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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

    TopSports.news

    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.

    WASHBURN RURAL GIRLS 61, WICHITA NORTHWEST 24

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

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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    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:

    CLASS 6A GIRLS

    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).

    CLASS 6A BOYS

    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]

    CLASS 5A GIRLS

    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).

    CLASS 5A BOYS

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 26, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    EastonBroxtermannewmug 1Easton Broxterman

    EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    Broxterman captured his second straight Class 6A state wrestling title in his third straight state final Saturday night at Hartman Arena in Park City. Broxterman capped a 49-1 junior season with a 15-0 technical fall over Maize freshman Vincent Rosas in the 132-pound championship match, ending the match with 1:33 left in the second period after building a 13-0 lead in the opening period. 

     BrodyByrneStatemug 2Brody Byrne

    BRODY BYRNE, Washburn Rural

    A senior 157-pounder, Byrne ended his high school wrestling career with his first Class 6A state championship Saturday night at Hartman Arena in Park City. After finishing fourth as a junior, Byrne scored late in the championship match to take a 6-4 decision over Olathe East junior Ender Rider. Byrne finished his season with a 36-3 record, helping Rural finish third as a team in 6A. 

    RykanCarverStatemug 1Rykan Carver 

    RYKAN CARVER, Shawnee Heights

    Carver, a senior, ended his high school wrestling career with the Class 5A 285-pound state championship, the first state medal of Carver's prep career. Saturday's title match at Hartman Arena in Park City went to overtime before Carver took a 4-3 decision over St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Stephen Carroll. With his win in the final, Carver finished his season with a 38-8 record. 

  • No. 2 seed Rossville boys advance to 3A sub-state semis with 50-37 win over Riley County

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    The Rossville boys clamped down on visiting Riley County Monday night, advancing to the semifinals in the Class 3A Riley County sub-state with a defensive effort, 50-37.

    CameronMiller 1Sophomore Cameron Miller led Rossville with 16 points in Monday's 50-37 Class 3A sub-state win over Riley County. [File photo/TSN]

    Rossville, which hadn’t won more than nine games in nearly a decade, improved to 15-6 and moved on to a matchup with Nemaha Central at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Riley County.

    “The boys are pumped up about it. And why not? We’re doing things in the program that haven’t been done in God knows how long,” said Rossville coach Brandon McDonnell. “As muddy and dirty and unsure as the game was, generally not the way we play, we didn’t quit playing. We still played together.”

    Rossville jumped on the visiting Falcons early to establish a 15-6 lead in the opening period. They continued to add on with sophomore Cameron Miller scoring 11 first-half points. The Bulldawgs led 28-17 at the intermission.

    The Falcons didn’t quit. They clawed their way back to a five-point deficit with 3:28 remaining. But the Bulldawg defense locked in at that point, not allowing Riley County another point.

    "At this point in the season, records don’t count. They only matter for seeding,” McDonnell said. “I told the boys ‘We can’t sleep on Riley County. They’re going to fight back.’ So, we regrouped and used our brains and finished the game.”

  • State champs Hurla, Horton lead way as Bulldawgs rally to claim 4A-1A title by half point

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    A lot -- in fact virtually everything -- had to go Rossville's way down the stretch if the Bulldawgs were going to have a shot at the Class 4A-1A state girls wrestling team championship.

    RossvillewrestlingteampicRossville's girls wrestling team poses for a team picture after winning the Class 4A-1A championship by a half point over Oakley. [Photo by Jeff Reesor]

    And that's exactly what happened, with Rossville rallying to claim the school's first state wrestling team title by a scant 82.5-82.0 margin over Oakley while Chanute finished third, just 2.5 points off the winning pace.

    “We had to have everything fall our way,'' Bulldawg coach Bryce Gfeller told KSHSAA Covered. "The girls put the hard work in and everything fell into place for them.”

    KendraHurlaState 1Rossville senior Kendra Hurla celebrates her fourth state championship after recording a last-second pin Saturday in Salina. [Photo by Rick Peterson Jr./KSHSAA Covered]

    Bulldawg 120-pound senior star Kendra Hurla captured her fourth state championship in dramatic fashion, trailing twice in the title match beore pinning Mulvane junior Leiannah Landreth as time expired, picking up decisive bonus points while capping a perfect 38-0 season.

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

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rossville girls cap 17-3 regular season

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

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 19, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    ConnerAhrensmug 2Conner Ahrens

    CONNER AHRENS, Washburn Rural

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

      JackDonovannewmug 1Jack Donovan

    JACK DONOVAN, Rossville

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

    BroganMeiermug 3Brogan Meier

    BROGAN MEIER, Washburn Rural

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

    JackMirandamug 1Jack Miranda

    JACK MIRANDA, Washburn Rural

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

    AlexPrescottmug 2Alex Prescott

    ALEX PRESCOTT, Seaman

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

    LaurenSandstrom2024mug 1Lauren Sandstrom

    LAUREN SANDSTROM, Hayden

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

     

     

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

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    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

    TopSports.news

    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.

  • Hanni, Jones the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Silver Lake sophomore basketball standout Kailyn Hanni and Rossville junior standout Mason Jones 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 Hanni and Jones over the past week:

    KailynHanniRoss 2Silver Lake sophomore Kailyn Hanni is the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency girls Rising Star of the Week after helping the Eagles improve to 17-0 on the season with a 68-39 win over Rossville. [File photo/TSN]

    KAILYN HANNI, Silver Lake

    A 5-foot-6 point guard, Hanni scored 14 points in last Friday's 68-39 Mid-East League road victory at Rossville.

    Hanni has been a spark plug on both ends of the floor for the Eagles, who are top-ranked in Class 3A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.

    Hanni helped Silver Lake improve to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the Mid-East League with its second win of the season over the state-ranked Bulldawgs.

    MasonJonesSL 1Rossville junior Mason Jones is the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency boys Rising Star of the Week after scoring 27 points in an 87-79 overtime win over rival Silver Lake. [File photo/TSN]

    MASON JONES, Rossville 

    Jones, a 6-foot-4 frontliner, scored 27 points last Friday as Rossville avenged an earlier loss to rival Silver Lake with a home 87-79 Mid-East League overtime victory over the Eagles.

    Jones hit 12 of 15 shots from the field and went 3 of 4 from the free throw line in the Bulldawg victory.

    Jones added nine points on Tuesday in Rossville's 72-38 league romp over Wabaunsee, with the Bulldawgs improving to 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-East. 

     

     

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 12, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    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.

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

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    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) 

  • Rossville boys rally to outlast Silver Lake in overtime, 87-79

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    Despite trailing by double digits in the first quarter, the Rossville boys won a barnburner over rival Silver Lake Friday night in overtime, 87-79.

    MasonJonesSL 1Junior Mason Jones led Rossville with 27 points, helping the Bulldawgs post an 87-79 overtime win over Silver Lake. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Rossville trailed 19-9 after a period but scrapped back, cutting the deficit to 35-32 at halftime. Jakoby McDonnell came off the bench to score nine points in the period to spark the comeback.

    A see-saw affair ensued, with numerous ties and lead changes.

    Rossville’s Kameron Badura drilled a 3-pointer with just a few seconds remaining to send it to overtime tied at 72.

    “In the end, it comes down to grit. We’re growing as a team in the adversity part of it,” said Rossville coach Brandon McDonnell. “Last year, when we went through some adversity, we didn’t know how to face it. And then it took everything down.

    “I reiterate to the boys, ‘You’re supposed to be here. You can play with anybody. Now they’re believing it because of the belief they have in themselves.' ”

  • Undefeated Silver Lake girls roll to 68-39 win over rival Bulldawgs

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    A clash of top ranked girls teams from the 3A classification wasn’t as close as expected Friday night as visiting Silver Lake ran away from host Rossville early, winning 68-39.

    MaKenzieMcDanielRoss 1Senior MaKenzie McDaniel led Silver Lake with 17 points in Friday's 68-39 win over Rossville. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN[

    KailynHanniRoss 2Sophomore Kailyn Hanni, who scored 14 points, drives to the basket in Friday's 68-39 Silver Lake win over Rossville. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The decisive win over No. 3-ranked Rossville validated Silver Lake’s top ranking according to Kailyn Hanni, sophomore point guard of the Lady Eagles.  

    “I think this says that our ranking matters. It says who we are,” Hanni said. “We’re the No. 1 team in the state for a reason.”

    Despite missing much of the first half with foul trouble, post MaKenzie McDaniel hit eight of nine shots from the field and scored 17 points for the Lady Eagles, tying McKinley Kruger for leading scorer.

    Hanni added 14 points and was the tip of the spear for Silver Lake.

    “She has a great basketball IQ,” Silver Lake coach Kyle Porter said of Hanni. “She’s really bouncy – for being 5-foot-6 she plays a lot bigger than she is with her athleticism. She really helps us set the tone defensively. And on the offensive end, (she is) able to get players involved and find her own shot as well.”

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

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    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.

  • Tuesday prep BB roundup: West boys ride 31-point night from Jalen Foy to fifth straight victory

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Junior Jalen Foy turned in a huge performance Tuesday night as Topeka West rolled to a 68-51 United Kansas Conference road win over Lansing, the Chargers' fifth straight victory.

    JalenFoyLaw 1Topeka West junior Jalen Foy scored a career-high 31 points as the Chargers won their fifth straight game Tuesday, 68-51 over Lansing. [File photo/TSN]

    Foy scored 31 points with four 3-pointers and a 5 of 5 performance at the free throw line while also contributing 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals.

    Sophomore Keimani Paul scored 11 points with 5 assists and 3 steals while senior Caleb Noonoo had 8 points and 4 steals for the Chargers.

    Topeka West, 9-4 overall and 7-2 in the UKC, led 20-14 at the end of the opening quarter and led 37-26 at the half before outscoring the Lions 31-25 in the second half.

    Topeka West will travel to Piper on Thursday before hosting Kansas City-Turner on Friday.

    Lady Scots rebound from back-to-back losses with 63-34 Meadowlark romp

    Highland Park's girls basketball team bounced back from two straight losses with a 63-34 Meadowlark Conference road rout over Kansas City-Washington.

    The Scots, who had dropped three of their previous four games, improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Jan. 29, 2024

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    JAXON COWDIN, Topeka High

    A junior, Cowdin won his third straight city one-meter diving title in last Thursday's city championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, dominating the event with a winning score of 207.85 while helping the Trojans finish third as a team. Cowdin is also the reigning Centennial League diving champion and placed 10th in Class 6A as a sophomore.

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    BRYLEE MEIER, Hayden

    A 6-foot junior, Meier help No. 2-ranked (Class 3A) Hayden post three straight double-figure victories en route to the tournament championship in the Hiawatha Invitational. An All-Tournament selection, Meier led the 11-1 Wildcats in scoring in two of the three tournament games, including 17 points in Saturday's 55-45 win over Lafayette, Mo. in the tournament championship game. Meier also led Hayden with 14 points in a 58-25 first-round win over Jackson Heights.

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    EMMA MITCHELL, Rossville

    A 5-foot-11 senior. Mitchell reached the 1,000-point milestone for her career in Saturday's Jefferson North Invitational championship game, scoring 16 points as the third-ranked (Class 3A) Bulldawgs improved to 11-1 with an 87-39 over North. An Emporia State recruit, Mitchell was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 49 points in the Bulldawgs' three tournament games, with 17, 16 and 16-point outings.

  • No. 3-ranked Rossville girls claim tournament championship with 87-39 romp past JCN

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    WINCHESTER — It was championship Saturday at the Jefferson County North Tournament, with the Rossville Lady Dawgs, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, taking on the host school, the Jefferson North Chargers.The Bulldawgs' domination from the first two rounds of the tournament continued in the title game as Rossville upped its record to 11-1 with an 87-39 win.

     

    EmmaMItchell1000 3Rossville senior Emma Mitchell (with basketball) is recognized for reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Jefferson County North Invitational. [Photo by Charles Spurlock/TSN]

     RossvilleAll Tourney 1Rossville's Kinsey Perine, Emma MItchell, Riley Dick and Nora Burdiek were named to the all-tournament team after helping the Bulldawgs win the Jefferson County North Invitational championship. [Photo by Charles Spurlock/TSN]

    Rossville jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game and led 26-11 at the end of the first quarter.  JCN didn’t score their first field goal until three minutes remained in the quarter.

     

    The Lady Dawgs expanded the lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Chargers 20-13, taking a 46-24 lead into halftime.

  • Weekend prep BB roundup: Road-tested Scot boys win third game of the week, 93-53 over KC-East

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    By Rick Peterson

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    Highland Park's boys basketball team has only played one home game this entire season and that's not likely to change any time in the immediate future due to recent flooding in the Hi Park gym.

    JaCoreyRobinsonSumner 2Junior Ja'Corey Robinson scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Highland Park's 93-53 win over KC-East Friday night. [File photo/TSN]

    MikeyWilliamsSMN 2Junior Mikey Williams scored 18 points in Highland Park's 93-53 win over KC-East on Friday. [File photo/TSN]

    But the Scots continue to roll up victories, with No. 3-ranked (Class 5A) Highland Park bouncing back from its lone loss of the season to post three regular-season wins in four days last week, capped by Friday night's 93-53 non-league road victory over Kansas City, Mo.-East.

    Highland Park opened the week with a 66-46 non-league win at Eudora, followed by a 58-19 Meadowlark Conference win at KC-Schlagle on Thursday and the Friday night win over KC-East.

    Junior Ja'Corey Robinson scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against East, followed by junior Mikey Williams with 18 points.

    Also cracking double figures for the Scots were senior Amari Taylor with 14 points and freshman Jojo Kingcannon with 11 points.

    Junior guard Jamon Wilson dished out 11 assists Friday night.

  • Thursday prep BB roundup: Lady Scots bounce back from first loss with 71-39 win over 6A Free State

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    By Rick Peterson

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    Highland Park's girls basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 71-39 romp past Class 6A school Free State in Thursday's opening round of the Glacier's Edge Invitational at Emporia.

    PearmellaCarter 2Freshman Pearmella Carter scored 22 points, with nine rebounds and six steals in Highland Park's 71-39 win over Free State on Thursday. [Highland Park girls basketball]

    After dropping a 55-47 non-league decision at Eudora on Tuesday, Rob Brown's Scots rolled to the Glacier's Edge semifinals with Thursday's 32-point win over the Firebirds.

    Freshman Pearmella Carter paced the Scots with 22 points (9 of 13 from the field) and added nine rebounds and six steals.

    Angelique Gowan-Britt added 18 points and also grabbed a game-high 14 points while recording three assists and three steals.

    DeAsia Sanders had six assists and five steals in the win.

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