Borjon, Anderson the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                   

Seaman sophomore boys cross country standout Brody Anderson and Hayden sophomore girls golf standout Lauren Borjon and have been selected by the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency as the Rising Stars of the Week.

The Dan Key Agency will recognize top Shawnee County underclassmen throughout the bulk of the 2023-2024 school year.

Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Anderson and Borjon over the past week:

BrodyAnderson2023 1Seaman sophomore Brody Anderson has posted three straight top-eight individual finishes to open the 2023 cross country season. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]


Anderson continued his hot start to the 2023 cross country season, posting a city-best eighth-place finish among 82 runners in last Saturday's Shufelberger Top City Classic at Washburn Rural.

Anderson clocked a five-kilometer time of 16 minutes, 33.1 seconds to lead three city runners among the top 15 individual finishers.

Anderson began his sophomore season with a fifth-place finish in the Manhattan Invitational and led the Vikings to the team title in the Joe Schrag Invitational with a third-place finish.

LaurenBorjon 3Lauren Borjon finished second in a playoff in Monday's city girls golf tournament, helping lead the Wildcats to the team title in the city and Topeka West Invitational meets. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]


Borjon helped lead Hayden to the team title in Monday's Topeka City Girls Golf Championship at Western Hills Golf Course, with the Wildcats winning by a 322-335 margin over Washburn Rural to end the Junior Blues' 10-year championship run.

Borjon shot a 76 to tie Topeka High's Avery Zimmerman for the individual title, with Borjon finishing second in a playoff.

Borjon tied with Zimmerman for second in the Topeka West Invitational, which was held in conjunction with the city meet, as Hayden also won the team championship in that meet by a 322-333 margin over Blue Valley West. 

Viking volleyball dominates UKC triangular against city foes

By Todd Fertig

Seaman volleyball cruised to two wins at the Vikings' home triangular Tuesday and added an important piece to their team in the process.

The Vikings handled Shawnee Heights and Topeka West, continuing their mission to return to the state tournament for the third consecutive season.

BrooklynGormley2023 2Seaman senior Brooklyn Gormley serves the ball during the Vikings' UKC sweep over Shawnee Heights and Topeka West Tuesday at Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

TaylinStallbaumer2023 1Seaman senior Taylin Stallbaumer sets the ball during Tuesday's UKC triangular at Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

“I feel like we’re really progressing well. We’re still not completely flowing together, but I think it will come,” Seaman senior Brooklyn Gormley said. “We’ve got to just keep working and know that we can beat any team if we play together and play our game.”

“I think we just need to put it all together all the time,” added Seaman coach Tatiana Dowling. “We do something really good one night, then something else really great the next night. We just need all the parts to come together and make it a whole.”

Gormley said that the 25-13-, 25-11 victory over Shawnee Heights in particular demonstrated progress by the Vikings.

“We’ve been really going at it lately in practice, working to keep our energy up,” Gormley said. “The last time we played Shawnee Heights we were kind of down and it was a back-and-forth match. This time I think we really stuck with it and pushed and made it our speed.”

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