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  • A game by game look at Friday night's county football games

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.)

    WASHBURN RURAL (3-2, 0-2 Centennial) at TOPEKA HIGH (1-4, 1-1 Centennial)

    At Hummer Sports Park

    TyWeberJCWashburn Rural senior linebacker Ty Weber (32) is coming off a 20-tackle performance against Junction City last Friday. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Both teams will be looking to bounce back from losses, with Washburn Rural coming off a 24-6 Centennial League loss to Junction City last Friday and Topeka High dropping an 81-13 non-league decision to Wichita Northwest. Topeka High senior quarterback Peyton Wheat has completed 60 of 125 passes on the season for 978 yards and three touchdown while sophomore Jayden Norman has 30 receptions for 497 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Norman caught nine passes for 158 yards and a TD against Northwest. Washburn Rural struggled at times offensively against Junction City after an early touchdown, but senior linebacker Ty Weber registered 20 tackles (13 solos), Wyatt Conklin was in on 10.5 stops and Jaren Heim 10 tackles (seven solo).

    JettWahlmeier2Hayden sophomore Jett Wahlmeier completed 12 of 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in last Friday's 44-28 district win at Perry-Lecompton. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    ROYAL VALLEY (1-4, 0-1 district) at HAYDEN (5-0, 2-0 district)

    Hayden remained unbeaten with a 44-28 Class 3A district win at Perry-Lecompton last Friday while Royal Valley dropped a 48-15 district decision to Holton in its district opener. Hayden sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier completed 12 of 14 passes for 188 yards against Perry-Lecompton and has completed 46 of 60 passes on the season for 744 yards and six touchdowns while sophomore Jensen Schrickel has 15 catches for 308 yards and three TDs. Finn Dunshee has carried the ball 31 times for 417 yards while JC Cummings has 40 carries for 345 yards. Schrickel has scored 67 total points.

    MADISON (4-1, 2-0 district) at CAIR PARAVEL LATIN (2-3, 0-2 district)

    At Highland Park

    Cair Paravel Latin is coming off a 57-20 Eight-Man Division I district loss to undefeated Burlingame last week while Madison remained unbeaten in district play with a 40-26 win over Lyndon. Cair Paravel junior Evan Will has completed 35 of 54 pass attempts for 347 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts while Jase Pavlik is 25 of 38 passing for 400 yards and seven TDs. Jachin Bonura has caught 14 passes for 205 yards and six TDs while Jesiah Bonura has 14 catches for 194 yards and three TDs.

    MackeyJamesHighland Park senior Mackey James (33) leads the Scots with 50 tackles, including 33 solo stops. [File photo/TSN]

     KeiJuanJohnson2Highland Park senior quarterback Kei'Juan Johnson has rushed for 389 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 660 yards and nine TDs. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (4-1, 4-0 Meadowlark) at ATCHISON (5-0, 4-0 Meadowlark)

    The winner of Friday night's game will be in the driver's seat to win the Meadowlark Conference championship. Atchison posted a 55-6 league win over Kansas City-Washington last week while Highland Park is coming off its first loss of the season, a 59-22 non-league loss at Lincoln College Prep. Highland Park senior Tre Richardson has carried the ball 54 times for 1,031 yards and 16 TDs and caught 21 passes for 555 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior quarterback Kei'Juan Johnson has completed 35 of 51 passes for 660 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 389 yards on 33 attempts with four TDs. Mackey James has been in on 50 tackles (33 solo).

  • Prep roundup: Rural volleyball dominates Centennial League event

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural's powerhouse volleyball team had plenty to celebrate on Saturday in Junction City.

    Ruralvolleyball2Washburn Rural rolled to a perfect 5-0 record in last Saturday's Centennial League volleyball tournament after opening the day with coach Kevin Bordewick's 1,000th career win as a volleyball coach. [Twitter]

    Veteran Rural coach Kevin Bordewick reached the 1,000-victory mark for his volleyball coaching career in the first match of the Centennial League tournament while the Junior Blues went 5-0 on the day to win the league championship with a dominating performance.

    The Junior Blues posted five straight-set victories on the day while not allowing more than 17 points in a set.

    Washburn Rural opened the day with a 25-6, 25-9 win over Junction City, followed by a 25-15, 25-12 victory over Hayden, a 25-7, 25-17 triumph over Topeka High, a 25-8, 25-13 win over Manhattan and a  25-6, 25-9 decision over Emporia.

    Emporia finished second in the league tournament with a 4-1 record.

    The Junior Blues improved to 20-1 on the season while pushing their winning streak to 19 matches.

    Rural will travel to Olathe Northwest on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. dual match. Northwest and Rural finished third and fourth in the Class 6A state tournament last season.

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    Junior Blues' Canfield commits to Kansas basketball

    Washburn Rural junior volleyball and basketball standout Zoe Canfield has made an oral commitment to the Kansas women's basketball program.

    As a sophomore Canfield averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounts, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals for the Class 6A state-champion Junior Blues while shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free throw line.

    Canfield is also a standout setter for the Washburn Rural volleyball team, which is currently 20-1 on the season.

    SilverLakeVBteampicSilver Lake's volleyball team poses for a team picture after posting a perfect 5-0 record on Saturday to win its Silver Lake Invitational tournament. [Twitter] 

    Silver Lake volleyball claims tournament crown

    Silver Lake's volleyball team posted a perfect 5-0 record to claim the tournament championship in Saturday's Silver Lake Invitational.

    Sarah Johnson's Eagles, now 21-8 on the season, survived a pair of three-set matches to win the title.

    Silver Lake took a 25-12, 21-25, 26-14 win over Royal Valley, a 25-13, 25-17 victory over Jefferson West, an 18-25, 25-19, 25-23 triumph over Rossville, a 25-9, 25-17 victory over Sabetha and a 25-15, 25-16 win over St. Marys.

    JettWahlmeier1Hayden sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier passed for 188 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's 44-28 Class 3A district win at Perry-Lecompton. [File photo/TSN]

    Friday football: Hayden moves to 5-0

    Hayden, which is Shawnee County's only undefeated football team, improved to 5-0 on Friday night with a 44-28 road win at Perry-Lecompton in Class 3A district competition.

    Wildcat sophomore quarterback Jett Wahlmeier completed 12 of 14 pass attempts for 188 yards and a touchdown in Friday's win.

    Junior Finn Dunshee added a 100-yard-plus rushing night for the Wildcats while sophomore Jensen Schrickel caught five passes for just under 100 yards.

    The Wildcats will be at home Friday for a 3A district game against Royal Valley.

    In Friday night's other Shawnee County games:

    • Silver Lake rallied for a 22-21 Class 2A district win over rival Rossville in the annual War on 24.

    TannerMartinactionSilver Lake junior quarterback Tanner Martin threw for a TD and the game-winning 2-point coversion in overtime to give the Eagles a 22-21 win over Rossville Friday night. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Eagles scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime and junior Tanner Martin completed a touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass to senior Troy Heiman in overtime to give the 3-2 Eagles the victory over the Bulldawgs.

    • Undefeated Burlingame took a 57-26 Eight-Man Division I district win over Cair Paravel Latin despite a big night from the Lions' Evan Will.

    Burlingame took command with a 35-6 halftime advantage, jumping out to a 35-0 lead.

    CPLS's Will threw for 143 yar and three touchdowns and also scored on a 4-yard run while recording 10 tackles on defense.

    Jesiah Bonura caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.

    • De Soto ended Shawnee Heights' three-game United Kansas Conference winning streak with 28-0 win at Wetter Field.

    The score was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter and Heights trailed by just a 7-0 margin at the half before De Soto pulled away after halftime.

     A8A5341Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman (5) is 97 yards away from the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season after a 122-yard night against De Soto. [Photo by Sarah Carson/Special to TSN]

    Shawnee Heights junior Allen Baughman rushed for 122 yards on 27 attempts and now has 903 yards and 10 touchdowns on 122 attempts this season for the 3-2 T-Birds.

    • Junction City pulled away in the second half for a 24-6 Centennial League win at Washburn Rural.

    • Highland Park suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 59-22 non-league road decision at Lincoln College Prep.

    • Topeka West is still looking for its first win of the season after a 42-0 United Kansas Conference loss to Lansing. The Chargers will face winless Turner on the road Friday.

    • Topeka High fell to 1-4 with an 81-13 non-league loss at Wichita Northwest, which improved to 4-1 with its fourth straight victory.

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  • Rural's Fritz, Kucera rally for Centennial League doubles championship

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    EMPORIA -- In the recent city girls tennis tournament, Washburn Rural's senior doubles team of Kate Fritz and Meredith Kucera dropped a lopsided 8-1 semifinal decision to Hayden's Lauren Sandstrom and Emily Sheetz.

    And for quite a while Monday it looked like Fritz and Kucera were on their way to another loss to the Hayden duo, with the Wildcats rolling to a 6-2 first-set win in the Centennial League doubles final.

    FritzKuceraWashburn Rural seniors Kate Fritz (left) and Meredith Kucera won the Centennial League doubles championship Monday at Emporia, leading the Junior Blues to a second-place team finish. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    But Fritz and Kucera slowly but surely turned the tables, rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory at Emporia High.

    Fritz said that she and Kucera, who placed third in the city meet, embraced the underdog role.

    "We love it,'' Fritz said.

    "They were the ones that had pressure on them,'' Kucera said. "We had two bad matches during that time, but we knew we could come out here today and finish what we started.''

    "Our catch phrase today was, 'Play scrappy, simple tennis,' '' Fritz said.

    Washburn Rural coach Brad Johnston said Fritz and Kucera played much better Monday than they had in the city meet.

    "They just had more energy and it felt good to see them working together and to just have a little bit more confidence in playng them,'' Johnston said.

    With the comeback victory, Fritz and Kucera led Washburn Rural to a second-place team finish, just one point behind league champion Manhattan.

    RuraltennisWashburn Rural finished second as a team in Monday's Centennial League girls tennis tournament at Emporia, just one point behind Manhattan. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    The Junior Blues also got a fourth-place doubles finish from seniors Hailey Beck and Ciana Evans while Mena DiMarzio and Kayla Peter posted fifth and sixth-place finishes in singles.

    FeMGfARX0AYPdkTHayden's Lauren Sandstrom (left) and Emily Sheetz posted a second-place finish in doubles in Monday's Centennial League tournament at Emporia. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    City champion Hayden finished third as a team Monday, getting a runner-up finish in singles from sophomore Ainzley Zulueta in addition to the second-place doubles finish from Sandstrom, a junior, and sophomore Sheetz.

    Zulueta, the defending Class 4A state champion, dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Manhattan's Jill Harkin in the championship match.

    Monday's loss was only the second of the season for Zulueta, with both losses coming against Harkin, the defending 6A state champ.

     FeMGr2dXgAIKHAQHayden sophomore singles standout Ainzley Zulueta finished second in Monday's Centennial League tennis tournament at Emporia. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    "She was definitely a lot more physically prepared than I was,'' Zulueta said. "That was probably the most tired match I've had this past season. I was exhausted and on the verge of cramping, but I'm glad I got to play her again.''

    Zulueta said playing Harkin will help get her ready for postseason.

    "This definitely helps me prepare for the upcoming tournaments,'' Zulueta said. "It's just another step to help me be more prepared for regionals and state.''

    Topeka High finished fourth in the team standings, led by a third-place doubles finish from seniors Haley Carpenter and Adisyn Caryl.

    Washburn Rural, Hayden and Topeka High will all compete in regional tournaments later this week, vying for state tournament berths.

    Washburn Rural and Topeka High will take part in a 6A regional on Friday at Kossover Tennis Center while Hayden will host a 4A tournament Saturday at Kossover. 

     CENTENNIAL LEAGUE GIRLS TENNIS

    Team scores

    Manhattan 37, Washburn Rural 36, Hayden 30, Topeka High 24,Emporia 17, Junction City 12.

    Individual results

    Singles

    Semifinals -- Harkin, Manhattan, def. Wiens, Manhattan, 6-0, 6-0; Zulueta, Hayden, def. Keough, Emporia, 6-1, 6-1.

    Championship -- Harkin, Manhattan, def. Zulueta, Hayden, 6-2, 6-2.

    Third -- Wiens, Manhattan, def. Keough, Emporia, 6-1, 6-1.

    Fifth -- DiMarzio, Washburn Rural, winner by injury default over Peter, Washburn Rural.

    Doubles

    Semifinals -- Fritz/Kucera, Washburn Rural, def. Carpenter/Caryl, Topeka High, 6-1, 6-2; Sandstrom/Sheetz, Hayden, def. Beck/Evans, Washburn Rural, 6-4, 6-4.

    Championship -- Fritz/Kucera, Washburn Rural, def. Sheetz/Sandstrom, Hayden, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.

    Third -- Carpenter/Caryl, Topeka High, def. Beck/Evans, 6-4, 6-3.

    Fifth -- Craft/Robinson, Manhattan, def. Zhang/Evangelidis, Manhattan, 6-3, 6-4. 

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  • A1 Lock & Key Performers October 3, 2022

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    LOIS DEETER, Seaman

    A senior, Deeter shot an 85 to win the individual title by seven strokes in last Tuesday's United Kansas Conference girls golf tournament at Dub's Dread Golf Club in Kansas City, Kan. Deeter captured the second individual league title of her career while leading Seaman to its first-ever league girls golf team championship by a 51-stroke margin.

    TroyHeimanTroy Heiman

    TROY HEIMAN, Silver Lake

    Heiman, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound senior, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass and 2-point conversion pass from Tanner Martin in overtime to give 3-2 Silver Lake a 22-21 overtime victory over rival Rossville in the annual War on 24 last Friday night at Silver Lake. Heiman caught nine passes for 112 yards on the night as the Eagles won their Class 2A district opener.

    TannerMartinmugTanner Martin

    TANNER MARTIN, Silver Lake

    A 6-foot, 178-pound junior quarterback, Martin completed 18 of 35 pass attempts for 276 yards and three touchdowns in Silver Lake's 22-21 home overtime win over Rossville last Friday night in the Eagles' Class 2A district opener. Martin threw for a 10-yard TD and a 2-point conversion to Troy Heiman in overtime to give Silver Lake the victory.  

  • West's Njoroge, Heights boys claim titles in Seaman Invitational XC

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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     With the biggest cross country meets of the year rapidly approaching, Topeka West cross country star Lenny Njoroge is comfortable with every aspect of his career.

    And that continues to show in Njororoge's results, with the West senior notching his fourth individual win in five races on the year in Saturday's Seaman Invitational at Shawnee North Community Park.

    FeADBrpX0AAPLYCTopeka West senior Lenny Njoroge clocked a winning time of 15:45.96 in Saturday's Seaman Invitational at Shawnee North Community Park. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    FeAEEwkXEAAFocKShawnee Heights junior Jackson Esquibel finished second in the Seaman Invitational, leading the T-Birds to the boys team title. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Njoroge, who has not finished lower than second this fall, captured Saturday's title in a five-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 45.96 seconds, leading a one-two-three individual finish by city runners.

    "This year I feel so comfortable,'' Njoroge said. "I'm in good shape and during that race I was just trying to cruise and push the pace when I could.''

  • Seaman girls roll to team crown in Seaman Invitational cross country

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Seaman's girls the opened the championship month of the 2022 cross country season with a decisive win in Saturday's Seaman Invitational at Shawnee North Community Park.

    Individual runner-up Ryin Miller led the way as the Vikings put all of their top five runners in the top 11 spots en route to a 34-59 team victory over city rival Washburn Rural.

    FeAGGuQWYAQ9pjwSeaman freshman Ryin Miller finished second in Saturday's Seaman Invitational cross country meet, leading the Vikings to the girls team title. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    FeAFdI3XoAUeCWbWashburn Rural senior Madeline Carter finished third in Saturday's Seaman Invitational, pacing the Junior Blues to a runner-up team finish. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Miller, a freshman, clocked a five-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 02.61 seconds to finish second behind Piper senior Grace Hanson, who won the race in 18:27.88.

    Seaman also got a sixth-place finish from senior Bethany Druse (20:26.48) while senior Leah Spurlock (20:38.61), sophomore Stella Appelhanz (20:51.54) and junior Savannah Sampson (20:54.95) finished ninth, 10th and 11th.

    Seaman sophomore Anna Becker added a 13th-place finish in 21:25.65.

    "We ran well and I'm real happy about that,'' Seaman coach Rick Brading said. "Ryin Miller had a great day Leah Spurlock had a really good day today as our third runner.''

    Brading was happy with the balance the Vikings displayed in Saturday's win.

    "Our girls understand that as each individual runner runs better our team score's going to be better,'' Brading said. "Plus, kids compete against their own teammates, so that helps us.''

  • A grand milestone: Rural's Bordewick on cusp of 1,000th volleyball win

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    The guy that didn't know anything about volleyball when he was nudged into the sport more than three decades ago is on the verge of reaching one of Kansas' greatest milestones in Saturday's Centennial League tournament at Junction City.

    Fd4L81QWIAExO iVeteran Washburn Rural volleyball coach Kevin Bordewick is one win away from reaching the 1,000th-win milestone in his career. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Washburn Rural coaching legend Kevin Bordewick, who has led the Junior Blues to nine Class 6A state championships in two sports, will enter Saturday's six-school round-robin volleyball event with an overall career record of 999-261 and needs just one win to become just the third coach in Kansas high school volleyball history to join the 1,000 victory club.

    And Bordewick, who got his start at Class 1A Randolph-Blue Valley in the late 1980s, might have never been a volleyball coach at all if it hadn't come as part of a package deal that also allowed him to fulfill his goal of becoming a head basketball coach. 

    "They decided to make a change with the girls position in basketball and asked me if I wanted to do that,'' Bordewick said. "I said, 'Sure,' and they said, 'Alright, it's yours, but you've got to do volleyball and you've got to be the head girls track coach as well.' ''

    By his own admission, Bordewick's volleyball knowledge at that point was restricted to watching his sister play the sport.

    "My sister played it in high school (at Macksville) and I know she was pretty good at it, but that's all I knew,'' Bordewick said. "I didn't know anything about it.''

    Bordewick, a Kansas State graduate, went to work trying to change that and after back-to-back sub-.500 records his first two seasons, he had a breakthough year with the Rams and has never experienced another losing season.

    "Two out of the three were losing seasons but the last year we won 20 matches or so,'' Bordewick said. "That first year, I'll never forget. I bet I spent three or four hours just on a practice plan because I needed to make sure that they knew I knew what I was talking about and trying to do, even though I didn't.

    "I at least kind of faked my way through the knowledge part, but it's like anything, you're constantly learning.''

    Bordewick credits former Kansas State volleyball coach Scott Nelson and former Kansas coach Frankie Albitz for their generosity in helping him learn the game.

    "I'll never forget Scott Nelson, who was the head volleyball coach at K-State, and then Frankie Albitz at KU, I called them up and they were so helpful and invited me to their camps over the summer,'' Bordewick said. "I got to be on the floor and they said, 'You want to know anyhing, you just let us know.' Their players helped at both places and I'm going, "Here's D-I college coaches helping a first-year 1A coach,' and I was like, 'How cool is that?' ''

    From Randolph-Blue Valley Bordewick moved on to a two-year stint as boys basketball coach at Oskaloosa before then-Washburn Rural girls basketball coach Bill Annan, Bordewick's longtime fast-pitch softball buddy, talked him into applying for a job at Rural.

    Bordewick served as the Junior Blues' volleyball assistant to Penny Lane for two seasons before taking over as Rural's head coach in 1995 when Lane became the school's athletic director.

    The Junior Blues posted a 22-10 record in Bordewick's first season as head coach at the school and Rural has gone on to post a 952-221 record with 23 state tournament appearances, 20 final-four finishes and seven Class 6A state championships.

  • Blue Jays take control in second half for 24-6 win over Washburn Rural

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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     Aside from winning a second straight Centennial League title, Washburn Rural's goals for the 2022 football season are still in play. 

    But Junior Blues veteran coach Steve Buhler knows some serious soul-searching will be order after Friday night's disappointing 24-6 Centennial League loss to Junction City at Bowen-Glaze Stadium.

    DaytenSmootWashburn Rural senior Dayten Smoot (3) goes up to make an outstanding catch in Friday's 24-3 Junior Blue loss to Junction City. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Washburn Rural, which fell to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league race, jumped out in front 6-0 with 3:01 left in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchown pass from Branton DeWeese to Amr Sabbarini (kick) blocked, but Junction City (4-1, 1-0) dominated the rest of the game, taking advantage of four Rural turnovers and several costly penalties to score the final 24 points.

    "You just can't do the things we're doing right now against good football teams and expect to come out on top,'' Buhler said. "And I'll put the blame all on me. We've seen this for the last couple of weeks and we tried some things, but I've got to go home this weekend and look at it from a fresh perspective and figure out what I can do to help these guys during the week to get their heads were they need to be and quit making these mistakes.

    "We've got to win these next three games to put ourselves in the best position possible going into the playoffs and when we hit that first week of the playoffs in Week 9, it's 0-0 and let's see if we've improved and we'll see who the better teams are at that point.''

    Junction City, which won its fourth straight game since a season-opening loss to Hays, took the lead for good on an 18-yard TD pass from Xavion Felton to Shelton Butler-Lawson with 10:53 left in the opening half and Aidan Field tacked on the extra point to put the Blue Jays in front, 7-6.

    It was still a one-point game at the half, but Junction City got a second chance after a Rural penalty on fourth down and capped an 8-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard Felton scoring run (Field kick) to take a 14-6 lead at the 6:43 mark of the third quarter.

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

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    (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.

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

    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.