By RICK PETERSON
KATIE BOROUGH, Washburn Rural
A 5-foot-7 senior libero, Borough helped Washburn Rural win the Class 6A state volleyball title Saturday in Salina, with the Junior Blues capping a 45-1 season with a 25-21, 26-24 win over Blue Valley in the state championship match, Rural's 44th straight win. Saturday's championship was the eighth in Rural school history and first since 2012.
EASTON BRADSTREET, Washburn Rural
A senior forward, Bradstreet scored a pair of goals in Rural's 5-1 soccer win over Wichita Northwest in last Thursday's Class 6A regional final, earning a share of the school career scoring record. Bradstreet is currently tied with former Junior Blues star Austin Halsey with 57 career goals and has 29 goals on the season, one behind Halsey's single-season record of 30.
BROOKLYN DELEYE, Washburn Rural
The 6-foot-2 senior was a dominant force throughout the Class 6A state tournament, helping lead 45-1 Washburn Rural to the eighth state volleyball championship in school history, capped by a 25-21, 26-24 win over Blue Valley. Also a state champ in basketball, DeLeye played on Rural volleyball teams that finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at state over her four seasons.
MAEGAN MILLS, Seaman
Mills, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, was named the United Kansas Conference offensive player of the year after helping lead Seaman's volleyball team to the 2022 league title. Mills also helped lead the Vikings, 32-11 on the season, to a fourth-place finish in the Class 5A state tournament at Salina on Saturday, Seaman's second straight fourth-place state finish.
LENNY NJOROGE, Topeka West
The Topeka West senior posted a career-best fourth-place individual finish in last Saturday's Class 5A state cross country meet at Rim Rock Farm. Njoroge, who also played soccer, clocked a five-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 51.9 seconds to earn his third state medal in his three state appearances. Njoroge swept city, United Kansas Conference and regional titles after missing his junior season with a broken leg.
TAYLOR RUSSELL, Washburn Rural
A 6-foot-1 senior, Russell played a major role in Washburn Rural's 45-1 volleyball season, which ended with Saturday's 25-21, 26-24 win over Blue Valley in the Class 6A state championship match in Salina. Russell helped lead the Junior Blues to their eighth state volleyball title in school history and their first since 2012.