By Joanna Chadwick
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission will host the Johnny Bench Awards on Thursday night, giving an award to the nation’s top college catcher. It will also honor the top area college male and female athletes, top pro athlete and top boys and girls high school athletes.
Who would you choose for the top high school athletes? The three boys and three girls are below — is it a good list? Is anyone missing?
Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Alex Bontz, Andover Central (football, wrestling)
Perry Ellis, Wichita Heights (basketball)
David Thor, Bishop Carroll (cross country, track)
Lynette Woodard High School Female of the Year Finalists
Sydnee Eck, Andale (softball)
McKenzie Hartzog, Maize (soccer, volleyball, basketball)
Megan Sorlie, Andover Central (softball)
This is a great list of athletes, athletes who had outstanding careers throughout high school and were dominating.
Alex Bontz is a wrestler who I have enjoyed watching throughout his career and he is thoroughly deserving.
Perry Ellis, well, we all know what Perry Ellis has done. I’d be shocked not to see him win.
David Thor had a heck of a career, too, and really finished it out in fantastic fashion.
For the girls, Sydnee Eck was a dominating pitcher, who if she wanted, could have a Division I softball career.
McKenzie Hartzog was All-Metro in soccer and volleyball and played in the state tournament in all three sports. I think she told me she had been to 14 state tournaments in the three sports.
Megan Sorlie is a softball player headed to Notre Dame, and like Eck, was an All-Metro selection.
These are all athletes of the highest level — and good, smart kids.
Tough choices here.