Bishop Miege and Next Level Eclipse 17U Bluestar 2021 Payton Verhulst finishes a transition layup. Photo by Robert Kelly.

Posted On: 11/7/20 12:09 PM

The 7-team Eastern Kansas League is composed of three Class 6A, three Class 5A, and one Class 4A schools. The strength of the league is reflected in its 2020 production of two state quarterfinal teams (St. Thomas Aquinas 5A and Bishop Miege, 4A), two 2019 state champions (St. Thomas Aquinas, 5A, Bishop Miege, 4A) and the 2019 5A runner-up, Blue Valley Southwest.  Here’s a quick look at the ten returning players who who made first, second, or third team team all-league.

First Team

2021 #1 Payton VerhulstPaytonVerhulst6'1" | CGBishop Miege | 2021State#7NationKS, 6’1″, G/F, Bishop Miege, Next Level Eclipse Bluestar – Verhulst is a combo-guard who also has been described as a point forward.  She is a extremely versatile, well rounded player.  A terrific combination of size, length, and savvy, Verhulst arguably hurts opponents the most with her passing.  The Louisville commit is a 5-star, ESPNU 2021 HoopGurlz player ranked at #8; was the 2020 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year; and was the MVP of the 2019 Americas 16U championship.  How another year like she has can happen will be something to watch.

2022 #5 Beatrice CullitonBeatriceCulliton6'3" | PFSt. Thomas Aquinas | 2022State#49NationKS, 6’3″, C, St. Thomas Aquinas, Missouri Phenom – Culliton was a

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