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  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track and field honor roll May 3, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    JeremiahSmithsprintsShawnee Heights sophomore Jeremiah Smith is the Shawnee County boys leader in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 110 hurdles. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: TopSports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times.

    BOYS

    100 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             10.36

    Rezac, Rossville                          10.68

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      10.90

    January, Shawnee Heights          10.92

    200 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             21.85

    Rezac, Rossville                          22.03

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      22.50

    January, Shawnee Heights          23.04

    400 METERS

    Arnold, Shawnee Heights             51.68

    Kaniper, Silver Lake                      54.04

    Mitchell, Washburn Rural              54.35

    Myers, Shawnee Heights              53.41

    Rochford, Hayden                         54.85

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track and field honor roll May 3, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    Topeka West freshman Victoria Reed is the Shawnee County leader in thee girls 100 and 200-meter dash and ranks No. 2 in the 400. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]Topeka West freshman Victoria Reed (middle) is the Shawnee County leader in the girls 100 and 200-meter dash and ranks No. 3 in the 400. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN] 

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: TopSports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times.

    GIRLS

    100 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                  12.2

    Hillebert, Hayden                      12.69 (12.6)

    Brooks, Topeka West                12.6

    200 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                    25.99

    Brooks, Topeka West                  26.77

    Hillebert, Hayden                        26.82

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights  26.82

    Ingram, Washburn Rural             27.1

    400 METERS

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights   58.67

    Foster, Rossville                           59.91

    Reed, Topeka West                      59.99

    Wright, Washburn Rural               63.85

    Bray, Washburn Rural                  63.97

    800 METERS

    Druse, Seaman                            2:21.0 (2:21.02)

    Foster, Rossville                           2:24.94

    Bird, Washburn Rural                   2:29.23

    Wagner, Washburn Rural             2:31.07

    Rezac, Washburn Rural               2:31.58

    E0UJmf5WEAMByi6Seaman sophomore Bethany Druse (right) leads Shawnee County girls in the 800 and 1,600 meters. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

  • Rossville, Silver Lake athletes shine in Camien/Welch Seaman Relays

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Rossville and Silver Lake were two of the smallest schools in Friday's 20-school Bob Camien/Claudia Welch Seaman Relays, but the Bulldawgs and Eagles made their share of noise, combining for a pair of wins and 10 top-three finishes.

    Rossville's Briar Gillum won the girls shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 7 inches and also finished third in the discus at 125-6 while Silver Lake's Carson Johnson took the gold medal in the boys 300-meter hurdles in 41.67 seconds.

    E0Um j WQAo0oL6Silver Lake's Brogen Renfro wins his heat in the 200-meter dash preliminaries in Friday's Camien/Welch Seaman Relays. Renfro placed second in the 200 and the triple jump and third in the 100. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Silver Lake's Brogen Renfro posted top-three finishes in three events, taking second in the boys triple jump (43-9) and the 200 (22.76) and third in the 100 (10.91), while Rossville's Woodrow Rezac was the runner-up in the boys 100 (10.89).

    Rossville's Amelia Foster placed third in the girls 400 (59.91) and third in the 800 (2:24.94) while Silver Lake's Cameron TenEyck was third in the boys 1,600 (4:41.61).  

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track and field honor roll April 28, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: TopSports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will gradually expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    BOYS

    100 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             10.36

    Rezac, Rossville                          10.68

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      10.90

    January, Shawnee Heights          10.92

    JeremiahSmithbigShawnee Heights sophomore Jeremiah Smith is the Shawnee County leader in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 110-meter high hurdles. [Submitted]

    200 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             21.85

    Rezac, Rossville                          22.03

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      22.50

    January, Shawnee Heights          23.04

    400 METERS

    Arnold, Shawnee Heights             51.97

    Mitchell, Washburn Rural              54.3

    Kaniper, Silver Lake                      54.80

    Rochford, Hayden                         54.85

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track and field honor roll April 28, 2021

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    GIRLS

    100 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                  12.2

    Hillebert, Hayden                      12.69 (12.6)

    Brooks, Topeka West                12.6

    TopekaWesttrackTopeka West's Victoria Reed and Ala'jah Brooks are ranked among the Shawnee County leaders in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, with Reed ranking No. 1 in both events. [File photo/TSN]

    200 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                    25.99

    Brooks, Topeka West                  26.77

    Hillebert, Hayden                        26.82

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights  26.82

    Ingram, Washburn Rural             27.1

    400 METERS

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights   59.55

    Reed, Topeka West                      6135

    Foster, Rossville                           61.77

    Bray, Washburn Rural                  63.97

    Bethany DruseSeaman sophomore Bethany Druse ranks No. 1 on the TopSports.news Shawnee County track and field honor roll in the girls 800 and 1,600 meters. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    800 METERS

    Druse, Seaman                            2:21.0 (2:21.02)

    Bird, Washburn Rural                   2:30.23

    Wagner, Washburn Rural             2:31.07

    Foster, Rossville                           2:31.44

    Rezac, Washburn Rural               2:31.58

  • TopSports.news to host 2021 Topeka Shawnee County sports awards/Hall of Fame induction

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    TopSports.News, in conjunction with Envista Credit Union and A-1 Lock and Key will become the new host of the 16th annual Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards/Hall of Fame induction ceremony, continuing a longstanding tradition for the Topeka and Shawnee County sports community on June 30, 2021 at the Capitol Plaze Hotel's Maner Conference Center Sunflower Ballroom.

    RonBowenWashburn Rural coaching legend Ron Bowen (center) was inducted into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. TopSports.news will host the 2021 sports awards banquet and Hall of Fame ceremony on June 30. [Submitted]

    General admission tickets are $25 per person and includes dinner.

    The most recent Topeka Shawnee County banquet was held in 2019 before last year's ceremonies were canceled due to COVID-19.

    TopSports.News is proud to preserve and continue this annual event, which recognizes Shawnee County's top senior student-athletes while also continuing to add to the prestigious Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame. For the first time, TSN will also honor an oustanding female and male athlete from Washburn University.

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track and field honor roll April 22, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: TopSports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will gradually expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    BOYS

    100 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             10.36

    Rezac, Rossville                          10.68

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      10.90

    January, Shawnee Heights          10.92

    JeremiahSmithbigShawnee Heights sophomore Jeremiah Smith is the Shawnee County leader in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 110-meter high hurdles. [Submitted]

    200 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             21.85

    Rezac, Rossville                          22.03

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      22.50

    January, Shawnee Heights          23.04

    400 METERS

    Arnold, Shawnee Heights             51.97

    Mitchell, Washburn Rural              54.3

    Kaniper, Silver Lake                      54.80

    Rochford, Hayden                         54.85

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track and field honor roll April 22, 2021

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    GIRLS

    100 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                  12.2

    Hillebert, Hayden                      12.84 (12.6)

    Brooks, Topeka West                12.6

    200 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                    26.78

    Hillebert, Hayden                        26.82

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights  26.82

    Ingram, Washburn Rural             27.1

    Brooks, Topeka West                  27.41

    400 METERS

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights   59.55

    Reed, Topeka West                      62.61

    Bray, Washburn Rural                  63.97

    Bethany DruseSeaman sophomore Bethany Druse ranks No. 1 on the TopSports.news Shawnee County track and field honor roll in the girls 800 and 1,600 meters. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    800 METERS

    Druse, Seaman                            2:21.0

    Wagner, Washburn Rural             2:31.07

    Rezac, Washburn Rural               2:31.58

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track and field honor roll April 14, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    MarquelRussehttps://topsports.news/administrator/index.php?option=com_jce&task=plugin.display&plugin=imagepro&ad46120dea070fa297f3e288b9320ea7=1&context=22&profile_id=1#llWashburn Rural senior Marquel Russell is the Shawnee County leader in the boys 300-meter hurdles and ranks second in the 110 hurdles. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    BOYS

    100 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             10.36

    January, Shawnee Heights         10.92

    Rezac, Rossville                         10.98

    200 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             21.85

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      22.91

    January, Shawnee Heights          23.04

    400 METERS

    Arnold, Shawnee Heights             51.97

    Mitchell, Washburn Rural              54.3

    Kaniper, Silver Lake                      54.80

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track and field honor roll April 14, 2021

    Rick Peterson

     

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    GIRLS

    100 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West 12.2

    Hillebert, Hayden 12.6

    Brooks, Topeka West 12.6

    200 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                    26.78

    Hillebert, Hayden                        26.82

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights  26.82

    Brooks, Topeka West                  27.41

    400 METERS

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights   59.55

    Reed, Topeka West                      62.61

    Bray, Washburn Rural                  63.97

    800 METERS

    Druse, Seaman                            2:21.0

    Wagner, Washburn Rural             2:31.07

    Rezac, Washburn Rural               2:31.58

  • TSN Shawnee County high school boys track and field honor roll

    Rick Peterson

    LennyNjorogeTopeka West sophomore Lenny Njoroge is No. 1 in the boys 3,200-meter run on the TopSports.news Shawnee County track and field honor roll. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    BOYS

    100 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             10.36

    January, Shawnee Heights         10.92

    Rezac, Rossville                         10.98

    200 METERS

    Smith, Shawnee Heights             22.20

    Renfro, Silver Lake                      22.91

    January, Shawnee Heights          23.04

    400 METERS

    Arnold, Shawnee Heights             51.97

    Mitchell, Washburn Rural              54.3

    January, Shawnee Heights           55.23

  • TSN Shawnee County high school girls track and field honor roll

    Rick Peterson

    RuralCarterWagnerWashburn Rural sophomore Madeline Carter (left) and senior Keely Wagner rank 1-2 in the girls 1,600-meter run in the TopSports.news Shawnee Country track and field honor roll. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NOTE: Top.Sports.news plans to compile a weekly track and field honor roll for Shawnee County high schools throughout the 2021 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 for individual sprints are considered .024 of a second faster than hand times. TopSports.news will rank the Top 3 in each event to start the season and will expand the list to the Top 5 as schools compete in more meets.

    GIRLS

    100 METERS

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights 12.96

    Brooks, Topeka West                 13.07

    Hillebert, Hayden                        13.31

    TopekaWesttrack 2Topeka West's Victoria Reed and Ala'jah Brooks rank 1-3 in the girls 200-meter dash in the TopSports.news Shawnee County track and field honor roll. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    200 METERS

    Reed, Topeka West                    26.78

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights  26.82

    Brooks, Topeka West                  27.42

    400 METERS

    Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights   59.55

    Reed, Topeka West                      62.61

    Bray, Washburn Rural                  65.5

    Bethany DruseSeaman sophomore Bethany Druse ranks No. 1 on the TopSports.news Shawnee County track and field honor roll in the girls 800 meters run with a time of 2:23.6. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    800 METERS

    Druse, Seaman                            2:23.6

    Foster, Rossville                           2:34.54

    Bird, Washburn Rural                   2:37.9

  • WU notes: Local products part of record-setting weekend for Ichabod track teams

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn University's men's and women's track teams combined to set 12 school records in the Southwest Baptist Invitational at Bolivar, Mo., with former Shawnee County standouts Zac Chander, Eric Patterson Jr., Wyatt Heiman, Josh Wiltz and Kaylee Snell sharing in the record haul.

    Patterson, a Seaman product, teamed with Shawnee Heights grad Josh Wiltz, Silver Lake native Wyatt Heiman and Josh Hopkins to set a school record of 41.85 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay en route to a fourth-place finish in the 16-school men's meet 

    Former Washburn Rural Class 6A state pole vault champion Zac Chandler and teammate Peyton Lane both cleared 4.80 meters (15 feet, 9 inches) to improve on the previous school men's pole vault record of 4.71.

    Seaman grad Kaylee Snell took second place in the women's 3,000 meters in a time of 10:32.26, taking more than 36 seconds off the previous school record of 11:08.67.

  • Shawnee County track/field: 20 athletes to watch this spring

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Back in the spring of 2019, Hayden's Tanner Newkirk burst on the state track and field scene as a freshman, placing second in his state debut.

    Now a junior, Newkirk, the reigning Class 4A state cross country champion, is one of several Shawnee County upperclassmen who appear poised to make noise at the state level later this season along with several newcomers who have already shown promise in their first track and field campaigns.

    Other top returners include Seaman boys hurdler Sean Hoffmans, Washburn Rural boys hurdler Marquel Russell, Hayden boys long-jumper/sprinter Jack Konrade and Shawnee Heights girls hurdler/jumper Shelby Butterfield, while a talented group of newcomers includes Shawnee Heights boys hurdler/sprinter Jeremiah Smith, Heights girls sprinter Taylor Rottinghaus, Seaman girls distance runner Bethany Druse and Seaman hurdler Taylin Stallbaumer. 

    Here's 20 athletes to keep an eye on this spring:

  • Shawnee County baseball: Trojans get season off to perfect start

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    TopekaHighlogo

    Topeka High's baseball team faces a tough challenge to become a contender in the Centennial League, which has produced multiple state championship teams.

    But Cody Miller's team got the 2021 season off to a good start on Monday at Hummer Sports Park. In fact, it was a perfect start for the Trojans, with three Topeka High pitchers combining for a three-inning perfect game in the Trojans' 15-0 non-league win over Kansas City-Washington.

    Senior Lukas Brennan was the starting pitcher for Topeka, followed by junior Dillon Mitchell and junior Max Colombo, with Brennan and Mitchell both striking out three hitters and Colombo two.

  • Shawnee County softball: High appears set for big '21 season

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    After advancing to the Class 6A state tournament in 2019, another big year could be in store for Shane Miles' Topeka High softball team this spring.

    The Trojans return eight players that gained starting experience for High's 16-4 team in '19, including All-Staters Zoe Caryl and NiJaree Canady and four other players who received All-City recognition, and Miles' team is already off to a 4-0 start, including a pair of wins over 5A power Shawnee Heights.

     ZoeCarylvsWest2Topeka High senior catcher Zoe Caryl, an All-Stater in 2019, has helped lead the Trojans to a 4-0 start this spring. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

     NiJareeCanadyvsWestTopeka High junior NiJaree Canady, who received All-State recognition as a freshman, is a star at the plate and on the pitching mound for the Trojans. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Topeka High will build this year's team around seniors Caryl, Zoie Kincade, Tatum Wilson and Mia Kelly and juniors Canady, Amiah Cain and Majayla Boyd while top newcomers include junior Elycia Joyce and sophomores Adisyn Caryl and Quincy Smith.

  • Topeka High, Washburn Rural sweep first-team spots on TSN's All-Shawnee County girls basketball team

    Rick Peterson

     NiJaCanadyHeights2Topeka High junior NiJaree Canady has been named TopSports.news' All-Shawnee County girls basketball player of the year after leading the Trojans to a 23-2 record and a second-place finish in Class 6A. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    NiJaree Canady, a 6-foot junior, headlines TopSports.news' first-ever All-Shawnee County girls basketball team after leading Topeka High to a second-place finish in the Class 6A state tournament and a 23-2 record overall.

    Player of the year Canady, who averaged 20.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks, is joined on the all-county team by teammates Kiki Smith, a sophomore, and her older sister, senior Lilly Smith, while Washburn Rural sophomore Brooklyn DeLeye and junior Emma Krueger earned the other two first-team spots after leading the Junior Blues to a 16-3 record.

    Kiki Smith averaged 15.7 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals and hit 39 3-pointers while Lilly Smith averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 steals and led the city with 41 made 3-pointers.

  • All-Shawnee County boys wrestling: TSN's inaugural team dominated by Washburn Rural

    Rick Peterson

    Bishop Murray stateWashburn Rural senior 120-pounder Bishop Murray was named the Shawnee County wrestler of the year after capturing his third Class 6A state wrestling championship. [Submitted]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    After a dominating 2020-21 season that produced the first state boys team title in Washburn Rural history, five state finalists and three state champions, it's probably not a big surprise that the Junior Blues also dominate TopSports.news' inaugural All-Shawnee County boys wrestling team.

    The Junior Blues put eight wrestlers on the all-county team and swept the individual awards, with senior Bishop Murray selected as county wrestler of the year, freshman Jonathan Morrison named newcomer of the year and Rural coach Damon Parker earning the coach of the year honor.

    Murray, 29-1 on the season, won the third Class 6A state championship of his career as a senior, taking the 120-pound championship, while Morrison (29-3) won the 106-pound title in his first state meet and Parker swept the Shawnee County girls and boys coach of the year awards after leading the Junior Blues to a sweep of the 6A state championships.

  • All-Shawnee County girls wrestling: State champs headline TSN's inaugural team

    Rick Peterson

    Dajia AndersonactionWashburn Rural senior Dajia Anderson has been named TopSports.news' Shawnee County girls wrestler of the year after winning a second straight state title. [Submitted]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    State champions Dajia Anderson, Kendra Hurla and Rebekah Smith headine TopSports.news' inaugural All-Shawnee County girls wrestling team.

    Anderson, a Washburn Rural senior 191-pounder, was named the Shawnee County wrestler of the year after winning her second straight individual state title, while Rural senior Rebekah Smith won the 155-pound Division I state championship after a third-place state finish as a junior.

    Rossville freshman Kendra Hurla was named the All-Shawnee County newcomer of the year after winning the Division II state title at 120 pounds.

    RebekahSmithactionWashburn Rural senior Rebekah Smith (right) captured the 155-pound Division I state title, helping lead the Junior Blues to their second straight state team championship. [Submitted]

    KendraHurla 2Rossville freshman Kendra Hurla has been named the Shawnee County girls wrestling newcomer of the year after winning a Division II state title. [Photo by Jeff Jacobsen/Action Images Photography]

  • Nine Silver Lake, Rossville players earn All-Mid East recognition

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Nine Rossville and Silver Lake players have received All-Mid-East League basketball recognition, including three first-teamers.

    Rossville freshmen Emma Mitchell and Kinsey Perine and Silver Lake freshman McKinley Kruger were named to the All-Mid-East girls first team while Silver Lake sophomore Mariah Farmer and freshman Makenzie McDaniel received honorable mention.

    McKinley Kruger2Silver Lake freshman McKinley Kruger received All-Mid-East League first-team basketball honors after helping the Eagles reach the 3A state quarterfinals. [File photo/TSN]

    EmmaMitchellRossville freshman Emma Mitchell has received All-Mid-East League girls basketball honors. [File photo/TSN]

     Kinsey PerineKinsey Perine, a Rossville freshman, has been named a first-team All-Mid-East league girls basketball selection. [File photo/TSN]

  • Topeka West dominates TSN's All-Shawnee County boys basketball team

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, Topeka West dominates TopSports.news' inaugural All-Shawnee County boys basketball team, with seniors Trevion Alexander and Marque Wilkerson sharing the player of the year honor while junior Elijah Brooks joins his teammates on the first team.

    TrevionAlexanderStateTopeka West senior Trevion Alexander shares Top.Sports.new All-Shawnee County boys player of the year honors with teammate Marque Wilkerson. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

     MarqueWilkersonMaizeTopeka West senior Marque Wilkerson was named the All-Shawnee County co-player of the year with teammate Trevion Alexander. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Washburn Rural senior Joe Berry and Highland Park senior CJ Powell round out the first team, with Berry leading the Junior Blues to a 14-7 record and a berth in a Class 6A sub-state championship game while Powell led the Scots to a 12-8 record this past season after helping Hi Park advance to the 5A state tournament as a junior.

    Wilkerson averaged 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals this past season for the 21-3 Chargers while Alexander averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals and Brooks averaged 15.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals.

  • Kierscht, Central end Seaman's season in 5A quarters, 66-38

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    Junior Aubrie Kerscht and Salina Central's girls basketball team ended Seaman's season Monday night in the Class 5A state quarterfinals, with the Mustangs rolling to a 66-38 home victory.

    Kierscht scored a career-high 34 points with six 3-pointers as Salina Central improved to 19-4 while Seaman ended its season 8-15.

    Brooklyn GormleyBrooklyn Gormley came off the bench to lead Seaman with 11 points in Monday's 66-38 loss to Salina Central in Monday's 5A quarterfinal. [File photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • Vikes approach 5A girls quarterfinal with nothing-to-lose attitude; Silver Lake headed to Sabetha for 3A test

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Yes, Seaman's girls basketball team will go into Monday's Class 5A state quarterfinal at Salina Central as the underdog.

    Of course, that's the role Matt Tinsley's Vikings have been in all season while still finding a way to advance to state for the third straight season.

    Seaman made it to the 5A semifinals a year ago, but began the season short on experience after multiple returners opted to concentrate on other sports and also had to deal with COVID-19 quarantine issues much of the season.

    But the Vikings' progress began to show over the latter part of the year and Seaman put things together, particularly on the defensive end, in a 37-27 win at No. 1 seed Emporia in Friday night's sub-state championship game.

    Now Tinsley wants his 7-14 team to approach Monday's 6 p.m. game against the 18-4 Mustangs with the attitude that the Vikings have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    "There was no pressure on us coming into this (Emporia) game,'' Tinsley said after the Vikings' victory. "We were relaxed on the bus ride down here. We were relaxed on Tuesday night (against Topeka West) and I told the girls, 'Just go out and have fun.'

    "It's just so good to experience this. I'm just so happy for these kids.''

    TaylinStallbaumer3Freshman Taylin Stallbaumer, driving to the basket against Topeka West in the sub-state semis, led Seaman with a game-high 16 points in the Vikings' 37-27 sub-state final win at Emporia. [File photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • Girls prep roundup: Miege ends Topeka High win streak at 41

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    Perennial state title contender Bishop Miege jumped on Topeka High early Tuesday night on the Stags’ home floor, ending the Trojans’ 41-game winning streak with a 70-52 romp.

    Miege, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, led Topeka High, top-ranked in 6A, by a commanding 23-11 margin at the end of the first quarter and was never seriously threatened.

    NiJaree CanadyNiJaree Canady

  • Boys prep roundup: Seaman stretches win streak to four games

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    Juniors Ty Henry and Caden Stallbaumer led the way as Seaman posted its fourth straight victory Tuesday night at Seaman, taking a 65-50 Centennial League decision over Manhattan.

    Henry scored a game-high 22 points and Stallbaumer added 16 with 4 3pointers as Seaman avenged a 15-point loss to the Indians earlier in the season while improving to 10-8 overall and 8-6 in the league.

    Ty HenryTy Henry

    Manhattan led 11-8 at the end of the opening quarter but Seaman rallied for a 25-20 halftime lead and outscored the Indians (8-10, 6-9) by a 40-30 margin in the second half.

    Sophomore Kaeden Bonner, returning from an injury, added 11 points for Seaman.

    Senior Owen Braxmeyer led Manhattan with15 points.

    WASHBURN RURAL BOYS 49, JUNCTION CITY 46

    Washburn Rural trailed by a point (35-34) at the end of the third quarter before riding a big fourth quarter from senior Joe Berry to a 49-46 home Centennial League win over Junction City.

  • Rossville girls down St. Marys; Osage City boys trip Silver Lake

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Freshman Emma Mitchell led the way with a game-high 22 points as Rossville's girls basketball team posted a 69-51 win over St. Marys Tuesday night, the Bulldawgs' second win in  their last three games.

    Mitchell, a 5-foot-8 forward, was joined in double figures by senior post Gracie Rabe, who finished with 14 points, as Rossville improved to 3-7 on the season.

    Rossville and St. Marys were tied 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldawgs opened up a 35-22 halftime lead on the strength of a 23-10 second quarter. The Bulldawgs held the Bears at bay the rest of the way, holding a 34-29 scoring edge in the second half.

    Juniors Katelyn Hurla and Morgan Hurla scored 19 and 12 points, respectively, for St. Marys (3-0).

    OSAGE CITY BOYS 49, SILVER LAKE 38

    Osage City spoiled Silver Lake's upset bid with a dominant fourth quarter, taking a 49-38 win to improve to 12-2 on the season.

  • Rossville's Lacock, Hurla claim regional titles, Silver Lake qualifies five for girls sub-state wrestling

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    Rossville freshmen Keera Lacock and Kendra Hurla punched their tickets to Division II wrestling sub-state with regional titles Saturday at Rossville while tournament runner-up Silver Lake advanced five competitors to next Friday's sub-state tourney at Anderson County.

    Lacock won the 115-pound regional title with a 12-5 decision over Santa Fe Trail sophomore Haley Somchay while Hurla pinned Silver Lake senior Grace Fitzgerald 1:59 into the 120-pound championship match.

    Lacock improved to 16-3 while Hurla improved to 18-1 on the season.

    Fitzgerald (20-10) was one of two second-place finishers for Silver Lake, which finished second to Baldwin by a 165-84 count in the team standings, with freshman Hailey Horton (31-10) advancing to the finals at 155 pounds before defaulting that match due to injury.

  • Silver Lake, Rossville dominate 3A-1A district wrestling

    By Rick Peterson

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    After going one-two in the Mid-East League wrestling tournament, Silver Lake and Rossville finished the same way in Saturday's Class 3A-1A District Boys Tournament at Silver Lake, with the Eagles winning the team championship by a 205-169 margin over the Bulldawgs.

    Silver Lake won five individual titles and had 11 wrestlers post top-four finishes to qualify for regional competition, while Rossville had three individual winners and nine regional qualifiers.

    Silver Lake got district wins from junior Justin Rakestraw at 132 pounds, senior Kai Allen at 138, junior Daigan Kruger at 170, junior Triston VandeVelde at 182 and junior Preston Gillen at 195 pounds.

    Daigan KrugerDaigan Kruger

    Rakestraw improved to 12-3 on the season, while Allen is now 31-3, Kruger 41-1, VandeVelde 36-4 and Gillen 34-6.

    Also qualifying for regionals for the Eagles were junior Devin Dultmeier (second at 120), sophomore Tyler Cook (fourth at 126), junior Caleb Taylor (third at 145), freshman Chase Root (third at 152), junior Eli Herkenrath (fourth at 160) and sophomore Kaden Walker (second at 220).

    Earning district champions for Rossville were freshman 106-pounder Mason Broce, senior 145-pounder Layne Hurla and junior 152-pounder Sam Twombly while junior Colby Hurla (132), sophomore Krew Lacock (138), junior Corey Catron (160) and freshman Barrett Lietz (195) all posted second-place finishes..

    Broce improved his record to 14-8 on the season while Hurla is is 21-3 and Twombly 11-2.

    Also advancing to regionals for Rossville were sophomore Aryon Kleseth (third at 126), senior Joe McGrath (third at 170).

    DIVISION II GIRLS DISTRICT AT MARYSVILLE

    Senior Grace Fitzgerald won the 120-pound championship and freshman Hailey Horton won at 155 pounds to lead Silver Lake to the team title by an 88-73 margin over Holton in Friday's Division II Girls District Tournament at Marysville.

    Fitzgerald improved to 18-9 on the season while Horton improved to 29-9.

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    Rossville also claimed an individual title, with freshman Keera Lacock winning at 115 pounds to improve to 13-3 on the season.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers February 1, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
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    KAI ALLEN, Silver Lake

    A 138-pound senior, Allen won his fourth straight Mid-East League individual wrestling title to lead Silver Lake to the team championship last Friday at Wabaunsee. Allen, one of seven league champions for the Eagles, has posted three straight top-three finishes in the Class 3A-1A state tournament, including a state championship in 2019 and a runner-up finish last season.

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    DYLAN BIRKENBAUGH, Seaman

    Birkenbaugh bowled a 737 three-game series to earn his second individual title of the week, putting together games of 225, 265 and 247 as Seaman won the boys title in the Emporia quadrangular at Flint Hills Lanes by a 2,894-2,578 margin over Derby. Birkenbaugh also won the individual title in the Hayden quad at West Ridge Lanes with a 628 series as the Vikings won by a 2,445-2,185 margin over Topeka West.

  • Silver Lake, Rossville go one-two in Mid-East League wrestling

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

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    Silver Lake and Rossville went one-two in the team standings in Friday's Mid-East League boys wrestling tournament at Wabaunsee while combining to win nine individual championships.

    League-champion Silver Lake had seven wrestlers capture league championships, including Devin Dultmeier at 120 pounds, Justin Rakestraw at 132, Kai Allen at 138, Chase Root at 152, Daigan Kruger at 170, Triston VandeVelde at 182 and Preston Gillen at 195 pounds.

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  • A1 Lock & Key Performers February 8, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
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    HUNTER BENTLEY, Washburn University

    Bentley, a 5-foot-9 senior guard out of Bishop Miege, scored a game-high 27 points and hit 9 of 9 free throw attempts as Washburn's women's basketball team bounced back from a pair of tough MIAA losses to take a 76-66 home victory over Northeastern State. Bentley scored 41 points on the week as the 7-8 Ichabods split games.

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    TYLER GEIMAN, Washburn University

    A 6-1 senior point guard, the former Blue Valley star scored a game-high 29 points, including 21 in the second half, as Washburn, using just seven players due to injury and illness, improved to 12-3 with an 88-77 come-from-behind MIAA home victory over Rogers State. Geiman also had 8 assists and 7 rebounds for the Ichabods and scored 12 straight points in the second half to spearhead the win.

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    HAILEY HORTON, Silver Lake

    A freshman, Horton won the 155-pound title in Friday's Division II District Girls Wrestling Tournament at Marysville, helping the Eagles win the district team championship by an 88-73 margin over Holton. Horton won her first match with a 23-second pin before taking a 7-2 decision over Atchison County's Hannah Simmers in the finals.

    Daigan KrugerDaigan Kruger

    DAIGAN KRUGER, Silver Lake

    Kruger, a junior, won the 170-pound championship in Saturday's Class 3A-1A  District Boys Wrestling Tournament at Silver Lake, posting three straight pins to help the Eagles win the team title. Kruger, now 41-1 on the season, posted pins in 36 seconds and 2 minutes, 36 seconds to reach the finals and pinned Mission Valley's Justice Dunbar in 1:09 to win the 170 title. 

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    CJ POWELL, Highland Park

    Powell, a 6-7 senior, scored 59 points in two games on the week as Highland Park's boys basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with Centennial League victories over Emporia and Seaman. Powell scored 31 points in the Scots' 63-58 win over Emporia and followed that up with a 28-point performance in the Scots' 55-47 overtime win over Seaman on Friday, forcing the OT with a clutch 3-point loss. 

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    MARQUE WILKERSON, Topeka West

    Wilkerson, a 6-2 senior, scored a game-high 25 points as Topeka West's boys basketball team took over sole possession of the Centennial League lead with a 63-46 home Centennial League win over Washburn Rural. Continuing a recent hot streak, Wilkerson scored 16 points in the first half and hit 11 of 14 field goal attempts on the night as the Chargers improved to 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the league. 


  • Silver Lake boys fall to state-ranked Mustangs in tourney semifinal

    Rick Peterson

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    Silver Lake had no answer for Rock Creek standout Dawson Zenger in Wednesday's Burlington Invitational boys semifinal, with Zenger scoring a game-high 30 points as the Mustangs rolled to a 59-37 victory over the Eagles.

    Silver Lake trailed by just a 12-10 margin at the end of the first quarter, but Rock Creek used an 18-11 second quarter to take a 30-21 halftime lead and then put the Eagles away with a 20-8 third quarter.

  • Prep roundup: Silver Lake sweeps Indy in Burlington finales

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Silver Lake’s boys and girls basketball teams finished off their appearances in the Burlington Invitational with a pair of third-place finishes.

    Silver Lake’s boys edged Independence 48-42 while the Lady Eagles rolled to a 59-33 win over the Bulldogs.

    The Silver Lake boys, who improved to 5-5, were locked in a 19-all tie with the Bulldogs at the half, but took a 2-point advantage (30-28) into the fourth quarter and outscored Indy 18-14 down the stretch.

    Silver Lake, which won for the fourth time in its last five games, had three double-figure scorers, with sophomore Kamryn Kaniper scoring 16 points with 4 3-pointers while senior Dawson Wyre added 14 and senior Andrew Osterhaus 10 points.

    Independence, which fell to 1-9, was led by Easton Ewing's 10 points.

    Silver Lake’s girls, 5-4 on the season, broke open their game against Independence with a 22-10 second quarter and turned the contest into a rout with a 22-4 third quarter, opening up a 56-24 advantage.

    Freshman Makenzie McDaniel led four players in double figures for the Eagles with 14 points while sophomore Taylor Ross added 13 points and sophomore Lexis Berndt and freshman McKinley Kruger 12 each.

  • Prep roundup: Trail trips Silver Lake boys in 82-76 thriller; Cair Paravel falls to Manhattan C.H.I.E.F.

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Santa Fe Trail and Silver Lake's boys basketball teams put their offensive firepower on full display Tuesday night, combining for 158 points, 15 3-pointers and 59 free throws in the Chargers' 82-76 home win.

    The Chargers and Eagles set the tone for the night when Trail took a 27-20 lead at the end of the opening quarter. Santa Fe Trail led 47-40 at the half and 61-54 after three quarters before Silver Lake cut its final margin to 6 points with a 22-21 finishing quarter.

    Seniors Maddox Decker and Tyler Duncan combined for 50 points for 7-3 Santa Fe Trail, with Decker scoring a game-high 27 points and Duncan right behind with 23. Senior Brody Smith and junior Blake Buessing added 16 and 11 points for the Chargers. Decker hit 5 of the Chargers' 8 3-pointers on the night.

    Senior Andrew Osterhaus paced 5-6 Silver Lake with 24 points while junior Gannon Remer and sophomore Kamryn Kaniper added 15 points apiece. Junior Luke Womack had 9 points on 3 3-pointers for the Eagles.

  • Prep roundup: Hi Park boys win third straight, 63-37 over Hayden

    Rick Peterson

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    Highland Park’s boys basketball team reeled off its third straight win Friday night, rolling to a 63-37 Centennial League home victory over Hayden to climb to 6-5 on the season.

    Highland Park, 5-3 in the league, is above the .500 mark for the first time this season after Friday’s win.

    Highland Park trailed by 6 points early in the second quarter, but rallied for a 29-20 halftime advantage and cruised the rest of the way.

    The Scots had four players crack double figures while limiting Hayden to no more than 11 points in a quarter and 17 second-half points.

  • Rossville girls win for 3rd time in last 4 games; Silver Lake boys fall to St. Marys

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Rossville's girls basketball team won for the third time in its last four games Friday night, taking a 53-40 Mid-East League win over Wabaunsee as freshmen Kinsey Perine and Emma Mitchell and senior Julia Streit combined for 46 points.

    The Bulldawgs, who improved to 4-7, led 9-8 after one quarter and 22-17 at the half before opening up some breathing room with a 14-6 third quarter.

    Perine led Rossville with 18 points, followed by Mitchell with 15 points and a pair of 3-pointers and Streit with 13 points. Perine and Streit also connected on 3-pointers for the Bulldawgs.

  • Prep roundup: Cair Paravel girls roll past Veritas, 47-14

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Cair Paravel Latin's girls basketball team rolled to a 47-14 win over Veritas Christian Tuesday night as freshman Josie Barkley led the Lions with a game-high 14 points, equaling Veritas' point total as a team.

    The 6-6 Lions were in command after a 12-2 opening quarter and went on to lead 30-13 at the half.

    Cair Paravel limited Veritas to 1 point in the second half to finish off the rout.

    VERITAS CHRISTIAN BOYS 56, CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 53

    Seniors Will Rau and Will Bartkoski combined for 40 points as Veritas Christian outscored Cair Paravel 17-9 in the fourth quarter to pull out the 56-53 win.

    Rau led all scorers with 26 points while Bartkoski added 14 points as Veritas improved to 11-6.

    Cair Paravel, which fell to 9-6, was led by sophomore Luke Fay with 18 points and 3 3-pointers while junior Zach Clark added 16 points.

  • City wrestling powers Rural, Heights thrive in tough times

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    The 2020-21 high school wrestling season will be remembered for all the COVID-19-related obstacles teams have had to overcome and the adjustment they've had to make just to have the opportunity to compete.

    But Washburn Rural coach Damon Parker and Shawnee Heights coach Chad Parks will also remember the year for the way their teams have handled every challenge they've faced while putting together outstanding seasons.

    Damon ParkerDamon Parker's Washburn Rural boys and girls wrestling teams are both top-ranked in the state heading into postseason.

    Parker's Junior Blues swept the girls and boys Centennial League team titles and both teams are currently ranked No. 1 in Class 6A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association while Parks' T-Birds swept the United Kansas Conference crowns and Heights' girls are ranked No. 6 in Division I and the boys No. 7 in 5A.

  • Hayden's DeVader, Stephenson advance to 4A wrestling sub-state

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Hayden seniors Will DeVader and Clayton Stephenson extended their wrestling seasons after posting top-three finishes in Friday's Class 4A regional boys tournament at Jefferson West.

    DeVader advanced to the 182-pound final before dropping a 14-8 decision to Louisburg's Aiden Barker in the championship match while 220-pounder Stephenson rebounded from a first-round loss to post three straight wins by fall and finish third, ending his day with a pin of Holton's Dalton Roush in the third-place match

    DeVader improved to 19-5 on the season while Stephenson is now 29-6.

    DeVader and Stephenson will compete in a 4A sub-state tournament at Chanute next Saturday, with the top four advancing to state competition.

    SILVER LAKE, ROSVILLE COMBINE FOR SIX REGIONAL CHAMPS

    Silver Lake finished second as a team in Friday's 3A-1A regional at Rossville with four individual champs while Rossville had a pair of individual titlists.

    The Eagles got regional championships from senior Kai Allen (138), junior Daigan Kruger (170 pounds), junior Tristan VandeVelde (182) and junior Preston Gillen (195) while Rossville got titles from senior Layne Hurla (145) and junior Sam Twombly (152).

  • Friday night preps roundup: Seaman sweeps rival Wildcats

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    Seaman's boys basketball team continues to make a tough 2019-20 season a distant memory, adding to its resurgence with a 53-27 home Centennial League romp past rival Hayden Friday night.

    Just 2-19 a year ago, Seaman improved to 8-8 overall and 7-6 in the Centennial League with Friday's wire-to-wire win, forcing a running clock in the fourth quarter after taking a 50-18 advantage at the end of the third.

    Junior Casen Stallbaumer led Seaman with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, while junior Ty Henry added 10 points and sophomore Aron Davis 9.

    Sophomore Joe Otting led Hayden (4-11, 3-9) with 10 points, the lone Wildcat with more than 5 points.

    SEAMAN GIRLS 43, HAYDEN 32

    Seaman avenged a 1-point loss to Hayden earlier in the season while continuing a resurgence of its own with its third victory over its last four games.

  • Hayden, Silver Lake, Rossville wrestlers headed to state

    Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Hayden seniors Will DeVader and Clayton Stephenson will cap their high school wrestling careers in the boys Class 4A state tournament while Silver Lake and Rossville will send a total of 12 boys and girls competitors to state competition.

    DeVader finished fourth in the 182-pound division in the Chanute 4A sub-state while Stephenson was fourth at 220 pounds.

    DeVader will take a 21-7 record into Saturday's 4A state tournament at Salina's Tony's Pizza Events Center while Stephenson is 31-8 on the season.

    Silver Lake is coming off a championship in the 3A-1A boys sub-state tournament while qualifying five wrestlers for Saturday's state tournament at Hays' Gross Coliseum, led by champions Kai Allen and Daigan Kruger.

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  • A1 Lock & Key Performers February 22, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
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    KAI ALLEN, Silver Lake

    The Eagles' star senior 138-pounder captured the fourth regional/sub-state championship of his high school wrestling career in Saturday's Class 3A-1A sub-state at Marion, going 3-0 on the day with two pins to improve to 37-3 on the season. Allen, No. 3 in the KWCA state rankings, pinned Douglass' Matthew Reynolds 2:59 into the championship match after winning his first two matches with a 22-second pin and a 16-5 major decision. Allen helped lead the Eagles to the regional title by a 97-83 margin over Wellsville. 

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    DAJIA ANDERSON, Washburn Rural

    A senior, Anderson won the 191-pound title in last Friday's Division I girls sub-state tournament at Leavenworth, improving to 24-4 on the season and helping lead the Junior Blues to the team title. Anderson, top-ranked in the KWCA rankings and a returning state champion, recorded pins in 3:37 and 5:22 before outlasting No. 2-ranked Maranda Bell of Shawnee Heights in the championship match, 8-7.

  • Prep roundup: Hayden boys' upset bid falls short

    Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Hayden's boys basketball team put itself in position to pull off a Class 4A sub-state Tuesday night before top seed Wamego took control in the fourth quarter for a 64-55 win on the Red Raiders’ home court.

    Hayden was deadlocked with Wamego 36-all entering the fourth quarter, but the Red Raiders outscored the Wildcats 28-19 the rest of the way.

    Hayden, which finished with a 4-16 record, was led by sophomore Joe Otting with 23 points while senior Vacario Triplett added 13 points and Jake Muller 10.

    Wamego (15-5) put Hayden away with a 19 of 24 performance at the free throw line in the fourth.

    Jake Fritz scored a game-high 25 points for Wamego with 5 3-pointers and an 8 of 12 performance at the free throw line while Tanner Hecht added 20 points.

    Wamego went 28 of 35 at the free throw line while Hayden was 10 of 14.

    ST. JAMES ACADEMY GIRLS 97, HIGHLAND PARK 27

    Highland Park’s girls basketball team saw its winless season come to a close in a 97-27 Class 5A sub-state loss at St. James Academy.

    The Scots. 0-16, trailed 10-8 St. James 26-5 at the end of the first quarter and 53-17 at the half.

    Senior Isabella Carter led Highland Park with 15 while junior Aisya Taylor added 12 points.

    DE SOTO GIRLS 45, SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 34

    Shawnee Heights girls turned in a solid defensive effort, but struggled offensively in a season-ending 45-34 Class 5A sub-state loss at De Soto, which improved to 11-10.

  • TopSports.news’ 10 boys wrestlers to watch

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    KAI ALLEN, Silver Lake

    Allen, a senior, is top-ranked in Class 3A-1A at 138 pounds in the latest Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association state rankings. Allen started the current season with an 11-1 record after posting a runner-up state finish last season at 132 pounds.

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    AUSTIN FAGER, Washburn Rural

    Fager, a junior, is ranked No. 3 in the Class 6A state rankings at 170 pounds and is fifth in the KWCA All-Class rankings. Fager is 15-3 this season after going 24-7 and making it to state at 152 pounds last season.

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    BROCK FERGUSON, Shawnee Heights

    Ferguson, a junior, placed third in the Class 5A state tournament at 113 pounds as a sophomore, posting a 40-5 record. Ferguson is second-ranked in 5A at 120 pounds and fourth in the all-class rankings this season, posting an 11-0 record.

  • TopSports.news’ 10 girls wrestlers to watch

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    DAJIA ANDERSON, Washburn Rural

    Last season Anderson, a senior, became the first city wrestler to win a girls state title and led the Junior Blues to a win in the first-ever girls state tournament. After winning the state title at 235 pounds a year ago, Anderson, 10-0, is top-ranked in Division I at 191 pounds this season.

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    MARANDA BELL, Shawnee Heights

    A junior, Bell is currently second-ranked behind Anderson in Division I at 191 pounds with a 9-0 record. Bell was the runner-up in the inaugural United Kansas Conference tournament last season, helping the T-Birds win the UKC team title.

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    ADDISON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    Broxterman, a sophomore, is third-ranked in Division I at 120 pounds with a 7-2 record. She was a state qualifier last season at 116 pounds for the state-champion Junior Blues and posted a 31-11 record on the year. Broxterman posted a runner-up finish in the Centennial League.

  • Esquibel looking to help High boys reverse fortunes

    Rick Peterson, TNS Sports Reporter

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Senior Isiah Esquibel knew his Topeka High boys basketball team was going to experience some growing pain searly this season after graduating several key players off last year's Trojan team that went 16-6 and shared the Centennial League championship.

    That has been evident in the early going, with the Trojans 0-3 overall and in the league entering Friday's 7:30 p.m. league game at Seaman, which is 2-3.

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    Esquibel, a 6-foot-4 guard, said the key will be getting all of the Trojans, including a host of varsity newcomers, on the same page.

    "We're just trying to get this thing all together, just trying to get some wins at this point,'' Esquibel said. "We've played well at times. It's just the experience of the other teams gets to us at times. With the guys we have now, they've stepped up, but we just need a little bit more.''

    Topeka High squandered a late lead in a 47-46 loss to Emporia and the Trojans have went through other bad stretches that cost them in 13-point losses to USD 501 rivals Topeka West and Highland Park.

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