By RICK PETERSON
Fresh off a historic 25-0 season and a first-ever Class 6A state championship, Topeka High headlines the 2021 TopSports.news All-Shawnee County softball team.
Trojan junior star NiJaree Canady was named the Shawnee County player of the year while sophomore Adisyn Caryl got the nod as newcomer of the year and High coach Shane Miles was named the county coach of the year.
Canady posted a perfect 21-0 pitching record this spring with an 0.26 earned run average and 226 strikeouts while also hitting .478 with 13 home runs.
Canady was at her best in the 6A state tournament, not allowing an earned run in three complete-game pitching performances while hitting a solo home run in a 1-0 semifinal win over Gardner-Edgerton that provided the impetus for the Trojans' 7-1 win over Olathe North in the state championship game.
Adisyn Caryl, a shortstop, was tapped as Shawnee County's top newcomer after completing her first high school season while Miles led Topeka High to its second straight Class 6A state tournament berth and its first Centennial League title.
Topeka High star senior catcher Zoe Caryl joined Canady and Adisyn Caryl on the first team while Class 6A state quarterfinalist Washburn Rural (20-3) also put three players on the All-Shawnee County first team, with the Junior Blues represented by senior Olivia Bruno, junior Campbell Bagshaw and sophomore Emmerson Cope. Bruno was earlier named the Centennial League player of the year.
Class 3A state runner-up Silver Lake (22-4) landed senior Ellington Hogle and freshman Makenzie McDaniel on the first team while 5A state qualifier Shawnee Heights is represented by senior Adysen Burghart and junior Abby Schulte on the all-county squad after helping the T-Birds post an 18-5 record.
Seaman (16-6) put senior Raigan Kramer and junior Emma Smith on the first team while Hayden (12-9) is represented by senior Lauren Cook and junior Carly Stuke and Rossville (19-4) by senior Destiy Bergstresser.
2021 ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY SOFTBALL
Name, school Class
Campbell Bagshaw, Washburn Rural Jr.
Destiny Bergstresser, Rossville Sr.
Olivia Bruno, Washburn Rural Sr.
Adysen Burghart, Shawnee Heights Sr.
NiJaree Canady, Topeka High Jr.
Adisyn Caryl, Topeka High So.
Zoe Caryl, Topeka High Sr.
Lauren Cook, Hayden Sr.
Emmerson Cope, Washburn Rural So.
Ellington Hogle, Silver Lake Sr.
Raigan Kramer, Seaman Sr.
Makenzie McDaniel, Silver Lake Fr.
Abby Schulte, Shawnee Heights Jr.
Emma Smith, Seaman Jr.
Carly Stuke, Hayden Jr.
Taryn Burkhardt, Silver Lake Jr.
Ava Delgado, Hayden Fr.
Callee Dempewolf, Seaman Sr.
Baylee Dial, Washburn Rural Jr.
Alyssa Droge, Hayden So.
Skylar Duncan, Seaman Jr.
Deja Gardenhire, Shawnee Heights Jr.
Taylor Hawkins, Shawnee Heights Sr.
Mikaila Herring, Washburn Rural Jr.
Kynlea Heydenreich, Seaman Jr.
Hailey Horton, Silver Lake Fr.
Mykala Johnico, Shawnee Heights Sr.
Mia Kelly, Topeka High Sr.
Gracie Rabe, Rossville Sr.
Quincy Smith, Topeka High So.
Hayden: Tatum Abbey, so. Highland Park: Samantha Aleantara, jr.; Citlaly Olguin Martinez, sr.; Ayanna Reynoso, sr. Rossville: Caylee Douglas, jr.; Brinley Dyche, so.; Emma Mitchell, fr.; Kinsey Perine, fr. Seaman: Aspen Burgardt, so. Shawnee Heights: Ariah Durkes, jr. Silver Lake: Kabryn Kruger, fr; McKinley Kruger, fr, Avery Wende, fr. Topeka High: Amiah Cain, jr.; Elycia Joyce, jr.; Zoie Kincade, sr.; Tatum Wilson, sr. Topeka West: Whitley Benson, jr.; Neavah Dice, sr.; Jaya Miller, fr.; Sania Sanchez, fr.; Malia Thurman, sr. Washburn Rural: Kaci Bath, so.
Player of the year -- NiJaree Canady, Topeka High.
Newcomer of the year -- Adisyn Caryl, Topeka High.
Coach of the year -- Shane Miles, Topeka High