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Washburn Rural's Marquel Russell

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Seaman outfielder Kolden Howerton vs. Shawnee Heights

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2021 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Kyle McNorton

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2021 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Kyle Weems

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2021 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Wilhoite

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T-Bird's Jeremiah Smith glides through the hurdles at Shawnee Heights

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Washburn Rural's Luke Leonettis competes in the Topeka West invitational at the Topeka Country Club

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Seaman's Athletic Director Steve Bushnell congrats Rick DeHart from Seaman's Class of 1986 for his accomplishments to baseball

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Shawnee Height's #11 Lily Martin shoots for a goal against the Lansing Lady Lions

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Seaman's Taylin Hallbaumer comes in at the top spot in her heat March 25, 2021

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Washburn's Jenna Moore fields a ball and fires to first base as WU takes on Fort Hays State

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Washburn hosts the Northeastern River Hawks March 20, 2021

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Shawnee County athletes sign college letters of intent

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

Editor's note: If Shawnee County athletes would like to have their college letter of intent signing pictures in any sport published on TopSports.news, submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any pertinent information. Congratulations on your signing!

KeelyWagnersigningWashburn Rural senior distance runner Keely Wagner has signed a cross country/track and field letter of intent with Washburn University. [Submitted]

5f135fe6 ffd7 4280 bb49 66c29cb9b185Washburn Rural softball star Olivia Bruno has signed a letter of intent with the University of Kansas. [Submitted]

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Sherer finally gets long-awaited chance to represent Bulldawgs

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E0pqgI2X0AMkJaKAfter putting together a 27-1 singles record for Hayden this spring, senior Alex Sherer will represent Rossville in postseason tennis. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

After a wait of nearly four years, senior Alex Sherer is officially a Rossville Bulldawg tennis player.

Following an impressive 27-1 singles run this season as a co-op player for Hayden, Sherer will switch gears this weekend and represent Rossville in Class 3A-1A regional competition Friday and Saturday at Salina Central High School, vying for a berth in the 3A-1A state tournament on May 14-15 at Wichita.

Sherer was unable to play his first two years of high school tennis because Rossville did not field a team and his chance to compete as a co-op player for Hayden and Rossville his junior season was wiped out by COVID-19.

But all the stars finally aligned for Sherer this spring and he's doing his best to make up for lost time.

Sherer competed in a full regular-season schedule for Hayden, finishing that stint with the singles championship in last Saturday's Emporia tournament, and will now represent Rossville as a one-man team in postseason.

"It's been fun,'' Sherer said. "I've been making new friends and re-meeting people I had met before and just trying to be a good teammate and have a good time.''

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Prep athletes get the chance to strut their stuff in Junior Combine

Rick Peterson

 

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

It's no secret among local high school football coaches that there's an abundance of athletic talent in the Topeka area.

The major objective of Tuesday's Topeka Area Football Coaches Association Junior Day Combine was about making sure that knowledge is no secret to college coaches either.

Seventy-four prep players, most from the class of 2022, were on hand Tuesday at Shawnee Heights to show off their talents while representives from 18 area Division II, NAIA and junior college football programs were in attendance to take a first-hand look.  

"We've done this 14 out of the last 15 years,'' said camp organizer Jason Swift, head coach at Shawnee Heights. "Last year was the only year we didn't do it, because of COVID.

"This was a good number (of participants). We've got good football players in Northeast Kansas and this is a chance to promote it.''

E0oJV9aXoAAB07dTopeka West junior Mikael Glenn goes through an agility drill at Tuesday's Junior Combine at Shawnee Heights. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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