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  • Big Kev Give Back Camp continues to be a priority for Wilhoite, Weems entering Year 3

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Denver Broncos linebackers coach Michael Wilhoite was in Orlando, Fla. Tuesday spending some vacation time with his family before the start of the grueling NFL season, but he was also busy trying to finalize details for Friday's third annual Big Kev Give Back Camp, a dual basketball/football camp on the campus of Washburn University.

    WilhoiteWeemsCamp4Michael Wilhoite (left) and Kyle Weems talk to campers during last year's Big Kev Give Back Camp. The third annual camp is on tap Friday at Washburn University. [File photo/TSN]

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    And Wilhoite said that no matter how busy he and his close friend Kyle are, putting on the Give Back Camp will continue to be a major priority.

    "It's a must,'' Wilhoite said. "There's no ifs, ands or buts about it and a lot of people around Topeka help make it happen, but no matter what's going on there's no way it's not going to happen.''

    Weems and Wilhoite, who were inducted into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame in 2021, will be joined by many other special guests to host the camp, in conjunction with Washburn, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Wilhoite said that he and Weems always have plenty of current and former athletes, many who grew up in Topeka, willing to help out with the camp.

    "I think they respect what we're doing and they want to be involved because they love Topeka as much as we do,'' Wilhoite said. "They grew up here and they want to give back in any way they can.

    "Kyle and I have our names on it, but it's everybody in Topeka that helps make it possible.''

  • WU multi-sport athlete Wilhelm earns second straight TGA City Match Play championship

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Former Seaman star Gavin Wilhelm, who has competed in three sports for Washburn University, has stepped away -- at least for the forseeable future -- from competitive golf.

    GavinWilhelmMatchPlay 5Washburn University athlete Gavin Wilhelm chips onto the green in Sunday's TGA City Match Play final at Shawnee Country Club. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    GavinWilhelmMatchPlay 2Gavin Wilhelm captured his second straight TGA City Match Play title Sunday at Shawnee Country Club. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    But Wilhelm returned to the sport long enough to capture a second straight Topeka Golf Association City Match Play championship Sunday at Shawnee County Club.

    Wilhelm, who is a kicker/punter for WU in football and a pitcher in baseball, finished off a dominating week in the Match Play event with a 3 and 1 decision over Jerry Kruger in Sunday afternoon's final after taking a 3 and 2 semifinal win over Blake Buessing Sunday morning. 

    "I probably wouldn't have played if I wouldn't have been defending champion,'' Wilhelm said. "I've really just been focusing on baseball and working on my arm to throw harder and working on my off speed more. Three weeks ago I hit 95 (miles per hour) on the mound.

    "I showed up on the first day for the qualifying round not knowing that I got the guaranteed one seed and I ended up shooting 5-under (66) so it's been fun. Everybody wants to come for you and just try and beat you out specifically and it's always good competition. I was excited just to be out here. I didn't get a chance to play much golf during baseball season and just to come back and do what I did last year was pretty good.''

  • Stallbaumer closes out prep career with KVA All-Star win, Joan Lundstrom Wells Award of Excellence

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Taylin Stallbaumer has been a winner in four different sports since she stepped on the Seaman campus four years ago, including Class 5A state team championships in volleyball and basketball as a senior.

    And Stallbaumer picked up a couple more wins Saturday as she closed out her high school career in the Kansas Volleyball Association All-Star Match at Washburn's Lee Arena.

    500Former Seaman star Taylin Stallbaumer (middle) is congratulated by her Red teammates after a kill in the KVA All-Star Match. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Stallbaumer, who will play volleyball at Johnson County Community College this fall, helped the Red team take a 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 15-9 win over the Blue and was honored with the Joan Lundstrom Wells Award of Excellence at the conclusion of the match, one of the KVA's four individual awards.

    "It means a lot because these girls here are really talented, really good,'' Stallbaumer said. "You've got girls going all over the country, so to be a part of that team and to be with all of them, that means a lot.''

    Stallbaumer played in Saturday's all-star match less than two weeks after completing her high school soccer career in the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

    "This past week I think I was at two practices,'' Stallbaumer said. "We were all a little rusty.''

    The recent Seaman graduate had just three practices with her Red teammates but the team seemed to be a good fit from the outset, leading for the majority of the match en route to the 4-1 victory.

    "I think it's really important when you're with a new team to get to know your teammates and I feel like we did a really good job of that,'' Stallbaumer said. "Going out to dinner, team practices, we had a lot of team bonding and I feel like we really just got to know each other.

    "We care for one another and I feel like that showed on the court today.''

     TaylinStallbaumerKVA 7Taylin Stallbaumer receives a hug from her Seaman coach, Tatiana Dowling, during Saturday's pre-match introductions for the Kansas Volleyball Association All-Star Match. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Stallbaumer led the Red with 44 assists and also had 19 digs.

  • Coming home! Former Hi Park star Tre Richardson transferring to Washburn to double up in football, track

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    After earning first-team All-American football honors last season at Hutchinson Community College and spending a short time at Division I Toledo, former Highland Park multi-sport star Tre Richardson decided that home is where his heart is.

    TreRichardsonFB 2Former Highland Park star and Hutchinson All-American Tre Richardson is transferring to Washburn to be a dual sport athlete in football and track and field. [File photo/TSN]

    TreRichardsonTRACK 1A two-time Class 5A state champion last spring at Highland Park, Tre Richardson plans to run track and play football at Washburn. [File photo/TSN]

    Richardson, the 2023 Topeka Shawnee County Male Athlete of the Year, told TopSports.news Sunday night that he is transferring to Washburn where he will be a dual sport athlete in football and track and field for the Ichabods.

    "What made me decide was the connection and care that the coaches showed on both sides,'' Richardson said. "In football they showed me how they were going to use me and I liked it and then track, I wanted to get back into track and the fact that they were excited for me to do both and not interfere with each other made me see that they really wanted me there.''

    Richardson said the opportunity to be able to play in front of his friends and family was also a big drawing card to Washburn.

    "I felt like it would be nice to play in front of a crowd that I know and knows me since high school,'' he said. "I've seen how the community helps Washburn and shows love and comes to the games and supports everybody and that's what I want around me and my son.

    "I want him around a caring community and I feel like that's Washburn.''

  • Ichabod baseball run rules No. 2-ranked Mules in MIAA Championship Tournament, 11-1

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Washburn University baseball jumped ahead in the top of the first and never looked back in Thursday's opening game of the MIAA Championship Tournament, winning 11-1 in eight innings over No. 2-ranked Central Missouri in Pittsburg.

    GriffinHuiattWU 4Starting pitcher Griffin Huiatt picked up the win for Washburn in Thursday's 11-1 decision over No. 2-ranked Central Missouri. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    The Ichabods will face the Missouri Southern-Pittsburg State winner at 11 a.m. on Friday.  

    Cale Savage started the first-inning Washburn rally by reaching base on an error in the field. Cash Jay and Hayden Priest each followed with singles to load the bases with one out.

    Connor Scott hit a double down the right-field line to score two runs. Blake Scott made it four hits in a row on a single into left to score two more runs and complete a four-run top of the first for the No. 5 seeded Ichabods (32-19).  

    After a scoreless first inning on the mound from Griffin Huiatt the top-seeded Mules (45-7) picked up action on the bases with two-outs in the second. A single and a walk put two on before an error loaded the bases. Huiatt walked the next batter before tossing a strikeout to end the inning leading 4-1. 

    Neither side scored the next three innings, with Huiatt ending the fifth inning by working around a bases-loaded and one-out jam with a pair of fly outs.

    Connor Scott ended the scoreless drought with a leadoff home run to dead away center in the top of the sixth inning. Cal Watkins singled with two outs in the inning and Ike Book brought him around with his first round-tripper of the season to make it 7-1 after six and a half innings.  

  • Washburn softball set to face No. 12-ranked Central Oklahoma in NCAA Central Regional opener

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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     The Washburn Ichabods will open their sixth NCAA softball postseason appearance with a familiar foe as the Ichabods will take on No. 12-ranked Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Thursday in Claremore, Oklahoma.

    MarritMeadNE 2Marrit Mead, Washburn University

     JayceeGinterSOFTBALL 1Jaycee Ginter, Washburn University

    Washburn enters the postseason with a 37-15 record after going 1-1 at the MIAA Tournament in Edmond, Okla. last weekend.

    The Ichabods and the Bronchos have not met since the opening weekend of MIAA play on March 8, with Washburn falling to UCO, 6-2 and 2-1.

    Washburn trails the all-time series with UCO 30-17, losing the last nine games in a row.

    The Ichabods' last win over the Bronchos was on April 20, 2019 in a 5-1 win in Edmond.

    Washburn has secured its 19th season with at least 30 wins and its fourth under head coach Brenda Holaday.

    Hitting the 30-win mark for the third straight season is the longest streak since the Ichabods won at least 30 games in six straight seasons from 2002-07.

    Holaday is in her eighth season as the Ichabod softball head coach, recording a 252-147 overall record and 113-59 in MIAA contests. Holaday has led the Ichabods to two MIAA regular-season titles (2018, 2022) and NCAA Central Regional berths in those years as well. Holaday trails Lisa Carey as Washburn's all-time winningest coach by victories at 256.

    Sophomore Sadie Walker is 28th in the nation in wins and leading the MIAA with 20 victories. She is 20th in games started (28) and 19th in shutouts (7) and 43rd in earned run average at 1.58.

  • Ichabod baseball to face No. 2-ranked Mules in MIAA Tournament on Thursday

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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     On day one of the double elimination MIAA Championship Tournament on Thursday Washburn baseball will face No. 2-ranked Central Missouri at 1 p.m. in Pittsburg. 

    Washburn baseball returns to the MIAA Championship as the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.

     CooperCarlgren 2Cooper Carlgren, Washburn University

    PaytonMcHargWUbaseball 3Payton McHarg, Washburn University

    Last time out the Ichabods won 9-7 at No. 19 Central Oklahoma to win the second game in the MIAA Quarterfinals best-two-of-three series. 

    Washburn is now 31-19 overall on the year and 21-12 in the MIAA. The Mules are 45-6 on the year after sweeping Fort Hays State in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. 

    If Washburn wins Thursday it will face the winner of the game between Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10. If the Ichabods lose to the Mules they will face the other loser at 3 p.m. Friday.

    Through 50 games Washburn is scoring 9.50 runs per game while allowing 7.32. 

    At the plate the Ichabods are hitting .328 with a .426 on-base percentage and are slugging .574 as a team. They have 95 home runs and have drawn 251 walks. 

    Washburn's pitching staff has an earned run average of 7.03 this season in 428.2 innings pitched. They have struck out 362 batters while allowing 466 hits and issuing 273 walks. 

    The Ichabods are third in the nation in home runs per game with 95 blasts. 

    Washburn is ninth in the nation and second in the conference in doubles with 124. 

    Junior Payton McHarg has started all 50 games for the Ichabods, hitting a team-high .369 with 21 home runs and 66 runs batted in. He has scored 65 runs and has 72 total hits. He is second in the nation in home runs, 23rd in slugging and 20th in RBI with top-five conference marks in all three.

  • Weems, Wilhoite set to host the third annual Big Kev Give Back Camp on June 21

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Famers Kyle Weems and Michael Wilhoite will be back in Topeka June 21 to host the third annual Big Kev Give Back Camp, a dual basketball/football camp on the campus of Washburn University.

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    Both Weems and Wilhoite graduated from Highland Park and Wilhoite was a football standout at Washburn and Weems a basketball star at Missouri State before both players went on to long-time professional careers.

    Weems and Wilhoite, who were inducted into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame in 2021, will be joined by many other special guests to host the camp, in conjunction with Washburn, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The June 21 camp, open to athletes 9 through 17, is named in honor of Kyle's late father, Kevin, a former Washburn University basketball player, who had a big impact on the athletic careers of both Weems and Wilhoite.

    Athletes will have the option between all-day basketball or football camps or can split their time between half-day basketball and football camps. Athletes wishing to split their time between football and basketball are encouraged to attend the football camp in the morning session.

    The cost of the camp is $20 and athletes are encouraged to register online at www.wusports.com.

  • Washburn softball earns NCAA Central Regional berth as No. 6 seed

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    The Washburn University softball team has earned its sixth NCAA postseason appearance in program history as the squad was named the No. 6 seed in the upcoming NCAA Central Regional Monday morning.

    WUsoftball 2Washburn softball has been installed as the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Central Region and will play Central Oklahoma on Thursday. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]
     
    The Ichabods will face Central Oklahoma in the opening round in Claremore, Okla. with Rogers State serving as the host site for one of the two four-team tournaments beginning on Thursday.

    Starting times will be announced soon.

    Pittsburg State will host the other site. The winner of the two tournaments will then face off in a best two-of-three series with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division II Softball World Series in Longwood, Fla.
     
    In Claremore, the four teams include Rogers State, which won the MIAA Tournament Championship as the No. 2 seed. Central Oklahoma is the No. 3 seed with the Ichabods seeded sixth and Southern Nazarene is the No. 7 seed.
     
    In Pittsburg, the Gorillas are the No. 1 overall seed in the region, and joining Pittsburg State will be No. 4 seed Augustana, No. 5 seed Oklahoma Baptist and No. 8 seed Southern Arkansas.
     
    The Ichabods have made NCAA postseason appearances in 1999, 2006, 2008, 2018, 2022, and now 2024, with the last three berths coming under head coach Brenda Holaday.

    NCAA Central Regional Seeds
    1. Pittsburg State
    2. Rogers State
    3. Central Oklahoma
    4. Augustana
    5. Oklahoma Baptist
    6. Washburn
    7. Southern Nazarene
    8. Southern Arkansas
     
     

  • Trip to Pittsburg up next for WU baseball after Icahbods sweep UCO with six home run day

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Washburn University baseball scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning Saturday and held on to win 9-7 over No. 19 Central Oklahoma to advance to the MIAA Championships.

    The Ichabods will face the top-seeded Central Missouri on Thursday in Pittsburg.  

    ConnorScottWUbaseball 2Washburn's Connor Scott (11) had two homers and four RBI in Saturday's 9-7 MIAA tournament win at Central Oklahoma. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Washburn (31-19) got two on base in the top of the first but were unable to bring anyone around. The No. 4-seeded Bronchos (36-14) got on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-out solo homer to right. The next inning they hit another solo homer to lead off the inning and lead 2-0 after two.  

    With two outs in the third inning two straight Central Oklahoma batters reached base after being hit by pitches. A wild pitch moved both over before a double scored the pair, doubling the lead.  

    In the top of the fifth inning the Ichabods were able to get on the board after a one-out double from Cal Watkins started the offense and turned the lineup over.

    First-team All-MIAA pick Payton McHarg cut the deficit in half, hitting a two-run shot to right center. With two outs in the inning All-MIAA honoree Cash Jay took a 1-1 pitch to the same part of the yard for another run.  

    WU's Chase Torkelson settled into his start, throwing scoreless fourth and fifth innings to hold the Bronchos down.

    In the top of the sixth Connor Scott led off the inning with a solo homer to center field, tying the game.  

    A pair of one-out walks along with a wild pitch left two on in the home half of the sixth for UCO.

    The home team took the lead after executing a double steal aided by an error in the field. A sacrifice fly scored another run as the Bronchos led by two after six.  

    Washburn led off the seventh with a pair of outs before the offense got going.

    For the second time in the game Jay went yard, blasting a solo homer to center. Priest followed with a single and he scored on Connor Scott's second long ball of the game to put the Ichabods in front.  

  • Washburn softball rides Ginter pitching gem, walk-off hit from Tanguma to 1-0 win over Bearcats

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    A stellar pitching performance from senior Jaycee Ginter and a one-out walk-off single from junior Alexis Tanguma moved Washburn University softball into the MIAA Tournament semifinals with a 1-0, eight-inning win over Northwest Missouri at Pinkston Stadium in Edmond, Okla. on Thursday.

    The Ichabods will face the top-seeded Rogers State Hillcats at 12 p.m. on Friday in the single elimination format. 

    JayceeGinterSOFTBALL 1Washburn senior star Jaycee Ginter recorded an eight-inning shutout in Thursday's 1-0 win over Northwest Missouri. [File photo/TSN]

    AlexisTangumaSOFTBALLJunior Alexis Tanguma delivered a walk-off single to give Washburn a 1-0 MIAA Tournament win over Northwest Missouri on Thursday in Edmond, Okla. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    In the bottom of the eighth, WU senior Marrit Mead reached on a single on a hot shot down the third-base line and then moved to third after Ginter's sac bunt was mishandled by the first baseman sending Mead to third with one out.

    Tanguma then took a full-count pitch to left field for the game-winning run.
     
    In the circle, Ginter improved to 17-7, striking out six with no walks while scattering five hits in the win. She threw 121 pitching in the game, outdueling the Bearcats' Jadyn Streigle who took the loss.
     
    Tanguma finished with two hits in the game with Mead, Jaden LaBarge and Hailey Neira collecting the Ichabods' other hits.
     
    Washburn improves to 37-14 on the season while the Bearcats end the year at 28-25.

     

  • Former T-Bird track star Ta'Mijha Nichols continues to make big strides in first year with Ichabods

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    College track and field is hard enough for an incoming freshman, and embarking on her Washburn University career while nursing a lingering injury made things extra challenging for former Shawnee Heights star sprinter Ta'Mijha Nichols.

    TaMijhaNicholsWUtrack 2Former Shawnee Heights sprint star Ta'Mijha Nichols is scheduled to compete in her first MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Maryville, Mo. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    But after a somewhat slow start, Nichols has made big strides entering her first MIAA Outdoor Championships this weekend in Maryville, Mo.

    "I did come out of high school with a hamstring injury and coming into college with an injury definitely made me a little injury prone, so I had some setbacks and I had to find some ways to become confident,'' Nichols said.

    "But I think my sprint coach (Marshall O’Brien) helped build that confidence, and as I keep going and am gradually getting better, I think he sees me getting more confident every day and that's what's helping me push a bit more in college.''

    NIchols took a big step in the recent Kansas Relays, posting a second-place finish in the women's 100-meter dash with a personal-best and an NCAA provisional mark of 11.78 seconds. 

    "As a freshman coming out and the first meet not doing so well and then seeing what I did at KU, it's exciting,'' Nichols said. "And I have my teammates backing me up and they're getting excited for me and that brings in great energy.''

  • First-teamers McHarg, Jay headline nine Washburn All-MIAA baseball honorees

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn University's baseball team had nine players earn All-MIAA recognition by the conference on Thursday afternoon, led by first-team picks Payton McHarg and Cash Jay.

    PaytonMcHargWUbaseball 3Payton McHarg, Washburn University  

    CashJayWUbaseball 3Cash Jay, Washburn University

    McHarg, a junior, is a first-team selection as an outfielder in his first season with the Ichabods. With 20 home runs on the year McHarg is tied for the most in the nation while also batting a team-high .373 with 69 hits and 63 runs batted in.

    McHarg is coming off a week which saw him earn MIAA Hitter of the Week honors after hitting .579 with a .704 on-base percentage and 12 runs scored. McHarg played and started in all 48 regular-season games, one of just two Ichabods to do so. 

    Jay joins McHarg on the first team after his first season at Washburn. He gets the nod as a utility player after hitting .365 on the year. He slugged 13 home runs and a team-high 21 doubles with 56 RBI.

    Jay has started 45 of the 48 games he has appeared in, picking up hits in all but seven of them to tie for the team lead with 69. He also made 85 assists on the year in the field.  

    Cale Savage earns All-MIAA honors for the first time in his career as a member of the second team at first base. Along with McHarg, Savage also played and started in all 48 games this season, hitting .321 and leading the team with 41 walks for a .443 OB%. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 45 total runs while holding a .992 fielding percentage for the year. 

    Jett Buck joins the second team at shortstop after his junior campaign and first at Washburn. Buck hit .324 on the season and was second on the team with 14 homers for 52 RBI. He played in 45 games, making 44 starts, and was second on the team, stealing eight bases on 12 attempts.  

    Hayden Priest is a third-team selection in his first season as the Ichabod catcher after transferring for his junior year. Priest was third on the team with a .360 batting average on the season with 62 hits and 55 RBI along with eight home runs. He was successful on the bases, stealing six of seven bases while throwing out nine would be base-stealers from behind the plate.  

    Washburn had four players earn honorable mention honors with Cooper Carlgren representing the starting pitching staff in his first season with the Ichabods. The Topeka native made 13 appearances, all starts, and threw a team-high 62.1 innings along with 59 strikeouts. He went 4-3 on the year with a 6.64 earned run average.

  • Topeka West taps Ulsaker to take reins of Chargers' boys basketball program

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Christian Ulsaker is well-versed on Topeka area high school basketball, beginning his coaching career with stints at Washburn Rural, Hayden and Shawnee Heights before landing his first head coaching opportunity at Wabaunsee.

    ChristianUlsakermug 3Christian Ulsaker

    As a result, the former Washburn University player knew from that first-hand knowledge that if and when the Topeka West boys basketball job opened up, he would be interested.

    When veteran coach Rick Bloomquist announced in March that he was ending his successful 12-year stint with the Chargers to follow his sons' high school careers, Ulsaker knew it was time to take a run at the West vacancy.

    And on Thursday night the former McPherson All-Stater was approved by the USD 501 School Board as Topeka West's new head coach after a five-year tenure at Wabaunsee. 

    "I know the heritage at Topeka West,'' Ulsaker told TopSports.news Thursday night. "I was fortunate to play them at state when I was in high school when Alex North and Tyrell Brown were on that team and it was a heck of a team, so they've always intrigued me as a (USD) 501 program and I had always told my friends, 'If there's a 501 program I'd want to coach at, I think it would be Topeka West.'

    "I truly enjoy the administration there and I haven't heard anything but good things said about Topeka West from people that have either worked there or been a part of the program.''

  • Ginter headlines five Washburn All-MIAA softball picks; ESU's Dial earns first-team all-conference honors

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Senior Jaycee Ginter has earned first-team honors for the fourth straight year, leading five members of the the Washburn Ichabod softball team to receive All-MIAA recognition.

    JayceeGinterSOFTBALL 1Washburn senior Jaycee Ginter has received first-team All-MIAA honors for the fourth straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    Ginter earned first-team All-MIAA honors as a pitcher/utility player after leading the Ichabods with a .401 regular-season batting average while collecting a team-high 55 hits, five home runs, 26 walks and 38 runs batted in.

    Ginter, a former three-time Class 5A state champion at Shawnee Heights is fifth in the MIAA in batting average, second in on-base percentage, 10th in RBI and eighth in walks.

    As a pitcher this season, she enters the MIAA Tournament with a 16-7 overall record with a 2.22 earned run average in 20 starts,  striking out 152 batters and holding opponents to a .221 batting average. She is 10th in the MIAA in earned run average, ninth in opposing batting average, second in strikeouts and sixth in wins.

    Ginter was also a first-team All-MIAA choice at pitcher/utility as a junior, sophomore and freshman, becoming the first Ichabod in program history to earn first-team All-MIAA honors all four years.

    Senior Marrit Mead was a second-team All-MIAA selection at third base and was a Gold Glove Award winner. Sadie Walker was a second-team selection at pitcher while Alexis Tanguma received honorable mention at second base and Madi Moore was the recipient of the Gold Glove Award at catcher.

    The Ichabods will be in action on Thursday at the MIAA Tournament, facing Northwest Missouri at 1:30 p.m. in Edmond, Okla.
     
    Mead enters the MIAA Tournament with a .301 batting average, stealing a team-high 24 bases. Mead is second on the team with 46 hits and leads the team with 41 runs scored and tied for the lead with 11 doubles.

    Mead has been a four-time All-MIAA selection, earning second-team honors as a junior and first-team All-MIAA honors as a sophomore and freshman. Mead has been the MIAA's Gold Glove selection at third base the last three seasons.
     
    Walker was a second-team All-MIAA pick in the circle, leading the Ichabods with a 1.45 earned run average while going 20-7 in the circle with 16 complete games and six shutouts. Walker added three saves and struck out 148 batters.

    Walker's 20 wins leads the MIAA as does her 159 innings pitched. She is also ranked third in strikeouts and fifth in saves.
     
    Tanguma has hit .376 with 41 hits, seven doubles and 21 RBI. During MIAA play she batted .400 with 32 hits driving in 16 in 25 games. Her five sac flies is tied for second in the MIAA.
     
    Moore was one of two freshmen named to the MIAA's Gold Glove team. In 218 chances, Moore had no errors and threw out seven of 17 would-be base stealers.

    AlexisDialSoftball 1Emporia State senior Alexis Dial has earned first-team All-MIAA softball honors as an outfielder. [Photo courtesy of Emporia State Athletics]

    Emporia State senior Alexis Dial, a former Shawnee Heights standout, earned a berth on the All-MIAA first team as an outfielder. 
     

    Dial is batting .432 on the season with a .781 slugging percentage, 20 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 38 runs and 60 RBI with 15 stolen bases.

    She leads the MIAA and ranks ninth nationally in doubles while ranking third in the MIAA and 21st in the nation in RBI.

    She is second in the conference in slugging percentage, and total bases, third in batting average, fourth in hits and triples, fifth in on- base percentage and eighth in home runs.

    2024 MIAA Softball Postseason Awards

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 29, 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

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    MYLES ALONZO, Topeka West

    A senior, Alonzo captured his first city boys golf individual championship last Monday at Topeka Country Club, winning by four strokes with a 27-hole total of 117. After finishing second in a playoff in the 2023 city tournament, Alonzo's city title was his second straight individual win after shooting a 71 to win the Salina South Invitational.  

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    AUDREY APPUHN, Washburn Rural

    Appuhn, a sophomore, had a part in four wins (two individual, two relays) to lead Washburn Rural's girls swimming to the team championship in last Wednesday's Topeka West Invitational at the Capitol Federal Natatorium by more than 200 points. Appuhn won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.29 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:18.81 and swam on the Junior Blues' winning 200 medley relay (2:04.40) and the 400 free relay (4:08.67).

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    BRYCE BADSKY, Silver Lake

    A senior, Badsky carded a 73 in last Monday's Silver Lake Invitational at Lake Shawnee to capture the individual championship by a 10-stroke margin. Badsky, a three-time state medalist, led the host Eagles to the team title by a seven-stroke margin over a split squad from Santa Fe Trail. Badsky is a three-time All-Shawnee County first-team pick.

  • Washburn baseball caps regular season with 18-1 rout over Northeastern State

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Washburn University's baseball team scored six runs in the fourth inning to complete the regular season with a 18-1 series-sweeping road win over Northeastern State on Sunday afternoon.

    ChaseTorkelsonWUbaseball 1Washburn pitcher Chase Torkelson limited Northeastern State to one run in six innings of work on Sunday, improving to 5-0 on the season. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    The Ichabods improved to a season-high 10 games over .500 at 29-19 overall (21-12 MIAA) and will enter the MIAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed. The Ichabods will face No. 4 Central Oklahoma on the road beginning Friday.  

    The scoring in the game started in the second inning after Washburn loaded the bases on a pair of walks and an error. 

    Payton McHarg was able to work a walk, bringing in the first run of the game.

    Chase Torkelson got the start for WU and held the RiverHawks scoreless for the first three innings of the game while allowing just one hit and one walk.  

    In the third a pair of one-out singles from Hayden Priest and Connor Scott put two on base. Blake Scott reached on a throwing error, which also allowed Priest to score. Jett Buck shot a single into left field to add another run and Buck and Blake Scott executed a double steal bringing Scott safely home to make it 4-0 after two and a half innings.  

    The next time at bat Cal Watkins led off with a walk and McHarg was hit by a pitch and Cale Savage sat down a sac bunt to move both runners over. 

    Cash Jay and Priest followed with back-to-back singles, each scoring a run. Connor Scott made it three hits in a row, smacking a single to left, scoring Jay.

     Blake Scott worked a walk to load the bases and Buck made use of that, scoring Priest with an RBI groundout.

    Grant Jones took care of the other two left on base with a two-run single to left, capping off the six-run fourth inning.  

    Torkelson continued to keep the RiverHawks offense down, throwing a scoreless fourth inning while allowing just one walk.

    McHarg led off the fifth with a single, moved to second on a walk from Jay and to third on a passed ball before scoring on a balk.

    Priest singled to score Jay, and after Connor Scott was hit by a pitch, Teagan Tamiya delivered a two-out pinch-hit single to right field scoring two, making it 14-0 in the fifth.

  • Washburn women's tennis caps regular season with Senior Day sweep over Tigers

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    The No. 13-ranked Washburn University women's tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a 7-0 sweep over Fort Hays State on Saturday.

    WUwomenstennis 2Washburn women's tennis honored Lara Schmid, Maja Jung and Cadence Lynn during Senior Day activities on Saturday during the Ichabods' 7-0 sweep over Fort Hays State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    The Ichabods will play in the first round of the MIAA Tournament next Friday, May 3, in Edmond, Okla.  

    Doubles play for Washburn (18-4 overall, 6-2 MIAA) started with a sweep from Isabella Martenson and Issabella Pensavalle to gain the advantage.

    No. 4 Maja Jung and Lara Schmid took the first point of the match over the Tigers (6-15, 0-8) with a 6-1 victory at No. 1. 

    Renske Ubachs and Maddie Shelley completed the sweep of doubles, winning 6-1 at No. 2.  

    No. 5 Jung won her opening set from No. 1 6-1 to kick off singles play and cruised to a 6-0 second-set victory.

    Ubachs won a pair of 6-1 sets from No. 2 to set up match point.

    Martensson worked a 6-2 first-set win and followed with a 6-1 win in the second to clinch the match.  

  • McHarg continues big weekend as Washburn baseball tops Northeastern State 14-6 to clinch series win

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Junior Payton McHarg went 4 for 4 with three runs batted in as Washburn University baseball scored double-digit runs for a third straight game on Saturday afternoon at Broken Arrow, Okla., winning 14-6 over Northeastern State to clinch the series.

    PaytonMcHargWUbaseball 3Junior Payton McHarg went 4 for 4 with three RBI in Washburn's 14-6 Saturday win over Northeastern State. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    On Friday McHarg hit a pair of homers and had six RBI.

    The Ichabods will go for a sweep on Sunday at 2 p.m.  

    The WU offense got going right from the jump with three hits from the first four batters Washburn (28-19 overall, 20-12 MIAA) sent to the plate.

    Hayden Priest singled to score Cale Savage and Washburn Rural product Cooper Carlgren delivered a scoreless bottom of the first on the bump for the Ichabods.  

    In the second Washburn loaded the bases with one out after a walk and a pair of hit batters.

    Savage singled to bring two around to score and Cash Jay followed with a run-scoring fielders choice to make the score 4-0.

    The RiverHawks (20-29, 11-21) got on the board in the bottom of the inning with a walk and a one-out home run. A hit batter, walk and single scored another run.  

    Washburn loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter and scored two runs in the third on another hit batter and walk.

    Neither side scored for the next two and a half innings until Northeastern State led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, cutting the deficit to two.  

    After Trevor McCollum was able to reach on an error in the fifth he was moved around and the Ichabods got the run back with a sacrifice fly from Savage. 

    Carlgren finished his outing with a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth to hold the lead.  

  • Washburn baseball to close out regular season with weekend series at Northeastern State

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn University baseball heads to Tahlequah, Okla. for its final regular-season series of the year against Northeastern State,  beginning on Friday at 2 p.m.

    PaytonMcHargWU 2Washburn junior Payton McHarg is hitting .351 and leads the Ichabods in home runs and runs batted in. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Last time out the Ichabods won 14-3 over Southern Nazarene on the road Wednesday afternoon and are currently 26-19 overall and 18-12 in the MIAA. 

    The RiverHawks enter the series with a 20-27 record and an 11-19 record in the MIAA after falling 17-5 to Oklahoma Baptist on Tuesday. 

    Washburn enters the MIAA Tournament next weekend which is played on the campus sites of the top four seeds. Washburn currently sits in fifth place in the MIAA standings. The Ichabods can go no lower than the fifth seed and could climb as high as third. 

    To finish in third the Ichabods would need to sweep the RiverHawks, with Central Oklahoma losing all three games in its weekend series and Pittsburg State winning no more than one. If Washburn is tied with the Gorillas the Ichabods would have the tiebreaker to move up to fourth or fifth in the standings. The Bronchos have the tiebreaker over the Ichabods.

    Through 45 games Washburn is scoring 9.13 runs per game while allowing 7.49. 

    At the plate the Ichabods are hitting .324 with a .418 on-base percentage and are slugging .573 as a team. They have 85 home runs and have drawn 224 walks. 

    Washburn's pitching staff has an earned run average of 7.26 this season in 385.2 inning pitched. The Ichabods have struck out 337 batters while allowing 427 hits and issuing 246 walks. 

    The Ichabods are second in the nation in home runs with an average of 1.89 per game and 85 total blasts. 

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