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West's Jeffries, Highland Park's Richardson named Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Athletes of the Week

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                      

KadenceJeffries500Topeka West senior Kadence Jeffries captured the fifth and sixth Class 5A-1A state swimming championships of her high school career last Saturday. [File photo/TSN]


Jeffries, a senior, won the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events in last Saturday's Class 5A-1A state swimming and diving championships at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center, sweeping the two events for the third straight season that the state meet was held.

Jeffries, who has signed with Nebraska-Omaha, won the 200 free in 1 minute, 53.29 seconds and the 500 free in 5:03.55  completing an undefeated career in individual events at the state meet.

The Topeka West star earned All-Class 5A-1A first-team All-State honors for the third time.

TreRichardson200Highland Park junior Tre Richardson won three individual events in last Friday's Class 5A regional track and field championships at De Soto. [File photo/TSN]


Richardson, a junior, was a triple gold medalist in last Friday's Class 5A regional track and field meet at De Soto, quallifying for this week's state meet at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium in all three events.

Richardson, a double state medalist as a sophomore, won the regional title in the 200-meter dash in 21.77 seconds, the long jump at 23 feet, 9 inches and the triple jump at 46-3. 

 Entering the state meet Richardson ranks No. 2 in Kansas (all classes) in the long jump and triple jump and fifth in the 200.

WU's Jaycee Ginter first-team All-American, Marrit Mead third-team pick

Rick Peterson


Washburn softball sophomore pitcher/utility Jaycee Ginter, a former Shawnee Heights star, and sophomore third baseman Marrit Mead, a Santa Fe Trail product, were part of 54 student-athletes from 43 different schools who were named to the 2022 NFCA Division II All-America team released Wednesday by the coaching organization.

Ginter was a first-team at-large selection, becoming the first Ichabod to earn NFCA All-American first-team honors and Mead was selected as an at large third-team selection.

Jaycee Ginter no noWashburn sophomore softball star Jaycee Ginter, a Shawnee Heights product, has been named a first-team NCAA Division II All-American. [File photo]

MarritMeadWUWashburn sophomore star Marrit Mead, a Santa Fe Trail grad, has been named a third-team NCAA Division II softball All-American. [File photo]

The Ichabods finished the 2022 season 45-15, winning the MIAA regular season championship before making their fifth NCAA postseason appearance.
This past season, Ginter became the third Ichabod to be named the MIAA Player of the Year and a unanimous selection as an All-MIAA First Team pitcher/utility player and was recognized as a NFCA Top 25 Player of the Year nominee.

Ginter was a  first-team NFCA all-region selection and a first-team D2CCA/CoSIDA all-region selection, finishing the season with a 30-7 pitching record and breaking the Washburn single-season win total while striking out 290 in 2341/3 innings setting, also a school record.

With the bat, Ginter led the Ichabods with 57 runs batted in and was second with 10 home runs, batting .385 with 65 hits, scoring 41 runs and adding 15 doubles with a .601 slugging percentage.

Ginter led the Ichabods with 18 multi-RBI games while recording 18 multi-hit games. She was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week four times and was also named to the MIAA Tournament All-Tournament squad.
Mead was a first-team all-region selection by the NFCA and the D2CCA, earning first-team all-MIAA honors at third base for the second-straight season.

Mead led the Ichabods with 84 hits to finish sixth in the nation and her 23 doubles was an Ichabod single-season record and second in the nation.

She was one of three players to start all 60 games for the Ichabods this season and led the Ichabods with 61 runs scored, setting a Washburn single-season record. She collected 40 RBI and led the team with 22 stolen bases, 125 total bases and a .470 on base percentage recording 26 multi-hit games and 10 multi RBI games.

Mead was a D2CCA third -team All-American as a freshman.
2022 NFCA Division II All-Americans

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Silver Lake's Badsky, Seaman's Biggs, West's Alonzo earn state golf medals

Rick Peterson


Shawnee County golfers Bryce Badsky of Silver Lake, Tim Biggs of Seaman and Myles Alonzo of Topeka West  earned medals in weather-shortened state boys golf tournaments.

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Silver Lake sophomore Bryce Badsky picked up his second straght Class 3A state medal, finishing 10th in the Class 3A state tournament at Salina Municipal.

Seaman senior Tim Biggs placed 12th in the Class 5A state tournament at Quail Creek Golf Course in Winfield while Topeka West sophomore Myles Alonzo tied for 17th.

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