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  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County boys basketball games Feb. 11

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    QuinceyKidd2 3Washburn Rural senior Quincey Kidd has scored 33 points in two games on the week, including 20 points in Tuesday's loss to Seaman. [File photo/TSN] 

    WASHBURN RURAL (7-9, 6-6) at TOPEKA HIGH (4-12, 4-8)

    Washburn Rural will be playing its third game of the week, taking a 54-51 Centennial League win over Junction City on Monday before dropping a 60-50 league decision to Seaman on Tuesday. Topeka High is coming off a 71-45 loss to league-leading and No. 4-ranked (Class 5A) Highland Park on Tuesday. Washburn Rural got 20 points from senior Quincey Kidd and 16 from junior Jack Bachelor in the Junior Blues' loss to Seaman while Topeka High got 15 points from sophomore BJ Canady and 12 from Germane Mays against Highland Park.

     GavinWilhelmWRSeaman senior Gavin Wilhelm scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in the Vikings' 60-50 Centennial League win over Washburn Rural on Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    SEAMAN (8-7, 7-5) at HAYDEN (3-11, 2-9)

    Seaman beat Washburn Rural 60-50 Tuesday night in a Centennial League contest to snap a three-game losing skid while Hayden dropped a 49-43 league decision at Junction City. Senior Gavin Wilhelm scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers to lead Seaman against Washburn Rural while juniors Kaeden Bonner and Aron Davis added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Hayden, which beat Rural last Friday, gave Junction City a battle Tueday night before the 10th-ranked (Class 6A) Blue Jays took control late.

    SILVER LAKE (6-10) at ROSSVILLE (2-13)

    Silver Lake will be playing its third game of the week, falling to Pleasant Ridge on Monday and taking a 64-54 win over Riley County Thursday night. Kamryn Kaniper scored 18 points to lead the Eagles against Riley County while Luke Womack scored 12 points and Brogan Renfro 11. Rossville is coming off of a 73-60 loss to state-ranked (3A) Osage City Tuesday night. Junior Francesco Patrizi led the Bulldawgs with 21 points while junior Kade Perine scored 20 points.

    SincereAustin1Topeka West junior Sincere Austin is coming off of a career-high 25-point performance in Tuesday's win over Manhattan. [File photo/TSN]

    TOPEKA WEST (14-1, 10-1) at JUNCTION CITY (11-5, 8-4)

    Topeka West rolled to its 13th straight win, a 77-48 Centennial League win over Manhattan on Tuesday, as senior Elijah Brooks scored 28 points and junior Sincere Austin had a career-high 25 points. The Chargers remain tied with Highland Park for the league lead in the loss column. Junction City will be playing its third game of the week, dropping a 54-51 decision at Washburn Rural on Monday before taking a 49-43 home win over Hayden on Tuesday.

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (10-4, 3-2) at LANSING (7-8, 2-4)

    Playing without 6-foot-6 senior Carter Olson, who is expected to be out for the season with a knee injury, Shawnee Heights dropped a 53-31 United Kansas Conference decision to state-ranked Basehor-Linwood Tuesday night. Sophomore Brennon Dodge led the T-Birds with nine points. Shawnee Heights has lost three straight games, all to state-ranked teams.

    BISHOP SEABURY (2-13) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (11-4)

    Cair Paravel cracked the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 1A Division I state rankings this week at No. 8, but the Lions are coming off a tough 72-69 loss to Olathe Heritage Christian Tuesday night. Senior Zach Clark led Cair Paravel with 19 points while Levi Will added 16 points with three 3-pointers, Noah Hastert had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Simon Everhart 13 points.

  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Feb. 11

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

     TaeThomasHPTopeka High senior Tae Thomas is coming off a 22-point game with five 3-pointers in a 61-38 win at Highland Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Junior Brooklyn DeLeye leads a balanced offensive attack for No. 3-ranked Washburn Rural. [FIle photo/TSN]Junior Brooklyn DeLeye leads a balanced offensive attack for No. 3-ranked Washburn Rural. [FIle photo/TSN]

    WASHBURN RURAL (15-1, 11-1) at TOPEKA HIGH (15-0, 12-0)

    Two of the top teams in the state, No. 2-ranked Topeka High and No. 3 Rural, will do battle for the second time this season. The Trojans took a 45-39 win over the Junior Blues in the first game back on Jan. 4 at Rural. Topeka High is coming off a 61-38 Centennial League win at Highland Park, with senior Tae Thomas scoring 22 points with five 3-pointers and junior Kiki Smith adding 16 points. Rural is already 2-0 on the week, beating Junction City on Monday and taking a 42-20 decision over No. 8-ranked (Class 5A) Seaman on Tuesday. Sophomore Jada Ingram scored 11 points and senior Emma Krueger added nine for Rural.

    SEAMAN (10-5, 8-4) at HAYDEN (8-6, 6-5)

    Seaman is coming off Tueday's 42-20 Centennial League loss to Washburn Rural, but the Viking have turned in a solid season with a very young team. Freshman Maegan Mills led the Vikings with six points against Rural while freshman Anna Becker scored a total of 48 points in two Seaman wins last week and sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer has been a team leader throughout the season. Hayden is coming off a 36-25 league win at Junction City, with seniors Sandy Anguiano and Macy Smith scoring eight points apiece for the Wildcats.

    SILVER LAKE (15-1) at ROSSVILLE (9-7)

    Rossville is coming off a 59-47 win over Osage City, with sophomore Kinsey Perine scoring 31 points and sophomore Emma Mitchell adding 14 points. The Bulldawgs face a tough challenge Friday against the No. 1-ranked (3A) Eagles. After a 75-36 win over Pleasant Ridge on Monday Silver Lake took a 44-32 decision over Silver Lake on Thursday.  

    TOPEKA WEST (1-14, 1-10) at JUNCTION CITY (2-13, 2-10)

    Topeka West dropped a 53-34 Centennial League decision to Manhattan on Tuesday and stepped outside the league to play Lawrence on Wednesday, dropping a 55-25 game to the Lions. Azaryah Duncan led the Chargers with 12 points in the loss to Manhattan. Junction City will be playing its third game of the week, losing to No. 3-ranked Washburn Rural on Monday and dropping a 35-26 Centennial League decission to Hayden on Tuesday.

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (7-7, 2-3) at LANSING (13-2, 6-0)

    Shawnee Heights dropped a 51-43 United Kansas Conference decision to Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday, with junior Emari Doby scoring 13 points and senior Abby Schulte 12 for the T-Birds. UKC leader Lansing rolled to a 74-4 league victory over Turner on Tuesday.

    BISHOP SEABURY (0-8) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (9-6)

    Cair Paravel continued its recent surge with a 34-26 victory over Olathe Heritage Christian on Tuesday, with senior Jaley Barkley leading the way for the Lions with a 21-point game, including three 3-pointers. Bishop Seabury is still looking for its first win of the season and is coming off a 48-19 loss to Ward.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tuesday prep roundup: Hi Park boys protect league lead with win over Trojans

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Highland Park's boys basketball team maintained its share of the Centennial League lead with a 71-45 home romp past Topeka High Tuesday night.

    The Scots, who improved to 14-2 overall and 11-1 in the league, steadily built their lead over the Trojans, including a 34-21 advantage at the half and a 48-32 lead entering the fourth quarter.

    Highland Park singed the net at a 59 percent clip (30 of 51) and hit six of nine 3-point attempts while committing just seven turnovers.

    JahmirKingcannonJunior Jahmir Kingcannon had 21 points with five 3-pointers in Highland Park's 71-45 win over Topeka High Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Junior Jahmir Kingcannon scored 21 points with five 3-pointers while junior Ketraleus Aldridge added 18 points with five dunks and senior Juan'Tario Roberts 10 points.

    Sophomore BJ Canady led Topeka High (4-12, 3-8) with 15 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, while Germane Mays added 12 points.

    TaeThomasHPSenior Tae Thomas (15) led Topeka High with a game-high 22 points and five 3-pointers in Tuesday's 61-38 road win at Highland Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH GIRLS 61, HIGHLAND PARK 38 --Undefeated and second-ranked Topeka High took control with a 21-5 first quarter and led 37-20 at the half and 47-28 after three quarters.

    The Trojans (15-0, 12-0) rolled to the win despite shooting just 37 percent from the field and 44 percent from the tree throw line while hitting seven of 32 3-point attempts.

    Senior Tae Thomas paced Topeka High with a game-high 22 points and five 3-pointers while junior Kiki Smith added 16 points (two 3-pointers) and junior Adisyn Caryl eight points. 

    Freshman Amelia Ramsey led Highland Park (2-14, 0-12) with 15 points while Aisya Taylor added nine points and Atiya Gonzales eight.

    Topeka High will host No. 3-ranked Washburn Rural in a Centennial League showdown Friday night.

  • Cair Paravel boys crack KBCA Class 1A-Division I state rankings

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Seven Shawnee County basketball teams earned spots in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association state rankings, with Cair Paravel Latin's boys the latest county addition to the rankings.

    Cair Paravel, 10-3 on the season entering Tuesday night's game, garnered the No. 8 position in the Class 1A Division I rankings, released Tuesday.

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    Silver Lake continues to hold down the No. 1 spot in the 3A girls rankings..

    Topeka West, which has won 12 straight games to improve to 13-1, remained No. 2 in the 5A boys rankings while Highland Park (13-2) is No. 4.

    Topeka High and Washburn Rural are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the 6A girls rankings and will face off on Friday at Topeka High.

    Topeka High was 14-0 and Rural 14-1 entering Tuesday's games. 

    Seaman (10-4) moved up to the No. 8 spot in the 5A girls rankings.

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  • A game by game look at Tuesday's Shawnee County boys basketball games Feb. 8

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    SEAMAN (7-7, 6-5) at WASHBURN RURAL (7-8, 6-5)

    RuraljubeJC2Washburn Rural celebrates Monday's 54-51 Centennial League win over Junction City. The Junior Blues host Seaman Tuesday night. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Washburn Rural will be playing for the second straight night after taking a 54-51 home Centennial League win over Junction City Monday night. Senior Quincey Kidd led the Junior Blues with 13 points, all in the second half, while sophomore Griffin Durst added 11 points and junior Jack Bachelor 10 points, all in the second half. Seaman is coming off a 73-65 league loss to Highland Park last Friday. Senior Mateo Hyman scored a game-high 23 points for the Vikings against the Scots, while senior Dreighton Griess added 14 points, junior Kaeden Bonner 13 and senior Ty Henry 12. 

    Ketraleus AldridgeJunior Ketraleus Aldridge (1) and Highland Park will put their 13-2 record on the line Tuesday night against USD 501 rival Topeka High. [File photo/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH (4-11, 4-7) at HIGHLAND PARK (13-2, 10-1)

    Both the Trojans and Scots are coming off Centennial League victories last Friday, with Topeka High taking a 70-59 win over Emporia in the annual Dean Smith Game while Highland Park protected its share of the league lead with a 73-65 win at Seaman. Junior Mason Gomez led Topeka High with 24 points and seven 3-pointers against Emporia while sophomores BJ Canady and Bryson Thrasher added 12 and 11 points. Junior Ketraleus Aldridge scored 22 points and junior Tre Richardson added 17 points and Quentin Adams 10 for the No. 4-ranked Scots (Class 5A) against Seaman.

    ElijahBrooksWRSenior Elijah Brooks and 13-1 Topeka West will host Manhattan in a Tuesday night Centennial League matchup. [File photo/TSN]

    MANHATTAN (4-10, 3-7) at TOPEKA WEST (13-1, 9-1)

    Manhattan is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 43-41 Centennial League decision over Junction City last Friday. Topeka West, No. 2-ranked in Class 5A by the KBCA, was off Friday after taking a 56-42 league win over Washburn Rural last Tuesday. Senior Elijah Brooks led the Chargers with 21 points while junior Xavier Alexander added 16. Topeka West has won 12 straight games and is tied in the loss column for the Centennial League lead with Highland Park.

    HAYDEN (3-10, 2-8) at JUNCTION CITY (10-5, 7-4)

    Junction City played a Monday night makeup game at Washburn Rural, with the Blue Jays dropping a 54-51 Centennial League decision to the Junior Blues. Senior Howard Johnson led Junction City with 20 points. Hayden is coming off a 54-42 league win at Rural last Friday, with senior Trent Duffey pacing the Wildcats with 18 points while juniors Joe Otting and Jake Muller added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

    BASEHOR-LINWOOD (12-2, 4-0) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (10-3, 3-1)

    Shawnee Heights is coming off a 53-36 United Kansas Conference loss to De Soto, while Basehor-Linwood, No. 7-ranked in Class 5A by the KBCA, is coming off a 73-42 win over Wamego. Senior Carter Olson scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Shawnee Heights against De Soto while sophomore Brennon Dodge added 12 points with a pair of 3-pointers.

    OLATHE HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (10-5) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (11-3)

    Cair Paravel Latin is coming off a 70-40 win over Marais des Cygnes Valley last Friday. Senior Zach Clark scored 21 points to lead the Lions while senior Noah Hastert had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocked shots. Heritage Christian is coming off a 62-47 win over Bishop Seabury.

    ROSSVILLE (2-12) at OSAGE CITY (15-1)

    Rossville played a close game against state-ranked Wabaunsee, No. 4 in 2A, last Friday, dropping a 56-48 decision. Bulldawg junior Kade Perine scored 25 points in Rossville's loss to Wabaunsee. Osage City, ranked No. 8 in 3A, rolled to a 75-37 win over West Franklin in its most recent game.

     

  • A game by game look at Tuesday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Feb. 8

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    SEAMAN (10-4, 8-3) at WASHBURN RURAL (14[1, 10-1)

    AnnaBeckernew2Seaman freshman Anna Becker (23) scored 48 points in two Viking wins last week, including a game-high 22 points in last Friday's 67-35 win over Highland Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    ZoeCanfieldJCSophomore Zoe Canfield scored 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers in Washburn Rural's 69-26 win over Junction City Monday night. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Washburn Rural played a Monday night Centennial League makeup game against Junction City, rolling to a 69-26 home win over the Blue Jays. Senior Katelynn Brogan came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points while Rural sophomores Zoe Canfield and Jada Ingram added 10 points apiece. Seaman is coming off a 67-35 league win over Highland Park last Friday, with freshman Anna Becker scoring 22 points and sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer adding 14 points, sophomore Brooklyn Gormley 11 and freshman Ava Esser 10 points.

    KikiWRJunior Kiki Smith (23) has helped lead Topeka High to a perfect 14-0 record entering Tuesday night's Centennial League game at Highland Park. [File photo/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH (14-0, 11-0) at HIGHLAND PARK (2-13, 0-11)

    Topeka High, second-ranked in Class 6A, remained undefeated with a 65-36 Centennial League romp past No. 3-ranked (5A) Emporia last Friday. Junior Kiki Smith led the Trojans with 21 points while senior Tae Thomas added 15 points. Highland Park dropped a 67-35 decision at Seaman last Friday, with the Scots getting 12 points and 12 rebounds from freshman Amelia Ramsey.

    MANHATTAN (5-9, 4-6) at TOPEKA WEST (1-12, 1-9)

    Topeka West has been idle since 51-34 loss to Leavenworth in the Lady Firebirds Winter Classic on Jan. 28. Manhattan is coming off a 49-28 Centennial League win over Junction City last Friday.

    HAYDEN (7-6, 5-5) at JUNCTION CITY (2-12, 2-9)

    Junction City dropped a 69-26 Centennial League decision at Washburn Rural Monday night in a makeup game, with the Blue Jays getting 11 points from junior Sophia Holloway. Hayden is coming off a 46-32 loss at Washburn Rural last Friday. Senior Carly Stuke led the Wildcats with 10 points while sophomore Lauren Sandstrom added nine points and senior Macy Smith eight. 

    BASEHOR-LINWOOD (8-6, 3-1) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (7-6, 2-2)

    Both teams will be looking to bounce back from losses, with Shawnee Heights coming off a 56-48 United Kansas Conference defeat against De Soto while Basehor-Linwood dropped a 56-51 non-league decision to Wamego.

    OLATHE HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (8-5) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (8-6)

    Senior Jaley Barkley scored 18 points with three 3-pointers in Cair Paravel's 49-42 victory over Marais des Cygnes Valley last Friday. Heritage Christian is coming off a 43-27 win over Lutheran, Mo.

    ROSSVILLE (8-7) at OSAGE CITY (7-9)

    Rossville rolled to a 53-25 victory over Wabaunsee in its last game, getting 18 points from sophomore Emma Mitchell and 13 points from senior Caylee Douglas, who went seven of eight at the free throw line. Osage City is coming off a 41-31 win over West Franklin.

     

     

     

     

  • Friday prep roundup: Hayden boys break through with win at Rural

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Hayden's boys basketball team had been knocking on the door for awhile, including a two-point loss to Centennial League co-leader Highland Park and a four-point overtime defeat against Class 6A Topeka High in its previous two games.

    Dwayne Paul's Wildcats knocked the door down Friday night, posting a 54-42 road win at Washburn Rural.

    TrentDuffeyWNWHayden senior Trent Duffey tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points in the Wildcats' 54-42 Centennial League road win at Washburn Rural Friday night. [File photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Wildcats, who improved to 3-10 overall and 2-8 in the Centennial League, led all the way against Washburn Rural (6-8, 5-5), jumping out to a 14-6 first-quarter advantage and taking a 23-13 lead to the locker room at halftime.

    Hayden increased its lead to 12 points (41-29) at the start of the fourth quarter and Washburn Rural got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

    The Wildcats rode a 51-percent shooting night to Friday's victory, hitting five 3-pointers in the game.

    Senior Trent Duffey led Hayden with 18 points while juniors Joe Otting and Jake Muller added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

    Junior Jack Bachelor scored 18 points for Washburn Rural, including three 3-pointers, to tie Duffey for game-high honors while senior Quincey Kidd added 10 points. The Junior Blues shot 36 percent from the field.

    Both Duffey and Muller canned two 3-pointers.

    WASHBURN RURAL GIRLS 46, HAYDEN 32 --Washburn Rural, third-ranked in Class 6A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, took control early en route to improving to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in the Centennial League with Friday's 46-32 home win over Hayden.

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    Rural took a 12-3 first-quarter advantage and led 21-8 at the half and 32-17 starting the fourth quarter.

  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County boys basketball games Feb. 4

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    JackBachelor1Junior Jack Bachelor scored 16 points to lead Washburn Rural in Tuesday's 56-42 loss to Topeka West. [File photo/TSN]

    HAYDEN (2-10, 1-8) at WASHBURN RURAL (6-7, 5-4)

    Hayden was off Tuesday after dropping a 62-60 Centennial League decision to Highland Park last Friday while Washburn Rural is coming off a 56-42 loss to Topeka West Tuesday night. Junior Joe Otting led Hayden with 19 points against Hi Park while senior Trent Duffey added 16 points and Peyton Bartlett 11. Junior Jack Bachelor scored 16 points for Washburn Rural in the Junior Blues' loss to Topeka West.

    Ketraleus AldridgeHighland Park junior Ketraleus Aldridge scored 17 points to lead the Scots in Tuesday's 55-53 win over Emporia. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (12-2, 9-1) at SEAMAN (7-6, 6-4)

    Highland Park, which is tied with Topeka West for the Centennial League lead, has posted back-to-back two-point league wins, including a 55-53 win over Emporia on Tuesday. Junior Ketraleus Aldridge led Highland Park with 17 points against Emporia while juniors Quentin Adams and Tre Richardson added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Highland Park is ranked No. 4 in Class 5A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. Seaman is coming off a 66-64 overtime loss to state-ranked Junction City. Senior Dreighton Griess came off the bench to score 19 points for Seaman while seniors Mateo Hyman and Ty Henry added 16 and 12 points.  

    EMPORIA (2-12, 1-9) at TOPEKA HIGH (3-11, 3-7)

    Topeka High picked up its third win on Tuesday, 69-56 over Manhattan, equaling its win total for the 2020-2021 season. Sophomore Bryson Thrasher scored 23 points to lead Topeka High while senior Germane Mays added 16 points and sophomore Isaiah Lyons 14. Emporia dropped a 55-53 league decision to Highland Park on Tuesday, getting 16 points from Parker Leeds and 13 from River Peters. 

    BrennonDodgenew 1Sophomore Brennon Dodge scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers in Shawnee Heights' 56-46 win over Tonganoxie on Tuesday. [File photo/TSN]

    DE SOTO (11-2, 3-1) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (10-2, 3-0)

    Shawnee Heights posted a 56-46 win at state-ranked Tonganoxie on Tuesday, with sophomore Brennon Dodge scoring 19 points and hitting five 3-pointers for the T-Birds. Senior point guard Jarin Sanders scored 10 points for Shawnee Heights while senior Carter Olson scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds. De Soto, ranked No. 8 in the KBCA, is coming off a 62-40 win over Spring Hill.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (10-3) at MARAIS DES CYGNES VALLEY (7-8)

    Cair Paravel posted a 70-49 victory at Kansas City Christian on Tuesday. Senior Noah Hastert led the Lions with 22 points and 16 rebounds while senior Carter Brian added nine points and senior Ethan Everhart and sophomore Simon Everhart scored eight points apiece. Cair Paravel will be facing a Marais des Cygnes Valley team that is coming off a 52-50 victory over Cornerstone.

    SILVER LAKE (5-8) at ST. MARYS (10-3)

    Silver Lake is coming off a 76-59 loss to state-ranked Osage City on Tuesday while St. Marys took a 67-38 victory over Rossville. Senior Carson Johnson scored a career-high 18 points for Silver Lake against Osage City while junior Kamryn Kaniper added 11 points. The Eagles will be facing a St. Marys team that is ranked No. 2 in 2A by the KBCA. 

    ROSSVILLE (2-12) at WABAUNSEE (10-3)

    Rossville dropped a 67-38 decision to 2A power St. Marys on Tuesday while Wabaunsee dropped a 55-48 decision to Lyndon. Junior Kade Perine scored 18 points to lead Rossville against St. Marys while Francesco Patrizi added 10 points.

  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Feb. 4

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

     EmmaKruegerTWWashburn Rural senior Emma Krueger was named the most valuable player in last week's Lady Firebirds Winter Classic. [File photo/TSN]

    HAYDEN (7-5, 5-4) at WASHBURN RURAL (12-1, 8-1)

    Hayden is coming off a 48-33 Centennial League loss to Emporia on Tuesday while Washburn Rural was off after winning last weeks Lady Firebirds Winter Classic at Lawrence. Freshman Brylee Meier led Hayden with 12 points against Emporia while senior Macy Smith added 11 points. Washburn Rural is ranked No. 3 in Class 6A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. Junior Blue senior Emma Krueger was named the most valuable player in last week's tournament.

    AnnaBeckerHaydenSeaman freshman Anna Becker is coming off a career-high 26-point game in Tuesday's 49-46 Centennial League win over Manhattan. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (2-12, 0-10) at SEAMAN (9-4, 7-3)

    Seaman held off Manhattan for a 49-46 home Centennial League victory on Tuesday as freshman Anna Becker led the Vikings with a career-high 26 points. Highland Park is coming off a 1-2 performance in last week's Capital City Classic. The Scots dropped a 61-39 decision to Maize in the fifth-place game.

    KikiWRJunior Kiki Smith (right) averages 18.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 steals for Topeka High, which is 13-0 on the season. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (11-3, 7-3) at TOPEKA HIGH (13-0, 10-0)

    Topeka High beat Junction City 58-28 in a Centennial League road game Tuesday night while Emporia is coming off a 48-33 league win over Hayden. Topeka High is ranked No. 2 in 6A by the KBCA while Emporia is No. 3-ranked in 5A. The Trojans took a 38-36 win over the Spartans in the first meeting between the two schools. Junior Kiki Smith averages team-highs of 18.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.8 steals for Topeka High. Emporia senior Gracie Gilpin scored 19 points with five 3-pointes in the Spartans' win over Hayden on Tuesday.

    DE SOTO (8-5, 1-3) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (7-5, 2-1)

    Shawnee Heights has won two straight games, including a 55-53 overtime victory over Tonganoxie on Tuesday. The T-Birds have already posted two more wins than they did in a 5-14 2020-2021 season. Heights will be facing a De Soto team that is coming off a 61-51 win over Spring Hill.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (7-6) at MARAIS DES CYGNES VALLEY (3-12)

    Cair Paravel Latin has won three straight games to climb above .500. The Lions are coming off a 31-21 win over Kansas City Christian on Tuesday night. Marais des Cygnes Valley snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 49-30 victory over Cornerstone.

    SILVER LAKE (12-1) at ST. MARYS (6-7)

    Silver Lake moved up to the No. 1 spot in the KBCA 3A state rankings this week. The Eagles are coming off a 61-23 win over Osage City. Sophomore McKinley Kruger paced the Eagles with 15 points against Olsage City while junior Taylor Ross and sophomore Kaibryn Kruger added 10 points apiece. Junior Mariah Farmer scored nine points for the Eagles while sophomore Makenzie McDaniel had eight points and nine rebounds. St. Marys pulled out a 58-57 overtime win over Rossville on Turesday.

    ROSSVILLE (7-7) at WABAUNSEE (4-9)

    Rossville is coming off a tough 58-57 overtime loss to St. Marys on Tuesday while Wabaunsee took a 44-34 victory over Lyndon. Sophomore Emma Mitchell led Rossville with 24 points against St. Marys while sophomore Kinsey Perine added 19 points.

  • Signing roundup: ESU signs county standouts Barta, Stallbaumer, Lietz

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Seaman standouts Camden Barta and Casen Stallbaumer and Rossville's Brody Lietz were part of Emporia State's 22-member signing class announced Wednesday by Hornet coach Garin Higgins.

    Barta, Lietz and Stallbaumer were part of a big group of Shawnee County seniors who signed letters of intent on Wednesday, national signing day for football.

    In addition to football, athletes in other sports have recently signed letters of intent or will sign in the near future.

    If you have a student-athlete that plans to sign or has signed a letter of intent, email that information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be added to TopSports.news' list of signees.

    CamdenBarta 2Seaman senior quarterback/defensive back Camden Barta has signed a letter of intent with Emporia State after passing for 2,224 yards and registering 50 tackles. [File photo/TSN]

    Barta, signed as an athlete, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who played at quarterback and defensive back for the Vikings.

    Barta completed 138 of 222 passes as a senior for 2,224 yards and 23 touchdowns while defensively he was in on 50 tackles with an interception, earning TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 22 honors.

    He is the son of Jeni Sloan and Jerry Barta and is undecided on a major.

    Lietz, a 6-2, 250 offensive lineman, helped lead Rossville to back-to-back Class 2A state championships, with the Bulldawgs going undefeated both seasons.

    Lietz earned numerous potseason awards, including All-State recognition in 2A as well as All-Shawnee County Top 22 and All-Mid-East League honors.

    He is the son of Eric and Kelly Lietz and plans to major in accounting at ESU.

    Stallbaumer, a 6-2, 200-pounder, was signed as an athletes after a standout two-way career for Seaman.

    Stallbaumer earned first-team All-Centennial League and TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 22 recognition and was selected to play in the 2022 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

    He is the son of Todd and Tonya Stallbaumer and plans to major in business/sports medicine at ESU. Stallbaumer is a cousin of fellow ESU signee Camden Barta.

    TorreyHorakStateTorrey Horak, who helped lead Rossville to back-to-back Class 2A state championships, has signed a national letter of intent with Central Missouri. [File photo/TSN]

    MULES SIGN BULLDAWGS' HORAK

    Rossville star quarterback/defensive back Torrey Horak signed Wednesday with Central Missouri as a defensive back after helping lead the Bulldawgs to back-to-back undefeated 2A state championships.

    Horak passed for 3,801 yards and 54 touchdowns in his Rossville career and rushed for 3,893 yards and 61 TDs. Defensively Horak registered 124 tackles with eight interceptions.

  • Tuesday boys prep roundup: Heights knocks off state-ranked Tonganoxie

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Sophomore Brennon Dodge scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers as Shawnee Heights rode a big fourth quarter to a 56-46 non-league road victory Tuesday night over Tonganoxie, which is No. 10-ranked in Class 4A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.

    Tonganoxie (8-6) led 31-29 at the half and took a 42-38 advantage into the fourth quarter before Shawnee Heights, which improved to 10-2, took control with an 18-4 scoring edge over the final eight minutes.

     BrennonDodgenewShawnee Heights senior Brennon Dodge scored 19 points with five 3-pointers in the T-Birds' 56-46 win at Tonganoxie Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    Senior point guard Jarin Sanders added 10 points for Shawnee Heights and senior Carter Olson scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds while hitting all three of his free throw attempts.

    Tonganoxie (8-6) had three double-figure scorers in the loss.

    Shawnee Heights will host De Soto on Friday.

    HIGHLAND PARK 55, EMPORIA 53 -- Highland Park, ranked No. 4 in 5A by the KBCA, survived its second straight two-point Centennial League decision Tuesday night, taking a 55-53 road victory at Emporia.

    The Scots also had a two-point game last Friday, topping Hayden, 62-60.

    Highland Park will travel to Seaman on Friday.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 76, KANSAS CITY CHRISTIAN 53 -- Cair Paravel Latin improved to 10-3 on the season, posting a 76-53 victory over Kansas City Christian.

    Senior Noah Hastert powered the Lions to the victory, scoring 20 points.

    Cair Paravel will travel to Marais des Cynges Valley on Friday.

    OSAGE CITY 76, SILVER LAKE 59 -- Osage City, which is No. 8-ranked in 3A by the KBCA, took control with a 26-10 first quarter Tuesday night and never looked back, improving to 14-1 on the season.

    Silver Lake, which fell to 5-8, was much more competitive the rest of the way, with Osage holding just a 50-49 scoring edge over the final three quarters, but the early deficit was too much for the Eagles to overcome.

    Senior Carson Johnson scored a career-high 18 points for Silver Lake while junior Kamryn Kaniper added 11 points.

    Junior Landon Bass scored 30 points for Osage City.

    Silver Lake will travel to St. Marys on Friday.

    ST. MARYS 67, ROSSVILLE 38 -- St. Marys, ranked No. 2 in 2A by the KBCA, improved to 10-3 with Tuesday night's decisive victory over Rossville.

    Rossville, which fell to 2-12 on the season, got 18 points from junior Kade Perine while Francesco Patrizi added 10 points.

    The Bulldawgs will travel to Wabaunsee on Friday.

     

     

     

     

  • A game by game look at Tuesday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Feb. 1

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    MANHATTAN (4-8, 3-5) at SEAMAN (8-4, 6-3)

    TaylinStallbaumerAllTourney 1Sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer was named to the Capital City Classic all-tournament team after helping lead Seaman to a third-place finish. [File photo/TSN]

    Seaman is coming off a third-place finish in last week's Capital City Classic, taking sandwiching wins over Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission East around semifinal loss to Wichita Heights. The Vikings closed out their tournament appearance with a 61-32 win over SM East on Saturday. Viking sophomore Taylin Stallbaumer was named to the all-tournament team. Manhattan is coming off a 69-59 loss to Clearwater.

     EMPORIA (10-3, 6-3) at HAYDEN (7-4, 5-3)

    Emporia won its Glacier's Edge Invitational title last week while Hayden finished second in the Top Gun Invitational at Wellsville. Emporia closed out its tournament championship with a 64-35 win over Great Bend on Saturday while Hayden dropped a 55-47 decision to state-ranked Spring Hill (5A) in the Top Gun final. Sophomore Lauren Sandstrom led Hayden with 14 points against Spring Hill while senior Carly Stuke added 13 points and senior Macy Smith 12 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (6-5) at TONGANOXIE (5-7)

    Shawnee Heights finished 1-2 in last week's Glacier's Edge Invitational at Emporia, posting a 52-39 win over Wichita South on Saturday. Tonganoxie has won three straight games, including a 37-33 win over Piper on Friday. Shawnee Heights was ranked No. 9 in Class 5A in last week's Kansas Basketball Coaches Association state rankings.

    Topeka High's girls are 12-0 on the season after winning last week's Capital City Classic with a 65-57 win over Wichita Heights. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]Topeka High's girls are 12-0 on the season after winning last week's Capital City Classic with a 65-57 win over Wichita Heights. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    TOPEKA HIGH (12-0, 9-0) at JUNCTION CITY (2-9, 2-6)

    Topeka High won the Capital City Classic on its home floor Saturday, with the Trojans taking a 65-57 win over Wichita Heights in the tournament championship game. Topeka High junior Kiki Smith and senior Tae Thomas were both hamed to the all-tournament team. Smith scored 20 points and Thomas 19 in the championship game to cap the Trojans' 3-0 week.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (6-6) at KANSAS CITY CHRISTIAN (2-10 )

    Cair Paravel Latin has won four of its last five games, including two straight. The Lions are coming off a 36-27 road victory over Maranatha Academy on Friday. Senior Jaley Barkley scored 20 points to lead the Lions.

    SILVER LAKE (11-1) at OSAGE CITY (6-8)

    Silver Lake improved to 11-1 with a 51-13 road win at Sabetha while Osage City is coming off a 46-40 loss to Santa Fe Trail. Junior Taylor Ross led Silver Lake with 15 points against Sabetha while sophomore sophomore Makenzie McDaniel had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    ROSSVILLE (7-6)) at ST. MARYS (5-7)

    Rossville won the tournament championship in the Jefferson County North Invitational, including a 57-41 win over the host team in the championship game. St. Marys is coming off a 53-51 overtime loss to Atchison County. Senior Caylee Douglas led the Bulldawgs with 14 points against Jefferson County North while sophomore Kinley Porter added 13 points with three 3-pointers and sophomore Kinsey Perine had 12 points with a pair of 3s. Sophomore Emma Mitchell scored eight points Saturday and was named to the all-tournament team along with Perine.

  • A game by game look at Tuesday's Shawnee County boys basketball games Feb. 1

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    TOPEKA WEST (12-1, 8-1) at WASHBURN RURAL (6-6, 5-3)

    ElijahBrooksWRTopeka West senior Elijah Brooks has scored 30 or more points in five straight games and became West's career-leading scorer in last Friday's 74-58 win over Seaman. [File photo/TSN

    Topeka West avenged its only loss of the season on Friday, taking a 74-58 win over Seaman, as the Chargers protected their share of the Centennial League lead with their 11th straight win. Senior Elijah Brooks scored 33 points, his fifth straight game of at least 30 points, and Brooks became West's career scoring leader. Washburn Rural played a rare Saturday night Centennial League game, evening its record with a 51-45 league win at Emporia. 

    JUNCTION CITY (9-3, 6-2) at SEAMAN (7-5, 6-3)

    Seaman will try to bounce back from Friday's 74-58 loss at Topeka West, but faces a tough test against the Blue Jays, who are coming off a 77-57 home Centennial League win over Topeka High. The Blue Jays took an 80-63 win over the Vikings in the season-opener. Senior Gavin Wilhelm paced Seaman with 14 points against Topeka West while senior Mateo Hyman and juniors Kaeden Bonner and Aron Davis added 10 points apiece.

    MANHATTAN (3-9, 2-6) at TOPEKA HIGH (2-11, 2-7)

    Topeka High picked up its second win earlier in the week (53-49 over Hayden in overtime) before falling 77-57 at Junction City Friday night in a Centennial League contest. Manhattan is coming off a 70-34 league loss to Seaman last Tuesday.

    JuanTarioRobertsTITHighland Park senior Juan'Tario Roberts scored the game-winning basket in the Scots' 62-60 win at Hayden last Friday. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (11-2, 8-1) at EMPORIA (2-10, 1-8)

    Juan'Tario Roberts scored the game-winning basket with five seconds remaining to take a 62-60 win at Hayden Friday night while Emporia is coming off a 51-45 league loss to Washburn Rural on Saturday. Junior Tre Richardson scored 19 points for Highland Park against Hayden while junior Ketraleus Aldridge scored 15 points, junior Jahmir Kingcannon 13 and Roberts 12. Parker Leeds scored 18 points and River Peters 16 for the Spartans in the loss to Washburn Rural.

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (9-2) at TONGANOXIE (8-5)

    Shawnee Heights has been off since dropping a 71-34 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest in the championship game of the Vikings Classic on Jan. 22. Tonganoxie  took a 63-60 win over Olathe Heritage Christian Academy last Tuesday. Senior Carter Olson led Shawnee Heights with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Shawnee Mission Northwest while senior Jarin Sanders also scored 10 points.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (9-3) at KANSAS CITY CHRISTIAN (8-4)

    Cair Paravel Latin is coming off a 74-63 road win over Maranatha Academy last Friday night. Senior Noah Hastert scored 26 points and grabbed 24 rebounds for the Lions against Maranatha while senior Zach Clark added 21 points and had 11 rebounds.

    SILVER LAKE (5-7) at OSAGE CITY (13-1)

    Silver Lake is coming off a 49-40 loss to Sabetha on Friday while Osage City took a 70-37 victory over Santa Fe Trail. Kamryn Kaniper scored 15 points and Troy Heiman for the Eagles in the loss to Sabetha.

    ROSSVILLE (2-11) at ST. MARYS (9-3)

    Rossville went 1-2 in the Oskaloosa tournament, ending the tournament with a 45-33 loss to Jefferson County North. St. Marys went 1-2 in the Topeka Invitational Tournament against Class 6A and 5A competition, posting a win over Topeka High before dropping games to tournament champion Topeka West and Highland Park.

  • Friday prep roundup: Late Roberts hoop gives Scots 62-60 win over Hayden

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Senior Juan'Tario Roberts scored with five seconds left to give Highland Park's boys a 62-60 Centennial League road win at Hayden Friday night.

    Roberts' game-winning hoop capped a game that saw notable individual performances by players on both teams.

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    Junior Tre Richardson tied for game-high scoring honors with 19 points for Highland Park while junior Ketraleus Aldridge added 15 points, junior Jahmir Kingcannon 13 points with three 3-pointers and Roberts with 12 points.

    Hayden had four players with at least nine points, led by junior Joe Otting, who tied Richardson for game-high honors with 19 points. Senior Trent Duffey scored 16 points with a pair of 3-pointers for the Wildcats while senior Peyton Bartlett added 11 points with three 3-pointers and junior Jake Muller nine points.

    Highland Park doubled up Hayden 20-10 in the opening quarter and still led by a 37-29 margin at halftime but Hayden got within 46-45 at the end of the third quarter with a 16-9 third quarter and the game went down to the wire.

    ROSSVILLE GIRLS 49, NEK SAINTS 34 -- Sophomores Kinsey Perine and Emma Mitchell combined for 29 points as Rossville took a 49-34 win over the NEK Saints Friday night in the Jefferson County North Invitational.

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    EmmaMitchell 1Emma Mitchell

    Perine paced the Bulldawgs with 17 points while Mitchell added 12 points as Rossville advanced to Saturday's 3 p.m. championship game to face Jefferson County North.

    NEK built an 11-5 first-quarter lead over the Bulldawgs and led 24-23 at halftime before Rossville outscored the Saints 26-10 in the second half, including a 16-5 fourth quarter.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN BOYS 74, MARANATHA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 63 -- Senior Noah Hastert scored 26 points and grabbed 24 rebounds and senior Zach Clark added 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Cair Paravel Latin boys posted a 74-63 road win over Maranatha Academy Friday night.

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    Maranatha came out firing, scoring all 15 of their first-quarter points on five 3-pointers, and finished with 11 treys on the night.

  • Early foul trouble hampers Cair Paravel boys in 67-41 loss to Ward

    Isaac Deer

     By ISAAC DEER

    TopSports.news

    Turnovers and foul trouble were the achilles heel for the Cair Paravel Latin boys in a 67-41 home loss to Bishop Ward on Tuesday night.

    Lion standouts Carter Brian, Noah Hastert and Zach Clark all were in significant foul trouble early in the first quarter.

    The three starters picked up two fouls each before the first quarter ended. Bishop Ward was able to draw four charges in the first quarter, which had an impact on the Lions’ foul troubles early in the contest.

    Bishop Ward’s interior offense dominated in the first quarter along with the Cyclones' defense in the paint.

    “We have got to get tough,'' Cair Paravel coach Mike Malloy said. "We were bullied with a lot of bodies on us.''

    Bishop Ward had the hot hand all night long on Tuesday, with the Cyclones hitting seven 3-point shots against the Lions.

    image 50451969Lorenzo Hernandez, shooting a free throw, scored 17 points for Bishop Ward in the Cyclones' 67-41 win over Cair Paravel Tuesday night. [Photo by Isaac Deer/TSN]

    Three of those long-range shots were from Lorenzo Hernandez, who led the Cyclones with 17 points on the night.

    Cair Paravel had a difficult night defending the Cyclones' key bench contributors as Bishop Ward had 36 points off of the bench. Hernandez, Chris Galloway, and TJ Maddox were the main catalysts from the Cyclone bench.

    “You have to play through those kinds of things,'' Malloy said. "We have to play better defense. We have to suck it up. If you can’t do anything else, you better play defense.''

    The second quarter was the worst chapter in Tuesday night’s book for Cair Paravel, with the Lions outscored 24-3 in the quarter. Seventy-five percent of the 24 points scored by the Cyclones were from the bench. Pressing defense by Bishop Ward created easy fastbreak opportunities that spread the floor out.

    “We didn’t protect the paint,'' Malloy said. "That’s where (Bishop Ward) got a good amount of offense against us. We weren’t committing to the switches. People would holler switch, but the other guy wouldn’t. Next thing you know (the Cyclones) were getting layups instead of forcing things out of the paint.''

    While the Cair Paravel defense struggled, some parts of the Lions’ offense thrived.

    Clark led the Lions with 17 points and Ethan Everhart had 10 points.

    The Lions want to completely erase Tuesday night’s contest out of their memory.

    “We have to forget about the night. It’s done, so we have to forget about that. I’ve pretty much already forgotten about it,” said Malloy.

    The (6-3) Lions will travel to (3-4) Maranatha Christian Academy to take on the Eagles on Friday night.

    BiSHOP WARD BOYS 67, CAIR PARAVEL BOYS 41

    Bishop Ward 19 24 16 8 – 67

    Cair Paravel  14 3 10 14 – 41

    Bishop Ward (7-2) – Hernandez 6 2-2 17, Campbell 4 1-2 9, Rector 3 1-2 9, Pickens 3 1-2 8, Galloway 3 0-1 6, Maddox 3 0-0 6, Brown 2 1-3 5, Jones 1 0-0 3, Holmes 1 0-0 2, Braden 0 2-2 2.

    Cair Paravel (6-3) – Clark 6 5-6 17, E. Everhart 3 2-2 10, Hastert 3 0-2 6, Pavlik 1 1-1 3, Gossard 0 2-2 2, Will 0 2-2 2 S. Everhart 0 1-2 1.

     3-point goals -- Cair Paravel 2, Bishop Ward 7. Total fouls -- Cair Paravel 18, Bishop Ward 22.

     

     

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  • Saturday's prep basketball roundup: Cair Paravel wins McLouth title in OT

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Cair Paravel Latin had to put in extra work, but the end result was the boys championship in the McLouth Invitational.

    The Lions were forced to overtime in Saturday's championship game before taking a 73-71 victory over Pleasant Ridge.

    CPLSteamCair Paravel's boys basketball team posed for a team picture with the championship trophy after winning the McLouth Invitational with a 73-71 overtime win over Pleasant Ridge on Saturday. [Photo by Jan Pabitzky/Special to TSN]

    Cair Paravel, which improved to 8-2, rode the one-two punch of seniors Noah Hastert and Zach Clark combining for 50 points while Ethan Everhart also cracked double figures for the Lions, finishing with 11 points.

    Saturday's game was tight throughout, with the Lions leading 15-14 at the end of the opening quarter before Pleasant Ridge knotted the game at halftime, 31-31.

    Cair Paravel led 49-47 at the end of the third quarter before Pleasant Ridge forced overtime with a 17-15 fourth quarter.

    The Lions outscored the Rams 9-7 in the extra session to pull out the win.

    Pleasant Ridge got 15 points from senior Justin Johnston while seniors Braeden Howard and Devin Stutz added 14 points and senior Walker Adams 12.

    McPHERSON BOYS 72, SEAMAN 68 --Seaman junior Kaeden Bonner scored 24 points on eight 3-pointers, but host McPherson held on for a 72-68 win in the third-place game of the McPherson Invitational.

    Senior Ty Henry added 14 points and junior Aron Davis 12 for the Vikings, who fell to 6-4 on the season.

  • Friday's prep basketball roundup: Canfield powers Rural girls to rout at Emporia

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Sophomore Zoe Canfield hit six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points Friday night as No. 7-ranked Washburn Rural rolled to a decisive 58-32 Centennial League win at Emporia.

    The Junior Blues, who improved to 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the league, capped a 3-0 week in impressive fashion, putting the No. 6-ranked (Class 5A) Spartans away by halftime on the way to their fourth straight victory.

    ZoeCanfieldSeamanWashburn Rural sophomore Zoe Canfield hit six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 20 points as Rural improved to 9-1 with a 58-32 win at Emporia Friday night. [FIle photo/TSN]

    Washburn Rural bolted out to a 17-7 first-quarter advantage behind Canfield's four 3-pointers and the Junior Blues took a 32-15 lead to the locker room at halftime.

    Rural's lead grew to 42-19 by the end of the third quarter and the Junior Blues outscored the Spartans 16-13 down the stretch.

    Canfield was one of three Junior Blues in double figures, with junior Brooklyn DeLeye adding 14 points with a pair of 3-pointers and senior Emma Krueger finishing with 10 points.

    Gracie Gilpin led Emporia (7-3, 6-3) with 13 points and three 3s while Rebecca Snyder added 10 points as the Spartans had their five-game winning streak snapped.

    Friday's Rural win followed a win over 2021 Class 6A state champion Shawnee Mission Northwest on Wednesday and a win over Topeka West on Tuesday.

    JUNCTION CITY BOYS 61, WASHBURN RURAL 57 (OT) -- The battle between the two Centennial League rivals went down to the wire, with Junction City outscoring Washburn Rural 9-5 in overtime to take the victory in Friday's semifinals of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational.

    Junction City, ranked ninth in 6A, led 16-13 at the end of the opening quarter but Rural responded with a 20-12 second quarter to take a 33-28 halftime lead.

    The Blue Jays outscored the Junior Blues 17-8 in the third quarter to take a 45-41 lead into the fourth but Rural came back to force overtime with an 11-7 fourth quarter.

    Brock Howard led Washburn Rural (5-4) with 15 points while Griffin Durst added 11 points and Quincey Kidd nine. Rural had a three-game win streak snapped.

    Howard Johnson paced Junction City (8-1) with 21 points, including three 3-pointers.

    SHAWNEE MISSION NORTHWEST BOYS 71, SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 34 -- Shawnee Mission Northwest spoiled Shawnee Heights shot at the Viking Classic championship with a 30-4 first-quarter onslaught and never looked back, rolling to a 71-34 win in Friday's tournament championship game and improving to 9-2 on the season.

    Senior Carter Olson led Shawnee Heights (9-2) with 10 points and 10 rebounds while senior Jarin Sanders also scored 10 points.

    Northwest, ranked 10th in 6A, led 46-14 at halftime and 63-30 at the start of the fourth quarter. 

    Friday's loss was Shawnee Heights' first of 2022 and snapped the T-Birds' six-game winning streak.

    ST. JAMES ACADEMY BOYS 70, SEAMAN 63 -- St. James Academy took control early in Friday's McPherson Invitational semifinal and held off the Vikings the rest of the way.

    The Thunder, who improved to 7-3, outscored the Vikings 22-10 in the first quarter and led 43-27 at the half, but Seaman used an 18-8 third quarter to get back in the game before St. James held off the Vikes down the stretch.

    Senior Ty Henry led Seaman (6-3) with 16 points and three 3-pointers while junior Aron Davis scored 15 points and Kaeden Bonner 12. 

    ROCK CREEK BOYS 54, SILVER LAKE 43 -- Troy Heiman and Kamryn Kaniper combined for 29 points for Silver Lake, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to keep pace with the Mustangs in a consolation game of the Burlington Invitational on Friday.

    Heiman scored 15 points and Kaniper added 14 but Rock Creek (3-8) jumped out to a 10-7 first-quarter lead and then outscored the Eagles 27-18 over the second and third quarters to take control.

    Silver Lake, which fell to 4-5, played for seventh place on Saturday afternoon.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN GIRLS 46, MARANATHA ACADEMY 32 -- Senior Jaley Barkley led Cair Paravel with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Lions posted a 46-32 victory in the McLouth Invitational.

    Cair Paravel put itself in command with a 9-0 opening quarter and led 20-12 at the half before outscoring Maranatha 12-2 in the third quarter to take a 32-14 lead into the fourth stanza.

    Freshman Gracie Babbitt backed Barkley with 10 points and sophomore Allison Schwarz added nine for the Lions, who improved to 4-5 with their second straight win.

     

  • Cair Paravel girls continue turnaround with 38-27 win over Ward

    Isaac Deer

     By ISAAC DEER

    TopSports.news

    After starting the season 0-4, Cair Paravel Latin's girls have have moved forward instead of backward, winning three out of their last four games, including a 38-27 home victory over Bishop Ward Tuesday night.

    Cair Paravel has averaged 34 points per game on the season, but the Lions' play on defense has been a key to the Lions' climb to success.

    JaleyBarkleyactionCair Paravel senior Jaley Barkley talks to Lions coach Brian Ewing during Tuesday's 38-27 win over Bishop Ward Tuesday night at Cair Paravel. [Photo by Isaac Deer/TSN]

    The Lions didn’t light up the scoreboard against Ward, but it got the job done.

    The team’s leading scorer, Lauren Dunn, finished the night with 12 points, and guard Jaley Barkley added seven points.

    Cair Paravel girls coach Brian Ewing is content with the way the Lady Lions have been playing lately.

    “It helps being at practice more,'' Ewing said. "We have good unity right now. COVID has had everyone messed up, but with everyone now being at practice, things are looking better.''

    In the first quarter, Cair Paravel got off to a hot start, stretching out an 8-2 run against the Lady Cyclones.

    After a crucial timeout, Bishop Ward clawed back with a 9-0 run on their own to take the lead before the end of the first quarter.

    That 9-0 run by the Lady Cyclones didn’t have much effect on Cair Paravel, with the Lions consistent the entire game after that.

    Unselfishness from the Lady Lions would pay big dividends, with seven Cair Paravel players scoring before halftime.

    While the Lady Lions were only able to put together six points in the third quarter, they didn’t allow Bishop Ward to collect one single point.

    That scoreless third quarter by the Lady Cyclones built up some frustration and Cair Paravel took advantage of that.

    Cair Paravel, which improved to 5-6, took care of business in the fourth quarter of the contest, closing out the win.

    “Not every win is going to be pretty,'' Ewing said. "I thought (the game) was a little bit of an uglier one, but a win is still a win.''

    “Friday we are playing a team we already beat once,'' Ewing said of Friday's road game at Maranatha Academy. "They will be hungry. We need to impose our will on them instead of them imposing their will on us. We want this win and I hope we can beat them again.''

    CAIR PARAVEL GIRLS 38, BISHOP WARD 27

    Bishop Ward     11 9 0 7 – 27

    Cair Paravel  10 10 6 12 – 38

    Bishop Ward (1-7) – Rosales 4 3-3 12, Oropeza 2 5-6 9, Mendez 1 1-2 3, Collins 1 0-0 3.

    Cair Paravel (5-6) – Drum 6 0-2 12, Barkley 2 2-2 7, A. Schwarz 2 1-2 5, Kuder 2 0-2 4, Babbit 1 1-2 3, Chada 1 1-2 3, Ewing 1 0-0 2, Cleverdon 1 0-0 2.

     3-point goals -- Cair Paravel 1, Bishop Ward 2. Total fouls -- Cair Paravel 17, Bishop Ward 14.

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  • Girls prep basketball: Cair Paravel wins tourney opener

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

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    Cair Paravel Latin's girls basketball opened its tournament bid in the McLouth Invitational with a 40-31 win over Maur Hill-Mt. Academy on Monday.

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    The Lions, who improved to 3-5 on the season, jumped out to a 16-7 first-quarter advantage, which was huge as the two teams scored 24 points apiece the rest of the way.

    Cair Paravel led 22-18 at the half and took a 30-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Senior Jaley Barkley led the Lions with 14 points, including three 3-pointers, while sophomore Allison Schwarz added 13 points.

  • Tournament week Part I on tap for Shawnee County basketball teams

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    The first of two midseason tournament weeks for Shawnee County prep basketball teams is on tap this week, with 12 county boys and girls teams taking part in a total of seven tournaments across the state.

    Following is a tournament by tournament look at this week's events involving county teams:

    TOPEKA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

    At Highland Park

    Hayden, host Highland Park, Topeka High and Topeka West's boys teams will all take part in the long-running Topeka Invitational Tournament Thursday through Saturday, along with Lawrence, Shawnee Mission North, St. Marys and Wichita Northwest.

    ElijahBrooksHP1Senior Elijah Brooks (4), coming off a 26-point, 14-rebound performance against Highland Park, will lead Topeka West into this week's Topeka Invitational Tournament at Highland Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    JuanTarioRobertsTW1Highland Park senior Juan'Tario Roberts (right) scored a game-high 35 points last Friday against Topeka West. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Topeka West (7-1) will open the tournament at 3:15 p.m. Thursday against Lawrence (7-2), followed by St. Marys (8-1) against Topeka High (1-7) at 5 o'clock, Highland Park (8-1) facing Shawnee Mission North (1-8) at 6:45 and Hayden (1-6) closing out the first round at 8:30 p.m. against Wichita Northwest (7-1).

    The St. Marys-Topeka High and Topeka West-Lawrence winners will square off in Friday's first semifinal at 6:45 p.m. while the winners of the Highland Park-Shawnee Mission North and Hayden-Wichita Northwest first-round games will clash in the second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

    The place games will be played on Saturday, capped by the championship game at 2:15 p.m.

    Topeka West is coming off a 79-67 win over previously-unbeaten Highland Park on Friday night while Hayden is coming off a 51-50 overtime loss to Emporia. Topeka High has not played since a 68-47 loss to Seaman on Jan. 7.

    All five Topeka West starters cracked double figures in Friday's win over Hi Park, led by senior Elijah Brooks with 26 points and 14 rebounds and senior Zander Putthoff with 17 points and three 3-pointers. Senior Juan'Tario Roberts scored a career-high 35 points with seven 3-pointers for the Scots.

    Junior Joe Otting had 19 points and senior Trent Duffey 14 points for Hayden against Emporia.

    Lawrence is coming off a 69-51 win over Mill Valley on Friday while St. Marys rolled to a 73-33 win over Rossville on Friday as Keller Hurla scored 33 points for the Bears.

    Shawnee Mission North, coached by former Topeka High coach Pat Denney, dropped a 61-59 nailbiter to Shawnee Mission West on Friday while Wichita Northwest has won six straight games, including an 81-61 win over Wichita West on Friday.

    TyHenryHaydenSenior Ty Henry (left) and the 5-2 Seaman boys will compete in this week's McPherson Invitational. [File photo/TSN]

     McPHERSON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

    At McPherson

    Seaman's boys will put their 5-2 record and three-game winning streak on the line in Thursday's 4:45 p.m. first-round McPherson Invitational game against Blue Valley.

    The Vikings have not played since a 68-47 Centennial League win over Topeka High on Jan. 7, with Seaman's game against Manhattan on Friday postponed.

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