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No. 5-ranked Ichabods set for return at Northeastern

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news

Washburn University’s men’s basketball team has a lot to feel good about as the Ichabods prepare to open the 2021 portion of their schedule.

The Ichabods are a perfect 6-0 in the always-tough Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and have climbed to No. 5 in the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, the Ichabods’ highest ranking since being ranked No. 2 in the 2012-13 season.

Washburn senior Tyler Geiman (12) is averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebound for the 6-0 Ichabods, ranked No. 5 in Division II. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]Washburn senior Tyler Geiman (12) is averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebound for the 6-0 Ichabods, ranked No. 5 in Division II. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

But while Washburn coach Brett Ballard, whose team is scheduled to return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northeastern State (Okla.), is proud of what his team has accomplished thus far, he may be just as proud of the attitude the Ichabods have displayed throughout their early-season success.

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Rural's Bordewick thankful for opportunity to compete in trying times

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news

Highly-successful Washburn Rural volleyball and girls basketball coach Kevin Bordewick is quick to acknowledge that coaching and playing high school sports in the age of COVID-19 has presented a supreme challenge.

Routine has been replaced with seemingly never-ending uncertainty as society struggles to return to some sense of normalcy.

But Bordewick, one of a select few individuals to serve as a head coach in back-to-back sports at the Class 6A level, said the challenges are worth the fight for athletes and coaches to have the opportunity to do what they love, even if things have taken a completely different form since last March.

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