Mustang standouts earn Pioneer League honors

Iola High's Cortland Carson, Keira Fawson and Landon Weide each received postseason accolades from Pioneer League Coaches. Carson was named to the Pioneer League first team and Weide the second team on the boys side. Fawson was named to the second team for the Pioneer League girls.



March 11, 2024 - 3:10 PM

Iola High's Cortland Carson (13) was named to the All-PIoneer League first team. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

A trio of Iola High hoopsters earned postseason accolades for their work on the basketball court this season.

Iola’s Cortland Carson, Landon Weide and Keira Fawson earned All-Pioneer League recognition, coaches announced Monday, upon the conclusion of the 2023-24 basketball campaign.

Carson, a junior, earned first-team honors on the boys side. Seniors Weide and Fawson earned second-team honors on the boys and girls sides, respectively.

Carson started the season on a high note, hitting the game-winning bucket in a comeback victory over Anderson County in the season-opener and didn’t let up the rest of the way.

The junior wound up leading Iola in scoring at 18.3 points per contest. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds. 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals a game.

Iola High senior Landon Weide (1) earned second-team All-Pioneer League honors.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Weide, a three-year starter at point guard, showed once again his prowess at both ends of the court.

For the second straight year, Weide wound up second on the team in scoring (averaging 13.2 points per game this year) and leading the Mustangs across the board in every other major statistical category. He racked up a team-high 5.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.1 steals and .4 steals a game.

With Carson and Weide leading the way, Iola wound up 11-10 in a year in which the Pioneer League produced the eventual Class 3A state champion in Wellsville. The Eagles defeated Goodland, 68-58, for the state title on Saturday.

Keira Fawson (11) was named second team All-Pioneer League.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

ON THE GIRLS’ side, Fawson didn’t let anything like breaking her nose  (twice) or suffering a concussion midway through the season slow her standout senior campaign.

She ended the year averaging 9.6 points and 5 rebounds a game for the Mustangs (8-13).

Fawson ended the year with a bang, scoring 17 and hitting the winning points in a Senior Night win over Wellsville.