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By RICK PETERSON

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State champions Kendra Hurla of Rossville and Makenzie McDaniel of Silver Lake were named the TopSports.news Topeka Shawnee County Co-Winter Female Athletes of the Year Wednesday at Washburn University during the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards banquet and Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

KendraHurlaTSCOaction 2Recent Rossville graduate Kendra Hurla was named the Topeka Shawnee County Co-Winter Female Athlete of the Year Wednesday at Washburn University. [Submitted photo]

MakenzieMcDanielTSCOAction 1Silver Lake product Makenzie McDaniel was named the Topeka Shawnee County Co-Winter Female Athlete of the Year Wednesday at Washburn University. [Submitted photo]

Hurla joined a very elite group of high school athletes when she won her fourth straight Class 4A-1A state wrestling championship in February while McDaniel helped lead Silver Lake to the 3A state basketball championship.

Hurla posted a career wrestling record of 127-3 with more than 100 career pins, including a 38-0 record as a senior. 

"Kendra is the definition of a leader,'' Rossville coach Bryce Gfeller said. "Throughout the year she was constantly the one setting our practice pace and making sure that everyone was following her lead. She has inspired many of our younger girls to try wrestling for the first time after watching her compete.''

Hurla also competed in volleyball, track, cheer and dance and will cheer at Washburn University. 

McDaniel finished her prep career with 1,493 points, 952 rebounds and 155 blocked shots while ranking No. 1 on Silver Lake's all-time career list in two-point field goals made, defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds and ranking No. 2 in career points and career blocks.

McDaniel holds the single-season school record in total points, two-point field goals made, points per game, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds.

A four-year starter, the Emporia State signee was named the co-Shawnee County player of the year as a senior after averaging 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds.

McDaniel was also a standout in volleyball, softball and track and field for the Eagles.

Hurla is the daughter of Chris and Angie Hurla while McDaniel is the daughter of Lucas and Kelli McDaniel. 

WINTER SPORTS: OUTSTANDING FEMALE NOMINEES

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ZOE CANFIELD | Washburn Rural

PARENTS: Jordan and Eileen Canfield

SPORT: Basketball | GPA: 4.46

Canfield helped Washburn Rural win Class 6A state championships in both basketball and volleyball during her high school career and the University of Kansas signee capped her prep career with a second-place state finish in the 6A basketball tournament in March. "Zoe has exhibited excellence in every aspect of her career, both in and out of the classroom,'' Rural volleyball and basketball coach Kevin Bordewick said. "On the court, as an All-State two-sport athlete, her leadership, work ethic and toughness, especially in fighting through injuries, were exemplary examples of what excellence really is. Zoe has set a standard for future Washburn Rural athletes and what they should aspire to be.''

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McKENNA HALTOM | Shawnee Heights

PARENTS: Tressa and Jamey Haltom

SPORT: Wrestling | GPA: 4.27

Haltom was a three-year letter-winner for Shawnee Heights' wrestling team, advancing to the United Kansas Conference finals two times and earning a Class 6A-5A state medal as a senior while posting a career record of 80-27 with 62 pins. "McKenna is a multi-sport athlete, participating in cross country, wrestling and track,'' Heights wrestling coach Chad Parks said. "She is also a team leader and captain in all three sports. McKenna thrives in the classroom, taking honors courses throughout high school and graduating with a 4.27 GPA. She is the student council president, a member of National Honor Society and the school newspaper editor and chief.'' Haltom will wrestle collegiately at Baker University.

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BRENNA RUTSCHMANN | Topeka West

PARENTS: Ryan and Jennifer Rutschmann

SPORT: Bowling | GPA: NA

Rutschmann placed seventh in the Class 5A state bowling tournament as a senior with a 580 three-game series after winning a 5A regional championship with a 606 series. Rutschmann was also a state medalist as a junior with a 20th-place finish before averaging 187 pins per game as a senior with a 254 high game and a 666 high series. In addition to her bowling success, Rutschmann was also involved in several others activities and clubs at Topeka West, including the school's dance team and theater program. She plans to attend college at Missouri State.

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LAUREN SANDSTROM | Hayden

PARENTS: James and Stacey Sandstrom

SPORT: Basketball | GPA: 3.82

A three-sport standout for the Wildcats, Sandstrom helped lead Hayden to a third-place finish in the Class 3A state basketball tournament after teaming with Emily Sheetz to win her second straight 4A state doubles title in the fall tennis season. "Lauren had a great career for the Wildcats,'' Hayden girls basketball coach Carvel Reynoldson said. "She was first-team all-league and all-county and will be going to Rockhurst to play basketball. Her leadership was a vital part of the success that the girls basketball program had.'' Sandstrom helped Hayden win a state team title in tennis her junior season and was also a key player for the Wildcats' soccer team.

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TAYLIN STALLBAUMER | Seaman

PARENTS: Todd and Tonya Stallbaumer

SPORT: Basketball | GPA: 3.5

Stallbaumer helped lead Seaman to Class 5A state championships in both basketball and volleyball as a senior and also helped the Vikings reach the state quarterfinals in soccer. Stallbaumer, who received first-team All-United Kansas Conference and All-Shawnee County recognition, is the Seaman record-holder for career 3-pointers in basketball and also ranks in the top five in school history in points, assists, steals, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage. Stallbaumer finished her career with 978 points, 201 assists and 199 steals. Stallbaumer will play college volleyball at Johnson County Community College.

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