The Blue Streak

  • January 19Topeka Sizzlers Basketball, Activity Center; 7 - 10 pm

  • January 19V Boys Basketball @ Basehor-Linwood Mid-Season Tournament

  • January 19Dancin' Blues @ Miss Kansas Dance Competition, Olathe South; 9 am

  • January 18V Boys Basketball @ Basehor-Linwood Mid-Season Tournament; 4:30 pm

  • January 18Girls Basketball v Junction City, Activity Center; 4:30 - 10 pm

Student section supports teams at home games

Student section supports teams at home games

Drew Galloway, Online Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Sports

Every team needs that extra boost from the crowd to keep them going. In College Football and in the NFL, Texas A&M and the Seattle Seahawks have made the “12th man” a popular saying about their fans. This year at Washburn Rural, the home crowd has given the sports teams an advantage. As of Feb. ...

Students fill out brackets for NCAA tournament

Students fill out brackets for NCAA tournament

Drew Galloway, Online Editor

March 28, 2017


Filed under Sports

The calendar has flipped over to March which means one thing in the sports world: the NCAA basketball tournament. The first ever NCAA tournament took place in 1939 where the Oregon Webfoots defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes. This season, the Kansas Jayhawks and North Carolina Tar Heels are the co-favor...

Siblings create sports memories together

Siblings create sports memories together

March 2, 2017


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Having siblings can make a huge impact on a person’s life from the clothes that they wear or the music they listen to. It can also affect what sports they play. There are many siblings who play sports together at Washburn Rural. Football, boys basketball, boys dive, girls tennis and track all have...

Luke Gerhardt finds happiness managing Topeka Roadrunners

Luke Gerhardt finds happiness managing Topeka Roadrunners

Danielle Pancoast, Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The Special Education program at Washburn Rural has worked to provide many opportunities for the students with special needs. While these students can get involved in many activities with the school, such as Capernaum and Unified Sports, Luke Gerhardt wanted to expand his horizons and get involved in ac...

Wrestling team places second at League

Wrestling team places second at League

Danielle Pancoast, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Wrestling

On Feb. 4, the wrestling team finished second at the League tournament. The team took home three individual League titles, two second places and three third place finishes. Freshman Gavin Carter was named the League’s top newcomer. Head wrestling coach Damon Parker said he was impressed by their performance at Lea...

Intramural basketball begins season

Intramural basketball begins season

Danielle Pancoast, Writer

February 1, 2017


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Social studies teacher Brian Hensyel has been in charge of the intramural basketball program for a year and is looking forward to his second season. “Essentially, I did it last year because there were a lot of students that wanted to play and the previous sponsor, [social studies teacher Sandy] Hardesty...

Powerlifting begins their season

Powerlifting begins their season

Megan Spangler, Writer

January 31, 2017


Filed under Sports

The powerlifting team at Washburn Rural is about to start their 2017 season. Coming off a successful year in 2016, the powerlifting team is expected to do great things yet again. For powerlifting coach Tyler Pfizenmaier, last year’s team was the  highest turnout of Washburn Rural competitors in his career. This y...

Boys swim/dive team finish second at Lawrence Free State

Boys swim/dive team finish second at Lawrence Free State

Brittney Wilson, Writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Boys Swim/Dive

The boys swim and dive team placed second in a meet at Lawrence Free State on Jan. 12. Junior Tarrin Fisher was one of the top athletes at the meet as he placed first in the 100-yard breastroke and second in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior diver Connor Cox placed second in the 1-meter diving competitio...

Coaches, players participate in game to raise funds for cancer research

Coaches, players participate in game to raise funds for cancer research

Drew Galloway, Online Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Cancer is a six-letter word that can flip someone’s whole world upside down. The scariest part of cancer is that it does not discriminate. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 39.6 percent of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes. On Jan. 13, the Wa...

Students expierence journey of recruitment for college sports

Students expierence journey of recruitment for college sports

Drew Galloway, Writer

December 16, 2016


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According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, there were 7,807,047 high school athletes in the 2014-2015 school year. However, only 480,000 high school athletes go on to play a collegiate sport. Students at Washburn Rural have defied the odds. Seniors Zach Ebert and Kate Schr...

Winter sports coaches set expectations for athletes

Winter sports coaches set expectations for athletes

Drew Galloway, Writer

December 16, 2016


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High school athletes have expectations, not only from the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), but some coaches have character and grade expectations for their players.    KSHSAA’s policy requires that students participating in activities must earn at least 2.5 credits of unit weight in  fi...

Wrestling tops second ranked team in state

Wrestling tops second ranked team in state

Danielle Pancoast, Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Wrestling

The wrestling team kicked off their season on Dec. 1 with a win against Manhattan, the No. 2 ranked team in the state. “We’ve said since day one we will not bow to any man or any program," head coach Damon Parker said. "We don't focus on the ranking next to an opponent’s name. We focus ...

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