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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

  • Washburn Rural softball earns Centennial League sweep over Hayden

    Todd Fertig

    By Todd Fertig

    TopSports.news

    Two solid pitching efforts helped Washburn Rural sweep Hayden on the softball diamond Tuesday at Rural to improve to 8-2 under first-year coach Joy Marie Galliart.

    OliviaKochSOFTBALL 2Freshman Olivia Koch picked up a complete-game victory in Washburn Rural's 10-2 first-game win over Hayden on Tuesday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    “Anybody who watched us in our first game on March 22 and came back and watched us now, I think they would see tremendous growth and improvement,” said Galliart, a longtime coach in Oklahoma who took over the Washburn Rural program during the offseason. “We’ve made huge strides in the three and a half weeks since then.

    “Change is hard for kids when they’re trying to do it under a new coach with some new philosophies. So it’s taken some time for them to adjust to those changes, but we’re really starting to move in the right direction.”

    Freshman Olivia Koch limited Hayden to two runs in the first game of the afternoon, leading to a 10-2 Junior Blues victory.

    “I think Olivia’s been doing a great job as a freshman,” Galliart said. “She comes in and does everything we ask her to do both offensively and in the circle. We’re trying to work on getting her to trust her pitches and rely on her defense. But she’s doing some great things for us.”

    “I knew she was a great athlete, and I knew that she was a pitcher. But I think we’ve been equally impressed with her defensive skills (in the outfield) when she’s not in the circle. She loves to run bases, so having her at the top of our lineup with her speed also gives us an added bonus.”

    LaylaCollinsSOFTBALL 1Junior Layla Collis is congratulated by Washburn Rural coach Joy Marie Galliart after a first-game home run. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    AveryRuppSOFTBALL 2Junior Avery Rupp celebrates a hit during Washburn Rural's doubleheader sweep over Hayden on Tuesday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Koch benefitted from 14 hits by the Junior Blues, including home runs by Avery Rapp and Layla Collins. Washburn Rural will not rely on home runs, however, according to Galliart.

  • 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

  • Prep roundup: Rural softball pushes win streak to four games with sweep over Olathe South

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural's softball team ran its win streak to four games with Friday's 8-3, 15-4 non-league road doubleheader sweep over Olathe South, with the Junior Blues improving to 6-2 on the season.

    MakaylaEkisTH 3Washburn Rural senior Makayla Ekis recorded her second straight complete-game pitching win in Friday's doubleheader sweep over Olathe South. [File photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Junior Naudia Wech sparked the Washburn Rural offense in the opener with a bases loaded triple while freshman Olivia Koch picked up the pitching win with a complete-game performance.

    Junior Avery Rupp hit a grand slam in the second game, her first home run at the varsity level, while senior Makayla Ekis went the distance in the pitcher's circle for the victory.

    Rural's sweep over Olathe South came on the heels of a 5-2, 10-1 Centennial League road sweep over Emporia.

    Washburn Rural will be at home Tuesday to host Hayden (2-2) in a Centennial twinbill.

    PaigeGlasgowSOFTBALL 1Seaman senior Paige Glasgow (left) congratulates sophomore teammate Aubrey Warren after Warren scored a run in Friday's softball triangular at Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Seaman softball bounces back from first loss with win over city rival Topeka High

    After suffering a heartbreaking 10-inning 5-4 loss to Eudora in its first game, Seaman's softball team bounced right back to take a 19-9 win over city rival Topeka High in Friday's triangular at Seaman.

    KaelynORourkeSOFTBALL 2Junior Kaelyn O'Rourke and the Seaman Vikings are 5-1 on the season after a split in Friday's triangular at Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    With its second-game win the Vikings improved to 5-1 on the season.

  • 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.

  • Washburn Rural tennis continues dominating start to 2024 with sweep in Topeka West quad

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

     Washburn Rural's boys tennis team hasn't quite achieved perfection over its first three tennis meets of the 2024 season.

    But Brad Johnston's Junior Blues have been darn close, going undefeated as a team while dropping just one match.

    Rural continued its hot start in Wednesday's Topeka West quadrangular at Kossover Tennis Center, rolling to 4-0 victories over Seaman, Topeka West and Lawrence.

    "I love the talent and the depth that we have, having a couple of seniors but being able to fill out the lineup with sophomores and I still have other guys,'' Johnston said. "They're playing hard and they're buying into the team mentality that we have.''

    DylanDodgeTENNIS 3Washburn Rural senior Dylan Dodge went a perfect 3-0 in No. 1 singles in Wednesday's Topeka West quadrangular. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    KeeganKnudtsonTENNISSophomore Keegan Knudtson went 3-0 in No. 2 singles in Wednesday's Topeka West quadrangular, helping Washburn Rural post three 4-0 dual victories. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Rural senior Dylan Dodge posted 8-2, 8-0 and 8-1 wins in No. 1 singles while sophomore Keegan Knudtson recorded two 8-0 decisions and an 8-1 victory in No. 2 singles.

    DylanWillinghamTENNIS 5Washburn Rural sophomore Dylan Willingham (left) and senior Lawsen Lobatos celebrate a point during Wednesday's Topeka West quadrangular at Kossover Tennis Center, with the Rural duo going 3-0 on the day. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    CaleDuetscherTENNISWashburn Rural's No. 2 doubles team of Brayden Kohls (left) and Cale Duetscher went undefeated in Wednesday's Topeka West quadrangular, helping the Junior Blues post three 4-0 victories. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Washburn Rural's No. 1 doubles team of senior Lawsen Lobatos and sophomore Dylan Willingham didn't drop a game on the day, winning three straight 8-0 decisions while the Junior Blues' No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Cale Duetscher and Brayden Kohls posted 8-2, 8-4 and 8-5 victories.

    "I feel like this season and the seasons going forward that we're going in the right direction and team first is our mentality,'' Johnston said.

  • 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

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 1, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    BrodyAndersonmug 2Brody Anderson

    BRODY ANDERSON, Seaman

    A sophomore track and field standout for the Vikings, Anderson picked up his second win in the 800-meter run in as many meets in last Thursday's Jerry Beardslee Invitational at Washburn Rural. Anderson clocked a personal-record time of 1 minute, 59.81 seconds in the win, recording his first sub-two minute time in the event. Anderson received All-Shawnee County honorable mention as a freshman in track and was a first-team all-county pick in cross country this past fall. 

    JettBuckmug 2Jett Buck

    JETT BUCK, Washburn University

    A junior shortstop, Buck went 3 for 3 with a double and a home run on Saturday as Washburn University's baseball clinched a series win over Rogers State with a 15-7 victory at Falley Field. A Liberty, Mo. native, Buck scored a run and had four runs batted in as the Ichabods improved to 18-14 overall and 12-8 in the MIAA.

    JayceeGintermug 1Jaycee Ginter

    JAYCEE GINTER, Washburn University

    A senior right-hander, Ginter threw back-to-back shutouts last weekend against Northwest Missouri and Missouri Western. The former Shawnee Heights star hurled a complete-game three-hitter in Friday's 6-0 win over Northwest while recording 12 strikeouts and hitting a three-run home run. Ginter followed that up with another three-hit, 12-strikeout performance in Saturday's 2-0 Ichabod win over Missouri Western, improving to 14-5 on the season.

  • 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. 

  • Rural lefty Redeker shuts down Seaman in nightcap to give Junior Blues split with Vikings

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    After losing the bulk of its pitching staff from the 2023 season, Washburn Rural baseball coach Jay Mastin had to turn to several players to fill those holes, including senior left-hander Colin Redeker, who has taken full advantage of that opportunity.

    ColinRedekerWRbaseball 2Washburn Rural senior Colin Redeker threw a two-hitter and struck out 11 hitters as the Junior Blues earned a split with a 4-0 win over Seaman on Friday at Rural. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    After winning his first start of the season, Redeker improved to 2-0 on Friday with a dominating performance against Seaman as the Junior Blues earned a home doubleheader split with a 4-0 second-game win after Seaman took a 12-6 win in the opener.

    Redeker twirled a two-hitter on Friday while recording 11 strikeouts and not allowing a walk as Washburn Rural (3-4) handed perennial Class 5A power Seaman its first loss of the year.

    "I think the key today was just keeping the ball down and taking away the big hits, eliminating that, and letting my curve ball work from there,'' Redeker said.

    Redeker has primarily played outfield in his Washburn Rural career, but said he's enjoying the opportunity to get the ball for the Junior Blues.

    "I love pitching, I love it,'' Redeker said.

    Redeker set the tone early on, striking out two Vikings in each of the first two innings and then striking out the side in the third.

    Redeker struck out another Seaman hitter in the fourth and struck out the side for the second time in the sixth.

    "He was in the zone, he was dealing tonight,'' Mastin said of Redeker. "I think he threw 80 pitches so you can't ask for anything more than that. He was very efficient tonight.''

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