By RICK PETERSON
CAMPBELL BAGSHAW, Washburn Rural
A senior infielder, Bagshaw was a first-team All-Shawnee County selection and also earned first-team All-Centennial League recognition after helping lead the Junior Blues to a 20-3 record and a Class 6A state tournament berth. Bagshaw hit .419 as a junior and scored a team-best 37 runs. Bagshaw hit two homers and drove in 18 runs. Bagshaw, who helped Washburn Rural win the 6A state basketball title this past season, has signed a softball letter of intent with Kansas.
NIJAREE CANADY, Topeka High
A Stanford signee, Canady was named the Kansas Gatorade and Shawnee County player of the year last season as a junior after helping lead Topeka High to its first-ever Class 6A state sotball championship and a perfect 25-0 record. Canady struck out 16 batters in all three of Topeka High's state tournament wins, allowing just six hits and one unearned run. Canady posted a perfect 21-0 pitching record last spring with an 0.26 earned run average and 226 strikeouts while also hitting .478 with 13 home runs. Canady was named to the Class 6A first team by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association.
ADISYN CARYL, Topeka High
A junior shortstop, Caryl was named the Shawnee County and Centennial League newcomer of the year last spring after helping Topeka High post a perfect 25-0 record and win the school's first Class 6A state championship. Caryl was named to the All-Class 6A first team by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association after hitting .608 with 40 runs batted in. Caryl had 48 hits, with 16 doubles and five triples. Caryl was also a starter for the Trojan basketball team, helping High win the Centennial League title and advance to the 6A state tournament.
By RICK PETERSON
DAGEN BREWER, Seaman
A senior third baseman, Brewer helped lead Seaman to a 19-4 record and a 17th straight Class 5A state tournament berth last season, earning first-team All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honors and second-team All-Class 5A recognition from the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches. Brewer hit .375 with six home runs and 25 runs batted in. In four pitching appearances Brewer recorded one save and compiled a 1.40 earned run average.
KADEN BROWN, Rossville
A senior catcher/pitcher/outfielder, Brown earned second-team All-Shawnee County honors last season after helping the Bulldawgs post a 15-7 record. Brown hit .425 last spring with 25 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. As a pitcher Brown went 3-0 with an 0.38 ERA, recording 23 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.
MAX COLOMBO, Topeka High
A senior, Colombo earned first-team All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honors last season after helping lead Topeka High to a breakout 15-7 season. Colombo attends Cair Paravel Latin while competing for Topeka High in a co-op agreement. A shortstop/pitcher, Colombo hit a city-high .522 with 35 RBI while scoring 22 runs. As a pitcher Colombo posted a 1.59 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 26 and one-third nnings.
MACLANE FINLEY, Seaman
Finley, a senior infielder, earned second-team All-Shawnee County recognition last season after helping Seaman post a 19-4 record and advance to the Class 5A state tounament. Finley also earned All-Centennial League honorable mention as well as All-Class 5A honorable mention from the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.
By RICK PETERSON
Washburn Rural dominates the TopSports.news' 2022 All-Shawnee County boys wrestling team after winning a second straight Class 6A state team championship..
The Junior Blues put seven wrestlers on the all-county team and swept the individual awards, with senior Austin Fager selected as county wrestler of the year, freshman Easton Broxterman named newcomer of the year and first-year Washburn Rural coach Josh Hogan earning coach of the year recognition.
Fager, 43-2 on the season, won his first individual state championship as a senior after finishing second as a junior, taking the 182-pound championship with a 1 minute, 13-second win by pin over Campus senior Aidan Williams in the finals.
Broxterman capped a 39-6 freshman season with a second-place state finish at 106 pounds to earn the Shawnee County newcomer of the year honor while Hogan guided the Junior Blues to a successful defense of the 6A team title by a 151-142.5 margin over Derby.
The TopSports.news all-county team is based in part on selections made by the seven Topeka head coaches as well as at large selections for county schools Rossville and Silver Lake.
Washburn Rural senior 160-pounder Aidan Boline (34-6) joined Fager as a 6A state champion, taking a 5-0 decision over Olathe East senior Nick Carlson in his championship match.
Also earning All-Shawnee County first-team honors for Rural were sophomore 113-pounder Jonathan Morrison (39-7) and senior 126-pounder Jacob Tangpricha (35-70, who both finished third at state, along with sophomore 132-pounder Brody Byrne (27-14) and freshman 152-pounder Kristjan Marshall (28-19).
Tangpricha earned his third state medal after winning 6A state titles in 2020 and 2021 while Morrison captured his second state medal after winning the 106-pound title as a freshman.
Shawnee Heights also put seven wrestlers on the All-Shawnee County first team after finishing seventh in 5A as a team, including senior state placers Brock Ferguson, Garrett Peery and Caden Walker and junior state placer Sean Wunder.
Ferguson (44-6) finished fourth at 120 pounds, Peery (44-7) fourth at 220 and Wunder (40-10) fourth at 195, while Walker (31-4) finished fifth.
Also named to the all-county first team for the T-Birds were senior 138-pounder Ty Lewis (39-10), 145-pounder Joey Hilton (37-10) and senior 170-pounder Cole Manrose (39-14).
Highland Park senior Morgan Dean earned a spot on the All-Shawnee County first team at 285 pounds after posting a 31-11 record on the season.
Rossville and Silver Lake combined to put five top-four state placers on the all-county first team.
Rossville junior 285-pounder Jacob Carver (34-4) was a state finalist in 3A-1A, finishing second, while Bulldawg senior 138-pounder Colby Hurla (44-9) and senior 160-pounder Sam Twombly (42-3) both finished third.
Twombly finished third as a senior after a fourth-place finish as a junior.
Silver Lake senior 182-pounder Triston Vande Velde (38-5) posted a third-place state finish in 3A-1A while senior 170-pounder Daigan Kruger (32-4) finished fourth.
ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY BOYS WRESTLING
By RICK PETERSON
State champions Maranda Bell of Shawnee Heights and Kendra Hurla of Rossville headine TopSports.news' 2022 All-Shawnee County girls wrestling team.
Bell and Hurla were tapped as the Shawnee County co-wrestlers of the year after Bell ended her high school career with the Class 6A-5A 191-pound state title while sophomore Hurla won her second straight Class 4A-1A 120-pound championship.
After finishing third at state as a junior, Bell posted a 27-1 record as a senior, avenging a semifinal loss to Derby's Meya Howell in the 2021 state tournament with a first-period pin in the state final. Bell became Heights' first official girls state champ and the first T-Bird girl to compile 100 career victories.
Hurla won her second state title with a 3-0 decision over Pratt's Jadyn Thompson, capping a 39-0 season for the Bulldawgs.
The TopSports.news all-county team is based on selections made by the seven Topeka head coaches as well as at large selections for county schools Rossville and Silver Lake.
Washburn Rural, which finished second as a team in 6A-5A after winning back-to-back state titles in 2020 and 2021, put six wrestlers on the first team, led by two-time state runner-up Addison Broxterman, a 120-pound junior..
In addition to Broxterman, Washburn Rural is represented by state placers Kristen Rezac (101-pound sophomore), Alexis Fredrickson (132-pound junior) and Jaliah Johnson (155-pound senior) along with sophomores Laiken Clark (143) and TaAni Rhoten (170).
Broxterman went 42-3 on the season en route to her second state runner-up finish while Fredrickson (43-5) placed third, Rezac (37-8) fourth and Johnson (39-5) fifth in the state meet.
Johnson earned a state medal for the third straight season.
Shawnee Heights put three wresters on the first team, with sophomore Odessa Schmidt (109) and junior Molly Busenitz (115) joining Bell on the all-county squad.
Busenitz posted a fourth-place finish in the state tournament while Schmidt placed fifth.
Shawnee Heights' Chad Parks and Erich Singer were named Shawnee County coaches of the year after leading the T-Birds to a fifth-place team finish at state. Heights was the highest placing 5A school in the 6A-5A state meet.
Seaman is represented on the all-county team by senior 126-pounder Rylee Murray, who placed fifth at state, while Viking freshman Koti Best was named the county newcomer of the year after placing fourth at 132 pounds in her first state meet.
Topeka High junior Marilena Zuniga made the All-Shawnee County first team at 138 pounds while Topeka West sophomore Tristyn Johnson made the first team at 235 pounds.
Johnson placed fifth in 6A-5A while Zuniga finished sixth.
ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY GIRLS WRESTLING
By RICK PETERSON
MARA BARE, Washburn Rural
A junior, Bare capped her sophomore season with a strong performance in the Class 6A state swimming and diving championships, finishing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 500 free, earning second-team All-State honors. An All-City first-team selection last season, Bare placed second in the 500 free and third in the 100 backstroke in the city meet and swam on Washburn Rural's runner-up 200 medley and 400 free relays. Bare was second in the Centennial League in the 200 free and 500 free and swam on the Junior Blues' winning 200 free relay and third-place 200 medley relay, earning first-team all-league honors.
AUDREY CAPE, Shawnee Heights
A sophomore, Cape posted a third-place finish for Shawnee Hights in the city championships in the 500-yard freestyle and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke. Cape also swam on the T-Birds' third-place 200 free and 400 free relays in the city meet and earned second-team All-City honors.
GEORGIA COLE, Shawnee Heights
Cole, a sophomore, finished fourth in the 2021 United Kansas Conference meet in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500 freestyle and also swam on Shawnee Heights' fourth-place 400 free relay team. A second-team All-City pick, Cole placed fifth in the city meet in the 200 IM and the 500 free and swam on Heights' third-place 400 free relay.
BLANCA ESPINOSA, Topeka West
Espinosa, a senior, earned second-team All-State honors in Class 5A-1A last season, placing eighth in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 500 free at state. Espinosa, a first-team All-City selection last season, also swam on the Chargers' 12th-place 200 medley and 200 free relays. Espinosa placed second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly in the city meet and helped West win the city title in the 200 free relay. Espinosa swam on West's second-place 200 free relay in the Centennial League, earning second-team all-league honors.
GABBY GRACE, Seaman