Cair Paravel junior Katherine Keys, one of the players to watch this soccer season

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Topeka West twin brothers Miles (left) & Ian Cusick 5A doubles champs, players to watch for repeat

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Seaman sophomore Anna Becker named the United Kansas Conference player of the year.

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Highland Park senior Bo Aldridge

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Rossville's Kendra Hurla won her third straight Class 4A-1A 120-pound championship

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Washburn Rural senior Jack Bachelor named the Centennial League player of the year.

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Washburn Rural soccer kicks off season with 3-0 shutout over De Soto

Rick Peterson

By Rick Peterson

Due to success in other sports, it took awhile for Washburn Rural's girls soccer team to get its entire team together, which was absolutely fine with Junior Blue coach Brian Hensyel.

IMG 9804Washburn Rural senior Mackinly Rohn puts Rural's second goal in the net after rebounding her penalty kick attempt in Tuesday's 3-0 season-opening win over De Soto. [Photo by Trevor Falcon/Special to TSN]

IMG 9812Senior Mackinly Rohn is congratulated by her Washburn Rural teammates after scoring a goal in Rural's 3-0 win over De Soto. [Photo by Trevor Falcon/Special to TSN]

And getting a late start to preseason preparations wasn't a problem in Tuesday's season-opener, with Rural posting a 3-0 non-league win over De Soto at McElroy Field.

Washburn Rural senior Addi Broxterman and sophomores Delaney Hill and Ashley Schwarz joined Rural soccer's team on the run after helping the Junior Blues win the Class 6A-5A  state wrestling championship while senior Brooklyn DeLeye and sophomore Kate Hinck got a late start after helping Rural finish second in the 6A state basketball tournament.

Senior goalkeeper Hailey Beck also missed preseason due to an injury but all six players turned in quality minutes in Tuesday's win, with Broxterman scoring Rural's first goal of the season while Hill and DeLeye were credited with assists and Beck combined for a shutout in goal. 

"The spring sports season is always unique because unlike the fall it overlaps with the successes of the other seasons,'' Hensyel said. "And spring break was last week and some people are here and some aren't, so the first three weeks you're always trying to accomplish as much as you can but you know you're probably not going to be completely ready to play.

"Even though we have a lot to work on getting them all yesterday for the first time, for each of them to come out tonight and beat a good De Soto team was really a positive. It's always kind of a mess at the beginning but we're a work in progress.''

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Washurn Rural's DeLeye tops All-Centennial League girls basketball team

Rick Peterson

By Rick Peterson

Washburn Rural senior Brooklyn DeLeye has been named the Centennial League girls basketball player of the year after helping lead the Junior Blues to the league championship and a runnerup finish in the Class 6A state tournament.

BrooklynDeLeyeBVNWashburn Rural senior Brooklyn DeLeye has been named the Centennial League basketball player of the year after also earning that honor in volleyball. [File photo/TSN]

DeLeye averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals, shot 59.7 percent from 2-point range and 38.5 percent on 3-point attempts as a senior.

DeLeye, 6-foot-2, is one of three city players earning spots on the all-league first team, with Topeka High senior Kiki Smith (5-8) and Hayden junior Lauren Sandstrom (6-0) also earning all-league recognition.

KikiSmithWRTopeka High senior Kiki Smith is a repeat pick on the All-Centennial League basketball team after leading the Trojans to a 16-6 record. [File photo/TSN]

LaurenSandstromEmp2Hayden junior Lauren Sandstrom earned a spot on the All-Centennial League first team after helping the Wildcats reach the Class 4A state tournament. [File photo/TSN]

Smith averaged a city-high 20.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.1 steals while connecting on 50 3-pointers.

Sandstrom, who helped lead Hayden to a 4A state tournament berth, averaged 13 points and six rebounds this past season.

KevinBordewickAll CountyWashburn Rural's Kevin Bordewick has been named the Centennial League coach of the year after leading Rural to the league title and a second-place finish in Class 6A. [File photo/TSN]

Washburn Rural's Kevin Bordewick was named the Centennial League coach of the year after leading the Junior Blues to an 18-6 record and the team's third top-two state finish since 2019, including titles in '19 and '22.

Topeka High freshman Keimara Marshall (5-3) was voted the league newcomer of the year by Centennial coaches after playing a key role in the Trojans' 16-6 season.

Washburn Rural seniors Chloe Carlgren (6-0) and MaRyah Lutz (5-5) were named to the all-league second team along with Topeka High junior Ladaysha Baird (5-3) and Hayden sophomore Brylee Meier (6-0).

Seven city players earned all-league honorable mention.  


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