Posted On: 04/6/21 1:07 PM

Graduation claims some of the best players every year. When a great player moves on, it opens the door for another to step up and show their talents. But there can be some pressure when it comes to trying to replace a lot of production.

Here are some returning players in 1A Div. 1 who will have big shoes to fill next year:

Braxton Lafferty Braxton Lafferty 5'11" | CG Little River | 2023 State KS , sophomore, Little River:

On a team with a couple of superstars in Jayden Garrison Jayden Garrison 6'1" | CG Little River | 2021 State KS , first team 1A, and Trey Rolfs, an honorable mention recipient, Lafferty has played a key role. The 5-foot-11 guard helped the seniors maximize their abilities by posing a threat to defenses and doing a little bit of everything. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Watch for this guy to become a star in his own right this year.

Derek Hoelting, junior, Olpe:

Olpe was loaded with athletes and winners this year. Hoelting and Damon Redeker will be back to lead the club, but it loses a lot, starting with Jordan Barnard Jordan Barnard 6'1" | CG Olpe | 2021 State KS , a first team 1A guard. It seemed like any guy was capable of stepping up and leading the Eagles in any

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