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  • TopSports.news' Shawnee County 15 boys swimmers/divers to watch

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Editor's note: The 15 boys swimmers/divers to watch are based on performances in the 2021-2022 season. TopSports.news is still in the process of receiving preseason information from local coaches and will update information as needed.

    TRUMAN BREDE, Shawnee Heights

    Brede, a junior, helped Shawnee Heights earn a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in the Class 5A-1A state meet last season. Brede was part of Shawnee Heights' winning 200 medley relay team in the United Kansas Conference meet and he finished third in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 200 free as the T-Birds finished second as a team. Brede helped Shawnee Heights win the city title in the 200 medley relay and he finished third in the 100 backstroke. Brede received second-team All-City recognition.

    JAXON COWDIN, Topeka High

    A sophomore, Cowdin won the city diving championship as a freshman and finished third in the Centennial League meet. Cowdin made it to the finals in the 6A state meet, finishing 15th. Cowdin earned first-team All-City honors and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season.

    CORDELL DIMICK, Washburn Rural

    Dimick, a senior, was part of Washburn Rural's 200 medley relay team that finished 14th in the 2022 state meet in the B Final. Dimick helped the Junior Blues post a runner-up Centennial League finish in the 200 medley relay and he finished third in the 200 individual medley, earning second-team all-league recognition. Dimick finished third in the city meet in the 100 breaststroke and swam on Rural's runner-up 200 medley relay, receiving second-team All-City honors.

    AdinFlorenceSeaman senior Adin Florence was a Centennial League champion last season for the Vikings and earned All-Centennial League and All-City first-team recognition. [File photo/TSN]

    ADIN FLORENCE, Seaman

    Florence, a senior, won the B Final in the 100 breaststroke in the 2022 5A-1A state meet and also competed in the 100 free at state. Florence was the Centennial League champion in the 100 breast, finished second in the 100 free and swam on the Vikings' second-place 200 free and third-place 200 medley relay teams, earning first-team All-Centennial League recognition. Florence was second in the 100 breaststroke in the city meet, third in the 100 freestyle and swam on the Vikings' third-place 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, receiving All-City first-team honors.

    EVAN HOOBLER, Shawnee Heights

    A sophomore, Hoobler swam on Shawnee Heights' 200 free relay team that posted a sixth-place finish in the 5A-1A state meet. Hoobler was a part of Heights' 200 free relay that finished second in the United Kansas Conference meet and he placed third in the 500 freestyle and third in the 100 breastroke in the UKC as the T-Birds finished second in the team standings. Hoobler was part of Heights' second-place 200 free relay team in the city meet and earned second-team All-City honors.

    RYAN JOHNSON, Hayden

     Johnson posted a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle in the 2022 city championships, helping Hayden finish fourth as a team and earning second-team All-City recognition. Johnson, a senior, competed in the 5A-1A state meet last season.

    LUKE LEMKE, Washburn Rural

    Lemke had a big freshman season for the Junior Blues, including a Centennial League title as part of team-champion Rural's 200 free relay team. Lemke helped Rural reach the 6A state B Final in the 200 free relay, with the Junior Blues finishing 12th. Lemke was a city champion as part of Washburn Rural's 200 free relay and earned second-team All-City honors.

  • TopSports.news’ 20 boys wrestlers to watch in 2022-2023

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    ANDREW BONEBRAKE, Shawnee Heights

    Bonebrake, a junior 132-pounder, posted a 35-11 record last season, won a United Kansas Conference championship and was a Class 5A state qualifier, earning All-Shawnee County honorable mention. Bonebrake is ranked No. 3 at 132 pounds in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association preseason 5A state rankings.

    EastonBroxterman1Washburn Rural's Easton Broxterman is one of Shawnee County's top returners, placing second in Class 6A at 106 pounds as a freshman. [File photo/TSN]

     EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    A sophomore, Broxterman advanced to the 6A state championship match at 106 pounds as a freshman, finishing second for the state-champion Junior Blues and posting a 39-6 record. Broxterman, a Centennial League champion, was named the Shawnee County newcomer of the year and was a first-team all-county pick. He is currently ranked No. 2 at 106 pounds in the KWCA's 6A and All-Class preseason rankings.

    TRISTAN BUCE, Shawnee Heights

    Buce is being counted on to be an immediate contributor as a freshman for Shawnee Heights at 106 pounds. Buce has extensive Kids Wrestling experience, placing in multiple state tournaments.

    BRODY BYRNE, Washburn Rural

    Byrne, a junior, won a Centennial League championship last season and was a first-team All-Shawnee County selection after posting a 27-14 record. Byrne is No. 6-ranked in the KWCA preseason 6A state rankings at 157 pounds.

    JacobCarver1Rossville senior Jacob Carver posted a runner-up finish in Class 3A-1A at 285 pounds last season. [File photo/TSN]

    JACOB CARVER, Rossville

    A two-time TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 22 pick in football, Carver was a 3A-1A regional champ and finished second in the state tournament at 285 pounds last season as a junior. Carver, a first-team All-Shawnee County wrestling pick last season, is top-ranked at 285 pounds in the KWCA's 3A-1A preseason rankings and is No. 6 in the All-Class rankings.

    RYKAN CARVER, Shawnee Heights

    Carver, a 285-pound junior, was a United Kansas Conference champion and a 5A state qualifier last seaon while posting a 17-11 record. Carver received All-Shawnee County honorable mention last season and is ranked No. 3 at 285 in the KWCA's 5A preseason rankings.

    NICK FREELAND, Shawnee Heights

    Freeland, a senior 150-pounder, was a United Kansas Conference champion and a 5A state qualifier last season, posting a 35-15 record. Freeland was a second-team All-Shawnee County selection as a junior.

  • Hayden, Rural headline TopSports.news All-Shawnee County football

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Hayden, which advanced to the Class 3A sub-state round, and 6A sectional partcipant Washburn Rural combined for 11 Top 22 spots on TopSports.news'  All-Shawnee County football team while Highland Park's Tre Richardson and Rural's Ty Weber garnered the top individual honors.

     TreRichardsonHarmon2Senior Tre Richardson has been named the TopSports.news Shawnee County offensive player of the year after keying a dramatic Highland Park turnaround in the 2022 season. [File photo/TSN]

    TyWeberTH2Washburn Rural senior linebacker Ty Weber (32) hass been named the TSN All-Shawnee County defensive player of the year for the second straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden, which posted a 10-2 record this fall, is represented on the Top 22 by seniors JC Cummings, Ben Evans and Joe Otting, junior Finn Dunshee and sophomore Jensen Schrickel while Washburn Rural, 8-3 on the year, put seniors Weber and Ma'kenttis Adams and juniors Packson Bettis, Branton DeWeese, JC Heim and Titan Osburn on the Top 22.

    Highland Park's Richardson, who led the Scots to a breakout 6-3 season, was named the Shawnee County offensive player of the year while Weber was named the county defensive player of the year for the second straight season.

    Richardson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, rushed for 1,964 yards and 27 touchdowns on 96 attempts and caught 40 passes for 1,079 yards and 15 TDs as the Scots snapped a 65-game losing streak in the season-opener and went on to record one of Highland Park's best seasons in school history.

    Weber, a 6-3, 230 senior, recorded 134 total tackles (82 solos) with 19 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, two sacks and an interception. 

    BillArnold2Hayden's Bill Arnold has been named the Shawnee County co-coach of the year after a 10-2 2022 season. [File photo/TSN]

    SteveBuhler2Washburn Rural's Steve Buhler has been named the Shawnee County co-coach of the year after leading the Rural to the Class 6A sectional round. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden's Bill Arnold and Washburn Rural's Steve Buhler were named the Shawnee County co-coaches of the year.

    Shawnee Heights junior running back Allen Baughman and Hayden's Dunshee, a running back/linebacker, were named the co-offensive newcomers of the year while Washburn Rural junior defensive end Jamond Lane was named the defensive newcomer of the year.

    AllenBaughman3Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman han been named the TSN Shawnee County co-offensive newcomer of the year after rushing for 1,496 yards and 20 TDs. [File photo/TSN]

    FinnDunsheeHolton2Hayden junior Finn Dunshee has been named the Shawnee County offensive co-newcomer of the year after rushing for 1,150 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns. [File photo/TSN]

    Baughman, 5-8, 180, rushed for 1,496 yards and 20 touchowns on 225 carries for the 5-5 T-Birds while Dunshee, 5-8, 160, rushed for 1,150 yards on 96 attempts and scored 17 total touchdowns for the 10-2 Wildcats.

    JamondLane2Washburn Rural junior defensive lineman Jamond Lane (left) has been named the TSN All-Shawnee County defensive newcomer of the year. [File photo/TSN]

    Lane, 6-0, 280, was in on 44 tackles (23 solos) with six sacks, six tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception return for a touchdown.

    Rural's Weber and DeWeese, Highland Park's Richardson, Hayden's Otting and Rossville senior Jacob Carver are All-Shawnee County Top 22 repeat picks.

    Seaman is represented on the Top 22 by seniors Kasen Hasenkamp, Sean Miller and Bryson Vawter, while Shawnee Heights put Baughman and senior Gavin Zuperku on the Top 22, Silver Lake is represented by juniors Eli Barnes and Tanner Martin, Rossville by Carver and junior Barrett Lietz and Topeka West by senior Malachi Berg.

    All 10 Shawnee County high schools have representatives on either the Top 22 or Second 22 teams.

    All-Shawnee County Top 22 capsules:

  • State champ Rural dominates All-Centennial League volleyball

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Class 6A state champion Washburn Rural dominated balloting for the 2022 All-Centennial League volleyball team, with the Junior Blues claiming five of eight first-team berths while Rural's Brooklyn DeLeye was named the league player of the year and Rural coach Kevin Bordewick was named the coach of the year.

    FdjSHRRWYAIEgcRBrooklyn DeLeye was named the Centennial League volleyball player of the year after helping lead Washburn Rural to a 45-1 record and the Class 6A state title. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

     KevinBordewicknew2Veteran Washburn Rural coach Kevin Bordewick was named the Centennial League volleyball coach of the year after leading the Junior Blues to their eighth Class 6A state title. [File photo/TSN]

    DeLeye, a 6-foot-2 senior who compiled more than 2,000 kills in her career, is joined on the All-Centennial League first team by senior teammates Katie Borough and Taylor Russell and junior teammates Zoe Canfield and Jada Ingram.

    Bordewick was named the league coach of the year after leading the Junior Blues to a 45-1 record and their eighth 6A state title.

  • Player of the year Bradstreet headlines All-Centennial League soccer team

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural, which won a 28th straight league soccer title (outright or shared) on the way to a fourth-place finish in the Class 6A state tournament, put four players on the All-Centennial League first team, led by senior player of the year Easton Bradstreet.

    EastonBradstreetSHWashburn Rural senior Easton Bradstreet (13) has been named the Centennial League soccer player of the year after scoring 29 goals for the 16-5 league-champion Junior Blues. [File photo/TSN]

    Bradstreet, an All-State forward, scored 29 goals as a senior for the 16-5 Junior Blues and finished his high school career with a share of Rural' career scoring record with 57 goals.

    Bradstreet is joined on the all-league first team by senior teammates Cayden Lee and Ty Stead and junior teammate Devon Rutschmann.

    Topeka High is represented on the first team by senior Aidan Morrison while senior Jake Muller represents Hayden on the 12-player first team.

    Trojan freshman goalkeeper Billy Lutz was named the Centenial League newcomer of the year.

     Emporia put a league-high five players on the all-league first team, while Spartan coach Victor Ibarra was named the league coach of the year.

    ALL-CENTENNIAL LEAGUE SOCCER

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers November 21, 2022

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

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     EASTON BRADSTREET, Washburn Rural

    The Washburn Rural senior forward received Class 6A All-State first-team honors from the Kansas High School Soccer Coaches Association after scoring 29 goals and leading the Junior Blues to a 16-5 record and a fourth-place finish in the 6A state tournament. Bradstreet finished his senior year with a share of Rural's career scoring record with 57 goals.

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    BRADY CHRISTIANSEN, Washburn University

    A 6-foot-7 forward out of Lincoln, Neb., Christiansen scored 9 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, in Washburn's 70-63 men's basketball win over William Jewell last Wednesday. Christiansen's 19 boards were the most by an Ichabod since former WU star Brady Skeens had a pair of 22-rebound games in 2017.

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    AUBREE DEWEY, Washburn University

    A 5-7 junior guard out of Plainville, Dewey scored a game and career-high 20 points in Washburn's 65-63 women's basketball win over Southern Nazarene last Friday in the Washburn Classic. Dewey hit a pair of 3-pointers and also dished out three assists for the Ichabods.

  • TopSports.news' 20 boys basketball players to watch in 2022-2023

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON             

    TopSports.news

    Editor's note: Additional pictures will be added at TopSports.news when they are received.

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    QUENTIN ADAMS, Highland Park

    A senior point guard, Adams was a floor leader for a Highland Park team that posted a 18-5 record and advanced to the Class 5A tournament last season, averaging 6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals for the Scots, who begin their first season in the Meadowlark Conference this winter. Adams earned TopSports.news All-Shawnee County honorable mention last season.

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    BO ALDRIDGE, Highland Park

    A 6-foot-4 senior, Aldridge helped lead the 18-5 Scots to a Class 5A state tournament berth last season, earning TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League first-team recognition last season. Aldridge, who received All-Class 5A honorable mention from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, averaged 18.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.6 steals as a junior.

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    XAVIER ALEXANDER, Topeka West

    Alexander, a senior guard, helped Topeka West post a 21-2 record in 2021-2022 en route to a second straight Centennial League championship and a second straight 5A state tournament berth. Alexander received TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season after averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals while hitting 47 3-pointers and shooting 66 percent from 2-point range.

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    SINCERE AUSTIN, Topeka West

    A 6-foot-1 senior, Austin helped Topeka West post a 21-2 record last season with the Chargers claiming a second straight Class 5A state tournament berth and a second straight Centennial League championship. Austin earned TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League second-team recognition as a junior after averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals and hitting 32 3-pointers.

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    JACK BACHELOR, Washburn Rural

    Bachelor, a 6-2 senior, earned TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League second-team honors as a junior for the 9-13 Junior Blues, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals while connecting on 44 3-pointers and shooting 43 percent from outside the arc.

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    MALACHI BERG, Topeka West

    A 6-2 senior, Berg was a workhorse inside for the 21-2 Chargers, who claimed a second straight Centennial League title and a second straight 5A state tournament berth. Berg earned All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honorable mention, averaging 6.0 rebounds and shooting 60 percent from 2-point field goal range.

  • Holton's big second half ends banner Hayden football season, 48-17

    Isaac Deer

    By ISAAC DEER

    TopSports.news

    HOLTON – Hayden's noble 2022 campaign ended in a 48-17 loss to its district rival, Holton, in Friday night's Class 3A sub-state matchup.

    Holton, which handed Hayden both of its losses in a 10-2 campaign, spoiled Hayden's hopes of reaching next Saturday's Class 3A state championship game at Hutchinson..

    BillArnoldHaydenFBHayden football coach Bill Arnold talks to his team after Friday night's 48-17 Class 3A sub-state loss at Holton. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    FinnDunsheeHoltonJunior Finn Dunshee (33) finds some running room in Hayden's 48-17 Class 3A sub-state loss Friday night at Holton. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    What separated Holton and Hayden in both of Holton's wins was its effectiveness on the ground. Holton capitalized whenever it cued up a speed option to the outside or had any open space.

    "Holton is a good team, and they did a good job running the ball," Hayden coach Bill Arnold said. "They made some good adjustments, and we couldn't tackle in the open field very well. We had guys close to position out there on the outside on the option, but you have to be able to make a tackle, and we didn't get that done."

    "I'm proud of our kids, I thought they competed hard."

    Hayden play an impressive first half, taking a 17-14 lead to the locker room, but was shell-shocked by Holton in the second half.

    On the game's first play, Hayden sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier connected with junior Finn Dunshee on a 70-yard pass that went all the way for a Hayden touchdown. Hayden had a ton of momentum only 16 seconds into the game.

    After Holton scored immediately after Dunshee's receiving touchdown, Hayden put together a stellar drive resulting in points. It was a 12-play, 55-yard, 8:23 drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Braydn Rose late in the first quarter.

  • A look at Friday night's Hayden-Holton Cat Fight Part 2

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    (Kickoff at 7 p.m.)

    CLASS 3A

    HAYDEN (10-1) at HOLTON (10-1)

    The Hayden road warriors hit the road for the third straight week, heading north to face Holton in a Class 3A sub-state clash between two 10-1 teams.

    The Hayden Wildcats will face the Holton Wildcats for the second time this fall, with Holton rolling to a 37-13 win at Holton in district play.

    FinnDunsheenewHayden junior Finn Dunshee eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season in last Friday's Class 3A sectional win at Columbus. [File photo/TSN]

    JensenSchrickelactionHayden sophomore Jensen Schrickel scored on offense and defense in last week's 39-19 win at Columbus while also kicking a field goal and four extra points. [File photo/TSN]

    Since then Hayden has reeled off four straight victories, including a 39-19 win at Columbus last Friday.

    Junior Finn Dunshee rushed for 195 yards on just 13 attempts against Columbus and scored two touchdowns while sophomore Jensen Schrickel also scored a pair of TDs, on a 29-yard pass reception from sophomore Jett Wahlmeier and a 35-yard interception return, and Schrickel also kicked a 28-yard field goal and four extra points.

    Dunshee has now rushed for 1,027 yards on 77 carries while Schrickel has caught 30 passes for 648 yards and has scored 16 total TDs while kicking 29 extra points..

    Wahlmeier has completed 75 of 111 pass attempts for 1,240 yards and 15 TDs.

  • TopSports.news’ 20 girls basketball players to watch in 2022-2023

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

     By RICK PETERSON        
    TopSports.news

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    ANNA BECKER, Seaman

    A 5-foot-10 sophomore point guard, Becker was a TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League first-team pick as a freshman and was named the newcomer of the year in the Centennial League and Shawnee County. Becker, who received All-Class 5A honorable mention from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists last season for the 16-6 Vikings.

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    BREEZY CANADY, Shawnee Heights

    Canady, a 5-5 junior guard, returns as one of the most experienced players for a Shawnee Heights team that posted a 10-11 record last season. Canady averaged 1.6 asists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore for the T-Birds. 

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    ZOE CANFIELD, Washburn Rural

    A 5-foot-11 junior, Canfield averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals last season for the 23-2 Class 6A state-champion Junior Blues, earning Top 10 TSN All-Shawnee County, second-team All-Centennial League and KBCA All-6A honorable mention recognition. Canfield, who has orally committed to Kansas, shot 47.5 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free throw line.

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    ADISYN CARYL, Topeka High

    Caryl, a 5-9 senior, earned TSN All-Shawnee County Second 10 honors last season and also received All-Centennial League honorable mention, helping the 20-3 Trojans win the league title and earn a 6A state tournament berth. Caryl averaged 8.4 rebounds and shot 56 percent from 2-point range as a junior for the Trojans.

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    ZOE CLARK, Topeka West

    A junior, Clark received TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season after averaging 5.2 points and 1.5 steals and hitting 13 3-pointers for Topeka West, which will be looking to improve on last season's 2-18 record.

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    BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

    A 6-2 senior, DeLeye averaged 11.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists as a junior for the 23-2 6A state-champion Junior Blues, earning first-team All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honors and earning All-6A honorable mention from the KBCA. DeLeye, a Kentucky commit in volleyball, helped lead the Junior Blues to the state title in that sport this fall.