Rossville softball regional champs, headed to state

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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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Former West, WU standout Johnston to take reins of Rural tennis program

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By RICK PETERSON

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Former Topeka West and Washburn University tennis standout Brad Johnston has been named the head girls and boys tennis coach at Washburn Rural, taking over for longtime head coach Kevin Hedberg, who is retiring after 32 years at the school.

FTeZO3uWYAAgmSNNew Washburn Rural boys and girls tennis coach Brad Johnston talks to his team Monday afternoon. Johnston is a former Topeka West and Washburn University standout. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Johnston was a four-time state medalist for Topeka West, graduating in 2004, and a two-time All-MIAA first-team selection for Washburn University, qualifying for the NCAA tournament four straight years.

Johnson, who most recently coached at Landon Middle School, holds a bachelor's degree from Washburn and a master's from Fort Hays State University.

"I'm proud for the opportunity to lead this tradition-rich program,'' said Johnston, who met with his new team Monday afternoon. "Following in coach Hedberg's footsteps will be challenging, but I'm ready to hit the ground running. Tennis has been my life for so long and to be given this opportunity makes my hard work feel complete. 

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State golf roundup: Washburn Rural advances in 6A tournament

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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Washburn Rural's golf team assured itself of a top-six team finish in the Class 6A state tournament Monday, advancing to the second round of the tournament at Mariah Hills in Dodge City.

 LukeLeonettiCitynew 1Washburn Rural senior Luke Leonetti is tied for sixth in the Class 6A state tournament after an opening-round 73 at Mariah Hills in Dodge City. [File photo/TSN]

The top six teams after the opening 18 holes moved on to Tuesday's final round, with the Junior Blues earning the final qualifying berth with a four-man score of 311, edging Shawnee Mission East by a stroke. Blue Valley West was the first-day leader at 299. 

Senior Luke Leonetti paced the Junior Blues with an opening round of 2-over-par 73 and enters the second round tied for sixth place.

Senior Giles Frederickson added a 76 for the Junior Blues, followed by Maddox Hight with an 80, Tadd Armstrong and Andrew Burdett with 82s and Turner Depperschmidt with an 83.

Tuesday's second round is scheduled to get under way at 10 a.m.

FOUR CITY PLAYERS ADVANCE IN 5A

Regional team champ Seaman and runner-up Shawnee Heights came up short of team berths for the second round of the Class 5A state tournament at Winfield's Quail Creek Golf Course, but four city players remained alive for individual state medals.

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

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By RICK PETERSON

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NOTE: Top.Sports.news compiles a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2022 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Coaches should designate whether times were fully automatic (FAT) or hand-timed. FAT times for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

BOYS

100 METERS

Smith, Shawnee Heights              9.8 (10.27)

January, Shawnee Heights           10.5

Reed, Highland Park                    10.5

Richardson, Highland Park           10.5

Peoples, Topeka High                   10.6

200 METERS

Richardson, Highland Park           21.77 (21.6)

Smith, Shawnee Heights               21.82

January, Shawnee Heights           22.26

Renfro, Silver Lake                       22.40

Schrickel, Hayden                         22.72

400 METERS

Richardson, Highland Park           50.54

Schrickel, Hayden                         51.05

Blankenship, Topeka High            51.84

Renfro, Silver Lake                       52.11

Wilkerson, Topeka West               52.58

800 METERS

Newkirk, Hayden                          1:55.69

B. Moore, Seaman                       2:00.72

Esquibel, Shawnee Heights         2:03.14

Wilson, Topeka West                   2:03.17

Njoroge, Topeka West                  2:04.19

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