IHS athletes earn SEK honors

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
These 11 Iola High School athletes earned Southeast Kansas League honors in their respective fall sports — football, volleyball, cross country. They are (left to right) kneeling, Seth Walden and Charles Apt; middle row, Marcus Sullivan, Chris Heffern, Kyler Thompson, Kendra Taiclet, Connor Frazell; back row, Kent Toland, Roman Yocham, Ryan Latta, Shane Snavely.

Iola High senior Kyler Thompson became a three-time All-Southeast Kansas League linebacker when SEK coaches named the 2009 All-SEK football and volleyball teams last week.
Thompson and six other IHS football players received league recognition.
Kendra Taiclet, a sophomore, received All-SEK second-team honors in volleyball. Taiclet led the Fillies with 82 kills and 31 solo blocks.
Taiclet also served at an 85 percent clip. She had 18 ace serves and 13 set assists. Taiclet was credited with 18 assisted blocks.
The Fillies finished 1-7 in SEK play and 9-24 overall.
Senior Connor Frazell was named the All-SEK placekicker for the second year in a row. Also earning first-team All-SEK football honors was senior Chris Heffern.
Receiving SEK second-team football honors were juniors Marcus Sullivan, Iola’s leading rusher, and starting quarterback Charles Apt. Seniors Shane Snavely and Seth Walden received honorable mention.
Iola High’s only SEK champion in the fall was sophomore Roman Yocham. Yocham won the SEK cross country varsity boys’ race in October in Chanute.
Yocham and senior Kent Toland earned SEK honors by placing in the top 10 at the race. This is Yocham’s second year as an all-league runner and Toland, who finished 10th in the race, is a three-time All-SEK runner.
Senior Ryan Latta earned SEK honorable mention, finishing 13th in the league race.
Thompson, 6-2 and 220 pounds, led the Mustangs in tackles for the third straight year. He had 151 tackles during the 2009 season. He had two interceptions and seven quarterback sacks.
Thompson also played on the Mustang offensive line the past three years.
Heffern, who was plugged in to many different spots on the Iola offense and defense this season, received first-team honors as a free safety and running back. Heffern earned honorable mention as a junior.
Heffern racked up 74 tackles and had two interceptions playing at safety and linebacker. The 5-10, 175-pound senior also rushed for 264 yards on 63 carries and scored a touchdown.
Heffern caught nine passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. He was 2 of 12 throwing the football for 14 yards.
Frazell, 5-9 and 170, was successful on 15 of 18 extra-point attempts in 2009 He also kicked five field goals with his longest being 51 yards against Independence.
Frazell also punted for the Mustangs. He had 42 punts for 1,417 yards, which is a 33.7 yard average. Frazell caught 12 passes for 94 yards as a receiver.
Sullivan, a 5-10, 175 tailback, rushed for 422 yards on 134 carries and scored nine touchdowns for the Mustangs. He also caught six passes for 37 yards.
Sullivan finished tied for 10th in scoring in the SEK with 60 points. Frazell had 29 points kicking and led the league in field goals.
Apt, 6-3 and 180, competed 74 of 166 passes for 910 yards. He had five touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He rushed for 101 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns.
Snavely also played several different position for the Mustangs. As a linebacker on defense, Snavely had 56 tackles. The 6-3, 190 senior made one catch for 22 yards then switched to the offensive line.
Walden is a three-year starter at tight end for the Mustangs. He caught 17 passes for 288 yards this season.
The 6-2, 180-pound senior racked up 41 tackles and made four interceptions playing linebacker for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs ended up 2-4 in SEK football action. They were 3-6 overall.