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Prep roundup: Washburn Rural sweeps Junction City

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news

Washburn Rural's girls basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with an impressive performance 24 hours later, rolling to a 72-32 Centennial League victory Friday night at Junction City.

The Junior Blues, who dropped a tough 4-point decision at unbeaten Topeka High Thursday night, led by just a 17-14 margin at the end of the first quarter, but used a 24-4 second quarter to take control, leading 41-18 at the half.

Brooklyn DeLeye

Brooklyn DeLeye

Rural, 6-1 overall and in the league, outscored the Blue Jays 31-14 in the second half, forcing a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Brooklyn DeLeye scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Junior Blues while freshman Zoe Canfield added 14 points with 3 3-pointers and junior Emma Krueger had 12 points. 

Mellana Davis led Junction City (2-6, 1-5) with 12 points.

WASHBURN RURAL BOYS 61, JUNCTION CITY 42

Senior Joe Berry scored a season- and game-high 29 points, 21 in the first half, and sophomore Jack Bachelor added 11 points and 3 3rd-quarter 3-pointers, as Washburn Rural pulled away in the second half for a 61-42 Centennial League victory at Junction City.

Joe Berry

Joe Berry

The Junior Blues, 5-1 overall and in the Centennial League, led by only a 30-25 margin at halftime despite Berry's huge half, but Bachelor helped Rural put the Blue Jays away with a 21-10 third quarter and the visitors outscored Junction City 10-7 in the fourth.

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Rural repeats as Centennial League boys wrestling champion

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news

Saturday was a much different Centennial League boys wrestling tournament than in past seasons, with only five teams competing and other schools missing regulars due to COVID-19.

But the main objective was still to win, something Washburn Rural did in impressive fashion, with the Junior Blues having eight wrestlers crowned league champions as Rural won its second straight team championship by a 230-159 margin over Manhattan at Hayden.

"Like I just told our guys, all the heavy-hitters were still here,'' Washburn Rural coach Damon Parker said. "If you look at that trophy over there, the teams that have historically dominated this thing for the past 30 years were all in the building today and our kids did exactly what we asked of them.

"We told them all week we strive for perfection but we'll accept excellence, and they were excellent today.''

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