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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    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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    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


    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 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

    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

    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


    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.''


    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

    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

    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:


    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]


    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.

  • Boys prep basketball roundup: T-Birds improve to 7-1 with 82-58 romp at Turner

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Shawnee Heights improved to 7-1 on the season with its fourth straight victory, rolling to an 82-58 United Kansas Conference road victory at Turner.

    The T-Birds put the Bears away (0-8, 0-3) with a 26-11 first-quarter onslaught and led 41-25 at halftime and 56-37 at the start of the fourth quarter.

    BrennonDodge1Sophomore Brennon Dodge led Shawnee Heights with 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the T-Birds' 82-58 United Kansas Conference victory at Turner Friday night. [File photo/TSN]

    CarterOlsonShawnee Heights senior Carter Olson had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the T-Birds' 82-58 UKC romp at Turner Friday night. [File photo/TSN]

  • Girls prep basketball roundup: Shawnee Heights girls rout Turner, 65-3

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Shawnee Heights capped its three-game week with a 65-3 United Kansas Conference romp at Turner Friday night.

    Both teams were missing multiple players due to COVID protocols, but Shawnee Heights, 2-1 on the week with an overtime loss to Class 6A Blue Valley Northwest, still had plenty of firepower to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the UKC.

    Junior Hayden Hill scored a game-high 14 points for the T-Birds, with four 3-pointers.

    Junior Emari Doby joined Hill in double figures for Shawnee Heights with 10 points while Taylor Rottinghaus scored nine points and Riley Showalter seven points.

    ST. MARYS GIRLS 53, ROSSVILLE 43 --St. Marys used a 22-7 second quarter to take control and held off Rossville the rest of the way for a 53-43 win.

    Rossville, which fell to 4-6, led 11-9 at the end of the opening quarter but the Bears rallied for a 31-18 halftime advantage.

    The Bulldawgs outscored the Bears 8-3 in the third quarter to get within eight but couldn't mount a serious run over the final eight minutes.

    Sophomores Kinsey Perine and Emma Mitchell scored 14 points apiece for Rossville while St. Marys (4-5) had three players with between 12 and 14 points.

    Sophomore Brenna Smith paced the Bears with 14 points, followed by sophomore Catherine Moylan with 13 points and freshman Hayden Heim with 12.

    OLATHE HERITAGE CHRISTIAN GIRLS 42, CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 34 -- Cair Paravel Latin saw its two-game win streak come to an end in Friday's 42-34 loss to Olathe Heritage Christian Academy.

    Heritage Christian improved to 4-3 while Cair Paravel fell to 2-5.

  • A game by game look at Friday's Shawnee County girls basketball games Jan. 14

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    EMPORIA (6-2, 5-2) at HAYDEN (4-2, 4-2)

    Friday night's game between the Wildcats and Spartans has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. Hayden has had two straight games postponed, with the Wildcats' Tuesday game against Topeka High also postponed.

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

    Friday night's game between the Vikings and Indians has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. Seaman has not played since a tough 43-38 Centennial League loss to unbeaten Topeka High last Friday.

    JazmynFordTopeka West junior Jazmyn Ford scored s team-high 10 points in the Chargers' 55-26 loss at Emporia on Tuesday. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (1-7, 0-7) at TOPEKA WEST (0-8, 0-7)

    Highland Park is coming off a 43-41 Centennial League loss at Junction City on Tuesday while Topeka West dropped a 55-26 league decision at Emporia. Freshman Amelia Ramsey scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Highland Park against Junction City while sophomore Victoria Reed added 11 points and freshman Mariah Parker-Brown had 10 points with three 3-pointers. Junior Jazmyn Ford led Topeka West with 10 points and sophomore Zoe Clark added seven in the Chargers' loss to Emporia.