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  • Spring sports roundup: Hayden soccer rolls to 5-0 win over Tonganoxie

    Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Hayden's girls soccer team shared the wealth in Tuesday's 5-0 home non-league win over Tonganoxie, with five different players scoring goals as the Wildcats boosted their record to 4-2 on the season.

    Hayden got first-half goals from juniors Kate Roeder and Riley Schmidtlein before sophomore Jenessa Broxterman and freshmen Lauren Sandstrom and Jill Lenherr added second-half goals.

    Broxterman, Sandstrom, junior Abby Dodd and sophomore Piper Wrench were credited with assists while seniors Rhen Calhoon and Olivia Schmitz combined for the shutout in goal.

    HAYDEN 5, TONGANOXIE 0

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    Tonganoxie 0 0 -- 0

    Hayden -- Goals: Roeder, Schmidtlein, Lenherr, Sandstrom, Broxterman. Assists: Broxterman, Dodd, Sandstrom, Wrench. Shutout: Calhoon, Schmitz.

    Belle Kennedy scored a goal and had four assists in Washburn Rural's 10-0 home win over Highland Park Tuesday. [Photo by Doug Wagner/Special to TSN]Belle Kennedy (10) scored a goal and had four assists in Washburn Rural's 10-0 home win over Highland Park Tuesday. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Rural soccer blanks Scots

    Ten different players scored goals as Washburn Rural improved to 4-1-1 on the season Tuesday with a 10-0 win over Highland Park at McElroy Field.

    The game ended at halftime due to the 10-goal spread.

    The Junior Blues got goals from seniors Brynn Fitzgibbons, Riley Palmer and Izzy Entz, juniors Hunter McWilliams, Belle Kennedy, Sheriden Wichman, Reagan Allen and Alandra Bailey and sophomores Brianna Jones and Maya Hoge.

  • City soccer roundup: Hayden rolls to 10-0 win over West in season-opener

    Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Hayden's girls soccer team posted its first win of the 2021 season with a 10-0 romp past Centennial League foe Topeka West Tuesday night at Hummer Sports Park.

    Six players scored goals for the Wildcats, including juniors Elizabeth Dunshee and Kate Roeder and freshmen Elaine Wolf and Jill Lenherr with two goals apiece while sophomore Sloane Sims and junior Natalie McElroy also scored goals for Hayden.

    Wolf and junior Riley Schmidtlein were credited with two assists apiece while Lenherr, Roeder, sophomore Janessa Broxterman and junior Abby Dodd also had assists for the Wildcats.

     HAYDEN 10, TOPEKA WEST 0

    Hayden -- Goals: Elaine Wolf 2, Elizabeth Dunshee 2, Jill Lenherr 2, Kate Roeder 2, Sloane Sims, Natalie McElroy. Assists: Elaina Wolf 2, Riley Schmidtlein 2, Jill Lenherr, Kate Roeder, Jenessa Broxterman, Abby Dodd.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 7, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 1

    Cair Paravel Latin's girls soccer team opened its 2021 season with a 7-1 victory over Olathe Heritage Christian Tuesday night.

    BLUE VALLEY SOUTHWEST 6, SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 1

    Shawnee Heights dropped a 6-1 girls soccer decision to Blue Valley Southwest Tuesday night.

     

     

  • Seaman soccer blanks Cair Paravel 1-0 to pick up first victory

    Rick Peterson

    BrooklynYinglingSeaman sophomore Brooklyn Yingling (14) races Cair Paravel junior Esther Childs for the ball in Tuesday's 1-0 Viking win over the Lions. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    There was a long list of things that Seaman girls soccer coach Tim Nussbaum saw Tuesday out of his team that need improvement.

    But there was also a huge positive -- the Vikings' first victory of the 2021 season.

    Freshman Marin Schuler found the back of the net midway through the opening half against Cair Paravel Latin and the Vikings made that goal stand up the rest of the way, posting a 1-0 road win over the Lions at the Sunflower Soccer Complex.

    Senior Emma Meinholdt and freshman Makena Schuler combined for the shutout in goal for Seaman, which improved to 1-1 on the season.

    "The first win is good for our team, but we have a lot to learn,'' Nussbaum said. "We need to make the game simpler. We're making it complicated, but we'll take the first W however it comes.''

    TimNussbaumFirst-year Seaman girls soccer coach Tim Nussbaum talks with Viking players during Tuesday's 1-0 win over Cair Paravel. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

  • City girls soccer: Rural still experienced despite long layoff

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural's girls soccer team was very good but young in 2019 and the fact that several freshmen and sophomores saw time for the Junior Blues' 18-3-0 team that posted a runner-up finish in the Class 6A state tournament could pay big dividends this spring.

    The defending Centennial League champions graduated some key seniors off the '19 team, but will build this year's team around returning seniors Izzy Entz, Brynn Fitzgibbons, Joy Ngibuini and Riley Palmer and juniors Reagan Allen, Belle Kennedy, Emma Krueger, Hunter McWilliams, McKenna Merrick and Sheriden Wichman.

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    Several newcomers are also expected to challenge for playing time, including junior Alandra Bailey and sophomores Hailey Beck, Addi Broxterman, Brooklyn DeLeye, Maya Hoge, Brianna Jones, Karsyn McMaster, Mackinly Rohn and Heidi Schieber. 

    "Despite missing an entire season last year, we return 10 players with varsity experience and some talented newcomers,'' Washburn Rural coach Brian Hensyel said. "We are excited to begin our season and look forward to playing a very challenging schedule.

    "Our goals are to win the Centennial League and make a return trip to the Class 6A final four.''

  • 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.

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

    Rick Peterson

     By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    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.

  • Prep roundup: Rossville girls outlast Wabaunsee in OT, 56-53

    TopSports.news

    Rossville's girls basketball team outlasted Mid-East League foe Wabaunsee 56-53 in overtime Monday night, improving to .

    Monday's game was close thorughout, with the Bulldawgs leading 17-15 at the end of the first quarter before Wabaunsee took a 32-28 advantage at the half.

    Rossville used a 13-9 third quarter to tie the contest at 41 and the game was deadlocked 51-all at the end of regullation before the Bulldawgs outscored the Chargers 5-2 in the OT.

    Rossville had three double-figure scorers, led by freshman Kinsey Perine with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Emma Mitchell added 12 points and senior Julia Streit 10 points.

  • Prep roundup: Scots post fourth straight win behind Powell's 31 points

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Highland Park's boys basketball is starting to look like the team coach Michael Williams expected at the start of the 2020-21 season, with the Scots running their win streak to four games Tuesday night with a 63-58 home Centennial League win over Emporia.

    CJ Powell, a 6-foot-6 senior, had a monster night for the Scots, scoring 31 points as Highland Park improved to 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the league. Junior Juan'Tario Roberts added 16 points with 4 3-pointers as the Scots' 1-2 punch carried the team offensively.

    Emporia (6-6, 3-5) led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter, but Highland Park used a 15-7 second quarter to take a 29-23 lead at the half.

    The Scots were still in front by 6 points (45-39) at the start of the fourth quarter and held off the Spartans for the win.

    Emporia was led by senior Charles Snyder's 24 points.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN BOYS 44, ST. MARY'S ACADEMY 38

    Tuesday wasn't one of Cair Paravel Latin's most productive offensive games, but the Lions did the job defensively, not allowing more than 12 points in a quarter on the way to a 44-38 home boys victory over St. Mary's Academy.

  • Girls prep roundup: Hayden, Rural girls roll to Centennnial wins

    TopSports.news

    Hayden's girls basketball team turned in its biggest offensive night of the season, with nine players scoring and four cracking double figures in the Wildcats' 79-26 Centennial League romp at Highland Park.

    Hayden, which improved to 5-4 overall and in the league, was led by junior Carly Stuke with 18 points, while senior Rhen Calhoon added 16, freshman Lauren Sandstrom 13 and junior Sandy Anguiano 10 points for the Wildcats.

    The Wildcats jumped out to a 20-8 first-quarter advantage and took a commanding 49-14 lead to the locker room at the half. Hayden led 71-23 after three quarters and a running clock was used throughout the fourth.

    Highland Park (0-8, 0-8), which has fought a numbers crunch throughout the season, got a team-high 12 points from junior Aisya Taylor.

    WASHBURN RURAL GIRLS 58, EMPORIA 35

    Washburn Rural's girls started a bit slow in Friday's home Centennial League contest against Emporia, but the Junior Blues took control with an 18-7 second quarter on the way to a 58-35 victory.

  • Boys prep roundup: Seaman bounces back, Cair Paravel tops Burlingame

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    Sophomore Kaeden Bonner and junior Ty Henry combined for 37 points as Seaman bounced back from a first-round loss in Valley Center's January Jam to take a 65-50 consolation win over the host Hornets Friday.

    Bonner led the Vikings with 19 points and Henry added 18 as the Vikings evened their record at 4-4 while ending 9-2 Valley Center's nine-game winning streak.

    Seaman, which opened its tournament bid with a 61-48 loss to Wichita Heights on Thursday, also got 10 points from junior Brody Gormley in the win.

    Seaman led 30-27 at the half and outscored the Hornets 16-9 in the third quarter to open up some breathing room (46-36) and the Vikings continued to pull away in the fourth.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN BOYS 74, BURLINGAME 65

    Cair Paravel came through with arguably its biggest win of the season Friday night, going on the road to knock off Burlingame, 74-65.

  • Cair Paravel boys roll to 69-32 win over NEK

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Cair Paravel Latin opened up a huge 48-15 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 69-32 home boys basketball victory over the Northeast Kansas Saints Thursday night.

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    Noah Hastert

    Cair Paravel, which improved to 5-3 with its second straight win, opened up a 24-10 first-quarter lead and then outscored the Saints 24-5 in the second quarter to put the game away.

    Noah Hastert, a 6-foot-6 junior, scored 20 points to lead all scorers in just one half of action, while Carter Brian added 10 points and all 10 Lions that saw action cracked the scoring column.

    Jaquale Schumm led Northeast Kansas (4-5) with 14 points and Andrew Mullen added 10 points.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN BOYS 69, NORTHEAST KANSAS SAINTS 32

    NEK Saints 10 5 11 6 — 32

    Cair Paravel 24 24 9 12 — 69 

    Northeast Kansas Saints (4-5) -- Mullen 2 4-7 10, Schumm 6 2-4 14, Longstaff 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-1 0, Hinck 0 0-2 0, Mercer 3 0-0 6, Schwensen 1 0-3 2. Totals 12 6-17 32. 

    Cair Paravel (5-3) -- E. Everhart 2 1-2 5, C. Brian 4 2-4 10, Hastert 9 0-3 20, Clark 3 0-0 6, Fay 3 1-2 8, L. Will 2 0-0 4, Gossard 1 2-4 4, E. Will 2 0-2 4, S. Everhart 3 0-0 6, I. Brian1 0-0 2. Totals 30 6-17 69. 

    3-point goals -- NEK 1 (Mullen 2), Cair Paravel 3 (Hastert 2, Fay). Total fouls — NEK 17, Cair Paravel 20. Fouled out — Hinck, Mercer.

     

  • Cair Paravel Latin sweeps Maranatha Academy

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Cair Paravel Latin's boys basketball team put Maranatha Christian Academy away with a 48-point first half, cruising the rest of the way for an 81-43 home victory Tuesday night.

    The Lions, who improved to 6-3 with their third straight win, led 19-12 in the first quarter and then hit Maranatha with a 29-14 second quarter to take a commanding 48-26 advantage at the half.

    Cair Paravel, which boosted its lead to 72-40 at the start of the fourth quarter, had five players crack double figures, led by sophomore Luke Fay with a game-high 21 points, including 3 3-pointers. 

  • 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.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers January 25, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

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    HUNTER BENTLEY, Washburn University

    A senior guard, Bentley scored 34 points in two games on the week for the Ichabods en route to becoming the 24th member of Washburn women's basketball 1,000-point club. Bentley scored a game-high 21 points (4 3-pointers) in a 73-49 win over Lincoln and reached her career milestone with 13 points (3 3-pointers) in a 64-55 loss to Emporia State.


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    NOAH HASTERT, Cair Paravel Latin

    Hastert, a 6-foot-6 junior, scored 19 points and also contributed 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals as Cair Paravel improved to 7-3 on the season with a 74-45 road victory at Burlingame, the Lions' 4th straight victory.


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

    Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    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.

  • Cair Paravel dominates MdCV in sweep

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Cair Paravel Latin's boys basketball team improved to 9-5 on the season Friday night with a dominating 78-20 road victory at Marais des Cygnes Valley/

    The Lions put the game away with a 24-8 second quarter, opening up a commanding 37-14 halftime advantage over the 1-11 Trojans.

    Noah Hastert, a 6-foot-6 junior, scored a game-high 24 points and added 14 rebounds and 6 steals for Cair Paravel while junior Zachary Clark had 18 points and sophomore Luke Fay 11.

    CAIR PARAVEL LATIN GIRLS 50, MARAIS DES CYGNES VALLEY 21

    Junior Jaley Barkley led the way with a game-high 24 points, including 4 3-pointers, as Cair Paravel Latin's girls improved to 5-6 with a 50-21 road win over the Trojans.

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

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    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.

  • Prep roundup: Seaman boys climb above .500 mark with win over Lansing

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Seaman's boys basketball team continued its turnaround season with perhaps its biggest victory of the year Friday night, climbing above .500 with an 81-68 non-league road win at Lansing.

    The Vikings, who improved to 9-8 on the year, trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the 9-6 Lions 69-55 over the final three periods.

    Seaman used a 20-15 second quarter to take a 32-28 halftime lead and then boosted its advantage to 54-47 at the end of the third before outscoring Lansing 27-21 the rest of the way.

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  • Jaley Barkley scores 24 points as Cair Paravel girls notch first KSHSAA postseason win in school history

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Junior Jaley Barkley scored a game-high 24 points as Cair Paravel Latin, which became full Kansas State High School Activities Association member this school year, topped Madison 37-36 Thursday in a Class 1A Division I first-round sub-state game at Cair Paravel, the Lions' first-ever KSHSAA postseason win.

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  • Prep roundup: Seaman boys win sixth straight; Rural's Berry tops 1,000-point mark

    Rick Peterson

    TopSports.news

    Seaman’s boys basketball team continued its late-season surge Friday night at Emporia, riding a solid defensive effort to a 48-32 Centennial League win, the Vikings’ sixth straight win.

    Seaman, which improved to 12-8 overall and 10-6 in the league, trailed 13-12 after the opening quarter, but the Vikings outscored the Spartans 13-3 in the second quarter to take a 24-16 halftime advantage and held a 23-16 scoring edge the rest of the way.

    Seaman and Emporia (8-12, 4-12) will hook up again Wednesday at Seaman in a first-round Class 5A sub-state contest.

    Junior Ty Henry scored 15 points to lead the Vikings while Mateo Hyman, Caden Stallbaumer and Aron Davis added 8 points apiece.

    Senior Charles Snyder scored a game-high 17 points for Emporia.

    WASHBURN RURAL BOYS 58, HIGHLAND PARK 43

    Washburn Rural Joe Berry eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring milestone for his career with a 14-point night and senior Jack Hutchinson added 12 as the Junior Blues avenged an earlier loss to Highland Park, 58-43.

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  • A1 Key Performers January 11, 2021

    Rick Peterson, TNS Sports Reporter

    by Rick Peterson
    Top Sports News

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    JALEY BARKLEY, Cair Paravel Latin

    A junior, Barkley scored 20 points, with 3 3-pointers and a 7 of 9 performance at the free throw line, as Cair Paravel took a 46-40 road win at Olathe Heritage Christian to improve to 3-2 on the season.


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    MARANDA BELL, Shawnee Heights

    A junior, Bell won the 191-pound championship at Saturday's Blue Valley Southwest Invitational, recording four straight pins. Ranked No. 2 in Division I, Bell improved to improve to 12-0 this season with 12 pins.


  • TopSports.news' Friday night boys basketball standouts

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News writer.

    by Rick Peterson
    Top Sports News

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    ELIJAH BROOKS, Topeka West

    A junior, Brooks returned from an injury to score 28 points, with 3 3-pointers, in 4-0 Topeka West's 78-60 home Centennial League victory over Hayden.


    ZACH CLARK, Cair Paravel Latin

    Clark, a junior, scored 25 points for Cair Paravel in an 83-75 road loss at Olathe Heritage Christian.


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    ISIAH ESQUIBEL, Topeka High

    A senior, Esquibel scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Topeka High's 50-48 Centennial League loss at Seaman.


    LUKE FAY, Cair Paravel Latin

    Fay, a sophomore, canned 7 3-pointers and finished with 26 points in Cair Paravel's 83-75 road loss at Olathe Heritage Christian.


    DANTE' HARRISON, Shawnee Heights

    Harrison, a sophomore, scored a career-high 13 points, with 3 3-pointers, in Shawnee Heights' 64-51 United Kansas Conference loss at Lansing.


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    TY HENRY, Seaman

    Henry, a junior, scored 11 points and came up with a huge blocked shot late in the game as Seaman improved to 3-3 with a 50-48 home Centennial League win over Topeka High.


    MATEO HYMAN, Seaman

    A junior, Hyman returned from an injury to score 18 points, including 16 in the second half, as Seaman took a 50-48 home Centennial League victory over Topeka High.


    ZANDER PUTTHOFF, Topeka West

    Putthoff, a junior, scored 23 points, including 7 3-pointers, as Topeka West improved to 4-0 on the season with a 78-60 home Centennial League win over Hayden.


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    VACARIO TRIPLETT, Hayden

    A senior, Triplett scored 24 points for the Wildcats in a 78-60 Centennial League loss at undefeated Topeka West.

     

  • TopSports.news' Friday/Saturday girls basketball standouts

    Rick Peterson, TNS Sports Reporter

    by Rick Peterson
    Top Sports News

    JALEY BARKLEY, Cair Paravel Latin

    Barkley, a junior, scored a game-high 20 points, including 3 3-pointers and a 7 of 9 performance at the free throw line, as Cair Paravel improved to 3-2 on the season with a 46-40 road win at Olathe Heritage Christian.


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    RHEN CALHOON, Hayden

    Calhoon, a senior, scored 12 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Hayden in the Wildcats' 65-47 home Centennial League triumph over Topeka West.


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    NiJAREE CANADY, Topeka High

    A junior, Canady scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Topeka High, top-ranked in Class 6A, beat Centennial League rival Junction City 92-34 to improve to 4-0 on the season.


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    TAYLOR HAWKINS, Shawnee Heights

    A senior, Hawkins paced 1-3 Shawnee Heights with 14 points in the T-Birds' 55-43 United Kansas Conference loss at Lansing.


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    KIKI SMITH, Topeka High

    Smith, a sophomore, scored a game-high 27 points, including 23 in the first half, as top-ranked (Class 6A) Topeka High improved to 4-0 with a 92-34 Centennial League romp past Junction City.


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    MACY SMITH, Hayden 

    Smith, a junior, scored 16 points as the Wildcats improved to 4-2 on the season with a 65-47 home Centennial League victory over Topeka West.


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    CARLY STUKE, Hayden

    The Wildcat junior scored 14 points in the first quarter on the way to a 23-point night as Hayden improved to 4-2 on the season with a 65-47 win over Topeka West. Stiuke hit 3 3-pointers and went 6 of 6 at the free throw line.


    TALAYAH THOMAS, Topeka High

    A junior, Thomas cracked double figures with a 14-point performance as top-ranked (Class 6A) Topeka High improved to 4-0 with a 92-34 home Centennial League victory over Junction City.

     

     

  • Prep roundup: Cair Paravel earns split, Heights falls to Lansing

    TopSports.news

    Junior Jaley Barkley led the way with 20 points and three 3-pointers as Cair Paravel Latin’s girls basketball team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 46-40 road win at Olathe Heritage Christian Friday night.

    Barkley, who went 7 of 9 at the free throw line, was joined in double figures by freshman Josie Barkley, who had 11 points.

  • 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.

    IsiahEsquibelSenior Isiah Esquibel (5) is looking to help Topeka High make a second-half climb after an 0-3 start. [Twitter]

    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.

  • TopSports.news' 10 boys basketball players to watch

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news


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    Trevion Alexander, Topeka West

    A 6-foot-3 senior, Alexander was a first-team All-City selection last season, helping lead West to a 14-8 record and an eight-win improvement over the 2018-19 season. Alexander was a second-team All-Centennial League pick and averaged 12.9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals. Alexander is averaging 28.2 points this season for the 4-0 Chargers, with two 30-plus outings.

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    Joe Berry, Washburn Rural

    Berry, a 6-3 senior, earned All-City top-five honors for the second straight season after averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds and leading the Junior Blues to a 16-5 record and a share of the Centennial League title. He was named Centennial League co-player of the year. Berry, who helped Rural post a runner-up state finish as a sophomore, is averaging 13 points this season for 3-1 Rural.