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Topeka Golden Giants and former Washburn Pitcher Cal Leonard gets the start for the Giants home opener

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Topeka West's Kadence Jeffries flows to a 1st place victory as she competes in the 500 yard freestyle at the 5a State Championship held at the Topeka Capital Federal Natatorium

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Rossville's Alex Sherer STATE CHAMPION

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STATE CHAMPION Washburn Rural's Marquel Russell 6A 110 hurdles champ

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2021 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Kyle McNorton

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2021 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Kyle Weems

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2021 Shawnee County Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Wilhoite

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STATE CHAMPION T-Bird's Jeremiah Smith sweeps 100, 200 and 110 hurdles at 5A Championships

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STATE CHAMPIONS Rossville's Woodrow Rezac (right) Class 3A state title in 200. Silver Lake's Brogan Renfro (left) earns four state medals

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Washburn's Romain Henry earns All-American honors

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Topeka High softball 6A STATE CHAMPIONS

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STATE CHAMPION Washburn Rural's Zsamar Sipple 6A long jump champ

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Washburn freshman, Merritt Mead earns NCAA Division II third-team All-America honors

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Cair Paravel wins its first ever soccer Class 4A-1A regional championship trophy

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STATE CHAMPION Seaman's JahnAsia Anderson wins 5A girls shot put title

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STATE CHAMPION Jake Muller 4 A 300 meter hurdles champion

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Goehring, Beckler teaming up to host youth golf clinics

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

National NCAA Division II player of the year Andrew Beckler and his high school coach, Jared Goehring of Washburn Rural, will host a series of golf clinics at Pure Golf Topeka for young players.

Clinics for boys and girls 12 and under will begin on Thursday, June 17, with clinics also set for June 24 and July 8, running from 6 to 7:15 p.m. each night.

E3npmOsX0AUWYkjWashburn Rural golf coach Jared Goehring and NCAA Division II player of the year Andrew Beckler, a former Junior Blues state champ, will host a series of clinics for young golfers this summer at Pure Golf Topeka. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

AndrewBeckleraction 2National player of the year Andrew Beckler will team with his high school coach, Jared Goehring, to hold a series of summer clinics for young golfers. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

All three clinics will be held at Pure Golf Topeka, located at 7523 SW 21st Street, and sponsored by Pure Golf Topeka and Topeka Junior Golf.

The cost for attending a clinic is $40 or $100 to participate in all three clinics.

A pair of clinics for boys and girls aged 13 and over will follow on July 15 and 22 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Pure Golf Topeka.

The clinics will focus on the fundamentals of golf, including short game, full swing, vocabulary and rules/etiquette of the game.

Players can register for the clinics at https://goehringgolfclinics.weebly.com/ or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beckler, who was recently named the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the NCAA Division II player of the year, won Class 6A team and individual state championships under Goehring at Washburn Rural.

Goehring, who also runs the Topeka Junior Golf program, has coached Rural to a total of five state team championships and has coached individual boys and girls champs.

High's Smith commits to Cloud County, set to play in KC All-Star tilt

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

It's been a good week for recent Topeka High graduate Jalen Smith.

Smith, who was named to TopSports.news' second-team All-Shawnee County boys basketball team as a senior, made an oral commitment Wednesday to play next season at Cloud County Community College and he has also been selected to play in a Kansas City-area all-star game on Saturday.

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Smith is scheduled to take part in the Cascade Sports Wave Of The Future Kansas City Metro Black Lives Matter Classic at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lee's Summit North High School in Lee's Summit, Mo.

Smith averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals as a senior.

Smith will play in the Class of 2021 game while all-star contests are also on tap for the class of '25 (11 a.m.), class of '24 (12 p.m.), class of '23 (1 p.m.) and class of '22 (2 p.m.).  

Former Topeka High coach Eric King, who coached Smith as a junior and senior, will serve as a coach in the Classic.

Washburn Rural taps Stover to guide Junior Blues softball program

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

TopSports.news

Washburn Rural announced Thursday that Elizabeth Stover has been selected as the Junior Blues' head softball coach for the 2022 season.

Stover takes over for Tricia Vogel, who stepped down following the 2021 season. Vogel had been Rural's head coach since the 2018 season and led the Junior Blues to three Class 6A state tournament berths.

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Stover has served an an assistant softball coach at Washburn Rural the past four years and currently teaches in the social science department at Rural and is an assistant powerlifting coach.

“We look forward to the excellent leadership that Coach Stover will provide,'' Washburn Rural athletic director Penny Lane said in a release. "We are confident that she will continue the tradition of excellence of the Rural softball program.” 

Stover is a graduate of Baker University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and history and is currently working on a Master's Degree in school leadership.

She was team captain of the 2017 Baker softball team and was named a 2016 All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Vogel coached the Junior Blues to a third-place 6A finish in 2018 and a runner-up state finish in '19.

The Junior Blues posted a 20-3 record this spring, dropping a 5-2 decision to Olathe North in the opening round of the state tournament.

"It was a very difficult decision to leave Washburn Rural,'' Vogel said. "I will forever be thankful to Penny Lane and Ed Raines (Rural principal) for giving me the opportunity to coach here. I will miss the girls and my coaching staff greatly. While I have so many great memories from the last six years, the last memory I left the Washburn Rural field with was getting engaged, which is the reason for my departure. I will forever be a supporter and fan of Washburn Rural softball.

"Elizabeth Stover has been my assistant for the last four years. She brings a lot of knowledge and passion to the game. I know that she will do well in this role. I look forward to seeing and hearing about how the team does next year. I wish her, the girls, and the rest of the coaching staff nothing but the best and I am happy to be 'passing the bat' to Liz.''