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2022 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Dani (McHenry) Schmidt

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6 individual state championships for Topeka West's Kadence Jeffries career

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Shawnee County Hall of Fame Class of 2022, Kaylee Manns

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Aaron Crow, 2022 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee

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Pre-State TSN Shawnee County high school girls track & field honor roll

Rick Peterson




Nichols, Shawnee Heights         12.33 (12.2)

Reed, Highand Park                   12.35

Brooks, Topeka West                  12.60

Hillebert, Hayden                         12.96

Rezac, Rossville                         12.96


Nichols, Shawnee Heights          25.78

Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights   25.90

Reed, Highland Park                   26.22

Brooks, Topeka West                   26.29

Rezac, Rossville                          26.79


Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights    58.18

Reed, Highland Park                    58.22

Foster, Rossville                           61.03

Hillebert, Hayden                          61.78

Fredrickson, Washburn Rural       62.08

FPUC1MSXoAY xMSSeaman junior Bethany Druse is the Shawnee County leader in the girls 800 and 1,600 meters. [File photo/TSN]


Druse, Seaman                             2:15.19

Carter, Washburn Rural                2:29.28

Bird, Washburn Rural                   2:30.33

Ismert, Washburn Rural                2:30.47

Fink, Washburn Rural                   2:31.86

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House of champions: Topeka's Alonzo brothers on a hot streak

Rick Peterson


It's been a good couple of weeks for Topeka's golfing Alonzo brothers.

Former Topeka West star Addison Alonzo celebrated a second straight national team championship with Hutchinson Community College on May 13 and got back to Topeka just in time to cheer on younger brother Myles, a West sophomore, who captured a Class 5A individual regional title last Monday at Lake Shawnee.

FTYFEa XEAAeN0uAddison Alonzo (left) recently won a second straight national golf championship with Hutchinson Community College while his younger brother, Myles, is coming off a Class 5A regional championship for Topeka West. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

"I am very proud,'' Addison said. "Two brothers, two champions. It's just really hard to find words.''

Addison Alonzo carved out an impressive high school career for Richard Mariani's Chargers and Myles is picking up where his older brother left off.

As a freshman Myles was the individual runner-up in the Centennial League tournament and placed third in the city tournament and third at regionals, earning All-Shawnee County first-team recognition.

This spring he posted a tie for fifth in the Centennial League and was seventh in the city meet before winning his regional title in dramatic fashion.

Alonzo three-putted on his final hole of regulation to end up tied with Shawnee Heights standout Alex Valdivia for medalist honors with a 76.

"I should have chipped that putt (on his 18th hole), Myles said. "I had a lot more fringe in front of me and I hit it and it bounced it off the line and it just started rolling off and I was like, 'Oh no.' ''

But Myles was able to shake off that disappointment and holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to take the win.

"You just have to focus on your shot only,'' Alonzo said. "Don't remember anything and just grind out your own score.''

Addison, meanwhile, is still basking in the glow of Hutchinson's title repeat and ended the 72-hole event with his best round off the tournament, a 2-under-par 70 as the Blue Dragons rolled to a 20-stroke victory in the team race at Odessa (Texas) Country Club.

"We won by 20 shots, it was pretty amazing,'' Addison said. "It's still crazy, even a few days later.''

Now Addison, who finished as high as fourth at state for the Chargers before having his senior season wiped out by COVID-19, will be rooting for Myles to earn family bratting rights of his own Monday and Tuesday in the 5A state meet at Winfield's Quail Ridge Golf Course.

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Redmond coming home to take over Topeka High girls basketball program

Rick Peterson


Former Topeka High standout Brittney Redmond is coming home to take over the Trojans' girls basketball program.

Redmond, a 2011 High graduate, was approved as the Trojans' new head coach by the USD 501 school board Thursday night to replace Hannah Alexander, who resigned in April to accept a job at Andover High.

BrittneyRedmondnewBrittney Redmond, a 2011 Topeka High graduate, has been named the Trojans' new head girls basketball coach. Redmond was approved by the USD 501 School Board Thursday night. [Submitted photo]

Redmond has served as an assistant coach at four junior colleges, including her most recent stop at Clarendon College, but said she had always had an interest in returning to her alma mater at some point to coach.

"If I was going to coach high school it was definitely going to be at Topeka High,'' Redmond said. "I didn't think it would be this soon but I did want to come back and give back to the community and possibly coach.''

Redmond takes over a Trojan program that has made four straight appearances in the Class 6A state tournament, with a pair of state runner-up appearances. 

Topeka High posted a 20-3 record this past season and dropped a 33-32 decision to Blue Valley in the opening round of the state tournament.

Redmond said she knows the bar is set high at Topeka High and is eager to get started in her new position.

"Just coming from the college world I'm pretty up to speed with how practices are run and preparing for games, so I would say I'm ready,'' Redmond said.

Following her Topeka High career, Redmond played two seasons at Allen County Community College and then played at the University of West Alabama.

Redmond began her coaching career at Southwestern Oregon Community College and then coached at Colby and Garden City before coaching last season at Clarendon College in Texas.

Redmond said she'll take advantage of the summer to get to know her new team and get prepared for the 2022-2023 season.

The Trojans return several key players this year's team, including Shawnee County and Centennial League player of the year Kiki Smith, who will be a senior.

"We're going to hit the ground running as soon as we're able to do so,'' Redmond said. "I feel like a lot of people believe in me and they know I'm going to keep the ball rolling at Topeka High.''