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  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Most Inspirational Male Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    SPRING SPORTS: MOST INSPIRATIONAL MALE NOMINEES

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    RYKAN CARVER | Shawnee Heights

    PARENTS: Corey and Tricia Carver

    SPORT: Football/Wrestling/Track and Field | GPA: 4.53

     Carver was a three-sport star for Shawnee Heights in football, wrestling and track and field. Carver was an All-United Kansas Conference offensive tackle in football, the Class 5A 285-pound state champion in wrestling and a state qualifier in track in the shot put. Carver was a three-year starter on offense and a two-year starter on defense in football and was a four-year letterman in wrestling. Academically, Carver ranked No. 1 in a graduating class of 251 while compiling a grade point average of 4.53. Carver was a Kansas Governor's Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, ranking in the top one percent of GPAs for the entire state of Kansas. Carver will study engineering at Kansas State.

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    DOUG PETERSON | Hayden

    PARENTS: Charles and Amanda Peterson

    SPORT: Football/Track | GPA: 4.019

    "Doug tore his ACL during football season and as a senior missed a great season as Hayden played in the (Class) 3A state championship game,'' Peterson's nomination form stated. "Doug was the biggest cheerleader on the sideline and constantly gave advice to the player that took his place on offense and defense -- a kid with a never say die attitude. He was very positive throughout his injury and rehab.'' He was cleared to participate in track this spring. He was the recipient ot the Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Award from Hayden. "Doug was a leader through example and truly loves his school.''

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Most Inspirational Female Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    SPRING SPORTS: MOST INSPIRATIONAL FEMALE NOMINEES

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    McCALL BEALL | Topeka High

    PARENTS: Thomas Beall and Andrea Palmer

    SPORT: Tennis/Softball | GPA: 4.3

    Beall was a team captain for the Topeka High softball team while earning first-team All-Class 6A and All-Centennial League and second-team All-Shawnee County recognition as a senior. A part of back-to-back state championship softball teams as a freshman and sophomore, Beall was also a tennis standout for the Trojans, qualifying for the Class 6A state tournament in as a junior and senior. "As much as she has excelled on the field, she also helped to lead the Topeka High student body as the student body president,'' Beall's nomination form stated. Beall also participated in band and the Topeka High Drumline, Scholars Bowl and numerous academic-based clubs. 

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    KENDRA HURLA | Rossville

    PARENTS: Chris and Angie Hurla

    SPORT: Wrestling | GPA: .4.0

    Hurla won her fourth straight Class 4A-1A state wrestling championship as a senior while helping the Bulldawgs win their first wrestling team championship. ''She had immense pressure this year to win her fourth state title, but you wouldn't have known it looking at her this season,'' Rossville coach Bryce Gfeller said. "She applies the same determination that she shows on the mat in every aspect of life.'' Hurla posted a career wrestling record of 127-3 with more than 100 career pins, including a 38-0 record as a senior. Hurla also competed in volleyball, track, cheer and dance and will cheer at Washburn University. "She throws herself into every sport she competes in.'' 

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Spring Male Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    SPRING SPORTS: OUTSTANDING MALE NOMINEES

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    DYLAN DODGE | Washburn Rural

    PARENTS: Brian and Jennier Dodge

    SPORT: Tennis | GPA: 3.877

    Dodge was the city champion in No. 1 singles as Washburn Rural captured the team championship and also posted a runnerup finish in singles in Class 6A regional competition to earn a state berth and lead the Junior Blues to the regional team title. Dodge was a two-time All-City honoree and finished his senior season with a 24-9 record. "Great leader on and off the court,'' Washburn Rural coach Brad Johnston said. "Puts his teammates first and team first and always puts in the extra time when needed. He is excellent in the classroom as well. He is the true form of student first, athlete second.'' Dodge will attend Ottawa University in Arizona. 

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    FINN DUNSHEE | Hayden

    PARENTS: Carlyle and Kathleen Dunshee

    SPORT: Track and field | GPA: 4.306

    Dunshee was a three-time state track gold medalist as both a junior and senior and finished his career with four Hayden school records. As a senior Dunshee was the Class 3A 100 and 200-meter state champion and also ran on the Wildcats' winning 4x400 relay and second-place 4x100 relay as Hayden finished second as a team. "Finn has not only soared to the heights of becoming a state champion, but has also played a significant role in shaping the dynamic of our team,'' Hayden coach DeJuan Gardenhire said. "Finn's relentless pursuit of greatness has set the standard for our team, motivating our team to push past our limits both on and off the track.'' Dunshee was also a Shrine Bowl pick in football after helping lead the Wildcats to a runnerup finish in 3A.

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    JACKSON ESQUIBEL | Shawnee Heights

    PARENTS: Scott and Amy Esquibel

    SPORT: Track and field | GPA: NA

    As a senior Esquibel won his second straight Class 5A 3,200 meters state championship after winning the 5A state cross country title last fall. Esquibel set school records in the 3200 (9 minutes, 13.85 seconds),1600 (4:15.26) and 800 (1:56.43). Esquibel finished second in the 5A 1,600 meters as both a junior and senior. "Jackson has been a leader in both sports, always being a great mentor and teammate,'' Shawnee Heights track and cross country coach John Oshel said. Esquibel will compete collegiately in cross country and track at Kansas State. As a junior Esquibel was selected as the male Rising Star of the Year for Shawnee County.

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Spring Female Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    SPRING SPORTS: OUTSTANDING FEMALE NOMINEES

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    REBECCA BEARMAN | Topeka West

    PARENTS: Alan and Shelly Bearman

    SPORT: Track and field | GPA: NA

    Bearman was a standout in track and field and girls basketball for Topeka West while also excelling in the classroom. Bearman finished fourth in the shot put in Class 5A regional competition as a senior, earning a berth in the state championships at Wichita. Bearman received All-Shawnee County honorable mention in track her senior season, ranking second on the Shawnee County Honor Roll in the shot put. In basketball Bearman received all-county honorable mention and also received honorable mention on the All-United Kansas Conference team. Bearman averaged 10.1 rebounds to finish second in the city and also averaged 7.6 points.

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    AVA DELGADO | Hayden

    PARENTS: Richard and Alisha Delgado

    SPORT: Softball | GPA: 3.125

    Delgado compiled a .400 batting average over her four-year career for the Wildcats with an .800 fielding percentage. "Ava is an exceptional athlete and an outstanding individual as a teammate,'' Hayden softball coach Cody Reynolds said. "I know she will do great things on and off the field as she moves on to her collegiate career at Bethel. I'm lucky to have coached her and will miss her infectious smile. She will be missed on both sides of the ball as well as in the dugout.'' As a senior Delgado received All-Centennial League first-team honors and was a second-team All-Shawnee County pick.

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    KATHERINE KEYS | Cair Paravel Latin

    PARENTS: Robert and Bev Keys

    SPORT: Soccer | GPA: 4.83

    Keys turned in an outstanding soccer career for the Lions, including two trips to the Class 4A-1A state semifinals and a state runnerup finish this spring. A two-time All-City first-team pick, Keys also received All-State recognition and was a three-time all-league honoree, earning league player of the year honors this past season. Keys scored 21 goals with 14 assists as a senior and finished her CPLS career with 100 goals and 52 assists. "Katherine was a team captain and as a leader she helped her teammates be better by encouraging them, challenging them and by continually demonstrating for them what hard work looks like,'' Cair Paravel coach Doug Woolery said. Keys, the CPLS Class of 2024 valedictorian, will play college soccer at John Brown University. 

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Winter Male Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    WINTER SPORTS: OUTSTANDING MALE NOMINEES

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    CALEB ANNAN-NOONOO | Topeka West

    PARENTS: K.O. Noonoo and Anna Annan-Noonoo

    SPORT: Basketball | GPA: NA

    Annan-Noonoo was a three-year varsity player for the Chargers in basketball while also starring in the classroom, ranking as Topeka West's valedictorian for the class of 2024 and earning numerous academic scholarship offers. Annan-Noonoo turned in a solid senior season for the Chargers, shooting 55.9 percent from the field while ranking seventh in the city with a 5.5 rebounding average and leading the city with 1.4 blocked shots per game. He also averaged 1.6 steals on the season.

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    RYKAN CARVER | Shawnee Heights

    PARENTS: Corey and Tricia Carver

    SPORT: Wrestling | GPA: 4.53

    A standout in football, wrestling and track and field for the T-Birds, Carver ended his high school wrestling career with the Class 5A 285-pound state title. Carver was a four-time letterman in wrestling, winning a pair of United Kansas Conference titles and qualifying for the 5A state tournament three times. "Rykan is a team leader and captain in all three of his sports and also thrives in the classroom, taking honors courses throughout high school and graduating with a 4.53 GPA,'' Shawnee Heights wrestling coach Chad Parks said. "This GPA and workload earned Rykan the distinction of being in the top one percent of GPAs for the entire state of Kansas.'' Carver will attend Kansas State to study engineering.

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    COOPER COLBOCH | Hayden

    PARENTS: Craig and Torri Colboch

    SPORT: Basketball | GPA: 4.166

    Colboch helped lead the Wildcats to a Class 3A state tournament berth as a senior, averaging 8.2 points per games while hitting 39 3-pointers and shooting 81.3 percent from the free throw line. "Cooper had a great senior season,'' former Hayden coach Trey Brown said. "He was the voice of our team all year long and hit countless big shots for us. He is a great kid on and off the court and was a big reason we had success this season. Colboch also played football for Hayden before being sidelined midway through his senior season with an injury.

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    SIMON EVERHART | Cair Paravel Latin

    PARENTS: Dave and Rachel Everhart

    SPORT: Basketball | GPA: 4.17

    Everhart was a Top 10 All-Shawnee County selection as a senior, averaging 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while scoring 35 percent of the Lions' points. "Simon is consistent in his approach and very reliable to his teammates,'' Cair Parave coach Chip Kueffer said. "A leader by his actions, not just words. The team depended on him heavily to show up and there was never a moment during the year when Simon let a teammate down. Simon demonstrates humility and perseverance. Despite being one of the top players in Topeka, Simon was never 'too big time.' He consistently swept the court before practices started and led as a team captain with a servant's heart.''

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Winter Female Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    WINTER SPORTS: OUTSTANDING FEMALE NOMINEES

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    ZOE CANFIELD | Washburn Rural

    PARENTS: Jordan and Eileen Canfield

    SPORT: Basketball | GPA: 4.46

    Canfield helped Washburn Rural win Class 6A state championships in both basketball and volleyball during her high school career and the University of Kansas signee capped her prep career with a second-place state finish in the 6A basketball tournament in March. "Zoe has exhibited excellence in every aspect of her career, both in and out of the classroom,'' Rural volleyball and basketball coach Kevin Bordewick said. "On the court, as an All-State two-sport athlete, her leadership, work ethic and toughness, especially in fighting through injuries, were exemplary examples of what excellence really is. Zoe has set a standard for future Washburn Rural athletes and what they should aspire to be.''

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    McKENNA HALTOM | Shawnee Heights

    PARENTS: Tressa and Jamey Haltom

    SPORT: Wrestling | GPA: 4.27

    Haltom was a three-year letter-winner for Shawnee Heights' wrestling team, advancing to the United Kansas Conference finals two times and earning a Class 6A-5A state medal as a senior while posting a career record of 80-27 with 62 pins. "McKenna is a multi-sport athlete, participating in cross country, wrestling and track,'' Heights wrestling coach Chad Parks said. "She is also a team leader and captain in all three sports. McKenna thrives in the classroom, taking honors courses throughout high school and graduating with a 4.27 GPA. She is the student council president, a member of National Honor Society and the school newspaper editor and chief.'' Haltom will wrestle collegiately at Baker University.

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    KENDRA HURLA | Rossville

    PARENTS: Chris and Angie Hurla

    SPORT: Wrestling | GPA: .4.0

    Hurla joined a very elite group of high school athletes when she won her fourth straight Class 4A-1A state wrestling championship in February while helping the Bulldawgs win their first wrestling team championship. "Kendra is the definition of a leader,'' Rossville coach Bryce Gfeller said. "Throughout the year she was constantly the one setting our practice pace and making sure that everyone was following her lead. She has inspired many of our younger girls to try wrestling for the first time after watching her compete.'' Hurla posted a career wrestling record of 127-3 with more than 100 career pins, including a 38-0 record as a senior. Hurla also competed in volleyball, track, cheer and dance and will cheer at Washburn University. 

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    MAKENZIE McDANIEL | Silver Lake

    PARENTS: Lucas and Kelli McDaniel

    SPORT: Basketball | GPA: NA

    McDaniel capped an outstanding high school basketball career with a Class 3A state championship. McDaniel finished her prep career with 1,493 points, 952 rebounds and 155 blocked shots while ranking No. 1 on Silver Lake's all-time career list in two-point field goals made, defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds and ranking No. 2 in career points and career blocks. McDaniel holds the single-season school record in total points, two-point field goals made, points per game, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds. A four-year starter, the Emporia State signee was named the co-Shawnee County player of the year as a senior after averaging 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. McDaniel was also a standout in volleyball, softball and track and field for the Eagles.

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Fall Male Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    FALL SPORTS: OUTSTANDING MALE NOMINEES

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    CALLEN BARTA | Seaman

    PARENTS: Jerry Barta and Jeni Sloan

    SPORT: Football | GPA: NA

    A receiver/defensive back, Barta caught 77 passes for 1441 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior while recording 36 tackles and intercepting five passes, returning one for a touchdown. "Callen is a great example of hard work paying off,'' Seaman coach Jared Swafford said. "During his time in our program I had the privelege of watching him grow and mature as a young man. He is a young man that took a lot of pride in working hard on his craft and that ultimately paid off. I am very proud of Callen and all that he has achieved, although he is not done yet.'' A Kansas Shrine Bowl selection, Barta will play collegiately at Kansas State. 

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    CARTER CHARVAT | Hayden

    PARENTS: Matt and Sarah Charvat

    SPORT: Football | GPA: 4.33

    A three-sport athlete, Charvat helped lead Hayden's football team to the Class 3A state championship game last fall, earning All-Shawnee County Top 22 and All-3A recognition. A Kansas Shrine Bowl selection, Charvat was in on 117 tackles as a senior, including 71 solo stops and registered eight sacks and four tackles for loss while intercepting two passes. Charvat also helped the Wildcats advance to the 3A state tournament in basketball and was a standout thrower in track and field, qualifying for the 3A state meet. Charvat will play college football at Benedictine. 

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    CHRISTIAN GONZALES | Shawnee Heights

    PARENTS: Ritchie and Angel Gonzales

    SPORT: Football | GPA: 3.0

    Gonzales, a three-year starter as a defensive lineman, was a first-team All-United Kansas Conference pick as a junior and senior and an All-Shawnee County Top 22 selection as a senior, compiling 70 tackles with eight tackles for loss and four sacks. Gonzales finished his high school career with 149 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and seven sacks and was selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl. "A leader and fierce competitor, Christian dominated the trenches for the T-Birds,'' Shawnee Heights coach Jason Swift said. Gonzales has signed a letter of intent to play college football at Washburn University.

  • New Topeka High girls basketball coach Ron Slaymaker gives Trojans high marks in early going

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Hall of Famer Ron Slaymaker didn't really know what to expect when he recently took over as Topeka High's girls basketball coach.

    But whatever Slaymaker's expections were, the Trojans have already surpassed them in just a little over a week of summer workouts.

    RonSlaymakerTHnew 1Hall of Fame basketball coach Ron Slaymaker has been impressed with his Topeka High girls team in early summer workouts. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Topeka High went through four days of practice as a team last week and went through a controlled scrimmage against USD 501 rival Topeka West Tuesday at The Dungeon.

    "I tell you what, I've been coaching girls for 10 years -- seven years over at Chase County and three years at Olpe -- and I walk in here not having a clue and I am excited,'' said the 87-year-old Slaymaker, best known for a successful 28-year run as Emporia State's men's coach.

    "Their attitude is awesome. Walking in here with not too much in terms of expectations, their attitude has just been really good.''

  • TopSports to take on task of picking Shawnee County's all-time Top 100 in men's, women's sports

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Shawnee County athletes have starred in a variety of sports at the high school, collegiate, national amateur and professional levels over the years, with county high schools producing Super Bowl and World Series champs, national individual and team champions, Olympians, local and national Hall of Famers and even U.S. Open champs.

    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]

    And while some of the county greats are probably household names among local sports fans, there are others who have carved out impressive careers that you may not be as familiar with, including some you've probably never head of.

    This summer TopSports.news will try to change that.

    Beginning in early July and continuing throughout the summer, TopSports.news will post its selections for the Top 100 greatest athletes in Shawnee County.

     NiJareeCanadyTop100 2Former Topeka High star NiJaree Canady has received national pitcher of the year and player of the year 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. [Kentucky Volleyball]

    Past Top 100 and Top 125 lists, which I had the pleasure of helping select, combined men's and women's athletes, but, quite frankly, that is unfair in 2024, with female athletes very deserving of their own Top 100 list as athletes like NiJaree Canady and Brooklyn DeLeye continue to make their own mark on sports' biggest stages.

  • Topeka Shawnee County 2024 Sports Awards: Fall Female Nominees

    Editor's note: Over the coming days, TopSports.news will take a look at all of the nominees for the 2024 Topeka Shawnee County High School Sports Awards. All nominees will be recognized at the June 26 awards banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Washburn University's Memorial Union.

    FALL SPORTS: OUTSTANDING FEMALE NOMINEES

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    ADDISON BROOKS | Topeka West

    PARENTS: Andy and Barbie Brooks

    SPORT: Volleyball | GPA: NA

    A four-year varsity player for the Chargers, Brooks earned first-team All-Shawnee County and All-United Kansas Conference honors as a senior after earning second-team recognition as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore. Brooks registered 238 kills as a senior with 139 digs and 39 service aces. "Addison showed leadership in the classroom and on the court,'' Topeka West coach Alyx Nash said. "She was a player that wants success for herself but would rather see success for the team and her teammates. When set the ball she could almost always find the open spot for the kill, but gave credit to the passer and setter.'' She will play collegiately at Saint Mary. 

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    MADELINE FIEGER | Silver Lake

    PARENTS: Darin and Annette Fieger

    SPORT: Golf | GPA: 4.0

    Fieger was a four-time qualifier for the Class 3A-1A state golf tournament during her high school career and was a member of Silver Lake's state championship team as a senior. Fieger also helped Silver Lake, coached by Kelby Brown, capture three regional team championships. Fieger was a two-time member of the 3A-1A All-State team and helped the Eagles win the state team championship by 22 strokes last fall. Fieger tied for 34th place in the 2023 state tournament with a 36-hole total of 195.

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    AMIRAH GIBBS | Topeka High

    PARENTS: Michael and Kandis Gibbs

    SPORT: Volleyball | GPA: 3.9

    Gibbs was the senior leader for a young Topeka High volleyball team coached by Bridget Bargmann in the 2023 season. An outstanding student who compiled a 3.9 cumulative grade point average, Gibbs was honored for her play on the volleyball court with honorable mention on the All-Centennial League team. Gibbs also received honorable mention on TopSports.news' All-Shawnee County team after helping the Trojans post a 10-24 record on the season.

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    AVERY GRUNERT | Hayden

    PARENTS: Kyle and Heather Grunert

    SPORT: Golf/volleyball | GPA: 3.687

    Grunert was a four-sport athlete for Hayden in golf, volleyball, basketball and track and field and went to state in three of those sports. "Avery had an outstanding career, capped off by leading Hayden to the (Class) 4A state championship as a senior,'' Hayden golf coach Jayson Duncan said. "Avery always seemed to play her best golf when it mattered, becoming a two-time state medalist with her exceptional play at the state tournament.'' Grunert helped Hayden's basketball team qualify for state as a junior and senior, including a third-place finish this past season, and also competed at state during her high school track and field career. Grunert has signed a golf letter of intent with Newman.

  • Seaman's Becker, Silver Lake's Zordel, Hi Park's Robinson named Rising Stars of the Year for 2024

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Seaman's Anna Becker, Silver Lake's Taylor Zordel and Highland Park's Ja'Corey Robinson, who recently completed their junior years of high school, were selected Thursday night at The Foundry as the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency girls and boys 2024 Rising Stars of the year.

    Rising Stars of the Year Taylor Zordel, Ja'Corey Robinson and Anna Becker pose with Dan Key of the Farmers Insurance Agency after being honored Wednesday night. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]Rising Stars of the Year Taylor Zordel, Ja'Corey Robinson and Anna Becker pose with Dan Key of the Farmers Insurance Agency after being honored Wednesday night. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Becker and Zordel shared the girls honor and boys winner Robinson were picked from five girls and boys finalists chosen from weekly Rising Stars who were selected through the 2023-2024 school year.

    ZordelBecker 2Silver Lake's Taylor Zordel and Seaman's Anna Becker were named the co-girls Rising Stars of the Year Wednesday night. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Becker was a basketball and soccer standout for Seaman, helping lead the Vikings to the Class 5A state basketball championship and the 5A state quarterfinals in soccer while Zordel helped lead Silver Lake to the 3A-1A golf title and was a member of the Eagles' 3A state championship basketball team and state runnerup softball team. 

    JaCoreyRobinsonRisingStarJa'Corey Robinson of Highland Park was named the 2024 boys Rising Star of the Year Wednesday night. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    Robinson helped lead Highland Park to a second straight third-place finish in the 5A state basketball tournament and also helped the Scots' football team advance to the second round of the 5A football playoffs.

  • State semifinalists Rural, Cair Paravel Latin headline 2024 All-City girls soccer team

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Washburn Rural, which finished third in the Class 6A state tournament, and Cair Paravel Latin, the 4A-1A state runnerup, combined to put eight players on the 17-member 2024 All-City girls soccer first team.

    The All-City team was based on recommendations and votes from city coaches.

    MackenzieFloodFS 1Mackenzie Flood, Washburn Rural

    HayleyLeggSOCCERHayley Legg, Washburn Rural

    DestinyHiggsSOCCER 4Destiny Higgs, Washburn Rural

    KateHinckSTATESAT 4Kate Hinck, Washburn Rural

    AddysonKaberlineWRSoccer 2Addyson Kaberline, Washburn Rural

    Washburn Rural is represented on the All-City first team by seniors Mackenzie Flood and Hayley Legg and juniors Destiny Higgs, Kate Hinck and Addyson Kaberline after the Junior Blues posted a 17-4-0 record on the season, capped by a 3-0 win over Maize in the third-place game after a 1-0 double overtime loss to Blue Valley Northwest in the semifinals.

  • Twenty Shawnee County players receive All-State recognition from Kansas Softball Coaches Association

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Twenty Shawnee County softball standouts have received 2024 All-State recognition from the Kansas Softball Coaches Association, led by seven first-team picks.

    Washburn Rural junior Avery Rupp and Topeka High senior McCall Beall received first-team honors in Class 6A while Silver Lake senior Kaibryn Kruger and juniors Kendra Cook and Taylor Zordel and Rossville seniors Hailey Horton and Kinsey Perine were first-team picks in 3A.

    AveryRuppSTATE 1Washburn Rural junior Avery Rupp earned first-team All-Class 6A honors from the Kansas Softball Coaches Association. [File photo/TSN]

    McCallBeallSoftballTopeka High senior McCall Beall was named to the All-Class 6A softball first team by the KSCA. [Submitted photo]

    TaylorZordelSTATE 1Silver Lake junior Taylor Zordel (right) has been named to the All-Class 3A first team after helping lead the Eagles to a runnerup state finsh. [File photo/TSN]

    KaibrynKrugerSOFTBALL 2SilverLake senior Kaibryn Kruger earned All-Class 3A first-team honors from the Kansas Softball Coaches Association. [File photo/TSN]

    KendraCook3Astate 1Silver Lake junior Kendra Cook is a first-team All-Class 3A All-State pick. [File photo/TSN]

    KinseyPerineSOFTBALL 2Rossville senior Kinsey Perine earned first-team All-Class 3A honors from the Kansas Softball Coaches Association. [File photo/TSN]

    HaileyHortonSOFTBALL 1Rossville senior Hailey Horton is a first-team Kansas Softball Coaches Association All-Class 3A selection. [File photo/TSN]

    Washburn Rural's Makayla Ekis, Reagan Chapman and Olivia Koch and Topeka High's Jo'Mhara Benning were named to the All-6A second team while Seaman's Kaelyn O'Rourke, Reagan McConnell, Jersey Jellison and Kinsley Smith and Shawnee Heights' Taylor Brees were named to the All-5A second team and Silver Lake's Kailyn Hanni and Rossville's Brooke Springer were All-3A second-team picks.

    Silver Lake's Kira Lowery and Rossville's Emma Mitchell received All-3A honorable mention.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • State tournament teams Silver Lake, Washburn Rural, Seaman top 2024 All-Shawnee County softball

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    State tournament qualifiers Silver Lake, Washburn Rural and Seaman combined to earn 11 of 16 spots on the 2024 TopSports.news All-Shawnee County softball first team.

    TaylorZordelSTATE 1Silver Lake junior Taylor Zordel (right) has been named the 2024 Shawnee County softball player of the year after helping lead the Eagles to a second-place finish in Class 3A. [File photo/TSN]

    Class 3A runnerup Silver Lake led the way with five first-teamers, including Shawnee County player of the year Taylor Zordel, while Washburn Rural, third in 6A, and 5A state qualifier Seaman both had three first-team selections.

    OliviaKochSOFTBALL 1Freshman Olivia Koch has been named the Shawnee County newcomer of the year after helping Washburn Rural post a third-place finish in Class 6A softball. [File photo/TSN]

    Rural freshman Olivia Koch was named the county newcomer of the year while first-year Junior Blues coach Joy Marie Galliart and Silver Lake coach Nick Hamilton share the county coach of the year award.

    NickHamilton3AStateSilver Lake's Nick Hamilton has been named the Shawnee County co-coach of the year after his Eagles finished second in Class 3A. [File photo/TSN]

    JoyMarieGalliart6AState 1Joy Marie Galliart has been named the Shawnee County co-coach of the year after leading Washburn Rural to a third-place Class 6A softball finish in her first year at the school. [File photo/TSN]

    Silver Lake posted a 24-3 record, with two of its three losses coming against state champions and the third coming against a 6A state qualifier, while Washburn Rural posted a 20-8 record on the season, with its lone loss at state coming against 6A champ Olathe Northwest.

    KaibrynKrugerSOFTBALL 2SilverLake senior Kaibryn Kruger is one of five Eagles on the All-Shawnee County softball first team. [File photo/TSN]

    KendraCook3Astate 1Silver Lake junior Kendra Cook is a first-team repeater on the All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

    KiraLowreyRegional 2Silver Lake junior Kira Lowrey earned a first-team spot on the All-Shawnee County softball team after helping the Eagles finish second in Class 3A. [File photo/TSN]

    Zordel, a junior who was part of Silver Lake state championship teams in golf and basketball in 2023-2024, is joined on the All-Shawnee County first team by Eagle senior Kaibryn Kruger, juniors Kendra Cook and Kira Lowrey and sophomore Kailyn Hanni.

    MakaylaEkis6Astate 2Makayla Ekis earned a spot on the All-Shawnee County softball team after helping lead Washburn Rural to a third-place finish in Class 6A. [File photo/TSN]

    AveryRuppSTATE 1Junior Avery Rupp is one of three Washburn Rural players to earn a first-team berth on the All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

    ReaganChapmanSTATE 1Washburn Rural sophomore Reagan Chapman is a first-team repeater on the All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

    Washburn Rural is represented on the all-county first team by senior Makayla Ekis, junior Avery Rupp and sophomore Reagan Chapman while Seaman put seniors Jersey Jellison and Rosalie Schneider and junior Kaelyn O'Rourke on the first team after the Vikings posted a 22-7 record, including a 3-2 nine-inning loss in the opening round of the 5A state tournament.

    JerseyJellisonSeamanSoftball 1Senior Jersey Jellison earned first-team All-Shawnee County honors after helping lead Seaman to a Class 5A state tournament berth. [File photo/TSN]

    RosalieSchneiderSTATE 1Seaman senior Rosalie Schneider is one of three Vikings named to the All-Shawnee County softball first team. [File photo/TSN]

    KaelynORourkeSTATESeaman junior Kaelyn O'Rourke is a first-team repeat pick on the All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

    Rossville also put three players on the first team -- seniors Kinsey Perine and Hailey Horton and sophomore Brooke Springer.

    KinseyPerineSOFTBALL 2Rossville senior Kinsey Perine is a first-team repeat pick on the All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

    HaileyHortonSOFTBALL 1Rossville senior Hailey Horton is a first-team All-Shawnee County selection. [File photo/TSN]

    Rounding out the first-team are Topeka High junior Jo'Mhara Benning and Shawnee Heights junior Taylor Brees.

    JoMharaBenningSOFTBALL 2Junior Jo'Mhara Benning represents Topeka High on the 2024 All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

    Benning was a first-team All-Centennial League pick this spring while Brees was a first-team All-United Kansas Conference selection.

    Chapman, Cook, O'Rourke, Perine and Zordel are all first-team all-county repeat picks.

    2024 ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY SOFTBALL

  • Hayden state champ Grace, Topeka High's Plankinton, Heights' Pomeroy top All-Shawnee County baseball

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Hayden junior Cooper Grace and Topeka High senior Nate Plankinton, who were named the co-players of the year, and Shawnee Heights junior three-time first-team pick Deacon Pomeroy, headline the TopSports.news 2024 All-Shawnee County baseball team.

    Grace helped lead Hayden to the Class 3A state championship while Plankinton helped lead Topeka High to a second straight 6A state tournament berth. 

    CooperGraceBASEBALL 2Junior Cooper Grace has been named the Shawnee County co-player of the year after helping lead Hayden to the Class 3A state title. [File photo/TSN]

    NatePlankintonState 2Topeka High senior Nate Plankinton has been named the Shawnee County co-player of the year after helping the Trojans earn back-to-back Class 6A state tournament berths. [File photo/TSN]

    RyanSchmidtBASEBALL 1Shawnee Heights standout junior catcher and pitcher Deacon Pomeroy (left) earned All-Shawnee County first-team recognition for the third straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    Grace and Plankinton were earlier named the co-players of the year in the Centennial League and both earned All-State first-team recognition from the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches while Pomeroy was named the UKC and KABC 5A player of the year.

    MasonBeckerHaydenbaseball 2Hayden freshman Mason Becker has been named the Shawnee County newcomer of the year after helping lead the Wildcats to the Class 3A state title. [File photo/TSN]

    BradyHeinenBASEBALL 2Shawnee County baseball coach of the year Bill Arnold (left) congratulates county first-team pick Brady Heinen earlier this season. [File photo/TSN]

    Hayden's Bill Arnold was named the county coach of the year after leading the seventh-seeded Wildcats the 3A state championship with an 18-12 record, while Hayden freshman Mason Becker was named the newcomer of the year.

    Arnold has coached Hayden to three state baseball titles while also leading the Wildcats to a state football championship.

    IsaiahKincadeBASEBALL 2Topeka High senior Isaiah Kincade (21) has been named to the All-Shawnee County first team for the second straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    KyleWalkerBASEBALLSeaman 3Washburn Rural senior Kyle Walker is a repeat first-team pick on the All-Shawnee County baseball team. [File photo/TSN]

    DysenSchoolerSLbaseball 3Silver Lake junior Dysen Schooler earned a berth on the All-Shawnee County first team for the second straight season. [File photo/TSN]

    In addition to three-time pick Pomeroy, Grace and Plankinton are both All-Shawnee County repeat first-team picks along with Topeka High senior Isaiah Kincade, Washburn Rural senior Kyle Walker and Silver Lake junior Dysen Schooler.

    EvanLenherrHaydenbaseball 1Senior Evan Lenherr (11) helped Hayden win the Class 3A state title this spring, with Lenherr earning all-county recognition. [File photo/TSN]

    MattGenrichBASEBALL 2First-team All-Shawnee County pick Matt Genrich helped lead Topeka High to back-to-back Class 6A state tournament berths. [File photo/TSN]

    Grace and Becker are joined on the all-county first team by junior Brady Heinen and senior Evan Lenherr, while Topeka High senior Matt Genrich joins Kincade and Plankinton on the first team.

    ColinRedekerBASEBALLSeaman 1Washburn Rural senior Colin Redeker is a member of the All-Shawnee County baseball first team. [File photo/TSN]

    TannerMartinSLbaseball 2Silver Lake senior Tanner Martin earned a first-team berth on the All-Shawnee County baseball team. [File photo/TSN]

    Shawnee Heights senior Jordan Armbruster was a first-team selection along with teammate Pomeroy while Washburn Rural is represented on the first team by Walker and senior Colin Redeker and senior Tanner Martin joined teammate Schooler on the first team.

    DavidDobbsBASEBALL 3Senior junior David Dobbs (10) earned a spot on the All-Shawnee County first team for Seaman. [File photo/TSN]

    Seaman put junior David Dobbs and senior Zach Wilson on the all-county team while Rossville is represented by senior Camden Horak.

    2024 ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY BASEBALL

  • Four-time picks Alonzo, Badsky headline 2024 All-Shawnee County boys golf first team

    Rick Peterson

    All ShawneeCountygolf2024The 2024 All-Shawnee County boys golf team, from left -- Myles Alonzo, Topeka West; Tagen Rodriguez, Hayden; James Kuta, Hayden; Rich Helmbold, Cair Paravel/Topeka High; Jack Donovan, Rossville; Cam Zimlich, Washburn Rural; Tadd Armstrong, Washburn Rural. Not pictured: Bryce Badsky, Silver Lake; Ayden Valdivia, Shawnee Heights; Zach Weir, Seaman. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Four-time first-team selections Myles Alonzo of Topeka West and Bryce Badsky of Silver Lake headline the 2024 All-Shawnee County boys golf team. 

    Alonzo, who swept city, United Kansas Conference and Class 5A regional titles, capped his high school career with his third individual medal in the 5A state tournament while Mid-East League champ Badsky earned his fourth straight medal in the 3A state meet.

    BryceBadskyRegionals 1Bryce Badsky, Silver Lake

    Washburn Rural, which won its 14th straight city team championship, is represented on the All-Shawnee County team by senior Cam Zimlich and junior Tadd Armstrong while Hayden put juniors James Kuta and Tagen Rodriguez on the first team after finishing fourth in the 3A state tournament.

     

    Also named to the all-county first team were Cair Paravel Latin/Topeka High senior Rich Helmbold, whch led CPLS to a third-place team finish in 2A, Rossville sophomore 3A state medalist Jack Donovan, Shawnee Heights 5A sophomore state qualifier Ayden Valdivia and Seaman senior 5A state participant Zach Weir. 

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  • State champions headline 2024 All-Shawnee County boys track and field team

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Eleven athletes who had a hand in 10 state titles, including three multiple-event state champs, headline the 2024 All-Shawnee County boys track and field team.

    Hayden senior Finn Dunshee and junior Jensen Schrickel took home three Class 3A gold medals apiece, posting two individual wins to go with a relay victory, while also running on a runnerup relay.

    FinnDunsheeSTATTRACKSATJesse 1Finn Dunshee, Hayden

    JensenSchrickelSTATE 6Jensen Schrickel, Hayden

    Dunshee won the 100-meter dash in 10.60 seconds and the 200 in 21.99 while Schrickel took the 3A gold in the long jump at 23 feet, 1 inch and won the 400 dash in 48.73 while Dunshee and Schrickel teamed with juniors Liam Stegman and John Strickland to win the 4x400 relay in 3:26.01 and with Stegman and sophomore Jackson McGivern to finish second in the 4x100 relay (42.52).  

    AaronMerrittSTATESTRACKJesse 1Aaron Merritt, Seaman

    Seaman senior Aaron Merritt was a double individual gold medalist in 5A and also helped the Vikings post a second-place relay finish.

    Merritt won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.48 seconds and the 100 dash in 10.32 seconds and teamed with juniors Peyton Holmes and Bryce Cochran and senior Jacob Anderson to finish second in the 5A 4x100 relay (42.50 seconds).

    JacksonEsquibelSTATE3200 3Jackson Esquibel, Shawnee Heights

    Shawnee Heights senior Jackson Esquibel won the 5A state title in the 3,200 meters for the second straight season, with Esquibel also recording a second-place finish in the 1,600 as both a junior and senior.

    Esquibel won Friday's 5A 3,200 in 9:21.31 and was second in the 1,600 in 4:19.11.

    JoshSulzen WatsonSTATETRACKJAV 2Josh Sulzen-Watson, Washburn Rural

    Washburn Rural senior Josh Sulzen-Watson won the 6A state championship in the javelin with a throw of 188-7 after finishing third in the discus at 162-3 while the Junior Blues' foursome of senior Shane Jueneman, sophomores Liam Morrison and Draden Chooncharoen and junior Isaiah Terry sat through a weather delay before winning the title in the 4x400 relay in 3:19.56 in the final event of the 2024 state meet. 

    Esquibel is joined on the all-county team by senior teammate Alex Dawkins, third in the 5A discus (164-9), and by T-Bird junior Payton Berry-Briggs, third in the 200 (22.27).

    BlakeRedmondSTATE 1Blake Redmond, Silver Lake

    Silver Lake senior Blake Redmond placed third in the 3A long jump (22-3.75) while Eagles junior Evan Scheid was a four-event state medalist in the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. Redmond also ran on the 4x100 relay.

    Also earning berths on the All-Shawnee County boys first team were Seaman sophomore distance standout Brody Anderson and sophomore sprinter Malachi Murph, a two-time all-county pick.

    All-Shawnee County picks were based on meeting minimum performance standards as well as coaches' recommendations and postseason performances.

    ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY 2024 BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

  • Class 5A multiple state champ Ryin Miller heads 2024 All-Shawnee County girls track and field

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Seaman sophomore Ryin Miller, who has already established herself as one of Kansas' all-time distance greats, headlines the 2024 All-Shawnee County girls track and field team after posting a pair of Class 5A state titles and finishing second in two other events last weekend at Wichita.

    RyinMillerSTATETRACKSATJesse 1Ryin MIller, Seaman

    Miller won Saturday's 1,600 meters in a 5A state meet-record time of 4 minutes, 51.58 seconds and the 800 in 2:10.80 after finishing second in Friday's 3,200 in 10:34.38.

    Miller also teamed with juniors Taylie Heston, Jaida Stallbaumer and Ally Steiner to help Seaman post a runnerup finish in the 4x400 relay (4:02.39), with Miller running a school-record anchor leg of 56.181 seconds.

    Miller was Shawnee County's only individual state champion, but Silver Lake added a 3A state championship in the 4x400 relay, with junior Ella Bolan, senior Kaibryn Kruger, freshman Ali Gerber and senior Ava Rottinghaus winning in a time of 4:06.64.

    AhsieryhuajhRaytonSTATETRACKSAT 2Ahsieyrhuajh Rayton, Topeka HIgh

    Topeka High freshman Ahsieyrhuajh Rayton made an immediate impact in her first state meet, finishing second in the 6A triple jump with a best of 38 feet, 5.25 inches after a fourth-place showing in the long jump at 17-5.75.

    Seaman also got a third-place finish from senior Maggie Lesmeister in the 5A javelin (128-1).

    PaytonFinkSTATEPayton Fink, Washburn Rural

    RyleeIsmertSTATERylee Ismert, Washburn Rural

    Washburn Rural junior distance standout Payton Fink was a three-time 6A state medalist, placing fifth in the 3,200 (11:14.85), seventh in the 1,600 (5:17.66) and teaming with sophomore Emily Graf and juniors Brooklyn Nolte and Rylee Ismert to finish sixth in the 4x800 relay (9:47.16).

    Ismert also finished sixth in the 1,600 (5:17.31) while Graf placed seventh in the 3,200 (11:20.57) and the Junior Blues also got a fifth-place finish from senior Raegan Petersen in the discus (123-9).

    KeimaraMarshallSTATEKeimara Marshall, Topeka High

    Also earning berths on the All-Shawnee County girls first team were Hayden senior two-event medalist Natalie Hillebert, Topeka High sophomore 100 dash medalist Keimara Marshall, Hayden senior pole-vaulter Liz Moore and Silver Lake senior shot putter Makenzie McDaniel.

    All-Shawnee County selections were picked on the basis of meeting minimum standards established by local coaches as well as coaches' recommendations and performances in postseason competition.

    ALL-SHAWNEE COUNTY 2024 GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

  • League champion Washburn Rural dominates All-Centennial League girls soccer team

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    Centennial League champion Washburn Rural put a league-high six players on the All-Centennial League girls soccer first team while the Junior Blues swept the individual awards.

    City schools Rural, Hayden and Topeka High earned 10 of the 12 first-team spots.

    KateHinckSTATESAT 4Washburn Rural junior Kate Hinck has been named the Centennial League girls soccer player of the year. [File photo/TSN] 

    ErikaBovellCENTENNIAL 1Washburn Rural freshman Erika Bovell (right) has been named the Centennial League girls soccer player of the year. [File photo/TSN]

    BrianHensyelSOCCER 1Washburn Rural soccer coach Brian Hensyel has been named the Centennial League girls soccer coach of the year. [File photo/TSN]

    Rural junior Kate Hinck was named the Centennial League player of the year while Junior Blue freshman Erika Bovell was selected as the newcomer of the year and Rural's Brian Hensyel was named the coach of the year.

    Hinck was joined on the all-league first team by seniors Hayley Legg and Mackenzie Flood, juniors Destiny Higgs and Addyson Kaberline and sophomore Allie Schroeder.

    Hayden put sophomores Carsyn Broxterman and Reese Huscher and senior Elaina Wolff on the first team while multiple-time all-league first-team selection Avery Zimmerman, a senior, represents Topeka High.

    Washburn Rural, which finished third in Class 6A, put junior Delaney Hill and sophomore Peyton Merrick on the second team while Topeka High is represented by junior Ronnie Blancas and sophomore Raelee Shipley and Hayden by junior Camryn McDonald and sophomore Lauren Borjon.

    Six city players received all-league honorable mention.

    ALL-CENTENNIAL LEAGUE SOCCER

  • Six city players earn All-Centennial softball first-team honors, led by newcomer of the year Ekis

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

    TopSports.news

    City softball players earned six of the 11 spots on the 2024 All-Centennial League team, selected by league coaches.

    MakaylaEkisSTATE 2Washburn Rural senior pitcher Makayla Ekis was named to the All-Centennial League first team while also being selected as the league newcomer of the year. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    JoyMarieGalliart6AState 1Washburn Rural's Joy Marie Galliart has been named the Centennial League coach of the year in her first year at Rural. [Photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

    Washburn Rural, which finished third in the Class 6A state tournament, had a city-high three first-team picks -- senior Makayla Ekis, junior Avery Rupp and freshman Olivia Koch -- while Ekis was named the Centennial League newcomer of the year and first-year Rural coach Joy Marie Galliart the coach of the year.

    Topeka High put senior McCall Beall and junior Jo'Mhara Benning on the all-league first team while Hayden is represented by senior Ava Delgado.

    Manhattan joined Rural with three first-team selections, with the Indians represented by league player of the year Reagan Neitzel, Jaden McGee and Cat Ball.

    Junction City is represented by Sara Rexrode and Makenzie Thomas.

    Washburn Rural put Reagan Chapman and Layla Collins on the second team while Topeka High is represented by Taimane Isaia, Becca Gateley and Montgomerie Freel.

    Five city players earned all-league honorable mention.

    ALL-CENTENNIAL LEAGUE SOFTBALL

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