Washburn Rural volleyball rallies for 3-1 dual victory over Spring Hill

Rick Peterson


After suffering heavy graduation losses from last year's Class 6A state championship team, including All-American Brooklyn DeLeye, and being without injured star senior Zoe Canfield for the early portion of the 2023 season, veteran Washburn Rural coach Kevin Bordewick knew his Junior Blues were going to go through some growing pains this fall.

JadaIngram2023 5Washburn Rural senior star Jada Ingram (6) celebrates a kill with her teammates during Tuesday's 3-1 dual victory over Spring Hill. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

And while that has certainly been the case in an up-and-down start to the year, Bordewick said there's no doubt his Junior Blues are making progress, including a 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-17 home dual victory over Spring Hill Tuesday night that pushed Washburn Rural above .500 at 5-4.

"We play such good teams and you still have to look at some of the things like missed serves or not being in the right spots, sometimes not pressing over on a block, but we have made a significant amount of progress, we really have,'' Bordewick said.

"It's just a totally different group. Even Jada (Ingram), she's not playing in the spot she's played in for three years, and all of us are in different spots and we don't have Zoe yet (at setter). Stella (Kelly) is doing a great job for being on the freshman team last year and being in varsity against really good competition and just progressivly gotten a lot better.''

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Rural soccer takes hard-earned 1-0 Centennial League win over Emporia

Rick Peterson


Washburn Rural gutted out a 1-0 Centennial League win over Emporia Tuesday night at McElroy Field, with the Junior Blues improving to a perfect 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in the league as they take aim on a 29th straight league crown.

DevonRutschmann2023 2Washburn Rural senior soccer star Devon Rutschmann (10) scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 1-0 Centennial League decision over Emporia. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

Senior star Devon Rutschmann netted the game's only goal with 30:54 remaining and the Junior Blues held on the rest of the way for the shutout over the upset-minded Spartans.

"Our games with Emporia are always competitive, always tough, always physical,'' Rural coach Brian Hensyel said. "It's a league rival and they've had good teams certainly over the last few years.

"They kind of mixed it up on us a little bit tonight and played with a pretty defensive mindset and made it very tough to create any chances. And then every time they were going the other way with long balls or transition they were dangerous, so I told their coach (Victor Ibarra) afterwards I thought that was one of the closest and toughest games we've had with Emporia in a long time. It was really good.''

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