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  • A1 Lock & Key Performers May 14, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    MylesAlonzomug 4Myles Alonzo

    MYLES ALONZO, Topeka West

    Alonzo, a senior golf standout, set a Topeka West school record with a 4-under-par 66 in Monday's Class 5A regional tournament at Cypress Ridge, winning the individual title by five strokes. A two-time 5A state placer, Alonzo has now won city, United Kansas Conference and regional titles entering next week's 5A state meet at Newton.

    AudreyAppuhnmug 2Audrey Appuhn

    AUDREY APPUHN, Washburn Rural

    The Washburn Rural sophomore swimming star posted individual victories in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.08 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:18.23 and also swam on the Junior Blues' winning 200 medley relay (2:00.94) and 400 free relay (3:58.46) to lead the Junior Blues to their fourth straight Centennial League championship last Thursday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium.

    DrewFayMug 1Drew Fay

    DREW FAY, Cair Paravel Latin

    A sophomore, Fay posted a city-high fourth-place singles finish in Saturday's Class 3A-1A state tennis tournament in Prairie Village. A two-time state qualifier, Fay won his first two state matches on Friday before losing to two-time state singles champ Caleb Bartels of Kansas City Christian in the semifinals and to Charlie Gentile of Wichita Collegiate in the third-place match.

  • Seaman softball punches ticket to Class 5A state tournament with 2-1 win over Salina South

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

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    The Seaman softball team’s white-knuckle ride Tuesday ended with a trip to the Class 5A state tournament next week.

    The hosts of the regional playoffs dispatched Salina Central in the regional semifinal 7-1. Then the Vikings had to outlast Salina South in the final.

    KaelynORourkeRegionals 1Seaman pitcher Kaelyn O'Rourke picked up the pitching win in both games as the Vikings won a Class 5A regional title at Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Vikings risked their 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh by intentionally walking Salina South’s star hitter, which pushed the tying run to second base with two outs.

    “We just wanted to make sure that somebody else beat us,” Seaman coach Jay Monhollon said of walking Salina South sophomore Paityn Fritz, who homered in the Cougars' 12-1 win in their semifinal game. “We decided that was best for our team.”

    Seaman junior pitcher Kaelyn O’Rourke rose to the occasion, striking out the next batter to lock up the trip to state.

    O’Rourke was the winning pitcher in both games. She threw four scoreless innings in the first game, striking out eight and surrendering just one hit.

    O’Rourke gave up eight hits in the second contest but limited the Cougars to just one run in a scary fifth inning.

    The junior gave up back-to-back doubles – both of which nearly left the yard – which tied the game at 1-1. But she settled down to escape the jam.

    “In that situation, I just take a deep breath and reset and focus on the next pitch,” O’Rourke said. “There’s a lot of pressure, but I know that my defense has got my back.”

  • Myles Alonzo sets Topeka West school record with 66 in five-stroke Class 5A regional golf victory

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Topeka West golf star Myles Alonzo wasn't perfect in Monday's Class 5A regional tournament at Cypress Ridge, but darn near.

    Alonzo carded a double bogey on hole No. 12 but that was his only blemish on the day as the senior carded what is believed to be a Topeka West school record with a sizzling four-under-par 66 to take medalist honors by a whopping five strokes. 

    MylesAlonzoREGIONAL 3Topeka West senior Myles Alonzo drops an eagle putt to finish off his 4-under-par 66 in Monday's Class 5A regional at Cypress Ridge. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    MylesAlonzoREGIONAL 2Topeka West senior Myles Alonzo reacts after sinking his birdie putt on the 18th hole of Monday's Class 5A regional at Cypress Ridge. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    "My putting was really good,'' Alonzo said. "I still missed some birdie putts, but oh well, I still had a great round. I can't complain about it. I hit my irons very well. I was 100 yards out and sticking it by the pin.''

    Alonzo has now won four of his last six tournaments heading into next Monday's 5A state tournament at Newton's Sand Creek Station while Shawnee Heights qualified for state as a team with a third-place team finish and Seaman senior Zach Weir and junior Bradley Williamson qualified as individuals.

    Alonzo hit a temporary stumbling block on his 12th hole after hitting his drive out of bounds, but followed with birdies on his next two holes and saved his best for last, driving the Par-4 No. 18 within about 12 feet and holing his putt for an eagle.

    "Twelve, I was real confident in my driver and I'm like, 'OK, I'm going to play a nice fade here,' and I did not come across my body and it just went straight left and I was like, 'Oh no,' '' Alonzo said.

    Alonzo's tee shot on No. 13 temporarily went out of bounds but bounced back into play and he took advantage of that break when he chipped in for a birdie.

    Alonzo added a second straight birdie on the next hole and then provided his highlight of the day on No. 18 when his monster drive set up his eagle.

    "I've never been on the green on a drive on that hole so mark that off the bucket list,'' he said.

    ShawneeHeightsgolfShawnee Heights poses for a team picture after earning a berth in the Class 5A state tournament with a third-place regional finish Monday at Cypress Ridge. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Emporia won the regional team title by a 306-316 margin over Basehor-Linwood while Shawnee Heights garnered the final team berth with a four-man score of 322.

    T-Bird sophomore Ayden Valdivia tied for fifth with a 77 to pace Shawnee Heights while senior Zack Hohman and Jasec Holladay tied for 10th individually with 81s and junior Logan Hahn rounded out Heights' top four with an 83.

    WeirWilliamsonGOLFSeaman senior Zach Weir and junior Bradley Williamson qualified for the Class 5A state tournament as individuals in Monday's 5A regional at Cypress Ridge. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Alonzo led the individual state qualifiers while Seaman's Weir tied for fifth with a 77 to punch his ticket to state and his Viking teammate, Williamson, tied for 13th with an 82 to earn his state berth.

    A two-time 5A state medalist, Alonzo is brimming with confidence entering the final tournament of his high school career.

    "If I just keep it up and how I played today, I should be fine,'' he said.

    CLASS 5A REGIONAL GOLF

  • Regional baseball at a glance: Class 5A Seaman, 6A Topeka High to host tournaments

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Shawnee County high school baseball teams will compete in regional tournaments this week, vying for berths in state May 23-24 at sites across the state.

    Topeka High in Class 6A and Seaman in 5A both earned home-field advantage for regionals, with the Trojans gunning for their second straight state appearance after ending a seven-decade drought last season while the Vikings set a state record with their 19th straight appearance a year ago and will be gunning for their 20th consecutive trip to state this week.

    Here's a look at regional tournament involving Shawnee County schools:

    NatePlankintonTH 9Senior pitching star Nate Plankinton and the Topeka High baseball team will host a Class 6A regional tournament on Tuesday at Hummer Sports Park, with the Trojans aiming for their second straight state berth. [File photo/TSN]

    CLASS 6A

    At Hummer Sports Park -- Topeka High is the No. 2 seed in the West and will be at home to host its four-school regional on Tuesday.

    Topeka High is 15-4 on the season and will host No. 15 seed Wichita East (7-18) in Tuesday's second semifinal at approximately 4 p.m. following a 2 o'clock game between No. 7 Liberal (13-10) and No. 10 Derby (11-15).

    The winners will play for the regional title at about 6 p.m., with the regional champion advancing to the 6A state tournament May 23-24 at the University of Kansas' Hoglund Stadium in Lawrence.

    Topeka High has won 10 of its last 11 games, including four straight wins, entering postseason.

    KyleWalkerBASEBALLSeaman 3Senior Kyle Walker is a top player for Washburn Rural, which will compete in a Wednesday Class 6A regional at Free State. [File photo/TSN]

    At Lawrence Free State -- Washburn Rural, 13-9 on the season, is the No. 6 West seed and will open its postseason bid at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Free State against No. 11 seed Campus (10-14) in the first regional semifinal at Free State.

    Host Free State, the No. 3 seed at 19-6, will play the second semifinal at about 4 p.m. against No. 14 Dodge City (9-15).

  • Regional soccer at a glance: Five city schools to host postseason openers

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Five city high school girls soccer teams will be at home to open their postseason bids with regional contests while a sixth city school received a first-round bye.

    Washburn Rural and Topeka High in Class 6A, Seaman and Shawnee Heights in 5A and Hayden in 4A-1A earned home field advantage for their regional openers while Cair Paravel Latin earned a first-round bye in 4A-1A.

    The first two rounds of regional competition will be held this week, followed by state quarterfinals and the final four in all three state tournaments next week.

    Here's a look at regional tournament involving city schools:

    KateHinckSOCCER BVW 2Junior Kate Hinck (9) and the Washburn Rural girls soccer team in the No. 1 West seed for the Class 6A playoffs. [File photo/TSN]

    CLASS 6A

    Campus at Washburn Rural

    Washburn Rural is the No. 1 West seed with a 13-3-0 record and will be at McElroy Field for a 6 p.m. regional opener Tuesday against No. 16 Campus (3-13-0).

    Rural, third in 6A last season, has assured itself of being at home through the state quarterfinals if the Junior Blues continue to win and the Class 6A state tournament will also be held in Topeka at Hummer Sports Park.

    The Junior Blues are coming off a 1-0 heartbreaker to nine-time state champion Blue Valley West on Friday, but that was the first goal Rural had allowed since late March while running off 10 straight victories and clinching the Centennial League title and the top West seed.

  • Regional softball at a glance: Loaded Class 3A regional headlines local tournament slate

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Four of the top teams in Class 3A softball, including defending state champion Rossville, are among the eight schools that battle it out for a state tournament berth on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hayden while Washburn Rural in 6A and Seaman in 5A will also host regional events.

    The top four seeds in the Hayden regional are a combined 72-13, led by top seed Silver Lake at 19-2, No. 2 Rossville at 19-3 and No. 3 Santa Fe Trail at 20-4.

    Seaman is the No. 3 5A West seed at 20-6 and will host a Tuesday four-school regional while Washburn Rural, the No. 4 West seed in 6A at 16-7, will host a Thursday regional.

     Here's a look at regional tournament involving Shawnee County schools:

    JoMharaBenningSOFTBALL 2Topeka High junior Jo'Mhara Benning and the Trojan softball team will compete in a Tuesday Class 6A regional at the Three Rivers Youth Complex in Maize. [File photo/TSN]

    CLASS 6A

    At Two Rivers Youth Complex (Maize) -- Topeka High is the No. 6 seed in the West at 16-10 and will be on the road Tuesday for a 3 p.m. semifinal game against No. 11 Wichita Heights (9-13) at TRYC.

    The Trojans were 7-9 on the season before winning nine of their last 10 regular-season games.

    Tournament host Campus, the No. 3 West seed at 14-6 will play a 4:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 14 seed Wichita South (6-18).

    The two semifinal winners will play for the regional championship at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, with the regional champion advancing to the state tournament May 23-24 at Arrocha Ball Park in Lawrence.

    Topeka High won back-to-back 6A state titles in 2021 and 2022.

    JusticeMcBurneySOFTBALLnew 2Washburn Rural's Justice McBurney is congratulated by her teammates after last week's grand slam home run against Manhattan. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    At Washburn Rural -- Washburn Rural, 16-7 on the season, is the No. 4 West seed and will open its postseason bid at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against No. 13 seed Liberal (6-18) in the second semifinal at Rural.

    No. 5 seed Maize (18-8) will play Thursday's first semifinal at 3 p.m. against No. 12 Garden City (9-15).

  • TSN city high school girls pre-state swimming and diving honor roll

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news will compile a weekly girls swimming and diving honor roll for Topeka high schools throughout the 2024 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

    200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY

    Seaman                             1:55.69                      

    Washburn Rural                2:00.79

    Hayden                             2:07.11

    Shawnee Heights              2:13.20

    Topeka High                     2:15.52

    AudreyAppuhnSWIMMING 7Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural

    200-YARD FREESTYLE

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:00.39 

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:03.30

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:03.60

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:04.96

    Presley Green, Hayden                      2:09.02

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 2Avery Walz, Seaman

    200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:11.82

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:12.08

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:12.83

    Presley Green, Hayden                     2:16.62

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                        2:19.25

    50-YARD FREESTYLE

    Avery Walz, Seaman                           24.69

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                         25.16 

    Genevieve Miranda, Washburn Rural 25.87

    Hara Del Castillo, Topeka High           26.93

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights     27.26

    ONE-METER DIVING

    Rhiannon Good, Washburn Rural       239.80

    Kaylee Gregg, Hayden                        239.80

    Natalee Grauberger, Washburn Rural 197.80

    Maddie Gregg, Hayden                       177.20 

    Giselle Soto, Washburn Rural              162.20

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track & field honor roll May 12

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    NOTE: Top.Sports.news will compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2024 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Coaches should designate whether times were fully automatic (FAT) or hand-timed. FAT times are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

    BOYS

    AaronMerrittCityTrack 1Aaron Merritt, Seaman

    100 METERS

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                          10.48

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                          10.73

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 10.80

    Peyton Holmes, Silver Lake                    10.92

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                         11.00

    200 METERS

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 21.79

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                           22.05

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                          22.08

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High                22.40

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                         22.41

    JensenSchrickelTRACK 3Jensen Schrickel, Hayden

    400 METERS

    Jensen Schrickel, Hayden                       49.17

    Isaiah Terry, Washburn Rural                  49.53

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights  49.95

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                          51.16

    Shane Jueneman, Washburn Rural         51.26

    800 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights        1:56.43

    Brody Anderson, Seaman                        1:57.78

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                          1:58.12

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural               2:00.15

    Mark Wilkie, Topeka West                       2:04.15

    JacksonEsquibelCityTrack 1Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights, and Brody Anderson, Seaman

    1,600 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights     4:18.27

    Brody Anderson, Seaman                     4:27.60

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural            4:27.70

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                       4:33.55

    Adrian Lehman, Topeka West               4:34.21

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track & field honor roll May 12

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news will compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2024 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Coaches should designate whether times were fully automatic (FAT) or hand-timed. FAT times are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

    GIRLS

    KeimaraMarshallCityTrack 2Keimara Marshall, Topeka High

    100 METERS

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      12.42

    Kielyn McDonnell, Rossville             12.72

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                        12.86

    Alana Mitchell, Hayden                   12.87

    Jurnee Cole, Highland Park              13.00

    200 METERS

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      26.32

    Ahsieyrhuajh Rayton, Topeka High 26.78

    Molly Worley, Washburn Rural        26.79

    Analese Estudillo, Washburn Rural  26.84

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                        27.01

    NatalieHillebertTRACKNatalie Hillebert, Hayden

    400 METERS

    Natalie Hillebert, Hayden                 59.59

    Ella Bolan, Silver Lake                       61.69

    Ali Gerber, Silver Lake                       62.18

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                      62.21

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                         62.40

    RyinMillerCityTrack 1Ryan Miller, Seaman

    800 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                         2:10.25           

    Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural          2:22.67

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural           2:25.13

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             2:26.39

    Taylie Heston, Seaman                     2:28.82

    1,600 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                        4:46.90

    Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural         5:12.51

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural          5:14.08

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             5:15.14

    Sofia Harper, Hayden                      5:33.50

  • Friday state tennis recap: Cair Paravel's Drew Fay advances to 3A-1A singles semifinals

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Cair Paravel Latin sophomore tennis standout Drew Fay, making his second straight Class 3A-1A state singles appearance, posted two straight victories on Friday at the Harmon Park Tennis Complex in Prairie Village, advancing to Saturday's state semifinals.

    DrewFayTennisCity 2Cair Paravel sophomore singles player Drew Fay advanced to the Class 3A-1A state semifinals on Friday in Prairie Village. [File photo/TSN]

    Fay (23-9) will square off against defending 3A-1A state singles champ Caleb Bartels of Kansas City Christian in the semifinal, a rematch of last week's regional final at Marysville. Bartels took a 6-1, 6-0 win in that match.

    Bartels (31-0) is a two-time state champion, winning a 3A-1A doubles title as a sophomore in 2022 after finishing third in singles as a freshman in 2021.

    Hayden's doubles team of senior Joseph Luke and junior Chase Blaser (21-10) will also compete on Saturday, putting themselves in position for a state medal with a 3-1 record on Friday.

  • Seaman's Miller paces local contingent in United Kansas Conference track and field championships

    By CHARLES SPURLOCK

    TopSports.news

    In Thursday’s United Kansas Conference meet at Lansing, Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller swept the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races.

     

    Miller repeated as conference champion in the 1,600, winning in a time of 4 minutes, 47.98 seconds.

     

    RyinMillerCityTrack 3Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller was named the outstanding girls performer in Thursday's UKC track and field meet after earning three gold medals. [File photo/TSN]

    In the 3,200 meter race, Miller’s time of 10 minutes, 15.09 seconds was her third best time of the season.

    As the anchor of the winning 4x400 relay team, Miller set a school-record split of 56.3 seconds. 

     

    Miller was named the female runner of the year for the conference.

    The other city girls UKC champ was senior Maggie Lesmeister of Seaman in the javelin with a personal best throw of 130 feet, 4 inches. It was an improvement of over eight feet.

     

    AaronMerrittCityTrack 1Seaman senior Aaron Merritt won the UKC title in the 100-meter dash and finished second in the 110 hurdles. [File photo/TSN]

    JacksonEsquibelCityTrack 3Shawnee Heights senior Jackson Esquibel won the UKC championship in the boys 3,200 meters run Thursday at Lansing. [File photo/TSN]

    Boys winners included senior Aaron Merritt of Seaman in the 100 meters (10.68), senior Jackson Esquibel of Shawnee Heights in the 3,200 meters (9:29.89), Shawnee Heights in the 4x400 relay (3:25.15), junior Tyler Wedl of Shawnee Heights in the pole vault (12-6), junior Peyton Holmes of Seaman in the long jump (23-0.5), junior Alesecio Batson of Topeka West in the triple jump (45-4), senior Alexander Dawkins of Shawnee Heights in the discus (157-9) and senior Alex Dittman of Shawnee Heights in the javelin (166-8).

    Next Friday, Seaman and Shawnee Heights will be competing at the 5A regional meet hosted by Seaman. Topeka West will travel to Wichita for the 5A regional hosted by Bishop Carroll.

    UNITED KANSAS CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD

  • Seaman swimmers win six events, post runnerup team finish in UKC meet

    Todd Fertig

    xBy Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    Led by conference coach of the year Daryl Halsey, the Seaman girls placed second in the United Kansas Conference swim meet at Capitol Federal Natatorium Tuesday.

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 1Avery Walz, Seaman

    TaurenWalzSWIMNEW 2Tauren Walz, Seaman

    The Walz twins – seniors Avery and Tauren – accounted for four first-place individual medals for the Vikings to lead the team. They also led relay teams that placed first and second.

    Junior Joslynn Grace added two firsts and two seconds and senior Avery Samuelson claimed a first and a second-place medal.

    Seaman swimmers placed first in five of the eight individual events, but the Vikings’ 218 points fell a distant second behind Lansing’s 287.

    “All of the Seaman swimmers were on fire today,” Halsey said. “They all swam their best times of the year. I think regardless of what the final scores say, they all did excellently and I’m proud of every single one of them.”

    The Vikings are a senior-led team with Avery Walz taking both the 50 and 100 freestyle races and Tauren Walz winning the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. Samuelson contributed to first- and second-place finishes in relays.

    “They really build the team up,” Grace said of the team’s senior leaders. “They make the environment fun and they’re really motivating. Having them do so well raises the energy of the team.”

    Grace qualified for state in two different events as a sophomore and hopes to build on that performance this year.

    “She is right up there with the seniors on the team not only on her performance in the water, but in the leadership that she provides to the team,” Halsey said of Grace.

    Shawnee Heights chased the leaders and finished in sixth place in the nine-school league with 114.50 points. The T-Birds were led by Ashlynn Landry, who placed third in the 200 freestyle. She also helped Shawnee Heights place fourth in two relays.

    Halsey was announced coach of the year for the United Kansas Conference in his second year as Seaman head coach. He shared the honor with two other coaches in his first season.

    “The only reason that I got it is because of the swimmers on the team and the success that they’ve had,” Halsey said.

    The Vikings placed second in the City Championships last Friday, trailing only Washburn Rural. Halsey said he believes the team is trending in the right direction.

    “We had such a good city meet last week that I was a little worried that they might be peaking a little too early,” Halsey said. “But they came out today and swam even better. I think they are peaking at the right time. We have a week and a half until state and I’m really excited to see what they’re going to do at state.”

    UNITED KANSAS CONFERENCE 

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers May 6, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    AudreyAppuhnmug 1Audrey Appuhn

    AUDREY APPUHN, Washburn Rural

    A Washburn Rural sophomore swim star, Appuhn posted individual victories in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 00.39 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:18.50 and also swam on the Junior Blues' winning 400 free relay (3:56.74) to lead the Junior Blues to their 21st straight city championship on Friday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium by a 580.50-490 margin over Seaman. Appuhn also swam on Rural's second-place 200 medley relay (2:00.94).

    JacksonEsquibelnewmug 1Jackson Esquibel

    JACKSON ESQUIBEL, Shawnee Heights

    The T-Birds' senior distance star captured titles in the 1,600 meters and 800 meters in Friday's Joe Schrag City Championship at Hummer Sports Park. A Class 5A state champion in both track and cross country, Esquibel won the city meet title in the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 20.63 seconds and came back later in the evening to win the 800 in 1:56.43. Esquibel has signed to run track and cross country at Kansas State.

    LawsenLobatosmug 2Lawsen Lobatos

    LAWSEN LOBATOS, Washburn Rural

    A senior tennis player, Lobatos teamed with Dylan Willingham to win Centennial League, City and Class 6A regional doubles championships over a five-day period, helping Washburn Rural capture team titles in all three tournaments. Lobatos and Willingham won the league championship with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Manhattan, took the city crown with an 8-6 victory over Topeka West and won the regional title with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Manhattan as Rural qualified its entire team for state.

  • Topeka West's Alonzo continues late-season hot streak with four-stroke UKC victory

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    By his own admission, Myles Alonzo's putting still needs some work.

    MylesAlonzoUKCgolf 5Topeka West senior Myles Alonzo chips onto the 18th green in Monday's UKC tournament at Lake Shawnee. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN[

    But other than that, the Topeka West star, a two-time Class 5A state medalist, appears to be at the top of his game entering the biggest meets of his senior golf season.

    The city champion added the United Kansas Conference individual title to his resume on Monday at Lake Shawnee, shooting a three-over-par 73 to take a four-shot victory over Basehor-Linwood's Carson Youngblood and Piper's Brody Cook.

    "If I can just start putting better my scores would be a lot lower,'' Alonzo said. "I'm hitting my irons very well and my driver so I'm right on the edge. I just need to start making my putts and I'll be good.''

    Alonzo has now won three of his last five tournaments heading into next Monday's 5A regional at Cypress Ridge.

    "I'm hitting my irons better than I ever have and my driver very well and I think I'm good where I'm at,'' Alonzo said.

    Host Shawnee Heights stayed in the hunt for the team crown down to the end of the day, with Basehor-Linwood prevailing by three strokes (327-330) over the T-Birds while Seaman finished third (340).

    Senior Jensen Crawford tied for fourth place with a 78 to lead the T-Birds while junior Logan Hahn finished seventh with an 80, senior Zack Hohman tied for 11th with an 84 and sophomore Ayden Valdivia tied for 19th with an 88 to round out Shawnee Heights' top four.

    Junior Alexander Flanagan paced third-place Seaman with a sixth-place 79, while sophomore Timothy Lister tied for ninth (83), junior Bradley Williamson tied for 15th (85) and Kaleb Mack rounded out the Vikings' top four scores with a 93.

    Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka West will all compete in next Monday's regional meet at Cypress Ridge (9 a.m.), with competitors vying for berths in the 5A state tournament May 20-21 at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton.

    MylesAlonzoUKC 9Topeka West senior Myles Alonzo reacts after sinking a par putt on the ninth hole of Monday's UKC tournament at Lake Shawnee. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Alonzo said he feels comfortable with both of the upcoming courses he'll be playing at.

    "My confidence for regionals is very high and I expect myself to do really well because I play there almost every day and I played (at Sand Creek Station) twice last year and I love the course and I think I'll do very well there,'' Alonzo said. 

    UNITED KANSAS CONFERENCE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track & field honor roll May 5

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news will compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2024 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Coaches should designate whether times were fully automatic (FAT) or hand-timed. FAT times are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

    GIRLS

    KeimaraMarshallCityTrack 2Keimara Marshall, Topeka High

    100 METERS

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      12.42

    Kielyn McDonnell, Rossville             12.78

    Alana Mitchell, Hayden                   12.87

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                        12.91

    Ava Rottinghaus, Silver Lake            13.02

    200 METERS

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      26.32

    Ahsieyrhuajh Rayton, Topeka High 26.88

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                        27.01

    Miluv Cosey, Highland Park             27.04

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                    27.12

    NatalieHillebertTRACKNatalie Hillebert, Hayden

    400 METERS

    Natalie Hillebert, Hayden                 59.59

    Ella Bolan, Silver Lake                       61.69

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                     62.46

    Ali Gerber, Silver Lake                      62.61

    Ava Rottinghaus, Silver Lake            63.15

    RyinMillerCityTrack 1Ryan Miller, Seaman

    800 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                         2:10.25           

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural           2:25.13

    Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural          2:27.20

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             2:28.40

    Taylie Heston, Seaman                     2:28.82

     

    1,600 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                        4:46.90

    Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural         5:12.51

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural          5:14.08

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             5:21.07

    Sofia Harper, Hayden                      5:33.50

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track & field honor roll May 5

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news will compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2024 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Coaches should designate whether times were fully automatic (FAT) or hand-timed. FAT times are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

    BOYS

    AaronMerrittCityTrack 1Aaron Merritt, Seaman

    100 METERS

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                          10.48

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                          10.73

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 10.96

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                        11.10

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High                11.12

    FinnDunsheeCityTrack 1Finn Dunshee, Hayden

    200 METERS

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                           22.05

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                          22.08

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 22.32

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High                22.40

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                         22.65

    JensenSchrickelTRACK 3

    400 METERS

    Jensen Schrickel, Hayden                       49.17

    Isaiah Terry, Washburn Rural                  49.53

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights  49.95

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                          51.16

    Shane Jueneman, Washburn Rural         51.26

    800 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights        1:56.43

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                          1:58.12

    Brody Anderson, Seaman                        1:59.81

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural               2:00.15

    Mark Wilkie, Topeka West                       2:04.68

    JacksonEsquibelCityTrack 1Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights, and Brody Anderson, Seaman

    1,600 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights     4:18.27

    Brody Anderson, Seaman                     4:27.60

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural            4:27.70

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                       4:33.55

    Adrian Lehman, Topeka West               4:34.21

  • TSN city high school girls swimming and diving honor roll May 5

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news will compile a weekly girls swimming and diving honor roll for Topeka high schools throughout the 2024 season. Coaches are asked to email updated times and marks or any corrections to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  TopSports.news will rank the Top 5 in each event.

    200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY

    Seaman                             1:55.71                      

    Washburn Rural                2:00.94

    Shawnee Heights              2:13.20

    Hayden                             2:13.49

    Topeka High                     2:15.52

    200-YARD FREESTYLE

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:00.39 

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:03.30

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:03.60

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:04.96

    Genevieve Miranda                          2:12.50

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 2Avery Walz, Seaman

    200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:11.82

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:12.54

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:12.97

    Presley Green, Hayden                     2:16.62

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                        2:19.25

    TaurenWalzSWIM 2Tauren Walz, Seaman                   

    50-YARD FREESTYLE

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                         25.16 

    Genevieve Miranda, Washburn Rural 25.87

    Hara Del Castillo, Topeka High           26.93

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights     27.26

    Molly Didde, Washburn Rural             27.55

    ONE-METER DIVING

    Rhiannon Good, Washburn Rural       239.80

    Kaylee Gregg, Hayden                        239.80

    Natalee Grauberger, Washburn Rural 197.80

    Maddie Gregg, Hayden                       177.20 

    Giselle Soto, Washburn Rural              162.20

  • Depth carries Washburn Rural to 21st straight city girls swimming and diving championship

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Seaman showed its outstanding quality in Friday's girls City Swimming and Diving Championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, winning eight of 12 events.

    But in the end it was Washburn Rural's superior depth that ruled the day, with the Junior Blues winning their 21st straight team title by a 580.50-490 margin over the Vikings.

    WashburnRuralCitySwimming 2Washburn Rural celebrates its city girls swimming championship Friday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    "We do have that depth,'' Washburn Rural coach Bob Burdick said. "I felt pretty good about today overall. I knew Seaman was going to walk in and try to take first place in as many events as they could and I would do that if I had those kids, too.

    "But our depth pulled it out. We worked really hard this last week to drop times to make sure we came into this with time drops with everybody and that paid off.''

    Burdick said that everyone on the team contributed to the Rural championship.

    "Everybody did contribute and I'm really proud of the girls,'' Burdick said. "They worked hard and they earned this.''

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 3Avery Walz, Seaman 

    TaurenWalzSWIMNEW 2Tauren Walz, Seaman

    JoslynnGraceCityswimming 1Joslynn Grace, Seaman

    Seaman got two individual wins apiece from Avery Walz (100-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke), Tauren Walz (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Joslynn Grace (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and the Vikings' star trio teamed with Avery Samuelson to win the 200 medley and 200 free relays. 

    Washburn Rural, meanwhile, got individual victories from Audrey Appuhnn in the 200 freestyle and 500 free and Appuhn teamed with Sophie Heinen, Jella Belgardt and Genevieve Miranda to win the meet-ending 400 free relay while Rhiannon Good and Hayden's Kaylee Gregg shared the one-meter diving title, tying in that event in Thursday's diving competition.

    The Junior Blues put Appuhn, Belgardt, Miranda, Good, Madeline O'Brien and Molly Didde on the All-City first team, while the Walz twins and Grace represent Seaman on the first team, along with Topeka High's Hara Del Castillo, Shawnee Heights' Ashtynn Landry and Kaitlyn Aldridge and Hayden's Gregg and Presley Green.

    Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka West will compete in the United Kansas Conference meet at the Cap Fed Natatorium on Tuesday while Hayden, Topeka High and Washburn Rural will compete in the Centennial League meet, which will be held at Cap Fed on Thursday.

    CITY SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Seaman softball takes UKC sweep over rival Shawnee Heights, improves to 15-6

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    The Seaman Vikings swept a softball doubleheader with Shawnee Heights at Lake Shawnee Friday, holding on to win the first game, then blasting away in the second.

    “We asked our kids today to have a standard of excellence,” said Seaman coach Jay Monhollon. “When you do that, everybody’s got to buy into that standard. When that happens, that expectation creates positive feelings and you’re able to do your job for the team.”

    JerseyJellisonSeamanSoftball 1Seaman senior Jersey Jellison hit a home run and a pair of doubles as the Vikings closed out a twinbill sweep over Shawnee Heights with a 12-1 second-game win. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    KaelynORourkeSeamanSoftball 1Seaman junior Kaelyn O'Rourke (5) picked up the first-game pitching win against Shawnee Heights with clutch relief help from sophomore Addison Sibley. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The first game wasn’t won without some tense moments for the Vikings.

    After mounting an 8-2 advantage early, Seaman watched the T-Birds begin to steadily chip away. Shawnee Heights rallied in the bottom of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to narrow the deficit to 8-6.

    The T-Birds would get no closer in the final inning. Relief pitcher Addison Sibley shut down the threat in the bottom of the seventh to close it out.

    “All I’m doing is just pitching the ball,” Sibley said of holding off the surging T-Birds. “My defense has got my back and is making those great plays behind me. We weren’t nervous.”

  • Seven city schools to send 18 players to state boys tennis tournaments

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    A total of 18 players representing seven city high schools will compete in state tennis tournments next Friday and Saturday at three sites.

    LobatosWillingham 2Washburn Rural senior Lawsen Lobatos (left) and sophomore Dylan Willingham won a Class 6A regional doubles championship Friday in Junction City. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Leading the city contingent for state is Centennial League and city team champ Washburn Rural, which added a Class 6A regional championship on Friday at Junction City by a 23-14 margin over Maize while qualifying all six players for the 6A state tournament at Wichita's Riverside Tennis Complex.

    DylanDodgeTennisCity 1Washburn Rural senior Dylan Dodge posted a second-place singles finish in the Junction City 6A regional, helping the Junior Blues claim the team title. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Rural senior Lawsen Lobatos and sophomore Dylan Willingham captured the regional doubles title with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Manhattan's Michael Hwang and Jack Spiegel while senior Dylan Dodge also advanced to the final, finishing second after a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Hayden Herrera of Maize.

    Sophomore Keegan Knudtson posted a third-place regional finish for the Junior Blues, taking a 6-2, 6-2 win over Maize's Anvith Natarajan in the third-place match at regionals while sophomores Cale Deutscher and Brayden Kohls finished third in doubles with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 win over Topeka High senior Tate Hodges and junior Alex Raymond in the third-place matches.

    Hodges and Raymond also punched their ticket to state, giving the city eight state qualifiers.

    CLASS 5A REGIONAL AT EMPORIA

    Topeka West, Seaman and Shawnee Heights will send a total of six players to the 5A state tournament at the Andover District Tennis Complex.

    McGeeWeybrewTennis 1Returning Class 5A state placers Caden McGee (left) and Caleb Weybrew finished second in doubles at regionals to earn a state berth. [File photo/TSN]

    United Kansas Conference champion Topeka West, the 2023 5A state champion, will send three players to state, with seniors Caden McGee and Caleb Weybrew finishing second at regionals in doubles while Charger senior James Maag finished third in singles.

    McGee and Weybrew dropped a tough three-set decision in the finals to Blue Valley Southwest's Saket Jogannath and Vidhu Reddy, with the Southwest duo taking a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 win.

    Maag finished third at regionals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Patrick Lacy of St. Thomas Aquinas in the third-place match as Topeka West finished third as a team.

    Seaman senior Gavin Dutton qualified for state with a sixth-place regional finish in singles while Shawnee Heights seniors Roscoe Poyner and Alex Austin finished sixth in doubles.

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