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  • A game by game look at Friday night's county football games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.)

    WASHBURN RURAL (3-2, 0-2 Centennial) at TOPEKA HIGH (1-4, 1-1 Centennial)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    TyWeberJCWashburn Rural senior linebacker Ty Weber (32) is coming off a 20-tackle performance against Junction City last Friday. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Both teams will be looking to bounce back from losses, with Washburn Rural coming off a 24-6 Centennial League loss to Junction City last Friday and Topeka High dropping an 81-13 non-league decision to Wichita Northwest. Topeka High senior quarterback Peyton Wheat has completed 60 of 125 passes on the season for 978 yards and three touchdown while sophomore Jayden Norman has 30 receptions for 497 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Norman caught nine passes for 158 yards and a TD against Northwest. Washburn Rural struggled at times offensively against Junction City after an early touchdown, but senior linebacker Ty Weber registered 20 tackles (13 solos), Wyatt Conklin was in on 10.5 stops and Jaren Heim 10 tackles (seven solo).

    JettWahlmeier2Hayden sophomore Jett Wahlmeier completed 12 of 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in last Friday's 44-28 district win at Perry-Lecompton. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    ROYAL VALLEY (1-4, 0-1 district) at HAYDEN (5-0, 2-0 district)

    Hayden remained unbeaten with a 44-28 Class 3A district win at Perry-Lecompton last Friday while Royal Valley dropped a 48-15 district decision to Holton in its district opener. Hayden sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier completed 12 of 14 passes for 188 yards against Perry-Lecompton and has completed 46 of 60 passes on the season for 744 yards and six touchdowns while sophomore Jensen Schrickel has 15 catches for 308 yards and three TDs. Finn Dunshee has carried the ball 31 times for 417 yards while JC Cummings has 40 carries for 345 yards. Schrickel has scored 67 total points.

    MADISON (4-1, 2-0 district) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (2-3, 0-2 district)

    At Highland Park

    Cair Paravel Latin is coming off a 57-20 Eight-Man Division I district loss to undefeated Burlingame last week while Madison remained unbeaten in district play with a 40-26 win over Lyndon. Cair Paravel junior Evan Will has completed 35 of 54 pass attempts for 347 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts while Jase Pavlik is 25 of 38 passing for 400 yards and seven TDs. Jachin Bonura has caught 14 passes for 205 yards and six TDs while Jesiah Bonura has 14 catches for 194 yards and three TDs.

    MackeyJamesHighland Park senior Mackey James (33) leads the Scots with 50 tackles, including 33 solo stops. [File photo/TSN]

     KeiJuanJohnson2Highland Park senior quarterback Kei'Juan Johnson has rushed for 389 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 660 yards and nine TDs. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (4-1, 4-0 Meadowlark) at ATCHISON (5-0, 4-0 Meadowlark)

    The winner of Friday night's game will be in the driver's seat to win the Meadowlark Conference championship. Atchison posted a 55-6 league win over Kansas City-Washington last week while Highland Park is coming off its first loss of the season, a 59-22 non-league loss at Lincoln College Prep. Highland Park senior Tre Richardson has carried the ball 54 times for 1,031 yards and 16 TDs and caught 21 passes for 555 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior quarterback Kei'Juan Johnson has completed 35 of 51 passes for 660 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 389 yards on 33 attempts with four TDs. Mackey James has been in on 50 tackles (33 solo).

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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.)

    BrantonDeWeesePiperWashburn Rural junior quarterback Branton DeWeese threw for a pair of TD passes in last week's 28-25 loss to unbeaten Manhattan. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    JUNCTION CITY (3-1, 0-0 Centennial) at WASHBURN RURAL (3-1, 0-1 Centennial)

    Washburn Rural suffered its first loss of the season last Friday, a 28-25 Centennial League decision at unbeaten Manhattan, while Junction City improved to 3-1 with a 28-21 non-league win over perennial Class 5A power Bishop Carroll. The Blue Jays will be making their league debut on Friday. Washburn Rural junior quarterback Branton DeWeese threw for a pair of touchdown passes against Manhattan while senior running back Ma'kenttis Adams scored on a 76-yard touchdown run. 

    ROSSVILLE (2-2, 1-0 district) at SILVER LAKE (2-2, 0-0 district)

    The Bulldawgs and Eagles will square off in the annual War on 24, regarded as one of the state's premier rivalries. Rossville opened Class 2A District 3 play with a 49-8 romp past previously-unbeaten Atchison County last week while Silver Lake is coming off a 44-28 loss to Mid-East League opponent Rock Creek. Junior quarterback Camden Horak and senior Braiden Hensley had big nights for the Bulldawgs against Atchison County, connecting on four touchdown passes. Rossville opened its scoring with a 48-yard TD pass from Horak to Hensley and also hooked up on 20, 58 and 13-yard TD strikes.

     A8A2374 1Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman (5) has rushed for 781 and 10 touchdowns for the 3-1 T-Birds. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    DE SOTO (3-1, 3-0 UKC) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (3-1, 3-1 UKC)

    Shawnee Heights ran its winning streak to three games with a 27-0 shutout over Basehor-Linwood last Friday. The T-Birds have now outscored their past three opponents by an 87-30 margin since a season-opening loss to Piper. Allen Baughman, a junior running back, carried the ball 29 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns against Basehor-Linwood and has 781 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. De Soto's lone loss was a 28-21 loss to Washburn Rural in Week 2. The Wildcats are undefeated in United Kansas Conference competition, including a 57-16 win over Leavenworth last week. 

    TreRichardsonWyanSenior Tre Richardson has rushed for 896 yards and 15 TDs and has 453 receiving yards and eight TDs for 4-0 Highland Park. [File photo/TSN

    HIGHLAND PARK (4-0) at LINCOLN COLLEGE PREP (4-1)

    Highland Park remained unbeaten overall and in the Meadowlark Conference with a 74-0 romp past KC-Harmon last Thursday at Hummer Sports Park. Scot senior star Tre Richardson scored all six times he touched the ball as the Scots put the game out of reach with a 50-0 first quarter. Richardson has rushed for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns on 45 attempts, caught 13 pases for 453 yards and eight TDs and also passed for a TD. Highland Park, off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1995, will step outside its conference and state on Friday to face a Lincoln Prep team that is 4-1 after a 14-13 win over Van Horn, its third straight victory.

    HAYDEN (4-0, 1-0 district) at PERRY-LECOMPTON (1-3, 0-1 district)

    Hayden opened Class 3A District 4 competition last Friday with a 52-14 home win over Jefferson West last week while Perry-Lecompton opened district play with a 49-18 loss to Holton. The Wildcats put the Tigers away early, scoring the first 37 points by the 8:04 mark of the second quarter and leading 44-7 at the half. Senior JC Cummings opened Hayden's scoring with a 16-yard run and also scored on a 58-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier. Junior Finn Dunshee scored on a 29-yard pass from Wahlmeier and a 53-yard run. Hayden also got touchdowns from seniors Braydn Rose and Dylan Foster and junior Broderick Desch.

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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    THURSDAY NIGHT

    KANSAS CITY-HARMON (0-3, 0-3) at HIGHLAND PARK (3-0, 3-0)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    TreRichardsonWyanHighland Park senior star Tre Richardson has had a hand in 20 touchdowns for the 3-0 Scots. [File photo/TSN]

    Highland Park improved to 3-0 overall and in the Meadowlark Conference with a 63-36 win over KC-Sumner last Friday at Hummer Sports Park. Scot senior star Tre Richardson had a hand in six touchdowns, giving him 20 on the season and also scored a pair of 2-point conversions and picked off a pass. Richardson and quarterback Kei'Juan Johnson combined for more than 400 rushing yards against Sumner. Highland Park will be facing a Harmon team that has been outscored 207-0 in its first three games, including a 72-0 loss to Atchison last week. The Scots are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since Nick McGrain's team won its first four games in 1995. Game time: 7 p.m.

    FRIDAY NIGHT

    JEFFERSON WEST (0-3) at HAYDEN (3-0)

    JensenSchrickelRossvilleHayden sophomore Jensen Schrickel scored four touchdowns last Friday night in the Wildcats' 55-34 win over Rossville. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    Hayden opens Class 3A District 4 competition Friday night after remaining unbeaten with a 55-34 home win over Rossville last week. Sophomore Jensen Schrickel scored four touchowns and 31 points for the Wildcats against Rossville. Schrickel returned the opening kickoff 74 yards for a TD and also scored on a 67-yard punt return, a 48-yard pass reception from sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier, a 12-yard run on a reverse and kicked seven extra points. Senior JC Cummings rushed for 132 yards on 11 carries, including a 98-yard touchdown run, and junior Finn Dunshee added 83 yards on seven attempts. Jefferson West has been outscored 111-28, including a 57-0 loss to Sabetha last week. Game time: 7 p.m.

    EMPORIA (1-2, 0-0) at TOPEKA HIGH (0-3, 0-1)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    Topeka High is coming off a 27-0 road loss at Liberal last Friday while Emporia is dropped a 56-24 decision to Salina Central. Emporia played Liberal in Week 2, dropping a 53-0 decision. The Spartans willl be playing their Centennial League opener while the Trojans fell at Manhattan in their second game of the season, 59-7. Topeka High senior quarterback Peyton Wheat and sophomore receiver Jayden Norman are key offensive weapons on offense for the Trojans. Game time: 7 p.m.

    MakenttisAdams3Washburn Rural senior Ma'kenttis Adams rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Junior Blues' 37-10 non-league win over Piper Friday night. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

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

    At Cico Park

    Washburn Rural remained unbeaten with a 37-10 win over Piper last Friday while Manhattan topped Hays, 31-21. Senior Ma'kenttis Adams finished the night with 179 rushing yards and two TDs on 16 carries as Rural topped the 300-yard rushing mark as a team. Junior quarterback Branton DeWeese completed 13 of 20 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and added 79 rushing yards on 13 carries. Junior Titan Osburn caught three passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns while junior Calvin Hayes had four catches for 34 yards and senior Amr Sabarrini two catches for 31 yards. Game time: 7 p.m.

  • Hayden ends city girls tennis title drought with 26-25 win over Seaman

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Research is ongoing to determine if Hayden's girls had ever won a city tennis team title before Thursday's thrilling 26-25 win over Seaman at the Kossover Tennis Center.

    AinzleyZulueta2Hayden sophomore Ainzley Zulueta returns a shot on the way to her second straight city No. 1 singles title Thursday at the Kossover Tennis Center. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Haydendoubles1Hayden tennis coach Christy Sheetz (right) talks to Wildcat No. 1 doubles players Lauren Sandstrom (left) and Emily Sheetz during Thursday's city tournament. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    FdTSd23XoAEkJdZHayden's tennis poses for a team picture after winning the city team title Thursday at Kossover Tennis Center by 26-25 margin over Seaman. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    But it's a sure thing that if Hayden had ever won the championship it was a long, long time ago, probably before any of the current Wildcats were even born.

    And that made Thursday's victory extra special.

    Christy Sheetz's Hayden team got city titles in No. 1 singles from sophomore Ainzley Zulueta and in No. 1 doubles from junior Lauren Sandstrom and sophomore Emily Sheetz to lead the way as the Wildcats topped runner-up Seamann by the narrowest of margins

    "That means so much to us, not only the team but it's our coach's first city win,'' Sandstrom said. "And it's huge for the team. Going forward it will be a big part of getting us motivated for our future meets.''

    Emily Sheetz, daughter of the Hayden coach, said the city meet had been a major topic of conversation leading into Thursday.

    "She talked about it a lot and we had to go in with a really positive mindset,'' Sheetz said. "Staying really positive helped the team.''

    Zulueta, the defending Class 4A singles champ, captured her second straight city title with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the finals over Seaman senior Lauren Sweeney, a 5A state champion in doubles a year ago.

    It was Zulueta's second hard-fought win over Sweeney in five days, with Zulueta taking an 8-6 win at Olathe last Saturday.

    "At the last meet we had played like five matches beforehand,'' Zulueta said. "It was a long day and I'm glad I got to play her when she was like at her best so I could also give my best.''

    After winning the city title as a freshman Zulueta said it was obviously a goal to repeat on Thursday.

    "It does become a goal and I was really excited for this meet and I'm glad it ended the way I wanted it to,'' Zulueta said.

  • Undefeated Scots ring up 74 points in 74-0 league romp past KC-Harmon

    Isaac Deer

    By ISAAC DEER

    TopSports.news

    Highland Park's football team made school history in Thursday night’s 74-0 victory over Kansas City-Harmon at Hummer Sports Park.

    According to data tracing back to 1950, 74 points is the most points Highland Park has ever recorded in a single game as the Scots were able to have an unforgettable night on Senior Night in front of their community.

    HiParkHarmon1Highland Park star Tre Richardson (6) receives congratulations from Kei'Juan Johnson after a touchdown in the Scots' 74-0 romp past KC-Harmon Thursday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    HiParkHarmon3Highland Park senior Mackey James runs for a touchdown on a fumble recovery in Thursday's 74-0 rout of KC-Harmon. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    For a program that’s had its struggles in the past, those negative thoughts about the program have disappeared.

    The 2022 Highland Park football team looked like a powerhouse against Harmon in its fourth straight victory of the 2022 campaign.

    It’s been since 2004 since Highland Park’s defense had recorded a shutout. The 2004 season was also the last year that Highland Park had at least four wins in a season.

    The Scots put up a whopping 50 points on the board in the first quarter alone. For Highland Park coach Jermaine Monroe, it was all a part of the plan.

    “I told the boys before the game we need to get into that 40 or 50-point range in the opening quarter,” Monroe said. “We needed our defense to make plays earlier in the game instead of later in games. Today our defense did a great job and started off the game with a bang.”

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers September 19, 2022

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    MakenttisAdamsmugMa'kenttis Adams

    MA'KENTTIS ADAMS, Washburn Rural

    A 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior running back, Adams carried the ball 16 times for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 58 yards last Friday night as Washburn Rural improved to 3-0 on the season with a 34-10 non-league win over Piper at Bowen-Glaze Stadium. 

     AllenBaughmanmugAllen Baughman

    ALLEN BAUGHMAN, Shawnee Heights

    Baughman, a junior running back, continued his breakout season in Shawnee Heights' 14-7 United Kansas Conference victory at Seaman Friday night. Baughman carried the ball 27 times for 183 yards and scored both touchdowns against Seaman and has 497 rushing yards and seven TDs on 66 carries on the season for the 2-1 T-Birds.

    LennyNjorogenewmugLenny Njoroge

    LENNY NJOROGE, Topeka West

    The Topeka West senior cross country star posted his second individual victory in three races on the season in Saturday's Baldwin Invitational, clocking a five-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 52.87 seconds to win by just under 38 seconds. Njoroge now has two wins and a runner-up finish in his three starts this fall. 

  • Friday Prep FB roundup: Rural improves to 3-0 with big second half

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Locked in a three-point game at halftime Friday night, Washburn Rural dominated the second half on the way to a 37-10 non-league win over Piper at Bowen-Glaze Stadium.

    Rural, which improved to 3-0 on the season, led by just a 13-10 count at the half but broke the game open with 21 third-quarter points while the Junior Blue defense pitched a second-half shutout.

    MakenttisAdams2Washburn Rural senior Ma'kenttis Adams rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Junior Blues' 37-10 non-league win over Piper Friday night. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    RuralFBjubeWashburn Rural quarterback Branton DeWeese (5) celebrates a touchdown with Ma'kenttis Adams (2) in Friday's 37-10 Junior Blue win over Piper. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    RuralFBdefense2Washburn Rural's defense, gang-tackling a Piper ball-carrier, pitched a second-half shutout in the Junior Blues' 37-10 win Friday night. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN] 

    Piper jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 77-yard fumble return but Rural pulled even on a 1-yard plunge by freshman TJ Minikwu.

    Rural went in front to stay on an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior Branton DeWeese to junior Titan Osborn (extra point blocked) before Piper cut its deficit to 13-10 with a 20-yard field goal.

    Senior Ma'kenttis Adams opened the second-half scoring with a 19-yard TD run and and DeWeese connected with senior Lukas Hanks for a 2-point conversion to give Rural a 21-10 advantage.

    DeWeese then connnected with Osburn for a 46-yard TD strike (conversion failed) and Adams capped a big night with a 58-yard touchdown run.

    Adams finished the night with 179 rushing yards and two TDs on 16 carries as Rural topped the 300-yard rushing mark as a team.

    DeWeese completed 13 of 20 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and added 79 rushing yards on 13 carries.

    Osburn caught three passess for 66 yards and two touchdowns while junior Calvin Hayes had four catches for 34 yards and senior Amr Sabarrini two catches for 31 yards.

    Washburn Rural travels to Manhattan next Friday for a key Centennial League game.

    HIGHLAND PARK 63, KANSAS CITY-SUMNER ACADEMY 36 --Tre Richardson had a hand in six touchdowns -- now 20 on the season -- and also scored a pair of 2-point conversions and picked off a pass as Highland Park improved to 3-0 overall and in the league with a 63-36 Meadowlark Conference victory over Kansas City-Sumner Academy at Hummer Sports Park.

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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.)

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

    FinnDunshee2Hayden junior Finn Dunshee rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown and also had a pick-six on defense in the Wildcats' 43-10 wn at Silver Lake last Friday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Hayden improved to 2-0 with a 43-10 at Silver Lake last Friday night while Rossville is coming off a 36-15 Mid-East League win over Riley County. Hayden scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, all in the first half. Junior Finn Dunshee rushed for 151 yards and a 76-yard touchdown and also scored on a 33-yard interception return while senior JC Cummings rushed for 104 yards and a TD and sophomore Jensen Schrickel scored on a 48-yard punt return and an 82-yard pass reception from sophomore Jett Wahlmeier and also picked off a pass. After having its 26-game winning streak snapped a week earlier, two-time defending Class 2A champion Rossville bounced back with a big win. Senior Kade Perine led the Bulldawgs with 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Rossville never trailed after jumping out to a 14-0 first-quarter advantage. Rossville coach Derick Hammes is a former assistant coach at Hayden and was part of the Wildcats' undefeated 4A state championship team in 2004. 

    SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (1-1, 1-1) at SEAMAN (2-0, 2-0)

     AllenbaughmanactionShawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman (5) rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns in the T-Birds' 46-23 UKC win over Piper last Friday. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    Seaman has outscored its first two United Kansas Conference opponents by a 128-14 margin, including a 70-0 win over Kansas City-Turner last Friday. Shawnee Heights picked up its first win in a 46-23 home UKC decision over Lansing. T-Bird junior Allen Baughman rushed for 222 yards on 22 carries and scored five touchdowns. Friday will be the first meeting for the longtime city rivals as members of the UKC, with Seaman joining the league this school year. Junior Jack Bloom leads a balanced Seaman rushing attack with 159 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries while senior Bryson Vawter has 147 yards and four touchowns on 17 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Max Huston is 9 of 14 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

    PIPER (1-1) at WASHBURN RURAL (2-0)

    Washburn Rural is 2-0 on the season after last Friday's second straight come-from-behind victory, a 28-21 non-league win over De Soto. Rural junior quarterback Branton DeWeese passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns while senior Ma'kenttis Adams carried the ball 26 times for 150 yards, junior Titan Osburn caught three passes for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns and senior Amr Sabbarini had four catches for 53 yards and a TD. Senior Ty Weber registered 24 tackles for the Junior Blues. 

    ST. MARYS (1-1, 1-1) at SILVER LAKE (1-1, 1-0)

    Both teams will be looking to bounce back from their first losses of the season, with Silver Lake dropping a 43-10 decision to Hayden and St. Marys falling to Rock Creek, 41-20. Silver Lake junior quarterback Tanner Martin passed for 258 yards and a touchdown last week against Hayden while Trenton Rollenhagen caught three passes for 121 yards, including a 64-yarder. Friday will be a big night for the Silver Lake football family, with the Eagles honoring coaching legend CJ Hamilton, who retired following the 2021 season as the winningest coach in Kansas. Silver Lake's football stadium is named CJ Hamilton Field.

    KANSAS CITY-SUMNER ACADEMY (1-1, 1-1) at HIGHLAND PARK (2-0, 2-0)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    TreRichardsonHiParkwinHighland Park senior Tre Richardson has had a hand 14 touchdowns in two games, leading the Scots to a 2-0 start to the season. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Highland Park improved to 2-0 in the Meadowlark Conference with a 48-29 road win at Kansas City-Schlagle last Friday. Highland Park senior Tre Richardson continued his monster 2022 season, scoring eight touchowns against Schlagle and has now had a hand in 14 TDs in just two weeks for the Scots. Highland Park will be facing a Sumner Academy team that is 1-1 in the league and overall after a 47-20 loss to Atchison last week. The Sabres opened the season with a 21-0 win over KC-Washington while Highland Park opened with a 60-47 win over KC-Wyandotte in Week 1, with the Scots snapping their 65-game, eight-year losing streak.

  • Carpenter, Caryl roll to doubles title in Topeka Invitational tennis tourney

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Seniors Haley Carpenter and Adisyn Caryl posted a perfect 4-0 record on the day to claim the No. 1 doubles championship in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational at the Kossover Tennis Center, leading the Trojans to a strong second-place finish in the eight-school tournament.

    CarpenterCarylTopeka High seniors Haley Carpenter (left) and Adisyn Caryl improved to 14-1 on the season with the No. 1 doubles championship in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational. [Submitted photo]

    Carpenter and Caryl, who have qualified twice for the Class 6A state meet as a doubles team, improved to 14-1 on the 2022 season, capping their championship run with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Olathe East's Abbi Linn and Hayse Fitzgerald in the final.

    FcqDOtoX0AAmI6oTopeka High senior Adisyn Caryl, a three-time state qualifier for the Trojans, makes a return in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    FcqCms9XwAMptd Topeka High senior Haley Carpenter returns a shot in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational. Carpenter and Adisyn Caryl won the No. 1 doubles title. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Linn and Fitzgerald jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over Carpenter and Caryl in the first set, but the Topeka High standouts quickly turned the match around, winning 12 of the final 15 games.

    "It wasn't our goal to get down 3-0, but it just happened and it's like you can't really get upset or dwell on it, you just have to start playing your game and get back ahead,'' Carpenter said.

    Caryl agreed.

    "I think we played some teams that weren't as good as Olathe East and then they played us and we knew we had to pick it up just a little bit, and we did from then on,'' Caryl said.

    Topeka High was in the hunt for the team championship until the final two matches of the tournament before coming up short to Olathe East, 31-28.

    FcqGma2WAAAABasTopeka High freshman Madeline Deters posted a runner-up finish in No. 1 singles in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    FcqF8ftXgAACs3qKe Ni, a Topeka High junior, finished second in No. 2 singles in Wednesday's Topeka High Invitational. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    The Trojans got a pair of second-place finishes from freshman Madeline Deters in No. 1 singles and junior Ke Ni in No. 2 singles.

    Deters dropped a 7-6, 6-2 decision to Olathe East's Tori Prettejohn in the No. 1 singles championship match while Ni lost a tight decision in the No. 2 final to East's Henley Hlasney, who took a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 decision.

    Topeka High seniors Alesia Alvarez and Carter Johnson finished third in No. 2 doubles, taking a 6-4, 6-1 win over Shawnee Heights' Addison Bryant and Else Strickland in the third-place match.

    TOPEKA INVITATIONAL

    Team scores

    Olathe East 31, Topeka High 28, Lawrence 24, Wichita Southeast 15, Junction City 13, Shawnee Heights 12, Topeka West 12, Highland Park 9.

    Individual results

    Singles

    No. 1 -- Championship: Tori Prettejohn, Olathe East, def. Madeline Deters, Topeka High, 7-6, 6-2. Third: Mallory Martinez, Wichita Southeast, def. Channing Saint Onge, Lawrence, 6-3, 6-4.

    No. 2 -- Championship: Henley Hlasney, Olathe East, def. Ke Ni, Topeka High, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8. Third: Emily Brandt, Lawrence, def. Julia Cho, Junction City, 6-1, 6-1.

    Doubles

    No. 1 -- Championship: Haley Carpenter/Adisyn Caryl, Topeka High, def. Abbi Linn/Hayse Fitzgerald, Olathe East, 6-4, 6-2. Third: Abby Marsh/Fioni Bini, Lawrence, def. Lauren Ounaphom/Jamie Jimenez, Wichita Southeast, 6-1, 6-2.

    No. 2 -- Championship: Annie Kapple/Ally Kapple, Olathe East, def. Harper Jay/Karen Meddleton, Lawrence, 1-6, 6-1, 10-7. Third: Alesia Alvarez/Carter Johnston, Topeka High, def. Addison Bryant/Else Strickland, Shawnee Heights, 6-4, 6-1.

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    ALLEN BAUGHMAN, Shawnee Heights

    Baughman, a junior running back, turned in a career-best performance in Shawnee Heights' 46-23 United Kansas Conference football win over Lansing last Friday. Baughman, a 5-foot-8, 180-pounder, carried the ball 22 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns for the T-Birds, who evened their record at 1-1 overall and in the UKC.

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    EASTON BRADSTREET, Washburn Rural

    A senior, Bradstreet scored four goals in a game for the second time in four games, leading the Junior Blues to a 5-0 non-league soccer victory over De Soto last Thursday at McElroy Field. Bradstreet has now scored at least one goal in every game this season and has 11 goals on the year.

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    GRANT BRUNER, Washburn University

    Bruner, a 6-foot, 220-pound senior linebacker, had a career-high 23 tackles (11 solo) with two interceptions for 10 return yards in Washburn University's 40-32 road win at Central Missouri last Thursday, including 17 total tackles in the second half. The 23 tackles by Bruner were the most by an Ichabod since Casey Curran had 22 against Missouri Western in 2009.

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    RYIN MILLER, Seaman

    A freshman, Miller claimed her first individual championship in last Saturday's Joe Schrag Invitational cross country meet while helping lead the Vikings to the team title by 27-45 margin over Lee's Summit West, Mo. Miller clocked a winning five-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 01.22 seconds, knocking 90 seconds off her time from the previous week. .

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    TRE RICHARDSON, Highland Park

    Richardson, a senior, scored eight touchdowns Friday night as Highland Park ran its record to 2-0 with a 48-29 Meadowlark Conference road victory at Kansas City-Schlagle. Richardson has now had a hand in 14 touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season for the Scots.

    TyWebernewmugTy Weber

    TY WEBER, Washburn Rural

    A senior linebacker, Weber was in on 24 tackles last Friday night as Washburn Rural improved to 2-0 with a come-from-behind 28-21 non-league road victory at De Soto. Weber was the TopSports.news Shawnee County defensive player of the year in 2021.