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March 28th, 2020

katie machiaKatie Horyna, left, and Machia Mullens started every game hand in hand, and this was their last pre-game moment against Olathe South at the Class 6A State Tournament. Liberal won 41-33 to reach the Final Four before the tournament was canceled. Horyna and Mullens were named Co-Players of the year by Sports in Kansas. L&T photo/Earl WattSports in Kansas

Perhaps no 1-2 combination on the same team was more well-known than Liberal seniors Katie Horyna and Machia Mullens. The 5-foot-9 Horyna, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Liberal’s point guard, has signed with Division I Abilene Christian. Mullens, a 6-foot starting post, has inked with Division I Kansas City, which earned a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history this winter. 

Mullens and Horyna finished first and second, respectively, in Redskin history in scoring. Mullens tallied 1,155 points, along with 652 rebounds and 195 blocks. Horyna scored 1,012 career points, 256 assists and 177 steals. Liberal won four straight WAC titles, achieved an 85-8 career record and 68-3 in the last three years.

Liberal went to state each of the past three winters, including third place in 5A in 2018 and 23-0 and final four in 6A this winter. Liberal was outstanding on both ends of the floor the last two years. Last winter, the Redskins had 1.02 points per possession and allowed .586. This year, Liberal was at .979 points per possession and .59 allowed.

This season, Horyna had 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals a contest. Mullens led the team with 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and also earned first team all-WAC.

Sports in Kansas 6A Girls POY Finalists

Nijaree Canady, Topeka

Kiki Smith, Topeka

Katie Horyna, Liberal POY

Machia Mullens, Liberal POY

Sydney Niiles, Derby 

Zayanna Walker, Wichita Heights

LeLe Love, Olathe North

Dani Winslow, Olathe South 

Kennedy Taylor, SM Northwest

 

NOTE — Player of the Years were determined by a statewide media vote (Over 25 media members from all parts of the state) of people that work in radio, newspaper, television and finalized by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas and Conor Nicholl of Sports in Kansas. Players of the Year and Finalists are eligible for a Sports in Kansas Patch. Stay on our feed over the next few days for updated coverage and all-state teams. 

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