AREA: NASUN WASSON, MADISON | FOOTBALL SOPHOMORE
HIS PERFORMANCE: Wasson tormented Lebo on both sides of the ball as Madison avenged last year’s 30-point loss to the Wolves with a 62-14 victory. Offensively, Wasson racked up 179 combined rushing and receiving yards, running for three scores and catching a pair of TD passes. But it was his defensive performance that opened eyes as Wasson picked off four Lebo passes and returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Nasun played out of his mind,” Madison coach Alex McMillian said. “I am not really sure how to describe it, but he had a look on his face. It was a look of determination and it was almost like he couldn’t be stopped. He did an outstanding job on both offense and defense. He trusted his reads defensively and made some great plays at pivotal times in the game.”
TOP 10: OTHER AREA CANDIDATES
TAYLOR BRIGGS, CHAPMAN CROSS COUNTRY: Briggs sent an early message that she could be a factor in 4A this season as the Irish freshman won the girls’ Class 4A race at the Wamego Invitational. She was the only runner under 20 minutes, winning by more than 40 seconds in 19:36.5.
HOLLY BROCKMEIER, RURAL VISTA VOLLEYBALL: In leading the Heat to the title at the Centre Invitational, Brockmeier recorded 48 kills, including 14 on just 18 attempts in a semifinal win over Herington. She also had eight aces and hit .400 for the day.
GABE GARBER, SABETHA FOOTBALL: Garber keyed Sabetha’s 21-0 shutout win over Holton, recording eight solo tackles and 16 tackles overall.
MITCHELL HENRY, NEMAHA CENTRAL FOOTBALL: Henry accounted for six touchdowns in the Thunder’s 55-14 win over Royal Valley, rushing for 139 yards and three scores and throwing for 248 yards and three more touchdowns. He also had 10 tackles for Nemaha Central.
REAGAN KIRKWOOD, VALLEY FALLS VOLLEYBALL: Kirkwood helped lead the Dragons to the title at the Lyndon Invitational, finishing with 30 kills, 11 aces, 58 digs and 4 blocks.
LAURA MACKE, NEMAHA CENTRAL VOLLEYBALL: After committing to Kansas State for basketball earlier in the week, Macke helped lead the Thunder to the title at their home tournament. Macke pounded out 53 kills at a .355 hitting percentage and added 10 aces and 40 digs as the Thunder went 6-0 and beat Atchison 25-16, 25-22 in the title match.
COLTON NOONAN, BURLINGAME: In a 60-8 rout of Hartford, Noonan ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. Noonan also had two interceptions and returned both for touchdowns.
CADE ROSS, JEFFERSON WEST FOOTBALL: The freshman quarterback set a school record in the Tigers’ 36-12 romp past Riverside, throwing for 340 yards and five touchdowns, completing 27 of 42 passes. He broke the old record of 330 set by Ian Mullins
BRODRIC SHIRLEY, FRANKFORT CROSS COUNTRY: Shirley was the lone boy in the Class 3-2-1A field to break 17 minutes at the Wamego Invitational, winning with a time of 16 minutes, 56.5 seconds — 14 seconds ahead of Seabury’s Henry Nelson.
TAYBOR VETTER, ROCK CREEK FOOTBALL: Vetter keyed Rock Creek’s first win over Rossville since 2008, accounting for four touchdowns and 170 yards in the 42-26 win. Vetter saw both of his completions go for touchdowns as he threw for 93 yards and added another 77 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.