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  • Topeka West's Cusick twins, Seaman's Druse named Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Athletes of the Week

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                          

    CusicksleagueTopeka West's Miles and Ian Cusick are the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Boys Athletes of the Week after winning city and Centennial League doubles titles. [Submitted]

    IAN and MILES CUSICK, Topeka West

    Ian and Miles Cusick, junior twin brothers, teamed up to win the city tennis championship in No. 1 doubles for the second straight last Thursday's city tournament at Kossover Tennis Center.

    The Cusicks took an 8-1 win over Washburn Rural's Kyler Knudtson and Nick Luetje in the championship match, helping the Chargers win a share of the city team title with Rural.

    The Cusicks followed that up with a second straight Centennial League doubles title at Emporia on Tuesday.

    Bethany DruseSeaman junior Bethany Druse is the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Girls Athlete of the Week after setting a school record and a current state best in the 800 meters in 2:15.19 last Friday. [File photo/TSN]


    A junior, Druse set the Seaman school record in the girls 800 meters in last Friday's Bob Camien/Claudia Welch Invitational at Seaman.

    Druse won the event in a time of 2 minutes, 15.19 seconds to eclipse the previous school record of 2:16.2.

    Druse's time was the best girls 800 meters clocking in the state this spring.

  • A game by game look at Friday night's Shawnee County girls basketball contests

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    MANHATTAN (6-8, 2-2) at HAYDEN (8-4, 1-3)

    No. 8-ranked (Class 4A) Hayden has been off since winning the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament last Saturday with a 48-39 win over Spring Hill. The Wildcats have now won four straight games and put sophomores Brylee Meier and Kaliya Fulton and junior Lauren Sandstrom on the all-tournament team. Manhattan is coming off a 46-35 win over Dodge City and has won two straight games for the first time this season.

    BrooklynDeLeyeJCSenior Brooklyn DeLeye scored 19 points in Washburn Rural's 54-52 overtime loss to Blue Valley Northwest on Tuesday. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (12-2, 3-1) at WASHBURN RURAL (9-4, 4-0)

    No. 4-ranked (Class 6A) Washburn Rural will be looking to protect its lead in the Centennial League race while No. 4 (5A) Emporia will be looking to pull even with the Junior Blues. Both teams are coming off losses, with the Spartans dropping a last-second 46-43 decision to Seaman in the Glaciers Edge championship game last Saturday while Rural fell to non-league foe Blue Valley Northwest in overtime on Tuesday, 54-52. Senior Brooklyn DeLeye scored 19 points against Blue Valley Northwest while senior Chloe Carlgren added 11 points and sophomore Tenly Bunck nine points on three 3-pointers.

    LEAVENWORTH (2-11, 2-7) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (9-5, 7-3)

    Ninth-ranked (Class 5A) Shawnee Heights is coming off a tough 37-33 United Kansas Conference loss at Basehor-Linwood Tuesday night while Leavenworth is coming off a 59-26 loss to Bonner Springs. Shawnee Heights took 49-36 UKC win over the Pioneers earlier in the season. All five of Shawnee Heights losses have been by four or fewer points. Senior Riley Showalter led the T-Birds with 11 points against Basehor-Linwood while seniors Emari Doby and Taylor Rottinghaus added 10 and seven points, respectively.

  • A game by game look at Friday night's Shawnee County boys basketball tilts

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    MANHATTAN (8-6, 2-2) at HAYDEN (6-6, 1-3)

    Hayden was off Tuesday after a 58-51 non-league home loss to Shawnee Heights last Friday. Manhattan is coming off a 67-59 loss to Blue Valley, its third straight loss. Senior Joe Otting and junior Jacob Padilla scored 14 points apiece in the Wildcats' loss to Shawnee Heights, with Otting going six of six at the free throw line. Senior Jake Muller also cracked double  figures for Hayden with 11 points.

    JackBachelorWR1Washburn Rural senior Jack Bachelor is coming off a 27-point performance in Tuesday's 65-60 non-league road win at Blue Valley. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (10-4, 3-1) at WASHBURN RURAL (10-4, 3-1)

    Senior Jack Bachelor scored 27 points in Washburn Rural's 65-60 non-league victory over Blue Valley on Tuesday. Bachelor went nine of 13 from the field and six of seven from the free throw line against the Tigers while sophomore Kaden Ballard added 13 points while hitting four of seven 3-point attempts. Emporia is coming off a 41-39 win over Manhattan. 

    LEAVENWORTH (4-9, 2-8) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (10-4, 7-3)

    Shawnee Heights posted a 57-48 United Kansas Conference road win at Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday, giving the T-Birds a regular-season sweep over the Bobcats. Sophomore Jaret Sanchez led Heights with 16 points while junior Brennon Dodge added 15 points, seniors Jeremyah Kendrick and Q Stovall eight points apiece and sophomore Deacon Pomeroy seven. Leavenworth has lost four straight games, including a 67-60 non-league loss to Bonner Springs on Tuesday. Heights beat Leavenworth 61-40 in an earlier game between the two teams.

    JahmirKingcannonWash2Senior Jahmir Kingannon scored 18 points with five 3-pointers in Thursday's 79-48 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Schlagle. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (13-0, 6-0) at KC-WYANDOTTE (3-10, 3-4)

    Highland Park, top-ranked in Class 5A, will be playing its third game in four days. The Scots are coming off a 79-48 Meadowlark Conference home win over KC-Schlagle Thursday night, with seniors Tre Richardson and Jahmir Kingcannon scoring 18 points apiece and senior Bo Aldridge adding 11 points. Kingcannon canned five 3-pointers on the night. Highland Park took a 95-42 win over Wyandotte earlier in the season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 65-62 league win over KC-Harmon on Tuesday.

  • Becker, Bonner the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                       

    Seaman girls basketball standout Anna Becker and Viking freshman basketball player KaeVon Bonner 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 2022-2023 school year.

    Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Becker and Bonner over the past week:

    AnnaBeckerPiper1Seaman sophomore Anna Becker has been named the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency girls Rising Star of the Week after being named the Most Valuable Player in the Glaciers Edge Tournament and helping the top-ranked Vikings post a 4-0 record over the past week/ [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    ANNA BECKER, Silver Lake

    Becker, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, was named the Most Valuable player in last week's Glaciers Edge Tournament after helping the No. 1-ranked (Class 5A) Vikings win the championship.

    Becker had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 60-52 first-round tournament win over Shawnee Mission West, had 10 points and three steals in a 45-39 semifinal win over Derby and had eight points and four steals in Seaman's 46-43 win championship-game win over Emporia.

    The Viking standout followed that up with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Tuesday's 56-43 United Kansas Conference win over Piper.

    KaeVonBonnerPiper3Seaman freshman KaeVon Bonner has been named the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency boys Rising Star of the Week after scoring 42 points with eight 3-pointers over the past week. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN 

    KAEVON BONNER, Seaman 

    A 5-foot-10 freshman, Bonner scored 42 points in three games over the past week with eight 3-pointers.

    Bonner scored 15 points with three 3-pointers in an 81-45 non-league home win over Kansas City-Washington last Wednesday, had a pair of 3-pointers in last Friday's 68-41 United Kansas Conference victory at Lansing and scored a game-high 21 points with three treys in Tuesday's 73-60 home UKC loss to Piper. 

  • KBCA rankings: Hi Park boys, Seaman girls hold No. 1 spots in Class 5A

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Highland Park's boys and Seaman's girls held on to the No. 1 spot in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 5A state rankings, released Tuesday night.

    BoAldridgedunkTITSenior Bo Aldridge and the Highland Park boys remain No. 1 in the KBCA 5A boys rankings for the fourth straight week. [File photo/TSN]

    TaylinStallbaumerEmpTaylin Stallbaumer and the Seaman girls remain No. 1 in the KBCA Class 5A girls rankings after winning last week's Glaciers Edge Tournament. [Photo by Brent Maycock/KSHSAA Covered]

    The undefeated Scots held the top spot in the 5A boys rankings for the fourth straight week while Seaman's girls are No. 1 for the second straight week after regaining the top spot.

    Highland Park and Seaman are two of eight Shawnee County teams in this week's KBCA rankings.

    Washburn Rural's girls fell to No. 4 in 6A while Topeka High's girls moved up to No. 5.

    Shawnee Heights girls are still ranked No. 9 in 5A while Hayden's girls moved up to No. 8 in the 4A rankings.

    Silver Lake's girls moved up a sport to No. 6 in 3A.

    Topeka West remained No. 9 in the 5A boys rankings.


  • A game by game look at Tuesday night's Shawnee County boys basketball games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    PIPER (10-4, 7-3) at SEAMAN (7-5, 4-4)

    KaedenBonnernewSenior Kaeden Bonner (right) and the Seaman boys basketball team will be looking for their fifth straight victory in Tuesday night's United Kansas Conference home game against Piper. [File photo/TSN]

    Seaman has posted four straight victories, including a 68-41 United Kansas Conference victory over Lansing last Friday. Piper is coming off a 62-56 UKC loss to De Soto. Tuesday night will be the second game of the season between Seaman and Piper, with the Pirates taking a 61-48 win over the Vikings in the earlier meeting.

    BoAldridgeWSESenior Bo Aldridge and the Highland Park boys ran their winning streak to 11 games with a pair of non-league victories last week. [File photo/TSN]

    KC-WASHINGTON (5-7, 3-2) at HIGHLAND PARK (11-0, 4-0)

    Highland Park, the top-ranked team in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 5A state rankings, continued its dominating season with a pair of non-league victories last week The Scots took a 76-45 win over state-ranked Eudora on Tuesday and then rolled to an 82-21 victory over Kansas City-East, Mo. on Friday. The league-leading Scots return to Meadowlark Conference play against KC-Washington.

  • A game by game look at Tuesday night's Shawnee County girls basketball contests

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    PIPER (10-4, 7-3) at SEAMAN (11-1, 7-1)

    TaylinStallbaumerPistolSeaman junior Taylin Stallbaumer is congratulated by her teammates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in Saturday's 46-43 win over Emporia in the Glaciers Edge Tournament. [Photo by Brent Maycock/KSHSAA Covered]

    Seaman, top-ranked in Class 5A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, captured the tournament championship in last week's Glacier's Edge Tournament, taking a 46-43 win over tournament host Emporia on junior Taylin Stallbaumer's buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Saturday's championship game. Freshman Maddie Gragg scored 16 points and Stallbaumer 15 against Emporia while sophomore Anna Becker was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Piper has posted three straight wins, including a 62-50 win over De Soto in the Pirates' last game. Seaman beat Piper 63-35 in an earlier meeting.

    AmeliaRamseyEud3Sophomore Amelia Ramsey (center) has led Highland Park's girls to an 8-3 record and the Meadowlark Conference lead this winter. [File photo/TSN]

    KC-WASHINGTON (3-7, 2-4) at HIGHLAND PARK (8-3, 4-0)

    League-leading Highland Park will return to Meadowlawk Conference play after a 75-7 non-league romp past Kansas City-East, Mo. last Friday. Washington is coming off a 67-18 win over Kansas City-Northeast, Mo. Sophomore Amelia Ramsey leads Highland Park, which has not had a Meadowlark Conference game closer than 16 points. The Scots have won their last three games.

    LANSING (3-9, 2-7) at TOPEKA WEST (3-10, 2-8)

    Topeka West finished sixth in last week's Firebird Classic at Free State, posting a 1-2 record. The Chargers took a 46-40 consolation win over Great Bend last Friday before dropping a 59-53 decision to Wichita Northwest in Saturday's consolation final. Lansing is coming off a 49-45 win over Jefferson West.

  • Weary Vikings grind out 56-43 UKC home victory over Piper

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    The top-ranked Seaman girls entered Tuesday's home United Kansas Conference contest against Piper still feeling the after-effects of three straight tough single-digit battles in last week's Glaciers Edge Tournament at Emporia.

    TaylinStallbaumerPiperSeaman junior Taylin Stallbaumer scored 15 points with three 3-pointers in Tuesday's 56-43 UKC win over Piper. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    AnnaBeckerPiperSophomore Anna Becker scored 14 points in Tuesday's 56-43 Seaman UKC win over Piper. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    But after falling behind early and taking a tenuous six-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Vikings, coming off the Glaciers Edge tournament championship, got the job done, pulling away down the stretch for a 56-43 victory.

    "We looked like a mentally and physically exhausted team at times tonight,'' Seaman coach Matt Tinsley said. "Defensively I think we were just tired. (Piper) played hard and they're a better team than they were when we played them early in the year (63-35 Viking win), but you're always happy with a win.

    "Our talk after the game was, 'Let's get rested up, some kids are a little under the weather and we've got to get ready for a good game Friday against De Soto.' ''

    The Vikings, who improved to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in the UKC, got off to an 8-1 lead out of the gate but the Pirates (10-5, 7-4) fought back to take an 11-10 lead at the end of the opening quarter and went up 15-10 with 6:48 left in the half before Seaman rallied to take a 27-20 lead into the locker room at the break.

  • Seaman loses Bonner with early injury in 73-60 UKC loss to Piper

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    Seaman's boys were probably going to need to be clicking on all cylinders Tuesday night to knock off visiting Piper, one of the United Kansas Conference's hottest teams, and when Seaman lost one of its main cogs, senior Kaeden Bonner, to an injury less than four minutes into the game, it became apparent that it might be a long night for the Vikings.

    KaeVonBonnerPiper2Seaman freshman KaeVon Bonner (11) puts up a shot on the way to a game-high 21-point night in the Vikings' 73-60 UKC loss to Piper. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    AronDavisPiperSeaman senior Aron Davis scored 18 points in Tuesday's 73-60 UKC loss to Piper. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    And although Seaman showed grit in cutting what had been a 22-point Pirate lead to seven late in the game, Piper never trailed en route to a 73-60 win.

    Piper, which improved to 11-4 overall and 8-3 in the UKC, already led 10-4 when Bonner, a returning All-Shawnee County pick, crashed hard into the bleachers while trying to make a defensive play, suffering what appeared to be an injury to his left knee, and did not return to the game.

    "He can attack and he can create for teammates and he makes the others better,'' Seaman coach Craig Cox said of Bonner. "Without him then we lose a really good ball handler, a really good slasher, a really good shooter so we just got really sped up. We couldn't find an answer.''

    Piper quickly took control after Bonner left the game, opening up a 21-point advantage on the way to a 39-22 halftime lead and Seaman (7-6, 4-5) never threatened until late in the game.

    Piper led by 18 (55-37) at the start of the fourth quarter but Seaman rallied behind some timely 3-pointers to claw all the way back to within seven (67-60) with 1:40 left before the Pirates scored the final six points.

    "We gave ourselves a little bit of an opportuity there late, which I was proud of their effort,'' Cox said.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers January 30, 2023

    Rick Peterson


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    ADDISON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    Broxterman, the Junior Blues' star senior 125-pounder, became Kansas' girls wresting record-holder for career pins and career wins in last Saturday's 34-school Washburn Women's Invitational at Washburn Rural. Broxterman went 5-0 on the day with four pins to earn the 125-pound title and helped lead the Junior Blues to the team championship by a 443-255.5 margin over Columbus. Broxterman now has 119 career pins and 127 career victories.  

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    BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

    DeLeye, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 59 points in Washburn Rural's three games in the Thunderbird Classic girls basketball tournament, surpassing 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for her career. DeLeye had games of 21, 20 and 18 points as the third-ranked (Class 6A) Junior Blues went 2-1 on the week to finish third in the tournament and improve to 9-3 on the season.

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    BRYLEE MEIER, Hayden

    A 6-foot sophomore, Meier scored 16 points as No. 10-ranked (Class 4A) Hayden claimed the tournament championship in the Top Gun Tournament with a 48-39 victory over Spring Hill on Saturday in Wellsville, with the Wildcats improving to 8-4 with their fourth staight victory. Meier scored 11 points in the semifinals as Hayden upset No. 3-ranked (3A) Nemaha Central, 46-40, the Thunder's first loss of the season. Meier was named to the Top Gun Tournament All-Tournament team.

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    LUKE PERKINS, Shawnee Heights

    The senior swimming standout captured a city-best four gold medals in last Thursday's city boys swimming championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. A multiple time state medalist three straight seasons, Perkins won individual city titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 01.12 seconds) and 100 butterfly (52.63) and swam on the T-Birds' winning 200 medley relay (1:44.44) and the 200 free relay (1:33.71) teams.

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    KIKI SMITH, Topeka High

    Smith, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, scored 73 points in the Trojans' three games in the Firebird Classic girls basketball tournament at Free State, helping lead the No. 7-ranked (Class 6A) to the tournament championship. Smith scored 21 points in a 69-34 first-round win over Wichita Northwest, scored 36 points in just three quarters in High's 69-37 semifinal win over Eisenhower and had 16 points in the Trojans' 56-51 win over Blue Valley in the championship game, with High avenging a loss to the Tigers' in the 2022 state tournament.

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    A 5-foot-6 junior, Stallbaumer hit the game-winning 3-point shot as time ran out, giving No. 1-ranked (Class 5A) Seaman a 46-43 win over tournament host Emporia and the championship in the Glaciers Edge Tournament. Stallbaumer scored 15 points in the championship game, including three 3-pointers, as Seaman improved to 11-1 on the season.