Dawgs' Catron named Topeka Shawnee County Most Inspirational Male


Former Rossville star Corey Catron was named the Topeka Shawnee County Most Inspirational Male Wednesday night at Washburn University.

CoreyCatronactionRecent Rossville graduate Corey Catron was named the Topeka Shawnee County Most Inspirational Male Athlete Wednesday night at Washburn University. [File photo/TSN]

Despite having to deal with the death of his mother, Vickey, eight years ago, Corey Catron went on to an outstanding athlete career at Rossville, helping lead the Bulldawgs to back to back Class 2A undefeated state football titles as a junior and senior.

"Being a young child Corey was faced with many challenges as he adjusted to life without a mother,'' Rossville coach Derick Hammes said. "Success isn't guaranteed in these type of situations, but Corey began to develop into a leader and successful athlete.

"With the help of his family, friends and surrounding communities, Corey turned a tragic situation into his inspiration.''

Catron's leadership came to the forefront Week 7 of the 2021 season when quarterback Torrey Horak went down with an injury and Catron moved from running back to quarterback to fill in.

Catron, who will play at Bethel College, led the Bulldawgs for the next three games as Rossville went on to claim its fifth state title.

"Corey was an inspiration to us all as he led our team when we needed him the most,'' Hammes said.

Catron compiled a 3.60 grade point average.

Other candidates:

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AIDAN BOLINE | Washburn Rural

PARENT: Darin and Sonya Boline

SPORT: Wrestling | GPA: 3.35

Boline overcame a string of injuries to post a 38-6 record as a senior, winning the Class 6A 160-pound state title and helpind lead Washburn Rural to its second straight state team championship. "Aidan sets an outstanding example of what one can attain through perseverance and dedication,'' Rural coach Josh Hogan said. Boline suffered an ACL injury as a freshman and a broken arm the summer before his junior season before suffering a second ACL injury late in the year. Boline was allowed to wrestle in the 2021 state tournament and posted a fifth-place finish while helping the Junior Blues win their first state championship. Boline had ACL surgery right after his junior season and worked his way back into position for his big senior campaign, going through the entire season without being pinned. Boline will wrestle at Lindenwood University.

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PARENTS: Richard and Margaret Carter

SPORT: Swimming | GPA: NA

Carter was a leader for the Topeka High boys swimming program, particularly as a senior. Carter was a varsity swimmer all four seasons at Topeka High, earning second-team All-City recognition two times. Carter competed in the Class 6A state tournament as a senior in the 400-yard free relay. Carter scored a total of 582 points during his swimming career for the Trojans. Carter competed primarily in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100 free, the 200 free and and the 100 butterfly. Carter plans to attend Grove City College, located in Grove City, Pa.

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Heights' Dial named Topeka Shawnee County Most Inspirational Female


Recent Shawnee Heights graduate Taryn Dial was named the Topeka Shawnee County Most Inspirational Female Athlete Wednesday night at Washburn University.

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Dial was a three-sport athlete for Shawnee Heights in addition to being involved in multiple school clubs and activities.

Dial was president of the Shawnee Heights Student Council, president of T-Birds Together, treasurer of Heights' Spirit Club and a member of the National Honor Society, LINC Crew and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Dial was a VA volunteer as well as a volunteer for Lulac, Special Olympics and Harvesters. Dial received Academic All-State recognition and will attend MidAmerica Nazarene on a volleyball and academic scholarship.

Other candidates:

DrewBaxtermug 1Drew Baxter 


PARENTS: Josh and Carrie Baxter

SPORT: Volleyball | GPA: 3.0

Baxter was the oncourt and offcourt leader for a Seaman volleyball team that posted a fourth-place finish in the 2021 Class 5A state volleyball tournament. "Drew is a very competitive athlete,'' Seaman coach Tatiana Dowling said. "She is one of the hardest workers when it comes to athletics and is willing to do whatever it takes to make herself better and to make her teammates better. She has the drive and dedication to lift up a program and the leadership to take her team to the top.'' Baxter was a first-team All-Shawnee County selection last fall and received second-team All-Class 5A honors from the Kansas Volleyball Association. Baxter plans to play college volleyball at William Jewell. 

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