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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    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' 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 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 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]


    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


    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


    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 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 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


    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 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 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


    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


    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.