Cub standouts earn Tri-Valley League recognition

Humboldt's hardwood success translated into six players earning postseason honors from Tri-Valley League coaches. Sam Hull and Colden Cook brought home first-team all-TVL recognition. Blake Ellis and Asher Hart and girls Kenisyn Hottenstein and Shelby Shaughnessy all received honorable mention.


March 12, 2024 - 1:19 PM

Humboldt's Colden Cook (35) earned first-team All-Tri-Valley League honors. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Humboldt High’s Sam Hull earned first-team honors for All-Tri-Valley League.Photo by Mike Myer

HUMBOLDT — A second straight Tri-Valley League championship translated into a number of postseason accolades for Humboldt High’s Cubs.

Humboldt had four players earn TRL recognition, including first-team performers Sam Hull and Colden Cook, while Blake Ellis and Asher Hart earned honorable mention.

On the girls side, Humboldt’s Kenisyn Hottenstein and Shelby Shaughnessy also earned honorable mention.

With Hull and Cook leading the way, Humboldt rolled to a 19-3 season before bowing out in the Class 3A Substate Semifinals.

Hull, a senior, scored a team-high 16.3 points per contest, while ranking second (behind Cook) with 5.8 rebounds. He also dished out 2.2 assists and had two steals per contest.

Cook’s junior season saw him average 13.6 points, 6.5 boards, 24 assists, 1.9 steals and  nearly 1 block per game.

Hart ranked third on the team in scoring at 6.3 points. He also added nearly 2 assists and 2 steals per game.

Ellis averaged 4.8 points and tied with Cook for the team lead with 2.4 assists per game. He averaged 2 steals as well.

Humboldt High senior Kenisyn Hottenstein (10) earned honorable mention for the All-Tri-Valley League team.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

HUMBOLDT’S Lady Cubs went 13-9 on the season, even with a small bench, and made it to the Substate Semis.

Shaughnessy, a junior, led the way in both scoring and rebounding with 9.3 points and 7.1 boards per contest.

Hottenstein, Humboldt’s only senior, wasn’t far behind, averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Humboldt HIgh’s Shelby Shaughnessy (15) earned honorable mention for the All-Tril-Valley League team.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Tri-Valley League


First Team

Colden Cook, Jr., Humboldt

Ethan Dillinger, Sr., Erie

Reid Duff, Jr., Erie

Colt Hightower, Jr., Caney Valley

Sam Hull, Sr., Humboldt

Second Team

Elias Barnett, Jr., Fredonia

Malachi Jimenez, Sr., Bluestem

Ashton O’Neal, Jr., Fredonia

Lyle Perrier, Sr., Eureka

Talon Roebuck, Sr., Neodesha

Honorable Mention

Kamden Barnett, Fr., Fredonia

Blake Ellis, Jr., Humboldt

Carsen Ellis, Jr., Cherryvale

Asher Hart, Jr., Humboldt

Krewe Johnson, Jr., Neodesha


First Team

Prayer Roebuck, Jr., Neodesha

Brenna Rucker, So., Eureka

Bethany Umbarger, Sr., Cherryvale

Anna Washburn, Sr., Caney Valley

Laynie Winfrey, Jr., Eureka

Second Team

Kimmy Combs, So., Neodesha

Holli Emmons, Sr., Bluestem

Tinley Lovesee, Sr., Cherryvale

Jailee Reister, Sr., Cherryvale

Zoey Sims, Sr., Fredonia

Honorable Mention

Kadynce Forman, Jr., Cherryvale

Kenisyn Hottenstein, Sr., Humboldt

Alex Pasquarelli, Sr., Erie

Shelby Shaughnessy, Jr., Humboldt