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  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 15, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news 

     JacksonEsquibelnewmug 1Jackson Esquibel

    JACKSON ESQUIBEL, Shawnee Heights

    A senior distance star, Esquibel won the Class 4A-6A 800 meters in the Shocker Pre-State Challenge at Wichita State in a personal-record time of 1 minute, 58.46 seconds and finished second in the Elite division in the 3,200 in 9:22.37. Esquibel, a Kansas State signee, currently ranks No. 1 in Shawnee County in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

    KateHinckWR2024mugKate Hinck

    KATE HINCK, Washburn Rural

    A junior, Hinck scored a pair of goals for Washburn Rural last Friday in a 3-0 Centennial League soccer win over Hayden in a battle between two schools that had posted third-place state finishes in 2003. Hinck led the way as the Junior Blues improved to 7-2 on the season with their fourth straight victory.

     RyinMillermug2023Ryin Miller

    RYIN MILLER, Seaman

    A sophomore multi-sport standout, Miller broke two school records for the second straight week in Friday's Leitel Legacy Invitational track and field meet at Free State. Miller won the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 19.29, bettering her own school record by more than seven seconds, and broke the Seaman record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.25.

  • TSN city high school girls swimming and diving honor roll April 15

    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                             1:58.69                      

    Washburn Rural                2:07.69

    Shawnee Heights              2:13.20

    Hayden                              2:19.71

    Topeka High                      2:18.14

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 1Avery Walz, Seaman

    200-YARD FREESTYLE

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:03.60

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:11.03

    Bailee Heincker, Seaman                  2:19.92 

    Madeline O'Brien, Washburn Rural  2:20.24

    Ava Von Lintel, Washburn Rural       2:27.72

    200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:11.82

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:15.40

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:18.98

    Jella Belgardt, Washburn Rural         2:29.07

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:29.65

    TaurenWalzSWIM 2Tauren Walz, Seaman                   

    50-YARD FREESTYLE

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                        26.11 

    Hara Del Castillo, Topeka High         26.93

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   27.26

    Jella Belgardt, Washburn Rural         28.04

    Molly Didde, Washburn Rural           28.61

    ONE-METER DIVING

    Kaylee Gregg, Hayden                        223.05

    Rhiannon Good, Washburn Rural       207.70

    Natalee Grauberger, Washburn Rural 177.05

    Maddie Gregg, Hayden                       145.65 

    Giselle Soto, Washburn Rural              130.55

  • Topeka tennis community celebrates class of 2024's Hall of Fame induction

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Saturday was an opportunity for the local tennis community to celebrate its proud heritage with the induction of its 10-member Topeka Tennis Association 2024 Hall of Fame Class at the Bettis Family Sports Complex. 

    Mary Brownback and Kent Lammers, former college players and longtime supporters of Topeka tennis, were inducted into the Hall of Fame along with eight former city high school stars, who all won state championships during their prep careers -- Cory Buck, Drew Hanson, Trevor Hedberg, Shane Johnston, Branden Joost, Sean McManus, Sumeet Patel and Alex (O'Neal) Trobough.

    TTAHallofFame 2Topeka Tennis Association 2024 Hall of Fame inductees (from left) -- Sumeet Patel, Alexandra (O'Neal) Trobough, Branden Joost, Drew Hanson, Trevor Hedberg, Shane Johnston and Sean McManus. Not pictured: Cory Buck. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    MaryBrownback 1Mary Brownback, 2024 Topeka Tennis Hall of Fame inductee

    KentLammers 2Kent Lammers, 2024 Topeka Tennis Hall of Fame inductee

    "We all grew up playing together and I was a couple of years younger, but we were all on the court at the same time, running the same drills and it was nice because we had this little bit of camaraderie growing up in juniors and high school tennis and the coaches all knew each other, too,'' said Trobough, a three-time state champ at Hayden.

    "The tennis community has always wanted to support one another.''

    Retired longtime Washburn Rural coach Kevin Hedberg, a charter member of the local hall of fame, said Saturday was a special night for him as his son Trevor along with former Rural stars Hanson and Patel, who were a part of the Junior Blues' run of three straight Class 6A state team titles, were inducted into the shrine.

    "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really thrilled and I knew all of these kids so well that I'm thrilled for all of them,'' Kevin Hedberg said. "They all worked at it and there's a lesson for the kids today that you can't do this halfway. You've got to be all in and these guys were and they were rewarded for it. It's a thrill.

    "It's wonderful to see them all now as men and women, with children.''

    Trevor Hedberg, a state doubles and team champ at Rural, said that it was a honor to join his father and his teammates in the hall of fame.

    "My dad has quite a legacy with tennis in Topeka and there was a time in my life where tennis was a really big part of it, from 14 to 21,'' said Trevor Hedberg, a college professor at the University of Arizona. "And even though I've kind of moved on beyond that now, this certainly does mean something now and I think it's not really about me, it's more about the collective group and just being surrounded by all of these great players that were all playing at the same time.

    "I played doubles with a lot of the players and played against them in singles, sometimes in the same tournament. I think back then it was really easy to get caught up in the competitive aspect of it and worrying about how you're stacking up against all these other people and lose track of the bigger picture of how much you're accomplishing along the way and also losing track of the team-oriented accomplishments. It's certainly cool to come back.''

    Hall of Fame capsules:

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track & field honor roll April 14

    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

    100 METERS

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                          10.77

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High                11.12

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                           11.20

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 11.24

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                         11.32

    AaronMerrittTRACK 4Aaron Merritt, Seaman

    200 METERS

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                          22.08

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                           22.31

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 22.32

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High                22.40

    Tyren Parker, Shawnee Heights             22.76

    JensenSchrickelTRACK 2Jensen Schrickel, Hayden

    400 METERS

    Jensen Schrickel, Hayden                       49.24

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 49.95

    Isaiah Terry, Washburn Rural                  50.07

    Shane Jueneman, Washburn Rural        51.26

    Liam Benz, Shawnee Heights                 51.60

    800 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights        1:58.46

    Brody Anderson, Seaman                        1:59.81

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                           2:01.86

    Mark Wilkie, Topeka West                        2:07.11

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural                2:08.37

    JacksonEsquibelTRACK 2Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights

    1,600 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights     4:22.45

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural            4:37.32

    Adrian Lehman, Topeka West               4:40.25

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                       4:41.25

    Mark Wilkie, Topeka West                     4:41.35

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track & field honor roll April 14

    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

    KeimaraMarshallTRACK 1Keimara Marshall, Topeka High

    100 METERS

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      12.77

    Alana Mitchell, Hayden                   13.13

    Elly Sanders, Rossville                      13.14

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                        13.15

    Analese Estudillo, Washburn Rural  13.26

    200 METERS

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      26.32

    Ahsieyrhuajh Rayton, Topeka High 26.88

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                    27.12

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                       27.20

    Analese Estudillo, Washburn Rural 27.62

    NatalieHillebertTRACKNatalie Hillebert, Hayden

    400 METERS

    Natalie Hillebert, Hayden                 61.64

    Ella Bolan, Silver Lake                       62.04

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                     62.90

    Rae North, Hayden                           64.21

    Connell, Hayden                               65.38

    800 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                         2:10.25           

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural           2:25.13

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             2:28.40

    Brooklyn Nolte, Washburn Rural     2:29.09

    Sofia Harper, Hayden                       2:29.40

    RyinMillerTRACK 6Ryin MIller, Seaman

    1,600 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                        4:53.37

    Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural         5:12.51

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural           5:14.90

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             5:21.07

    Brooklyn Nolte, Washburn Rural     5:34.57

  • Miller leads seven area winners in Leitel Legacy Invitational at Free State

    By CHARLES SPURLOCK

    TopSports.news

    In Friday’s Leitel Legacy Invitational meet hosted by Lawrence Free State, Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller broke two school records, just as she had the previous week in the Lansing Invitational.

     

    RyinMillerFreeState 3Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller leads the girls 3,200 Friday at Free State en route to breaking her own school record. [Photo by Charles Spurlock/TSN]

    In the girls 3,200-meter race, Miller broke her own school record by seven seconds in running a winning time of 10 minutes, 19.29 seconds. That time remains the fastest in the state this season and is the 24th fastest time in the United States.

    In the 800 meter race, Miller’s time of 2:10.25 broke the school record set by Bethany Druse just two years ago at 2:15.19. Miller's time is also the fastest time in the state this season and the 17th fastest in the nation.

     

    RyinMillerFreeState 2Ryin Miller runs away from the field in the girls 800 field at Free State Friday, breaking the Seaman school record. [Photo by Charles Spurlock/TSN]

    RyinMillerFreeState 1Ryin Miller (left) poses for a picture with former Seaman teammate Bethany Druse after breaking Druse's school record in the 800 meters. [Photo by Charles Spurlock/TSN]

    Other girls winners were senior Natalie Hillebert of Hayden in the long jump (16 feet, 0.5 inches) and senior Aubrey Simpson of Washburn Rural in the javelin (130-1), which is ranked 55th in the United States this season. Sophomore Morgan Ray of Washburn Rural finished second in the javelin (126-9).

    AaronMerrittFreeState 1Seaman senior Aaron Merritt (middle) wins the boys 100-meter dash Friday at Free State. [Photo by Charles Spurlock/TopSports.news]

    Boys winners included senior Aaron Merritt of Seaman in the 100 meters (10.80), junior Jensen Schrickel of Hayden in the 400 meters (49.24), junior Peyton Holmes of Seaman in the long jump (21-10.5) and senior Jamond Lane of Washburn Rural in the discus (151-2).

    LEITEL LEGACY INVITATIONAL

    At Free State

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 8, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    AudreyAppuhnmug 1Audrey Appuhn 

    AUDREY APPUHN, Washburn Rural

     Appuhn, a sophomore swimming standout for the Junior Blues, earned three gold medals in last Thursday's Emporia Invitational as Washburn Rural won the team championship by a 527-374 margin over De Soto. Appuhn won the 500-yard freestyle by nearly 17 seconds in 5 minutes, 32.79 seconds and also swam on Rural's winning 200 medley relay (2:10.57) and 200 free relay (1:54.69).

    ErinBolesmug 2Erin Boles

    ERIN BOLES, Washburn University

    A sophomore right-fielder out of Lubbock, Texas, Boles went 7 for 11 with five runs scored and three runs batted in at the plate last Thursday and Friday as Washburn's softball team earned MIAA road sweeps at Nebraska-Kearney (8-0 and 3-0) and Fort Hays State (13-6 and 2-0). The Ichabods improved to 34-10 on the season while stretching their winning streak to 11 games. 

    JacksonEsquibelnewmug 1Jackson Esquibel

    JACKSON ESQUIBEL, Shawnee Heights

    A senior who has won Class 5A state championships in track and cross country, Esquibel captured three gold medals in last Friday's Lansing Invitational track and field meet. Esquibel, a Kansas State signee, won the boys 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 28.20 seconds and the 3,200 in 9:31.57 while also teaming with Mason Haas, Charles Hanson and Evan Carter to win the 4x800 relay in 8:38.00.

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track & field honor roll April 7

    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

    100 METERS

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                      10.77

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High            11.18

    Evan Scheid, Silver Lake                     11.32

    Finn Dunshee, Hayden                       11.38

    Tyren Parker, Shawnee Heights          11.40

    AaronMerrittTRACK 4Aaron Merritt, Seaman

    200 METERS

    Aaron Merritt, Seaman                         22.08

    Tyren Parker, Shawnee Heights            22.76

    Trent Rollenhagen, Silver Lake              22.92

    Malachi Murph, Topeka High               23.05

    Bryce Cochran, Seaman                        23.06

    400 METERS

    Payton Berry-Briggs, Shawnee Heights 49.95

    Jensen Schrickel, Hayden                       50.18

    Shane Jueneman, Washburn Rural        51.26

    Liam Benz, Shawnee Heights                 51.95

    Ben Roeder, Topeka High                      52.68

    BrodyAndersonTRACKWR 5Brody Anderson, Seaman

    800 METERS

    Brody Anderson, Seaman                        1:59.81

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights        2:00.30

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                           2:04.20

    Brooks Kehoe, Washburn Rural                2:08.37

    Draden Chooncharoen, Washburn Rural  2:08.43

    JacksonEsquibelTRACK 2Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights

    1,600 METERS

    Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights     4:22.45

    Elijah Phelps, Topeka West                   4:46.08

    Eli Ferguson, Silver Lake                       4:47.99

    Zach Moore, Hayden                            4:48.71

    Adrian Lehman, Topeka West               4:48.72

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track & field honor roll April 7

    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

    100 METERS

    Elly Sanders, Rossville                 13.14

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High  13.21

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                   13.24

    Kielyn McDonnell, Rossville        13.34

    Connell, Hayden                         13.47

    200 METERS

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                    27.12

    Keimara Marshall, Topeka High      27.37

    Ally Steiner, Seaman                       27.41

    Ava Rottinghaus, Silver Lake           27.72

    Ahsieyrhuajh Rayton, Topeka High 27.90

    400 METERS

    Ella Bolan, Silver Lake                       62.74

    Natalie Hillebert, Hayden                 62.79

    Shayla Rezac, Rossville                     62.90

    Connell, Hayden                               65.38

    Rae North, Hayden                           66.13

    PaytonFinkTRACK 7Payton Fink, Washburn Rural

    800 METERS

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural          2:25.13

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             2:28.40

    Brooklyn Nolte, Washburn Rural     2:29.09

    Sofia Harper, Hayden                       2:31.63

    Taylie Heston, Seaman                     2:32.53

    RyinMillerTRACK 6Ryin MIller, Seaman

    1,600 METERS

    Ryin Miller, Seaman                        4:53.37

    Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural         5:12.51

    Payton Fink, Washburn Rural           5:14.90

    Emily Graf, Washburn Rural             5:23.12

    Brynn Spencer, Seaman                   5:37.24

  • TSN city high school girls swimming and diving honor roll April 7

    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                             1:58.69                      

    Washburn Rural                2:07.69

    Shawnee Heights              2:13.20

    Hayden                              2:19.71

    Topeka High                      2:18.14

     

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 1Avery Walz, Seaman

    200-YARD FREESTYLE

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:03.60

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:11.03

    Madeline O'Brien, Washburn Rural  2:20.24

    Bailee Heincker, Seaman                  2:22.64 

    Ava Von Lintel, Washburn Rural       2:27.72

    200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:11.82

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:15.94

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:18.98

    Jella Belgardt, Washburn Rural         2:29.07

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:29.65

    TaurenWalzSWIM 2Tauren Walz, Seaman                   

    50-YARD FREESTYLE

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                        26.11 

    Hara Del Castillo, Topeka High         26.93

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   27.26

    Jella Belgardt, Washburn Rural         28.04

    Molly Didde, Washburn Rural           28.61

    ONE-METER DIVING

    Rhiannon Good, Washburn Rural       207.70

    Kaylee Gregg, Hayden                        202.30

    Natalee Grauberger, Washburn Rural 177.05

    Giselle Soto, Washburn Rural              130.55

    Mackenzie Caryl, Topeka High             128.75

  • Distance aces Miller, Esquibel pace local competitors in Lansing Invitational

    By CHARLES SPURLOCK

    TopSports.news

    In her first individual races of the 2024 season at Friday's Lansing Invitational, Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller broke two school records along with posting the state’s best times this season in both races.

     

    RyinMillerTRACK 6Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller set school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 Friday at Lansing and also ran on the Vikings' winning 4x400 relay. [File photo/TSN]

    In the girls 1,600-meter race, Miller's time of 4 minutes, 53.37 seconds broke the 38-year-old Seaman school record, previously held by Marge Eddy, by 11 seconds.

    In the 3,200 meters Miller ran a 10:26.54, which broke the school record, also held by Eddy and set 38 years ago, by 33 seconds.

    Miller also ran a 59-second split on the 4x400-meter relay, teaming with Taylie Heston, Allie Steiner and Jaida Stallbaumer to win the event in 4:15.21.

    JacksonEsquibelTRACK 2Shawnee Heights senior Jackson Esquibel was a triple gold medalist in Friday's Lansing Invitational. [File photo/TSN]

    Shawnee Heights senior Jackson Esquibel, a Class 5A state champion in both track and cross country, also captured three gold medals in Friday's meet.

    Esquibel won the boys 1,600 in 4:28.20 and the 3,200 in 9:31.57 while also teaming with Mason Haas, Charles Hanson and Evan Carter to win the 4x800 relay in 8:38.00.

    Seaman won the girls team title by a 121-116 margin over Emporia while Shawnee Heights won the boys championship by a 125-88.5 margin over Emporia.

    Also winning on the girls side was Hayden senior Natalie Hillebert in the 400 (62.79).

    Shawnee Heights junior Payton Berry-Briggs won the boys 400 dash in 49.95 while Heights also got wins from senior Alexander Dawkins in the discus (138-8) and senior Alex Dittman in the javelin (157-5).

    Hayden senior Carter Charvat won the boys shot put at 47-3 while the Wildcats also won the 4x100 relay (43.26) and the 4x400 relay (3:28.60).

    Topeka High junior Jaxon Cowdin won the 300 hurdles (42.21), Trojan junior Daniel Brown won the high jump (5-10) and Topeka West junior Alsecio Batson won the triple jump (44-5).

    LANSING INVITATIONAL

  • Topeka Tennis Hall of Fame to welcome 10 new members in April 13 induction ceremony

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    The Topeka Tennis Association will induct its 2024 Hall of Fame class on Saturday, April 13, at the Bettis Family Sports Complex in the meeting pavilion, welcoming 10 inductees into the hall.

    TTAlogo 4

    Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the event to get under way at 7 o'clock.

    Mary Brownback and Kent Lammers, former college players and longtime supporters of Topeka tennis, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with eight former city high school stars who all won state championships during their prep careers.

    That group includes Cory Buck, Drew Hanson, Trevor Hedberg, Shane Johnston, Branden Joost, Sean McManus, Sumeet Patel and Alex (O'Neal) Trobough.  

    Hall of Fame capsules:

    MaryBrownbackmugMary Brownback

    MARY BROWNBACK

    Brownback lettered three years in high school tennis (1973-1976), placing second in state doubles 1974-1975 and placing fourth in state singles 1975-1976.

    Brownback lettered four years at the University of Kansas (1976-1980), winning the Big 8 No. 3 singles title in 1977 and 1979. Brownback helped Kansas win the Big 8 team title in 1979 (team was made up of all Kansas residents).

    Played on the Missouri Valley circuit as a junior and played 4.0 USTA team tennis several years.

    CoryBuckmugCory Buck

    CORY BUCK

    Buck was a member of Topeka West's varsity tennis team for three years.

    Buck teamed with Shane Johnston to win the Class 5A state doubles championship as a junior in 2005, with Buck and Johnston posting a 34-4 record.

    Buck placed 10th in 5A singles as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore.

    DrewHansonmugDrew Hanson

    DREW HANSON

    Hanson teamed with Sumeet Patel to finish second in Class 6A doubles his freshman year and won the Class 6A state singles championship his senior season.

    Hanson was inducted into the Washburn Rural Hall of Fame in 2022.

    Hanson was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year in 2005-2006 and was named Washburn's most valuable player in 2006-2007. Hanson was a three-time MIAA team champion and posted 56 singles wins and 60 doubles wins.

  • T-Birds make Robinson's goal stand up for 1-0 UKC soccer win over Seaman

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    The Shawnee Heights girls soccer team made a first-half goal stand up, preserving the lead to win at Seaman 1-0 Thursday.

    MorganRobinsonSEAMANsoccer 1Shawnee Heights freshman Morgan Robinson (9) scored the game's only goal in the T-Birds' 1-0 UKC soccer win over Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Taking a pass from Shawnee Heights junior Isabelle Van Fleet, freshman Morgan Robinson dribbled into the heart of the Seaman defense and punched a shot to the left post with 6:26 remaining in the first half.

    Taking a first half lead didn’t immediately affect the T-Birds strategy in the United Kansas Conference.

    “It changes things a little bit, but (the goal) came so early that it was still, ‘Ok, we need to still do what we need to do, play our game,’” said Shawnee Heights coach Kellen Griffin. “Then when it gets toward the end it’s like, ‘Now we need to shore up some things defensively to make sure we’re not giving up a late goal.’ ”

    T-Bird goalkeeper MacKenzie Mertel headed the effort to hold the lead.

    “It felt like a lot of pressure, but I know that we have a good team this year and I felt confident we could (preserve the shutout),” Mertel said.

    Numerous yellow cards and spirited play marked the contest. Griffin said that intensity comes with the rivalry.

    “The game with Seaman is always close,” Griffin said. “It doesn’t matter if one team is really up or the other one is really down. The game is always going to be close. So many of these girls play together in the offseason. They are all friends, and they want to get one over on their friends.”

  • TSN city high school girls swimming and diving honor roll April 2

    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                             1:58.69                      

    Washburn Rural                2:07.69

    Shawnee Heights              2:13.20

    Hayden                              2:19.71

    Topeka High                      2:18.14

     

    AveryWalzSWIMNEW 1Avery Walz, Seaman

    200-YARD FREESTYLE

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:03.60

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:11.03

    Madeline O'Brien, Washburn Rural  2:20.24

    Bailee Heincker, Seaman                  2:22.64 

    Ella Bombardier, Washburn Rural    2:30.35

     

    200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

    Avery Walz, Seaman                         2:11.82

    Joslynn Grace, Seaman                     2:15.94

    Audrey Appuhn, Washburn Rural     2:18.98

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   2:29.65

    Kaitlyn Aldridge, Shawnee Heights  2:35.63

    TaurenWalzSWIM 2Tauren Walz, Seaman                   

    50-YARD FREESTYLE

    Tauren Walz, Seaman                        26.11 

    Hara Del Castillo, Topeka High         26.93

    Ashtynn Landry, Shawnee Heights   27.26

    Jella Belgardt, Washburn Rural         28.04

    Molly Didde, Washburn Rural           28.65

    ONE-METER DIVING

    Rhiannon Good, Washburn Rural       207.70

    Kaylee Gregg, Hayden                        202.30

    Natalee Grauberger, Washburn Rural 177.05

    Giselle Soto, Washburn Rural              130.55

    Mackenzie Caryl, Topeka High             128.75

  • Freshmen power Shawnee Heights to 3-2 soccer win over Topeka High

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    It's usually a difficult task for freshmen to crack the varsity roster in any sport, and even harder to make an immediate impact.

    But Shawnee Heights' freshmen girls soccer players apparently didn't get the memo.

    MorganRobinsonSOCCER TH 14Freshman Morgan Robinson scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season in Monday's 3-2 Shawnee Heights soccer win over Topeka High. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    SoleilMcNaughtonSOCCER TH 1Shawnee Heights freshman Soleil McNaughton (15) scored the T-Birds' final goal in a 3-2 win over Topeka High. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    T-Bird freshmen Morgan Robinson and Soleil McNaughton combined for all three of Heights' first-half goals and freshman Nina Bolanos dished out a pair of assists in Monday's 3-2 non-league road win over Topeka High at Hummer Sports Park.

    "We're a really young group and I thought we played really well the first half,'' Heights coach Kellen Griffin said. "The second half we got caught out a little bit but they stuck through it the whole game and we won a close game.

    "We didn't win any close games last year so that's a step in the right direction already.'' 

    Robinson scored a pair of goals against the Trojans to give her eight goals in three games for the 2-1 T-Birds while McNaughton scored Heights' third goal and Bolanos registered her two assists Monday after scoring three goals in an earlier 9-0 win over Ottawa.

    Thus far all 12 Shawnee Heights goals on the year have come from freshmen.

    "We don't have a lot of upperclassmen but the upperclassmen we have are really great leaders and then we've got a lot of underclassmen -- freshmen and sophomores -- that are just hungry to get playing time and hungry to get wins and they come to practice every day and they're ready to work,'' Griffin said.

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track & field honor roll March 31

    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

    100 METERS

    Merritt, Seaman                           10.77

    Murph, Topeka High                    11.18

    Redmond, Silver Lake                   11.54

    Barr, Topeka West                        11.59

    Scheid, Silver Lake                        11.64

    AaronMerrittTRACK 4Aaron Merritt, Seaman

    200 METERS

    Merritt, Seaman                            22.08

    Murph, Topeka High                     23.05

    Parker, Shawnee Heights               23.27

    Batson, Topeka West                     23.37

    Cochran, Seaman                          23.41

    BenRoederTRACK 1Ben

    400 METERS

    Roeder, Topeka High                    52.68

    Benz, Shawnee Heights                 52.79

    Terry, Washburn Rural                   53.14

    Batson, Topeka West                     53.64

    Roney, Washburn Rural                 54.31

    BrodyAndersonTRACKWR 5Brody Anderson, Seaman

    800 METERS

    Anderson, Seaman                       1:59.81

    Esquibel, Shawnee Heights           2:00.30

    Ferguson, Silver Lake                    2:04.20

    Chooncharoen, Washburn Rural  2:08.43

    Quarles, Washburn Rural              2:09.89

    JacksonEsquibelTRACK 2Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights

    1,600 METERS

    Esquibel, Shawnee Heights            4:22.45

    Lehman, Topeka West                    4:48.72

    Carter, Shawnee Heights                4:50.71

    Leinwetter, Washburn Rural           4:51.67

    Ferguson, Silver Lake                      4:55.60

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track & field honor roll March 31

    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

    100 METERS

    Sanders, Rossville                       13.14

    Marshall, Topeka High                13.21

    McDonnell, Rossville                  13.34

    Steiner, Seaman                          13.44

    Connell, Hayden                         13.47

    200 METERS

    Rezac, Rossville                            27.34

    Marshall, Topeka High                 27.37

    Steiner, Seaman                           27.79

    Cosey, Highland Park                   28.14

    Rayton, Topeka High                    28.23

    400 METERS

    Bolan, Silver Lake                          62.74

    Hillebert, Hayden                          63.31

    Rezac, Rossville                              64.04

    Connell, Hayden                            65.38

    Robinson, Seaman                        66.22

    800 METERS

    Fink, Washburn Rural                         2:25.13

    Graf, Washburn Rural                         2:28.40

    Ismert, Washburn Rural                      2:34.48

    Heston, Seaman                                 2:36.94

    Nolte, Washburn Rural                       2:38.17

    PaytonFinkTRACK 6Payton Fink, Washburn Rural

    1,600 METERS

    Fink, Washburn Rural                          5:16.93

    Ismert, Washburn Rural                      5:20.83

    Graf, Washburn Rural                          5:23.12

    Nolte, Washburn Rural                        5:43.08

    Spencer, Seaman                                 5:48.82

  • Cam Zimlich leads the way as host Washburn Rural posts a runnerup team finish in Great Plains Classic

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    WAMEGO -- Washburn Rural senior golfer Cam Zimlich didn't get off to the best of starts in Thursday's Washburn Rural Great Plains Classic, carding a triple bogey on his very first hole of the tournament at Wamego Country Club.

    But that was one of just a few missteps on the day as Zimlich tied for second individually with a 76 (third on a tiebreaker), leading the host Junior Blues to a second-place team finish with a four-man score of 312, just two strokes behind Manhattan.

    CamZimlichGOLF 1Washburn Rural senior Cam Zimlich receives his third-place medal from Rural athletic director Charlie Nimz at Thursday's Great Plains Classic at Wamego Country Club. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    "I started on 18 and I hit it (out of bounds) and I ended up tripling right out of the gate,'' Zimlich said. "I kind of fought back and kept it even until hole 15 was my next bad hole and I made a double, but then 16's a Par 5 and I ended up eagling that one and that got me right back after that. It was kind of an up and down round out there.''

    But fortunately for Zimlich, there were a lot more ups than downs.

    "That's probably my best tournament round so I was really proud about that one,'' Zimlich said. 

  • Star power! Local products continue to stand out on big stage

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    It probably doesn't come as a big surprise to anyone who has followed local sports over the past several years, but a long and growing list of athletes who starred at Topeka/Shawnee County schools have continued to make a big impact at the college level over the winter and spring seasons.

    Here's a look at just some of the stars who continue to make their high school alma maters and fans proud:

    CampbellBagshawmug 1Campbell Bagshaw

    CAMPBELL BAGSHAW, Washburn Rural/Kansas -- After seeing spot for Kansas softball in 2023 as a freshman, Bagshaw has fueled a breakout season for the No. 18-ranked Jayhawks (22-8-1) while putting together a big sophomore season. An infielder, Bagshaw leads the Jayhawks with a .317 batting average while compiling a .500 slugging percentage and a .380 on-base percentage. The former Washburn Rural multi-sport standout has five doubles, two triples and two home runs on the season while also compiling a .995 fielding percentage. 

    OliviaBrunomug 1Olivia Bruno 

    OLIVIA BRUNO, Washburn Rural/Kansas -- A junior, Bruno has teamed with former Washburn Rural teammates Bagshaw and Kasey Hamilton to help No. 18-ranked Kansas get off to a 22-8-1 start on the season. Bruno, who earned All-Big 12 second-team honors as a freshman, has made 23 starts this season for the Jayhawks with a home run and nine runs batted in while compiling a .338 on-base percentage. Bruno is 1-1 in the pitching circle in 2024 with a 1.95 earned run average and 12 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

    NijaCanadymug 1NiJaree Canady

    NiJAREE CANADY, Topeka High/Stanford -- After being named the NCAA Division I National Freshman of the Year in 2023, the former Topeka High star has continued to establish herself as arguably the most dominant pitcher in college softball as a sophomore this spring. Canady is currenty 10-2 on the season for the No. 9-ranked Cardinal (25-5) while compiling an 0.59 earned run average with 152 strikeouts in 95.1 innings pitched. In 18 appearances Canady has thrown eight complete games while also earning three saves and holding opponents to a .126 batting average. As a freshman Canady helped lead Stanford to the College World Series with a 17-3 record and led the nation with an 0.57 ERA and 11.3 strikeouts for every seven innings pitched.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers March 25, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    JacksonEsquibelnewmug 1Jackson Esquibel

    JACKSON ESQUIBEL, Shawnee Heights

    Esquibel, who has won Class 5A state titles in track and field and cross country, opened his senior track season with a sweep of the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs in last Friday's Free State Early Bird Invitational. Esquibel, a Kansas State signee, won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 36.23 seconds and took the 3,200 win in 9:44.51.

    JoslynnGracemug 1Joslynn Grace

    JOSLYNN GRACE, Seaman

    Grace opened her junior swimming season with four gold medals in last Thursday's Topeka West Invitational at the Capitol Federal Natorium. Grace won the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.94) and the 100 breaststroke (1:11.27) and swam on the Vikings' winning 200-yard medley relay (1:58.69) and 200 free relay (1:49.24).

    AshleyHeavnermug 2Ashley Heavner

    ASHLEY HEAVNER, Washburn University

    Heavner, a sophomore from Frisco, Texas, broke a 44-year-old Washburn University track and field program record at the Fort Hays State Spring Invitational in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1 minute, 3.21 seconds. Heavner broke her own personal best in the event while breaking Pam Blackwell's WU record of 1:03.64.

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