By RICK PETERSON
KAEVON BONNER, Seaman
A 6-foot-1 sophomore, Bonner opened his 2023-2024 basketball season with a 28-point performance in Seaman's 58-49 home United Kansas Conference victory over Lansing last Thursday. Bonner went nine of 16 from the field and hit four 3-pointers on the night as the Vikings built a game-high 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter on the strength of eight straight points by Bonner.
JALEN FOY, Topeka West
Foy, a 6-foot-2 junior, scored a game-high 23 points as Topeka West opened its basketball season on Friday with a 52-37 home United Kansas Conference win over Basehor-Linwood, a Class 5A state tournament team last season. Foy connected on 10 of 16 field goal attempts on the night, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Chargers pulled away down the stretch for their biggest lead of the game.
NORMA GRECO, Hayden
A 5-foot-6 junior, Greco led the way with a game-high 17 points in just three quarters of action as Hayden's girls, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, opened their season with a 74-12 non-league victory over Kansas City-Washington last Friday at Hayden.
EMMA MITCHELL, Rossville
Mitchell, a 5-foot-10 senior, opened her girls basketball season with a game-high 24 points in Rossville's 71-20 non-league rout over Atchison. Mitchell hit four 3-pointers on the night as the Bulldawgs, ranked No. 7 in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A rankings, rolled to the decisive win.
GRACE PETERSON, Washburn University
A 5-foot-11 freshman midfielder out of Lincoln, Neb., Peterson's first collegiate goal was the game-winner in Sunday's 1-0 NCAA Division II national quarterfinal decision over Grand Valley State in Ashland, Ohio. Peterson's goal came in the 81st minute as Washburn earned its first-ever trip to the final four, which will be played this week in Matthews, N.C.
KHLOE SCHUCKMAN, Washburn University
Schuckman, a 5-foot-7 junior forward, scored both goals in last Friday's 2-1 win over rival Emporia State in the Central Region championship game. Schuckman, a Bishop Carroll product, scored five total goals in the Ichabods' first three NCAA Tournament games, helping Washburn advance to its first-ever final four this week in Matthews, N.C.