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  • HS wrestling roundup: Rural girls roll to Centennial League championship

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Washburn Rural's girls, ranked No.2 in Class 6A-5A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, dominated Saturday's five-school Centennial League tournament at Junction City, posting a perfect 4-0 dual record en route to the Junior Blues' third straight league crown.

    RuralgirlsCentennial2Washburn Rural rolled to the 2023 Centennial League girl wrestling title Saturday at Junction City, outscoring its four league foes by a 285-33 margin in the dual event. [Twitter/Washburn Rural women's wrestling]

    BroxtermanFredrickson2Washburn Rural's Addison Broxterman (left) became the first four-time Centennial League girls champion Saturday while Alexis Fredrickson notched her 100th career victory in just three seasons. [Twitter/Washburn Rural women's wrestling]

    After a first-round bye, the Junior Blues opened the day with a 78-6 win over Junction City before taking a 78-3 win oer Emporia, a 51-24 win over Manhattan and a 78-0 win over Topeka High. 

    Rural wrestlers Kristen Rezac (105 pounds), Maddy Blow (110), Annie Gallegos (120), Addison Broxterman (125), Laiken Clark (130), Madison Davison (145), TaAni Rhoten (170) and Sophia Ross (235) all went 4-0 on the day while Alexis Fredrickson reached the 100-win mark for her career.

  • Weekend prep BB roundup: Seaman girls battle back to top De Soto, 43-35

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Seaman's girls, the top-ranked team in Class 5A by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, dug themselves a hole Friday night against De Soto before fighting back to take a 43-35 United Kansas Conference road victory.

    MattTinsleynewMatt Tinsley's Seaman girls rallied for a 43-35 UKC win over De Soto Friday night, improving to 13-1 on the season. [File photo/TSN]

    The Vikings, who improved to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in the UKC, trailed 13-4 at the end of the opening quarter and Seaman still trailed by nine at the half, 23-14.

    Seaman rallied to take a 30-28 lead by the end of the third quarter and the Vikings outscored the Wildcats (9-6, 7-5) by a 13-7 margin over the final eight minutes to take their seventh straight win.

    Seaman will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Kansas City-Turner in a UKC contest.

    DE SOTO BOYS 68, SEAMAN 39 --Eighth-ranked (Class 5A) De Soto jumped on short-handed Seaman early Friday night and cruised to a 68-39 home United Kansas Conference decision.

    Seaman, which fell to 7-7 overall and 4-6 in the league, played without standout seniors Kaeden Bonner and Aron Davis due to injuries.

    De Soto (13-2, 11-1) led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter and 31-15 at the half before using a 23-8 third quarter to force a running clock over the final eight minutes.

    Seaman will be at home Tuesday to host Kansas City-Turner in a UKC game.

    KikiSmithTWest 1Topeka High senior Kiki Smith had 22 points in Friday's 62-25 Centennial League win at Junction City. [File photo/TSN]  

     TOPEKA HIGH GIRLS 62, JUNCTION CITY 25 --Topeka High, fifth-ranked in Class 6A, ran its winning streak to five games with a 62-25 Centennial League romp at Junction City.

    The Trojan, who improved to 12-3 overall and 3-2 in the league, were never seriously threatened by the Blue Jays, opening up a 16-11 first-quarter advantage and using a 19-6 second quarter to take command at halftime, 35-17.

    High outscored Junction City (3-12, 1-5) in the third quarter by a 14-5 margin to take a 49-22 lead and the Trojans forced a running clock down the stretch.

    Trojan senior Kiki Smith scored a game-high 22 points while junior Ladaysha Baird continued her hot streak, adding 14 points. 

    Topeka High will be at home Tuesday to face Manhattan.

  • A game by game look at Friday night's Shawnee County girls basketball contests

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    MANHATTAN (6-8, 2-2) at HAYDEN (8-4, 1-3)

    No. 8-ranked (Class 4A) Hayden has been off since winning the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament last Saturday with a 48-39 win over Spring Hill. The Wildcats have now won four straight games and put sophomores Brylee Meier and Kaliya Fulton and junior Lauren Sandstrom on the all-tournament team. Manhattan is coming off a 46-35 win over Dodge City and has won two straight games for the first time this season.

    BrooklynDeLeyeJCSenior Brooklyn DeLeye scored 19 points in Washburn Rural's 54-52 overtime loss to Blue Valley Northwest on Tuesday. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (12-2, 3-1) at WASHBURN RURAL (9-4, 4-0)

    No. 4-ranked (Class 6A) Washburn Rural will be looking to protect its lead in the Centennial League race while No. 4 (5A) Emporia will be looking to pull even with the Junior Blues. Both teams are coming off losses, with the Spartans dropping a last-second 46-43 decision to Seaman in the Glaciers Edge championship game last Saturday while Rural fell to non-league foe Blue Valley Northwest in overtime on Tuesday, 54-52. Senior Brooklyn DeLeye scored 19 points against Blue Valley Northwest while senior Chloe Carlgren added 11 points and sophomore Tenly Bunck nine points on three 3-pointers.

    LEAVENWORTH (2-11, 2-7) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (9-5, 7-3)

    Ninth-ranked (Class 5A) Shawnee Heights is coming off a tough 37-33 United Kansas Conference loss at Basehor-Linwood Tuesday night while Leavenworth is coming off a 59-26 loss to Bonner Springs. Shawnee Heights took 49-36 UKC win over the Pioneers earlier in the season. All five of Shawnee Heights losses have been by four or fewer points. Senior Riley Showalter led the T-Birds with 11 points against Basehor-Linwood while seniors Emari Doby and Taylor Rottinghaus added 10 and seven points, respectively.

  • A game by game look at Friday night's Shawnee County boys basketball tilts

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    MANHATTAN (8-6, 2-2) at HAYDEN (6-6, 1-3)

    Hayden was off Tuesday after a 58-51 non-league home loss to Shawnee Heights last Friday. Manhattan is coming off a 67-59 loss to Blue Valley, its third straight loss. Senior Joe Otting and junior Jacob Padilla scored 14 points apiece in the Wildcats' loss to Shawnee Heights, with Otting going six of six at the free throw line. Senior Jake Muller also cracked double  figures for Hayden with 11 points.

    JackBachelorWR1Washburn Rural senior Jack Bachelor is coming off a 27-point performance in Tuesday's 65-60 non-league road win at Blue Valley. [File photo/TSN]

    EMPORIA (10-4, 3-1) at WASHBURN RURAL (10-4, 3-1)

    Senior Jack Bachelor scored 27 points in Washburn Rural's 65-60 non-league victory over Blue Valley on Tuesday. Bachelor went nine of 13 from the field and six of seven from the free throw line against the Tigers while sophomore Kaden Ballard added 13 points while hitting four of seven 3-point attempts. Emporia is coming off a 41-39 win over Manhattan. 

    LEAVENWORTH (4-9, 2-8) at SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (10-4, 7-3)

    Shawnee Heights posted a 57-48 United Kansas Conference road win at Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday, giving the T-Birds a regular-season sweep over the Bobcats. Sophomore Jaret Sanchez led Heights with 16 points while junior Brennon Dodge added 15 points, seniors Jeremyah Kendrick and Q Stovall eight points apiece and sophomore Deacon Pomeroy seven. Leavenworth has lost four straight games, including a 67-60 non-league loss to Bonner Springs on Tuesday. Heights beat Leavenworth 61-40 in an earlier game between the two teams.

    JahmirKingcannonWash2Senior Jahmir Kingannon scored 18 points with five 3-pointers in Thursday's 79-48 Meadowlark Conference win over KC-Schlagle. [File photo/TSN]

    HIGHLAND PARK (13-0, 6-0) at KC-WYANDOTTE (3-10, 3-4)

    Highland Park, top-ranked in Class 5A, will be playing its third game in four days. The Scots are coming off a 79-48 Meadowlark Conference home win over KC-Schlagle Thursday night, with seniors Tre Richardson and Jahmir Kingcannon scoring 18 points apiece and senior Bo Aldridge adding 11 points. Kingcannon canned five 3-pointers on the night. Highland Park took a 95-42 win over Wyandotte earlier in the season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 65-62 league win over KC-Harmon on Tuesday.

  • KBCA rankings: Hi Park boys, Seaman girls hold No. 1 spots in Class 5A

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Highland Park's boys and Seaman's girls held on to the No. 1 spot in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Class 5A state rankings, released Tuesday night.

    BoAldridgedunkTITSenior Bo Aldridge and the Highland Park boys remain No. 1 in the KBCA 5A boys rankings for the fourth straight week. [File photo/TSN]

    TaylinStallbaumerEmpTaylin Stallbaumer and the Seaman girls remain No. 1 in the KBCA Class 5A girls rankings after winning last week's Glaciers Edge Tournament. [Photo by Brent Maycock/KSHSAA Covered]

    The undefeated Scots held the top spot in the 5A boys rankings for the fourth straight week while Seaman's girls are No. 1 for the second straight week after regaining the top spot.

    Highland Park and Seaman are two of eight Shawnee County teams in this week's KBCA rankings.

    Washburn Rural's girls fell to No. 4 in 6A while Topeka High's girls moved up to No. 5.

    Shawnee Heights girls are still ranked No. 9 in 5A while Hayden's girls moved up to No. 8 in the 4A rankings.

    Silver Lake's girls moved up a sport to No. 6 in 3A.

    Topeka West remained No. 9 in the 5A boys rankings.


  • A1 Lock & Key Performers January 30, 2023

    Rick Peterson


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    ADDISON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural

    Broxterman, the Junior Blues' star senior 125-pounder, became Kansas' girls wresting record-holder for career pins and career wins in last Saturday's 34-school Washburn Women's Invitational at Washburn Rural. Broxterman went 5-0 on the day with four pins to earn the 125-pound title and helped lead the Junior Blues to the team championship by a 443-255.5 margin over Columbus. Broxterman now has 119 career pins and 127 career victories.  

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    BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

    DeLeye, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 59 points in Washburn Rural's three games in the Thunderbird Classic girls basketball tournament, surpassing 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for her career. DeLeye had games of 21, 20 and 18 points as the third-ranked (Class 6A) Junior Blues went 2-1 on the week to finish third in the tournament and improve to 9-3 on the season.

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    BRYLEE MEIER, Hayden

    A 6-foot sophomore, Meier scored 16 points as No. 10-ranked (Class 4A) Hayden claimed the tournament championship in the Top Gun Tournament with a 48-39 victory over Spring Hill on Saturday in Wellsville, with the Wildcats improving to 8-4 with their fourth staight victory. Meier scored 11 points in the semifinals as Hayden upset No. 3-ranked (3A) Nemaha Central, 46-40, the Thunder's first loss of the season. Meier was named to the Top Gun Tournament All-Tournament team.

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    LUKE PERKINS, Shawnee Heights

    The senior swimming standout captured a city-best four gold medals in last Thursday's city boys swimming championships at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. A multiple time state medalist three straight seasons, Perkins won individual city titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 01.12 seconds) and 100 butterfly (52.63) and swam on the T-Birds' winning 200 medley relay (1:44.44) and the 200 free relay (1:33.71) teams.

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    KIKI SMITH, Topeka High

    Smith, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, scored 73 points in the Trojans' three games in the Firebird Classic girls basketball tournament at Free State, helping lead the No. 7-ranked (Class 6A) to the tournament championship. Smith scored 21 points in a 69-34 first-round win over Wichita Northwest, scored 36 points in just three quarters in High's 69-37 semifinal win over Eisenhower and had 16 points in the Trojans' 56-51 win over Blue Valley in the championship game, with High avenging a loss to the Tigers' in the 2022 state tournament.

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    A 5-foot-6 junior, Stallbaumer hit the game-winning 3-point shot as time ran out, giving No. 1-ranked (Class 5A) Seaman a 46-43 win over tournament host Emporia and the championship in the Glaciers Edge Tournament. Stallbaumer scored 15 points in the championship game, including three 3-pointers, as Seaman improved to 11-1 on the season.

  • Friday prep BB roundup: High, Seaman earn championship shots

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Senior star Kiki Smith scored 36 points in three quarters of action as Topeka High's girls advanced to Saturday's Firebird Classic championship game with a 69-37 semifinal win over Goddard Eisenhower Friday night at Free State, improving to 10-3 on the season.

    KikiSmithEisTopeka High senior Kiki Smith scored 36 points in just three quarters as the Trojans rolled to a 69-37 win over Eisenhower Friday night in the semifinals of the Firebird Classic. [File photo/TSN]

    The seventh-ranked (Class 6A) Trojans took control with a 22-12 first quarter and opened up a 37-21 halftime advantage.

    Topeka High used a 22-10 third quarter to take a 59-31 lead and cruised the rest of the way.

    Smith canned six 3-pointers against Eisenhower while junior Ladaysha Baird added 11 points for Topeka High with three 3-pointers.

    Topeka High will face 8-3 Blue Valley in the tournament championship game, with the No. 8-ranked Tigers advancing with a 59-38 win over No. 5 Lawrence.

    The championship game is a rematch of last season's 6A state tournament first-round game between Topeka High and Blue Valley, with the Tigers taking a one-point win in that game.

    SEAMAN GIRLS 45, DERBY 39 -- No. 1-ranked (Class 5A) Seaman posted a 45-39 statement win over No. 4-ranked (6A) Derby in Friday night's semifinals of the the Glacier's Edge Tournament..

    Seaman, which improved to 10-1, led 25-19 at halftime over Derby, last year's 6A runner-up, and held off the Panthers the rest of the way.

    Seaman advanced to Saturday's championship game to take on tournament host and former Centennial League rival Emporia.

    The 12-1 Spartans, ranked No. 4 in 5A, advanced with a 53-52 win over Wichita Heights.

  • No. 7 Trojan girls avenge state loss to Tigers, claim Firebird Classic crown

    Isaac Deer


    LAWRENCE – No. 7-ranked (Class 6A) Topeka High avenged its 2022 state quarterfinal loss to No. 8 Blue Valley with a thrilling 56-51 win in Saturday's championship game of the Firebird Winter Classic.

    TopekaHighteamBVTopeka High's girls basketball team poses for a team picture Saturday after winning the Firebird Classic championship. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    TopekaHighjubeBVTopeka High celebrates in its hudddle after Saturday's 56-51 win over Blue Valley in the championship game of the Firebird Classic. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Topeka High coach Brittney Redmond's whiteboard said, 'You owe them,' and although Redmond wasn't the coach last year when the Lady Trojans lost to Blue Valley in the state tournament, she echoed this game's importance to the players.

    "Before this game, I told them you owe them something," Redmond said. "We kind of got off to a rough start and dug a hole for ourselves, but our halftime talk was that we were beating ourselves.

    "It was all about effort and who wanted it more. If we could control our effort and give everything we got, we were going to win this game."

    A key component to Blue Valley's squad is Oklahoma State commit Jayden Wooten. Wooten ended Topeka High's season last year on a driving layup as time ran out. On Saturday afternoon, that was on the mind of Topeka High.

    "Coming into this game, I didn't know if we were going to stop (Wooten), but our game plan was to contain (Wooten)," Redmond said. "We had to play tight defense on her, but I told Keimara (Marshall) to take a step back and force her to shoot the ball."

  • Thursday prep BB roundup: City trio advances with tourney wins

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


    Topeka High rolled to a 69-34 first-round win over Wichita Northwest Thursday night at Free State, advancing to a Friday semifinal in the Firebird Classic.

    KikiSmithWRSenior Kiki Smith scored 21 points in Topeka High's 69-34 win over Wichita Northwest Thursday in the first round of the Firebird Classic. [File photo/TSN]

    The seventh-ranked (Class 6A) Trojans, who improved to 9-3, put the game away with a 24-8 first quarter and opened up a 39-17 halftime advantage over Northwest (5-7).

    Topeka High used a 24-10 third quarter to take a 63-26 lead and force a running clock throughout the fourth quarter.

    Trojan senior star Kiki Smith scored a game-high 21 points for the Trojans while sophomore Jo'Mhara Benning added 13 points and junior Ladaysha Baird 11.

    Topeka High will face 8-2 Eisenhower in a 7:30 p.m. Friday semifinal, with the Tigers advancing with a 54-14 first-round win over Free State.

    HAYDEN GIRLS 47, NEMAHA CENTRAL 40 --No. 10-ranked (Class 4A) Hayden posted its third straight victory Thursday night in the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament, taking a 47-40 win over No. 3-ranked (3A) and previously-unbeaten Nemaha Central.

  • Washburn Rural wins fourth straight city swimming championship

    Isaac Deer


    Washburn Rural secured its fourth consecutive city swimming title with a 15-point victory over Seaman.

    Washburn Rural has been one of the city's best programs for an extended period of time and on Thursday night at the Capitol Federal Natatorium, the Junior Blues proved why they could finish the 2023 campaign strong.

    Brogan Meier celebrates with Haydens Dylan Gregg2805Washburn Rural's Brogan Meier celebrates his win in the 100 freestyle with Hayden's Dylan Gregg during Thursday's city swimming championships. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Jack Miranda 200yd freesstyle2806Washburn Rural's Jack Miranda swims to victory in the 200-yard freestyle in Thursday's swimming championships. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Junior Blues had four swimmers selected first-team All-City while two earned second-team honors.

    "I'm proud of the boys," Washburn Rural coach Nathan Traver said. "A couple of swimmers had (personal records), especially with the backstroke and breaststroke. Our next big meet is (Centennial) League. We need to focus now on beating Manhattan. We've been just behind (Manhattan) all year long. Getting a victory over Manhattan would be pretty sweet."

    One of the most intriguing events of the night was the 100-yard freestyle.

    Brogan Meier of Washburn Rural and Shawnee Heights' Riccardo Corazza provided a spectacular finish, with Meier edging Corrazza 49.56 seconds to 49.58. Meier also took a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

    "I'm really happy about it," Meier said. "Individually, one of the best meets in the last year. I think everyone did their part. We had the scores, and we were probably 15 points up, but everyone was telling each other we are still four points down. Having the mentality that the meet isn't over and knowing we still have to go out there and win was huge. It was a great meet."

    Meier's teammate Jack Miranda had a stellar championship day as well. Miranda took two individual victories, winning the 200-yard freestyle and won comfortably in the 500-yard freestyle.