The 2023 All-Shawnee County boys golf team:

[Photo Rick Peterson/TSN]

Shawnee County Sports Awards honors Washburn senior Grant Bruner, most outstanding male athlete

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Shawnee County Sports Awards honors Washburn junior Jaycee Ginter, most outstanding female athlete

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2023 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Chris Barnes

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2023 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Crystal Kemp

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2023 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin Bordewick

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2023 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Peterson

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Hayden's Liam Stegman/Jake Muller/Jensen Schrickel /Finn Dunshee Class 4A state titles in the 4x100 & 4x400 relays

[Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

Hi Park senior Tre Richardson won the Class 5A long jump, finished second in the triple jump at state meet.

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Rossville Class 3A state champions

[Photo by Jesse Bruner/Special to TSN]

Trey Brown has been named head boys basketball coach at Hayden.

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Muller, Dunshee lead Hayden track to memorable Class 4A state performance

Rick Peterson


WICHITA -- Saturday was a special day all the way through for Hayden's boys track team at Cessna Stadium, but the Wildcats saved their best for last, setting a meet record in their final event of the day.

FinnDunsheeState3Hayden junior Finn Dunshee (left) crosses the finish line with the Class 4A state championship in the 100-meter dash. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

 JakeMullerState2Hayden's Jake Muller (right) and Eudora's Conor Dunback run virtually even late in the Class 4A 300-meter hurdles event Saturday at Cessna Stadium. Muller won the state title in 38.41 seconds. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

JensenSchrickelState2Hayden sophomore Jensen Schrickel celebrates the Wildcats' victory at the end of Saturday night's Class 4x400 relay at Cessna Stadium. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

The Wildcats got individual Class 4A state championships from senior Jake Muller and junior Finn Dunshee, who also teamed with sophomores Jensen Schrickel and Liam Stegman to add a pair of relay wins as Hayden posted a top-five team finish.

Dunshee set the tone for the day when he was the top qualifier in the 4A 100-meter dash and followed that up with his first state championship in a time of 10.84 seconds.

"Based off my first run in our prelims I felt pretty good,'' Dunshee said. "I knew if I went out there and ran my race -- just didn't fall out of the blocks or false start -- I had an OK chance but it was my first time in the finals of the 100 so anything can happen.''

Dunshee was competing in his second state meet, making it to state as a freshman before spending his sophomore year at St. Martin's Academy in Fort Scott to play rugby.

"I'm definitely a lot faster than I was so I knew I had a better chance of doing something good,'' Dunshee said. "I think I was a lot more confident. This felt great.''

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Weems, Wilhoite set to host second annual Big Kev Give Back Camp on June 30

Rick Peterson


Local sports icons Kyle Weems and Michael Wilhoite will be back in Topeka June 30 to host the second annual Big Kev Give Back Camp, a one-of-a-kind dual basketball/football camp on fhe campus of Washburn University


Both Weems and Wilhoite graduated from Highland Park and Wilhoite was a standout at Washburn and Weems at Missouri State before both players went on to long-time professional careers.

Weems and Wilhoite, who were inducted into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame in 2021, will be joined by many other special guests to host the camp, in conjunction with Washburn, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The June 30 camp, open to athletes 9 through 17, is named in honor of Kyle's late father, Kevin, a former Washburn University basketball player, who had a big impact on the athletic careers of both Weems and Wilhoite.

Athletes will have the option between all-day basketball or football camps or can split their time between half-day basketball and football camps. Athletes wishing to split their time between football and basketball are encouraged to attend the football camp in the morning session.

The cost of the camp is $20 and athletes are encouraged to register online at Go to the list of Washburn Football Camps and scroll down to the Big Kev Give Back Camp. Those interested in attending the camp can also go to and click the signup link.

The football portion of the camp will be held at Yager Stadium while the basketball camp will be held in Lee Arena.

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TSN to honor Bruner, Ginter as Washburn outstanding athletes for 2022-2023

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON will honor All-America football player Grant Bruner and All-America softball player Jaycee Ginter as Washburn University's outstanding male and female athletes for 2022-2023 at the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on June 28 at Washburn's Memorial Union.

GrantBrunerMIAAcroppedGrant Bruner earned a pair of first-team NCAA D-II All-America awards as a senior for Washburn after leading the nation in tackles. [File photo/TSN]

JayceeGinterESUWashburn junior Jaycee Ginter, a Shawnee Heights product, was a first-team All-American last season and has won 23 games this season. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

Bruner, a native of Gretna, Neb., capped his Ichabod career with a monster season for 7-4 WU last fall, leading the nation in tackles and earning Associated Press Division II and Conference Commissioners Association first-team All-America honors.

Shawnee Heights product Ginter, a junior, was a first-team Division II All-American and the MIAA Player of the Year in 2022 and ended the 2023 regular season on Saturday with a 23-8 pitching record and 1.69 earned run average for the 36-14 Ichabods. will honor outstanding Washburn athletes for the third time in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

In 2022 Faith Rottinghaus and James Letcher Jr. were named Washburn outstanding female and male athletes of the year. 

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