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Orr comes up big as Ichabod men post fourth straight victory

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON

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The Washburn University men won their fourth game in a row Thursday night at Lee Arena, defeating Rogers State, 78-67, to avenge a loss to the Hillcats earlier in the season.
 
Rogers State scored the first points of the game but a 7-2 run by the Ichabods took the lead back for good as the Ichabods took a 38-25 lead into the break after hitting 13 of 26 shots and 5 of 12 from 3-point range while holding Rogers State (11-9, 7-7 MIAA) to 8 of 31 shooting in the first 20 minutes. Washburn (9-9, 6-6 MIAA) led by as many as 16 in the opening half.

AndrewOrrRogers1Sophomore Andrew Orr scored a game-high 20 points in Washburn's win over Rogers State Thursday night. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]
 
Starting the second half, the teams traded baskets but the Hillcats cut the Washburn advantage to eight at 43-35 with 16:12 to go.

Washburn stretched the lead back to 14 at 51-37 on back-to-back buckets by sophomore Andrew Orr, who scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half.
 
The Hillcats then used a 14-2 run over the next 4:07 to cut Washburn's lead to 53-51 with 9:39 to play, but on the Ichabods' next possession, Brady Christiansen connected on the first of his three second half 3-pointers pushing the lead back to five.

The Hillcats cut the lead back to two but then Orr scored his 15th and 16th points of the night. The Hillcats scored again, but Orr connected on a hook shot to push the margin back to four at 61-57.
 
For the third time the Hillcats cut the lead back to two at 61-59 with 6:23 to play, but Orr's final points of the night on a jumper pushed the lead back to four and Christiansen hit a 3-pointer with 4:07 to play as the lead moved to seven.

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Washburn Rural wins fourth straight city swimming championship

Isaac Deer

By ISAAC DEER

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Washburn Rural secured its fourth consecutive city swimming title with a 15-point victory over Seaman.

Washburn Rural has been one of the city's best programs for an extended period of time and on Thursday night at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, the Junior Blues proved why they could finish the 2023 campaign strong.

Brogan Meier celebrates with Haydens Dylan Gregg2805Washburn Rural's Brogan Meier celebrates his win in the 100 freestyle with Hayden's Dylan Gregg during Thursday's city swimming championships. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

Jack Miranda 200yd freesstyle2806Washburn Rural's Jack Miranda swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle in Thursday's swimming championships. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

The Junior Blues had four swimmers selected first-team All-City while two earned second-team honors.

"I'm proud of the boys," Washburn Rural coach Nathan Traver said. "A couple of swimmers had (personal records), especially with the backstroke and breaststroke. Our next big meet is (Centennial) League. We need to focus now on beating Manhattan. We've been just behind (Manhattan) all year long. Getting a victory over Manhattan would be pretty sweet."

One of the most intriguing events of the night was the 100-yard freestyle.

Brogan Meier of Washburn Rural and Shawnee Heights' Riccardo Corazza provided a spectacular finish, with Meier edging Corrazza 49.56 seconds to 49.58. Meier also took a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

"I'm really happy about it," Meier said. "Individually, one of the best meets in the last year. I think everyone did their part. We had the scores, and we were probably 15 points up, but everyone was telling each other we are still four points down. Having the mentality that the meet isn't over and knowing we still have to go out there and win was huge. It was a great meet."

Meier's teammate Jack Miranda had a stellar championship day as well. Miranda took two individual victories, winning the 200-yard freestyle and won comfortably in the 500-yard freestyle.

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