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On Tuesday, July 9, TopSports.news will kick off its three-week project picking its Top 100 greatest women's and men's athletes in Shawnee County history. 

After receiving input from current and past media professionals with more than 100 years of combined experience, TSN will kick things off with its No. 91 through 100 picks on its all-time women's list and will continue posting women's and men's picks 10 at a time before culminating with the Women's Top 10 on July 27 and the Men's Top 10 on July 28.

MikeTorrezTHighHOF 1Topeka sports legend Mike Torrez was a world champion with the New York Yankees and won 185 games as a Major League pitcher in an 18-year career. [File photo]

 GaryWoodlandTop100 2Former Shawnee Heights star Gary Woodland won the 2019 U.S. Open and continues to compete on the PGA Tour. [PGA Tour]

ChrisBarnesTHighHOF 2Topeka High grad Chris Barnes is a PBA Hall of Famer, who also helped the Trojans win a state basketball title. [PBA Tour]

SheriNorrisTop100 2Topeka West state champion Sheri Norris was an All-American tennis player at Arizona State before playing on the pro tennis tour. [File photo]

 NiJareeCanadyTop100 2Former Topeka High star NiJaree Canady received national pitcher of the year and player of the year honors as a sophomore pitcher for Stanford. [Stanford Athletics]

BrooklynDeLeyeTop100 4Former Washburn Rural multi-sport star Brooklyn DeLeye is currently a star for Kentucky's volleyball team and a member of the U.S. Under21 national team. [Kentucky Volleyball]

County athletes have made their mark in a variety of sports at the high school, collegiate, national amateur and professional levels over the years and TSN's goal is to recognize as many of those athletes as possible.

The only Top 100 requirement is that eligible candidates must have grown up in Shawnee County or attended one of the county's 10 high schools.

While it's an impossible task to honor all the deserving individuals and not everybody will agree with TSN's selections, we hope that you enjoy this trip down memory lane that recognizes local athletes dating from those born in the 1800s to those just beginning to make their mark.


July 9 -- Women's No. 91 through 100.

July 10 -- Men's No. 91 through 100.

July 11 -- Women's No. 81 through 90.

July 12 -- Men's No. 81 through 90.

July 13 -- Women's No. 71 through 80.

July 14 -- Men's No. 71 through 80.

July 15 -- Women's No. 61 through 70.

July 16 -- Men's No. 61 through 70.

July 17 -- Women's No. 51 through 60.

July 18 -- Men's No. 51 through 60.

July 19 -- Women's No. 41 through 50.

July 20 -- Men's No. 41 through 50.

July 21 -- Women's No. 31 through 40.

July 22 -- Men's No. 31 through 40.

July 23 -- Women's No. 21 through 30.

July 24 -- Men's No. 21 through 30.

July 25 -- Women's No. 11 through 20.

July 26 -- Men's No. 11 through 20.

July 27 -- Women's No.10 through 1.

July 28 -- Men's No. 10 through 1.




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