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  • T-High softball heads '21-'22 girls HS sports year loaded with champs

    Rick Peterson



    How successful was the 2021-22 sports year for Shawnee County high schools? Good enough that girls and boys individuals/teams deserve their own lists.

    First up is TopSports.news' look at the county girls year in review, which will be followed by a look at the boys successes of the past year.

    Shawnee County schools claimed three state girls team championships and several others came up just short while 10 county standouts claimed individual titles in four different sports.

    While a case can always be made for any number of stories to sit at the top of the list, here's one opinion on the Top 10 Shawnee County girls prep stories of '21-'22: 

     THighjubetitleTopeka High celebrates its second straight Class 6A state softball title after last Friday's 2-1 win over Washburn Rural. [Photo by Isaac Deer/TSN]

    1. TROJAN RERUN -- After claiming the school's first Class 6A state softball championship in 2021, Topeka High made it two titles in a row last Friday against a familiar foe, with the Trojans edging past city and Centennial League rival Washburn Rural, 2-1, in the championship game. After leading High to a perfect 25-0 record as a junior, Stanford signee NiJaree Canady came up big again in the pitching circle and at the plate last weekend, leading the Trojans to the title.

    Ruralteam6A 1Washburn Rural won its second Class 6A state basketball championship since 2019, taking a 40-23 win over Derby in the state final. [Submitted]

    2. RURAL RULES --Washburn Rural's girls basketball team celebrated a 6A state championship for the second time since 2019, completing a 23-2 season with a 40-23 romp past Derby in the state final at Wichita State's Koch Arena. And while the basketball crown was the lone title for the Lady Blues in '21-'22, they threatened in sport after sport, finishing second in the state in golf, soccer, wrestling and softball and turning in strong cross country, volleyball and bowling campaigns.

    KadenceJeffriesjube2Topeka West junior Kadence Jeffries ended her high school swimming career with a sweep of the Class 5A-1A 200 and 500 freestyle events for the third straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    3. CHARGER IN CHARGE --The only thing that stopped Topeka West swimming star Kadence Jeffries during a dominating high school career was COVID-19. After sweeping the 200-yard freestyle and 500 free Class 5A-1A state titles as a freshman, Jeffries had her sophomore season wiped out by the pandemic beore returning to sweep the same two events as both a junior and senior to complete a six for six performance in state individual events. Seaman sophomore Avery Walz joined Jeffries as a 5A-1A state champ this past season, winning the 100-yard breaststroke and earning four state medals overall as the Vikings finished fourth as a team.

  • Rural soccer advances to 6A title game with 3-2 win; Cair Paravel to play for third

    Rick Peterson



    Washburn Rural's girls soccer team advanced to the Class 6A state championship game for the fourth time in school history, taking a 3-2 semiinal decision over Olathe Northwest on Friday at the College Boulevard Activity Center.

    The Junior Blues, who improved to 17-2-1, got goals from Belle Kennedy, Reagan Allen and Hunter McWilliams while Kennedy also picked up an assist.

    Washburn Rural will play for the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday against four-time defending 6A champion Blue Valley West (15-3-1), a 5-1 win over Manhattan. 

    Manhattan (15-4-1) will face Olathe Northwest (14-5-1) in the third-place game at 12 p.m.

    CPLSjubeCair Paravel Latin celebrates its goal in Friday's 2-1 Class 4A-1A semifinal loss to Buhler on Friday at Hummer Sports Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

     DSC69131889Cair Paravel freshman Zahra Lewis attempts a shot in Friday's Class 4A-1A state soccer semifinal against Buhler. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]


    Cair Paravel Latin, making the first final four appearance in school history, dropped a tough 2-1 semifinal decision to Buhler in Friday's Class 4A-1A state tournament at Hummer Sports Park.

    The Lions, 15-4-0, will now play play McPherson (15-4-1) in the 12 p.m. third-place game Saturday.

    Buhler (12-7-1) will play state power Bishop Miege (14-5-1) for the 4A-1A championship at 2 p.m. 

    Bishop Miege advance with a 2-1 semifinal win over McPherson, taking a 5-3 decision in penalty kicks. 

  • Cair Paravel soccer edges Hayden 2-1, advances to 4A-1A semifinals

    Isaac Deer



    For the first time in Cair Paravel Latin's short history in the KSHSAA, the Lions' girls soccer team will take part in the Class 4A-1A state semifinals after knocking off Hayden in Tuesday's state quarterfinal game at the Bettis Family Sports Complex, 2-1.

    Cair Paravel (14-3-0) has shown in the 2022 campaign that it deserves to be considered one of 4A-1A's top teams and on Tuesday, the Lions' victory proved that the moment wasn’t too big for its youthful squad. Out of its 22 players, only one player is a senior.

    LewisCPLS2Cair Paravel freshman Zahra Lewis (3) celebrates the Lions' first goal with sophomore Katherine Keys in Tuesday's 2-1 state quarterfinal victory over Hayden. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    CPLSjubeCair Paravel soccer celebrates Tuesday's 2-1 Class 4A-1A state quarterfinal win over Hayden. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Cair Paravel has now laid the foundation and is hoping that the state quarterfinal victory won’t be its last of the season.

  • Prep roundup: Hayden, Cair Paravel advance to soccer quarters; Rossville softball earns state berth

    Rick Peterson



    Cair Paravel Latin and No. 7 Hayden captured Class 4A-1A regional girls soccer championships on Thursday, setting up a state quarterfinal matchup between the Lions and the Wildcats next Tuesday at the Bettis Family Sports Complex.

    CPLSsoccerCair Paravel Latin hoists its Class 4A-1A regional championship trophy after Tuesday's 9-0 win over Bishop Seabury. [Photo by Jan Pabitzky/Special to TSN]

    Hayden soccer poses for a team picture after winning a Class 4A-1A regional title with a 1-0 win at Louisburg on Thursday. [Photo/Hayden soccer]Hayden soccer poses for a team picture after winning a Class 4A-1A regional title with a 1-0 win at Louisburg on Thursday. [Photo/Hayden soccer]

    Cair Paravel rolled to a 9-0 win over Bishop Seabury in its regional final Thursday at Bettis while Hayden earned a 1-0 road victory at Louisburg.

    With the victory Cair Paravel improved 14-3-0 on the season.

    Junior Sloane Sims scored the game's only goal in the first half and Hayden made it stand up the rest of the way.

    Senior Abby Dodd was credited with the assist on Sims' goal as Hayden improved to 10-6-1 on the season.

    Next Tuesday's quarterfinal will be played at 4:30 p.m. at Bettis.

    The winner of that game will move on to the 4A-1A state tournament Mary 27-28 at Hummer Sports Park.

    Other 4A-1A state quarterfinals will pit Bishop Miege (12-5-1) against Baldwin (10-5-2), Mulvane (14-3-1) against Buhler (10-7-1) and McPherson (14-3-1) against Circle (12-5-1).


    Rossville softball wrapped up its suspended Class 3A regional final on Thursday in Sabetha, taking a 9-3 win over Nemaha Central to earn a berth in next week's Class 3A state tournament at the Twin Oaks Complex in Manhattan.

    RossvillesoftballregionalRossville softball poses for a team picture after earning a Class 3A state berth with a 9-3 win over Nemaha Central Thursday at Sabetha. [Submitted]

    The Bulldawgs, now 20-3 on the season, will be the No. 6 seed in the state tournament and will open their state tournament bid at 7 p.m. next Thursday against No. 3 Council Grove (21-2).

    Also on the same side of the bracket with Rossville and Council Grove are No. 2 Scott City (20-1) and No. 7 Prairie View (19-4).

    On the other side of the 3A bracket, No. Hoisington/Central Plains (22-1) will face No. 8 Santa Fe Trail (19-4) and No. 4 Kingman/Norwich (21-2) will take on No. 5 Frontenac (20-3).

    The state semifinals will be played at 11 a.m. next Friday, followed by the championship game at 1:30 p.m.



  • TopSports.news to host 2022 Topeka Shawnee County sports awards/Hall of Fame induction

    Rick Peterson



    TopSports.News, in conjunction with the University of Kansas Health System St Francis Campus, A-1 Lock and Key and Washburn University, will host the 17th annual Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards/Hall of Fame induction ceremony on June 22, 2022 at Washburn's Memorial Union.

    For the second straight year TopSports.news will serve as host for the sports awards/Hall of Fame banquet, a longstanding tradition for the Topeka and Shawnee County sports community.

    The ceremony will highlight Shawnee County high school senior student-athletes’ achievements throughout the 2021-2022 school year along with the induction of the 2022 Topeka Shawnee
    County Hall of Fame Class.

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    Schools have been asked to submit nominees with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average for both female and male candidates for the fall, winter and spring seasons as well as nominees for most inspirational athlete. Over-all outstanding male and female athletes for 2021-2022 will also be named.

    Also recognized will be an outstanding female and male athlete from Washburn University.

    The three-member 2022 Hall of Fame class and the '22 Washburn University Athletes of the Year will be announced on TopSports.news on Monday morning.

    The high school nominees for the 10 Shawnee County high schools will be announced in June after the conclusion of the spring sports season. A  committee of local media members will select the 2022 winners, including the selection of overall female and male athletes of the year.

    This year TopSports.news will also introduce a new award, along with the Topeka Officials Association, spotlighting the dedication and contribution of these men and women that are integral to high school athletics.

    The June 22 event kicks off in the Memorial Union with a Hall of Fame reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation of awards.

    Each nominee will receive a complimentary ticket. Tickets are $26 per person, prior to June 18, 2022, and are required for admission. Tickets include dinner.

    For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.TopSports.news or call 785-633-8448 

    The 2021 Hall of Fame class included former NFL linebacker and current Chargers assistant coach Michael Wilhoite, former Missouri State and longtime professional basketball player Kyle Weems and Kyle McNorton, a former Kansas star linebacker and NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Wilhoite and Weems are Highland Park graduates and McNorton a Seaman grad.

    HogleoverallSilver Lake graduate Ellington Hogle receives her award as 2021 Shawnee County girls athlete of the year last June from 2021 Hall of Fame inductee Michael Wilhoite. [File photo/TSN]

    PurnelloverallFormer Hayden football standout Desmond Purnell is interviewed by Bruce Steinbrock after being named the 2021 Shawnee County male athlete of the year last June. [File photo/TSN]

    Silver Lake's Ellington Hogle and Hayden's Desmond Purnell were named outstanding female and male athletes in 2021.

    Hogle is now playing softball at Washburn while Purnell is playing football at Kansas State.

  • Four Shawnee County soccer teams state-ranked by the KHSSCA

    Rick Peterson



    Four Shawnee County teams earned spots in the latest Kansas High School Soccer Coaches Association girls state rankings.

    Washburn Rural, currently 9-2-0, is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A while Shawnee Heights, 9-1-0, is No. 8 in 5A.

    Both Hayden and Cair Paravel Latin are ranked in 4A-1A, with Hayden (7-2-1) No. 3 and Cair Paravel (9-3-0) No. 5.


    WEEK 5

    Records as of April 27

    CLASS 6A

    1. Blue Valley West                     7-1-0

    2. Washburn Rural                      9-2-0

  • Prep roundup: West tennis wins Central title; Newkirk cracks top 15 all-time

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                              


    Topeka West's boys tennis team won the team championship in Saturday's Salina Central Invitational, led by junior doubles champions Miles and Ian Cusick.

    The Cusicks, who won their third tournament on the week, took an 8-3 win over Arkansas City in the championship match.

    Cusicks 002Topeka West's Miles Cusick returns a shot as Ian Cusick looks on Saturday in the Sallina Central Invitational. The Cusicks win the doubles title, leading the Chargers to the team championship. [Submitted]

    Chavez Cool Emporia 002Topeka West's Gavin Chavez (left) and Carter Cool finished third in doubles in Saturday's Salina Central Invitational, helping the Chargers win the team title. [Submitted]

    Senior Gavin Chavez and junior Carter Cool posted a third-place finish, bouncing back from a semifinal loss to teammates Cusick and Cusick to win the third-place match.

    Sophomore James  Maag added a fourth-place finish in singles for the Chargers.

    • Topeka West finished second as a team to Wichita Classical in Friday's Emporia Invitational, with Miles and Ian Cusick claiming the championship in an all-West doubles final.

    The Cusicks beat teammates Chavez and Cool 8-7 (7-4 in a tiebreaker) for first place.

    Maag from Topeka West finished 4th in singles.

    Senior Michael Sandstrom and junior Gus Glotzbach finished fifth in doubles for Hayden.

    Maag from Topeka West finished 4th in singles.


  • 23-year-old Brown lands Cair Paravel coaching job: 'It's just been a blessing'

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                              


    Former Shawnee Heights star point guard Trey Brown, who helped lead the T-Birds to the Class 5A state championship in 2017, had his heart set on becoming a basketball coach.

    But even Brown is surprised that things have happened this quickly, with Cair Paravel Latin announcing the 23-year-old Brown as the Lions' new head boys coach Wednesday night.


    "It was actually pretty crazy,'' said Brown, who recently wrapped up his college career at MidAmerica Nazarene University. "Coaching is something I always really wanted to do and I was looking around and really didn't have any plans of being a head coach right away, but I saw the (Cair Paravel) opening on a website. It was where my mom (Kim) had gotten her first coaching job and I saw it and it was kind of a shot in the dark, but I thought I might as well try.

    "I ended up meeting with Gary (Cleverdon, CPLS athletic director) and had a good meeting with him and then he offered me the job. Honestly it's just been a blessing. It's something I never expected to happen, and shocked me as well, but I'm happy it did. It's been pretty wild.''

  • Prep roundup: Silver Lake's Kruger throws no-hitter in Eagles' sweep

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                              


    Silver Lake senior pitcher Daigan Kruger threw his first career no-hitter Monday night in a 6-0 Mid-East League first-game win over Riley County.

     DaiganKrugerbaseball 2Daigan Kruger

    The Eagles added an 8-5 victory in the second game to complete the sweep.

    Kruger went seven innings with five strikeouts while issuing two walks in the Game 1 win and also went 2 for 4 at the plate with a run scored.

    Matt Barnes went 2 for 3 with a home run and three runs batted in for the Eagles in the opener while Luke Womack was 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI and Kaden Walker was 1 of 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

    Eli Barnes picked up the pitching win in the second game, throwing a complete game while allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Barnes stuck out three batters.

    Walker went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI while E. Barnes was 2 for 4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored, Kruger 2 for 3 with a run scored and Womack 1 for 4 with an RBI.

    With the sweep the Eagles improved to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-East League.

    Lions' Clark signs with McPherson College

    Cair Paravel Latin senior basketball standout Zach Clark signed a college letter of intent with McPherson College on Monday.

    ZachClarksigning 2Cair Paravel Latin senior Zach Clark, flanked by his parents Devon and Amy Clark, signed a basketball letter of intent with McPherson College on Monday. [Photo by Jan Pabitzky/Special to TSN]

    Clark, a 6-foot-4 guard, earned second-team TopSports.news All-Shawnee County honors this past season and was also a first-team All-Kaw Valley League pick.

    Clark helped lead the Lions to a 14-5 record.

    Hayden improves to 7-0-1 with 4-1 win over Blue Jays

    Senior Macy Smith scored two goals to lead the way as Hayden posted a 4-1 Centennial League girls soccer victory at Junction City Monday night.

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    Junior Jenessa Broxterman and sophomore Jill Lenherr also scored goals for the Wildcats, now 7-0-1 on the season.

    Senior Kate Roeder and junior Elaina Wolff were credited with assists.


    Hayden                2  2 -- 4

    Junction City      1 0 -- 1

    Hayden -- Goals: Smith 2, Broxterman, Lenherr. Assists: Roeder, Wolff.

    Keys powers Cair Paravel to 7-0 soccer win

    Sophomore Katherine Keys scored three goals and also recorded an assist as Cair Paravel Latin improved to 7-3-0 on the season with a 7-0 girls soccer romp past Kansas City Christian Monday.

    KatherineKeysKatherine Keys

    Junior Sage Schwartz added two goals and two assists for the Lions, who also got goals from freshmen Zahra Lewis and Alexis Gonzalez.

    Lewis was also credited with two assists while Sawyer Schwartz had an assist and picked up the shutout in goal for Cair Paravel. 


    Cair Paravel 5 2 -- 7

    KC Christian 0 0 -- 0

    Cair Paravel -- Goals: Keys 3, Sage Schwartz 2, Lewis, Gonzalez. Assists: Sage Schwartz 2, Lewis 2, Keys, Sawyer Schwartz. Shutout: Sawyer Schwartz. 

    Seaman golf runner-up in Hays tournament

    Seaman's golf team finished second as a team in Monday's Bob Blazer/Hays Invitational on Monday while three city golfers posted top-five finishes.

    Viking senior Gavin Wilhelm finished fourth individually with a 78 while Seaman's Tim Biggs and Topeka West's Myles Alonzo tied for fifth with 80s.

    Garden City won the team championship by a 312-334 margin over Seaman, with the Buffaloes placing three players in the top seven individually, led by individual medalist Theo Juhl (67).


    Team scores

    Garden City 312, Seaman 334, Salina Sacred Heart 340, Dodge City 351, Hays 368, Salina South 371, Liberal 390, Junction City 398, Great Bend 405.

    Individual results

    1. Juhl, Garden City, 67; 2. Scheck, Dodge City, 76; 3. Koskal, Garden City, 77; 4. Gavin Wilhelm, Seaman, 78; 5. (tie) Tim Biggs, Seaman, and Myles Alonzo, Topeka West, 80; 7. Shook, Garden City, 82; 8. (tie) Elmore, Salina Sacred Heart, and Maddox Xaysongkham, Salina South, 83; 10. Robinson, Dodge City, 84.

  • City prep roundup: Hayden, Cair Paravel soccer post victories

    Rick Peterson



    Cair Paravel Latin got a pair of goals and an assist from sophomore Katherine Keys as the Lions rolled to a 5-0 win over Heritage Christian on Tuesday.

    The Lions, who improved to 4-3, also got goals from Sage Schwartz, Zahra Lewis and Allison Schwarz.

    Sawyer Schwartz got the shutout in goal for the Lions.


    Cair Paravel             2 3 -- 5

    Heritage Christian  0 0 -- 0

    Cair Paravel -- Goals: Keys 2, Sage Schwartz, Lewis, Allison Schwarz  Assists: Keys. Shutout – Sawyer Schwartz

    Hayden soccer remains unbeaten 

    Sophomore Jill Lenherr scored the game's only goal off an assist from senior Kate Roeder as Hayden improved to 5-0-1 with a 1-0 non-league victory over Baldwin.

    Senior Macy Smith and junior Hannah Schmitz combined for the shutout in goal for the Wildcats.


    Hayden   0 1 -- 1

    Baldwin  0 0 -- 0

    Hayden -- Goal: Lenherr. Assist:  Roeder. Shutout: Smith/Schmitz.

    Cusicks3Topeka West Myles Cusick (right) and Ian Cusick won the doubles championship in last Saturday's Goddard Invitational. [Submitted]

    Cusicks win doubles title at Goddard

    Topeka West juniors Ian and Myles Cusick captured the doubles championship in the Goddard Invitational, topping Andover Central in the championship match.

    Senior Gavin Chavez and junior Carter Cool beat McPherson to take third place in doubles for the Chargers.

    West sophomore James Maag placed ninth in singles.

    The Chargers' next meet is the Topeka West Invitational on April 19 at Kossover Tennis Center.

  • Thomas scores pair of goals in Topeka High's 4-1 win over Cair Paravel

    Isaac Deer



    The heavy wind gusts couldn’t blow away Tae Thomas as the Topeka High senior had two goals that helped the Lady Trojans defeat Cair Paravel Latin 4-1 at Hummer Sports Park on a frigid Thursday night.

    Thomas’ goals were Houdini-like -- a goal from near the Northeast corner and a goal short of midfield -- that had a huge impact on the victory.

    TaeThomas 1Tae Thomas

    “I’m pretty proud of myself today,” Thomas said. “Of course, I have some things to work on. I need to play a bit quicker and find the open teammate more often, but I’m proud of myself for the good things I did do during the game.

    “I’m always looking for the open teammate and the open shot.”

    The three-sport athlete scored her first goal with 7:49 to go in the first half and her second goal came with 3:09 remaining in the second half.

    “(Thomas) just brings so much energy to this team,” Topeka High coach Derek Snook said. “We moved her around in different positions today, just so we could put her in the best situation possible. She’s not a big talker, but her play and energy she brings to the field is something that everyone feeds off of.

    “She’s a fantastic leader and today was fantastic for her.”

    Besides Thomas’ two goals, midfielders Avery Zimmerman and Haley Carpenter contributed one goal each in the three-goal victory.

    In the last two games, the trio of Thomas, Zimmerman and Carpenter have a combined 11 goals. The Lady Trojans as a team in the two-game span have outscored Highland Park and Cair Paravel, 16-1.

    Thomas would stand before her teammates after Thursday’s victory and let everyone know how proud she is of the energy everyone played with.

    “We knew (Cair Paravel) was going to be a tough game for us,” Thomas said. “I felt like we were more mentally prepared for this game than others. I felt like going against a tough team brought our energy up. We expected everyone to hustle, carry a heavy amount of energy and play our best. I think the energy was a big part of our win.”

    Snook agreed with Thomas and thinks this team can go far if the tge Trojans play the way they did on Thursday night.

    It took the Lady Trojans 1:01 to get on the board, with Zimmerman converting a penalty kick to give Topeka High the 1-0 lead.

    “The early penalty kick gave us a nice advantage since it was so early,” Snook said. “We’ve had an issue so far this year with our shots just barely missing or having other things not go our way early in games. It was nice for us to be in a good situation like that early.

    “Having momentum a minute into the game is nice.”

    The strong defense for both teams would prevent anyone from coming close to scoring for 29:25 after Zimmerman’s goal.

    Cair Paravel would answer back after the early 1-0 Topeka High lead. Freshman Zahra Lewis was able to separate herself from a group of Trojans and win the battle by kicking in the Lions' first goal of the night.

    Topeka High regained the lead as Thomas scored her first goal that would slide over defenders' heads far away from where the goalie was.

    Carpenter would end the first half with a goal giving the Lady Trojans a two-goal lead heading into the half.

    After halftime, goals were harder to come by. The defense by both teams was exceptional and it made it hard for the offense to come up with anything.

    Thomas would drill in her second goal from the deep Northeast corner with 3:09 left in the game.

    That final goal from Topeka High would be the dagger in an impressive win.

    Topeka High (3-2) will face Topeka West at Hummer Sports Park next Tuesday.


    Cair Paravel 1 0 – 1

    Topeka High 3 1 – 4

    Goals: Topeka High – Thomas 2, Zimmerman, Carpenter. Cair Paravel – Lewis.



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  • Five Shawnee County girls teams receive mention in KHSSCA rankings

    Rick Peterson



    Five Shawnee County high school soccer teams received mention in the Week 2 Kansas High School Soccer Coaches Association girls state rankings.

    FPtFEHdWYAQmpGmFreshman Delaney Hill (left), senior Emma Krueger (right) and the Washburn Rural girls soccer team are ranked No. 4 in Class 6A by the KHSSCA. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Washburn Rural is ranked No.4 in Class 6A after getting the 2022 season off to a perfect 5-0-0 start while Hayden is No. 3 in 4A-1A after starting the year 3-0-1 and Cair Paravel Latin is No. 8 in 4A-1A at 3-2-0.

    Topeka High received votes in the 6A poll while Shawnee Heights received votes in 5A.


  • Prep roundup: Rossville softball, Hayden soccer remain unbeaten

    Rick Peterson



    Rossville's softball team ran its record to 6-0 Tuesday night with an 11-0, 17-0 Mid-East League doubleheader sweep over Riley County.

    Sophomore Kinsey Perine homered in both games while sophomore Ryan Leathers also had a pair of homers on the day.

    RossvillehomersRossville sophomores Kinsey Perine and Ryan Leathers hit a pair of home runs in Tuesday's doubleheader sweep over Riley County. [Submitted]

    RossvillesoftballjubeRossville softball celebrates after Tuesday's Mid-East League doubleheader sweep over Riley County. [Submitted]

    Perine homered and had two runs batted in for the Bulldawgs in the 11-0 first-game victory while sophomore Emma Mitchell went 2-2 with two RBI.

    Vanesa Quinones improved to 3-0 on the season with the shutout pitching performance, recording five strikeouts.

    The Lady Dawgs wrapped up the sweep with a 17-0 win in the nightcap.

    Mitchell went 4 for 5 with a double and a triple while Perine went 4 for 5 with her homer and a triple.

    Brinley Dyche moved to 3-0 with the pitching victory, recording five strikeouts.

    Hayden soccer blanks Tonganoxie, 6-0

    Hayden improved to 3-0-1 on the season with a 6-0 non-league road romp Tuesday at Tonganoxie.

    The Wildcats opened up a 2-0 halftime advantage and turned the game into a rout with four second-half goals.

    SloaneSimsJCHayden junior Sloane Sims (5) scored a pair of goals in the Wildcats' 6-0 soccer win over Tonganoxie on Tuesday. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden got a pair of goals from junior Sloane Sims while junior Jenessa Broxterman, senior Macy Smith and sophomore Jill Lenherr also scored goals. The Wildcats' sixth goal came on a Tonganoxie own goal.

    Sophomore Mary Burenheide contributed a pair of assists while seniors Riley Schmidtlein, Elizabeth Dunshee and Kate Roeder were also credited with assists.

    Smith and sophomore Hannah Schmitz combined for the shutout in goal.


    Hayden             2 4 -- 6

    Tonganoxie      0 0 -- 0

    Hayden -- Goals: Sims 2, Broxterman, Smith, Lenherr, own goal. Assists: Burenheide 2, Schmidtlein, Dunshee, Roeder. Shutout: Smith, Schmitz.

    Lions' Everhart signs with Baker 

    Cair Paravel Latin soccer standout Ethan Everhart signed a college letter of intent with Baker University on Tuesday.

    ethanEverhartsigning2 2Cair Paravel Latin senior Ethan Everhart signs a soccer letter of intent with Baker University on Tuesday as his parents, Rachel and David, and Baker assistant men’s soccer coach Sean McAllister look on. [Photo courtesy of Jan Pabitzky]

     Everhart received first-team All-City recognition last fall and also received All-Shawnee County honorable mention in basketbal this past season.


  • Prep roundup: Seaman golf takes Salina Central team crown

    Rick Peterson



    Seaman's boys golf team put five players in the top 10 en route to winning the Salina Central Invitational by 27 strokes Monday at Salina Municipal.

    Seniors Gavin Wilhelm, Jake Moss and Tim Biggs placed 3-4-5 individually to pace the Vikings while sophomore Zach Weir finished seventh and senior Taylor Tenperry ninth.

    GavinWilhelmgolf2Gavin Wilhelm

    Wilhelm shot a 72, followed by Moss with a 74, Biggs with a 76, Weir with a 79 and Tenpenny with an 81.

    Freshman Bradley Williamson rounded out Seaman's lineup with an 89, tying for 18th place.


    Team scores

    Seaman 301, Hutchinson 328, Salina South 331, Emporia 332, Newton 362, Salina Central 368, Hays 385.

    Individual resullts

    1. Adkins, Hutchinson, 64; 2. Sauder, Emporia, 68; 3. Wilhelm, Seaman, 72; 4. Moss, Seaman, 74; 5. (tie) Biggs, Seaman, and Sauder, Emporia, 76; 7. Weir, Seaman, 79; 8. Perry, Salina South, 80; 9. (tie) Tenpenny, Seaman, and Xaysongkham, Salina South, 81.

    Other Seaman -- T18. Williamson, 89. 


    Sophomore Katherine Keys scored four goals to lead the way as Cair Paravel Latin stretched its winning streak to three games with a 10-0 romp past Bishop Ward.

    KatherineKeysKatherine Keys

    The Lions, who improved to 3-2, also got two goals apiece from junior Sage Schwartz and freshman Clara Boyd while sophomore Emma Keller and sophomore Corinne Stapleton also scored goals for the Lions.

    Keller and freshman Zahra Lewis were credited with two assists each while Stapleton and freshman Shay Lowery also had assists and freshman Sawyer Schwartz picked up the shutout in goals.

    Cair Paravel took a 7-0 lead in the first half added three goals in the second hallf to end the game.


    Bishop Ward 0 0 -- 0

    Cair Paravel  7 3 -- 10

    Cair Paravel -- Goals: Keys 4, Sage Schwartz 2, Boyd 2, Keller, Stapleton. Assists: Lewis 2, Keller 2, Stapleton, Lowry. Shutout – Sawyer Schwartz

  • West's Brooks, Seaman's Henry earn KBCA All-5A first-team honors

    Rick Peterson



    Topeka West's Elijah Brooks a 6-foot-4 senior, and Seaman 6-5 senior Ty Henry have been named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Class 5A first team.

    Brooks, the Shawnee County and Centennial League player of the year, helped lead the Chargers to a 5A state tournament berth and a 21-2 record overall, while Henry helped lead the Vikings to an 18-7 record and Seaman's first-ever boys state basketball championship.

    ElijahBrooksWRTopeka West senior Elijah Brooks has been named to the KBCA All-5A first team after leading the Chargers to a 21-2 record and a 5A state tournament berth. [File photoTSN]

    TyHenryKapaunSeaman senior Ty Henry has received All-Class 5A first-team honors from the KBCA after helping lead the Vikings to the 5A state championship. [File photo/TSN]

    Brooks and Henry were two of nine Shawnee County boys players to receive all-state recognition from the KBCA, including six players in 5A.

    Highland Park senior Juan'Tario Roberts earned second-team All-5A recognition after helping the Scots advance to the 5A state tournament while Highland Park junior Bo Aldridge, Seaman junior Kaeden Bonner and Viking senior Mateo Hyman received honorable mention.

    Hayden junior Joe Otting earned second-team All-4A honors after helping lead the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish in the 4A state tournament while Wildcat senior Trent Duffey received honorable mention.

    Cair Paravel Latin senior Noah Hastert received second-team recognition in 1A Division I.


  • Cair Paravel soccer blanks Maranatha Academy, 7-0

    Rick Peterson



     Cair Paravel Latin's girls soccer team cruised to its second straight victory on Thursday, taking a 7-0 decision over Maranatha Academy at the Sunflower Soccer Complex.

    Sophomores Katherine Keys and Corinne Stapleton and freshman Zara Lewis all scored two goals for the Lions, who evened their record at 2-2, while senior Sage Schwartz also had a goal for Cair Paravel.

    Sage Schwartz was also credited with two assists and Keys one assist.

    Freshman Sawyer Schwartz posted the shutout in goal for Cair Paravel. 

    FOvrKMmWYAQ223uCair Paravel Latin freshman goalkeeper Sawyer Schwartz, making a save in an earlier game against Hayden, posted the shutout in goal for the Lions in Thursday's 7-0 victory over Maranatha Academy. [File photo/TSN]

    Cair Paravel opened up a 3-0 lead at the half before adding four games after the break to turn the game into a rout. 


    Cair Paravel (2-2)  3 4 -- 7

    Maranatha             0 0 -- 0

    Cair Paravel -- Goals: Keys 2, Lewis 2, Stapleton 2, Sage Schwartz. Assists: Sage Schwartz, Keys. Shutout: Sawyer Schwartz.

  • Hayden soccer tops Cair Paravel 2-0, posts second straight shutout

    Rick Peterson



    There's a long way to go in the 2022 high school girls soccer season, but Hayden certainly can't complain about its start.

    The Wildcats played for the second time in three days Friday at the Sunflower Soccer Complex, with Hayden improving to 2-0 with a 2-0 shutout victory over Cair Paravel Latin.

    "It makes me really optimistic for the rest of the season,'' Hayden senior Elizabeth Dunshee said. "I have high hopes and it gives me a lot of confidence to have two wins under our belt.

    "I think it's just working together as a team and connecting passes. I think we have the talent. We just have to make sure we're using it and finishing on the opportunities we get in front of the goal.''

    FOvs1BAXsAE58eQHayden senior Kate Roeder (15) goes airborn over a Cair Paravel player to try to get to the ball in the second half of the Wildcats' 2-0 win over the Lions Friday at the Sunflower Soccer Complex. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

  • West's Brooks, champion Vikes head TSN all-county boys basketball

    Rick Peterson



    Coming off a record-setting season for Topeka West, Charger 6-foot-4 senior Elijah Brooks headlines the TopSports.news' All-Shawnee County boys basketball team while Class 5A state champion Seaman put three players on the Top 10.

    ElijahBrooksWRTopeka West senior Elijah Brooks was named the TSN All-Shawnee County player of the year after averaging 25.3 points and leading the Chargers to a 21-2 record, including a 20-game winning streak. [File photo/TSN]

    Brooks was tapped as the Shawnee County player of the year after leading Topeka West to a second straight Centennial League title and a second straight state tournament berth while becoming West's single-season and career leading scorer during the 2021-2022 season.

    Brooks put together a string of 30-point-plus games this past season with a high of 43 points while averaging 25.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocked shots.

    TyHenrydunkSenior Ty Henry earned a spot on the TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 after helping lead Seaman to the first state boys state title in school history. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN] 

    KaedenBonnerKapSeaman junior Kaeden Bonner (13) averaged 13.4 points and hit 64 3-pointers to help lead the Vikings to the Class 5A state championship. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    MateoHymanMaizeSeaman senior Mateo Hyman earned a berth on the all-county Top 10 after averaging 14.2 points for the Class 5A state champion Vikings. [File photo/TSN]

    Seaman, which won the first boys state basketball championship in school history, is represented on the Top 10 by 6-5 senior Ty Henry, 6-1 senior Mateo Hyman and 6-1 junior Kaeden Bonner while 6-5 senior Gavin Wilhelm was named the city newcomer of the year after the 18-7 Vikings ended the season with an 11-game winning streak, capped by a 66-47 win over De Soto in the Class 5A state championship game.

    Henry scored a team-high 15 points a game for the Vikings and also averaged 4.8 rebounds while Hyman averaged 14.2 points and 3.9 assists and Bonner 13.4 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals while hitting a city-high 64 3-pointers and shooting 45 percent from deep. 

    Wilhelm was a key contributor for the Vikings after bouncing back from an injury his junior season, shooting 44 percent from 3-point range while canning 42 treys and also pulling down 4.4 rebounds a game.

    GavinWilhelmStateSeaman senior Gavin Wilhelm has been named the TSN All-Shawnee County newcomer of the year after helping the Vikings win the Class 5A state title. [File photo/TSN]

    CraigCoxstateSeaman coach Craig Cox is the TSN Shawnee County coach of the year after leading the Vikings to the Class 5A state title, his third title as a head coach. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Seaman's Craig Cox, who notched his third state championship as a head coach, was named the Shawnee County coach of the year. Cox led the Vikings to the 2022 state title after previously coaching a pair of state championship teams at Shawnee Heights in 2000 and 2002.

    Topeka West, which went 21-2 on the season, including a 20-game win streak, is also represented on the Top 10 by 6-1 junior guard Sincere Austin, who was also a key player on the Chargers' 5A state runner-up team in 2021.

    SincereAustinTWTopeka West junior Sincere Austin has earned a spot on the TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 after helping lead the Chargers to a second straight Class 5A state tournament berth. [File photo/TSN]

    Austin averaged 10.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals as a junior while connecting on 32 3-pointers.

    JuanTarioRoberts2 1Highland Park senior Juan'Tario Roberts (23) has been named to the All-Shawnee County Top 10 after helping the Scots advance to the Class 5A state tournament. [File photo/TSN]

    BoAldridgedunkHighland Park junior Bo Aldridge has been named to the All-Shawnee County Top 10 after helping lead the Scots to the Class 5A state tournament. [File photo/TSN]

    Highland Park (18-5), which qualified for the 5A state tournament, put 6-0 senior Juan'Tario Roberts and 6-4 junior Bo Aldridge on the all-county Top 10, while 4A state qualifier Hayden is represented by 6-5 junior Joe Otting 

    Aldridge ranked No. 2 in the city in scoring with an 18.7 average and also averaged 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 blocked shots while Roberts averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 assists and hit 39 3-pointers while shooting 40 percent from 3-poiint range.

    JoeOttingjubeHayden junior Joe Otting was named to the TSN All-Shawnee County first team after helping lead the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament. [File photo/TSN]

    Otting helped lead Hayden to a fourth-place finish in the 4A state tournament and earned first-team All-Shawnee County honors in basketball after also being an all-county pick in football last fall.

     NoahHastertBBSenior Noah Hastert (4), who averaged a double-double, represents Cair Paravel Latin on the TSN All-Shawnee County first team. [File photo/TSN]

    JackBachelorTHWashburn Rural junior Jack Bachelor (right) was named to the TSN All-Shawnee County first team after averaging 13.8 points and hitting 44 3-pointers. [File photo/TSN] 

    Cair Paravel Latin 6-6 senior Noah Hastert and Washburn Rural 6-2 junior Jack Bachelor round out the TSN All-Shawnee County first team, with Hastert averaging 15.9 points, a city-high 11.3 rebounds, a city-best 5.0 assists and tying Aldridge for city-high honors with 2.3 blocked shots per game while Bachelor averaged 13.8 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and hit 44 3-pointers while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. Hastert also earned all-county honors in football last fall.

    The all-county Second 10 includes senior Carter Olson and sophomore Brennon Dodge of Shawnee Heights, Cair Paravel senior Zach  Clark, Hayden senior Trent Duffey and junior Jake Muller, Highland Park junior Tre Richardson, Rossville junior Kade Perine, Seaman junior Aron Davis, Topeka West senior Zander Putthoff and Washburn Rural senior Quincey Kidd.


  • High's Smith, Rural trio headline TSN Shawnee County girls basketball

    Rick Peterson



    Three members of Class 6A state champion Washburn Rural earned Top 10 berths on the TopSports.news' All-Shawnee County girls basketball team while Topeka High junior Kiki Smith was named the county player of the year after leading Topeka High to the Centennial League championship and a 6A state tournament berth.

    Smith, also the Centennial League player of the year, averaged 18 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.1 steals this past season while connecting on 49 3-pointers.

    Washburn Rural 6-foot-2  junior Brooklyn DeLeye and 5-11 senior Emma Krueger earned first-team All-Shawnee County spots for the second straight season after leading the Junior Blues to a 23-2 record and the Junior Blues' second state championship since 2019.

    BrooklynDeLeyeGCWashburn Rural junior Brooklyn DeLeye is a first-team repeater on the All-Shawnee County girls basketball team after helping lead the Junior Blues to the Class 6A state championship. [File photo/TSN]

    EmmaKruegerSeamanWashburn Rural senior Emma Krueger is a member of the All-Shawnee County girls first team for the second straight season after helping the Junior Blues win the Class 6A championship. [File photo/TSN]

    DeLeye averaged 11.8 points, 7.0 rebounds 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals for Washburn Rural while Krueger was a defensive stopper and averaged 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals and was also a key player on the Junior Blues' 2019 championship team.

    ZoeCanfieldJCWashburn Rural sophomore Zoe Canfield earned a spot on the TSN All-Shawnee County first team after helping lead Rural to the Class 6A state title. [File photo/TSN]

     KevinBordewicknewKevin Bordewick coached Washburn Rural to a second Class 6A state basketball champioonship and his ninth state title overall in the 2021-2022 season. [File photo/TSN]

    Zoe Canfield, a 5-11 sophomore, also garnered a Top 10 all-county berth for the Junior Blues while Rural's Kevin Bordewick was named the county coach of the year after earning his second state basketball championship as a head coach and his ninth title overall.

  • TopSports.news' Shawnee County girls soccer players to watch

    Rick Peterson



    HAILEY BECK, Washburn Rural

    Beck, a junior goalkeeper, helped 17-3-1 Washburn Rural win the Centennial League championship and finish third in the Class 6A state tournament last season, earning All-Shawnee County first-team recognition. Beck posted 12 shutouts a year ago while earning All-Class 6A and All-Centennial League honorable mention.

    ABBY DODD, Hayden

    Dodd, a senior defender, earned first-team All-Shawnee County recognition last season and was also an All-Centennial League first-team selection for the Wildcats. Dodd helped the Wildcats post a 10-8-0 record in the 2021 season.

    TatumHogeShawnee Heights senior goalkeeper Tatum Hoge (0) was a first-team All-Shawnee County selection last season. [Photo by Kirk Hockman]

    TATUM HOGE, Shawnee Heights

    Hoge, a senior goalkeeper, earned a berth on the All-Shawnee County first team last season after helping Shawnee Heights post a 10-7-1 record. Hoge has signed with Fort Hays State.

    BelleKennedyregionalWashburn Rural senior Belle Kennedy was named the Class 6A midfielder of the year after helping lead the Junior Blues to a third-place state finish in 6A. [File photo/TSN]

    BELLE KENNEDY, Washburn Rural

    A senior midfielder, Kennedy was a first-team All-Class 6A and All-Shawnee County pick as a junior after helping lead Washburn Rural to a 17-3-1 record, the Centennial League championship and a third-place finish in the Class 6A state tournament. Also an All-Centennial League pick, Kennedy led Rural with 17 goals and 12 assists and was named the 6A midfielder of the year. Kennedy has signed with Washburn University.

    KATHERINE KEYS, Cair Paravel Latin

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