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A1 Lock & Key Performers Oct. 18, 2021

By RICK PETERSON

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MADELINE CARTER, Washburn Rural

Carter, a junior, captured the individual girls title in Saturday's Centennial League cross country championships at Milford State Park, clocking a five-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 43.3 seconds. Carter led a 1-2-3 finish by the Junior Blues for the third straight meet, with Rural winning the league team championship by a 50-52 margin over Manhattan.

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COREY CATRON, Rossville

A senior running back/linebacker, Catron was pressed into duty at quarterback after an injury to Torrey Horak and sparked undefeated Rossville to a 24-19 come-from-behind win over rival Silver Lake. Catron rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown and passed for 33 yards and a TD.

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TANNER NEWKIRK, Hayden

The defending Class 4A state cross country champion, the Hayden senior won the Centennial League boys individual title Saturday at Milford State Park, posting a five-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 49.1 seconds to win by 27 seconds.

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LAUREN SWEENEY, Seaman

Sweeney, a junior, and her doubles partner, Grace Unruh, finished off a 36-0 season with a dominating performance in the Class 5A state tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at Emporia, clinching the state title with a 6-2, 6-1 decision in the championship match.

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GRACE UNRUH, Seaman

A senior, Unruh teamed with Sweeney to win the Class 5A state doubles championship Saturday at Emporia, with the Seaman stars putting the capper on a perfect 36-0 2021 season with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Andover Central in the championship match.

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AINZLEY ZULUETA, Hayden

Zulueta rolled to the Class 4A state singles championship in her first state tennis tournament, losing just five games in four state matches to finish off a 35-5 season. Zulueta, the city and regional champion, took a 6-2, 6-0 win over Bishop Miege's Breanna Quigley in the final.