.9 points with a season-high of 20 points.
6-0 sophomore, Wash. Rural
Bachelor was named the city and Centennial League player of the year after helping lead the Junior Blues to a 17-5 record and averaging a city-high 20.9 points. Bachelor also earned third-team All-State and first-team All-6A honors, cracking double figures in 20 games and scoring 20 or more points 13 times and 30 or more three times. Bachelor also averaged 12.4 rebounds.
“Carly improved her game tremendously this year,” Washburn Rural coach Kevin Bordewick said. “She led us in points, rebounds, assists and steals, and she still has room to grow in the game. Even though she is only a sophomore, she was a great leader, a fierce competitor and has a good intellect for the game. Carly handled the ball a lot in our fast breaks and runs the floor well.”
6-2 senior, Topeka High
Birch moved up to the All-City first team after being a second-team pick as a junior and also earned first-team All-Centennial League honors and third-team All-6A recognition. Birch averaged 15.5 points for the 9-12 Trojans, cracking double figures 19 times and scoring 20 or more five times, with a season-high of 26 points. Birch signed a letter of intent last week to play college basketball at Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
“When we needed a bucket she was our go-to girl,” Topeka High coach Hannah Alexander said. “She was a huge force for us offensively and defensively. She has improved her footwork and her mid-range shot. The future is bright for this young lady.”
5-5 junior, Washburn Rural
Michalski showed remarkable improvement for the 17-5 Junior Blues, ranking as the team’s second-leading scorer and establishing herself as the city’s premier outside shooter. A second-team all-league pick, Michalski averaged 10.8 points with a city-high 55 3-pointers. She cracked double figures 16 times and hit at least one 3-pointer in 21 of 22 games.
“Kendall had a phenomenal year shooting the ball,” Bordewick said. “She shot around 45 percent from 3-point range and we were always comfortable with her shooting it from there. She also did a remarkable job as our main point guard handling the ball and getting our offense organized. Kendall has become a tenacious defender and a great leader for our team.”
5-8 junior, Shawnee Heights
Ostenson moved up to the All-City first team after earning third-team recognition as a sophomore. A second-team All-Centennial League pick, Ostenson averaged 16.9 points for the 8-13 T-Birds. Ostenson scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games, posting 20 or more points seven times. She had a season high of 26 points.
“Lydia did a tremendous job this season of being aggressive with the ball and giving our team a needed go-to scoring threat,” Shawnee Heights coach Bob Wells said. “She works hard and is committed to her school and teammates.”
5-10 sophomore, Hayden
Reid was also named to the All-Centennial League first-team this season after being an All-City pick as a freshman and named the co-newcomer of the year with Bachelor. Reid led Hayden to a berth in the 4A-II state tournament this season after helping the Wildcats post a runner-up state finish in ‘16. She averaged 18.2 points, cracking double figures in 21 of 22 games. Reid scored 20 or more points nine times and scored a career-high 33 points in the first round of the 4A-II state tournament.
“As our only returning starter, Preston did a great job stepping up her game and leading the team,” Hayden coach Brit Reid said. “She is naturally more comfortable playing point guard, but she learned how to play different positions for us when needed.”
Name, school Ht. Class
Carly Bachelor, Washburn Rural 6-0 So.
Erica Birch, Topeka High 6-2 Sr.
Kendall Michalski, Washburn Rural 5-5 Jr.
Lydia Ostenson, Shawnee Heights 5-8 Jr.
Preston Reid, Hayden 5-10 So.
Name, school Ht. Class
Gabby Rivera, Topeka West 5-10 So.
Valerie Golder, Shawnee Heights 5-10 Sr.
Brooklyn Hunter, Hayden 6-0 So.
Katera Mayfield, Seaman 5-11 Fr.
Megan Skoch, Seaman 5-3 So.
Name, school Ht. Class
Kelsey Bowers, Topeka West 5-4 Sr.
Corieann Emanuel, Topeka High 5-8 Sr.
Hallee Olson-Thomas, Seaman 5-9 Jr.
Baylie Sigmund, Washburn Rural 5-8 Jr.
Areionn Smith, Highland Park 6-1 Sr.
Hayden: Madison Ellis, jr. Highland Park: Ariyana Grassity, fr. Seaman: Delaney Kramer, jr. Shawnee Heights: Faith Rottinghaus, sr. Topeka High: Rylee Burris, sr.; Jaryn Benning, so. Topeka West: Lauryn Davis, sr.; Miyah Larson, fr. Washburn Rural: Megan Lucas, jr .
Player of the year — Carly Bachelor, Washburn Rural
Coach of the year — Steve Alexander, Seaman
Newcomer of the year — Katera Mayfield, Seaman