West sweeps Highland Park, Bloomquist touched by Scots' tribute

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DSC 7774Topeka West's Zander Putthoff lines up one of several 3 pointers against Highland Park. (Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN)


Every once in a while, we all need a reminder that some things are bigger than sports.

Before falling to Centennial League-champion Topeka West 86-64 Tuesday night at West, the Highland Park boys basketball team gave everyone in attendance that reminder.

At the conclusion of West’s Senior Night festivities, the boys took the floor to warmup, but the Scots weren’t sporting their typical pregame garb.

Instead, they wore pink T-shirts with the words ‘We Support Coach Bloom,' in honor of the Chargers’ head coach, Rick Bloomquist, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma.

It was a small gesture, but one that made a huge impact and caught Bloomquist by surprise.

“I come walking out here and thought, ‘What the hell are they wearing pink shirts for?’ Then it hit me.” Bloomquist said. “It was the most sincere form of respect anyone had ever given me.”

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Washburn women climb to .500 with third straight victory

Washburn University's women's basketball team led from start to finish Tuesday night at Northwest Missouri, cruising to a 56-43 MIAA victory over the Bearcats.

Washburn won its third straight game and improved to 10-10 on the season while Northwest Missouri fell to 7-13.

Freshman Mackenzie Gamble hit 5 of 8 shots from the field and finished with 13 points, while senior Hunter Bentley contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds and junior Nuria Barrientos had 9 points and 8 rebounds. 

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