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  • Hayden boys post second straight lopsided Class 3A sub-state win, advance to championship game

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig


    Efficient offense and rugged defense powered Hayden's boys to a 69-51 win over Perry-Lecompton Thursday at Royal Valley and into the sub-state final.

    DomRidleyPL 1Senior Dom Ridley paced Hayden with 18 points in Thursday's 69-51 sub-state win over Perry-Lecompton. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Wildcats will face Sabetha at 5 p.m. Saturday at Royal Valley with a Class 3A state tournament berth on the line. Sabetha improved to 19-3 by defeating Hiawatha Thursday by a score of 48-41.

    Hayden shot a blistering 61 percent from the field Thursday, including eight 3-pointers against the Kaws. The Wildcats used a big first quarter to build a lead and never let up

    “The guys just competed tonight,” said Hayden coach Trey Brown. “It’s something we’ve talked about all year, just putting together 32 minutes. In the first quarter we got up early, and in the second and third they kind of punched us in the mouth. But we handled it well and made a run there in the fourth.”

    The Wildcats came out on fire, scoring 24 points in the first quarter to just 12 for Perry-Lecompton.

    MasonBeckerPL 2reshman Mason Becker scored 15 points with four 3-pointers in Thursday's 69-51 Hayden sub-state win over Perry-Lecompton. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Hayden freshman Mason Becker connected on all three of his attempts from behind the arc in the first period to provide nine points. Dom Ridley added seven in the opening period.

  • Hayden girls fourth, boys fifth in Class 4A-1A state bowling

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    Hayden's girls finished fourth and the Wildcat boys fifth as a team in Wednesday's first-ever Class 4A-1A state bowling tournament at Bowlero-Wichita while three Hayden bowlers took home state medals.

    Chase Bauer finished ninth individually in the boys state meet while Emily Lee placed 11th and Jenna Henkensiefken 13th in the girls tournament.

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    Hayden finished fifth in the boys division with a team score of 3,377 while Blaser shot a three-game score of 637.

    Blaser, a regional champion, shot games of 215, 209 and 213.

    The Wildcats also got a 563 series from Kolton Meier, a 560 from John Stickland, a 512 from Trevor Christy, a 506 from Reece Renyer and a 418 series from Caston Meier.

    E. Lee recorded a 523 series while Henkensiefken shot a 512. 

    Hayden got a 454 series from Ashley Lee, a 410 from Kinsley Reynoso and a 330 from Clemence Henry.

    The 6A boys and girls tournaments will be contested Thursday at Bowlero-Northrock while the 5A tourneys will be held on Friday, also at Northrock.


  • Tuesday sub-state basketball: Top seed Highland Park boys roll to 85-43 5A semifinal win over Turner

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    Highland Park got off to somewhat of a slow start in Tuesday's Class 5A boys sub-state semifinal against Kansas City-Turner, but opened up a double-digit advantage by halftime and turned the game into a rout with a 33-point third quarter on the way to an 85-43 win at Topeka High.

    AmariTaylorTurner 1Highland Park senior Amari Taylor (0) scored 25 points in the Scots' 85-43 Class 5A sub-state win over KC-Turner Tuesday night. [Photo by Kyle Manthe/Special to TSN]

    MIkeyWilliamsTurner 1Highland Park senior Mikey Williams scored 21 points as the Scots improved to 20-1 with an 85-43 sub-state win over KC-Turner. [Photo by Kyle Manthe/Special to TSN]

    The Scots led the Bears by just a 19-18 advantage at the end of the opening quarter but used a 20-9 second quarter to take a 39-27 advantage at the halftime break and outscored Turner 33-9 in the third quarter to take a 72-36 lead and force a running clock throughout the fourth quarter.

    Senior Amari Taylor led Highland Park, now 20-1, with 25 points, followd by junior Mikey Williams with 21 points, junior Ja'Corey Robinson with 16 points and senior Tamir Anderson with 12 points on four 3-pointers.

    JaCoreyRobinsonTurner 2Highland Park junior Ja'Corey Robinson slams down a dunk in Tuesday's 85-43 sub-state win over KC-Turner. [File photo/TSN]

    TamirAndersonTurner 1Senior Tamir Anderson scored 12 points on four 3-pointers in Highland Park's 85-43 sub-state win over KC-Turner Tuesday night. [Photo by Kyle Manthe/Special to TSN]

    Highland Park advanced to Friday's sub-state championship game to face the winner of the semifinal between Kansas City-Washington and Bonner Springs.

    The sub-state championship game will be played at Topeka West, with the sub-state winner advancing to next week's Class 5A state tournament at Emporia's White Auditorium.


    The ‘second season’ began on Tuesday night with the first round of the sub-state tournament.  The Grizzlies of Wichita Northwest

  • City sending big contingent to high school state bowling tournaments

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    The city of Topeka will be well-represented in this week's state bowling championships at Wichita, with six city teams and seven  individuals punching their tickets to state.

    All seven city schools will have representatives in state competition.

    Hayden's boys and girls teams will compete in Wednesday's first-ever Class 4A-1A state tourney at Bowlero-Wichita after sweeping regional team championships while Washburn Rural's girls regional champs will compete in Thursday's 6A meet at Bowlero-Northrock and Seaman's boys and girls and Shawnee Heights' boys will all take part in Friday's 5A state tournament at Northrock.

    Topeka High's Thomas Patterson and Washburn Rural's Cody Spangler will compete as individuals in the 6A boys state meet while Highland Park's Cristian Reyes and Topeka West's Dason Tidwell will compete as individuals in the 5A boys tourney and West's Brenna Rutschmann and Megan Wood and Shawnee Heights' Reese Bell all qualified for the 5A girls event.

     Class 6A

    The Class 6A regional team champion Washburn Rural girls will compete in Thursday's Class 6A state tournament Bowlero-Northrock in Wichita.

    WRuralgirlsbowlingjube 2Washburn Rural's girls react to the announcement that they finished first in last Wednesday's Class 6A regional bowling tournament. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Senior Claire Ireland paced the Junior Blues at regionals with a 595 three-game series to finish fifth individually while three other Rural bowlers posted top-15 finishes.

    Washburn Rural finished its regional performance with a strong performance in the four Baker format games, taking a 3,040-2,988 victory over Olathe Northwest and Mill Valley, who tied for second in the team standings.

  • This week's sub-state pairings for Shawnee County prep basketball teams

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Parirings have been finalized for this week's sub-state high school basketball tournaments, with 11 Shawnee County teams earning home court advantage for at least the first round of sub-state competition, which begins Monday and continues through Saturday.

    Both Highland Park teams, Seaman's girls and Shawnee Heights' boys could all stay at home through both rounds of sub-state competition.

    Hayden will compete in the Class 3A Royal Valley sub-state while Silver Lake and Rossville will both compete in the Class 3A Riley County sub-state and Cair Paravel Latin will compete in the 2A Jefferson County North sub-state

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


    West sub-state No. 3 -- Topeka High (5-14) is the No. 11 West seed and will be on the road Tuesday for a 7 p.m. Tuesday game at Centennial League rival Manhattan (10-10).

    The Topeka High-Manhattan winner will advance to a Friday night sub-state final to face the semifinal winner between No. 3 seed Liberal (14-6) and Wichita North (3-17).

    ZoeCanfieldWR2024 1Senior Zoe Canfield and the Washburn Rural girls will be at home Tuesday to open Class 6A sub-state play against Wichita Northwest. [File photo/TSN]

    West sub-state No. 4 -- Washburn Rural, second in 6A a year ago after winning the title in 2022, is the No. 5 West seed at 13-7 and will host Wichita Northwest (5-15) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    The Washburn Rural-Wichita Northwest winner will advance to a Friday sub-state championship game to face the semifinal winner between No. 3 seed Wichita South (13-7) and Dodge City (5-15).


    West sub-state No. 1 -- Washburn Rural, the No. 9 West seed at 10-10, will go on the road Wednesday for a 6 p.m. sub-state semifinal against No. 8 Wichita Southeast (11-9).

    The winner of that game will advance to a Saturday final to meet the winner of the semifinal between No. 1 seed Wichita Heights (19-1) and Liberal (5-15).

    TaylinStallbaumer2024 1Senior Taylin Stallbaumer and the No. 1-seeded Seaman girls will be at home Wednesday to open Class 5A postseason. [File photo/TSN]


    East sub-state No. 1 -- Seaman is the No. 1 East seed at 18-2 and will be at home for a 7 p.m. Wednesday semifinal to face No. 16 Kansas City-Harmon (1-15).

    The winner of that game will advance to a Saturday final to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 8 seed Basehor-Linwood (12-8) and No. 9 KC-Sumner (10-9).

    East sub-state No. 2 -- Shawnee Heights, the No. 7 East seed at 14-6, will host No. 10 seed Piper (10-10) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the T-Birds and Pirates meeting for the second straight game. Piper upset United Kansas Conference foe Heights last Friday in the regular-season finale.

    The Heights-Piper winner will move on to a Saturday sub-state final to face the winner of another UKC matchup between No. 2 West seed De Soto (17-3) and Lansing (2-18).

    IMG 7426Rob Brown's Highland Park girls, 14-5 on the season, will be at Topeka High for Wednesday's Class 5A sub-state semifinal against Pittsburg. [File photo/TSN]

    East sub-state No. 3 -- Highland Park (14-5) is the No. 3 East seed and will be looking for its second straight Class 5A state tournament berth.

    HIghland Park will face No. 14 seed Pittsburg (5-15) in a 6 p.m. semifinal on Wednesday at Topeka High. The Highland Park-Pittsburg winner will advance to a Saturday sub-state final to face the semifinal winner between No. 6 Spring Hill (14-6) and Blue Valley Southwest (10-10).

    West sub-state No. 3 -- Topeka West is the No. 14 West seed at 8-12 and will travel to No. 3 seed Emporia (19-1) for a 7 p.m. Wednesday semifinal.

    The winner will advance to Saturday's sub-state final to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 6 Great Bend (14-6) and No. 11 Salina Central (10-10).


  • Monday sub-state basketball: Hayden boys roll to 18-point win over No. 3 seed KC-Ward

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    When Hayden's boys faced Kansas City-Bishop Ward back on Dec. 15th, the Wildcats needed overtime before escaping with a one-point victory over the Cyclones.

    CooperColbachSH 1Senior Cooper Colboch paced Hayden with 21 points in Monday's 65-47 sub-state quarterfinal win over KC-Bishop Ward. [File photo/TSN]

    Senior Dom Ridley scored 15 points, with four 3-pointers, in Hayden's 65-47 Class 3A sub-state win over KC-Bishop Ward Monday night. [File photo/TSN]

    Monday's rematch, which came in a Class 3A sub-state quarterfinal, was a different story with Hayden, the No. 6 seed in the Royal Valley sub-state, rolling to a 65-47 win over No. 3 seed Ward in a game that was played at Kansas City-Turner.

    With Monday's victory the 6-15 Wildcats advanced to a 7:30 p.m. Thursday night sub-state semifinal at Royal Valley to face No. 2 seed Perry-Lecompton, which took a 57-51 overtime win over Royal Valley.

  • Thursday/Friday prep basketball roundup: Wiltz's 29 points power Seaman boys to 73-57 win over Turner

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    The Seaman boys played their final regular-season game at home Thursday night against the Kansas-City Turner Bears, with sophomore Landon Wiltz's 29-point night powering Seaman to a 73-57 United Kansas Conference win.

    LandonWiltzTH 1Seaman sophomore Landon Wiltz scored a career-high 29 points in Friday's 73-57 UKC win over Turner. [File photo/TSN]

    The Vikings and Bears battled for the first three quarters before Seaman pulled away late.  

    After jumping out to an early 9-0 lead, the Vikings saw the Bears battle back to within four points, 15-11, at the end of the first quarter.


    “To their (Turner’s) credit, they fought back after the tough start,” Seaman coach Craig Cox said.

    In the second quarter, Turner had a stretch where they made three consecutive 3-point baskets to take a 24-21 lead, but the Vikings responded by going on a 13-3 run to close out the quarter and lead 34-27 at the halftime break.

    Seaman extended its lead to 43-29 in the first 4:30 of the third quarter, but another stretch of four straight Bear 3-pointers cut Seaman’s lead to 49-41 heading into the final quarter.

    In the fourth quarter, Seaman pulled away by outscoring Turner 24-16, led by Wiltz, who scored 11 of his career-high 29 points in the quarter.


    “Landon obviously was huge for us offensively,'' Cox said. "He got inside, understanding he had a matchup he could take advantage of.''

  • Hayden sweeps Class 4A-1A regional bowling championships

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    The Kansas State High School Activities Association added a Class 4A-1A division for high school bowling this season and Hayden took full advantage of that change Wednesday at Gage Bowl, sweeping the team championships in the regional tournament while also garnering the boys individual title.

    Haydenboysbowling 2Hayden bowling coach Brian Hackett (left) and his Wildcats celebrate a strike during the Baker competition in Wednesday's Class 4A-1A regional tournament at Gage Bowl. Hayden swept the boys and girls team titles to qualify for state. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    The Wildcats won the girls and boys team championships to earn berths in next Wednesday's state tournament at Bowlero-Wichita while Hayden junior Chase Blaser shot a 603 three-game series to claim top individual honors in the boys division.

    Hayden's boys put four bowlers in the top 11 places individually as the Wildcats won the team title by a 2,974-2,885 margin over Ottawa, with both of those teams earning team berths for state.

  • Tuesday prep BB roundup: Ramsey nets double-double for Hayden girls in 61-48 win over Manhattan

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson


    Junior Amelia Ramsey registered a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday's 61-48 Centennial League road win at Manhattan.

    AmeliaRamseyMan 2Junior Amelia Ramsey scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Hayden's 61-48 Centennial League win at Manhattan Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden, No. 2-ranked in Class 3A, improved to 16-3 overll and wrapped up Centennial League play with a 7-3 record.

    Wildcat junior Brylee Meier added 10 points in Tuesday's win while senior Avery Grunert scored eights points and senior Lauren Sandstrom, junior Norma Greco and sophomore Bella Reid all finished with seven points.

    Hayden will close out its regular season on Thursday at Eudora.

    Bulldawgs avenge loss with 57-50 Mid-East League win over Rock Creek

    Rossville's boys closed out their regular season with a tight 57-50 Mid-East League win over Rock Creek, completing their regular season with a 14-6 overall record and an 8-2 mark in the league.

    Tuesday's Rossville win avenged a 51-47 loss to Rock Creek earlier in the season.

    Rossville jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter advantage but Rock Creek answered with a 22-12 second quarter to pull within a point at the half (28-27).

    Rossville led 43-38 at the start of the fourth quarter and outscored the Mustangs 14-12 over the final eight minutes to hold on for the win.

    Junior Kameron Badura led the Bulldawgs with 14 points, followed by Mason Jones with 12 points, Tayson Horak with 11 and Cameron Miller with nine points.

    Rossville girls cap 17-3 regular season

    Rossville's girls finished off a 17-3 regular season with a 69-25 Mid-East League rout over Rock Creek Tuesday night.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 19, 2024

    Rick Peterson



    ConnerAhrensmug 2Conner Ahrens

    CONNER AHRENS, Washburn Rural

    Ahrens, a junior, captured the boys individual title in last Thursday's Centennial League bowling championships at Gage Bowl with a 667 three-game series. Ahrens rolled games of 225, 203 and 239 to lead Washburn Rural to the league team title by a 3,537-3,143 margin over Emporia.

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    JACK DONOVAN, Rossville

    A 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, Donovan became Rossville's single-season record-holder for made 3-pointers in Friday's 68-34 Mid-East League win over Riley County. Donovan had 14 points with four 3s in Friday's win after scoring 21 points with seven treys in Tuesday's 72-38 league win over Wabaunsee. Donovan now has 55 3-pointers on the season, eclipsing the previous record of 52 set by Matt Buhler in 2009.

    BroganMeiermug 3Brogan Meier

    BROGAN MEIER, Washburn Rural

    Meier, a senior, won a Class 6A state title in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.41 seconds, finished second in the 100 butterfly (51.46) and helped Washburn Rural to a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:13.16) and a third-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:28.22) Saturday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium as the Junior Blues tied Manhattan for the third-place team trophy. Meier received first-team All-State recognition.

    JackMirandamug 1Jack Miranda

    JACK MIRANDA, Washburn Rural

    A senior, Miranda won the Class 6A state championship in the 500-yard freestyle, finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:44.04) and swam on the Junior Blues' runnerup 400 free relay team (3:13.16) as Washburn Rural tied Manhattan for the third-place team trophy. Miranda received first-team All-State recognition.

    AlexPrescottmug 2Alex Prescott


    Prescott bowled a 722 three-game series to win the individual championship in last week's United Kansas Conference bowling tournament at Crown Lanes in Leavenworth. Prescott rolled games of 254, 243 and 225 to lead the way as Seaman won the UKC team championship by a 3,580-3,358 margin over Piper.

    LaurenSandstrom2024mug 1Lauren Sandstrom


    Sandstrom, a 6-foot senior, scored 30 points in Friday's 69-36 Centennial League Senior Night win over Topeka High as the No. 2-ranked Wildcats improved to 15-3 overall and 6-3 in the Centennial League. Sandstrom, a Rockhurst signee, hit 12 of 19 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and went 4 of 5 at the free throw line.



  • State champions Meier, Miranda headline 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving team

    Rick Peterson



    Washburn Rural senior Class 6A state champions Brogan Meier and Jack Miranda headline the 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving team.

    All Cityswimmingfirstteam 2The 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving first team -- Front, from left: Evan Hoobler, Shawnee Heights; Andres Morao-Jaspe, Washburn Rural; Alex Lanterman, Washburn Rural; Jack Miranda, Washburn Rural; Jack Pekarek, Seaman; Jaxon Cowdin, Topeka High. Back, from left: Truman Brede, Shawnee Heights; Luke Lemke, Washburn Rural; Elijah Leenerts, Washburn Rural; Will Powell, Washburn Rural; Brogan Meier, Washburn Rural; Daniel Allen, Washburn Rural. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    All Cityswimmingsecondteam 2The 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving second team -- Front, from left: Robert Haag, Topeka West; Palmer Heskett, Hayden; Will Stewart, Topeka High; Dawson Blankenship, Topeka High; Kinser Barbosa, Seaman; Ryan Carson, Hayden. Back, from left: Sourish Sinha, Washburn Rural; Jeremiah Moylan, Seaman; Isaac Hochard, Seaman; Lincoln Carter, Topeka High; Maximo Cuevas, Seaman; Pablo Domenech. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Meier won the state title in the 50-yard freestyle and Miranda was the state champion in the 500 free while both stars, first-team All-State picks, also posted runnerup individual finishes and swam on the Junior Blues' second-place 400 free relay as Washburn Rural shared the third-place 6A team trophy with Manhattan.

    The All-City team, which is based on performances in the city meet, includes eight members of the Rural team that won its fifth straight city championship and also claimed the Centennial League title.

    Also earning first-team All-City honors for the Junior Blues are Daniel Allen, Alex Lanterman, Elijah Leenerts, Luke Lemke, Andrew Morao-Jaspe and Will Powell.

    Powell, a second-team All-State pick, was a triple 6A state medalist while Allen was also a multiple event medalist.

    Topeka High junior Jaxon Cowdin earned his third straight city one-meter diving title and his second straight Centennial League championship before finishing 12th in 6A.

    Shawnee Heights is represented on the All-City team by Truman Brede and Evan Hoobler while senior Jack Pekarek earned a first-team berth for Seaman. 

    All-City capsules:

  • Boys regional wrestling roundup: Washburn Rural takes Class 6A regional team championship

    Rick Peterson



    Top-ranked Washburn Rural edged No. 2 Manhattan for the team championship in the Class 6A boys wrestling regional at Wichita North Saturday, with the Junior Blues claiming five individual titles while qualifying 10 wrestlers for this weeks state tournament at Hartman Arena in Park City.

    EastonBroxtermanaction 4Returning Class 6A state champion Easton Broxterman will take a 34-1 record into this week's state tournament in Park City. [File photo/TSN]

    LandenKocher Munoz 2Washburn Rural sophomore Landen Kocher-Munoz will be shooting for his second straight Class 6A state title this week at Hartman Arena in Park City. [File photo/TSN]

    Washburn Rural, which took a 243-234 win over Manhattan in the regional team race, got regional titles from 132-pound junior Easton Broxterman (45-1), sophomore 138-pounder Landen Kocher-Munoz (33-4), freshman 144-pounder Brodye Kocher-Munoz (36-12), junior 150-pounder Kristjan Marshall (35-4) and senior 157-pounder Brody Bryne (33-3).

    Broxterman, a returning state champion, earned a medical forfeit over Vicent Rosas of Maize in the championship match while returning state champ L. Kocher-Munoz took a 10-8 decision over Daniel Gomez of Maize, B. Kocher-Munoz took a 2-1 decision over Manhattan's Logan Lagerman, Marshall took a 4-2 overtime decision over Grayson Hagen of Free State and Byrne pinned Free State's Gabe Swoyer in 59 seconds.

    Sophomore 126-pounder Cooper Stivers (9-2) and senior 165-pounder Chase Calhoon (25-13) also advanced to regional championship matches, finishing second.

    The Junior Blues got fourth-place finishes from sophomore 106-pounder Ryder Harrison (43-12), junior 120-pounder Walker Doyal (26-21) and 175-pound freshman Jadyn Baum (29-18)

    Topeka High finished 12th as a team with 50 points and qualified junior 150-pounder Rehabiah Williamson (38-9), who finished sixth, senior 120-pounder Elijah Elliot (17-13), who finished seventh, sophomore 157-pounder Brandon Blancas (18-12), who placed eighth, and junior 215-pounder Detrick Johnson (23-12), who took eighth.

  • Hayden boys snap 12-game losing streak with 57-42 Senior Night win over Topeka High



    Hayden's boys basketball team hosted Topeka High Friday for its Senior Night contest, with both teams looking to end losing streaks and Hayden looking for its first win in 2024.

    DomRidleyTH 1Senior Dom Ridley scored a game-high 15 points as Hayden snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 57-42 win over Topeka HIgh Friday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The game would start out in the Trojans' favor, with High going up 7-2 early in the first quarter before the Wildcats got going to take a 12-7 lead at the end of the first.

    The Wildcats would not look back as they would go into halftime up 27-20 and would pull away to take a 57-42 Centennial League victory, snapping a 12-game losing streak with their first win since Dec. 20.

    “It all means a lot,'' said Trey Brown, who notched his first Centennial League win as the Wildcats' coach "It’s a credit to all these guys and it's a credit to the seniors. We talked all week about playing for them and doing all that for them. It's their last time getting to step on the floor at home.

    "I am super proud of these guys and their effort. It could have been easy, really easy, to quit and these guys stayed with it. The seniors played great tonight, they led the charge and everyone picked up their energy.”

  • Sandstrom's 30-point night powers Hayden girls to 69-36 Centennial League win over Trojans



    Hayden's girls faced visiting Topeka High Friday night and during the first quarter the game would go back and forth, with the Wildcats taking a 16-13 lead after the opening eight minutes.

    LaurenSandstromTH 1Senior Lauren Sandstrom scored 30 points in Hayden's 69-36 Centennial League win over Topeka High Friday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    That would be all the fight the Lady Trojans had in them as the Wildcats would pull away and outscore the Lady Trojans 25-8 in the second quarter and go on to cruise to a 69-36 Centennial League win on Senior Night at Hayden.

    Hayden was led in scoring by Rockhurst signee Lauren Sandstrom, who had a monstrous 30-point night on 12-19 shooting.

    “It’s really special,'' Sandstrom said. "It‘s a great way to leave my home court and finish strong.”

    The Wildcats got a breakout game from midseason transfer Amelia Ramsey, a junior who would post her Hayden high in points and rebounds with her first double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

    “I have been getting used to the change of everything and tonight everything came together and I can’t wait for our next game,”  Ramsey said.

    Hayden coach Carvel Reynoldson said Friday was a special Senior Night for four Wildcat upperclassmen who have played together since the fifth grade.

    “We had a script that we wanted to do but we had to play well enough to earn that script and to get all the seniors off individually,'' Reynoldson said. "First we started with Jill linherr who hasn't played this year because of a torn ACL, but she would have been a huge part of our team and then going on down the line it was exactly what we hoped it would be and and I know that the girls enjoyed their moment.''

  • Girls regional wrestling roundup: Washburn Rural, Shawnee Heights roll to team crowns

    Rick Peterson



    Washburn Rural's girls wrestling team, the defending Class 6A-5A state champion, tuned up for its title defense with the team championship in Saturday's regional tournament at Junction City.

    WRuralwrestlingRegional 2Washburn Rural's girls wrestling team poses for a picture after winning the championship in Saturday's Class 6A-5A regional tournament at Junction City. [Washburn Rural women's wrestling]

    The No. 8-ranked Junior Blues had four individual regional champs and qualified 10 wrestlers for state en route to a 227-159 margin over Kapaun Mt. Carmel, with Manhattan third with 144 points and Emporia fourth with 121.

    Washburn Rural, which has posted three state titles and a runnerup finish in the four official girls state tournaments, got individual regional titles from junior 105-pounder Molly Spader, senior 135-pounder Laiken Clark, senior 145-pounder Fatima Escobar and senior 170-pounder TaAni Rhoten.

    Spader, who improved to 32-2, took a hard-earned 9-8 decision over Newton's Brookelyn Treaster in the final while Clark (26-4) took a 6-0 decision over Wichita Southeast's Aileya Sath.

    Escobar (32-5) pinned Manhattan's Sophia Hoeme in 1:08 while Rhoten (32-2) pinned Chinyereugo Okafor of Kapaun Mt. Carmel in just 28 seconds.

    Also advancing to the regional finals were junior 115-pounder Maddy Blow (22-10), junior 125-pounder Annie Gallegos (17-3) and sophomore 130-pounder Madison Blanco (25-6) 

  • Vickery hits game-winner in Washburn Rural's 46-44 Centennial League win over Hayden



    In front of a packed house at Washburn Rural for a big rivalry game on Winter Royalty night a fight ensued between the Lady Blues and the Hayden Wildcats in a game that went back and fourth all night long punch after punch before freshman Maddie Vickery hit the game-winning shot to give Rural a 46-44 Centennial League win.

    MaddieVickeryHayden 1Freshman Maddie Vickery (middle) hit the game-winning shot in Washburn Rural's 46-44 Centennial League win over Hayden Friday. [File photo/TSN]

    “Maddie made some huge plays tonight,” Washburn Rural coach Kevin Bordewick said. “When (teams) clamp down on Zoe Canfield, Maddie is known to kind of say, 'Okay let's go,' but they work so well with each other. Like that last set play, Zoe took her girl clear out of the play and cleared the lane for Maddie and she had a great finish on it.”

    Rural would separate itself in the game and the Wildcats would claw back and stay right there, with Rural going into halftime up 28-20 and Hayden coming out after halftime to tie it up 34-34 late in the third quarter.

    The Lady Blues were led in scoring by Vickery, who finished with a game-high 18 points.

    “It was such a great team win,'' Vickery said. "I think we played really good defense, especially in the first half. We came out hot and battled until the end. We didn't let off the gas. It meant a little bit more because it was our winter formal game, so we wanted the 'W' for sure. To win that game on our home court with such an amazing crowd was pretty special.”

  • Washburn Rural boys cap busy week with 62-41 Centennial League win over Hayden



    There was a lot to celebrate for Washburn Rural Friday night, capped by a big rivalry win over the Junior Blues' biggest league rival on Winter Royalty night after a long week.

    GriffinDurstJCity 1Senior Griffin Durst led the way with 17 points in Washburn Rural's 62-41 Centennial League win over Hayden Friday night. [File photo/TSN]

    JohnHoytalKMCSophomore John Hoytal (10) scored 14 points for Washburn Rural Friday night in a 62-41 Centennial League win over Hayden. [File photo/TSN]

    The week started Monday at Manhattan with an overtime win and then after a loss against Junction City on Tuesday the Junior Blues finished off the week with a 62-41 win against Hayden.

    Rural got off to a 10-0 start and went into halftime up 29-15 before pulling away for the 22-point win.

    “You know it's it's been a long week,'' Rural coach Alex Hutchins said. "We started with a Monday night at Manhattan, and an overtime game, then then played a really tough Junction team on Tuesday and then you add the emotions of this rivalry game and kind of the festivities tonight that you're a little a wary of as a head coach.

    "I don't know that we played our best game tonight, but I'm proud of our guys for scraping and getting the job done.”

    Rural got big nights from senior Griffin Durst, who had 17 points, and sophomore John Hoytal, who finished with 14.

  • Shawnee County football letter of intent signings

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    PacksonBettisDerby 1Packson Bettis, Washburn Rural (56)

    JoshNitschkeLan 1Josh Nitschke, Topeka West



    Editor's note: Following is a list of college football signees that have been reported to TopSports.news. If Shawnee County coaches have additional signees email the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Player, high school                                 College                        Ht.   Wt. Pos.

    Jace Banks, Topeka West                           Coffeyville CC               5-9 170   DB

    Callen Barta, Seaman                                Kansas State                  6-2 180   DB

    Packson Bettis, Washburn Rural                North Dakota                6-2 230   DE

    BJ Canady, Topeka High                            Cal                                 6-6 255   DE

    Carter Charvat, Hayden                             Benedictine                    6-2 225  OL

    Branton DeWeese, Washburn Rural          Washburn                      6-0  185  QB

    Christian Gonzales, Shawnee Heights       Washburn                      6-1  275  DL

    Jaren Heim, Washburn Rural                     Washburn                     6-2  220  LB

    JC Heim, Washburn Rural                          Washburn                     6-3  225  LB

    Isaac Hochard, Seaman                             Concordia                      6-0 155 DB

    Isaiah Kincade, Topeka High                      Washburn                     6-0 195  DB

    Jamond Lane, Washburn Rural                  Washburn                     6-0 280 DL

    Jaki Lee, Shawnee Heights                         MidAmerica Nazarene 5-9 210 OL/DL 

    Jacob Malcom, Shawnee Heights              Coffeyville CC               6-1 200 WR/DB

    Josh Nitschke, Topeka West                       Garden City CC            6-1 180 WR/DB

    Emmanuel Nwakpuda, Washburn Rural    Ottawa                          6-4190 WR

    Titan Osburn, Washburn Rural                  Benedictine                   6-3 180 WR

    Blake Redmond, Silver Lake                      Washburn                      5-9 160 RB

    Kyrece Robinson, Topeka West                 Hutchinson CC               6-2 230 DL

    Drew Taylor, Washburn Rural                    MidAmerica Nazarene  6-3 210 L 

    Kris Thomas, Topeka West                        Coffeyville CC                6-2 240 OL/DL

    Josiah Todwong, Hayden                          Washburn                      6-0 265 OL/DL

    Ryeki Tuley, Shawnee Heights                   Coffeyville CC              6-0 180 QB


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  • Washburn Rural swimmers take Centennial League title back with record-setting day

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    About a minute after having their three-year Centennial League boys swimming and diving championship reign ended by Manhattan a year ago, Washburn Rural's returning swimmers set their sights on taking that title back in the 2024 league meet.

    WRuralswimteamCentennial 1Washburn Rural's swimming team poses with its Centennial League championship trophy Thursday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    The Junior Blues made that happen on Thursday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, winning eight of 12 events while setting four Centennial League records on the way to a 484-439 victory over Manhattan, giving Janson Garman the team title in his first year as Rural's coach.

    Senior Will Powell won four gold medals on the day and had a hand in three league records while seniors Brogan Meier and Jack Miranda captured three gold medals on the day, with Meier was a part of two league records and Miranda one.

    "We were ready this time,'' Powell said. "We were so prepared. It was all about racing and we came back and took it.''

  • Midseason 2023-2024 city high school boys basketball statistics

    Rick Peterson

    NOTE: Midseason statistics for city boys basketball teams were compiled by Seaman girls coach Matt Tinsley. The following stats are the second of three statistical reports which will be released during the 2023-2024 season, capped by the season-ending stats.


    Name, school                    Gms.  Pts.  Avg

    Robinson, Highland Park        10     211  21.1

    JaCoreyRobinsonNW 1Highland Park junior Ja'Corey Robinson (23) leads the city in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double on the season. [File photo/TSN]

    J. Sanchez, Shawnee Heights 10    182   18.2

    Anderson, Highland Park         8    132   16.5

    Bonner, Seaman                     10    161   16.1

    Dodge, Shawnee Heights       12    184   15.3

    Williams, Highland Park          10    153   15.3

    Everhart, Cair Paravel              12     183  15.3

    Ballard, Washburn Rural          --      ---   12.8

    Finley, Seaman                        10     124  12.4

    Hales, Topeka High                 12     148   12.3

    Durst, Washburn Rural            --      ---    12.3

    Foy, Topeka West                    11     135   12.3

    Pavlik, Cair Paravel                  12      140   11.7

    Colboch, Hayden                    11     117   10.6

    Lyons, Topeka High                  9        93   10.3 


    Name, school                    Gms.   Total    Avg.

    Robinson, Highland Park         10      140   14.0

    J. Sanchez, Shawnee Heights   10        83     8.3

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