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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                                                                                                              

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    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 season.in 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]

    BETHANY DRUSE, Seaman

    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's Shawnee County football games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
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    (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.)

    BrantonDeWeesePiperWashburn Rural junior quarterback Branton DeWeese threw for a pair of TD passes in last week's 28-25 loss to unbeaten Manhattan. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    JUNCTION CITY (3-1, 0-0 Centennial) at WASHBURN RURAL (3-1, 0-1 Centennial)

    Washburn Rural suffered its first loss of the season last Friday, a 28-25 Centennial League decision at unbeaten Manhattan, while Junction City improved to 3-1 with a 28-21 non-league win over perennial Class 5A power Bishop Carroll. The Blue Jays will be making their league debut on Friday. Washburn Rural junior quarterback Branton DeWeese threw for a pair of touchdown passes against Manhattan while senior running back Ma'kenttis Adams scored on a 76-yard touchdown run. 

    ROSSVILLE (2-2, 1-0 district) at SILVER LAKE (2-2, 0-0 district)

    The Bulldawgs and Eagles will square off in the annual War on 24, regarded as one of the state's premier rivalries. Rossville opened Class 2A District 3 play with a 49-8 romp past previously-unbeaten Atchison County last week while Silver Lake is coming off a 44-28 loss to Mid-East League opponent Rock Creek. Junior quarterback Camden Horak and senior Braiden Hensley had big nights for the Bulldawgs against Atchison County, connecting on four touchdown passes. Rossville opened its scoring with a 48-yard TD pass from Horak to Hensley and also hooked up on 20, 58 and 13-yard TD strikes.

     A8A2374 1Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman (5) has rushed for 781 and 10 touchdowns for the 3-1 T-Birds. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    DE SOTO (3-1, 3-0 UKC) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (3-1, 3-1 UKC)

    Shawnee Heights ran its winning streak to three games with a 27-0 shutout over Basehor-Linwood last Friday. The T-Birds have now outscored their past three opponents by an 87-30 margin since a season-opening loss to Piper. Allen Baughman, a junior running back, carried the ball 29 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns against Basehor-Linwood and has 781 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. De Soto's lone loss was a 28-21 loss to Washburn Rural in Week 2. The Wildcats are undefeated in United Kansas Conference competition, including a 57-16 win over Leavenworth last week. 

    TreRichardsonWyanSenior Tre Richardson has rushed for 896 yards and 15 TDs and has 453 receiving yards and eight TDs for 4-0 Highland Park. [File photo/TSN

    HIGHLAND PARK (4-0) at LINCOLN COLLEGE PREP (4-1)

    Highland Park remained unbeaten overall and in the Meadowlark Conference with a 74-0 romp past KC-Harmon last Thursday at Hummer Sports Park. Scot senior star Tre Richardson scored all six times he touched the ball as the Scots put the game out of reach with a 50-0 first quarter. Richardson has rushed for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns on 45 attempts, caught 13 pases for 453 yards and eight TDs and also passed for a TD. Highland Park, off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1995, will step outside its conference and state on Friday to face a Lincoln Prep team that is 4-1 after a 14-13 win over Van Horn, its third straight victory.

    HAYDEN (4-0, 1-0 district) at PERRY-LECOMPTON (1-3, 0-1 district)

    Hayden opened Class 3A District 4 competition last Friday with a 52-14 home win over Jefferson West last week while Perry-Lecompton opened district play with a 49-18 loss to Holton. The Wildcats put the Tigers away early, scoring the first 37 points by the 8:04 mark of the second quarter and leading 44-7 at the half. Senior JC Cummings opened Hayden's scoring with a 16-yard run and also scored on a 58-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier. Junior Finn Dunshee scored on a 29-yard pass from Wahlmeier and a 53-yard run. Hayden also got touchdowns from seniors Braydn Rose and Dylan Foster and junior Broderick Desch.

  • Seaman girls roll to first-ever league golf championship by 51 strokes

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- History. Seaman's girls golf team captured its first-ever league team championship Tuesday at Dub's Dread Golf Club and accomplished that long-awaited feat in dominating fashion, marking its first appearance in the United Kansas Conference tournament with a 51-stroke victory while putting four players in the top five individually.

    Fds7hHQWIAE67qGSeaman's girls golf team won its first-ever league team title on Tuesday, winning the United Kansas Conference crown by 51 strokes. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    FdteBrtX0AALKsiSeaman senior Lois Deeter makes an approach shot in Tuesday's United Kansas Conference tournament. Deeter shot an 85 to take a seven-shot individual win. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Fdtc4o WIAM2XhKSeaman sophomore Jaycee Zimmerman shot a 92 Tuesday to finish second in the United Kansas Conference tournament. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Seaman senior star Lois Deeter and sophomore Jaycee Zimmerman went one-two in the individual standings while sophomore Anna McLaughlin placed fourth and junior Avery Samuelson fifth.

    "I'm thrilled for them,'' Seaman coach Julie McLaughlin said. "I thought we had a pretty good chance but we had to come out and play the game and see what would happen.

    "It was a tough course, a great challenge, and the girls hung in there and they kept at it and they got it done.''

    Deeter made a little history of her own, earning her second league championship in two different leagues in the only two league meets of her career. Tuesday's win followed Deeter's Centennial League title as a freshman in 2019.

    Deeter didn't have one of her best days, but still shot an 85 to win by seven strokes over teammate Zimmerman, who carded a 92.

    "I hadn't ever played this golf course,'' Deeter said. "It is tough. There's a lot of blind shots and I had no idea where I was going and there's a couple of holes where I found out that' not where the hole is.''

    Deeter has two more regular-season tournaments remaining, including a return trip to Kansas City on Wednesday to play at Sunflower Hills, and said she'll use that time to get ready for Class 5A postseason.

    "Hopefully I'll get my bad tournaments out of the way,'' Deeter said.

    Fourth-place McLaughlin shot a 96 on Tuesday while Samuelson was right behind in fifth with a 97. 

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers September 26, 2022

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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     AllenBaughmanmugAllen Baughman

    ALLEN BAUGHMAN, Shawnee Heights

    Baughman, a junior running back, carried the ball 29 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns in Shawnee Heights' 27-0 United Kansas Conference victory over Basehor-Linwood Friday night at Wetter Field. On the season Baughman has 781 rushing yards and 10 TDs for the 3-1 T-Birds.

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    LOIS DEETER, Seaman

    A senior, Deeter won her second straight individual title in last Monday's city girls golf tournament at Western Hills Golf Course, shooting an 81 and carding a birdie on the first sudden playoff berth to take the victory over Washburn Rural's Raegan Petersen. A two-time top-five Class 5A state medalist, Deeter led Seaman to a second-place team finish behind Rural.

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    LENNY NJOROGE, Topeka West

    The Topeka West senior cross country star posted his third individual victory in four races on the season in Saturday's Rim Clock Classic, clocking a five-kilometer time of 16 minutes, 00.10 seconds to win the Crimson division title by 14 seconds. Njoroge now has three wins and a runner-up finish this fall. 

  • Prep roundup: West cross country's Njoroge, Rural volleyball roll to titles

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Topeka West senior cross country star Lenny Njoroge continued his red-hot start to the 2022 season on Saturday, recording his third individual victory of the year in the Rim Rock Classic,

    LennyNjorogeRimRockTopeka West senior cross country star Lenny Njoroge won the individual title in the boys Crimson division in Saturday's Rim Rock Classic, north of Lawrence. [Submitted photo]

    Njoroge bested a field of 270 runners to win the title in the Crimson division, winning by over 14 seconds in a time of 16 minutes, 00.10 seconds.

    David Flaig of Regis Jesuit placed second in 16:14.60.

    Njoroge has inished first or second in all four of his starts this fall.

    HeightsXCShawnee Heights junior Jackson Esquibel (right) and T-Bird senior Kory Sutton finished sixth and eighth in the Rim Rock Classic Crimson division on Saturday. [Submitted photo]

    Shawnee Heights junior Jackson Esquibel and senior Kory Sutton finished sixth and eighth in the Crimson division, with Esquibel clocking a time of 16:37.30 and Sutton 16:39.00.

    Washburn Rural finished second as a team in the girls Gold division, just eight points behind Blue Springs South, Mo. (144-152).

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    Washburn Rural sophomore Payton Fink placed seventh among 152 runners in 19:06.20 to pace the Junior Blues.

  • Friday Prep FB roundup: Hayden rolls to 52-14 district win over Jeff West

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Hayden continued its impressive start to the 2022 football season Friday night, improving to 4-0 with a 52-14 home romp over Jefferson West in the Class 3A District 4 opener for both schools.

    JCCummingsJeffWestHayden senior JC Cummings takes a handoff from sophomore Jett Wahlmeier in Friday's 52-14 district win over Jefferson West. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    JettWahlmeierJeffWestHayden quarterback Jett Wahlmeier (7) talks to Wildcat coach Bill Arnold during Friday night's 52-14 Class 3A district win over Jefferson West at Hayden. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    The Wildcats put the game away early on, scoring the first 37 points by the 8:04 mark of the second quarter and leading 44-7 at the half.

    Senior JC Cummings opened Hayden's scoring with a 16-yard run and also scored on a 58-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier.

    Junior Finn Dunshee scored on a 29-yard pass from Wahlmeier and a 53-yard run.

    Hayden also got touchdowns from seniors Braydn Rose and Dylan Foster and junior Broderick Desch.

    Jefferson West (0-4) scored both of its touchdowns on long pass plays.

    SEAMAN 50, LANSING 32 -- Seaman bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 50-32 United Kansas Conference victory over Lansing on Homecoming night at Seaman.

    Seaman's Gabe Hernandez got the Vikings off to a good start when he batted a Lansing pass in the air and intercepted at the goal line for a touchdown at the 9:21 mark of the first quarter.

    Lansing tied the game later in the quarter on a 25-yard pass from Dalton Jorgensen to Lexton Grafke but the Vikings broke the tie with 18 seconds left in the first on a 1-yard run from Bryson Vawter.

    Lansing cut its deficit to 14-10 on a 25-yard Casey Watkins field goal early in the second quarter but Seaman answered with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Max Huston to Adonis VanLeeuwen to boost its lead to 21-10.

    Lansing got a 35-yard pick six from Ian Patton and converted the 2-point conversion to cut Seaman's lead to 21-18 with 4:13 left in the half, but Huston scored from 4 yards out with 23 seconds left in the half to give the Vikings a 28-18 halftime lead.

    Huston opened the third-quarter scoring with a 4-yard TD run to put Seaman up 35-18 and Lansing got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

    Seaman also got a pair of second-half scores from Jack Bloom on 1-yard and 12-yard runs to take a 50-25 advantage before the Lions scored a TD in the final minute.

    Huston completed 14 of 26 passes for 184 yards while Vawter carried the ball 29 times for 155 yards and Bloom had 132 yards on 12 attempts.

    Jorgensen passed for 221 yards on an 18 of 40 night, but Seaman picked off the Lansing quarterback three times.

    ROSSVILLE 49, ATCHISON COUNTY 8 -- Rossville opened Class 2A district play with a statement win, with the Bulldawgs rolling to a 49-8 District 3 decision over previously-unbeaten Atchison County at Rossville.

    Junior quarterback Camden Horak and senior Braiden Hensley had big nights for the Bulldawgs, connecting on four touchdown passes.

    Rossville opened its scoring with a 48-yard TD pass from Horak to Hensley and also hooked up on 20, 58 and 13-yard TD strikes.

    Horak also scored on a 32-yard run while Kade Perine had a 1-yard TD and Tayson Horak scored Rossville's final TD on a 75-yard run.

    Cedric Leistenschneider kicked five extra points while Perine had a 2-point conversion run.

    With Friday's win Rossville evened its record at 2-2. 

    MANHTATTAN 28, WASHBURN RURAL 25 -- Manhattan outlasted Washburn Rural 28-25 Friday night at Cico Park in a key Centennial League battle between two of the top Class 6A teams in Kansas.

    Manhattan improved to 4-0 overall while Washburn Rural fell to 3-1. The Indians are now 2-0 in the Centennial League while Washburn Rural is 0-1 with a key matchup with Junction City looming next Friday.

    MakenttisAdamsManWashburn Rural senior Ma'kenttis Adams takes off on a 76-yard touchdown run in the opening minute of Friday's 28-25 Centennial League loss at Manhattan. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    WRdefenseTy Weber and the Washburn Rural defense celebrate a big play in Friday's 28-25 Junior Blue loss at Manhattan. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Rural senior Ma'kenttis Adams put the Junior Blues in front with a 76-yard touchdown run in the opening minute, but Manhattan answered with a long touchdown pass from Keenan Schartz to Jaxon Bowles.

    The Indians missed the extra point to leave Rural with a 7-6 lead but Manhattan got a scoring run from DeAndre Auckland and a 2-point conversion to go in front by a 14-7 margin.

    A Dayten Smoot field goal and a TD pass from Branton DeWeese to Titan Osburn put Rural back in front 17-14 late in the opening half but Schartz scored with a half-minute remaining to give Manhattan a 21-17 halftime advantage.

    An Auckland TD midway through the third quarter boosted Manhattan's advantage to 28-17 before Washburn Rural got a scoring pass from DeWeese to Amr Sabbarini and a 2-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter.

    Washburn Rural had a late opportunity to pull out the win but Manhattan's third interception of the night clinched the win.

    LYNDON 28, CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 24 --Cair Paravel Latin took a  24-22 lead in the fourth quarter but Lyndon answered to pull out the 28-24 Eight-Man Division I District 2 decision.

    Friday's game between Cair Paravel, in its first year as a full Kansas State High School Activities Association member, and undefeated Lyndon was close throughout, with a tie and four lead changes.

    Lyndon, now 4-0 and 1-0 in district play, went on top 8-0 with a 27-yard run from Jalen Massey and a Massey conversion run, but Cair Paravel (2-2, 0-1) answered with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Evan Will to Jesiah Bonura and a Will conversion run to knot the game at 8-8 in the second quarter.

    The Tigers took a 14-8 halftime advantage on a 29-yard TD pass from Jackson Biggs to Evan Feuerborn (conversion failed) but Cair Paravel led 16-14 entering the fourth quarter after a 4-yard Will rush and a 2-point conversion pass from Simon Everhart to to Ty Gossard.

    Lyndon regained the lead on 44-yard pass from Biggs to Ethen Raney (Feuerborn run), but CPLS took the lead a final time on a 5-yard Will pass to Jachin Bonura and a 2-point conversion pass from Will to Bonura before the Tiger scored the game-winning TD on a 10-yard Biggs passs to Ben Detwiler.

    Will completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns and added 47 rushing yards on 14 attempts.

    Jesiah Bonura caught seven passes for 50 yards while Jachin Bonura caught seven passes for 17 yards and Everhart four catches for 62 yards.

    Noah Collins led Cair Paravel with seven solo tackles.   

    ROCK CREEK 44, SILVER LAKE 28 --Rock Creek improved to 3-1 on the season with a 44-28 home Mid-East League victory over Silver Lake Friday night.

    Silver Lake fell to 2-2 on the season.

    The Eagles will open Class 2A District 3 play at home next Friday against arch-rival Rossville, which is 1-0 in the district and 2-2 overall.

     

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  • Topeka West drops 49-0 UKC decision to Piper in Saturday matinee

    Isaac Deer

    By ISAAC DEER

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    It was a tough 49-0 loss for Topeka West in Saturday morning's United Kansas Conference football matchup against Piper.

    The United Kansas Conference is proving to be one of the tougher high school football leagues in the state, with schools such as Piper, Shawnee Heights, Seaman, De Soto and Basehor-Linwood making every week a slugfest.

    Topeka West was met with a well-balanced Piper team on Saturday that presented the Chargers with more problems than one.

    TWesthuddlePiperTopeka West huddles up after Saturday's 49-0 loss to Piper. [Photo by Isaac Deer/TSN]

    Topeka West had some opportunities to gain momentum before Piper went on a roll early in the game. Unfortunately for Topeka West, turnovers and penalties had an immense impact on the outcome of the game going forward.

    “It starts with me and I dropped the ball,” Topeka West coach Russell Norton said. “49-0 is not acceptable and I’ll take responsibility for that. We will go back and watch the film. We will critique and grade it. We have to continue to move forward in the process and do all of the little things right.”

    The Pirates punched the ball away from Topeka West five times. Each time that Piper gained possession of the Chargers' fumbles, they scored. This was all before the halftime break.

    “The defense flew around like crazy today,” Piper coach John Black said.

    Piper’s ground game was stellar from the opening snap. Seven different Pirates combined for 312 yards and five touchdowns before the halftime break. Kansas State offensive line commit Camden Beebe was leading the charge. 

    “Offensively we got some things done that we needed to do that we haven’t been doing lately,” Black said. “Our running backs ran the ball well. I was pleased with how the offense looked today.”

  • A game by game look at this week's Shawnee County football games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
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    THURSDAY NIGHT

    KANSAS CITY-HARMON (0-3, 0-3) at HIGHLAND PARK (3-0, 3-0)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    TreRichardsonWyanHighland Park senior star Tre Richardson has had a hand in 20 touchdowns for the 3-0 Scots. [File photo/TSN]

    Highland Park improved to 3-0 overall and in the Meadowlark Conference with a 63-36 win over KC-Sumner last Friday at Hummer Sports Park. Scot senior star Tre Richardson had a hand in six touchdowns, giving him 20 on the season and also scored a pair of 2-point conversions and picked off a pass. Richardson and quarterback Kei'Juan Johnson combined for more than 400 rushing yards against Sumner. Highland Park will be facing a Harmon team that has been outscored 207-0 in its first three games, including a 72-0 loss to Atchison last week. The Scots are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since Nick McGrain's team won its first four games in 1995. Game time: 7 p.m.

    FRIDAY NIGHT

    JEFFERSON WEST (0-3) at HAYDEN (3-0)

    JensenSchrickelRossvilleHayden sophomore Jensen Schrickel scored four touchdowns last Friday night in the Wildcats' 55-34 win over Rossville. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    Hayden opens Class 3A District 4 competition Friday night after remaining unbeaten with a 55-34 home win over Rossville last week. Sophomore Jensen Schrickel scored four touchowns and 31 points for the Wildcats against Rossville. Schrickel returned the opening kickoff 74 yards for a TD and also scored on a 67-yard punt return, a 48-yard pass reception from sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier, a 12-yard run on a reverse and kicked seven extra points. Senior JC Cummings rushed for 132 yards on 11 carries, including a 98-yard touchdown run, and junior Finn Dunshee added 83 yards on seven attempts. Jefferson West has been outscored 111-28, including a 57-0 loss to Sabetha last week. Game time: 7 p.m.

    EMPORIA (1-2, 0-0) at TOPEKA HIGH (0-3, 0-1)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    Topeka High is coming off a 27-0 road loss at Liberal last Friday while Emporia is dropped a 56-24 decision to Salina Central. Emporia played Liberal in Week 2, dropping a 53-0 decision. The Spartans willl be playing their Centennial League opener while the Trojans fell at Manhattan in their second game of the season, 59-7. Topeka High senior quarterback Peyton Wheat and sophomore receiver Jayden Norman are key offensive weapons on offense for the Trojans. Game time: 7 p.m.

    MakenttisAdams3Washburn Rural senior Ma'kenttis Adams rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Junior Blues' 37-10 non-league win over Piper Friday night. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    WASHBURN RURAL (3-0, 0-0) at MANHATTAN (3-0, 1-0)

    At Cico Park

    Washburn Rural remained unbeaten with a 37-10 win over Piper last Friday while Manhattan topped Hays, 31-21. Senior Ma'kenttis Adams finished the night with 179 rushing yards and two TDs on 16 carries as Rural topped the 300-yard rushing mark as a team. Junior quarterback Branton DeWeese completed 13 of 20 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and added 79 rushing yards on 13 carries. Junior Titan Osburn caught three passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns while junior Calvin Hayes had four catches for 34 yards and senior Amr Sabarrini two catches for 31 yards. Game time: 7 p.m.

  • Hayden ends city girls tennis title drought with 26-25 win over Seaman

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Research is ongoing to determine if Hayden's girls had ever won a city tennis team title before Thursday's thrilling 26-25 win over Seaman at the Kossover Tennis Center.

    AinzleyZulueta2Hayden sophomore Ainzley Zulueta returns a shot on the way to her second straight city No. 1 singles title Thursday at the Kossover Tennis Center. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Haydendoubles1Hayden tennis coach Christy Sheetz (right) talks to Wildcat No. 1 doubles players Lauren Sandstrom (left) and Emily Sheetz during Thursday's city tournament. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    FdTSd23XoAEkJdZHayden's tennis poses for a team picture after winning the city team title Thursday at Kossover Tennis Center by 26-25 margin over Seaman. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    But it's a sure thing that if Hayden had ever won the championship it was a long, long time ago, probably before any of the current Wildcats were even born.

    And that made Thursday's victory extra special.

    Christy Sheetz's Hayden team got city titles in No. 1 singles from sophomore Ainzley Zulueta and in No. 1 doubles from junior Lauren Sandstrom and sophomore Emily Sheetz to lead the way as the Wildcats topped runner-up Seamann by the narrowest of margins

    "That means so much to us, not only the team but it's our coach's first city win,'' Sandstrom said. "And it's huge for the team. Going forward it will be a big part of getting us motivated for our future meets.''

    Emily Sheetz, daughter of the Hayden coach, said the city meet had been a major topic of conversation leading into Thursday.

    "She talked about it a lot and we had to go in with a really positive mindset,'' Sheetz said. "Staying really positive helped the team.''

    Zulueta, the defending Class 4A singles champ, captured her second straight city title with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the finals over Seaman senior Lauren Sweeney, a 5A state champion in doubles a year ago.

    It was Zulueta's second hard-fought win over Sweeney in five days, with Zulueta taking an 8-6 win at Olathe last Saturday.

    "At the last meet we had played like five matches beforehand,'' Zulueta said. "It was a long day and I'm glad I got to play her when she was like at her best so I could also give my best.''

    After winning the city title as a freshman Zulueta said it was obviously a goal to repeat on Thursday.

    "It does become a goal and I was really excited for this meet and I'm glad it ended the way I wanted it to,'' Zulueta said.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers September 19, 2022

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    MA'KENTTIS ADAMS, Washburn Rural

    A 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior running back, Adams carried the ball 16 times for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 58 yards last Friday night as Washburn Rural improved to 3-0 on the season with a 34-10 non-league win over Piper at Bowen-Glaze Stadium. 

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    ALLEN BAUGHMAN, Shawnee Heights

    Baughman, a junior running back, continued his breakout season in Shawnee Heights' 14-7 United Kansas Conference victory at Seaman Friday night. Baughman carried the ball 27 times for 183 yards and scored both touchdowns against Seaman and has 497 rushing yards and seven TDs on 66 carries on the season for the 2-1 T-Birds.

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    LENNY NJOROGE, Topeka West

    The Topeka West senior cross country star posted his second individual victory in three races on the season in Saturday's Baldwin Invitational, clocking a five-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 52.87 seconds to win by just under 38 seconds. Njoroge now has two wins and a runner-up finish in his three starts this fall.