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    ANDREW BONEBRAKE, Shawnee Heights

    Bonebrake, a junior 132-pounder, posted a 35-11 record last season, won a United Kansas Conference championship and was a Class 5A state qualifier, earning All-Shawnee County honorable mention. Bonebrake is ranked No. 3 at 132 pounds in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association preseason 5A state rankings.

    EastonBroxterman1Washburn Rural's Easton Broxterman is one of Shawnee County's top returners, placing second in Class 6A at 106 pounds as a freshman. [File photo/TSN]

     EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    A sophomore, Broxterman advanced to the 6A state championship match at 106 pounds as a freshman, finishing second for the state-champion Junior Blues and posting a 39-6 record. Broxterman, a Centennial League champion, was named the Shawnee County newcomer of the year and was a first-team all-county pick. He is currently ranked No. 2 at 106 pounds in the KWCA's 6A and All-Class preseason rankings.

    TRISTAN BUCE, Shawnee Heights

    Buce is being counted on to be an immediate contributor as a freshman for Shawnee Heights at 106 pounds. Buce has extensive Kids Wrestling experience, placing in multiple state tournaments.

    BRODY BYRNE, Washburn Rural

    Byrne, a junior, won a Centennial League championship last season and was a first-team All-Shawnee County selection after posting a 27-14 record. Byrne is No. 6-ranked in the KWCA preseason 6A state rankings at 157 pounds.

    JacobCarver1Rossville senior Jacob Carver posted a runner-up finish in Class 3A-1A at 285 pounds last season. [File photo/TSN]

    JACOB CARVER, Rossville

    A two-time TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 22 pick in football, Carver was a 3A-1A regional champ and finished second in the state tournament at 285 pounds last season as a junior. Carver, a first-team All-Shawnee County wrestling pick last season, is top-ranked at 285 pounds in the KWCA's 3A-1A preseason rankings and is No. 6 in the All-Class rankings.

    RYKAN CARVER, Shawnee Heights

    Carver, a 285-pound junior, was a United Kansas Conference champion and a 5A state qualifier last seaon while posting a 17-11 record. Carver received All-Shawnee County honorable mention last season and is ranked No. 3 at 285 in the KWCA's 5A preseason rankings.

    NICK FREELAND, Shawnee Heights

    Freeland, a senior 150-pounder, was a United Kansas Conference champion and a 5A state qualifier last season, posting a 35-15 record. Freeland was a second-team All-Shawnee County selection as a junior.

  • Hayden, Rural headline TopSports.news All-Shawnee County football

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
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    Hayden, which advanced to the Class 3A sub-state round, and 6A sectional partcipant Washburn Rural combined for 11 Top 22 spots on TopSports.news'  All-Shawnee County football team while Highland Park's Tre Richardson and Rural's Ty Weber garnered the top individual honors.

     TreRichardsonHarmon2Senior Tre Richardson has been named the TopSports.news Shawnee County offensive player of the year after keying a dramatic Highland Park turnaround in the 2022 season. [File photo/TSN]

    TyWeberTH2Washburn Rural senior linebacker Ty Weber (32) hass been named the TSN All-Shawnee County defensive player of the year for the second straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden, which posted a 10-2 record this fall, is represented on the Top 22 by seniors JC Cummings, Ben Evans and Joe Otting, junior Finn Dunshee and sophomore Jensen Schrickel while Washburn Rural, 8-3 on the year, put seniors Weber and Ma'kenttis Adams and juniors Packson Bettis, Branton DeWeese, JC Heim and Titan Osburn on the Top 22.

    Highland Park's Richardson, who led the Scots to a breakout 6-3 season, was named the Shawnee County offensive player of the year while Weber was named the county defensive player of the year for the second straight season.

    Richardson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, rushed for 1,964 yards and 27 touchdowns on 96 attempts and caught 40 passes for 1,079 yards and 15 TDs as the Scots snapped a 65-game losing streak in the season-opener and went on to record one of Highland Park's best seasons in school history.

    Weber, a 6-3, 230 senior, recorded 134 total tackles (82 solos) with 19 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, two sacks and an interception. 

    BillArnold2Hayden's Bill Arnold has been named the Shawnee County co-coach of the year after a 10-2 2022 season. [File photo/TSN]

    SteveBuhler2Washburn Rural's Steve Buhler has been named the Shawnee County co-coach of the year after leading the Rural to the Class 6A sectional round. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden's Bill Arnold and Washburn Rural's Steve Buhler were named the Shawnee County co-coaches of the year.

    Shawnee Heights junior running back Allen Baughman and Hayden's Dunshee, a running back/linebacker, were named the co-offensive newcomers of the year while Washburn Rural junior defensive end Jamond Lane was named the defensive newcomer of the year.

    AllenBaughman3Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman han been named the TSN Shawnee County co-offensive newcomer of the year after rushing for 1,496 yards and 20 TDs. [File photo/TSN]

    FinnDunsheeHolton2Hayden junior Finn Dunshee has been named the Shawnee County offensive co-newcomer of the year after rushing for 1,150 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns. [File photo/TSN]

    Baughman, 5-8, 180, rushed for 1,496 yards and 20 touchowns on 225 carries for the 5-5 T-Birds while Dunshee, 5-8, 160, rushed for 1,150 yards on 96 attempts and scored 17 total touchdowns for the 10-2 Wildcats.

    JamondLane2Washburn Rural junior defensive lineman Jamond Lane (left) has been named the TSN All-Shawnee County defensive newcomer of the year. [File photo/TSN]

    Lane, 6-0, 280, was in on 44 tackles (23 solos) with six sacks, six tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception return for a touchdown.

    Rural's Weber and DeWeese, Highland Park's Richardson, Hayden's Otting and Rossville senior Jacob Carver are All-Shawnee County Top 22 repeat picks.

    Seaman is represented on the Top 22 by seniors Kasen Hasenkamp, Sean Miller and Bryson Vawter, while Shawnee Heights put Baughman and senior Gavin Zuperku on the Top 22, Silver Lake is represented by juniors Eli Barnes and Tanner Martin, Rossville by Carver and junior Barrett Lietz and Topeka West by senior Malachi Berg.

    All 10 Shawnee County high schools have representatives on either the Top 22 or Second 22 teams.

    All-Shawnee County Top 22 capsules:

  • TopSports.news' 20 boys basketball players to watch in 2022-2023

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    QUENTIN ADAMS, Highland Park

    A senior point guard, Adams was a floor leader for a Highland Park team that posted a 18-5 record and advanced to the Class 5A tournament last season, averaging 6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals for the Scots, who begin their first season in the Meadowlark Conference this winter. Adams earned TopSports.news All-Shawnee County honorable mention last season.

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    BO ALDRIDGE, Highland Park

    A 6-foot-4 senior, Aldridge helped lead the 18-5 Scots to a Class 5A state tournament berth last season, earning TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League first-team recognition last season. Aldridge, who received All-Class 5A honorable mention from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, averaged 18.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.6 steals as a junior.

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    XAVIER ALEXANDER, Topeka West

    Alexander, a senior guard, helped Topeka West post a 21-2 record in 2021-2022 en route to a second straight Centennial League championship and a second straight 5A state tournament berth. Alexander received TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season after averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals while hitting 47 3-pointers and shooting 66 percent from 2-point range.

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    SINCERE AUSTIN, Topeka West

    A 6-foot-1 senior, Austin helped Topeka West post a 21-2 record last season with the Chargers claiming a second straight Class 5A state tournament berth and a second straight Centennial League championship. Austin earned TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League second-team recognition as a junior after averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals and hitting 32 3-pointers.

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    JACK BACHELOR, Washburn Rural

    Bachelor, a 6-2 senior, earned TSN All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League second-team honors as a junior for the 9-13 Junior Blues, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals while connecting on 44 3-pointers and shooting 43 percent from outside the arc.

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    MALACHI BERG, Topeka West

    A 6-2 senior, Berg was a workhorse inside for the 21-2 Chargers, who claimed a second straight Centennial League title and a second straight 5A state tournament berth. Berg earned All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honorable mention, averaging 6.0 rebounds and shooting 60 percent from 2-point field goal range.

  • TopSports.news’ 20 girls basketball players to watch in 2022-2023

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    ANNA BECKER, Seaman

    A 5-foot-10 sophomore point guard, Becker was a TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League first-team pick as a freshman and was named the newcomer of the year in the Centennial League and Shawnee County. Becker, who received All-Class 5A honorable mention from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists last season for the 16-6 Vikings.

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    BREEZY CANADY, Shawnee Heights

    Canady, a 5-5 junior guard, returns as one of the most experienced players for a Shawnee Heights team that posted a 10-11 record last season. Canady averaged 1.6 asists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore for the T-Birds. 

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    ZOE CANFIELD, Washburn Rural

    A 5-foot-11 junior, Canfield averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals last season for the 23-2 Class 6A state-champion Junior Blues, earning Top 10 TSN All-Shawnee County, second-team All-Centennial League and KBCA All-6A honorable mention recognition. Canfield, who has orally committed to Kansas, shot 47.5 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free throw line.

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    ADISYN CARYL, Topeka High

    Caryl, a 5-9 senior, earned TSN All-Shawnee County Second 10 honors last season and also received All-Centennial League honorable mention, helping the 20-3 Trojans win the league title and earn a 6A state tournament berth. Caryl averaged 8.4 rebounds and shot 56 percent from 2-point range as a junior for the Trojans.

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    ZOE CLARK, Topeka West

    A junior, Clark received TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season after averaging 5.2 points and 1.5 steals and hitting 13 3-pointers for Topeka West, which will be looking to improve on last season's 2-18 record.

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    BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

    A 6-2 senior, DeLeye averaged 11.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists as a junior for the 23-2 6A state-champion Junior Blues, earning first-team All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honors and earning All-6A honorable mention from the KBCA. DeLeye, a Kentucky commit in volleyball, helped lead the Junior Blues to the state title in that sport this fall.

  • College signings: Seaman's Deeter and Trier, High's Alvarez sign letters

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Editor's note: The college fall letter of intent signing period got under way this week and TopSports.news will post signing updates as they are received. Email any signing information and signing day pictures to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Seaman girls golf star Lois Deeter and Viking javelin standout Ally Trier signed their college letter of intents on Wednesday, with Deeter signing with Arkansas Tech and Trier with Emporia State.

    DeeterTriersigning2Seaman's Ally Trier (left) signed with Emporia State and the Vikings' Lois Deeter signed with Arkansas Tech on Wednesday. [Submitted photo]

    Deeter finished seventh in the Class 5A state golf tournament as a senior after winning city and United Kansas Conference individual titles and finishing second in regional competition.

    Deeter led Seaman to its first-ever league title by 51 strokes and to a regional team crown before earning her third state medal in as many high school golf seasons. Deeter placed fifth individually in 5A as a freshman and junior.

    Trier was an All-Shawnee County track and field selection as a junior, posting a second-place finish in a 5A regional meet to qualify for state.

    Trier was the city champion in the javelin with a personal-record throw of 132 feet, 10 inches.

    High state champ Alvarez signs softball letter with KCKCC -- Topeka High catcher Alesia Alvarez, who helped lead the Trojans to the Class 6A state softball championship last spring, has signed with Kansas City Kansas Community College's softball program.

    AlesiaAlvarez 2Topeka High senior Alesia Alvarez (middle) has signed a softball letter with Kansas City Kansas Community College. [Submitted Photo]

    Alvarez received All-State, All-Centennial League and All-Shawnee County recognition as a junior. 

    Alvarez has also played tennis all four years at Topeka High and joined the Trojans' girls wrestling program last year, receiving All-City honorable mention. 

  • State champion Washburn Rural dominates TSN All-Shawnee County VB

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Washburn Rural, which won its eighth Class 6A state championship and its first in 10 seasons, put four players on the TopSports.news All-Shawnee County volleyball team, led by two-time player of the year Brooklyn DeLeye.

    BrooklynDeleyecroppedWashburn Rural two-time Shawnee County player of the year Brooklyn DeLeye headlines the 2022 TSN all-county volleyball team. [File photo/TSN]

    DeLeye, a senior, is joined on the all-county first team by senior Taylor Russell and juniors Zoe Canfield and Jada Ingram while veteran Junior Blues coach Kevin Bordewick, who went over the 1,000-win mark for his career in 2022, was named the coach of the year after Rural went 45-1 on the season with 44 straight wins to end the year.

    State placers Rural and Seaman, fourth in 5A, combined to earn seven of 13 first-team berths.

    The Vikings, who posted a 32-11 record and won the United Kansas Conference title, are represented on the first team by senior Laynee Brown, junior Brooklyn Gormley and sophomore Maegan Mills.

    Mid-East League champion Rossville put senior Brinley Dyche and junior Kinsey Perine on the all-county team while Shawnee Heights is represented by seniors Emily Loy and Taylor Rottinghaus, Silver Lake by senior Taylor Ross and Topeka West by senior Makinsey Jones.

    Brown, DeLeye, Ingram, Jones, Loy, Perine and Russell are all repeat first-team selections while Canfield, Dyche, Gormley and Mills were second-team picks a year ago and Ross and Rottinghauls received honorable mention.

    Hayden freshman Reese Huscher was named the county newcomer of the year after compiling 148 kills, 254 digs and serving at 97 percent.

    All-Shawnee County first team capsules:

  • Four Ichabods earn All-MIAA volleyball recognition

    Rick Peterson

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    By RICK PETERSON

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Washburn University had four players earn All-MIAA volleyball honors on Wednesday afternoon, led by first-team picks Halle Meister and Jalyn Stevenson.

    Kealy Kiviniemi earned second-team recognition while Corinna McMullenn received honorable mention.

    Senior middle blocker Meister has turned in a career year en route to her first all-conference award.

    In her 27 starts and 103 sets played, Meister has totaled 237 kills and currently leads the MIAA with a .363 attacking percentage. She has hit above .400 in 13 matches and has hit above .500 in nine of those.

    Defensively, Meister leads Washburn with 82 total blocks and has made 11 solo blocks.

    Stevenson, a sophomore outside hitter, earns her second-consecutive All-MIAA award after receiving honorable mention as a freshman.

    This season Stevenson leads the Ichabods with 320 kills (sixth in the MIAA) for a 3.11 kills per set average (seventh in the MIAA). She has recorded 16 double-figure kill matches and knocked down a career-best 24 kills against No. 24 Central Missouri on Nov. 4.

    Behind the service line, Stevenson is second on the team in aces with 34. She has notched 11 double-doubles this fall as she's also helped the team defensively and is third on the squad in digs, totaling 315 for a 3.06 digs per set average.

    There have now been 25 different Washburn volleyball players to earn All-MIAA first team honors for a total of 44 first-team awards since Chris Herron took over the program in 2002.

    After seeing limited action in the two non-conference tournaments to start the year, freshman right side hitter Kiviniemi has made the most of her time since conference play began.

    Kiviniemi has appeared in all 28 matches with 14 starts, playing in 92 of the 106 sets and is up to 207 kills, ranking third on the team.

    Kiviniemi holds a .276 attacking percentage and has also made 52 blocks at the net. In the five-set victory at Pittsburg State on Oct. 1, she was crucial in helping the Ichabods win as she led the team with 20 kills and hit .500 for the match. She has recorded six or more kills in 15 of the last 16 matches with five matches with double-digit kill totals.
     
    McMullen, also a true freshman, has handled the majority of the setting duties for the Ichabods and averages 6.52 assists per set and totaled 691 assists on the year.

    McMullen has started 27 of the 28 matches and is the only Ichabod to have played in every set. McMullen has had 15 matches with 25+ assists including six matches with over 30 assists.

    She has served up 27 aces and leads the team with 12 double-doubles as she also averages 2.33 digs per set. In the four-set win over Missouri Western on Oct. 7, she recorded a season-high 39 assists and scooped up 17 digs.

    Washburn will play next in the MIAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed, taking on No. 4 seed Central Oklahoma in the quarterfinal match at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Mo.

    Former Silver Lake star Marissa Bates, a libero/defensive specialist for Pittsburg State earned second-team All-MIAA honors.

  • College signings: High's Caryl headed to Illinois, Rural soccer duo signs with WU

    Rick Peterson

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    Editor's note: The college fall letter of intent signing period gets under way this week and TopSports.news will post signing updates as they are received. Email any signing information and signing day pictures to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Topeka High multi-sport standout Adisyn Caryl has signed a softball letter of intent with Illinois.

    AdisynCarylsigning2Topeka High multi-sport standout Adisyn Caryl has signed a softball letter of intent with Illinois. [Submitted photo]

    Caryl has helped the Trojans win back-to-back Class 6A state softball championships and has also made multiple state appearances in tennis and basketball.

    Caryl earned All-Shawnee County, All-Centennial League and All-Class 6A first-team honors last spring for the Trojans.

    Adisyn Caryl will join older sister Zoe at Illinois.

    Rural's Beck, Rohn sign soccer letters with Washburn -- Washburn Rural senior goalkeeper Hailey Beck and senior forward/midfielder Mackinly Rohn have signed letters of intent with Washburn University's soccer program.

    HaileyBecksoccerWashburn Rural standout goalkeeper Hailey Beck has signed a soccer letter of intent with Washburn University. [Submitted photo]

    MackinlyRohnnew 2Washburn Rural forward/midfielder Mackinly Rohn has signed with Washburn's soccer program. [File photo/TSN]

    Beck and Rohn helped the Junior Blues post a second-place finish in the 6A state tournament last spring and a third-place state finish in 2021.

  • College signings: T-Birds' Loy, Rottinghaus set to sign letters of intent

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Editor's note: The college fall letter of intent signing period gets under way this week and TopSports.news will post signing updates as they are received. Email any signing information and signing day pictures to Rick Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Shawnee Heights senior volleyball standouts Emily Loy and Taylor Rottinghaus are scheduled to sign college letters of intent at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Heights cafeteria.

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    Rottinghaus will sign with Washburn University while Loy is also headed to the MIAA, signing with Missouri Western.

    Loy was an All-Shawnee County first-team pick as a junior and received All-United Kansas Conference second-team honors this past season.

    Loy registered 285 kills and 35 total blocks as a senior while also contributing 225 digs, 31 assists and 19 aces on 97.1-percent serve efficiency.

    Rottinghaus was named to the All-UKC first team and was named the conference defensive player of the year as a senior.

    Rottinghaus recorded 376 digs and 75 assists while registering 22 service aces on 94.5-percent serve efficiency.

  • Third-place Rural, top-five finishers lead All-Shawnee County girls XC

    Rick Peterson


    Fg0KkjpWQAMkW6DThe 2022 All-Shawnee County girls cross country team: Front row, from left -- Payton Fink, Washburn Rural; Bethany Druse, Seaman; Brooklyn Nolte, Washburn Rural; Stella Appelhanz, Seaman; Sydney Laster, Washburn Rural. Back row, from left -- coach Matt Swedlund, Washburn Rural; Madeline Carter, Washburn Rural; Ryin Miller, Seaman; Leah Spurlock, Seaman; Rylee Ismert, Washburn Rural; Vilde Tronstad, Washburn Rural; coach Rick Brading, Seaman. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural, which earned a third-place trophy in the Class 6A state meet, put six runners on the 2022 All-Shawnee County girls cross country team, which also includes a pair of top-five individual state finishers and five state medalists overall.

    Rural, which won Topeka city and Centennial League team championships is represented on the all-county team by senior Madeline Carter, sophomore Payton Fink, sophomore Rylee Ismert, junior Sydney Laster, sophomore Brooklyn Nolte and senior Vilde Tronstad.

    Regional team champion Seaman put sophomore Stella Appelhanz, senior Bethany Druse, freshman Ryin Miller and senior Leah Spurlock on the all-county team as the Vikings combined with the Junior Blues to earn 10 of 11 first-team berths.

    Rural's Fink posted a fifth-place indiviual finish in 6A while Miller placed fifth in 5A and Druse, Appelhanz and Carter also earned state medals.

    TessaGerberaction3Silver Lake's Tessa Gerber earned a berth on the All-Shawnee County girls cross country team after a strong sophomore season, including a 21st finish in the Class 3A state meet. [Twitter photo/Silver Lake Schools]

    Silver Lake sophomore Tessa Gerber earned the final spot on the All-Shawnee County first team, turning in a strong performance in the 3A state meet and missing a state medal by just one place in a peronal-record time.

    Rural coach Matt Swedlund and Seaman coach Rick Brading were named the girls Shawnee County co-coaches of the year for 2022.

    All-Shawnee County girls capsules:

    STELLA APPELHANZ, Seaman -- Appelhanz is a two-time All-Shawnee County selection as a sophomore. Appelhanz turned in a very consistent second half of the 2022 season, placing in the top 10 in the Seaman Invitational as well as the city, United Kansas Conference and Class 5A regional meets. Appelhanz placed 20th in the 5A state meet, earning All-State honors. Appelhanz's personal-best time five-kilometer time is 19:51.

    MADELINE CARTER, Washburn Rural -- After battling a nagging injury early in the season, Carter, a senior, bounced back and was a big factor in Rural's late-season success. Carter didn't race until the fourth week of the season at the Rim Rock Invitational, contributing to Rural's second-place finish. Carter, who plans to run at Kansas, placed fourth in the Topeka city meet, second in the Centennial League and regional meets and capper her season with an All-State performance, finishing 11th and helping Rural finish third as a team.

    BETHANY DRUSE, Seaman -- A senior, Druse was Seaman's No. 2 runner in all meets this fall and was a strong team leader for a young Viking team. Bethany was fifth in the city meet, third in the the United Kansas Conference, third in Class 5A regional competition and 14th in the 5A state meet.  Bethany is a three-time 5A All-State runner and has also been All-City/County four straight years. The reigning 800 meters champ in track, Druse's personal best time is 18:48.  Bethany will run at Kansas next year.

    PAYTON FINK, Washburn Rural --Following her outstanding freshman debut, Fink continued to make a name for herself in her sophomore season. Never finishing worse than seventh place, Fink was the individual champion in the Topeka city, Centennial League and Class 6A regional meets. Fink earned All State honors with her fifth-place finish at the state meet, leading the Junior Blues to a third-place podium team finish in 6A.