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  • Wednesday sub-state BB: T-Bird girls advance to 5A sub-state final with 67-59 double OT win over Piper

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Shawnee Heights' girls basketball team ended its regular season with a disappointing five-point loss to United Kansas Conference rival Piper last Friday, but the T-Birds got a second shot at the Pirates in Wednesday's Class 5A sub-state semifinal.

    SHtsjubePiper 2Shawnee Heights celebrates its 67-59 double-overtime Class 5A sub-state victory over Piper Wednesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    And although the T-Birds stared a second straight loss in the face on multiple occasions, Shawnee Heights found a way to extend the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime before dominating the second OT to advance to Saturday's sub-state championship game with a 67-59 win.

    "Tonight really I think it was just pretty much like do or die,'' Heights guard Breezy Canady said. "Especially us seniors we wanted obviously to make it to the second round, but we just gave everything we've got because there's nothing after this if we didn't.''

    Canady said that last Friday's loss gave the T-Birds motivation in the rematch.

    "I think we were maybe too big-headed,'' Canady said. "I don't know what was going on. Piper's a good team but we just lacked energy the other night and honestly we lacked energy at times in this game, too, but we figured it out.'' 

    Shawnee Heights, which improved to 15-6, will go on the road to De Soto for Saturday's sub-state final while Piper finished its season 10-11.

  • West boys fight through Seaman rally, pull away late for 65-45 Class 5A sub-state win

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Topeka West started fast and finished even faster on the way to a home 65-45 win over Seaman in Tuesday's Class 5A sub-state semifinal.

    JalenFoySeamansubstate 1Topeka West junior Jalen Foy (22), who scored 20 points, drives to the hoop in Tuesday's 65-45 sub-state win over Seaman, while KaeVon Bonner defends for the Vikings. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    KeimaniPaulSeamansubstate 3Sophomore Keimani Paul scored 18 points in Topeka West's 65-45 Class 5A sub-state win over Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    With Tuesday's win the 14-7 Chargers advanced to Friday's West Sub-State I championship game at Andover, the defending 5A state champion, while Seaman finished its season 9-12.

    Topeka West, which beat United Kansas Conference rival Seaman for the third time, jumped out to a 14-point lead late in the first half and led by 11 (33-22) at the break, but the Vikings battled back to make it a one-possession game at 45-42 early in the fourth quarter before the Chargers dominated things the rest of the way, ending the game with a 20-3 run.

    "That's the best thing about this basketball game, the fact that things were going our way and then the roller-coaster ride started going down again and they responded,'' Topeka West coach Rick Bloomquist said of his team. "They responded very well and the big thing was rebounding.

    "We had to get more active on the boards and they adjusted to that. They acted like they were coached, and that was fun, the fact that they responded finally.''

  • City sending big contingent to high school state bowling tournaments

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    The city of Topeka will be well-represented in this week's state bowling championships at Wichita, with six city teams and seven  individuals punching their tickets to state.

    All seven city schools will have representatives in state competition.

    Hayden's boys and girls teams will compete in Wednesday's first-ever Class 4A-1A state tourney at Bowlero-Wichita after sweeping regional team championships while Washburn Rural's girls regional champs will compete in Thursday's 6A meet at Bowlero-Northrock and Seaman's boys and girls and Shawnee Heights' boys will all take part in Friday's 5A state tournament at Northrock.

    Topeka High's Thomas Patterson and Washburn Rural's Cody Spangler will compete as individuals in the 6A boys state meet while Highland Park's Cristian Reyes and Topeka West's Dason Tidwell will compete as individuals in the 5A boys tourney and West's Brenna Rutschmann and Megan Wood and Shawnee Heights' Reese Bell all qualified for the 5A girls event.

     Class 6A

    The Class 6A regional team champion Washburn Rural girls will compete in Thursday's Class 6A state tournament Bowlero-Northrock in Wichita.

    WRuralgirlsbowlingjube 2Washburn Rural's girls react to the announcement that they finished first in last Wednesday's Class 6A regional bowling tournament. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Senior Claire Ireland paced the Junior Blues at regionals with a 595 three-game series to finish fifth individually while three other Rural bowlers posted top-15 finishes.

    Washburn Rural finished its regional performance with a strong performance in the four Baker format games, taking a 3,040-2,988 victory over Olathe Northwest and Mill Valley, who tied for second in the team standings.

  • This week's sub-state pairings for Shawnee County prep basketball teams

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Parirings have been finalized for this week's sub-state high school basketball tournaments, with 11 Shawnee County teams earning home court advantage for at least the first round of sub-state competition, which begins Monday and continues through Saturday.

    Both Highland Park teams, Seaman's girls and Shawnee Heights' boys could all stay at home through both rounds of sub-state competition.

    Hayden will compete in the Class 3A Royal Valley sub-state while Silver Lake and Rossville will both compete in the Class 3A Riley County sub-state and Cair Paravel Latin will compete in the 2A Jefferson County North sub-state

    Here's a look at sub-state tournaments involving Shawnee County teams:

    CLASS 6A GIRLS

    West sub-state No. 3 -- Topeka High (5-14) is the No. 11 West seed and will be on the road Tuesday for a 7 p.m. Tuesday game at Centennial League rival Manhattan (10-10).

    The Topeka High-Manhattan winner will advance to a Friday night sub-state final to face the semifinal winner between No. 3 seed Liberal (14-6) and Wichita North (3-17).

    ZoeCanfieldWR2024 1Senior Zoe Canfield and the Washburn Rural girls will be at home Tuesday to open Class 6A sub-state play against Wichita Northwest. [File photo/TSN]

    West sub-state No. 4 -- Washburn Rural, second in 6A a year ago after winning the title in 2022, is the No. 5 West seed at 13-7 and will host Wichita Northwest (5-15) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    The Washburn Rural-Wichita Northwest winner will advance to a Friday sub-state championship game to face the semifinal winner between No. 3 seed Wichita South (13-7) and Dodge City (5-15).

    CLASS 6A BOYS

    West sub-state No. 1 -- Washburn Rural, the No. 9 West seed at 10-10, will go on the road Wednesday for a 6 p.m. sub-state semifinal against No. 8 Wichita Southeast (11-9).

    The winner of that game will advance to a Saturday final to meet the winner of the semifinal between No. 1 seed Wichita Heights (19-1) and Liberal (5-15).

    TaylinStallbaumer2024 1Senior Taylin Stallbaumer and the No. 1-seeded Seaman girls will be at home Wednesday to open Class 5A postseason. [File photo/TSN]

    CLASS 5A GIRLS

    East sub-state No. 1 -- Seaman is the No. 1 East seed at 18-2 and will be at home for a 7 p.m. Wednesday semifinal to face No. 16 Kansas City-Harmon (1-15).

    The winner of that game will advance to a Saturday final to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 8 seed Basehor-Linwood (12-8) and No. 9 KC-Sumner (10-9).

    East sub-state No. 2 -- Shawnee Heights, the No. 7 East seed at 14-6, will host No. 10 seed Piper (10-10) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the T-Birds and Pirates meeting for the second straight game. Piper upset United Kansas Conference foe Heights last Friday in the regular-season finale.

    The Heights-Piper winner will move on to a Saturday sub-state final to face the winner of another UKC matchup between No. 2 West seed De Soto (17-3) and Lansing (2-18).

    IMG 7426Rob Brown's Highland Park girls, 14-5 on the season, will be at Topeka High for Wednesday's Class 5A sub-state semifinal against Pittsburg. [File photo/TSN]

    East sub-state No. 3 -- Highland Park (14-5) is the No. 3 East seed and will be looking for its second straight Class 5A state tournament berth.

    HIghland Park will face No. 14 seed Pittsburg (5-15) in a 6 p.m. semifinal on Wednesday at Topeka High. The Highland Park-Pittsburg winner will advance to a Saturday sub-state final to face the semifinal winner between No. 6 Spring Hill (14-6) and Blue Valley Southwest (10-10).

    West sub-state No. 3 -- Topeka West is the No. 14 West seed at 8-12 and will travel to No. 3 seed Emporia (19-1) for a 7 p.m. Wednesday semifinal.

    The winner will advance to Saturday's sub-state final to face the winner of the semifinal between No. 6 Great Bend (14-6) and No. 11 Salina Central (10-10).

    CLASS 5A BOYS

  • Thursday/Friday prep basketball roundup: Wiltz's 29 points power Seaman boys to 73-57 win over Turner

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    The Seaman boys played their final regular-season game at home Thursday night against the Kansas-City Turner Bears, with sophomore Landon Wiltz's 29-point night powering Seaman to a 73-57 United Kansas Conference win.

    LandonWiltzTH 1Seaman sophomore Landon Wiltz scored a career-high 29 points in Friday's 73-57 UKC win over Turner. [File photo/TSN]

    The Vikings and Bears battled for the first three quarters before Seaman pulled away late.  

    After jumping out to an early 9-0 lead, the Vikings saw the Bears battle back to within four points, 15-11, at the end of the first quarter.

     

    “To their (Turner’s) credit, they fought back after the tough start,” Seaman coach Craig Cox said.

    In the second quarter, Turner had a stretch where they made three consecutive 3-point baskets to take a 24-21 lead, but the Vikings responded by going on a 13-3 run to close out the quarter and lead 34-27 at the halftime break.

    Seaman extended its lead to 43-29 in the first 4:30 of the third quarter, but another stretch of four straight Bear 3-pointers cut Seaman’s lead to 49-41 heading into the final quarter.

    In the fourth quarter, Seaman pulled away by outscoring Turner 24-16, led by Wiltz, who scored 11 of his career-high 29 points in the quarter.

     

    “Landon obviously was huge for us offensively,'' Cox said. "He got inside, understanding he had a matchup he could take advantage of.''

  • Topeka West girls take 62-50 Senior Night win over Piper

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    The Topeka West girls defeated Piper 62-50 on Senior Night Tuesday, ending a three-game losing skid and perhaps gaining some momentum with just one game remaining before sub-state.

    ZoeClarkWS 1Topeka West senior Zoe Clark scored a game-high 17 points in Tuesday's home 62-50 UKC win over Piper. [File photo/TSN]

    RebeccaBearmanWS 1Topeka West senior Rebecca Bearman scored 14 points in the Chargers' UKC win over Piper Tuesday night. [File poto/TSN]

    The Chargers had three players score in double figures while their defense frustrated Piper into 19 of 63 shooting from the field.

    “They finally put four quarters together,” said Topeka West coach Angie Ketterman. “Our defense was amazing. We were getting points from everybody on the floor whereas before we were just getting it from a few kids. But the big thing tonight was our defense. Our defense has improved so much this season.”

    Seniors Zoe Clark and Rebecca Bearman led the way for the Chargers.

    Clark led all scorers with 17 points while Bearman dominated on the glass and added 14 points.

    “We’ve been trying all year to get Rebecca to believe in herself around that basket and use that backboard. And tonight, she was doing that,” Ketterman said. “To get her scoring around the basket is huge for us.”

    “It was big getting this win. Piper is a good team,” Bearman said. “We didn’t beat them the last time, so it felt great to get away with the win this time. We worked really hard for it so we’re excited.”

  • Tough night at charity stripe hampers West boys in 57-55 UKC loss to Piper

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    Despite what was at times an ugly performance, the Topeka West boys took one of the top teams in Class 5A to the wire Tuesday, with the Chargers losing to Piper at home, 57-55.

     JohnnyYoungLaw 1Topeka West senior Johnny Young (1) scored 16 points in the Chargers' 57-55 UKC loss to league-leading Piper Tuesday night. [File photo/TSN]

    One would think that a team that hit just four of 18 free throws would get blown out. Yet the Chargers had opportunities to tie the game in the final seconds despite the miserable performance from the line.

    While the Chargers clanked free throws, Piper was an efficient 21-43 from the field and 13-15 from the line.

    “The biggest reason we lost was free throws. That’s a no-brainer,” said Charger coach Rick Bloomquist. “I think we’re a pretty decent free throw shooting team. I can’t do anything about it today because that hasn’t been the situation before. But at this point in the season, probably the best thing I can do is not talk about it. I don’t want them to dwell on it. We’ll just go on and talk about the positive.”

    Bloomquist found plenty of positive to take from the game.

    “I just finished telling (the team) that what I liked was the second half,” Bloomquist said. “We had to get physical. It turned into a muddy game. It had to be that way for us to have a chance.”

  • State champions Meier, Miranda headline 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving team

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural senior Class 6A state champions Brogan Meier and Jack Miranda headline the 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving team.

    All Cityswimmingfirstteam 2The 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving first team -- Front, from left: Evan Hoobler, Shawnee Heights; Andres Morao-Jaspe, Washburn Rural; Alex Lanterman, Washburn Rural; Jack Miranda, Washburn Rural; Jack Pekarek, Seaman; Jaxon Cowdin, Topeka High. Back, from left: Truman Brede, Shawnee Heights; Luke Lemke, Washburn Rural; Elijah Leenerts, Washburn Rural; Will Powell, Washburn Rural; Brogan Meier, Washburn Rural; Daniel Allen, Washburn Rural. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    All Cityswimmingsecondteam 2The 2024 All-City boys swimming and diving second team -- Front, from left: Robert Haag, Topeka West; Palmer Heskett, Hayden; Will Stewart, Topeka High; Dawson Blankenship, Topeka High; Kinser Barbosa, Seaman; Ryan Carson, Hayden. Back, from left: Sourish Sinha, Washburn Rural; Jeremiah Moylan, Seaman; Isaac Hochard, Seaman; Lincoln Carter, Topeka High; Maximo Cuevas, Seaman; Pablo Domenech. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Meier won the state title in the 50-yard freestyle and Miranda was the state champion in the 500 free while both stars, first-team All-State picks, also posted runnerup individual finishes and swam on the Junior Blues' second-place 400 free relay as Washburn Rural shared the third-place 6A team trophy with Manhattan.

    The All-City team, which is based on performances in the city meet, includes eight members of the Rural team that won its fifth straight city championship and also claimed the Centennial League title.

    Also earning first-team All-City honors for the Junior Blues are Daniel Allen, Alex Lanterman, Elijah Leenerts, Luke Lemke, Andrew Morao-Jaspe and Will Powell.

    Powell, a second-team All-State pick, was a triple 6A state medalist while Allen was also a multiple event medalist.

    Topeka High junior Jaxon Cowdin earned his third straight city one-meter diving title and his second straight Centennial League championship before finishing 12th in 6A.

    Shawnee Heights is represented on the All-City team by Truman Brede and Evan Hoobler while senior Jack Pekarek earned a first-team berth for Seaman. 

    All-City capsules:

  • Seaman bowlers tune up for postseason with dominating title sweep in UKC meet

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    With regional competition looming next week, Seaman's bowling teams tuned up with a sweep of all four championships in Monday's United Kansas Conference meet at Crown Lanes in Leavenworth.

    SeamanboysbowlingUKC 2Seaman's boys bowling team won the UKC team title Monday while sweeping the top four individual places. [Seaman Athletics]

    SeamangirlsbowlingUKC 2Seaman's girls bowling team won the UKC title on Monday, led by individual champion Paige Snyder (left). [Seaman Athletics]

    Seaman won the boys team championship by a 3,580-3,358 margin over Piper as individual champion Alex Prescott led a sweep of the top four places while the Viking girls took the team title by 3,004-2,824 margin over Basehor-Linwood as individual champ Paige Snyder led the way.

    Prescott won the boys individual title with a 722 three-game series while Riley Parkhurst was second with a 694, Dylan Hunt third with a 673 and Landon Huxman fourth with a 670 series.

    Snyder shot a 643 series to win the girls individual championship by 40 pins while Cheyenne Turkin finished third with a 594 and Kayla Mize finsihed eighth for the Vikings with a 547 series.

    Shawnee Heights finished third as a team in both the boys and girls divisions.

    T-Bird Evan Jones finished fifth in the boys standings with a 666 series while Addison VanMetre was fourth in the girls standings with a 580 series.

    Topeka West's boys and girls both placed fourth in the team race, with Dason Tidwell (662) and Alex Rutschmann (661) finishing seventh and eighth in the boys division while Megan Wood (567) took fifth and Brenna Rutschmann (533) 10th in the girls standings.

    Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka West will all compete in regional tournaments on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Hutchinson, vying for state berths at Wichita the following week.

    UNITED KANSAS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • No. 2-ranked Seaman girls roll to 78-33 home UKC win over Topeka West

    By CHARLES SPURLOCK

    TopSports.news

    In their second meeting of the season, the No. 2 ranked team in Class 5A, the Seaman Lady Vikes, played host to Topeka West Friday night, rolling to a 78-33 United Kansas Conference win over the Chargers.

    MaddieGraggCapClassic 1Seaman sophomore Maddie Gragg scored 25 points with four 3-pointers in Friday's 78-33 UKC win over Topeka West. [File photo/TSN]

    From the outset, the Lady Vikes controlled the game. Seaman led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and doubled the total of the Lady Chargers by halftime, 38-19.

     

    “We have been stressing in practice about getting the ball moving on offense,'' Seaman coach Matt Tinsley said. The ball will find the right person when we do that.”

  • Paul leads the way as Topeka West holds off Seaman for 55-49 UKC road victory

    By CHARLES SPURLOCK

    TopSports.news

    The Seaman Vikings hosted the Topeka West Chargers in a United Kansas Conference boys contest on Friday night. After a high scoring first quarter, it became a defensive battle, with Topeka West taking a 55-49 win.

     

    KeimaniPaulDeSoto 1Sophomore Keimani Paul led Topeka West with 18 points in Friday's 55-49 UKC road win at Seaman. [File photo/TSN]

    Both teams started the game by shooting 8-12 from the field in the opening quarter and Topeka West led 23-17.

    In the second quarter, the defense began to stiffen on both ends of the court.  Seaman shot 6-12 in the quarter and cut into the West lead by halftime, trailing 32-30.

    The teams played even in the third quarter with Topeka West holding on to the two-point advantage, 40-38, going into the fourth quarter.

     

    The Chargers increased the lead to 46-38 in the first three minutes of the final quarter, but the Vikings responded with 3-pointers from senior Justin Phillips and sophomore KaeVon Bonner, to cut the deficit to 46-44.  The Vikings could get no closer due to some empty possessions and giving up four offensive rebounds on missed free throws in the final 90 seconds.

  • Shawnee County football letter of intent signings

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    PacksonBettisDerby 1Packson Bettis, Washburn Rural (56)

    JoshNitschkeLan 1Josh Nitschke, Topeka West

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Editor's note: Following is a list of college football signees that have been reported to TopSports.news. If Shawnee County coaches have additional signees email the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Player, high school                                 College                        Ht.   Wt. Pos.

    Jace Banks, Topeka West                           Coffeyville CC               5-9 170   DB

    Callen Barta, Seaman                                Kansas State                  6-2 180   DB

    Packson Bettis, Washburn Rural                North Dakota                6-2 230   DE

    BJ Canady, Topeka High                            Cal                                 6-6 255   DE

    Carter Charvat, Hayden                             Benedictine                    6-2 225  OL

    Branton DeWeese, Washburn Rural          Washburn                      6-0  185  QB

    Christian Gonzales, Shawnee Heights       Washburn                      6-1  275  DL

    Jaren Heim, Washburn Rural                     Washburn                     6-2  220  LB

    JC Heim, Washburn Rural                          Washburn                     6-3  225  LB

    Isaac Hochard, Seaman                             Concordia                      6-0 155 DB

    Isaiah Kincade, Topeka High                      Washburn                     6-0 195  DB

    Jamond Lane, Washburn Rural                  Washburn                     6-0 280 DL

    Jaki Lee, Shawnee Heights                         MidAmerica Nazarene 5-9 210 OL/DL 

    Jacob Malcom, Shawnee Heights              Coffeyville CC               6-1 200 WR/DB

    Josh Nitschke, Topeka West                       Garden City CC            6-1 180 WR/DB

    Emmanuel Nwakpuda, Washburn Rural    Ottawa                          6-4190 WR

    Titan Osburn, Washburn Rural                  Benedictine                   6-3 180 WR

    Blake Redmond, Silver Lake                      Washburn                      5-9 160 RB

    Kyrece Robinson, Topeka West                 Hutchinson CC               6-2 230 DL

    Drew Taylor, Washburn Rural                    MidAmerica Nazarene  6-3 210 L 

    Kris Thomas, Topeka West                        Coffeyville CC                6-2 240 OL/DL

    Josiah Todwong, Hayden                          Washburn                      6-0 265 OL/DL

    Ryeki Tuley, Shawnee Heights                   Coffeyville CC              6-0 180 QB
     

     

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  • Shawnee Heights girls ride 13-0 start to 65-48 UKC road win over Topeka West

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Topeka West played much better Tuesday night than it had in a 35-point early-season loss to Shawnee Heights.

    But that wasn't enough for the Chargers to keep pace with the T-Birds, who went wire-to-wire for a 65-48 United Kansas Conference win at West after scoring the first 13 points of the game. 

    BreezyCanadyTWest 1Shawnee Heights senior Breezy Canady (24) scored a game-high 21 points with four 3-pointers in Tuesday's 65-48 UKC win over Topeka West. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    "They are much-improved,'' Shawnee Heights coach Bob Wells said of the Chargers. "Just their on-the-court awareness and the things they're doing on offensively kind of fits the players that they have.

    "We knew that they had some girls that just can shoot the lights out. They're definitely doing a good job over here and told the grls, 'You can throw out the scouting report from last time because they've improved that much.'' 

  • Stifling defensive effort sets the tone in T-Birds' 58-30 UKC road romp past Topeka West

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Shawnee Heights' boys basketball team was solid on offense Tuesday night at Topeka West, but spectacular on defense as the T-Birds rolled to a 58-30 United Kansas Conference victory, their 12th win over their past 13 games.

    BrennonDodgeTWest 1Shawnee Heights senior Brennon Dodge scored a game-high 17 points in the T-Birds' 58-30 UKC win at Topeka West Tuesday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The ninth-ranked (Class 5A) T-Birds limited Topeka West to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters and a total of just 19 points over that span and led by as many as 36 points in the final period while forcing a running clock.

    "You know what defense means to me and that's big-time defense,'' Shawnee Heights coach Ken Darting said. "There wasn't an open shot all night and sometimes it was the third rotation that had it covered. We covered the gaps and got to the ball and we did what we wanted.

    "We wanted to come out and not let them get comfortable. If they come out and hit three 3s in the first quarter it would be turned around. It would be the other way around.''

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers Feb. 5, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

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    EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    A returning Class 6A state wrestling champion, Broxterman helped lead Washburn Rural to the boys Centennial League championship on Saturday at Manhattan with a perfect 4-0 team record in dual competition. A junior, Broxterman went 4-0 individually with four pins between 29 and 33 seconds, winning the award for most pins in the least amount of time.

    PearmellaCartermug 2Pearmella Carter

    PEARMELLA CARTER, Highland Park

     Carter, a freshman girls basketball standout, scored 38 points and grabbed 18 points in Friday's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference victory over Kansas City-Wyandotte. Carter went 18 of 27 shots from the floor and two of three from the free throw line while also recording six steals. Earlier in the week Carter scored 22 points with 21 rebounds in a 63-34 conference win over KC-Washington.

    LaikenClark2024mugLaiken Clark

    LAIKEN CLARK, Washburn Rural

    A senior wrestling standout, Clark captured the 135-pound Centennial League championship Saturday at Manhattan, helping Washburn Rural win its fourth straight league team title with a perfect 4-0 record in dual competition. Clark reached the 100-win milestone in her first match and went 4-0 on the day with 32-second and 1 minute, 6-second pins as well as an 11-3 major decision and a forfeit victory.

  • Midseason 2023-2024 city high school boys basketball statistics

    Rick Peterson

    NOTE: Midseason statistics for city boys basketball teams were compiled by Seaman girls coach Matt Tinsley. The following stats are the second of three statistical reports which will be released during the 2023-2024 season, capped by the season-ending stats.

    SCORING

    Name, school                    Gms.  Pts.  Avg

    Robinson, Highland Park        10     211  21.1

    JaCoreyRobinsonNW 1Highland Park junior Ja'Corey Robinson (23) leads the city in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double on the season. [File photo/TSN]

    J. Sanchez, Shawnee Heights 10    182   18.2

    Anderson, Highland Park         8    132   16.5

    Bonner, Seaman                     10    161   16.1

    Dodge, Shawnee Heights       12    184   15.3

    Williams, Highland Park          10    153   15.3

    Everhart, Cair Paravel              12     183  15.3

    Ballard, Washburn Rural          --      ---   12.8

    Finley, Seaman                        10     124  12.4

    Hales, Topeka High                 12     148   12.3

    Durst, Washburn Rural            --      ---    12.3

    Foy, Topeka West                    11     135   12.3

    Pavlik, Cair Paravel                  12      140   11.7

    Colboch, Hayden                    11     117   10.6

    Lyons, Topeka High                  9        93   10.3 

    REBOUNDING

    Name, school                    Gms.   Total    Avg.

    Robinson, Highland Park         10      140   14.0

    J. Sanchez, Shawnee Heights   10        83     8.3

  • Midseason 2023-24 city high school girls basketball statistics

    Rick Peterson

    NOTE: Mideason statistics for city girls basketball teams were compiled by Seaman girls coach Matt Tinsley. Topeka High did not report midseason stats. The following stats are the second of three statistical reports which will be released during the 2023-2024 season, capped by the season-ending stats.

    SCORING

    Name, school                    Gms.  Pts.  Avg

    Carter, Highland Park          9       144    16.0

    PearmellaCarter 2Highland Park freshman Pearmella Carter is leading the city in scoring and rebounding. [Highland Park basketball]

    Ramsey, Hayden                  9       140    15.6

    Canfield, Washburn Rural    8       124    15.5

    Vickery, Washburn Rural    11       166    15.1

    Becker, Seaman                  13       194    14.9

    Meier, Hayden                    13       183     14.1

    Gowan-Britt, Highland Park  6         80     13.3

    I. McGlory, Topeka West        15       198     13.2

    Emmot, Shawnee Heights   12       147     12.3

    Gragg, Seaman                    13       152     12.3

    T. Stallbaumer, Seaman        13       151    11.6

    Sandstrom, Hayden              13       149    11.5

    Broils, Highland Park              9          87     9.7

    Clark, Topeka West               15        138     9.2

    Vega, Shawnee Heights        12        107     8.9

    REBOUNDING

    Name, school                    Gms.   Total    Avg.

    Carter, Highland Park            9         94       10.4

    Ramsey, Hayden                   9          88        9.8

  • No. 4-ranked Shawnee Heights girls capture fifth straight UKC wrestling championship

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Shawnee Heights' girls wrestling team entered Saturday's United Kansas Conference Championships as the four-time defending conference champion and the No. 4-ranked team in Class 6A-5A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.

    But Heights coach Chad Parks knew the T-Birds couldn't afford to take anything for granted and would need to be on top of their game to stretch their title reign to five straight seasons.

    ShawneeHeightsUKCShawnee Heights' girls wrestling team celebrates its fifth straight United Kansas Conference team championship Saturday at Shawnee Heights. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    The T-Birds were up to the task and then some, earning five individual championships and adding three runnerup finishes on their home mats on the way to a 217-179.5 victory over Basehor-Linwood, while short-handed Seaman finished third (129). 

    "We knew Basehor was going to be really tough,'' Parks said. "They're solid all the way through and when you wrestle a team that's solid all the way through they're going to give you a run. That's all there is to it.

    "We needed to come out like always and just focus on doing our job one match at a time and then see how it plays out. I felt we wrestled really well. The girls stayed focused, they worked hard. We were out there battling every match and that's all we ask of them.''

  • Weekend prep BB roundup: Freshman Pearmella Carter scores 38 points in Lady Scots' 66-30 win

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Freshman Pearmella Carter turned in a huge 38-point, 18-rebound performance Friday night as Highland Park's girls basketball team bounced back from a loss to perennial Class 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas with a 66-30 Meadowlark Conference road win over Kansas City-Wyandotte.

    PearmellaCarter 2Freshman Pearmella Carter scored 38 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Highland Park's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Wyandotte Friday night. [Highland Park basketball]

    Carter hit 18 of 27 shots from the floor and went two of three from the free throw line in the Highland Park win while also recording six steals.

    AngeliqueGowan Britt 2Angelique Gowan-Britt scored 15 points with 9 assists and 6 steals in Highland Park's 66-30 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Wyandotte. [Highland Park basketball]

    TahtionnaBroils 1Tahtionna Broils scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Highland Park's 66-30 win over KC-Wyandotte. [Highland Park basketball]

    Carter was backed by Angelique Gowan-Britt with 15 points, 9 assists and 6 steals while Tahtionna Broils scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

    Highland Park led 15-7 at the end of the opening quarter and 28-17 at the half before outscoring the Bulldogs 38-13 in the second half.

    Now 7-4 on the season and undefeated in conference play, Highland Park will travel to Atchison on Monday for a Meadowlark Conference contest. 

    ImaniMcGloryTurner 3Topeka West sophomore Imani McGlory led all scorers with 15 points in the Chargers' 58-21 UKC win over Turner. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    West girls take 58-21 runaway UKC decision over KC-Turner

    Having lost four of its last five games at the start of the night, Topeka West's girls got back on track in a big way Friday night, taking a 58-21 home United Kansas Conference victory over Kansas City-Turner.

    The Chargers started somewhat slowly, scoring seven of their 11 first-quarter points from the free throw line, but West still led 11-5 and then put the game out of reach with an 18-4 second quarter that gave West 29-9 halftime advantage.

  • Chargers bounce back from loss with 81-30 UKC romp past KC-Turner

    Rick Peterson

    By Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Despite playing its third game of the week and on back-to-back nights, Topeka West's boys came out with plenty of energy Friday night, pressing all over the floor with great success and scoring at will in an 81-30 home United Kansas Conference romp past Kansas City-Turner.

    KeimaniPaulTurner 4Sophomore Keimani Paul (13) scored 22 points with four 3-pointers in Topeka West's 81-30 win over Turner Friday night. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    JalenFoyTurner 1Junior Jalen Foy (22 right) scored 20 points in Topeka West's 81-30 home UKC win over Turner Friday night. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Of course, veteran Charger coach Rick Bloomquist had an explanation for the unbridled enthusiasm of his team, which was coming off a 25-point loss at Piper Thursday night that ended West's five-game win streak.

    "We actually had played two in four days but participated in a third,'' Bloomquist cracked, alluding to the Piper loss. "Our legs were rested. We didn't play well the night before, we played the complete opposite so we had plenty of energy for Friday.

    "I didn't tell them to save their energy at all, it wasn't by plan. They just happened to do it but we had plenty of energy tonight.''

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