Catchys 2016 Halfway Leaders

The 2016 Catchys has reached the halfway point in the voting! This year there are a total of 58 schools represented across the 31 categories.

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Here’s how the race to win each category is fairing so far:

Best Football Player – Derby standout Brady Rust leads the category with 32% of the vote, followed by Ulysses’ Ian Rudzik (27%), and Andover Central’s Darraja Parnell (21%).

Best Volleyball Player – Hillsboro ace Alex Ratzlaff is the frontrunner in the category, hauling 29% of the vote. Not far behind her is Garden Plain’s Daylynn Doyle with 28% of the vote.

Best Boys XC Runner – Not a surprise that Winfield’s Riley Osen is winning yet another race. Osen has a strong hold with 34% of the vote. Second to Osen is Garden City’s Marcus Tula with 23%.

Best Girls XC Runner – Klair Gibson from Douglass High School is out in front of this tight race at 29%. Close behind is Bennington’s Kya Johnson with 25% of the vote, followed by Wichita North’s Gabriela Reyna (23%), and Kapaun’s Kelsi Andrews (21%).

Best Boys Soccer Player – The Beckham brothers had a 50% chance of winning, coming into the voting. So far, Chace has the golden boot within his grasp with 27% of the vote. Just in the past week, the voting for Salina South’s Jose Escobedo has made a significant leap to gain 26% of the vote. Chance Beckham holds 23% of the vote and Trinity’s Emery May has received 22% of the votes at the halfway point.

Best Girls Golfer – Anna Pool from Coffeyville-Field Kindley is on top of the leaderboard for the category shooting 29% of the vote. Pool’s closest competitor in the voting is Derby’s Sydney Murray with 26%.

Best Girls Tennis Player/Duo – Andover’s Grace Ball has the advantage of 29% of the vote, while the Bishop Carroll doubles team of Natalie Lubbers and Breckyn Steven holds onto 27% of the vote.

Best Boys Basketball Player – The frontrunner of this race has changed every week since voting began in mid-June. As of today (Tuesday), McPherson’s Drew Pyle is shooting 27% from field, Eisenhower’s Matt Pile is at 26%, and Wichita Southeast’s Jerrick Harding holds 25% of the vote.

Best Girls Basketball Player – In another tight race, Grace Mitchell from Wellington High School is the leading scorer with 29% of the vote. Right behind Mitchell by 44 votes, is Central Plains’ Taylor Rolfs with 28% of the vote.

Best Boys Swimmer – In the lead by only 25 votes is Rose Hill’s Noah Baden. Both Baden and Wichita Heights’ Dylan Jensen are very close each holding 26% of the vote.

Best Wrestler – Norton’s Gavin Lively is looking to win yet another honor as he is the frontrunner with 29% of the vote. Michael Prieto from Garden City has brought in 27% of the vote.

Best Boys Bowler – Tristan Funk from Garden City is the leader in the voting through the halfway point (28%). Funk is followed by Emporia’s Braden Schuler (25%), Derby’s Ryker Percival (23%), and Wichita Northwest’s Zachary Hall (21%).

Best Girls Bowler – Cruising at the halfway point of the voting is Eisenhower’s Madison Douglas. Douglas holds 35% of the vote with her closest competition, El Dorado’s Destiny Bowlin at 25% of the vote.

Best Baseball Player – Eisenhower’s Dalton Dinkel is ahead with 30% of the votes to date. Lakin’s Ryder Yakel holds 28% of the voting, followed by Braden Minor and Colby Pechin.

Best Softball Player – A very close race is on hand for the best softball player of 2016. Derby’s Kenzie Young leads the voting by 33 votes with Garden City’s Abbie Dart just behind. Haven’s Katelynn Stucky is third in the race with 24% of the vote and picking up steam in the last week.

Best Boys Track Athlete – The nation’s top boys javelin thrower in Derby’s Trenton Allen is also the leader for the category with 28% of the votes to date. Ellsworth’s Kaden Davis sits in second with 26% of the votes, and Andale’s Jeff Ast is not far behind.

Best Girls Track Athlete – Belle Plaine’s Jessica Heidel has lead throughout the entire voting with 37% of the vote to date. Wichita Southeast’s Breanna Eckels and Hutchinson’s Tyjai Adams are in a tight race for second at the moment.

Best Boys Golfer – Auburn commit Wells Padgett from Maize South is on top of the leaderboard through nine holes with 28% of the vote. Close behind Padgett is Garden City’s Sion Audrain with 26% of the vote.

Best Girls Swimmer – Mia Gibson from Maize South is in the lead with 31% of the vote. Wichita East’s Katerina Savvides had a strong Independence Day voting spree to push her into second in the voting. Height’s Katelyn Blattner and Trinity’s Taylor Kostboth continue to fight for the second spot.

Boys Boys Tennis Player – The Hesston doubles team of Garrett Roth and Grant Dahlsten are sitting in first place in the voting with a comfortable lead. Salina Central’s JD McHenry and Zach Hilbig sit in second place with 26% of the vote.

Best Girls Soccer Player – Maize’s Kate McClure holds 29% of the vote and a 200+ vote lead in the category. Derby’s Jordan Eickelman sits in second place with 25% of the vote.

Best Boys Multi-Sport Athlete – The largest lead out of any category is Wichita Heights’ Creighton Sanders. Sanders has a lead over 1,000 votes in the category with Andale’s Jeff Ast sitting in second place.

Best Girls Multi-Sport Athlete – Cashlyn Munroe of Douglass High School is the frontrunner currently with 31% of the votes. Hesston’s Cami Richardson is second place and has 25% of the vote.

6A Team of the Year – Derby Football has the lead with 31% of the vote to date with Wichita South Girls Basketball and Garden City wrestling just behind.

5A Team of the Year – Newton Girls Track holds a comfortable lead on the voting with 30% in hand. Salina South boys soccer sits in the second with 25% of the vote.

4A Team of the Year – Holcomb football has a commanding lead on the voting with 30% of the vote. Andale Track sits in second place at the halfway point.

3A Team of the Year – The state champion volleyball team from Garden Plain lead the voting by nearly 200 votes. Norton Wrestling sits as the current runner-up with 26% of the votes.

2A Team of the Year – With a strong push as of late, the Central Plains girls basketball team sits in first in the voting with 30% of the vote. Sacred Heart boys golf has raked in 25% of the vote.

1A Team of the Year – The state champion Goessel volleyball team leads the category by close to 200 votes. Victoria Football sits in second place with 27% of the vote to date.

Best Performance: Wichita Southeast point guard Jerrick Harding’s performance in the state tournament holds the lead with 31% of the votes. Holcomb quarterback Trey Teeter’s outstanding high school passing efforts have earned 28% of the voting so far.

Story of the Year: It’s a hot race between Wichita South girls basketball’s fourth straight state championship in 6A and the Andover softball team breaking up Bishop Carroll’s 77-game winning streak. The Titans have a short lead with 29% of votes.