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  • A game-by-game look at Friday night's Shawnee County prep football games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    (All games at 7 p.m.)


     BrantonDeWeese2023 5Washburn Rural senior quarterback Branton DeWeese and the Junior Blues will face a huge test Friday against defending Class 6A state champion Manhattan at Bowen-Glaze Stadium. [File photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    MANHATTAN (3-0, 1-0 Centennial League) at WASHBURN RURAL (3-0, 0-0 Centennial League) 

    This figures to be one of the state's top matchups of the week, with Manhattan the defending Class 6A state champion and winner of 16 straight games dating back to 2021 while Washburn Rural is coming off back-to-back eight-win seasons and is off to a perfect start this fall. Washburn Rural notched a 51-15 non-league road win at Piper last Friday while Manhattan rolled to a 49-7 non-league win over Hays and has outscored its first three foes by a 137-45 margin. Friday's game will be the Centennial League opener for Washburn Rural.  

    FinnDunsheeSLake 1Hayden senior Finn Dunshee has rushed for 526 yards on just 25 carries for the 3-0 Wildcats while scoring eight total touchdowns. [File photo/TSN]

    HAYDEN (3-0, 0-0 Class 3A District 4) at JEFFERSON WEST (1-2, 0-0 Class 3A District 4)

    Hayden, which has outscored its opposition by a 146-37 margin, stayed unbeaten with a 49-23 non-league win at Rossville last week and will open Class 3A district play Friday night. Senior Finn Dunshee has rushed for 526 yards and seven touchdowns on just 25 carries and added an eighth touchdown on a pick six. Junior quarterback Jett Wahlmeier has completed 24 of 43 passes for 358 yards and four TDs while junior Jensen Schrickel has 10 catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Jeff West is coming off a 50-14 loss to Sabetha.  

    LYNDON (3-0, 0-0 Eight-Man-I District 2) vs. CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (2-1, 0-0 Eight-Man-I District 2)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    Cair Paravel has posted back-to-back lopsided victories that ended by way of the 45-point spread rule, including a 62-8 win over Marais de Cygnes Valley last Friday. The Lions have outscored their past two opponents by a 122-20 margin. Lyndon is undefeated on the season, including a 70-24 romp past Frankfort last week. Friday's game opens Eight-Man Division II district play for both schools. Jase Pavlik completed 9 of 11 passes for 132 yards, 3 touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the CPLS win over Marais des Cygnes while Jesiah Bonura rushed for 69 yards and two TDs on just four carries and Evan Will had two carries for 65 yards and two TDs.

  • Lightning, rain push completion of city girls tennis meet to Monday

    Rick Peterson


    The annual Topeka City Girls Tennis Championships were in the home stretch Thursday before lightning and eventually rain caused the completion of the meet to be pushed back to Monday at Kossover Tennis Center.

    The city meet is scheduled to resume at 3 p.m. Monday.

    JetteGlasenappCity 3Shawnee Heights junior Jette Glasenapp was playing for the city championship in No. 1 singles Thursday when lightning and rain pushed back the tournament to Monday. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    CarolinaChedzoy2023 2Washburn Rural junior Carolina Chedzoy was playing for the city title in No. 1 singles when the tournament was postponed because of inclement weather. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    The No. 1 singles and doubles championships were well under way, with Shawnee Heights junior Jette Glasenapp facing Washburn Rural junior Carolina Chedzoy in the No. 1 singles final and Hayden senior Lauren Sandstrom and junior Emily Sheetz taking on Seaman senior Katie Krumins and sophomore Molly Gorman in the No. 1 doubles final.

  • Prep FB roundup: Rural stays perfect with 51-15 romp past Piper

    Rick Peterson


    Undefeated Washburn Rural set up next week's Centennial League showdown with Manhattan with a 51-15 non-league road romp past Piper Friday night.

    BrantonDeWeese2023 5Washburn Rural senior quarterback Branton DeWeese had a big passing night in the Junior Blues' 51-15 non-league romp past Piper. [File photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    The Junior Blues, who improved to 3-0, will host Manhattan, also 3-0, next Friday night at Bowen-Glaze Stadium.

    Manhattan, the reigning Class 6A state champion, stayed unbeaten with a 49-7 win over Hays.

    Washburn Rural built a 30-15 halftime advantage over the Pirates and added three second-half touchdowns, all on TD passes from senior quarterback Branton DeWeese.

    DeWeese connected with senior Titan Osburn for a pair of touchdowns and also connected with senior Rylan Armstrong for the Junior Blues final score of the night.

    JamonWilson2023 1Junior running back Jamon Wilson and the Highland Park football team are 3-0 on the season after Friday's 26-13 win over KC-Sumner. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK 26, KC-SUMNER ACADEMY 13 --Highland Park is off to a 3-0 start for the second straight season after Friday night's 26-13 Meadowlark Conference road victoryover winless Kansas City-Sumner Academy.

    The Scots will return to action next Friday night, traveling to Kansas City-Harmon.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 62, MARAIS DES CYGNES VALLEY 8 --Cair Paravel Latin won its second straight game Friday night, rolling to a 62-8 road victory over Marais des Cygnes Valley.

    The game was stopped by way of the 45-point spread rule, CPLS's second straight mercy rule victory. as the Lions improved to 2-1 on the season.

    The Lions will host Lyndon next Friday night at Highland Park.

    SILVER LAKE 29, ST. MARYS 28 -- Silver Lake rallied from a 12-7 halftime deficit to earn a 29-28 Mid-East League decision at St. Marys.

    Tanner Martin, Eli Barnes and Logan Cathcart all had big games for the Eagles, who bounced back from a Week 2 loss to Hayden.

    Silver Lake, 2-1 on the season, will host Rock Creek next Friday.

    DE SOTO 59, TOPEKA WEST 0 -- De Soto bounced back from a Week 2 non-league loss to Washburn Rural with a 59-0 United Kansas Conference victory over Topeka West at Hummer Sports Park.

    The Chargers, 0-3 on the year, will play a UKC game at Piper next Firday.

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  • A game-by-game look at this week's Shawnee County prep football

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    (All games at 7 p.m. unless noted)


    LIBERAL (2-0) vs. TOPEKA HIGH (0-2)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    Topeka High is coming off a 55-19 loss to reigning Class 6A state champion Manhattan in the Trojans' Centennial League opener last Thursday while Liberal improved to 2-0 with a 47-14 win over Emporia. Topeka High scored its first touchdowns of the season in the Manhattan loss, with Isaiah Kincade catching a 70-yard TD pass from Zane Smith, Malachi Murph scoring on a 99-yard pick-six and Jayden Norman catching a 26-yard TD pass from CJ Ross. 

    MaxHuston2023TW 2Seaman junior quarterback Max Huston has thrown for 12 touchdowns in two games for the 2-0 Vikings, including seven TDs in last week's 59-6 UKC win over KC-Turner. [File photo/TSN]


    SEAMAN (2-0, 2-0) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (2-0, 2-0) 

    Seaman posted its second straight lopsided United Kansas Conference decision last Friday, a 59-6 home win over Kansas City-Turner, while Shawnee Heights improved to 2-0 with a 26-25 UKC win at Lansing. Seaman junior quarterback Max Huston threw for seven touchdowns in the Vikings' win over Turner and now has 12 TD passes on the year, while Shawnee Heights senior quarterback Ryeki Tuley threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns on a 24 of 37 performance and also ran for a TD in the T-Birds' win over Lansing.

    FinnDunsheeSLake 1Hayden senior Finn Dunshee (33) rushed for 154 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 56-7 win over Silver Lake last Friday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    JudeKonrade2023 2Hayden senior Jude Konrade (52) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a defensive touchdown in Friday's 56-7 win over Silver Lake. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    HAYDEN (2-0) at ROSSVILLE (1-1)

    Hayden rolled to a 56-7 home win over traditional state power Silver Lake last Friday while Rossville dropped a 26-20 decision to Riley County, with the Falcons scoring the game-winning touchdown with three and a half minutes left at Rossville. Hayden senior Finn Dunshee rushed for 154 yards and three TDs on just eight carries against Silver Lake, scoring on runs of 7, 56 and 29 yards, while senior Jude Konrade scored a defensive touchdown on a 24-yard fumble return. Rossville rallied from a 12-0 deficit to knot the game at 20 before Riley County pulled out the win. 

  • From Germany with talent: T-Birds get big lift from Jette Glasenapp

    Rick Peterson


    Jette Glasenapp came a long way to make a major impact for Shawnee Heights' girls tennis team this fall.

    Jette3German foreign exchange student Jette Glasenapp, a junior at Shawnee Heights, rolled to the No. 1 singles title in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational at Kossover Tennis Center. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Glasenapp, a junior foreign exchange student from Berlin, Germany, arrived in the United States on Aug. 5th and has been a very welcome addition for first-year Shawnee Heights coach Phil Hamilton's T-Birds.

    Glasenapp has lost just one match in a 14-1 start to the season and went a perfect 4-0 in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational at Kossover Tennis Center, capped by a 6-0, 6-0 win over Junction City's Hannah Micheel in the championship match. Glasenapp lost just four games on the day.

    "My dad studied in the U.S. and he always told me it was going to be fun, so my dad gave me the idea and also some of my friends came here so I kind of always wanted to do it since I was 10,'' Glasenapp said.

    Glasenapp said she has enjoyed her short time in America and at Shawnee Heights.

     "It's really cool,'' Glasenapp said. "It's been a great experience -- the school, the host family. I really like it.''

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Sept. 11, 2023

    Rick Peterson


    FinnDunshee2023 2Finn Dunshee

    FINN DUNSHEE, Hayden

    A 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior, Dunshee rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns on just eight attempts as 2-0 Hayden rolled to a 56-7 non-league football victory over Silver Lake last Friday night at Hayden. Dunshee, the reigning Class 4A state 100-meter dash champion in track, scored on runs of 7, 56 and 39 yards for the Wildcats. Dunshee was an All-Shawnee County Top 22 pick as a junior. 

    JacksonEsquibelnewmugJackson Esquibel

    JACKSON ESQUIBEL, Shawnee Heights

    The Shawnee Heights senior cross country star set a personal-best and broke the Heights school record en route to the individual championship in Saturday's Joe Schrag Invitational at Kanza Park. A Class 5A state champion in track and two-time state placer in cross country, Esquibel posted a five-kilometer time of 15:28.20 while setting his PR by about 20 seconds and setting the school record by 13 seconds.

    MaxHuston2023mugMax Huston

    MAX HUSTON, Seaman

    A 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior quarterback, Huston threw for seven touchdowns in last Friday's 59-6 United Kansas Conference home romp past Kansas City-Turner. Unofficially, Huston threw for TD passes of 5, 15, 20, 30, 43, 67 and 79 yards against the Bears. Seaman has outscored its two UKC opponents by a 135-1 margin while Huston has thrown for 12 touchdowns on the season.

  • Highland Park improves to 2-0 with 32-26 Meadowlark win over Schlagle

    By Todd Fertig

    Highland Park held off a comeback by Kansas City-Schlagle to preserve a 32-26 Meadowlark Conference victory at Hummer Sports Park and improve to 2-0. 

    The Scots shook off a 12-6 deficit, scoring twice late in the second quarter to go to intermission leading 18-12. After posting 14 points in the third quarter to lead 32-12, the Scots faced a threat late.  

    JamonWilson2023Highland Park junior Jamon Wilson scored three touchdowns to help lead the Scots to a 32-26 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Schlagle. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    A fourth-quarter rally brought the Stallions back to within striking distance at 32-26 with 17.9 seconds left.

    A wild scramble for an onsides kick ultimately resulted with the Scots in possession of the ball and  a kneel down gave the Scots their second victory of the season. 

    “I love how our guys stayed focused and stayed resilient,” Highland Park coach Jermaine Monroe said. “We never really panicked. As long as we’re in arms reach, we’re going to keep working hard.” 

    Perhaps the turning point of the game occurred late in the third quarter when the Stallions, having driven the ball 71 yards in 10 plays, fumbled at the Highland Park 1- yard-line.

    Instead of cutting into the Scots’ 26-12 lead, Schlagle relinquished the ball.

    Two plays later, Highland Park’s Jamon Wilson took a short pass and raced 75 yards for a touchdown. 

    “That was big,” Monroe said. “I just wanted to get the ball in Jamon’s hands on a bubble screen and he made one guy miss and he was gone because they stacked the box and sent three linebackers on that play.” 

    Wilson added two more touchdowns on the ground. His 104 yards on seven carries and 127 yards on three receptions gave him 231 total yards from scrimmage on just 11 touches.  

    Having suffered through an 0-9 freshman season, the junior Wilson knows how bleak the recent history of the Highland Park program was. 

    “That’s definitely over,” Wilson said. “The program has been completely changed around, honestly. All that losing is over. That’s in the past.” 

    “We’re in a position where we’re used to winning. Our mindset is winning,” said third-year coach Monroe, who guided the Scots to a 6-3 mark a year ago. “The whole culture has changed…the way we work out, the way we practice, the way we approach games, the way we approach difficult situations. We don’t take it hard. We keep calm and focus on the next play.” 

  • Glasenapp, Wilson the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                       

    Shawnee Heights junior girls tennis standout Jette Glasenapp and Highland Park junior football running back/defensive back Jamon Wilson have been selected by the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency as the Rising Stars of the Week.

    The Dan Key Agency will recognize top Shawnee County underclassmen throughout the bulk of the 2023-2024 school year.

    Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Glasenapp and Wilson over the past week:

    Jette3Shawnee Heights junior foreign exchange student Jette Glasenapp is 14-1 on the 2023 girls tennis season while playing No. 1 singles for the T-Birds. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    JETTE GLASENAPP, Shawnee Heights

    Glasenapp, a foreign exchange student from Berlin, Germany, is 14-1 this fall while playing No. 1 singles for the Shawnee Heights girls tennis team.

    Glasenapp won the championship in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational at Kossover Tennis Center, going 4-0 on the day, including a 6-0, 6-0 win over Junction City's Hannah Micheel in the No. 1 singles final.

    Glasenapp has won 114 of 142 games this season for an 80 percent winning percentage.

    JamonWilson2023 1Highland Park junior Jamon Wilson scored three touchdowns to help lead the Scots to a 32-26 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Schlagle last Friday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN] 

    JAMON WILSON, Highland Park 

    Wilson, a junior running back/defensive back, helped lead Highland Park to a 32-26 Meadowlark Conference victory over Kansas City-Schlagle last Friday at Hummer Sports Park.

    Wilson scored three touchdowns in the game for the Scots, who improved to 2-0 on the season.

    Wilson caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Craig Sipple and ran for 10 and 54-yard TDs. Wilson finished with 104 rushing yards on just seven attempts and also threw for a 2-point conversion.


  • A game-by-game look at this week's Shawnee County prep football games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.)


    MANHATTAN (1-0, 0-0) vs. TOPEKA HIGH (0-1, 0-0)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    Topeka High dropped a 43-0 decision to 2022 Class 5A runnerup Maize last Friday and Carlos Kelly's Trojans face another tough test in their home-opener Thursday night, facing reigning 6A state champ Manhattan. The Indians opened their season with a 33-19 non-league win over Derby. Thursday night's game will be the Centennial League opener for both Topeka High and Manhattan.


    SILVER LAKE (1-0) at HAYDEN (1-0) 

    Both Silver Lake and Hayden are coming off big season-opening wins, with the Eagles avenging a 2022 playoff loss with a 40-24 win over Riley County while Hayden rolled to a 41-7 decision over traditional small-school power Olpe while giving veteran Wildcat coach Bill Arnold his 200th career win as a head coach. Senior standout Finn Dunshee ran for 196 yards, including 66 and 67-yard touchdown runs while junior quarterback Jett Wahlmeier threw for 188 yards and three TDs on a 12 of 20 performance. Senior Blake Redmond scored four touchdowns in Silver Lake's win over Riley County, including an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.

    KC-SCHLAGLE (1-0, 1-0) at HIGHLAND PARK (1-0, 1-0)

    Highland Park, coming off a 6-3 season in 2022, opened its season with a win over Meadowlark Conference foe Kansas City-Wyandotte for the second straight season, rolling to a 33-7 win over the Bulldogs at Wyandotte. Kansas City-Schlagle opened its season with a 44-0 Meadowlark Conference win over Kansas City-Harmon.

    JarenHeim2023 1Washburn Rural senior Jaren Heim (27) scored on a pick six in Friday's 26-25 win over Wichita East. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    DE SOTO (1-0) at WASHBURN RURAL (1-0)

    Washburn Rural survived a tough non-league test from Wichita East last Friday at Rural, with senior JC Heim blocking a Blue Aces extra point attempt late in the game to preserve the Junior Blues 1-point lead in a 26-25 victory. Senior Jaren Heim had a pick-six in the game for Washburn Rural. De Soto opened its season with a 42-21 United Kansas Conference win over Lansing.

  • West soccer rallies from early deficit, takes 5-2 win over city rival Hi Park

    By Todd Fertig

    The Topeka West boys soccer team shook off an early deficit to defeat USD 501 rival Highland Park 5-2 at Hummer Sports Park Tuesday. 

    Before the Chargers could even break a sweat, they found themselves in a hole when Highland Park freshman David Colon followed up a diving deflection by the Charger goalkeeper and punched the ball home. With just 53 seconds played, Topeka West faced adversity. 

    TopekaWestsoccer 2Topeka West senior Daniel Rich (12) celebrates his first-half goal with Charger senior teammate Isaac Gonzalez-Talavera in Tuesday's 5-2 soccer win over Highland Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    ToekaWestsoccer 3Senior Jaden Patterson and his Topeka West teammates made a young Charger fan's birthday wish come true with a 5-2 win over Highland Park Tuesday at Hummer Sports Park. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    “He was fast and a finisher, so we can’t take anything for granted. He was ready to go,” Topeka West coach Josh Kutter said of the Scots’ early score. “I’m very proud of how our guys responded. They kept their cool and they stuck to the game plan and played like they know how to play.” 

    “It was a little surprising. It was kind of like a wakeup call,” Charger senior Isaac Gonzalez-Talavera said of the early deficit. “I was a little nervous, but I know our team’s well put together and we can come back from stuff like that. We’ve done it before.”