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  • 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

  • Wednesday sub-state BB: T-Bird girls advance to 5A sub-state final with 67-59 double OT win over Piper

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Shawnee Heights' girls basketball team ended its regular season with a disappointing five-point loss to United Kansas Conference rival Piper last Friday, but the T-Birds got a second shot at the Pirates in Wednesday's Class 5A sub-state semifinal.

    SHtsjubePiper 2Shawnee Heights celebrates its 67-59 double-overtime Class 5A sub-state victory over Piper Wednesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    And although the T-Birds stared a second straight loss in the face on multiple occasions, Shawnee Heights found a way to extend the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime before dominating the second OT to advance to Saturday's sub-state championship game with a 67-59 win.

    "Tonight really I think it was just pretty much like do or die,'' Heights guard Breezy Canady said. "Especially us seniors we wanted obviously to make it to the second round, but we just gave everything we've got because there's nothing after this if we didn't.''

    Canady said that last Friday's loss gave the T-Birds motivation in the rematch.

    "I think we were maybe too big-headed,'' Canady said. "I don't know what was going on. Piper's a good team but we just lacked energy the other night and honestly we lacked energy at times in this game, too, but we figured it out.'' 

    Shawnee Heights, which improved to 15-6, will go on the road to De Soto for Saturday's sub-state final while Piper finished its season 10-11.

  • 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).


  • 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.''

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Friday prep BB roundup: Silver Lake boys rally past Rock Creek, avenge double-digit loss

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Silver Lake's boys rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to take a 52-46 Mid-East League road win at Rock Creek Friday night.

    The Eagles trailed 30-22 at the half but outscored the Mustangs 17-6 in the third quarter to take a 39-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Silver Lake outscored Rock Creek 13-10 in the fourth stanza to hold on for the win, avenging a 51-38 home loss to the Mustangs on Jan. 5.

    Junior Brody Deiter led Silver Lake with 19 points, going 5 of 6 at the free throw line.

    Elijah Lopez added 14 for the Eagles, who improved to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in the Mid-East.

    Silver Lake will travel to Royal Valley on Tuesday before hosting Wabaunsee on Thursday.

    MaKenzieMcDanielRossnew 1Senior Makenzie McDaniel scored 28 points for Silver Lake in the Eagles' 66-33 win over Rock Creek Friday night. [File photo/TSN]

    McDaniel's 28 points leads Silver Lake girls to 66-33 romp past Rock Creek

    Emporia State signee Makenzie McDaniel scored 28 points to lead the way as undefeated and top-ranked (Class 3A) Silver Lake rolled to a 66-33 Mid-East League win at Rock Creek Friday night.

    Silver Lake, which improved to 18-0 overall and 9-0 in the Mid-East League, took control with a 27-8 first quarter and led 48-14 at the half and 64-25 at the start of the fourth quarter, forcing a running clock over the final eight minutes.

    Senior McKinley Kruger added 16 points for Silver Lake while senior Kaylee Deiter finished with 11.

  • Highland Park boys earn season sweep over Atchison with 63-45 Meadowlark Conference win

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    Highland Park's boys took down Meadowlark Conference rival Atchison for the second time this season, putting the Scots in the driver’s seat for the league title.

    JaCoreyRobinsonAtchison 1Junior Ja'Corey Robinson goes in for two of his 19 points in Highland Park's 63-45 win over Atchison Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    TamirAndersonAtchison 1Senior Tamir Anderson scored 13 points with three 3-pointers in Highland Park's 63-45 win over Atchison Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Playing at Topeka West while the Highland Park court undergoes repairs, the Scots held off the Phoenix – one of the top-ranked teams in the 4A classification – to win 63-45. The win lifted Highland Park to 9-0 in the conference while Atchison fell back to 7-2.

    “These two teams have been consistently towards the top of the league,” said coach Mike Williams. “The football matchup has been good. The basketball matchup has been good for the last couple of years. We’re searching for good matchups on our schedule.”

    Both periods of the first half followed the same script. Atchison allowed the Scots to pull away to a double-digit lead, only to come roaring back. The Phoenix closed out the second period on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 30-30 at halftime.

    “We kept going up 10 but then we would make a couple of mistakes,” said junior Ja'Corey Robinson. “We weren’t scared or anything. We just knew that we had to keep turning it up and stop making the little mistakes.”

    The Scots’ defense locked in after the break. They held Atchison to just nine points in the third period, and six in the fourth. Senior Bryson Thrasher led the Scots with 12 points in the second half, and Highland Park outscored the visitors 33-15 after halftime.

  • Highland Park girls close in on Meadowlark Conference title with 60-30 romp past Atchison

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    The Highland Park girls gained revenge on visiting Atchison for a defeat just eight days ago and took a big step toward a league title in the process Tuesday, winning 60-30.

    TahtionnaBroilsAtchisonJunior Tahtionna Broils led Highland Park with 16 points in Tuesday's 60-30 Meadowlark Conference win over Atchison Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    PearmellaCarterAtchisonFreshman Pearmella Carter scored 15 points in Tuesday's 60-30 Highland Park team over Atchison. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Both Highland Park and Atchison entered the contest with one loss in the Meadowlark Conference. The Scots' defense stifled the Phoenix in the revenge match, with Atchison held to single-digit scoring in each of the first three periods.

    After losing by eight at Atchison, Highland Park steamrolled the Phoenix in Topeka West’s gym, where the Scots are playing multiple home games while their court undergoes repairs.

    “Since coming into the Meadowlark league, Atchison has been kind of our league rival, “Highland Park coach Rob Brown said. “They beat us last Monday, so we talked about it all week, that we needed to get that ‘get-back’ win to secure the conference title.

    “The main difference tonight was we were a few players short last time we played. We had a few players down. But this time we came out with better energy, we were more focused, and we just made shots.”

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 12, 2024

    Rick Peterson


    JaxonCowdinmug 3Jaxon Cowdin

    JAXON COWDIN, Topeka High

    The Topeka High junior won his second straight Centennial League one-meter diving championship Thursday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium with a season-best score of 436.15, helping the Trojans finish third in the team standings. The three-time city diving champion also swam the 50-yard freestyle for Topeka High and was also part of the Trojans' 400-meter free relay.

    KendraHurlanewmug 1Kendra Hurla

    KENDRA HURLA, Rossville

    A senior, Hurla captured the 120-pound championship on Saturday in the Class 4A-1A girls wrestling regional at Sabetha, posting a 4-0 record with four wins by pin. The three-time state champion posted pins in 38 seconds, 2 minutes, 42 seconds and 1:41 to reach the finals and then needed just 52 seconds to pin West Franklin's Kate Shepherd in the championship match.

    MasonJonesmug 1Mason Jones

    MASON JONES, Rossville

    A 6-foot-4 junior, Jones scored 27 points to lead Rossville's boys basketball team to an 87-79 overtime Mid-East League win over rival Silver Lake Friday night at Rossville. Jones hit 12 of 15 shots from the field against the Eagles while also connecting on three of four free throws as the Bulldawgs avenged an earlier loss to Silver Lake while improving to 11-6 on the season.

  • Highland Park girls tune up for league showdown with 59-8 romp past KC-Harmon

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Highland Park's girls have a much tougher task in store Tuesday night, with the Scots facing Atchison at Topeka West in a game that is likely to decide the Meadowlark Conference championship.

    But the Scots did exactly what they needed to do to get ready for that showdown, turning in a solid wire-to-wire performance in Monday's 59-8 conference romp past Kansas City-Harmon at West.

    PearmellaCarterHarmon 2Freshman Pearmella Carter scored a game-high 16 points in Highland Park's 59-8 win over KC-Harmon Monday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    AngeliqueGowan BrittHarmon 4Senior Angelique Gowan-Britt (3) had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 9 steals and 8 assists in Highland Park's 59-8 win over KC-Harmon Monday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Highland Park improved to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the Meadowlark and will face an Atchison team that is 9-6, 6-1. Atchison took a 56-48 win over the Scots on Feb. 5. 

    "This was a good tuneup game for us,'' Highland Park coach Rob Brown said. "We wanted to get a couple of girls moving the right way and working on a little bit of a zone offense because we'll see zone tomorrow from Atchison.

    "This was about getting ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow's a big one for us. We'll have all our girls back for tomorrow, so we'll be prepared for Atchison.''

    Highland Park scored the first 35 points of Monday's game, including a 19-0 first-quarter advantage, before the Hawks drained a 3-pointer to end the half.

  • No. 3-ranked Scots can 15 3-pointers in 95-22 runaway Meadowlark win over KC-Harmon

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    In 16 games this season, the No. 3-ranked (Class 5A) Highland Park boys have shown the ability to score in a variety of ways.

    But if the Scots shoot the ball from 3-point range like they did Monday night, they're going to be even harder to beat than they have been over a 15-1 start.

    AmariTaylorHarmon 2Senior Amari Taylor led all scorers with 24 points in Monday's 95-22 Highland Park win over KC-Harmon. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Four Highland Park players combined to can 15 3s on the night as the Scots rolled to a 95-22 Meadowlark Conference victory over Kansas City-Harmon at Topeka West.

    "If we can do that we're going to be really hard to beat,'' Highland Park coach Mike Williams said. "And when you have so many guys that have the ability to take shots and make shots it opens up so many other things.''

    MikeyWilliamsHarmon 2Junior Mikey Williams scored 17 points with five 3-pointers in Monday's 95-22 Highland Park win over KC-Harmon. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Senior Amari Taylor scored a game-high 24 points with four 3s while junior Mikey Williams hit five treys in a 17-point night, senior

  • 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) 

  • Pearmella Carter scores 33 points as Highland Park girls take 75-10 non-league win over Central

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Friday was a big night for Highland Park girls basketball.

    Not only was Hi Park celebrating its Winter Royalty coronation night, but the Scots also rolled to a 75-10 non-league victory at Topeka West while 13 different players got the opportunity to see considerable playing time.

    PearmellaCarterCentral 1Freshman Pearmella Carter scored 33 points in Friday's 75-10 non-league win over KC-Central. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    AngeliqueGowan BrittCentral 1Senior Angelique Gowan-Britt (3) scored 17 points in Friday's 75-10 Highland Park win over KC-Central. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    "That's always a good thing for our young ones with our schedule and not having very many 'C' team games or JV games being able to get them in there it gives them experience in front of kind of our home crowd I guess, that's always a good thing,'' Highland Park coach Rob Brown said.

    Leading the show for the Scots was 5-foot-10 freshman standout Pearmella Carter, who more than tripled the Eagles' team score by herself with a 33-point night.

    "She's going to be a special one,'' Brown said. "She's still learning the game because she's still a 14-year-old girl, but she's learned how to handle the ball more and learning to shoot the ball and her confidence is through the roof.''

  • Robinson, Williams combine for 46 points as No. 3-ranked Scots rally past No. 4 KC-Central, 65-60

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Highland Park's boys basketball team faced an uphill battle against Kansas City, Mo.-Central in Friday's battle of state-ranked teams, with the Scots trailing the Eagles for much of the night, including an eight-point halftime deficit.

    JaCoreyRobinsonCentral 3HIghland Park junior Ja'Corey Robinson (23) scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Friday's 65-60 win over KC-Central. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    But Highland Park, No. 3-ranked (Class 5A) by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, is no stranger to facing, and overcoming, adversity and showed that meddle Friday at Topeka West, rallying for a 65-60 win over Central, ranked No. 4 (Class 4) by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

    "We've been having a lot of ups and downs,'' said Scot junior standout Ja'Corey Robinson, who turned in a monster 27-point, 11-rebound performance. "We don't even have a gym (due to water damage), we can't even play on our home court, but we're just fighting through adversity.''

    Central, which fell to 15-6, took a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and opened up a 32-24 advantage at the halftime break.

    But Highland Park junior Mikey Williams ignited a Scot rally with 12 third-quarter points, incuding three 3-pointers, as Hi Park taking a 49-45 lead into the final quarter.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 5, 2024

    Rick Peterson


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    EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    A returning Class 6A state wrestling champion, Broxterman helped lead Washburn Rural to the boys Centennial League championship on Saturday at Manhattan with a perfect 4-0 team record in dual competition. A junior, Broxterman went 4-0 individually with four pins between 29 and 33 seconds, winning the award for most pins in the least amount of time.

    PearmellaCartermug 2Pearmella Carter

    PEARMELLA CARTER, Highland Park

     Carter, a freshman girls basketball standout, scored 38 points and grabbed 18 points in Friday's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference victory over Kansas City-Wyandotte. Carter went 18 of 27 shots from the floor and two of three from the free throw line while also recording six steals. Earlier in the week Carter scored 22 points with 21 rebounds in a 63-34 conference win over KC-Washington.

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    LAIKEN CLARK, Washburn Rural

    A senior wrestling standout, Clark captured the 135-pound Centennial League championship Saturday at Manhattan, helping Washburn Rural win its fourth straight league team title with a perfect 4-0 record in dual competition. Clark reached the 100-win milestone in her first match and went 4-0 on the day with 32-second and 1 minute, 6-second pins as well as an 11-3 major decision and a forfeit victory.

  • 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

  • Midseason 2023-24 city high school girls basketball statistics

    Rick Peterson

    NOTE: Mideason statistics for city girls basketball teams were compiled by Seaman girls coach Matt Tinsley. Topeka High did not report midseason stats. 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

    Carter, Highland Park          9       144    16.0

    PearmellaCarter 2Highland Park freshman Pearmella Carter is leading the city in scoring and rebounding. [Highland Park basketball]

    Ramsey, Hayden                  9       140    15.6

    Canfield, Washburn Rural    8       124    15.5

    Vickery, Washburn Rural    11       166    15.1

    Becker, Seaman                  13       194    14.9

    Meier, Hayden                    13       183     14.1

    Gowan-Britt, Highland Park  6         80     13.3

    I. McGlory, Topeka West        15       198     13.2

    Emmot, Shawnee Heights   12       147     12.3

    Gragg, Seaman                    13       152     12.3

    T. Stallbaumer, Seaman        13       151    11.6

    Sandstrom, Hayden              13       149    11.5

    Broils, Highland Park              9          87     9.7

    Clark, Topeka West               15        138     9.2

    Vega, Shawnee Heights        12        107     8.9


    Name, school                    Gms.   Total    Avg.

    Carter, Highland Park            9         94       10.4

    Ramsey, Hayden                   9          88        9.8

  • Weekend prep BB roundup: Freshman Pearmella Carter scores 38 points in Lady Scots' 66-30 win

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Freshman Pearmella Carter turned in a huge 38-point, 18-rebound performance Friday night as Highland Park's girls basketball team bounced back from a loss to perennial Class 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas with a 66-30 Meadowlark Conference road win over Kansas City-Wyandotte.

    PearmellaCarter 2Freshman Pearmella Carter scored 38 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Highland Park's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Wyandotte Friday night. [Highland Park basketball]

    Carter hit 18 of 27 shots from the floor and went two of three from the free throw line in the Highland Park win while also recording six steals.

    AngeliqueGowan Britt 2Angelique Gowan-Britt scored 15 points with 9 assists and 6 steals in Highland Park's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Wyandotte. [Highland Park basketball]

    TahtionnaBroils 1Tahtionna Broils scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Highland Park's 66-30 win over KC-Wyandotte. [Highland Park basketball]

    Carter was backed by Angelique Gowan-Britt with 15 points, 9 assists and 6 steals while Tahtionna Broils scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

    Highland Park led 15-7 at the end of the opening quarter and 28-17 at the half before outscoring the Bulldogs 38-13 in the second half.

    Now 7-4 on the season and undefeated in conference play, Highland Park will travel to Atchison on Monday for a Meadowlark Conference contest. 

    ImaniMcGloryTurner 3Topeka West sophomore Imani McGlory led all scorers with 15 points in the Chargers' 58-21 UKC win over Turner. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    West girls take 58-21 runaway UKC decision over KC-Turner

    Having lost four of its last five games at the start of the night, Topeka West's girls got back on track in a big way Friday night, taking a 58-21 home United Kansas Conference victory over Kansas City-Turner.

    The Chargers started somewhat slowly, scoring seven of their 11 first-quarter points from the free throw line, but West still led 11-5 and then put the game out of reach with an 18-4 second quarter that gave West 29-9 halftime advantage.

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