Schafersman, Rural soccer continue hot streak in 5-0 victory

Rick Peterson


A player scoring three goals in a game is normally a rare accomplishment in high school soccer.

For Washburn Rural standout Porter Schafersman, hat tricks are starting to become just another night at the office.

Schafersman, a senior captain, recorded his third straight three-goal game Thursday night at McElroy Field, leading the way as the Junior Blues improved to a perfect 6-0 on the season with a 5-0 Centennial League victory over Hayden.

E dMt PXIAkk9MZWashburn Rural senior Porter Schafersman (right) advances the ball past Hayden junior Nick Padilla Thursday. Schafersman recorded his third straight three-goal hat trick as Rural improved to 6-0 with a 5-0 win. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Schafersman scored off corner kicks from senior Ashton Rake and sophomore Devon Rutschmann and also converted a penalty kick, all in the second half, as the Junior Blues broke open a tight game with four goals after halftime.

"I feel like we all know each other very well and we're comfortable with each other and we trust each other on the ball,'' Schafersman said. 

And while Schafersman doesn't want to make a big deal of his goal-scoring flurry, he's definitely enjoying himself.

"It puts me in a good mood,'' Schafersman said. "I'm just happy we came out with the win.''

Hayden, which fell to 2-3, was still very much in the hunt at halftime, trailing 1-0 on a Rural goal from sophomore Benett Hallauer at the 22:04 mark of the opening half (Rutschmann assist), but the Junior Blues put the game away with three goals over the first 6:38 of the second half.

E dKdfUXoAIOC zWashburn Rural senior Joe Morse scored Rural's fourth goal in Thursday's 5-0 win over Hayden at McElroy Field. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Schafersman scored back-to-back goals to put Rural in front 3-0 with 34:01 remaining and then senior Joe Morse scored at the 33:22 mark off an assist from junior Easton Bradstreet before Schafersman added his third goal on a penalty kick with 7:30 left.

"We were doing lots of nice things (in the first half), but it felt like we were doing it at about an 80-percent pace,'' Rural coach Brian Hensyel said. "We have very athletic guys, we're fast, so don't play at a slower pace. Let's really put pressure on people. We were doing a lot of the same things (in the second half), we just really had the energy, an A-plus kind of energy.

"Hayden always does a great job. They have a great keeper (senior Gabe Rankey) and they're always very organized. No. 3 on top (junior Jake Muller) is a good player.''

Senior Wyatt Arnold picked up his fourth shutout of the season in goal for the Junior Blues.


Hayden (2-3)               0 0 -- 0

Washburn Rural (6-0) 1 4 -- 5

Washburn Rural -- Goals: Porter Schafersman 3, Benett Hallauer, Joe Morse. Assists: Devon Rutschmann 2, Ashton Rake, Easton Bradstreet. Shutout: Wyatt Arnold. 

Heartland Motorsports Park set to host '22 NHRA event Aug. 12-14

Rick Peterson


The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series is scheduled to return to Topeka on Aug. 12-14, 2022 for the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor.

Heartland Motorsports Park has hosted at least one national event since the facility opened in 1989, with the exception of 2020 when the Topeka event was canceled due to COVID-19.

HMP hosted its 2021 national event last month, with Brittany Force (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) capturing titles in the Camping World Series.

ForcesBrittany and John Force celebrate their wins in last month's Menards NHRA Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. The NHRA announced Thursday that the series will return to Topeka on Aug. 12-14, 2022. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN] 

NHRA officials released the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series 22-race schedule on Thursday, with details on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle schedules to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The 22-race schedule will include the return of fan favorite events such as the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond and the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, which will serve as the traditional conclusion of the annual Western Swing.

The 2022 season kicks off in Pomona for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Presented By

For the first time in four seasons, the NHRA will host a specialty race amongst the stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series nitro categories.

Fans will be treated to not one but two NHRA Allstar Shootout events in 2022, at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and the prestigious Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

Then, teams will focus in on the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs and set their sights on an NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world title.

For more information about the 2022 schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit


 NHRA Camping World Series Regular Season

Feb. 17-20 - Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by, Pomona, Calif.

Feb. 25-27 - NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix

March 10-13 - *AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.

April 1-3 - NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas

April 22-24 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil, Houston

April 29-May 1 - NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

May 13-15 - Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.

June 3-5 - NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.

June 17-19 - NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.

June 23-26 - Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio

July 15-17 - Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Denver

July 22-24 - NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.

July 29-31 - Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle

Aug. 12-14- Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, Topeka, Kan.

Aug. 18-21 - Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.

Aug. 31-Sept. 5 - *Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis

NHRA Camping World Countdown to the Championship

Sept. 15-18 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Reading, Pa.

Sept. 23-25 - NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 - NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis

Oct. 13-16 - Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas

Oct. 27-30 - Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Las Vegas

Nov. 10-13 - Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.

*NHRA Allstar Shootout