Rossville softball regional champs, headed to state

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Brittney Redmond has been named the Trojans' new head girls basketball coach

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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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Cair Paravel soccer goes lake to state after quarter final win

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Aaron Crow, 2022 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee

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Elijah Brooks has been named Mr. Kansas Basketball by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.

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Leonetti, Frederickson power Rural to top-five finish in 6A state golf

Rick Peterson


Washburn Rural seniors Luke Leonetti and Giles Frederickson capped their high school golf careers with banner performances in Tuesday's Class 6A state boys golf tournament at Mariah Hills in Dodge City, posting top-seven finishes as the Junior Blues posted a fifth-place team finish.

RuralduoWashburn Rural seniors Luke Leonetti (right) and Giles Frederickson finished sixth and seventh in the Class 6A state tournament, leading the Junior Blues to a fifth-place team finish. [Submitted photo]

Leonetti finished sixth individually with a 36-hole total of 148 while Frederickson was right behind his teammate with a seventh-place finish at 149.

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Rural soccer rolls to eighth straight 6A final four berth with 8-0 shutout

Rick Peterson


Washburn Rural's girls soccer rematch with Wichita Northwest quickly turned into a mismatch, with the Junior Blues advancing to the Class 6A state semifinals for the eighth straight time with an 8-0 rout in Tuesday's quarterfinal contest at McElroy Field.

FTkfAJlWIAMDvE0Washburn Rural senior Hunter McWilliams (left) battles Wichita Northwest's Raylen Grant in Rural's 8-0 win in Tuesday's Class 6A state quarterfinal game. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

FTkefDjXwAEdy5bWashburn Rural senior Reagan Allen had a goal and an assist in the first 9:01 of the Junior Blues' 8-0 win over Wichita Northwest in Tuesday's Class 6A state quarterfinal. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Rural (16-2-1) will take on Olathe Northwest (14-4-1) in Friday's 5 p.m. state semifinal at the College Boulevard Activity Center followed by a 7 o'clock semifinal between Blue Valley West (14-3-1) and Manhattan (15-3-1).

The state championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday, following the 12 o'clock third-place game.

"Every team out there is able to beat us, but we're also able to beat them,'' said Rural senior standout Belle Kennedy, who had two goals and two assists in the game.

The Junior Blues and Wichita Northwest had battled to a 1-1 tie in the regular season, but Tuesday was all Rural after the Junior Blues took control with two goals over the first 9:01 of the game.

"The bigggest thing was just coming out strong,'' Kennedy said. "Once we immediately put them back on their heels we took control of the game.''

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A1 Lock & Key Performers May 23, 2022

Rick Peterson


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Jeffries, a senior, swept the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events in last Saturday's Class 5A-1A state swimming and diving championships for the third straight season that the state meet was held, going six for six in state individual events. Jeffries, who has signed with Nebraska-Omaha, won the 200 free in 1:53.29 and the 500 free in 5:03.55 at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center.

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A senior, Newkirk swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs in last Friday's Class 4A regional track and field championships at Eudora, helping the Wildcats edge Louisburg for the team championship. A Kansas signee, Newkirk ran the 800 in 1:59.04, the 1,600 in 4:27.52 and the 3,200 in 9:39.51 en route to pulling off the difficult distance triple.

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