Prep roundup: Hayden boys' upset bid falls short

Rick Peterson

Hayden's boys basketball team put itself in position to pull off a Class 4A sub-state Tuesday night before top seed Wamego took control in the fourth quarter for a 64-55 win on the Red Raiders’ home court.

Hayden was deadlocked with Wamego 36-all entering the fourth quarter, but the Red Raiders outscored the Wildcats 28-19 the rest of the way.

Hayden, which finished with a 4-16 record, was led by sophomore Joe Otting with 23 points while senior Vacario Triplett added 13 points and Jake Muller 10.

Wamego (15-5) put Hayden away with a 19 of 24 performance at the free throw line in the fourth.

Jake Fritz scored a game-high 25 points for Wamego with 5 3-pointers and an 8 of 12 performance at the free throw line while Tanner Hecht added 20 points.

Wamego went 28 of 35 at the free throw line while Hayden was 10 of 14.


Highland Park’s girls basketball team saw its winless season come to a close in a 97-27 Class 5A sub-state loss at St. James Academy.

The Scots. 0-16, trailed 10-8 St. James 26-5 at the end of the first quarter and 53-17 at the half.

Senior Isabella Carter led Highland Park with 15 while junior Aisya Taylor added 12 points.


Shawnee Heights girls turned in a solid defensive effort, but struggled offensively in a season-ending 45-34 Class 5A sub-state loss at De Soto, which improved to 11-10.

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Seaman girls advance to 5A sub-state final, 60-33 over West


In the first round of Class 5A sub-state play Tuesday night, Seaman's girls made it three in a row over Topeka West this season, moving on to Friday's sub-state final at Emporia with a 60-33 home victory.

Matt Tinsley’s Vikings, who improved to 7-14, took an early lead with the help of good shooting and stingy defense, building a commanding19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We told them in practice, 'On defense you have to make it happen, on offense you have to let it happen.’ I feel like we let it happen on offense and got the shots we wanted,” Tinsley said.

Defensively the Vikings forced 24 turnovers on the game, 15 of which came in the first half.

Senior Raigan Kramer scored a game-high 17 points for Seaman while freshman Brooklyn Gormley added 16.

Viking freshman Taylin Stallbaumer and sophomore Carstyn Anderson rounded off the game’s double-digit scorers with 10 points each.

Sophomores Azaryah Duncan and Jazmyn Ford led the Chargers’ offensive effort with 7 points apiece as West ended its season 3-16.

Tinsley said he and his team are looking forward to competing in Friday’s sub-state championship.

The Vikes will square-off against Emporia for the second time in as many weeks. The Spartans narrowly won the last meeting, 37-29.

Emporia routed Newton 62-16 Tuesday.

“We’re zero and zero, that’s our mindset. We have to play every game like it’s the most important of the season,” Tinsley said.


Seaman 19 11 16 14 -- 60

Topeka West 7 13 7 6 -- 33

 Seaman (7-14) -- Kramer 8 0-0 17, C. Anderson 4 0-0 10, Cowan 3 1-2 7, Stallbaumer 2 5-5 10, J. Anderson 0 2-2 2, Gormley 6 4-5 16. Totals: 24 12-14 60

Topeka West (3-16) -- Jones 1 2-2 4, S. Triplett 1 0-0 2, N. Triplett 1 0-0 2, Duncan 2 2-2 7, Sanchez 2 0-0 4, Davis 0 1-2 1, Clark 1 3-4 6, Ford 2 3-4 7. Totals: 10 11-14 33.

3-point goals -- Seaman 4 (C. Anderson 2, Kramer Stallbaumer), Topeka West 2 (Clark, Duncan). Total fouls -- Seaman 13, Topeka West 11. Fouled out -- none.

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