Former T-Bird star Fulks works way into playing time for Washburn women

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


Coaches always preach to players that if they work hard enough good things will happen.

Washburn University women's basketball freshman Alie Fulks, a former Shawnee Heights basketball and soccer standout, is proof of that.

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Things didn't exactly go the way Fulks envisioned when she originally joined the Ichabods, but the 5-foot-9 guard has no complaints with how things have worked out so far.

The plan was for Fulks to play for the Washburn junior varsity in the 2020-2021 season, but she never got the chance when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the entire JV season.

But Fulks continued to show up for practice every day with the varsity, got the opportunity to suit up for the Ichabods and even got into two games for Washburn in mopup time.

"At the end of the year I looked back and reflected and I felt like I improved a lot on my game and just as a player in general,'' Fulks said.

AlieFulksShawnee Heights product Alie Fulks scored the first points of her college career on a 3-pointer in Washburn's 72-50 loss to No. 1-ranked Fort Hays State Wednesday night. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

Fulks continued to improve over the offseason and has moved into a more prominent role this season, progressing to the point that veteran Ichabod coach Ron McHenry put her in the game in the first half of Wednesday's MIAA opener against the nation's No. 1-ranked Division II team, Fort Hays State.

"I was a little shocked, but as a bench player I'm always ready to hear my name and step into the role that I need to be for the team,'' said Fulks, who played 9 minutes, 13 seconds in the Ichabods' 72-50 loss to the Tigers.

"For sure I was excited to get in there and just help in any way I could with the team. It sucks with the loss, but it's really exciting to hear my name called and get out there and get in the fight with my teammates.''

The highlight of the night came with 4:35 remaining when Fulks canned a 3-pointer from the top of the key for the first points of her college career.

"It was exciting, but we were down pretty good so the first instinct is to get back on defense and try to keep going,'' Fulks said.

Now the goal for Fulks, who continues to see spot duty for the junior varsity, is to keep moving forward.

"Looking back and looking at where I am now, I've just come so far and I'm looking forward to keep improving and helping the team out.'' 

Heights' Perkins, Rural's Miranda pace city swimmers in season-opener

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


City swimmers combined to win seven events in Wednesday's season-opening Topeka West Invitational at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, led by double individual winner Luke Perkins of Shawnee Heights and three-event gold medalist Jack Miranda of Washburn Rural.

LukePerkins city 1Shawnee Heights junior Luke Perkins was a double individual winner in Wednesday's season-opening Topeka West Invitational. [File photo/TSN]

Perkins won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly and also swam on the T-Birds' second-place 200 medley and 200 free relays while Miranda won the 200 freestyle and swam on the Junior Blues' winning 200 free and 400 free relays. Miranda also finished second in the 500 freestyle.

Shawnee Heights Guillaume Humblet was the champion in the 100 freestyle while Washburn Rural's Brogan Meier won the 500 free as the Junior Blues finished second as a team behind Olathe Northwest. Humblet also finished second in the 100 breaststroke.

Rural's Nathen Trachta swam on the Junior Blues winning 200 free and 400 free relays while Meier swam on the 400 free relay and Cordell Dimick and Will Powell swam on the winning 200 free relay.

Topeka High's Jaxon Cowdin posted a third-place finish in one-meter diving.


Team scores

Olathe Northwest 472.5, Washburn Rural 321.5, Manhattan 276, Lansing 217, Shawnee Heights 206.5, Seaman 174, Turner 146.5, Topeka High 133.5, Junction City 126, Emporia 66.5, Hayden 61, Bishop Seabury 37.

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