Rural golf opens '21 with 19-stroke victory in Olathe West tourney

Rick Peterson


Perennial city girls golf power Washburn Rural got the 2021 season off to an impressive start Monday at Prairie Highlands, rolling to the team championship in the Olathe West Invitational.

Junior Avery Scott tied for second with a 76 to pace the Junior Blues, who claimed the team title by a 327-346 margin over Olathe Northwest.

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Senior Aliyah North shot a 78 to tie for fifth while senior Kaitlyn Crough placed 10th with an 84 and senior McKenna Merrick finished 17th with an 89 to round out the Junior Blues' top four.

Junior Mallory Nelson shot a 94 and Raegan Peterson a 100 for Washburn Rural.

Shawnee Mission South's McLain Neal took individual medalist honors with a 73.


Team scores

Washburn Rural 327, Olathe Northwest 346, Shawnee Mission East 347, Mill Valley 358, Olathe West 363, Shawnee Mission Northwest 369, Olathe East 376, Free State 396, Shawnee Mission West 552.

Individual results

1. McLain Neal, Shawnee Mission South, 73; 2. (tie) Hillary Currier, Blue Valley Southwest, and Avery Scott, Washburn Rural, 76; 4. Tess Roman, Shawnee Mission East, 77; 5. (tie) Libby Green, Mill Valley, and Aliyah North, Washburn Rural, 78; 7. Claire Berquist, Free State, 79; 8. M. Kelso, Olathe Northwest, 81; 9. Addie Ramaekers, Olathe Northwest, 83; 10. Kaitlyn Crough, Washburn Rural, 84.

Other Washburn Rural -- McKenna Merrick 89, Mallory Nelson 94, Raegan Peterson 100.

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Women's wrestling is a relatively new sport, becoming an official Kansas State High School Activities Associaiton activity just two seasons ago, but Shawnee County wrestlers are well on their way to carving out an impressive legacy in the sport, with recent Washburn Rural graduate Dajia Anderson at the top of that list.

Anderson garnered the No. 1 spot on the Shawnee County Best of the Best Top 20 list after capturing back-to-back state individual championships and leading the Junior Blues to back-to-back state team crowns.

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Another Rural state champ, Rebekah Smith, holds down the No. 2 spot on the Best of the Best list while York College standout and former two-time national champion Marissa Patterson (Shawnee Heights) is No. 3.

Young Rossville phenom Kendra Hurla is No. 4 in the Top 20 after winning a state championship as a freshman while Rural two-time state team champ and two-time state medalist Jaliah Johnson rounds out the top five.

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Washburn Rural's Addison Broxterman, a state finalist this past season for the Junior Blues, edged her teammate Anderson for the Readers Choice Award while Rural's Smith ranked third in reader votes.

Here's a look at the Top 20 and Readers Choice Awards:


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