By RICK PETERSON
EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural
A returning Class 6A state wrestling champion, Broxterman helped lead Washburn Rural to the boys Centennial League championship on Saturday at Manhattan with a perfect 4-0 team record in dual competition. A junior, Broxterman went 4-0 individually with four pins between 29 and 33 seconds, winning the award for most pins in the least amount of time.
PEARMELLA CARTER, Highland Park
Carter, a freshman girls basketball standout, scored 38 points and grabbed 18 points in Friday's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference victory over Kansas City-Wyandotte. Carter went 18 of 27 shots from the floor and two of three from the free throw line while also recording six steals. Earlier in the week Carter scored 22 points with 21 rebounds in a 63-34 conference win over KC-Washington.
LAIKEN CLARK, Washburn Rural
A senior wrestling standout, Clark captured the 135-pound Centennial League championship Saturday at Manhattan, helping Washburn Rural win its fourth straight league team title with a perfect 4-0 record in dual competition. Clark reached the 100-win milestone in her first match and went 4-0 on the day with 32-second and 1 minute, 6-second pins as well as an 11-3 major decision and a forfeit victory.
By RICK PETERSON
Washburn Rural's boys and girls wrestling teams went undefeated on the day Saturday at Manhattan, earning the 2024 league championships.
The league tournament consisted of duals against the other four league schools competing in the tournament and both Rural teams went 4-0 in the event.
Washburn Rural's boys, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaching Association, defeated Emporia (63-18), Topeka High (75-6), Junction City (54-21) and top-ranked Manhattan (36-33) while the No. 9 Junior Blues took girls wins over Emporia (58-24), Topeka High (75-6), No. 7-ranked Junction City (54-24) and No. 5-ranked Manhattan (61-18).
By RICK PETERSON
Shawnee Heights' girls wrestling team entered Saturday's United Kansas Conference Championships as the four-time defending conference champion and the No. 4-ranked team in Class 6A-5A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
But Heights coach Chad Parks knew the T-Birds couldn't afford to take anything for granted and would need to be on top of their game to stretch their title reign to five straight seasons.
The T-Birds were up to the task and then some, earning five individual championships and adding three runnerup finishes on their home mats on the way to a 217-179.5 victory over Basehor-Linwood, while short-handed Seaman finished third (129).
"We knew Basehor was going to be really tough,'' Parks said. "They're solid all the way through and when you wrestle a team that's solid all the way through they're going to give you a run. That's all there is to it.
"We needed to come out like always and just focus on doing our job one match at a time and then see how it plays out. I felt we wrestled really well. The girls stayed focused, they worked hard. We were out there battling every match and that's all we ask of them.''
By Rick Peterson
Freshman Pearmella Carter turned in a huge 38-point, 18-rebound performance Friday night as Highland Park's girls basketball team bounced back from a loss to perennial Class 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas with a 66-30 Meadowlark Conference road win over Kansas City-Wyandotte.
Carter hit 18 of 27 shots from the floor and went two of three from the free throw line in the Highland Park win while also recording six steals.
Carter was backed by Angelique Gowan-Britt with 15 points, 9 assists and 6 steals while Tahtionna Broils scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Highland Park led 15-7 at the end of the opening quarter and 28-17 at the half before outscoring the Bulldogs 38-13 in the second half.
Now 7-4 on the season and undefeated in conference play, Highland Park will travel to Atchison on Monday for a Meadowlark Conference contest.
West girls take 58-21 runaway UKC decision over KC-Turner
Having lost four of its last five games at the start of the night, Topeka West's girls got back on track in a big way Friday night, taking a 58-21 home United Kansas Conference victory over Kansas City-Turner.
The Chargers started somewhat slowly, scoring seven of their 11 first-quarter points from the free throw line, but West still led 11-5 and then put the game out of reach with an 18-4 second quarter that gave West 29-9 halftime advantage.
By CHARLES SPURLOCK
The Seaman Vikings boys basketball team hosted the De Soto Wildcats in a United Kansas Conference contest on Friday night, with De Soto riding a quick start to a dominating 68-37 victory.
De Soto jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game, and with 3:37 left in the opening quarter, the Wildcats led 17-2, only missing one shot up to that point.
De Soto closed out the first quarter shooting 7-12 from the field and led 20-5.
In the second quarter, De Soto extended its lead and had a commanding 44-17 advantage at the half.
“All the credit to them,'' Seaman coach Craig Cox said. "We knew they were good offensively with David Cobin leading the way and so many other guys capable of scoring. They were on fire and we added to it with some turnovers that led to easy baskets.”