Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer
Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                           


Rossville junior football standout Tayson Horak and Hayden junior state tennis champion Emily Sheetz have been selected by the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency as the Rising Stars of the Week.

The Dan Key Agency will recognize top Shawnee County underclassmen throughout the bulk of the 2023-2024 school year.

Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Horak and Sheetz over the past week:

TaysonHorakRisingStar 3Rossville junior Tayson Horak (12) scored four touchdowns in last Friday's 64-14 Class 2A district win over Pleasant Ridge. [File photo/TSN]


Horak scored four touchdowns for Rossville last Friday night as the Bulldawgs rolled to a 64-14 Class 2A District 3 victory over Pleasant Ridge.

Horak scored on runs of 52 and 59 yards against the Rams and caught 4 and 26-yard touchdown passes from quarterback Camden Horak.

Tayson's four TDs helped Rossville improve to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in district play.

EmilySheetzRisingStar 2Hayden junior Emily Sheetz (right) and senior Lauren Sandstrom won a second straight Class 4A state doubles championship last Saturday in Winfield. [File photo/TSN]


Sweetz teamed with Lauren Sandstrom to win the Class 4A state doubles tennis championship for the second straight season last Saturday in Winfield, capping a 33-3 season.

Sheetz and Sandstrom earned 4A state medals three straight seasons, finishing seventh in 2021 before winning the back-to-back state titles.

Sandstrom and Sheetz won Centennial League and 4A regional doubles titles this fall and finished second in the city meet in No. 1 doubles. 



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