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  • Sub-state pairings set for Shawnee County prep basketball teams

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Parirings were released Saturday for next week's sub-state high school basketball tournaments, with five Shawnee County teams earning home court advantage through Class 6A and 5A sub-states.

    Topeka High and Washburn Rural earned home court in the 6A girls ranks while the Topeka West and Highland Park boys and Seaman girls could stay at home through 5A sub-state competition.

    The top-ranked Silver Lake girls will be at home to host a 3A sub-state.

    Here's a sub-state look at tournaments involving Shawnee County teams:

    KikiSmithTW2Topeka High junior Kiki Smith and the Trojan girls will open Class 6A sub-state play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against Centennial League rival Junction City. [File photo/TSN]

    CLASS 6A GIRLS

    West sub-state No. 2 -- Topeka High, which will be shooting for a fourth straight state tournment berth, will open postseason at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the 18-2 Trojans hosting Centennial League rival Junction City (2-17) in a semifinal.

    With a win the No. 2-seeded Trojans, the state runner-up last season, will advance to a Friday championship game to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 7 West seed Liberal (14-6) and No. 10 Wichita South (8-12).

    West sub-state No. 3 -- Washburn Rural, the No. 3 seed in the West with an 18-2 record, will host No. 14 Garden City (3-17) in a 6 p.m. semifinal Tuesday.

    The winner of that game will advance to a Friday sub-state championship game to face the winner of the semifinal contest between No. 6 seed Hutchinson (16-4) and No. 11 Manhattan (8-12).

    Washburn Rural won the 6A state championship in 2019.

    CLASS 6A BOYS

    West sub-state No. 3 -- Topeka High, the No. 14 seed at 4-16, will go on the road Wednesday for a 6 p.m. sub-state semifinal against No. 3 Dodge City (17-3).

    The winner of that game will advance to a Saturday final to meet the winner of the semifinal between No. 6 Wichita Southeast (12-8) and No. 11 Washburn Rural (8-12).

    West sub-state No. 3 -- Washburn Rural, the No. 11 seed in the west at 8-12, will open its postseason bid at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the road at No. 6 Wichita Southeast (12-8).

    The winner of that semifinal will advance to a Saturday sub-state championship game to take on the winner of the semifinal between No. 3 Dodge City (17-3) and No. 14 Topeka High (4-16).

    CLASS 5A GIRLS

    East sub-state No. 2 -- Shawnee Heights, the No. 7 seed at 10-10, will be at home for a 7 p.m. Wednesday semifinal to face No. 10 Mill Valley (6-12).

    The winner of that game will advance to a Saturday final to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 2 seed Lansing (17-3) and No. 15 Piper (3-16).

    With a semifinal win Lansing will host the sub-state final.

    East sub-state No. 3 -- Highland Park (4-16) is the No. 14 seed and will travel to Spring Hill to face No. 3 seed Spring Hill (14-6) in a 7 p.m. semifinal on Wednesday.

    The winner of that game will move on to a Saturday championship game to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 6 Sumner Academy (10-10) and No. 11 Leavenworth (7-13).

    AnnaBecker3Seaman freshman Anna Becker (23) and the 15-5 Vikings will open Class 5A sub-state play at home Wednesday in a 6 p.m. semiinal against Salina South. [File photo/TSN]

    West sub-state No. 4 -- Seaman is the No. 4 seed at 15-5 and will be looking for its third straight 5A state tournament berth. The Vikings will be at home Wednesday for a 6 p.m. semifinal against No. 13 Salina South (7-13).

    The winner will advance to Saturday's sub-state final to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 5 Andover Central (15-5) and No. 12 Eisenhower (7-13).

    CLASS 5A BOYS

  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Feb. 25

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    TOPEKA WEST (2-17, 2-13) at TOPEKA HIGH (17-2, 14-1)

    Topeka High has already clinched a share of the Centennial League championship and can clinch the title outright with a win Friday. Topeka High is coming off a 59-53 non-league loss to perennial state power Bishop Miege while Topeka West is coming off a 47-36 league loss at Highland Park. Senior Tae Thomas led Topeka High with 17 points against Miege while junior Azaryah Duncan and sophomore Zoe Clark led Topeka West with 11 points each against Highland Park.

    AisyaTaylorTWnew2Highland Park senior Aisya Taylor scored a game-high 15 points in the Scots' 47-36 win over Topeka West Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    ZoeCanfieldJCWashburn Rural sophomore Zoe Canfield scored 19 points in the Junior Blues' 61-14 romp past Junction City on Tuesday. [File photo/TSN]

    WASHBURN RURAL (17-2, 13-2) at HIGHLAND PARK (4-15, 2-13)

    Washburn Rural is coming off a 61-14 Centennial League romp at Junction City while Highland Park has won back-to-back league games, including a 47-36 home win over Topeka West on Tuesday. Senior Aisya Taylor led Highland Park with 15 points against Topeka West while sophomore Victoria Reed and freshman Amelia Ramsey added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore Zoe Canfield paced Washburn Rural against Junction City with 19 points.

    EMPORIA (15-4, 11-4) at SEAMAN (14-5, 12-4)

    Seaman, which has won four straight games and seven of its last eight, faces a tough battle in it regular-season finale, with the No. 6-ranked Vikings (Class 5A) facing off against No. 4-ranked Emporia (5A). Seaman is coming off a 47-40 Centennial League win over Manhattan while Emporia took a 39-21 league win over Hayden in its last game. Sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer and freshman Anna Becker scored 21 and 15 points for Seaman against Manhattan. Gracie Gilpin scored 12 points to pace Emporia against Hayden.

    TROY (8-12) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (11-7)

    Cair Paravel is the first Shawnee County team to open postseason play, hosting Troy in a Class 1A Division I playoff opener. Cair Paravel wrapped up its regular season with a 45-24 win over Bishop Seabury and the Lions have won seven of their last eight games. Troy is coming off a 56-24 loss to Hanover.

    HAYDEN (10-9, 7-8) at MANHATTAN (7-12, 6-9)

    Both teams are coming off Centennial League losses, with Hayden dropping a 39-21 decision to Emporia and Manhattan falling to Seaman, 47-40. Hayden struggled on the offensive end against Emporia, with senior Macy Smith leading the Wildcats with six points.

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (10-9, 4-5) at BASEHOR-LINWOOD (12-7, 7-2)

    Both teams are coming off lopsided wins over Turner, with Basehor-Linwood taking a 57-8 United Kansas Conference win over the Bears on Tuesday and Shawnee Heights taking a 50-10 UKC win in a Wednesday makeup game. 

     

     

     

  • Tuesday girls prep roundup: Stallbaumer, Becker power Vikes, 49-40

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer and freshman Anna Becker combined for 36 points Tuesday night as Seaman's girls basketball team posted its fourth straight win, taking a 49-40 Centennial League decision at Manhattan.

    Stallbaumer led the Vikings with 21 points while Becker added 15 as Seaman improved to 14-5 overall and 12-4 in the Centennial League.

    TaylinStallbaumerHaydenSophomore Taylin Stallbaumer scored 21 points as Seaman posted its fourth straight win Tuesday night, 49-40 over Manhattan. [File photo/TSN]

    Manhattan (7-12, 6-9) led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter but the Vikings took control with a 20-5 second quarter, building a 28-15 halftime advantage.

    Manhattan outscored Seaman 25-21 in the second half, but it wasn't enough for the Indians to overcome their halftime deficit.

    Seaman, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, will close out its regular season on Friday at home against No. 4-ranked (5A) Emporia.

    ZoeCanfieldJCSophomore Zoe Canfield scored a game-high 19 points in Washburn's 61-14 Centennial League win at Junction City Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    WASHBURN RURAL GIRLS 61, JUNCTION CITY 14 -- Washburn Rural, ranked No. 3 in Class 6A, improved to 17-2 overall and 13-2 in the Centennial League with Tuesday's 61-14 league win at Junction City.

    Sophomore Zoe Canfield powered Washburn Rural early and finished with 19 points, one of 10 players to crack the scoring column for the Junior Blues.

    Canfield was the lone Rural player in double figures as the Junior Blue starters left the game midway through the third quarter. Senior Campbell Bagshaw and sophomore Jada Ingram added eight points each and senior Trenna Whitmore seven points for Rural.

    Junction City fell to 2-17, 2-14.

    Washburn Rural will finish its regular season at Highland Park on Friday.

  • Tuesday boys prep roundup: Hayden continues late-season turnaround

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Hayden's boys basketball team continued its late-season surge Tuesday night, taking a 52-40 Centennial League road win at Emporia.

    The win was the second straight for the Wildcats and their third over the past four games.

    TrentDuffey2Hayden senior Trent Duffey scored 16 points to tie for game-high honors in the Wildcats' 52-40 win over Emporia Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    JoeOttingWest1Junior Joe Otting scored 16 points to tie for game-high scoring honors in Hayden's 52-40 win at Emporia Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Hayden, now 6-13 overall and 4-11 in the league, got 16 points apiece from senior Trent Duffey and junior Joe Otting while junior Jake Muller added 14 points.

    Hayden ended the game with a 22-10 run to pull away for the victory.

    Emporia, which fell to 3-16, 2-13, got 12 points from River Peters and 11 from Parker Leeds.

    Hayden will travel to Manhattan on Friday.

  • Seaman girls jump to No. 6 in KBCA 5A rankings after upset wins

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Seven Shawnee County basketball teams continue to be ranked in the final 2021-2022 Kansas Basketball Coaches Association state rankings released Tuesday, with Seaman's girls jumping two places in Class 3A after knocking off a pair of state-ranked teams.

    Seaman, 13-5 through last week, upset 6A's No. 2-ranked team, Topeka High, and 5A's then-No. 4-ranked Lansing last week and moved from No. 8 to No. 6 in 5A.

     MattTinsley1Matt Tinsley's Seaman girls basketball team jumped two places to No. 6 in the final KBCA Class 5A rankings. [File photo/TSN]

    Silver Lake's girls continued to be ranked No. 1 in 3A  while Topeka High and Washburn Rural held the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in the 6A girls rankings behind Olathe North.

    Topeka West, which has won 16 straight games, remained No. 2 in the 5A boys rankings while Highland Park slipped two spots to No. 6.

    Cair Paravel moved up a spot to No. 7 in the 1A Division I boys rankings.

    KANSAS BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE RANKINGS

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  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Feb. 18

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    EMPORIA (13-4, 9-4) at TOPEKA WEST (2-15, 2-11)

    Emporia is coming off a 63-19 Centennial League victory over Junction City while Topeka West dropped a 53-35 league loss at Hayden on Tuesday. Sophomore Rebecca Bearman and junior Jazmyn Ford both cracked double figures for Topeka West against Hayden, with Bearman scoring 13 points and Ford 11. 

    JUNCTION CITY (2-15, 2-12) at HIGHLAND PARK (2-15, 0-13)

    The Scots dropped a 43-41 decision to Junction City in the first meeting between the two schools and will be looking to pick up their first Centennial League win. The Blue Jays dropped a 63-19 league decision to Emporia on Tuesday while Highland Park fell at Manhattan, 73-31.

    MacySmithTWHayden senior Macy Smith scored a game-high 25 points in the Wildcats' 53-35 Centennial League win over Topeka West Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH (16-1, 13-1) at HAYDEN (10-7, 7-6)

    Topeka High, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, is coming off its first loss of the season, dropping a 50-42 Centennial League decision at Seaman on Tuesday. Hayden has posted two wins this week, beating Tonganoxie on Monday before taking a 53-35 league decision over Topeka West on Tuesday. Senior Macy Smith paced Hayden against Topeka West with a game-high 25 points.

    MANHATTAN (7-10, 6-7) at WASHBURN RURAL (15-2, 11-2)

    Washburn Rural, ranked No. 3 in 6A by the KBCA, was off Tuesday after dropping a 46-42 Centennial League decision to No. 2 Topeka High last Friday. Sophomore Zoe Canfield led Rural against High with 14 points and four 3-pointers while senior Emma Krueger added 11 points. Manhattan is coming off a 73-31 league romp past Highland Park on Tuesday.

    Sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer scored 19 points in Seaman's 50-42 win over previously-unbeaten Topeka High Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]Sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer scored 19 points in Seaman's 50-42 win over previously-unbeaten Topeka High Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

     LANSING (15-2) at SEAMAN (12-5)

    Seaman, ranked No. 8 in 5A by the KBCA, upset previously-unbeaten and No. 2 ranked (6A) Topeka High Tuesday night, 50-42. The Vikings face another tough test Friday, hosting No. 4 (5A) Lansing in a non-league contest. Seaman sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer scored 19 points against Topeka High while freshman Anna Becker added 13 points and was 9 of 9 at the free throw line.

    TURNER (3-14, 0-7) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (8-8, 3-4)

    Shawnee Heights posted a 56-54 United Kansas Conference road victory at Leavenworth on Tuesday while Turner is coming off a 66-5 loss to De Soto. Junior Emari Doby scored 21 points against Leavenworth while senior Zoe Oczko added 13 points and junior Taylor Rottinghaus 10 for the T-Birds.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (10-7) vs. BISHOP WARD (7-10)

    At Kansas City Kansas Community College

    The Lions dropped a 41-27 decision to Maranatha Academy on Tuesday while Bishop Ward beat Cristo Rey 63-32 Wednesday night. Senior Jaley Barkley led Cair Paravel with 14 points against Maranatha while freshman Gracie Babbitt added 10 points. The Lions took a 38-27 win over Ward earlier in the season.

    RILEY COUNTY (7-9) at ROSSVILLE (10-8)

    Rossville took a 59-49 victory over Wabaunsee on Tuesday while Riley County is coming off a 34-30 decision over Council Grove. Sophomore Emma Mitchell led the Bulldawgs with 22 points against Wabaunsee while Kinley Porter added 14.

    SILVER LAKE (16-1) at ROCK CREEK (15-3)

    Silver Lake has split two earlier games with Rock Creek, with the Mustangs handing the Eagles their lone loss back on Jan.22, taking a 60-55 victory. Silver Lake was off Tuesday after taking a 68-46 win over rival Rossville last Friday. Kaibryn Kruger paced the Eagles with 19 points and five 3-pointers against the Bulldawgs while McKinley Kruger added 14 points and Makenzie McDaniel 13.

  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County boys basketball games Feb. 18

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    ElijahBrooksWRTopeka West senior Elijah Brooks and the Chargers take a one-game lead in the Centennial League race into Friday's home game against Emporia. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (3-14, 2-11) at TOPEKA WEST (16-1, 12-1)

    Emporia is coming off a 74-62 Centennial League victory over Junction City on Tuesday while No. 2-ranked (Class 5A) Topeka West took a 51-48 overtime decision over Hayden. Senior Elijah Brooks scored 25 points for West, including the game-winning 3-pointer. West has now won 15 straight games and holds a one-game lead in the Centennial League race.

    JUNCTION CITY (11-7, 8-6) at HIGHLAND PARK (14-3, 11-2) 

    No. 4-ranked (5A) Highland Park now trails Topeka West by a game in the Centennial League race after dropping a 52-50 overtime decision at Manhattan on Tuesday. Highland Park will host Topeka West next Tuesday. Junction City is also coming off a loss, dropping a 74-62 league game to Emporia.

    JoeOttingWest1Hayden junior Joe Otting (33) scored 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting in the Wildcats' 51-48 overtime loss at Topeka West Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH (4-14, 4-10) at HAYDEN (4-13 2-11)

    Hayden will be playing its third game of the week, beating Tonganoxie on Monday before dropping a 51-48 overtime heartbreaker at Topeka West on Tuesday. Junior Joe Otting led the Wildcats with 20 points against Topeka West. Topeka High is coming off a 79-44 Centennial League loss at Seaman. The Trojans played without sophomore standout BJ Canady, out with an injury. Senior Matt Flenoy led High with 13 points.

    MANHATTAN (6-11, 5-8) at WASHBURN RURAL (8-9, 7-6)

    Manhattan is coming off a big 52-50 overtime Centennial League victory over Highland Park Tuesday night. Washburn Rural was off Tuesday night after taking a 60-35 Centennial League win at Topeka High last Friday. Senior Quincey Kidd led Washburn Rural with 14 points while Jack Bachelor added 12 points and Wyatt Conklin 11 for the Junior Blues.

     LANSING (8-9) at SEAMAN (10-7)

    Seaman has won its last two games, over Hayden and Topeka High, by an average of 32.5 points. The Vikings are coming off a 79-44 Centennial League win over the Trojans on Tuesday night, with junior Kaeden Bonner leading the way with a game-high 26 points and six 3-pointers. Mateo Hyman and Ty Henry added 12 points each for Seaman.

    TURNER (0-12, 0-6) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (11-5, 4-3)

    Shawnee Heights snapped a four-game losing streak with a 71-63 United Kansas Conference road victory at Leavenworth Tuesday night. Sophomore Brennon Dodge led the T-Birds with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jayden Moore and Jaret Sanchez added 12 points apiece and Deacon Pomeroy 10. Heights took an 82-58 win over the Bears in the first meeting between the two schools.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (13-4) vs. BISHOP WARD (13-4)

    At Kansas City Kansas Community College

    Cair Paravel, ranked No. 8 in 1A Division I by the KBCA, will be out to avenge a 67-41 loss to the Cyclones earlier in the season. The Lions are coming off a 72-57 win over Maranatha Academy on Tuesday while Ward is coming off a 69-33 victory over Cristo Rey. Senior Zach Clark scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Cair Paravel against Maranatha while senior Noah Hastert had 19 points and 17 rebounds and blocked six shots.

    RILEY COUNTY (4-13) at ROSSVILLE (3-15)

    Rossville is coming off a 58-49 loss to state-ranked Wabaunsee while Riley County dropped a 58-53 decision to Council Grove. Freshman Tayson Horak scored 15 points for Rossville on five 3-pointers against Wabaunsee while junior Kade Perine added 13 points.

    SILVER LAKE (6-11) at ROCK CREEK (7-11)

    Silver Lake was off Tuesday after dropping a 46-43 decision to rival Rossville last Friday. Rock Creek is coming off a 54-45 win over Chapman.Luke Womack scored nine points and Troy Heiman seven for the Eagles in the loss to Rossville.

     

     

  • A game by game look at Friday Shawnee County boys basketball games Feb. 18

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    ElijahBrooksWRTopeka West senior Elijah Brooks and the Chargers take a one-game lead in the Centennial League race into Friday's home game against Emporia. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (3-14, 2-11) at TOPEKA WEST (16-1, 12-1)

    Emporia is coming off a 74-62 Centennial League victory over Junction City on Tuesday while No. 2-ranked (Class 5A) Topeka West took a 51-48 overtime decision over Hayden. Senior Elijah Brooks scored 25 points for West, including the game-winning 3-pointer. West has now won 15 straight games and holds a one-game lead in the Centennial League race.

    JUNCTION CITY (11-7, 8-6) at HIGHLAND PARK (14-3, 11-2) 

    No. 4-ranked (5A) Highland Park now trails Topeka West by a game in the Centennial League race after dropping a 52-50 overtime decision at Manhattan on Tuesday. Highland Park will host Topeka West next Tuesday. Junction City is also coming off a loss, dropping a 74-62 league game to Emporia.

    JoeOttingWest1Hayden junior Joe Otting (33) scored 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting in the Wildcats' 51-48 overtime loss at Topeka West Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH (4-14, 4-10) at HAYDEN (4-13 2-11)

    Hayden will be playing its third game of the week, beating Tonganoxie on Monday before dropping a 51-48 overtime heartbreaker at Topeka West on Tuesday. Junior Joe Otting led the Wildcats with 20 points against Topeka West. Topeka High is coming off a 79-44 Centennial League loss at Seaman. The Trojans played without sophomore standout BJ Canady, out with an injury. Senior Matt Flenoy led High with 13 points.

    MANHATTAN (6-11, 5-8) at WASHBURN RURAL (8-9, 7-6)

    Manhattan is coming off a big 52-50 overtime Centennial League victory over Highland Park Tuesday night. Washburn Rural was off Tuesday night after taking a 60-35 Centennial League win at Topeka High last Friday. Senior Quincey Kidd led Washburn Rural with 14 points while Jack Bachelor added 12 points and Wyatt Conklin 11 for the Junior Blues.

     LANSING (8-9) at SEAMAN (10-7)

    Seaman has won its last two games, over Hayden and Topeka High, by an average of 32.5 points. The Vikings are coming off a 79-44 Centennial League win over the Trojans on Tuesday night, with junior Kaeden Bonner leading the way with a game-high 26 points and six 3-pointers. Mateo Hyman and Ty Henry added 12 points each for Seaman.

    TURNER (0-12, 0-6) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (11-5, 4-3)

    Shawnee Heights snapped a four-game losing streak with a 71-63 United Kansas Conference road victory at Leavenworth Tuesday night. Sophomore Brennon Dodge led the T-Birds with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jayden Moore and Jaret Sanchez added 12 points apiece and Deacon Pomeroy 10. Heights took an 82-58 win over the Bears in the first meeting between the two schools.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (13-4) vs. BISHOP WARD (13-4)

    At Kansas City Kansas Community College

    Cair Paravel, ranked No. 8 in 1A Division I by the KBCA, will be out to avenge a 67-41 loss to the Cyclones earlier in the season. The Lions are coming off a 72-57 win over Maranatha Academy on Tuesday while Ward is coming off a 69-33 victory over Cristo Rey. Senior Zach Clark scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Cair Paravel against Maranatha while senior Noah Hastert had 19 points and 17 rebounds and blocked six shots.

    RILEY COUNTY (4-13) at ROSSVILLE (3-15)

    Rossville is coming off a 58-49 loss to state-ranked Wabaunsee while Riley County dropped a 58-53 decision to Council Grove. Freshman Tayson Horak scored 15 points for Rossville on five 3-pointers against Wabaunsee while junior Kade Perine added 13 points.

    SILVER LAKE (6-11) at ROCK CREEK (7-11)

    Silver Lake was off Tuesday after dropping a 46-43 decision to rival Rossville last Friday. Rock Creek is coming off a 54-45 win over Chapman.Luke Womack scored nine points and Troy Heiman seven for the Eagles in the loss to Rossville.

  • Tuesday prep roundup: Heights boys snap four-game skid, 71-63

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Shawnee Heights' boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with Tuesday's 71-63 United Kansas Conference win at Leavenworth while clinching a winning season.

    Shawnee Heights improved to 11-5 after winning just six games a year ago as four T-Birds scored in double figures.

    BrennonDodgenew 1Sophomore Brennon Dodge scored 18 points with three 3-pointers in Shawnee Heights' 71-63 UKC win over Leavenworth Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    Sophomore Brennon Dodge led Shawnee Heights, 4-3 in the UKC, with 18 points, while sophomore Jayden Moore and sophomore Dylan Sanchez both added 12 points and freshman Deacon Pomeroy 10 points.

    Dodge hit three 3-pointers on the night while Moore went 7 of 8 at the free throw line.

    The T-Birds led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and 32-24 at the half before opening up a double-digit advantage (53-38) with a 21-14 third quarter.

    The Pioneers outscored Heights 25-18 in the fourth quarter but the T-Birds held on for the win.

    Shawnee Heights will be at home Thursday to host Piper in a non-league game.

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS GIRLS 56, LEAVENWORTH 54 --Shawnee Heights held on for a 56-54 United Kansas Conference road win over Leavenworth in a game that was tight throughout.

    The T-Birds, who improved to 8-8, 3-4, was led by junior Emari Doby with 21 points while senior Zoe Oczko added 12 points, junior Taylor Rottinghaus 10 points and senior Abby Schulte nine.

    Rottinghaus provided a lift for Shawnee Heights, which played without sophomore starter Breezy Canady, who missed the game due to illness.

    The T-Birds will be back in action Thursday, hosting Piper in a non-league contest.

  • Top-ranked Silver Lake girls lead seven county teams in KBCA rankings

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Seven Shawnee County basketball teams continue to be ranked in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association state rankings released Tuesday, with Silver Lake's girls continuing to hold the No. 1 spot in Class 3A.

    Topeka West, which has won 14 straight games, remained No. 2 in the 5A boys rankings while Highland Park is No. 4.

    Cair Paravel is No. 8 in the 1A Division I boys rankings.

    Topeka High and Washburn Rural are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the 6A girls rankings behind Olathe North.

    Seaman remains No. 8 spot in the 5A girls rankings.

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