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  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 20, 2021

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    NiJAREE CANADY, Topeka High

    A junior, Canady pitched a three-hitter with 17 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Centennial League rival Washburn Rural last Tuesday and followed that up with a two-hit, 11-strikeout performance in a 10-0 second-game win over the Junior Blues while also hitting a home run. Canady added two more pitching wins over Olathe West and Shawnee Mission North and allowed just one earned run on the week while hitting three home runs.

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    TYLER CLARK-CHIAPPARELLI, Washburn University

    Clark-Chiapparelli, a sophomore left-fielder, had a big day at the plate as Washburn's baseball team split a doubleheader with Rogers State Sunday to win its second straight MIAA series. Clark-Chiapparelli went 3 for 4 in the opener with a home run, two runs batted, a stolen base and three runs scored and went 3 for 3 in the second game with a three-run homer, a run-scoring double and four RBI.

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    EMMERSON COPE, Washburn Rural

    A sophomore, Cope went 3-3 with a pair of home runs and four runs batted in for Rural in a 9-2 win over Olathe Northwest and had two hits, including a double, and pitched a five-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and zero walks in a 7-0 victory over Olathe South. A day earlier, Cope helped Rural knock off defending Class 6A champion Free State 3-2 and pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 19-4 win over Olathe West while picking up a pair of hits with a double.

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    KADENCE JEFFRIES, Topeka West

    Jeffries, a junior was a double-event winner in the Topeka West Invitational swimming meet, taking a victory in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 59.07 seconds and winning the 500 freestyle in 5:21.45. Jeffries was the Class 5A-1A state champion in both the 200 free and 500 free as a freshman before having her sophomore season wiped out by COVID-19.

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    MARRIT MEAD, Washburn University

    A freshman third baseman, Mead went 5 for 7 with a double and two home runs in Washburn's 5-4, 11-1 MIAA doubleheader softball sweep over Newman on Sunday, raising her team-leading batting average to .484. The Santa Fe Trail graduate had started all 27 games for the 21-6 Ichabods through Sunday and leads Washburn in most offensive categories.

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    TAYLIN STALLBAUMER, Seaman

    Stallbaumer, a freshman, continues to be a force in the girls 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, sweeping both races in last Thursday's Manhattan Invitational. Stallbaumer posted a winning time of 16.41 seconds in the 100-meter race and came back to win the 300s by more than two seconds in 49.25 seconds.

     

  • Ichabod baseball clinches series win over Rogers State with split

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    Washburn University's baseball team clinched its second straight MIAA series win with an 11-4 first-game victory over Rogers State Sunday at Falley Field, but the Hillcats avoided a weekend sweep with a 10-8 win in the second game.

    Washburn, now 12-18 overall and 11-13 in the MIAA, got big days at the plate from Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, Zion Bowlin and Brett Ingram while pitcher Brock Gilliam continued his strong season for the Ichabods in the opener, improving to 5-2.

    Tyler Clark ChiapparelliWashburn's Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli homered in both games as the Ichabods clinched a series win over Rogers State in a doublheader sweep on Sunday. [File photo/TSN]

  • Trail product Mead off to blistering start for Washburn softball

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    A year ago at this time, Marrit Mead was a senior at Santa Fe Trail waiting for her chance to play softball after her final high school season was wiped out by COVID-19.

    Washburn University has given Mead that opportunity from Day 1 and the third baseman has responded with a monster freshman season for the Ichabods, who took a 21-6 record into Monday's home MIAA twinbill against Lincoln.

    Mead, who had a team-high .484 batting average through Sunday, said that it was difficult having her senior season canceled, but said she had to concentrate on her future at Washburn.

    “It definitely took some time to adjust because it was sad at first, but then you look at all the things coming forward and you can’t be sad anymore and you just have to move on,'' Mead said Sunday after going 5 for 7 with a double and two home runs in WU's doubleheader sweep over Newman.

    Mead admitted she was surprised when veteran Washburn coach Brenda Holaday inserted her into the Ichabods' lineup for the season-opener in early February, but she has delivered ever since, leading WU in most offensive categories.

    “It was a shock at first, but as soon as I was given my opportunity, I knew I had to take it and run with it and do the best I could for my team,'' Mead said. “It’s not something I was expecting, but every day everyone works hard at practice and everyone makes each other better.

    "Each and every day the lineup could be different because everyone is good enough to play on the field.’’

    MarritMeadWUFreshman third baseman Marrit Mead leads Washburn in most offensive categories while starting every game for the Ichabods, 21-6 through Sunday. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Ichabod golf set to compete in MIAA Championships

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    AndrewBeckleractionSenior Andrew Beckler will lead Washburn's golf team into the MIAA Championships Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Atlhletics]

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    The No. 18-ranked Washburn University golf team opens postseason play in the MIAA Championship Monday and Tuesday at the Shangri-La Country Club in Monkey Island, Okla.

    Competitors will play 27 holes on Monday, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and finish the remaining 27 holes Tuesday (8:30 a.m. start).

  • Washburn softball bounces back with doubleheader sweep

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    Washburn University's softball team didn't have to wait long to wipe away the sour taste left by Saturday's doubleheader loss to nationally-ranked Central Oklahoma.

    Returning to action 24 hours later, the Ichabods bounced back to take a 5-4, 11-1 MIAA twinbill sweep over Newman Sunday at Gahnstrom Field, improving to 21-6 overall and 7-3 in the conference.

    MarritMeadNewmanFreshman Marrit Mead had a big day at the plate, including a pair of home runs, as Washburn swept Newman Sunday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Ichabods got complete-game pitching performances from Raegen Hamm and Jaycee Ginter while Marrit Mead had a huge day at the plate to spearhead Washburn's 19-hit, nine extra-base hit attack.

    "We challenged our kids yesterday to bounce back and play the way we can play,'' said Washburn coach Brenda Holaday said, whose team had returned to action Saturday for the first time in three weeks due to COVID-19 protocols. "There's still a lot of room for improvement, but I thought we took a step today.''

  • Washburn softball ends long layoff with tough day against Bronchos

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    AshtonFriend2Washburn's Ashton Friend is congratulated by Ichabods coach Brenda Holaday after hitting a two-run home run in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Central Oklahoma. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

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    Washburn University's return to the softball diamond for the first time in three weeks didn't go as the Ichabods hoped, with WU dropping a 4-3, 10-1 MIAA twinbill to No. 16-ranked Central Oklahoma Saturday at Gahnstrom Field.

    But the Ichabods will have plenty of opportunities to get back on track, beginning with Sunday's 1 p.m. home doubleheader against Newman.

    "I thought we would struggle a little bit at the plate because we haven't seen live pitching in three weeks and have had very little opportunity to practice, and not together,'' Washburn coach Brenda Holaday said. "You're going against really good pitchers and it takes awhile to figure that out.

    "I was pretty proud of our first game. I thought we played hard and well. The second game, I felt like when we left runners on early in the game and didn't score that (WU's players) got pretty defeated. They played defeated.''

    Washburn, 19-6 overall and 5-3 in the MIAA, had not played the previous two weekends due to COVID-19 protocols and the rustiness showed at times Saturday.

    But now the Ichabods go from not playing at all to playing a bunch, facing a grind of 20 games over the next two weeks.

  • WU drops 5-set heartbreaker in MIAA Spring Volleyball Tournament

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    AllisonMaxwellWashburn celebrates a kill from Allison Maxwell during Friday's five-set loss to Northwest Missouri in the MIAA Spring Tournament. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

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    Washburn University put itself in position to advance to the MIAA Spring Volleyball Tournament semifinals, but the Ichabods were unable to close things out Friday at Lee Arena, dropping a five-set heartbreaker to Northwest Missouri State .

    After dropping a 25-20 first-set decision to the Bearcats, Washburn bounced back to take the next two sets, 26-24 and 28-26, and led 9-5, 12-8, 18-15 and 19-17 in the fourth set before Northwest took control down the stretch for a 25-22 victory.

    That set up a fifth and final set and the Bearcats never trailed en route to a 15-12 victory that earned 13-2 Northwest a berth in an 11 a.m. semifinal Saturday against Central Missouri while Washburn finished its season 13-5.

  • Ichabod football pumped for game-type action against Orediggers

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    It hasn't really been five years since Washburn University played a football game. It just seems that way.

    The Ichabods' last game was a 57-41 MIAA victory at Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 16, 2019, exactly 17 months as of Friday, before the entire 2020 season wiped out by COVID-19.

    Washburn will finally get to line up against another team on Saturday in Golden, Colo., facing the Colorado School of Mines in a 1 p.m. controlled scrimmage.

    And while it's not an official game, after more than 500 days of inactivity, the Ichabods are just as excited.

    "It's definitely been a long time," Washburn junior defensive back Kevin Neal said. "(We're) 100% approaching it like it's a game. We've been working hard this whole spring, whole winter, two years -- five years it feels like -- so we're definitely treating it like it's a game."

    WUkickingWashburn coach Craig Schurig (left) looks on as the Ichabods go through place-kicking drills Thursday at Yager Stadium. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 12, 2021

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    NiJAREE CANADY, Topeka High

    A junior, Canady picked up the pitching wins in both ends of Friday's 6-3, 10-1 doubleheader softball sweep over Seaman, throwing a four-hitter and striking out 13 in the opener and combining with sophomore Quincy Smith for a four-hitter in the second game. Canady pitched the first five innings in the second game, allowing four hits and a run while striking out seven.

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    ZOE CARYL, Topeka High

    Caryl, a senior catcher, had another big day at the plate for 8-0 Topeka High last Friday, going 4 of 5 with three home runs, a triple and seven runs batted in as the Trojans took a 6-3, 10-1 doubleheader sweep over Centennial League rival Seaman. Caryl, an Illinois signee, had a triple and a two-run homer in the opener against the Vikings and hit two-run and three-run homers in the nightcap.

  • WU notes: Ichabods set to host MIAA Spring Volleyball

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    WUvolleyballjubeWashburn University's volleyball team will host the MIAA Spring Tournament Friday and Saturday at Lee Arena. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

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    Washburn volleyball team will host the Spring MIAA Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday at Lee Arena, with the Ichabods opening their tournament bid with a 1 p.m. Friday match against Northwest Missouri State.

    Washburn will take a 13-4 overall record and 5-3 MIAA mark into its opening match while Northwest Missouri is 12-2, 6-2.  

    The tournament will get under way at 11 a.m. Friday, with Central Oklahoma (5-4, 5-3) facing Fort Hays State (3-9, 0-8) at 11 a.m. on Court 1 and Newman (3-14, 1-7) facing Pittsburg State (5-9, 3-5) on Court 2.

    Washburn will face Northwest Missouri at 1 o'clock on Court 1 while Emporia State (2-12, 2-6) will take on Missouri Western (2-6, 2-6) on Court 2.

  • Ichabod baseball bounces back to take series from Hornets

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    Comebacks were the theme of the day in Saturday's Washburn University-Emporia State MIAA baseball twinbill at Falley Field, with both the Ichabods and Hornets rallying for victories.

    After letting a 10-1 lead get away in a 13-10 first-game loss, the Ichabods rebounded from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 victory over Emporia State in the series finale and win the series two games to one.

    Tyler Clark ChiapparelliWashburn's Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli drove in the tying and game-winning runs in the Ichabods' 5-4 second-game win over Emporia State Saturday at Falley Field. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The Hornets (11-16 overall, 7-14 in the MIAA) scored eight runs in the top of the ninth to take the first game, but Washburn (10-17, 9-12) turned the tables in Game 2, with Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli driving in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and plating the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth with a run-scoring single.

    Washburn was in control for most of the opener, tying the game at 1-1 with a first-inning home run from Eric Hinostroza and then scoring three times in the bottom of the second on run-scoring doubles from Clark-Chiapparelli, Shawnee Heights product Cole Emerson and Xavier De Leon.

    The Ichabods tacked on six runs on six hits in the fourth to take a 10-1 advantage, getting a two-run home run from Peter Shearer, a three-run homer from Parker Dunn and a run-scoring single from Kros Bay.

    Washburn jubeWashburn's bench celebrates a big Ichabod play during Saturday's doubleheader against Emporia State. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Emporia State got back in the game with two runs in the fifth and two in the eighth before the Hornets erupted for eight runs on five hits in the top of the ninth while also capitalizing on three Ichabod errors.

    Hinostroza and Clark-Chiapparelli both had two first-game hits for the Ichabods and scored twice.

    Former Rossville standout Christian Roduner went 3 for 5 with two runs scored for Emporia State.

    Emporia State drew first blood in the second game with a run in the first and the Hornets went up 3-0 in the fourth and 4-0 in the fifth on a solo home run from Chanler Bloomer.

  • T-Bird product Pomeroy makes most of chance to come home

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    Former Shawnee Heights baseball standout Dawson Pomeroy had no vote in Pittsburg State University's late decision to add a Tuesday night game against Washburn at Falley Field.

    But Pomeroy was quick to take advantage of the opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds, going 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored as the Gorillas improved to 16-7 with an 11-1 romp past the Ichabods.

    "I was happy it happened, I was super happy,'' Pomeroy said of Tuesday's seven-inning contest, which did not count in the MIAA standings. "To come back home and play in front of some family and for some friends to be able to come out and watch was pretty cool.''  Former Shawnee Heights standout Dawson Pomeroy went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in Pittsburg State's 11-1 win over Washburn Tuesday night. [Photo by Pittsburg State Athletics]Former Shawnee Heights standout Dawson Pomeroy went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in Pittsburg State's 11-1 win over Washburn Tuesday night. [File photo by Pittsburg State Athletics]

  • WU notes: Local products part of record-setting weekend for Ichabod track teams

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    Washburn University's men's and women's track teams combined to set 12 school records in the Southwest Baptist Invitational at Bolivar, Mo., with former Shawnee County standouts Zac Chander, Eric Patterson Jr., Wyatt Heiman, Josh Wiltz and Kaylee Snell sharing in the record haul.

    Patterson, a Seaman product, teamed with Shawnee Heights grad Josh Wiltz, Silver Lake native Wyatt Heiman and Josh Hopkins to set a school record of 41.85 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay en route to a fourth-place finish in the 16-school men's meet 

    Former Washburn Rural Class 6A state pole vault champion Zac Chandler and teammate Peyton Lane both cleared 4.80 meters (15 feet, 9 inches) to improve on the previous school men's pole vault record of 4.71.

    Seaman grad Kaylee Snell took second place in the women's 3,000 meters in a time of 10:32.26, taking more than 36 seconds off the previous school record of 11:08.67.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers April 6, 2021

    Rick Peterson

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    ZOE CARYL, Topeka High

    Caryl, an Illinois signee, got her senior softball season off to a hot start as Topeka High opened the year 4-0. Caryl, a catcher, had seven hits and 11 runs batted in for the Trojans in last Thursday's 19-0, 19-3 doubleheader sweep over Topeka West at Hummer Sports Park. Caryl went 4 for 4 with a double, two triples and four RBI in the first game and was 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and seven RBI in the second game.

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    BETHANY DRUSE, Seaman

    A sophomore, Druse won the girls 800-meter run in last Thursday's Jerry Beardslee Invitational track and field meet in a time of 2:23.6, a time that ranked third in the state through last week and was the top time by a Class 5A runner. Druse has won two straight 800-meter races this spring.

  • Ginter twirls no-hitter as Ichabods, Tigers battle to MIAA split

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    DSC 9604Washburn's Jaycee Ginter looks for a pitch as Washburn takes on Fort Hays State (photo by Rex Wolf /TSN )

    Jaycee Ginter no noFreshman Jaycee Ginter threw the first-no hitter for Washburn softball in more than a decade Friday against Fort Hays State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

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    Washburn University freshman pitcher Jaycee Ginter treated Friday's performance against Fort Hays State like it was just another day.

    It wasn't.

    Making only the ninth start and 12th appearance of her college career, the former Shawnee Heights softball star hurled Washburn's first no-hitter in more than a decade and was just one walk away from a perfect game as the Ichabods topped the Tigers 2-0 in the first game of a MIAA doubleheader en route to a split at Gahnstrom Field.

    Ginter, who improved to 8-1 on the season, was the first Washburn pitcher to pitch a no-hitter since Kelsey Novotny accomplished that feat on Feb. 19, 2011.

    "I was excited, but I really don't think that I did anything that special,'' Ginter said. "I think my team was basically there backing me up. They made a lot of defensive plays that kind of helped me.''

    Ginter did say she continues to feel more comfortable at the collegiate level with each outing.

    "It defnitely took some getting used to, but now that the season is up and going I feel more confident and just better about myself,'' Ginter said.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers March 30, 2021

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    ANDREW BECKLER, Washburn University

    Beckler, a Washburn Rural graduate, tied the Topeka Country Club amateur record with a 64 last Monday and the senior went on to win the individual championship in the Washburn Invitational by 13 strokes with a 13-under-par 54-hole score of 200 as the Ichabod golf team won the team title by nine strokes.

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    JAYCEE GINTER, Washburn University

    A freshman, the former Shawnee Heights softball star pitched a no-hitter in the Ichabods' 2-0 MIAA win over Fort Hays State last Friday and Ginter also picked up the pitching win in Sunday's 7-6 win over Nebraska-Kearney while going 3 for 5 at the plate and knocking in the winning run.

  • WU notes: Ichabod softball starts new win streak

    Rick Peterson

     A day after having its nine-game win streak ended by Fort Hays State, the Washburn softball team started a new streak with a doubleheader sweep over Nebraska-Kearney Saturday at Gahnstrom Field.

    The Ichabods needed an extra inning to take a 7-6 win in the first game before dominating the second game 7-0 behind pitcher Raegen Hamm to improve to 19-4 and 5-1 in the MIAA.

    ReaganHammWashburn pitcher Raegen Hamm threw a second-game shutout in the Ichabods' 7-0 win over Nebraska-Kearney Saturday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • Long wait over for tennis standout Alex Sherer

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    Alex ShereractionAfter a long wait, Rossville senior Alex Sherer is getting the opportunity to play high school tennis for Hayden as a co-op player. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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    It was a day that was four years in the making, but Alex Sherer finally got the chance to play high school tennis Saturday at Kossover Tennis Center.

    Sherer has played the summer circuit for nearly a decade, but circumstances had prevented the senior from playing for a high school team until he took the court for Hayden in Saturday's Washburn Rural quadrangular.

    It was everything Sherer, a Rossville High student who is playing for Hayden as a co-op player, thought it would be.

    "Tennis is so individual, but I love the team aspect of everything in a lot of different sports, so just being with my teammates is a lot of fun,'' Sherer said.

    The Sherers had approached the Rossville district about the possibility of adding a tennis program or setting up a co-op program when he started high school, but that didn't happen right away. Rossville and Hayden did eventually come up with an agreement that woud have allowed Sherer to compete as a co-op player for the Wildcats last spring but COVID-19 wiped out the entire season.

    That left Sherer, regarded as one of the top players in the state, one last season to play at the high school level, and he is determined to make the most of it.

    Shearer will compete for Hayden during the regular season before representing Rossville in Class 3A-1A postseason.

    "Last year I missed the opportunity to play with one of my buddies, Ronan (Boyle), who finished fourth at (Class) 4A state a couple of years ago,'' Sherer said. "That sucked, but getting to play with Gus (Glotzbach) and Michael (Sandstrom), and Patrick (Gorman), all those guys are super great, they've been super-accepting, so I'm just having a blast.''

  • Washburn rolls past Griffons to NCAA Central Regional semis

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    One MIAA foe down, another coming up for the Washburn men's basketball team.

    The Ichabods rode a stifling defensive effort to their second rout of MIAA rival Missouri Western in a week, taking a 72-46 win over the Griffons Saturday night to advance to Sunday's 7:45 semifinal game against conference foe Northwest Missouri in the NCAA Central Regional at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D.

    Washburn had dropped both regular-season games to Western, but rolled to a 101-72 win over the Griffons in the MIAA Tournament semifinals and turned in another dominating performance Saturday, holding Missouri Western to 28 percent shooting on the night.

    “I thought our defense was really, really good, probably about as good as it's been all year,'' Washburn coach Brett Ballard said in a post-game press conference. “I thought that we did a pretty good job neutralizing the downhill drives for them and tried to contain the ball as much as we could. I thought our rotations were good. Our rebounding was good.

    "They missed some looks that we were fortunate didn’t go in, but for the most part we were able to challenge everything. It was just a complete effort.''

    Washburn, which improved to 20-6, trailed only two times in the game for a total of 35 seconds (2-0 and 21-20) and overcame a first-half dry spell of more than six minutes to take a 27-21 halftime lead.

    Washburn used an 11-0 run at the end of the first half and start of the second to open up a 31-21 advantage with 18:57 left and the Ichabods would go on to lead by as many as 26 points as the Ichabods notched their first NCAA Tournament win since 2012.

     JonnyClausingWashburn 6-9 junior Jonny Clausing had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in the Ichabods' 72-46 win over Missouri Western Saturday night. [NSU Athletic Communications}

  • Bearcats even score with Ichabods in NCAA Central Regional romp

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    Apparently the Washburn Ichabods poked the bear, or more accurately the Bearcats, with their dramatic win in the recent MIAA Tournament championship game.

    Sunday night's NCAA Central Regional semifinal at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D. was No. 4-ranked Northwest Missouri's first game since the 1-point (69-68) loss to the Ichabods and the Bearcats left no doubt in their fourth game of the year with Washburn, romping to an 85-44 win.

    WUhuddleWashburn's men's basketball team gathers around Ichabod coach Brett Ballard during Sunday night's NCAA Regional semifinal game. [NSU Athletic Communications]

  • Washburn track set to host MIAA Indoor Championships

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    Washburn University’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will be back in action Saturday and Sunday, hosting the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the Washburn Indoor Athletic Facility.

    Twelve MIAA teams will compete in the women’s division while 11 men’s teams will compete.

    Washburn’s women are coming off a strong performance in the Ichabod Invitational, recording 12 personal bests, its first NCAA automatic qualifier of the season, a school record and three more NCAA provisional qualifiers.

    ZacChandleractionWashburn Rural product Zac Chandler will compete for Washburn in this weekend's MIAA indoor track and field championships after setting a pole vault school record in his most recent meet. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athleticcs]

  • Homecoming king: Topekan Fehr sparks RiverHawks' comeback win

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    For the first time in his Northeastern State baseball career, Reid Fehr finally got the chance Saturday to play in his home town of Topeka.

    The former Seaman three-sport athlete made the most of his opportunity, turning in a big performance at the plate as the RiverHawks rallied from 4-0 and 6-3 deficits to take a 13-6 MIAA win over Washburn in the first game if a three-game series.

    Fehr went three for five on the day with a home run, four runs batted in and two runs scored, experiencing the kind of homecoming that athletes dream about.

    "Absolutely,'' said Fehr, a six-year senior. "It's awesome to come home and get the first game of a series. Now we're looking forward to (Sunday's) doubleheader and just get after them again.''

    ReidFehr1Northeastern State senior center-fielder Reid Fehr celebrates his three-run home run in the sixth inning of Saturday's 13-6 RiverHawks win over Washburn at Falley Field. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • Ichabods earn twinbill split with Northeastern State behind Gilliam

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    Washburn senior Brock Gilliam turned in an outstanding pitching performance in the first game of Sunday's series-ending home MIAA doubleheader against Northeastern State as the Ichabods earned a split.

    Gilliam led Washburn to a 7-4 win in the first game, throwing seven scoreless innings while allowing just three hits (two in the first inning) and tying his career high with 13 strikeouts. He recorded five 1-2-3 innings and struck out the side in the fifth.

    BrockGilliamactionBrock Gilliam tied his career high with 13 strikeouts Sunday as Washburn took a 7-4 win over Northeastern State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Return of Sadler helps set Ichabod volleyball up for success

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    Allison Sadler certainly wasn't the only reason Washburn University's volleyball team avenged an earlier loss to Northwest Missouri with a 3-1 victory Saturday at Lee Arena.

    But the return of the Ichabods' All-MIAA senior setter was definitely a big factor as WU improved to 9-3 on the season with a 25-19, 24-26, 25-18, 25-16 win over the Bearcats, the Ichabods' fourth straight victory.

    Northwest Missouri, which fell to 6-2, had handed Washburn its first loss of the spring season back on Feb. 24, with the Bearcats taking a 3-1 win at Maryville, Mo. as the Ichabods were still trying to adjust to playing without Sadler.

    Allison SadlerWashburn senior setter Allison Sadler helped the Ichabods avenge an earlier loss to Northwest Missouri with a 3-1 home win Saturday. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    "At the time we had a weird situation in the fact that Allison is in law school and it was just too much for her (going to school and playing),'' Washburn coach Chris Herron said. "I encouraged her to step away. I said, 'You've got to be happy and you're not happy,' so she stopped playing, but she stopped playing the day before we were supposed to play (Northwest) and that gave us no time at all to prep for them. They're a good team and they took it to us.''

    Washburn turned the tables in Saturday's rematch, however, with Sadler back in her customary role.

    "Allison kind of got a refresher and after a couple of weeks said, 'Hey, wait! I'm going to make it work,' and she came back. She only comes to practice once a week, on Wednesdays, and then plays with us on the weekends. She's kind enough to do that and it makes a big difference.''

  • Woodland upbeat about quick return to PGA Tour after positive COVID test

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    Topeka native Gary Woodland confirmed Monday on Twitter that he has tested postive for COVID-19, but expressed optimism about a quick return to the PGA Tour.

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    "Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from The Honda Classic after testing positive for Covid-19. I’m grateful to be feeling good and disappointed to not be in the field this week. I’m working with the TOUR in regards to safely returning to competition and hope to be back soon,'' the Shawnee Heights grad and former Washburn University basketball player said in his Twitter statement.

    Woodland, the 2019 U.S. Open champion and a member of the U.S.'s championship Presidents Cup team in '19, competed in the The Players Championship this past week, missing the cut.

    Woodland helped lead Shawnee Heights to a pair of Class 5A state basketball championships and was a three-time city golf champion for the T-Birds.

    He went on to play basketball as a freshman at Washburn before turning his attention to golf at Kansas.

    The 36-year-old Woodland is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, incliuding the Open championship.

     

  • Ichabods, Griffons set for Round 4 in NCAA Division II regional

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    This time it really will be the last game of the season between No. 17-ranked Washburn and Missouri Western, who will meet for fourth time in Saturday night's NCAA Division II Central Regional men's tournament in Aberdeen, S.D.

    The 19-6 Ichabods, who are making their 15th NCAA postseason appearance, are the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Missouri Western (14-10) in an 8:45 game Saturday, with the winner advancing to a tournament semifinal to face No. 2 Northwest Missouri.

    Washburn is 1-2 against the Griffons this season, but is coming off a 101-72 semifinal romp past Western last Friday in the MIAA Tournament semifinals in Maryville, Mo.

    "They're a good team,'' Washburn coach Brett Ballard said of the Griffons. "They played us really, really well the first two times. They were a little beat up this past week and they didn't play as well.

    "We played pretty good against them the last game, but they're a very good team and they've played really well against us the last two years, so it will be a big-time battle.''

    TylerGeimanRogersStateactionTyler Geiman will lead Washburn into the NCAA Central regional tournament after sinking a nearly three-quarters-court 3-pointer last Saturday to give the Ichabods the MIAA Tournament title. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    After the win over Western the Ichabods went on to claim their sixth MIAA Postseason Tournament title and first since 2012 with a 69-68 win over Northwest.

    "We played really well against them, which I hope will give our guys confidence that if you can play well against those guys it should give you some confidence that you can play well against anybody in the country,'' Ballard said.

    The three MIAA rivals are on the same side of the six-school regional bracket while three Northern Sun Conference members are on the other side.

    The host Northern State Wolves are the No. 1 seed and will take on the winner between No. 4 Wayne State and No. 5 Minnesota State Moorhead.

    Missouri Western swept the two regular-season meetings with the Ichabods, winning 74-67 in St. Joseph on Jan. 9 and 81-77 in Topeka on Feb. 18 before the Ichabods bounced back with last week's 29-point rout.

    The Ichabods have never faced Missouri Western in the NCAA Tournament and are 14-14 overall in tournament appearances.

    Senior Tyler Geiman, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Northwest in the MIAA final, leads Washburn in scoring (21.2 points per game), assists (6.4 average) and rebounds (6.6 average).

    Geiman recorded the first triple double in Washburn history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Northeastern State on Feb. 23.

    JalenLewisactionWashburn junior Jalen Lewis was the MVP in last week's MIAA Tournament, including a career-high 29 points against Missouri Western. [File photo]

    Junior Jalen Lewis, the MIAA Tournament MVP, averages 13.8 points and has hit 68 of 134 3-point attempts.

    He scored a career-high 29 points against Missouri Western in the MIAA Tournament semifinals and enters Saturday's game with 999 career points.

    Sophomore Tyler Nelson averages 11.1 points while junior Jonny Clausing averages 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.

    Tyrell Carroll leads Missouri Wester with a 17-point average and he also dishes out 4.2 assist per game. Will Eames averages 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds while Caleb Bennett (11.7), Reese Glover (11.2) and Q Mays (11.3) also average in double figures.

     

  • Red-hot WU softball extends win streak to eight with twinbill sweep

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    Washburn University's softball team opened MIAA play Sunday in impressive fashion, posting a 10-1, 10-2 doubleheader sweep at Pittsburg State to improve to 16-3 while extending its winning streak to eight games.

    Former Shawnee Heights star Jaycee Ginter Ginter tossed a complete-game four-hitter in the first game, striking out a career-high 11 batters to improve to 7-1 on the season while also hitting a home run.

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  • Beckler rides sizzling 64 to 9-stroke tourney lead in WU Invitational

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    It's probably safe to say that no golfer in the 15-school Washburn Invitational field knows the Topeka Country Club course any better than Ichabod six-year senior Andrew Beckler, who has roamed TCC almost from the time he first picked up a club.

    "I've been around this track a time or two,'' Beckler joked.

    In fact that time or two actually may be closer to 1,000 rounds.

    "That's probably close,'' Beckler said. "That's probably a good guess.''

    Beckler put that home field advantage to good use on Monday, continuing his spring hot streak with a 7-under-par 64 in his first of two rounds on the day. The former Washburn Rural individual and team Class 6A state champion then followed that up with a 3-under 68 and will take a 9-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round.

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    Beckler's opening-round 64 was just one stroke off former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland's course record of 63 and he tied what course officials consider the amateur course record.

    "They added the two new back tees, so I like to say I have the back tee record,'' Beckler said with a laugh.

    Beckler had flirted with that mark with a recent 65 before going a stroke lower Monday.

    "I had one less bogey, so that added up to 64 instead of 65, but I've played this course so many times and when you play your home course you don't over-think it, you just go out and play,'' Beckler said. "I know where the spots are to hit it and it's just a matter of trusting it and hitting to your spots.''

  • Beckler, Ichabods finish off dominating WU Invitational victories

    Rick Peterson

    AndrewBeckleractionWashburn senior golf standout Andrew Beckler took individual honors in the Washburn Invitational by 13 strokes while the Ichabods won the team title by 9 strokes. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics] 

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    Washburn University senior golf standout Andrew Beckler finally did have a bad hole in the Washburn Invitational, carding a triple bogey on the 435-yard No. 17 hole at Topeka Country Club in Tuesday's final round of the 54-hole tournament.

    But that was the only misstep in a spectacular performance by the former Washburn Rural star, who put together rounds of 64, 68 and 68 (13 under par) to win the individual tournament championship by 13 strokes while leading the Ichabods to the team championship by a whopping nine strokes.

    Beckler, who tied the TCC amateur course record with an opening-round 64 on Monday, began the day with a 9-stroke advantage over the field and kept his foot on the gas Tuesday, with his final round still the low score in the field despite the one bad hole.

    "It was still rock solid,'' Beckler said. "I played really well, just one loose swing cost me, but I can't focus on that when I had so many good things happen this week, so many positives to take away. You've got to look at those.''

  • Special delivery! Geiman's three-quarters-court buzzer-beater gives Ichabods MIAA Tournament championship

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    Tyler Geiman's buzzer-beating three-quarters-court 3-pointer that gave Washburn University the MIAA Tournament championship with a 69-68 win over top-ranked Northwest Missouri Saturday night in Maryville, Mo. had to be a miracle, right? A once-in-a-lifetime heave. Manna from heaven.

    Not so, said Geiman's teammate, Jalen Lewis.

    "I've seen him hit that shot in practice a lot, more than anyone I've ever met, so all I can say is thank God we have that guy on our team,'' Lewis told KTPK radio. "When we're messing around he shoots a lot of them. The whole team does, but no one makes even near as many as he makes.

    "We're definitely putting the ball in his hands for the halfcourt for sure.''

    After Northwest Missouri, which had its string of five straight MIAA Tournament championships snapped, went up 68-66 on two free throws from Diego Bernard with 2.7 seconds remaining, Jace Williams inbounded the ball to Geiman, the two-time MIAA first-teamer, who took a couple of dribbles and launched the shot that is likely to make highlight shows across the nation.

    "Honesly, right as I released it, it felt good,'' Geiman told KTPK. "I knew it was going to be on line for sure, so it had a chance. Jace looked at me on the out of bounds and said, 'You want it?' I said, 'Yeah,' even though that really wasn't the play, it was the second option.

    "I just let it fly and it felt good and it was awesome. It really hasn't hit me yet. I was just running around out there after I hit it. I didn't know what to do.''

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  • Analysis: Geiman's game-winner could provide long-term benefit for WU

    Rick Peterson

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    The immediate benefit for Washburn University's men's basketball team from Tyler Geiman's highly-publicized nearly three-quarters-court 3-pointer last Saturday night in Marysville, Mo. was an MIAA Tournament championship and the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Championships.

    But the buzzer-beater that gave the Ichabods a dramatic 69-68 win over Northwest Missouri could be the gift that keeps on giving in terms of recruiting and exposure.

    "Without question,'' said Washburn coach Brett Ballard, whose team will face Missouri Western Saturday night in the NCAA Central Region Tournament. "I think that for us that positive publicity can certainly help us in recruiting. You know a lot of people are aware of Washburn because we've got a great basketball tradition here, but certainly outside of this region it helps us, and even within the region.

    "I think that notoriety and just the attention that has brought to our program, and even to Tyler Geiman and how much better he's gotten and what a season he's having, I think that whether its high school coaches or AAU programs or kids we're trying to recruit or their parents, they get Washburn in their head a little bit and that can be a positive, for sure.''

    Tyler Geiman's game-winning 3-pointer that gave Washburn the MIAA Tournament title last Saturday night could provide long-term benefits for his school and the Ichabod basketball program. [File photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]Tyler Geiman's game-winning 3-pointer that gave Washburn the MIAA Tournament title last Saturday night could provide long-term benefits for his school and the Ichabod basketball program. [File photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Ichabods set for MIAA Tournament re-run in NCAA regional

    Rick Peterson

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    Apparently, Brett Ballard's Washburn Ichabods played so well in last week's MIAA Tournament that the NCAA powers that be wanted to see it all over again.

    After topping Missouri Western in the semifinals and Northwest Missouri in a thrilling championship game, Washburn faces the prospect of seeing both teams again in the NCAA Central Regional at Aberdeen, South Dakota.

    Washburn, which will be making its 15th NCAA postseason appearance, was announced late Sunday night as the No. 3 regional seed and will play No. 6 Missouri Western for the fourth time this season in an 8:45 p.m. regional contest Saturday night at the Wachs Arena.

    Brett Ballard's Washburn Ichabods are in the NCAA tournament for the third tim in his fourth year at WU and will compete in Aberdeen, S.D. later this week. [File photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]Brett Ballard's Washburn Ichabods are in the NCAA tournament for the third time in his four years at WU and will compete in Aberdeen, S.D. later this week. [File photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    Washburn will take a 19-6 record into Saturday's game while Missouri Western is 14-10.

    The winner of that game will move on to face No. 2 seed Northwest Missouri (23-2) in the semifinals. The Ichabods have also faced the Bearcarts three times, including WU's dramatic 69-68 win in Saturday's MIAA championship game.

    “It's interesting they put all three conference schools on the same side of the bracket,'' Ballard said in a Zoom conference Sunday night. "You know, that is what it is. It’s probably not ideal, but you’ve got to go play good teams no matter what region you’re in and no matter where you’re at in the bracket.

    "We’re excited about getting in. We know it’s going to be a brutal region to try to get through, just with the players and the coaching and how good everybody is, but we're familiar obviously with our side of it and we'll do some more homework on the other side of it, but out of the gates we'll have a very tough game against Missouri Western.''

  • Washburn's Tyler Geiman earns all-region first-team honors

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    Washburn University star senior guardTyler Geiman has received first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Central District honors as voted on by members of the NABC.

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    Geiman was one of four first team selections from the MIAA along with Ryan Hawkins and Trevor Hudgins of Northwest Missouri and Cam Martin of Missouri Southern. 

  • Washburn's Tyler Geiman named a third-team All-American

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    TylerGeimanRogersStateactionWashburn star Tyler Geiman has been named a third-team NCAA Division II All-American. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

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    Tyler Geiman continued his honors haul Tuesday, with the Ichabod star senior point guard being named a third-team NCAA Division II All-American by the Conference Commissioner's Association as voted on by the D-II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    On Monday Geiman earned first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Central District honors.

    Geiman, one of two players in Division II to average at least 20 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds this season, was a unanimous first-team all-MIAA selection and a member of the MIAA All-Defensive team and a member of the MIAA All-Tournament team.

    Geiman led the 20-7 Ichabods in scoring (20.3), assists (6.0) and rebounds (6.3) and recorded the first triple-double in Washburn history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Northeastern State on Feb. 23. Geiman scored a career-high 32 points against Central Oklahoma on Jan. 30. 

    Geiman is the first CoSIDA All-America selection since Will McNeill earned All-American honors in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Brady Skeens was a Basketball Times All-American selection in 2018.



  • Ballard's No. 17-ranked Ichabods battling through injuries

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    There’s no doubt that Brett Ballard's No. 17-ranked Washburn University men’s basketball team is going through some tough times.

    Ichabod 6-foot-9 junior Jonny Clausing has missed five straight games with a foot injury and is doubtful for Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. home MIAA contest against Rogers State, while 6-7 junior Will McKee is also out after aggravating the knee injury that kept him out for the entire 2019-20 season and 6-5 senior Drew Maschoff has left the team to deal with a sports hernia.

    Those absences have left the Ichabods short on depth, particularly up front, but Ballard promises that his Ichabods, 11-3 overall and in the MIAA, will continue to battle.

    "We're just really thin right now and obviously it's disappointing on one hand, but on the other hand, you've got to play with the guys that are available,'' Ballard said. "I still like the fight of the guys we've got, but it definitely has hurt our size and our depth inside.

    "It's the cards we've been dealt, so we're going to have to play them how they lie.''

  • Washburn women climb to .500 with third straight victory

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    Washburn University's women's basketball team led from start to finish Tuesday night at Northwest Missouri, cruising to a 56-43 MIAA victory over the Bearcats.

    Washburn won its third straight game and improved to 10-10 on the season while Northwest Missouri fell to 7-13.

    Freshman Mackenzie Gamble hit 5 of 8 shots from the field and finished with 13 points, while senior Hunter Bentley contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds and junior Nuria Barrientos had 9 points and 8 rebounds. 

  • Topekans Pivarnik, Rainer part of WU's 19-member recruiting class

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    Like just about everything else in the age of the coronavirus, putting together the 2021 recruiting class was completely different for Washburn football coach Craig Schurig and his staff.

    For one thing, there were less spots to fill due to the cancellation of the '20 MIAA season, with all of the current Ichabods, including what would have been last fall's senior class, being granted an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA.

    The logistics of getting out and scouting players due to the pandemic also provided obstacles for Schurig and his coaches.

    But when all was said and done, Schurig was pleased with the 19-member high school signing class he announced Wednesday on National Signing Day, including Hayden standouts Trey Pivarnik and Jayden Rainer, and thinks the newcomers will provide a good mix with the largest number of returners he has had in his two decades at the WU helm.

    "You have an extra class and we're fortunate that our super senior class, we have a lot of them that are going to stick it out, and I'm glad they are,'' Schurig said. "They didn't get that senior year and they've put in a lot of work. Dr. Farley (Washburn president) has been really good about it because you have to kind of fund those guys to come back, but it should reap a lot of benefits for us, too.

    "We were still able to sign a pretty decent number. It's not as big as usual, but we feel like the quality is definitely there. Obviously you always feel that way, but we feel like it really is and it hit some needs.'' 

  • Ichabods stun top-ranked Northwest in OT, 84-82

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    It’s never easy to beat MIAA giant Northwest Missouri, and Washburn definitely took the difficult route to making that happen Thursday night at Maryville, Mo.

    But after letting a 4-point lead get away over the final 7 seconds of regulation and falling behind by 5 points halfway through the overtime session, the No. 5 ranked Ichabods ended the game with a 7-0 run to stun top-ranked Northwest, 84-82.

  • County grid standouts poised to sign college letters of intent

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    Football's National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 3, with multiple Shawnee County athletes expected to sign college letters of intent on Wednesday or in the near future.

    Six Hayden players are expected to sign Wednesday, including Wildcat tight end/defensive end Trey Pivarnik and defensive end Jayden Rainer with Washburn.

    Wildcat defensive back Ja'mier Garrett, linebacker Jordan Rainer and lineman Tim Wells are expected to sign with Butler Community College while receiver/defensive back Geivonnii Williams is headed to Independence Community College.

    Hayden star Desmond Purnell, a running back/defensive back, signed earlier with Kansas State.

    Rossville receiver Bo Reeves plans to sign with Central Missouri of the MIAA while linebacker Kaiden Brown is headed to Baker University after the duo helped Rossville win the Class 2A state championship last fall.

  • Bentley scores 27 as WU women end long layoff with 61-49 win

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    Washburn senior Hunter Bentley started making her point that she was in for a good day before Saturday's MIAA game at Missouri Western even started.

    Bentley, the former Bishop Miege star, got the chance to shoot two free throws when Western was called for an administrative technical foul and canned both charities to give the Ichabods a 2-0 advantage prior to the opening possession.

    Bentley kept finding the bottom of the net throughout the contest, scoring 27 points as Washburn ended a layoff of more than three weeks with a 61-49 romp past the Griffons.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers February 1, 2021

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    KAI ALLEN, Silver Lake

    A 138-pound senior, Allen won his fourth straight Mid-East League individual wrestling title to lead Silver Lake to the team championship last Friday at Wabaunsee. Allen, one of seven league champions for the Eagles, has posted three straight top-three finishes in the Class 3A-1A state tournament, including a state championship in 2019 and a runner-up finish last season.

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    DYLAN BIRKENBAUGH, Seaman

    Birkenbaugh bowled a 737 three-game series to earn his second individual title of the week, putting together games of 225, 265 and 247 as Seaman won the boys title in the Emporia quadrangular at Flint Hills Lanes by a 2,894-2,578 margin over Derby. Birkenbaugh also won the individual title in the Hayden quad at West Ridge Lanes with a 628 series as the Vikings won by a 2,445-2,185 margin over Topeka West.

  • Washburn men improve to 11-2 with road romp at Newman

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    The No. 13-ranked Washburn men's basketball team bounced back from last Saturday's loss to Emporia State with a decisive 95-69 road victory at Newman Thursday night, improving to 11-2 on the season overall and in the MIAA.
     
    Newman scored the first 3 points of the game, but Washburn scored 11 straight to go up 11-3 with 14:23 left in the half and later added a 10-0 run to take a commanding 44-25 advantage at the break.

    "I loved the mindset that we played with the first 15 minutes of the game,'' Washburn coach Brett Ballard told KTPK radio. "I thought we came out and really imposed our will on them on both ends.

    "I thought it was going to be important when you come on the road to try to throw that first punch and we got a nice lead built up there and I really thought it set the tone.''

  • Emporia State sweeps rival Washburn in MIAA twinbill

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    Both Emporia State and the No. 7 Washburn Ichabods singed the nets in the first half of Saturday's MIAA men's basketball game at White Auditorium, with the two teams deadlocked 43-43 at the half.

    The 10-2 Ichabods cooled off in the second half, however, while the Hornets never did, with Emporia State pulling away for a 91-74 victory.

    Emporia State, which improved to 7-6 on the season, shot 59.3 percent from the field in the first half and heated up to 66.7 percent in the second half to shoot 62.7 percent for the game. The Hornets also hit 13 of 21 3-pointers (61.9 percent).

  • Pittsburg State tops WU women in overtime, 69-61

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    Washburn’s women’s basketball team forced an overtime with a bucket in the closing seconds of regulation, but couldn’t keep pace with Pittsburg State in the extra session, with the Gorillas taking a 69-61 MIAA win at Lee Arena.

    Pittsburg State outscored Washburn 11-3 in overtime to improve to 8-3 overall and in the conference with its seventh straight victory while Washburn fell to 4-5, 4-5

  • Ichabod men ride 51-point second half to 84-62 win over Pitt State

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    The No. 8-ranked Washburn men outscored visiting Pittsburg State 51-31 in the second half to pull away for an 84-62 MIAA victory over Pittsburg State Saturday at Lee Arena.

    Washburn, which improved to 10-1 overall and in the MIAA, led by just a 33-31 margin at halftime before dominating things after the break.

    “Basketball’s funny sometimes,’’ Washburn coach Brett Ballard told KTPK radio. “I don’t know that we played all that much different in the second half. Obviously, we played better.

    “I thought we got some really good looks in the first half that didn’t go. Offensively, (the second half) I think we kind of got in a flow and I just love that our guys are staying aggressive.''

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  • A1 Key Performers January 18th, 2021

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    LEVI BRAUN, Washburn University

    Braun, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman, turned in the biggest week of his Washburn career, scoring 34 points in two wins while canning 11 of 15 3-pointers. Braun had 19 points and 6 3s against Missouri Southern and 15 points on 5 3s against Pittsburg State.

  • Oliver leads balanced attack as WU women top Southern

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    Former Wabaunsee star Abby Oliver scored a game- and career-high 19 points to lead a balanced attack as Washburn's women's basketball team topped Missouri Southern 56-49 Thursday night at Lee Arena to even its record at 4-4 overall and in the MIAA.

    Oliver, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, went 7 of 11 from the field and hit 5 of 6 free throws for the Ichabods, who won their second straight game, while senior Hunter Bentley added 15 points, including a 9 of 10 performance at the free throw line. Junior Nuria Barrientos recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

    Washburn led 15-12 at the end of the opening quarter, but 4-5 Missouri Southern took a 22-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
     
    The Ichabods forced third-quarter ties at 24 and 32 before using a 7-1 run to take a 37-33 advantage into the fourth quarter. Washburn led the rest of the way, leading by as much as 9 points.

    Washburn helped hold the Lions at bay while hitting 13 of 16 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and going 26 of 36 on the night.
     
    Both teams struggled offensively, with Washburn shooting 31.3 percent (15 of 48) and going 0 of 9 from 3-point range while Southern shot 32.7 percent (16 of 49). The Lions his 5 3-pointers to help stay in the hunt.

    Carley Turnbull led Missouri Southern with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
     
    Washburn is scheduled to be back in action Saturday, hosting Pittsburg State in a 1 p.m. MIAA contest.

    WASHBURN WOMEN 56, MISSOURI SOUTHERN 49 

    Missouri Southern 12 10 11 16 — 49 

    Washburn 15 6 16 19  — 56 

    MISSOURI SOUTHERN (4-5, 4-5) 

    Skiles 1-9 0-0 2, Stokes 4-6 1-2 9, Stauffer 0-0 1-2 1, Jackson 0-0 1-2 1, Turnbull 5-13 5-7 15, Hunnicutt 2-8 1-2 7, Stocks 2-6 1-2 7, Johns 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 1-2 1-2 3, Grant 1-3 1-2 4. Totals 16-49 12-21 49. 

    WASHBURN (4-4, 4-4) 

    Bentley 3-15 9-10 15, Oliver 7-11 5-6 19, Barrientos 3-12 6-12 12, Doebele 1-3 5-6 7, Gamble 0-1 0-0 0, Cassaday 1-4 0-0 2, Willey 0-1 0-0 0, Glatczak 0-0 1-2 1, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-48 26-36 56. 

    3-point goals — Missouri Southern 5-16 (Hunnicutt 2-5, Stocks 2-4, Grant 1-2, Skiles 0-3, Turnbull 0-2), Washburn 0-9 (Bentley 0-5, Barrientos 0-2, Gamble 0-1, Johnson 0-1). Rebounds — Missouri Southern 37 (Stokes 10), Washburn 35 (Barrientos 11). Assists — Missouri Southern 10 (four with 2), Washburn 5 (Barrientos 2, Doebele 2). Turnovers — Missouri Southern 18, Washburn 12. Total fouls — Missouri Southern 26, Washburn 21. Fouled out — Turnbull, Doebele, Willey. Technical fouls — none.

     

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers February 8, 2021

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    HUNTER BENTLEY, Washburn University

    Bentley, a 5-foot-9 senior guard out of Bishop Miege, scored a game-high 27 points and hit 9 of 9 free throw attempts as Washburn's women's basketball team bounced back from a pair of tough MIAA losses to take a 76-66 home victory over Northeastern State. Bentley scored 41 points on the week as the 7-8 Ichabods split games.

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    TYLER GEIMAN, Washburn University

    A 6-1 senior point guard, the former Blue Valley star scored a game-high 29 points, including 21 in the second half, as Washburn, using just seven players due to injury and illness, improved to 12-3 with an 88-77 come-from-behind MIAA home victory over Rogers State. Geiman also had 8 assists and 7 rebounds for the Ichabods and scored 12 straight points in the second half to spearhead the win.

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    HAILEY HORTON, Silver Lake

    A freshman, Horton won the 155-pound title in Friday's Division II District Girls Wrestling Tournament at Marysville, helping the Eagles win the district team championship by an 88-73 margin over Holton. Horton won her first match with a 23-second pin before taking a 7-2 decision over Atchison County's Hannah Simmers in the finals.

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    DAIGAN KRUGER, Silver Lake

    Kruger, a junior, won the 170-pound championship in Saturday's Class 3A-1A  District Boys Wrestling Tournament at Silver Lake, posting three straight pins to help the Eagles win the team title. Kruger, now 41-1 on the season, posted pins in 36 seconds and 2 minutes, 36 seconds to reach the finals and pinned Mission Valley's Justice Dunbar in 1:09 to win the 170 title. 

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    CJ POWELL, Highland Park

    Powell, a 6-7 senior, scored 59 points in two games on the week as Highland Park's boys basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with Centennial League victories over Emporia and Seaman. Powell scored 31 points in the Scots' 63-58 win over Emporia and followed that up with a 28-point performance in the Scots' 55-47 overtime win over Seaman on Friday, forcing the OT with a clutch 3-point loss. 

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    MARQUE WILKERSON, Topeka West

    Wilkerson, a 6-2 senior, scored a game-high 25 points as Topeka West's boys basketball team took over sole possession of the Centennial League lead with a 63-46 home Centennial League win over Washburn Rural. Continuing a recent hot streak, Wilkerson scored 16 points in the first half and hit 11 of 14 field goal attempts on the night as the Chargers improved to 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the league. 


  • A1 Lock & Key Performers March 8, 2021

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    ELIJAH BROOKS, Topeka West

    A 6-foot-3 junior, Brooks shared game-high scoring honors with 22 points and also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as Topeka West earned its first Class 5A boys state tournament berth since 2010 with a 55-52 win over Seaman in Saturday's sub-state championship game. With the win the Chargers improved to 19-2 and advanced to a Tuesday night state quarterfinal game at Hays.

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    NiJAREE CANADY, Topeka High

    Canady, a 6-foot junior, recorded game-high totals of 21 points and 12 rebounds as Topeka High's girls earned their third straight Class 6A state basketball tournament berth with a 72-52 win over Washburn Rural. With the win the 21-2 Trojans set up a Tuesday night state quarterfinal matchup with Wichita Heights at Topeka High.

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    KAITLYN DOYAL, Washburn Rural

    Doyal, a junior, finished seventh individually in Friday's Class 6A state girls bowling tournament at Northrock Lanes at Wichita with a 631 three-game series to help Washburn Rural earn a team trophy with a third-place finish. Doyal had a high game of 242 for the Junior Blues. 

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    TYLER GEIMAN, Washburn University

    A senior guard, Geiman hit a three-quarters-court buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Washburn a dramatic 69-68 win over Northwest Missouri in Saturday night's MIAA Tournament championship game, Geiman finished with 23 points on the night after being named a first-team All-MIAA pick and all-defensive team selection earlier in the week. Geiman is a two-time All-MIAA first-teamer. 

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    JALEN LEWIS, Washburn University

    Lewis, a junior guard, was named the MIAA Tournament Outstanding Player after helping lead Washburn to the tournament championship for the first time since 2012. Lewis scored 29 points in a 101-72 win over Missouri Western in the semifinals and had 26 points in the Ichabods' 69-68 win over No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri in the championship game. Lewis received All-MIAA honorable mention earlier in the week.

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    MAKENZIE MILLARD, Seaman

    Millard, a junior, placed a city-high fourth-place finish in last Thursday's Class 5A-1A state bowling tournament at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, bowling a 612 series with a high game of 232. Millard, who finished fifth individually at state as a sophomore, led the Vikings to a fourth-place team finish.

  • WU's Tyler Geiman repeat first-team All-MIAA selection

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    Washburn University star senior point guard Tyler Geiman has been named a first-team All-MIAA men's basketball selection for the second straight season while also receiving a spot on the conference's all-defensive team.

    Geiman was a unanimous first-team pick by conference coaches on the 2021 team, released by the MIAA office Tuesday.

    TylerGeimanWashburn star point guard Tyler Geiman has been named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight season. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Manhattan product Trevor Hudgins was named the MIAA player of the year for the second straight season after leading Northwest Missouri to the regular-season conference championship.

    Geiman and Hudgins were joined on the all-conference first team by Ryan Hawkins of Northwest Missouri, Cam Martin of Missouri Southern and Jared Vitztum of Fort Hays State.

    In addition to Geiman, Hudgins, Hawkins and Martin were unanimous picks.

    Washburn juniors Jonny Clausing and Jalen Lewis received All-MIAA honorable mention.

    Geiman averages 21 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.7 steals for the Ichabods, who take a 16-6 record into Tuesday's MIAA quarterfinal game against Rogers State.

    Geiman leads the MIAA in assists and is No. 3 in scoring, No. 7 in steals and No. 8 in rebounding.

    Geiman becomes the fifth Ichabod to earn multiple first-team all-MIAA honors, joining Brady Skeens, Will McNeil, Ewan Auguste and Dan Buie. 
     
    Clausing received honorable mention for the second straight season after averaging 9.9 points and 4 rebounds in the regular season. Clausing leads the MIAA in field goal percentage at 61 percent.
     
    Lewis earned All-MIAA honorable selection for the first time after averaging 12.5 points and hitting 54 of 110 3-point attempts this season. 

    ALL-MIAA MEN'S BASKETBALL

    First team

    Tyler Geiman, sr., Washburn; Ryan Hawkins, sr., Northwest Missouri; Trevor Hudgins, jr., Northwest Missouri; Cam Martin, sr., Missouri Southern; , Jared Vitztum – Fort Hays State, Senior.

    Second team

    Diego Bernard, jr., Northwest Missouri; Tyrell Carroll, jr., Missouri Western; Jumah'Ri Turner, sr., Emporia State; Isaiah Wade, sr., Central Oklahoma; Sevon Witt, so., Lincoln.

    Third team

    Bobby Arthur-Williams, graduate, Pittsburg State; Quinton Drayton, jr., Lincoln; Callen Haydon, jr., Central Oklahoma; Devin Pullum, sr., Rogers State;
    Stan Scott, sr., Missouri Southern.

    Honorable mention

    Central Missouri: Cameron Hunter, sr. Central Oklahoma: Cam Givens, jr. Emporia State: Austin Downing, sr. Fort Hays State: Kaleb Hammeke, fr. Lincoln: Cam Potts, sr. Missouri Western: Caleb Bennett, jr.; Will Eames, so.; Reese Glover, so. Nebraska-Kearney: Austin Luger, sr., Jake Walker, sr. Newman: Joel Boyce, jr. Northeastern State: Trey Sampson, jr. Northwest Missouri: Luke Waters, so. Pittsburg State: Quentin Hardrict, jr. Rogers State: Darraja Parnell, sr.; Brewster Peacock, sr. Washburn: Johnny Clausing, jr.; Jalen Lewis, jr.

    ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

    Diego Bernard, jr., Northwest Missouri; Tyler Carroll, jr., Missouri Western; Tyler Geiman, sr., Washburn; Ryan Hawkins, sr., Northwest Missouri; Cam Potts, sr., Lincoln.

    Player of the year -- Trevor Hudgins, jr., Northwest Missouri.

    Defensive player of the year -- Diego Bernard, jr., Northwest Missouri.

    Freshman of the year -- Kaleb Hammeke, Fort Hays State.

    Coach of the year -- Ben McCollum, Northwest Missouri.




     



     
     

  • Washburn back at Lee Arena to host Missouri Southern

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    For the first time all season, the Washburn men’s basketball team will be in bounce-back mode when the Ichabods host Missouri Southern in an MIAA contest Thursday night at Lee Arena.

    The No. 8-ranked Ichabods, 8-1 overall and in the MIAA, will host Missouri Southern (4-4, 4-4) in a 7:30 p.m. contest, following a 5:30 women’s game between Washburn (3-4, 3-4) and Southern (4-4, 4-4).

    Washburn’s men will be looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, a 74-67 loss at then 22nd-ranked Missouri Western last Saturday.

    Brett Ballard’s Ichabods will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak against Jeff Boschee’s Lions, who have dropped their last two games and four of their last five, including an 83-67 loss at Pittsburg State last Saturday.

    Overall the Lions have won 9 of their last 10 contests against WU, including the last four games played in Lee Arena.

    Senior Tyler Geiman, the MIAA player of the week, leads Washburn in scoring (18.6 average), assists (5.9), rebounds (7.3) and steals (1.9).

    Junior Jonny Clausing is averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while junior Jalen Lewis averages 11.6 points and senior Drew Maschoff 10 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists. 

    Geiman, who leads the MIAA and ranks fifth in the nation in assists, became the 26th player in Washburn history to reach the 1,000-point mark for career points (1,012). 

  • Cassaday shines in first career start as WU women roll, 73-49

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    Washburn University's women got their usual major production from senior Hunter Bentley and junior Nuria Barrientos Tuesday night, with Bentley scoring a game-high 21 points and Barrientos notching a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the Ichabods' 73-49 romp past Lincoln in an MIAA makeup game at Lee Arena.

    Bur Tuesday was also a big night for freshman Lauren Cassaday, who certainly made her presence known in her first career start, notching career-highs of 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Washburn improved to 5-5.

    Lauren CassadayWashburn freshman Lauren Cassaday scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in her first collegiate start, a 73-49 win over Lincoln. [Photograph by Alma Solis/Washburn Athletics]

    "She can play, she's a battler,'' Washburn coach Ron McHenry said of Cassaday, who started in place of Abby Oliver (illness). "She's a 5-(foot)-10 post that just battles hard and she's getting better every day. She will compete and I'm never worried about her, coming off the bench or starting. I never worry about her because she can handle herself.''

  • WU men bounce back from first loss, blast Southern, 99-58

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    With the Washburn men's basketball team coming off its first loss of the season and the Ichabods playing without three injured veterans, Ichabod coach Brett Ballard probably would have settled for any kind of bounce-back win in Thursday's MIAA home contest against Missouri Southern.

    Instead, Ballard's No. 8-ranked Ichabods put on a show, tying a school-record with 18 3-pointers on the way to a 99-58 romp past the Lions, WU's largest margin of victory in 84 all-time meetings with Southern.

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    Tyler Geiman

    "I'm proud of our team,'' Ballard said. "We're beat up big-time. We were without basically three starters, who were injured, and our freshman class is out because of COVID tracing, so we had nine healthy bodies and really only two bigs and you're going against the best big guy (Cam Martin) in Division II, so needless to say I was nervous coming into this game.

    "But our guys, I loved the fight they showed and the togetherness that they played with and I thought we played obviously really well on both sides of the ball.''

    And with the way the Ichabods were shooting the ball Thursday -- 59.4 percent from the field (38 of 64) and 51.4 from 3-point range (18 of 35) -- it was going to be hard for just about any time to beat WU.

    Senior point guard Tyler Geiman, who continued his outstanding play with game-highs of 28 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, hit Washburn's first 3-pointer 65 seconds into the game and the floodgates opened from there as redshirt freshman Levi Braun and junior Jalen Lewis combined for 11 3s on a combined 11 of 12 shooting from deep.

    Braun hit his first six 3-point attempts and was 6 of 7 overall on the way to a career-high 19-point effort, while Lewis hit all five of his attempts from outside the arc and also finished with 19 points on the night.

  • Washburn's Erika Lane Yoder got early start on path to coaching

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    From almost the time she learned how to walk, Erika Lane Yoder was in a gym, tagging along with her mom, longtime Washburn Rural athletic director Penny Lane, and grabbing a basketball whenever she could to practice her skills.

    And Lane Yoder, in her second season as an assistant coach for the Washburn University women’s basketball team, realized early on that athletics were going to be a major part of her life, first as a multi-sport athlete and then as a coach.

    “I think I knew when I was little, honestly,’’ Lane Yoder said of her coaching aspirations. “It’s really just been something I’ve always liked doing. When I watched basketball on TV, even when I was little, I would draw things up or if I saw something on TV I would write it down on a sticky note and save it, so I think I’ve always really known I’ve wanted to do that.

    “And when I came to the college level and just saw the excitement of it and really putting everything towards basketball, I loved that, so it just kind of reassured that post-athlete life.’’

    Erika Lane YoderFormer Washburn Rural and Washburn standout Erika Lane Yoder is currently an assistant women's basketball coach for the Ichabods. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

  • Henry paces Washburn in Kansas Open track

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    Romain Henry won a gold medal and set school records in a pair of events to lead the Washburn University men's track and field team in Saturday's Kansas Open at the Washburn Indoor Athletic Facility.

    The Ichabod men set two school records while posting 20 top-10 finishes with 12 personal-bests and NCAA provisional marks in Saturday's meet while the WU women tallied 15 top-10 finishes, two NCAA provisionals and a school record.
     
    Henry, a freshman from Aix En Provence, France, broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.12 seconds, recording an NCAA provisional mark with the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season en route to his second straight win in that event.

    Henry placed second in the 400-meter dash, breaking the school record in the event by over a half second while turning in a time of 49.41.

    Logan Stock finished second in the men's high jump with a jump of 6-foot-61/4 inch and was fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.51), while Nasjon Porter was second in the triple jump at 45-11/2, while Peyton Lane was fourth in the pole vaul at 15-10, earning an NCAA provisional mark. Former Washburn Rural state champ Zac Chandler was sixth in the pole vault at 14-101/4.

    Junior Sierra Mortensen, a Maize South product, won the women's mile run in a time of 5:18.24, while Lily Johnson finished second in the 800 meters, breaking her own school record in a time of 2:19.46.

    Junior Virgi Scardanzan, from Preganziol, Italy, was second in the women's pole vault, recording an NCAA provisional mark and a indoor personal-best at 12-113/4. That vault is tied for the second-best in the nation this season. Rachael Mayberry placed third in the pole vault at 12-4. Skyler Saunders finished second in the high jump, clearing 5-51/4.

    Hayden product Darian Hillebert placed fifth in the 200 (26.35).

  • Iconic jumps coach Rick Attig says coaching at WU 'a good fit'

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    Washburn University track and field assistant Rick Attig doesn’t have anything left to prove in a coaching career that has included outstanding success at the high school, NCAA Division I and now Division II levels.

    But the 68-year-old Attig is still enjoying himself too much to even think about walking away from the sport he loves.

    “I don’t think I could do that,’’ Attig said. “I think it would drive me nuts. We have three acres and I could mow my grass. I still do that, but I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else than coaching. I’m still loving it.

    “It’s one of those type of things that if I was retired, I would still want to do it as a hobby because I get lots of enjoyment out of it.’’

    RickAttigRick Attig is in his fifth season as an assistant track and field coach at Washburn, continuing an ultra-successful high school and college coaching career. [Photograph courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Attig may be best known for his work as a jumps and multi-events coach at the University of Kansas and Nebraska, but also enjoyed success at Raytown South (Mo.) High School early in his coaching career and at Blue Valley North before joining Washburn head coach Cameron Babb in 2016 to help relaunch the Ichabods’ track and field program after a long hiatus.

    “I recruited Cameron to help me there at Blue Valley North,’’ Attig said. “I would try to recruit decathletes or heptathletes to help coach at Blue Valley North and Cameron came in and did just a really good job. He’s a really good coach and I really like him.

  • Redshirt year prepared Topekan Levi Braun for key role for WU

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    Washburn University guard Levi Braun is a walking, talking, shooting testament to how valuable a redshirt year can be for a college athlete.

    And while it was probably hard at times for the former Hayden basketball star to sit and watch last season while his Washburn teammates played games, Braun knows that year helped prepare him to make the major contribution he has for the 10-1 No. 8-ranked Ichabods this winter.

    "It helped a ton,'' said the 6-foot-4 guard, who helped Hayden win a state championship in 2018. "I dedicated my time to the weight room, to class and just practice and learning and developing.

    "I would suggest that to more incoming freshman, not just for basketball, for any sport, just because college is hard, especially at a program like this. You’ve got to be special to come in and make a difference right away. It takes time.''

    LeviBraunHayden product Levi Braun has hit 26 3-pointers and is shooting 54.2 percent from outside the arc for 10-1 Washburn. [Photograph courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Washburn women set to host Lincoln Tuesday

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    Washburn's women's basketball team will continue its suddenly-hectic schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday, hosting Lincoln in an MIAA makeup contest at Lee Arena.

    The Ichabods, who are set to play their third home game in six days, will take a 4-5 record into their matchup against the 0-9 Blue Tigers in a game that was originally scheduled for Dec. 19 but postponed due to COVID-19 protocols involving Lincoln.

    Washburn is coming off a tough 69-61 overtime loss to Pittsburg State, which snapped a two-game Ichabod winning streak.

    Washburn has won all 31 previous contests with Lincoln, which is coming off a 93-71 loss at Central Oklahoma.

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  • Washburn set to travel to Newman for Thursday MIAA twinbill

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    Washburn University’s basketball teams head to Wichita on Thursday to face Newman in an MIAA doubleheader.

    The WU women, 5-6 overall and in the conference, will face the Jets (3-9, 3-9) in a 5:30 p.m. contest, followed by the men’s game between the Ichabods (10-2, 10-2) and Newman (2-9, 2-9).

    Washburn’s men are ranked No. 13 in the latest NABC Division II rankings after a 91-74 loss at Emporia State last Saturday.

  • A1 Lock & Key Performers January 25, 2021

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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.


  • Ichabods head to Emporia to face rival Hornets

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    Washburn will hit the turnpike Saturday to continue its long-standing rivalry with Emporia State, playing an MIAA doubleheader at White Auditorium.

    WU’s women, 5-5 overall and in the conference, will face Emporia State (7-2, 7-2) in a 1:30 p.m. contest followed by the 3:30 p.m. men’s game between the No. 7-ranked Ichabods (10-1, 10-1) and the Hornets (6-6, 6-6).

    Washburn’s men, who are starting their second three-game road trip of the season, are led by senior point guard Tyler Geiman, who leads the team in scoring with a 19.5 average, assists (6.2), rebounds (6.9), steals (1.8) and minutes played (36.4). Geiman will play his 100th game as an Ichabod against Emporia State.

    Jonny Clausing, a 6-foot-9 junior, is averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-high 1.3 blocks.

    Hayden product Levi Braun, a redshirt freshman, is averaging 7.6 points and has scored 19 and 15 points in his last two games while hitting 11 of 15 3-pointers. Braun is 26 of 48 (54 percent) from outside the arc for the season.

    Washburn beat Pittsburg State 84-62 last Saturday at Lee Arena, while Emporia State is coming off a 71-59 loss to Central Oklahoma Thursday in a rescheduled game from earlier in the season.

  • Washburn track teams to host All-Kansas Open

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    The Washburn Ichabod men's and women's track teams will be back in action for the second week in a row in their indoor facility, hosting the All-Kansas Open on Saturday (11 a.m. start).

    Scheduled to compete in addition to WU are squads from Baker, Benedictine, Cloud County Community College, Cowley College, Fort Hays State, Fort Scott Community College, Garden City Community College, Highland Community College, Northwest Kansas, Ottawa, Pittsburg State and Pratt Community Colege. As of Thursday night, 318 student-athletes were scheduled to compete in the second meet in Washburn's new facility.

  • WU's women avenge earlier loss, race past Newman, 65-49

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    Washburn’s women’s basketball team avenged a home loss to Newman earlier in the season, posting a 65-49 MIAA win on the Jets’ home floor to improve to 6-6 on the season.

    Junior Nuria Barrientos recorded her fifth double-double of the season, finishing the night with 11 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks.

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  • Short-handed Ichabods rally past Rogers State, 88-77

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    DSC 0048Tyler Geiman had another in a string of monster games for the Ichabods, scoring 21 of his game-high 29 points in the second half. (Photo by Rex Wolf TSN)

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    When a team seemingly has as many players in street clothes as it does in unform, which was the case for the Washburn men's basketball team Thursday night, it's a necessity to get contributions from everybody that steps on the court.

    Ichabod coach Brett Ballard got that against Rogers State as short-handed Washburn improved to 12-3 with an 88-77 MIAA win over the Hillcats at Lee Arena.

    With juniors Jonny Clausing and Will McKee still sidelined with injuries and sophomore Connor Deffebaugh missing the game with illness, Ballard used just seven players against Rogers State, but five of the seven cracked double figures and another added 8 points as the Ichabods rallied from an 8-point deficit early in the second half to pull out the victory.

    Ichabod senior point guard Tyler Geiman had another in a string of monster games for the Ichabods, scoring 21 of his game-high 29 points in the second half and also adding 8 assists, while redshirt freshman Levi Braun scored 18 points on 6 3-pointers.

  • WU women drop tight game at Central Oklahoma, 74-73

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    Washburn's try for a big road win came up just short Saturday, with Central Oklahoma escaping with a 74-73 MIAA victory at Edmond, Okla. when the Ichabods' halfcourt 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time ran out.

    Satuirday's game was tight throughout, including a 16-16 tie at the end of the first quarter, a 32-28 Washburn lead at the half and a 47-45 Bronchos advantage at the start of the fourth quarter.

    Washburn and Central Oklahoma were tied at 65 and 67 before Hunter Bentley hit two free throws to put the Ichabods in front 69-67 with a minute remaining.

  • No. 13-ranked Ichabods drop heartbreaker to Bronchos

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    The No. 13-ranked Washburn men's basketball team dropped a 74-72 heartbreaker to Central Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at Edmond, Okla.
     
    Central Oklahoma led 39-34 at the half and held off the Ichabods for the win, improving to 5-5.

    Former Hayden star Levi Braun, a redshirt freshman, hit a 3-pointer for Washburn with 39 seconds remaining to tie the game at 72, but Central Oklahoma scored with two seconds left to pull out the win.

  • Washburn women bounce back with 76-66 win over RiverHawks

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    Washburn's women's basketball team felt like it let a win slip away in Thursday's 3-point MIAA home loss to Rogers State.

    Fortunately for the Ichabods, they didn't have to wait long to wipe out the sour taste of that defeat, bouncing back with a 76-66 win over Northeastern State Saturday afternoon at Lee Arena.

    WU, which improved to 7-8 overall and in the league, had struggled offensively in its 53-50 loss to Rogers State, but put togher a solid performance Saturday as senior Hunter Bentley, freshman Lauren Cassaday and junior Nuria Barrientos combined for 56 points and the Ichabods shot 86.7 percent from the free throw line (26 of 30).

    Hunter Bentley actionWashburn senior Hunter Bentley scored 27 points in Saturday's 76-66 MIAA home win over Northeastern State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Washburn basketball teams back in action Tuesday for makeups

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    The fact that Saturday’s home MIAA basketball game against Northeastern State was postponed was a good news, bad news scenario for Washburn University’s men’s basketball team.

    The postponement, due to COVID-19 protocols at Northeastern State, gave the Ichabods, who have been battling injuries and illness, a few extra days to get ready for Tuesday's 6 p.m. makeup contest against Lincoln at Lee Arena.

    But the postponement also makes an already hectic schedule over the final three weeks of the regular season even busier, with the Ichabods now working in the Northeastern makeup game on Feb. 23 in addition to its regular-scheduled contests.

    “It will give us a little bit of a chance to hopefully get some guys off of sickness and hopefully heal up a little bit,’’ Washburn coach Brett Ballard said. “But at some point you’ve got to make those games up and we’re running out of time to get the season in.

    “Probably right now it feels good, but when you’ve got to make these up in the next two weeks or so you may not like it as much.’’

     

    TylerGeimanRogersStateactionWashburn star point guard Tyler Geiman leads 12-3 Washburn into Tuesday's home makeup game against Lincoln. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

    The No. 17-ranked Ichabods, 12-3 overall and in the MIAA, will face a Lincoln team (8-7, 8-7) in a game that was originally scheduled for Dec. 19 but postponed because members of the Blue Tiger squad were out because of COVID protocols.

  • RiverHawks top WU women in turnaround tilt, 47-44

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    The quick MIAA women's basketball turnaround between Northeastern State and Washburn benefitted the RiverHawks, who pulled out a 47-44 win Tuesday in Tahlequah, Okla.

    Washburn had claimed a 76-66 victory over the RiverHawks Saturday at Lee Arena and the Ichabods led much of Tuesday's rematch before Northeastern took advantage of the Ichabods' fourth-quarter offensive woes to improve to 5-12 overall and in the MIAA.

    Washburn led 24-20 at the half and 38-33 at the start of the fourth quarter after leading by 7, but Northeastern ended the game on an 11-2 run over the final 5:18 to drop the Ichabods to 7-9 on the season.

  • Ichabods roll to 87-72 win over Lincoln, improve to 13-3

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    There was a time Tuesday night, as brief as it might have been, where Washburn's men's basketball team looked like it might be in some trouble against visiting Lincoln.

    Leading 42-31 at the half, Washburn saw Lincoln cut a 13-point deficit to a single point (48-47) with 15:07 left, but the Ichabods answered in a hurry, running off 10 straight points to build its advantage back to 11 with 12:25 remaining and Washburn cruised the rest of the way for an 87-72 MIAA win at Lee Arena, improving to 13-3 on the season.

    "We didn't finish the (first) half well again and then we had a stretch there kind of towards the beginning of that second half where I thought we played a little cool,'' Washburn coach Brett Ballard said. "There's a fine line between confident and cool and then all of a sudden I looked up and (the Blue Tigers) are back in the game.

    "I loved how our guys responded though and went on the run and then kind of kept them at arm's length the rest of the half. This team's explosive offensively and we can go on those runs.''

    JalenLewisJunior Jalen Lewis led the way with 20 points as Washburn improved to 13-3 with an 87-72 MIAA win over Lincoln Tuesday night. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Ichabods travel to Central Missouri for MIAA twinbill

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    Slowly but surely, Washburn University men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard is starting to get more company on the Ichabod sidelines.

    Ballard has played just seven players for the bulk of Washburn’s last two games due to injury and illness, but he could have more weapons at his disposal in the very near future, perhaps as early as Saturday’s 3 p.m. MIAA game at Central Missouri.

    The Ichabods have played their last seven games without 6-foot-9 junior Jonny Clausing (foot injury) and have also been without 6-7 junior Will McKee (knee), but both appear to be close to returning to action.

    "We're close,'' Ballard said of about the return of Clausing and McKee. "I think Jonny's really close and I would imagine that if things go well he'll play Saturday and Will's knee is feeling better. I don't know if he'll be ready Saturday or not but those guys dressed out (Tuesday) and warmed up so we're inching closer and it was nice looking over and seeing them.

    "It kind of made me want to put them in, but they weren't quite ready yet. But we're getting there and I think with that depth we could be very dangerous down the stretch here.''

  • Washburn women get back on track with 51-41 win over Griffons

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    By RICK PETERSON

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    After two straight losses by a total of 9 points and fighting for a berth in the MIAA postseason tournament, Washburn University's women's basketball team was in dire need of a bounce-back win Thursday night.

    Riding a strong defensive effort and big nights from senior Hunter Bentley and freshman Lauren Cassaday, the Ichabods achieved that objective with a 51-41 victory over Missouri Western at Lee Arena.

    LaurenCassadayWesternWashburn freshman Lauren Cassaday scored 11 points, including 10 in the first half, helping the Ichabods snap a two-game losing streak with a 51-41 win over Missouri Western. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Ichabod men rally for 70-68 road win over Mules

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn's chances for a third straight MIAA win looked somewhat bleak at halftime Saturday, with the Ichabods trailing by 11 points at Central Missouri.

    But the No. 16-ranked Ichabods came storming back in the second half behind senior point guard Tyler Geiman to take a 70-68 win over the Mules.

    Central Missouri, which fell to 6-12, opened the game on a 7-0 run and went to the locker room with a 39-28 advantage, but 14-3 Washburn battled back to take its first lead (53-52) on a 3-pointer from sophomore Tyler Nelson with 8:20 remaining.

    There were three lead chances and three ties the rest of the way until Washburn tied the game at 68 with 41 seconds remaining on a hoop from Geiman and scored the game-winning points on a layup from senior Jace Williams off a Geiman assist in the closing seconds.

  • Washburn rally comes up short against Griffons, 81-77

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn University's men's basketball team mounted spirited comebacks in both halves Thursday night against Missouri Western.

    But the fact that the 15th-ranked Ichabods spotted the Griffons a 16-point lead in the first half and an 18-point advantage in the second half ended up costing Washburn in an 81-77 MIAA loss at Lee Arena.

    "We just got off to such slow starts both halves,'' Washburn coach Brett Ballard said. "Then you try to come back against a good team and didn't have quite enough time.

    "I liked how we fought back, but we've got to get off to better starts.''

    JalenLewisWesternJunior Jalen Lewis scored 15 points for Washburn in Thursday's 81-77 Ichabod loss to Missouri Western. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • No. 15 Washburn men get chance to avenge earlier loss to Griffons

    Rick Peterson

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    The 15th-ranked Washburn University men’s basketball team will get a second shot at Missouri Western Thursday night, with the Ichabods hosting the Griffons in a 7:30 MIAA tilt at Lee Arena.

    After winning its first eight games of the season, Washburn suffered its first loss on Jan. 9 against the Griffons, dropping a 74-67 road decision.

    The Ichabods will take a 14-3 record (overall and the MIAA) into Thursday’s rematch while Missouri Western is 10-8.

    Washburn has won its last three games, including a 70-68 road win at Central Missouri last Saturday, while Missouri Western has won two straight games, snapping a seven-game losing streak with an 82-81 win over Pittsburg State and then topping Newman 86-75 on Tuesday.

    Washburn will be aiming to snap a three-game losing streak against the Griffons.

    TylerGeimanRogersStateactionenior Tyler Geiman and the Washburn men's basketball team will be out to avenge an earlier loss to Missouri Western Thursday night at Lee Arena. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • Special player, special accomplishment! Geiman notches WU's first triple-double in Ichabods' 88-73 romp

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn University senior star point guard Tyler Geiman got the word in the second half of Tuesday's game against Northeastern State that he had a chance for the first triple-double in the Ichabods' proud men's basketball history.

    But Geiman didn't try to do anything special to try to etch his name in Washburn's record book. He just did what he had been doing all night and, really, for his whole career.

    "With like 10 minutes to go I went to the bench and one of my coaches was like, 'Hey, you're going to get one more shot and you need two assists,' so I went in and kind of did what we normally do, go make plays and people hit shots and it worked out,'' Geiman said after finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Ichabods' 88-73 MIAA romp at Lee Arena.

    "We were just playing and doing what we do.''

    TylerGeimantriple doubleTyler Geiman notched the first triple-double in Washburn history in Tuesday's 88-73 win over Northeastern State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Washburn women top Bearcats for second straight win

    Rick Peterson

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    After scoring just 13 points of Saturday's MIAA game against Northwest Missouri, Washburn women's basketball team didn't exacly singe the nets in the second half, but the Ichabods' 28-16 second-half scoring edge was enough to pull out a 41-38 victory at Lee Arena.

    The Ichabods improved to 9-10 overall and in the MIAA while the Bearcats fell to 7-12.

    Aubree DeweyAubree Dewey contributed 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in Washburn's 41-38 MIAA win over Northwest Missouri. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • No. 3 Bearcats outlast No. 15 Ichabods in OT, 88-85

    Rick Peterson

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    For the second time in two meetings No. 15 Washburn and No. 3 Northwest Missouri needed overtime to decide a winner, with the Bearcats topping the Ichabods 88-85 at Lee Arena to split the regular-season series.

    In a game that saw 17 lead changes and 15 ties, the Bearcats hit 9 of 10 free throws in the OT to seal the win.

    The Bearcats went up by 5 in overtime but Washburn cut its deficit to 86-85 with 9 seconds to play. Then, after a pair of free throws by Northwest, a 3-point attempt by the Ichabods from the corner rimmed out as the Bearcats held on for the win.

    TylerNelsonSophomore Tyler Nelson scored 18 points in Washburn's 88-85 OT loss to No. 3 Northwest Missouri Saturday. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • WU women set for 31st straight appearance in MIAA Tournament

    Rick Peterson

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    Coming off arguably its biggest win of the season, Washburn’s women’s basketball team will open its bid in the MIAA Tournament Wednesday night at Central Missouri.

    The Ichabods, who are making their 31st-straight appearance in the MIAA Tournament, are the No. 7 seed and will face the No. 2-seeded Jennies in a 6 p.m. contest.

    Washburn, 11-11 on the season, is coming off a 74-64 home win over Emporia State while the Jennies are coming off a 79-45 win over Lincoln, improving to 19-3 on the season.

    Central Missouri is the defending MIAA Tournament champ.

    Senior Huntley Bentley averages a team-high 15.5 points for the Ichabods, while also averaging 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals.

    HunterBentleyactionHunter Bentley leads Washburn into Wednesday's MIAA Tournament opener at Central Missouri. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • Ichabods set to host Washburn Invitational softball

    Rick Peterson

    By RICK PETERSON

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    The Washburn University softball team will be in action for the first time in three weeks and for the first time in Topeka since nearly a year when the Ichabods host the Washburn Invitational presented by the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel Friday through Sunday.

    The Ichabods will play five games in an event that will include 12 other schools -- four from the MIAA, four from the Great Lakes Valley Conference and four from the NCIC.

    Games are scheduled to be played at Gahnstrom Field on the Washburn campus as well as Hummer Sports Park. The Lake Shawnee Complex could also be used if wet weather comes into play.

    Washburn is scheduled to play one game on Friday and two on Saturday and Sunday, with all of the Ichabods game at Gahnstrom Field.

    Washburn, which has not played at home since March 7, 2020, enters the weekend 2-2 after its first action of the season at the Lubbock Christian Invitational Feb. 5-6.

    RaegenHammactionPitcher Raegen Hamm and the Ichabod softball team will host the Washburn Invitational Friday through Sunday. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • Ichabod men looking to bounce back from nail-biting losses, WU women on road at Northwest Tuesday

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn’s men’s basketball team will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses for the first time this season when the 15th-ranked Ichabods host Northeastern State in a 6 p.m. MIAA contest at Lee Arena.

    The Ichabods (14-5 overall and in the MIAA) are coming off an 88-85 overtime loss to No. 3 Northwest Missouri on Saturday after dropping an 81-77 loss to Missouri Western last Thursday.

    TylerGeimanmugTyler Geiman

    The RiverHawks are 4-15 after sweeping a home-and-home series with Central Oklahoma.

  • Side by side: Bond between WU alums Wilhoite, Hastings continues with NFL coaching jumps

    Rick Peterson

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    When Highland Park graduate Michael Wilhoite and Wichita native Joe Hastings arrived on Washburn University's campus in 2005 they became fast friends.

    That bond has continued ever since, from standout careers for Craig Schurig's Ichabods to playing together for the San Francisco 49ers to becoming coaches in the NFL -- Wilhoite with the Los Angeles Chargers after a two-year stint with the New Orleans Saints and Hastings a recent addition to the Indianapolis Colts' staff.

    "Those two really have a neat story together,'' Schurig said. "Their careers are almost mirror images with all the ups and downs they've had and even their playing career here was so similar. Their work ethic, their drive, their communication, just about everything you could imagine they've done it almost side by side and not on purpose, it just happened that way. It's just really cool.''

    MichaelWilhoiteFormer Washburn standout Michael Wilhoite went to play six seasons in the NFL and was recently named linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Wilhoite, who played linebacker and special teams for six years in the NFL for the 49ers and Seahawks before launching his coaching career, said he's extremely thankful for his friendship with Hastings.

    "I thnk that's obviously God and that's just us loving each other,'' said Wilhoite, who was recently named linebackers coach for the Chargers. "One thing about us both is we always do things with the right intentions, I think, and we always try to be the best that we can be individually and I think we always want the people around us to be the best they can be. So we'll always travel in similar circles with similar people and accomplish similar things because we both have the same mindset.''

    JoeHastingsactionJoe Hastings, former star receiver at Washburn, was recently named to the Indianapolis Colts' coaching staff as special teams assistant. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

  • WU men roar back to top Emporia State, 73-70

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn University's men's basketball team tuned up for the MIAA tournament with a big comeback, rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit to take a 73-70 Senior Day win over Emporia State Saturday at Lee Arena.

    The Ichabods finished the regular season with a 16-6 record and will host Rogers State in the MIAA Quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Arena.
     
    Emporia State (11-11) used a 22-8 run to take a commanding 39-25 lead, but Washburn used an 8-0 run to cut its deficit to 6 points with 16:18 left.

    With under five minutes remaining, the Ichabods went on another 8-0 run to take their first lead of the second half (65-63) on a dunk by Jace Williams with 2:30 left on the clock.

    The Hornets tied it up at 65, but Washburn regained the lead for good just 15 seconds later as junior Jalen Lewis hit a 3-point shot with 2:02 left.

    TylerGeimantriple doubleTyler Geiman led Washburn with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the Ichabods' 73-70 win over Emporia State Saturday. [File photo/Courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Lewis had 13 points and was 4 of 7 from 3-point range and Jonny Clausing added 12 points.

    With Saturday's win Washburn equaled its win total from the 2019-20 season.
     
    The Ichabods recognized Will McKee and Williams on Senior Day

    Jumah'Ri Turner led the Hornets with 24 points, while Austin Downing had a team-high eight assists.

    WASHBURN MEN 73, EMPORIA STATE 70 

    Emporia State 39 31 -- 70 

    Washburn 25 48 -- 73 

    EMPORIA STATE (11-11) 

    Fort 3-8 0-0 8, Buom 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey 0-4 0-0 0, Turner 9-18 4-4 24, Downing 6-13 4-6 18, Kong 1-2 0-1 3, McGuire 7-7 1-6 17. Totals 26-53 9-17 70. 

    WASHBURN (16-6) 

    McKee 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 3-3 0-1 6, Geiman 10-19 4-7 26, Nelson 2-10 5-6 10, Lewis 4-8 1-2 13, Deffebaugh 2-4 0-1 4, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Clausing 5-7 2-6 12, Braun 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 12-23 73. 

    3-point goals -- Emporia State 9 (Turner 2, Downing 2, Fort 2, McGuire 2, Kong), Washburn 7 (Lewis 4, Geiman 2, Nelson). Rebounds -- Emporia State 34 (Bailey 8), Washburn 33 (Geiman 8). Assists -- Emporia State 14 (Downing 8),  Washburn 9 (Geiman 5). Turnovers -- Emporia State 9; Washburn 6.  Fouled out -- Bailey. 

  • Offensive dry spells doom Ichabods in losses at Missouri Southern

    Rick Peterson

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    The Washburn men’s basketball team went cold late, dropping an 89-80 road MIAA decision at Missouri Southern State.

    Sophomore Tyler Nelson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Ichabods and senior Tyler Geiman had 21 points and 6 assists, but WU was unable to hold off the Lions. 

    Washburn (15-6, 15-6) led 47-44 at halftime after the game was tied nine times in the half.

  • No. 2 seed Washburn men to open MIAA tourney at home against Rogers State

    Rick Peterson

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    The No. 25-ranked Washburn men's basketball team will open postseason at Lee Arena, hosting Rogers State in a 6 p.m. MIAA Tournament quarterfinal contest.

    Washburn, 16-6 overall and in the MIAA, is coming off a 73-70 comeback win over Emporia State last Saturday, rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit, while Rogers State (11-11, 11-11) suffered a 78-76 MIAA loss at Northeastern State on Saturday.

    The Ichabods swept the two regular-season meetings against the Hillcats winning 81-74 on Dec. 12 in Claremore, Okla. and taking an 88-77 home victory on Feb. 4.

    The Ichabods have never faced the Hillcats in the conference tournament.

    Senior Tyler Geiman leads WU in scoring (21 point per fame),  assists (6.2 average), rebounds (6.5 average), steals (1.7 average) and minutes (36.3 per game).

    Junior Jalen Lewis is averaging 12.5 points and has hit 54 of 110 3-point attempts while sophomore Tyler Nelson averages 11.4 points and junior Jonny Clausing 9.9 points and 4 rebounds.

    TylerGeimanmugTyler Geiman

  • WU women shock No. 15-ranked Jennies, advance to MIAA semifinals

    Rick Peterson

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    The Washburn University women's basketball team ended the second quarter with a 13-3 scoring run to take the lead and never looked back as the No. 7-seeded Ichabods upset No. 2 seed and No. 15-ranked Central Missouri 63-55 Wednesday night on the road in the MIAA Tournament quarterfinals.

    The Ichabods, who improved to 12-11, will travel to Hays to take on No. 3 seed Nebraska-Kearney in an MIAA semifinal at 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

    Senior Hunter Bentley, a second-team All-MIAA selection, hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute and a half of the first quarter to keep the game within two points (10-8) in favor of the Jennies.

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  • Ichabod men roll to MIAA title game, 101-72 over Griffons

    Rick Peterson

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    Two of Washburn University's six regular-season men's basketball losses came at the hands of Missouri Western, but Brett Ballard's Ichabods took no chances of that happening a third time, going wire to wire for a 101-72 romp past the Griffons in the MIAA Tournament semifinals Friday night at Maryville, Mo.

    With the victory the 18-6 Ichabods advanced to the 6 p.m. championship game Saturday against 23-1 Northwest Missouri on the Bearcats' home court. Northwest Missouri, whose lone loss on the year came against Washburn, advanced to the championship game with a 104-72 win over Central Oklahoma.

    Washburn rode 9-0 and 18-0 first-half runs to a commanding 57-29 cushion over Missouri Western and never looked back, leading by as many as 35 points in the second half.

    “We played terrific,” Washburn coach Brett Ballard told KTPK radio. “The first couple of times we played them I thought they were the more aggressive team, so we really tried to emphasize to our guys that we wanted to come out and attack them and we were really good that first 20 minutes. I thought our guys executed at a high level.

    "Everybody was good, and certainly when you score 57 points in a half, there's a lot of things going well.''

    Junior Jalen Lewis finished with a career-high 29 points while connecting on 6 of 9 3-point attempts. Senior Tyler Geiman backed Lewis with 21 points and a huge 12 assists while junior Jonny Clausing added 16 points as WU 62 percent from the field (38 of 62) with 14 3-pointers.

     Jalen Lewis scored a career-high 29 points as Washburn advanced to the MIAA Tournament title game with a 101-72 romp past Missouri Western. [File photograph from Rex Wolf/TSN]Jalen Lewis scored a career-high 29 points as Washburn advanced to the MIAA Tournament title game with a 101-72 romp past Missouri Western. [File photograph from Rex Wolf/TSN]

  • WU's season ends in MIAA women's semifinals, Ichabods finish 12-12

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn's women's basketball team was looking for a second straight MIAA Tournament upset in Saturday's semifinals and, for a while anyway, the Ichabods' chances looked promising.

    But after trailing the Ichabods by 4 points after the first quarter and leading by just a point at the half, No. 14-ranked Nebraska-Kearney took control with a 24-9 third quarter en route to a 59-40 victory at Hays, ending Washburn's season at 12-12.

    The No. 3 seed Lopers (21-3) advanced to Sunday's championship game against top seed and No. 5-ranked Fort Hays State.

  • Gamble powers Washburn women past Hornets, 74-64

    Rick Peterson

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    Freshman Mackenzie Gamble turned in a breakout performance Saturday afternoon as Washburn's women's basketball team avenged an earlier loss with a 74-64 MIAA win over Emporia State at Lee Arena.

    Gamble led the 11-11 Ichabods with a career-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers. 

    GambleWashburn freshman Mackenzie Gamble scored 22 points with six 3-pointers in Washburn's 74-64 MIAA win over Emporia State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

    Washburn and Emporia State (17-5) were tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, but the Ichabods used a 15-8 second quarter to take a 28-21 advantage to the locker room at halftime.

    The Ichabods then opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run, building a 38-21 lead before the Hornets got on the board at the 6:12 mark.

    Washburn eventually built its lead to 19 points (54-35) and fought through a late Emporia State rally to hold on for the double-digit win.

    Hunter Bentley backed Gamble with 13 points while Macy Doebele added 12 and Nuria Barrientos and Lauren Cassaday scored 10 points apiece.

    The Ichabods will travel to second-seeded Central Missouri on Wednesday for a quarterfinal game in the MIAA tournament. 

    Tre'Zure Jobe totaled a game-high 23 points for Emporia State, while Fredricka Sheats recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

    WASHBURN WOMEN 74, EMPORIA STATE 64 

    Emporia State 13 8 14 29 -- 64 

    Washburn 13 15 26 20 -- 74 

    EMPORIA STATE (17-5, 17-5) 

    Handy 1-9 4-4 6, Jobe 9-20 3-4 23, Sheats 5-11 0-0 12, Schultz 2-11 1-3 5 Hartman 5-9 0-0 12, Weathers 1-2 2-2 5, Tinner 0-2 1-2 1, Hooper 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 11-15 64. 

    WASHBURN (11-11) 

    Gamble 8-16 0-0 22, Dewey 1-4 0-0 3, Bentley 4-10 2-2 13, Barrientos 4-7 2-2 10, Doebele 4-6 4-4 12, Cassaday 4-5 2-3 10, Narber 1-9 2-4 4, Willey 0-1 0-0 0, Tanking 0-1 0-0 0, Galtczak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 12-15 74. 

    3-point goals -- Emporia State 7 (Jobe 2, Sheats 2, Hartman 2, Weathers), Washburn 10 (Gamble 6, Bentley 3, Dewey). Rebounds -- Emporia State 35 (Sheats 11); Washburn 43 (Barrientos 8, Doebele 8). Assists -- Emporia State 7 (Three with 2); Washburn 21 (Gamble 4, Narber 4). Turnovers -- Emporia State 11; Washburn 16.  Fouled out -- none. 

  • Ichabods' Hunter Bentley, Nuria Barrientos earn All-MIAA recognition

    Rick Peterson

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    Washburn University senior women's basketball standout Hunter Bentley has earned All-MIAA recognition for the third time in her career, earning a second-team spot on the all-conference team released Tueday.

    Bentley's teammate, junior Nuria Barrientos, received All-MIAA honorable mention in her first season at Washburn.

    Bentley, a former Bishop Miege star, averages 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds for the 11-11 Ichabods while shooting 90.1 percent from the free throw line.

    HunterBentleyactionWashburn senior Hunter Bentley has earned second-team All-MIAA honors.

    Bentley has cracked double figures in all but three games and has finished with 20 or more points in seven contests.

    On Jan. 23, Bentley became the 24th player in Washburn program history to eclipse 1,000 career points and she currently sits No. 12 on the all-time list with 1,178 points.

    Barrientos has averaged 10.6 points and 8 rebounds for Washburn this season after transferring from Idaho State. 

    Barrientos has recorded seven double-doubles this season, which ranks second in the MIAA.

    Emporia State sophomore Tre'Zure Jobe was selected by conference coaches as the player of the year.

    Washburn opens postseason Wednesday night, traveling to Central Missouri for a quarterfinal contest in the MIAA Tournament.

    ALL-MIAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

    First team

    Nija Collier, sr., Central Missouri; Jaden Hobbs, sr., Fort Hays State; Tre'Zure Jobe, so., Emporia State; Kelsey Johnson, sr., Central Oklahoma; Whitney Randall, sr., Fort Hays State.

    Second team

    Elisa Backes, jr., Nebraska-Kearney; Hunter Bentley, sr., Washburn; Kaylee Damitz, jr., Pittsburg State; Tristan Gegg, jr., Pittsburg State; Olivia Nelson, fr., Central Missouri.

    Third team

    Brooke Carlson, jr., Nebraska-Kearney; Gracyen Holden, fr., Central Missouri; Fredricka Sheats, sr., Emporia State; Haley Simental, sr., Nebraska-Kearney; Carley Turnbull, sr., Missouri Southern

    Honorable mention

    Central Missouri: Gigi McAtee, sr. Central Oklahoma: Jaci Little, so., Brooke Rayner, jr. Emporia State: Ehlaina Hartman, fr.; Karsen Schultz, jr. Fort Hays State: Cydney Bergmann, jr., Olivia Hollenbeck, fr. Lincoln: Niyah Jackson, so. Missouri Southern: Madi Stokes, so. Nebraksa-Kearney: Klaire Kirsch, jr. Northeastern State: Zaria Collins, so.; Cenia Hayes, sr. Northwest Missouri: Molly Hartnett, fr.; Mallory McConkey, sr. Rogers State: Samariah Thompson, jr. Washburn: Nuria Barrientos, jr.

    ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

    Cydney Bergmann, jr., Fort Hays State; Tre'Zure Jobe, so., Emporia State; Brooke Rayner, jr., Central Oklahoma; Kelsey Sanger, sr., Nebraska-Kearney; Madi Stokes, so., Missouri Southern; Morgan VanHyfte, sr., Central Missouri.

    Player of the year — Tre'Zure Jobe, Emporia State

    Defensive player of the year — Morgan VanHyfte, Central Missouri

    Freshman of the year — Molly Hartnett, Northwest Missouri

    Coach of the year — Tony Hobson, Fort Hays State








  • Ichabod men romp past Rogers State into MIAA Tournament semis

    Rick Peterson

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    The Washburn Ichabods opened the 2021 MIAA Basketball Championships in impressive fashion, rolling to a 78-59 quarterfinal win over Rogers State Wednesday night in Lee Arena.

    With the victory the 17-6 Ichabods advanced to face Missouri Western in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal Friday in Maryville, Mo.

    TylerGeimanRogersStateactionTyler Geiman had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists Wednesday as Washburn advanced to the MIAA tournament semis with an 78-59 win over Rogers State. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]
     
    The Ichabods trailed 3-2 for a total of 16 seconds before jumping out to a 14-8 lead after hitting 3 of their first 4  3-pointers of the game.

    After the Hillcats (11-12) trimmed the lead back to 4 points with 8:09 left in the first half, Washburn used a 16-9 scoring edge to build a 38-27 halftime advantage.
     
    The Ichabods began the second half with a 13-0 run to go in front 51-27 and led by as many as 28 points (57-29) with 14:49 to go
     
    Two-time All-MIAA first-teamer Tyler Geiman led all scorers with 22 points (9 of 12 from the field) and added 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tyler Nelson and Jalen Lewis both added 16 points and Connor Deffebaugh had 10 off the bench.

    TylerNelsonRogersStateactionTyler Nelson scored 16 points for Washburn in the Ichabods' 78-59 MIAA tournament win over Rogers State Wednesday night. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]
     
    Brewster Peacock, Devin Pullum and Destin Eke each scored 10 points each to lead the Hillcats.

    Missouri Western earned its spot in the tournament semifinals with an 84-76 overtime win over Lincoln.
     

     

  • A1 Key Performers January 11, 2021

    Rick Peterson, TNS Sports Reporter

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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.


  • Bentley, Ichabod women itching to get back in action

    By RICK PETERSON
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    The good news is that Washburn University's women's basketball team will play again, and all WU coach Ron McHenry and the Ichabod players can do is be ready for that day after a frustrating string of three straight postponed games.

  • No. 5 Ichabods set for MIAA showdown with No. 1 Bearcats

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Washburn men’s basketball team won last Saturday at Northeastern State despite not being at its best, rallying from a 12-point deficit in the second half to pull out an 85-84 overtime MIAA victory over the Riverhawks.

    But Ichabod coach Brett Ballard knows that anything less than WU’s ‘A’ game probably won’t be enough for the No. 5-ranked Ichabods to have a chance to knock off top-ranked Northwest Missouri in Thursday’s 6 p.m. MIAA contest at Maryville, Mo.

    "We'll have to play a lot better,'' Ballard said Wednesday. "If we play like we did Saturday it will get ugly.''

  • Head still on mend, but knows his Wildcats are in good hands

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News writer.

    By RICK PETERSON
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    It's still going to be a while before Hayden boys basketball coach Torrey Head is cleared to return to the bench after a scary fall that left him with nine fractured vertebrae in his back.

    But while the veteran coach is eager to get back to his team, he also feels completely secure that the Wildcats are being well-taken care of while he continues his recovery.

    Head, who operates Head Chimney Service with his brother, Murray, fell approximately 10 feet off a roof in late November, the first time Torrey had suffered a significant injury in more than a decade in the business.

    "The bottom of the ladder slid out and I took a tumble,'' said Head, who had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance, but is expected to make a complete recovery.

  • No. 5-ranked Ichabods set for return at Northeastern

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
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    Washburn University’s men’s basketball team has a lot to feel good about as the Ichabods prepare to open the 2021 portion of their schedule.

    The Ichabods are a perfect 6-0 in the always-tough Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and have climbed to No. 5 in the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, the Ichabods’ highest ranking since being ranked No. 2 in the 2012-13 season.

    Washburn senior Tyler Geiman (12) is averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebound for the 6-0 Ichabods, ranked No. 5 in Division II. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]Washburn senior Tyler Geiman (12) is averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebound for the 6-0 Ichabods, ranked No. 5 in Division II. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

    But while Washburn coach Brett Ballard, whose team is scheduled to return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northeastern State (Okla.), is proud of what his team has accomplished thus far, he may be just as proud of the attitude the Ichabods have displayed throughout their early-season success.

  • WU survives 85-84 in OT, improves to 7-0

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    Washburn men's basketball coach Brett Ballard isn't exactly sure how his No. 5-ranked Ichabods came out of Saturday's game at Northeastern State with a victory.

    But Washburn did just that, battling back from a 12-point second-half deficit to take an 85-84 overtime decision over the Riverhawks at the NSU Events Center in Tahlequah, Okla. and improve to 7-0 overall and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

    TylerGeimanWashburn senior guard Tyler Geiman scored a career-high 29 points in the Ichabods' 85-84 OT win at Northeastern State. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

  • WU’s McHenry hoping to put pain behind him

    Ron McHenryWashburn women’s basketball coach Ron McHenry is on the road to recovery after undergoing back surgery in October. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    It’s been a long time since veteran Washburn women’s basketball coach Ron McHenry can remember not being in pain. But after undergoing back fusion surgery earlier this fall, McHenry is hopeful that playing hurt will soon be a thing of the past.

    “I had the surgery Oct. 21st, so I’m a couple of months out now and I’m doing fine,’’ McHenry said.

    In recent seasons it became increasingly evident that McHenry, who entered his 21st season as the Ichabods’ head coach with a 464-152 record, was struggling to get around.

  • Ichabods’ Barrientos: From Spain with game

    Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

    By RICK PETERSON
    TopSports.news

    When Nuria Barrientos, a native of Barcelona, Spain, first arrived in the United States to play for Division I Idaho State she had major adjustments to make both on and off the basketball court.

    Nuria Barrientos, a native of Barcelona, Spain, started all of Washburn’s first five games, averaging 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]Washburn junior guard Nuria Barrientos is averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in her first season with the Ichabods. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

    But her second move, joining Washburn's women's basketball team this season, has gone much smoother.(