Kansas athletes selected as 8-Man
BELOIT – This Saturday would have marked the 35th Annual 8-Man All-Star football games that have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. High school seniors from across the state of Kansas were prepared to show their stuff once again as they put on their pads and cleats. Those being recognized in their selections are as follows.
Representing the Division II East team selection, is assistant leader Coach Colby Hamel.
Hamel served his first year as Head Coach at Rock Hills in Mankato.
Hamel says he loves being able to teach life lessons through the game of football and have the opportunity to be a positive role model and mentor to someone who may need it. This was his first opportunity to coach in the 8-man All-Star game
He lives in Courtland with his wife and two daughters, Aubrie June and Nova Rae.
Team players selected for the Division II East team include:
Carter Brown, Downs, of Lakeside High School.
Lakeside qualified for the playoffs in 2016 and 2019.
Brown's footballl accomplishments and statistics include: Career: Rushing yards, 713; Rushing TD’s, 14; Kick Return Yards, 719; Kickoff Returns TD’s, 2; Receiving yards, 187; Receiving TD’s, 2; All Purpose Yards, 1,683; Tackles, 146; Senior - 2019: Rushing Yards, 515; Rushing TD’s, 10; Kick Return Yards, 344, Kick Return TD’s, 2; Receiving Yards, 69; Receiving TD’s, 1; All Purpose Yards, 938; Tackles, 54.
Brown's honors and accomplishments in other sports include lettering in basketball and track for three years. He is a Downs Junior Chamber member and Cawker City United Methodist Church member.
Brown enjoys hunting, playing sports, watching sports and spending time with friends.
Other high school accomplishments include: StuCo member, 3 years, officer 1 year; Honor Society, 3 years, officer 2 years; FFA member, 4 years, officer 2 years.
Carter’s parents are Brent and Jennifer Brown. He plans to attend Kansas State University.
Rylee Whelchel, Rock Hills High School in Mankato, was selected for the Division II East Team.
Whelchel's football accomplishments and statistics include: Max Prep Stats for 26 games: Total Rushing, 2,162 yds; All Purpose, 4,299 yds.; Carries, 194; Total TD, 72; Rushing yds per game, 83; 2017-18, Max Preps Player of the Week, NCKS Athlete of the Week; Topeka Capital Journal, All State Honorable Mention, Running Back, 2018; Wichita Eagle, All State Honorable Mention, Runningback, 2018; All District 2nd Team Runningback, 2nd Team Linebacker, 2nd Team Put Returner, 2018; All District 1st Team Runningback, 1st Team Kick Returner, 2019; Topeka Capital All State Honorable Mention Runningback, 2019; Wichita Eagle All State Honorable Mention Runningback, 2019.
Team achievements include: 2017: District Runner-Up, 1st round playoffs; 2018: District Champions, 2nd round playoffs; 2019: District Runner-Up.
Whelchel's accomplishments and honors in other sports include: KSHSAA 2 time 100m dash qualifier, 2 time 4x100 relay qualifier; KEMFA: Squad Champion 2017, Overall State Champion 2017, 3rd Place Team 2017, Benchpress State Champion 2018, Squat Champion 2019, Runner-Up (individual) 2019.
He is a Rock Hills youth basketball coach, Sharp Performance youth football coach, St. Theresa’s CYO.
Whelchel enjoys hunting, carpentry and heavy equipment.
Other high school accomplishments include Principal/Superintendent Honor Roll, FHSU Math Relays (2017), Cloud County Livestock Competition, FFA State, NCK Livestock Judging, FFA Secretary, Basketball.
Rylee’s parents are Kenneth and Katie Whelchel. He plans to join the National Guard and attend FHSU for athletic training and sports management.
Alex Ketter, Tipton High School, was selected for the Division II East Team.
St. John’s/Tipton were District Champs and Cross District Champs in 2019.
Ketter's football accomplishments and statistics include: 2019: 319 offensive yards, Defense: 34 solo tackles, 28 assists, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries; 1,494 kickoff yards, 249 yards punting.
His accomplishments in other sports include lettering 3 years in track, State Qualifier in 800m, sophomore and junior years; Golf-State Team placer, sophomore and junior years. He is a Tipton 4-H Club member, vice-president, treasurer; VFW Voice of Democracy Contest, 3rd place, junior year.
Ketter enjoys farming, flying, guitar and dirt bikes.
Other high school accomplishments include Honor Roll, 9, 10, 12; High Honor Roll, 11; Student Council Treasurer and President; Speech and Drama, I Act Play, I at State.
Alex’s parents are John and Lara Ketter. He plans on becoming a professional pilot.
Wyatt Darnell, Tipton High School, was selected for the Division II East Team.
St. John’s/Tipton were District and Cross District Champions in 2019.
Darnell's football accomplishments and statistics include: Selected First Team All State Line, All League Offensive and Defensive Line NPL, Lettered all 4 years.
Wyatt’s parents are Patty Darnell and Bobby and Dana Hollerich. He plans to attend CCC for the Wind Energy Program - Blade Repair.