2021 All-Butler County basketball teams named

Charles Chaney
Butler County Times Gazette

I watched over 120 games this year, whether it was in person or online in some capacity, I found myself entrenched in all things basketball within Butler County. Whether I was at your game or watching online, I saw you play. 

Everyone. 

There were some no-brainer decisions and some that may see a parent emailing me to tell me that "at least colleges know more about basketball than you."

Remember, this is not the AVCTL lists, nor is this the all-state lists by the Capital-Journal. This is my objective list of who I think had the best season in the county. 

2021 All-County

You can email me, tweet me, or Facebook me your disagreements. 

Here are the 2020-21 Butler County All-County selections. With 11 schools within the county, the array of players gave it a tough choice. I tried to balance game with school size and not punish the smaller schools for playing in smaller classes. Team success played a role, too.

Girls' All-County

First team

Player, School, Year                                     PPG  RPG  APG

Bailey Wilborn, Andover Central, Senior        14.0    2.9    3.0

Brittany Harshaw, Andover Central, Junior    18.0    6.4    3.3

Jaden Newfarmer, Andover Central, Senior    5.0    6.0    6.0 

Ellie Stearns, Andover Central, Junior           13.0    4.5   3.7

Kimalee Cook, Circle, Senior                         16.0    3.8    3.8 (steals)  

Second team

Maddi Amekporfor, Andover Central, Soph.    9.6    4.3    2.3

Madi Michaelis, Circle, Senior                         9.9    3.1    3.2       

Torrence Lovesee, Bluestem, Senior              12.8   9.6    2.7 

Erin Mullins, Berean Academy, Senior            8.6     4.6   0.5

Brooke Walker, Andover, Freshman               11.9    4.5   2.7

Honorable Mention

Madison Alvord, Flinthills, soph.; Maycee Anderson, Augusta, Sr.; Bailey Camien, El Dorado, Sr.; Riggin Carney, Flinthills, Sr.; Lanna Chase, Circle, Sr.; Maci Claycamp, Circle, Sr.; Kirstyn Cooper, Bluestem, Sr.; Lauren Donner, Bluestem, Jr.; Aspen Goetz, Rose Hill, Sr.; Korryn Hackney, Rose Hill, Sr.; Becca Hadjukovich, Douglass, So.; Myra Megli, Douglass, Sr.; Brooklyn Motter, El Dorado, Sr.; Ella Puckett, Augusta, Jr.; Lexi Rose, Rose Hill, Sr.; Haley Thrush, Rose Hill, Sr.; Lillie Vear, Berean Academy, So.; Miranda Wiebe, Berean Academy, Sr.; Sally Wine, Berean Academy, Jr.; Mallory Woolston, Andover, Sr.

Coach of the Year

Andover Central's Head Coach Stana Jefferson

Stana Jefferson, Andover Central

Coach Jefferson led her Jaguars to the Class 5A State Championship Game. They won 24 consecutive games this season up to that point and had rolled off 46 over the last two seasons. 

This season, the Jaguars were on a special run this season as they played half their schedule against ranked teams, including winning the Newton Invitational Tournament once again. The Jags also would win the AVCTL-II for the second straight season.

Heading into season No. 17, Jefferson will return Brittany Harshaw, Ellie Stearns and Maddi Amekporfor, providing a scary trio once again. 

Player of the Year

Jaden Newfarmer (14) is the 2021 Butler County Player of the Year

Jaden Newfarmer, Andover Central

When you look at just the numbers, it's hard to appreciate everything Jaden Newfarmer does for the Andover Central Jaguars. A lynchpin for their aggressive defense, she isn't one to complain she does not get the same volume of shots as her teammates -- she doesn't need it. However, when you need a bucket, she can be a scorer. 

The state leader in assists and one of the state's best defenders is committed to Washburn and you can see why. She is constantly taking on the opponent's top guards and out-rebounding most opposing post players. 

When you need Newfarmer to score, she can but finding her open teammates is where she succeeds. Her play helped fuel that Jaguars into the state tournament as others struggled to get going. It felt as Newfarmer went, the Jaguars went as well. 

Boys' All-County

First team

Player, School, Year                                     PPG  RPG  APG

Jack Johnson, Andover, Senior                     19.3    6.6    2.5

Adriel Smith, Rose Hill, Junior                       24.0    5.1    2.2

Kaleb Gaddis, Andover, Senior                        8.4   2.8    4.8

Brendan Parker, Augusta, Senior                  13.0    3.4    2.2

Chase Wiebe, Berean Academy, Senior       18.0    4.0    3.5  

Second team

Isaiah Maikori, Andover, Senior                      6.2    3.4    2.4

Skyler Clevenger, Andover Central, Junior   14.4    2.7    1.1 

LJ Berkstresser, El Dorado, Sophomore       11.2    3.3    2.4

Drew Middleton, Circle, Senior                      16.0    5.1    2.2 

Ely Wilcox, Augusta, Senior                          10.3    7.3    1.5 

Honorable Mention

Nate Becker, Flinthills, So.; Cade Gehring, Andover, Sr.; Jeremiah Kemboi, El Dorado, Jr.; Hunter Lowmaster, Flinthills, So.; Kaden McDaniel, Augusta, So.; Luke McGinnis, Circle, Jr.; Brian Perry, Andover Central, Jr.; BJ Redic, Andover, So.; Eli Shetlar, Andover, So.; Kellan Simoneau, Rose Hill, So.; Sam Snook, Berean Academy, Sr.; Jared Stoffel, Douglass, Sr.; Jaydon Sundgren, El Dorado, Jr.; Landon Walden, Bluestem, Jr.; Zach Wittenberg, El Dorado, Sr.

Coach of the Year

Andover boys' Head Coach Martin Shetlar

Martin Shetlar, Andover

Coach Martin Shetlar has put his Trojans into a position for 5A contention with the youth he injected into the roster this season.

Led by Jack Johnson, the do-it-all senior, they rolled to a 19-3 overall record and a place in the Class 5A sub-state finale, including rolling through a barn burner of a schedule all season. The Trojans went to Campus and knocked off the Colts; beat Heights in Wichita and took down Kapaun at home in the sub-state. 

Much like Coach Jefferson, the last two years have been coming up roses for the Trojans. They are 42-3 over the last two seasons with two league title and a state appearance.

The Trojans will need to replace four starters but plenty of experience was had throughout the season. Andover will once again be a tough opponent for any 5A team.

Player of the Year

Andover's Jack Johnson is the 2021 Boys' County Player of the Year. He also won the 2020 award.

Jack Johnson, Andover

One of the most prolific scorers in Butler County history ended his season going 42-3 over the final two seasons. He set a school record in points in a single game and for a season. During his high school career, the guard averaged 16.4 points per game, including a career high 19.3 per game his senior season.

Highlight was the 41-point performance against Salina Central, where the senior went nuclear as the Trojans beat the Mustangs. Two games later, he set the school record for career points. 

Johnson was picked 5A All-state first team by the following publications: Sports in Kansas, Topeka Capital-Journal and the Wichita Eagle.

He's going to Dallas Baptist next season and has his sights set on national championships there. 

Photos in the main image are from Steve Adelson, Matthew Neibling, Bryce Bischler (RocketAthletics.com), Gus Garcia (SportsGus.com) and Lathe Cobb (Lathe Cobb Photography).

Charles Chaney has been the Sports Editor for the Butler County Times-Gazette since Aug. 2019. You can reach him at cchaney@butlercountytimesgazette.com or on Twitter at @ChuckChaneyBCTG.