Re-Launched in 2013
TopekaHoops began in 2005 to help promote high school basketball in Topeka, Kansas. The site focuses on writing features on players and teams as well as including photos and videos. In addition to keeping up with the current landscape of basketball in Topeka, the site will also keep track of former players with their endeavors in professional and college basketball.
TopekaHoops is an approved KSHSAA media outlet.
Topeka is the capital city of Kansas with a population of nearly 120,000 and is made up of seven high schools–Hayden, Highland Park, Seaman, Shawnee Heights, Topeka High, Topeka West, and Washburn Rural–which have combined for 32 state championships in boys basketball including eight since 2000.
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History of Topeka Basketball
A look at top teams and players
Basketball Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith (Topeka High, 1949), NBA draft picks Ted Evans (Topeka High, 1970) and James Patrick (Highland Park, 1976), current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon (Hayden, 1983), and former Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Kyle Weems (Highland Park, 2007) are among the notables who played high school basketball in Topeka.
Some of the other great basketball players from Topeka include: Fred Slaughter (Topeka High, 1960), Ron Paradis (Washburn Rural, 1962), Delvy Lewis (Washburn Rural, 1962), Tom Meier (Hayden, 1983), Danny Kingcannon (Highland Park, 1985), Tony Arrington (Topeka High, 1990), C.B. McGrath (Topeka West, 1994), Jay Tunnell (Topeka West, 2005), and Jeff Reid (Hayden, 2009).
In addition, a number of former Topeka basketball players have starred in other sports after high school including former Major League baseball players Ken Berry (Washburn Rural, 1959), Mike Torrez (Topeka High, 1964), and Jerad Head (Hayden, 2001), track and field Olympian Preston Carrington (Topeka High, 1967), professional bowler Chris Barnes (Topeka High, 1988), Super Bowl Champion Troy Wilson (Shawnee Heights, 1989), professional golfer Gary Woodland (Shawnee Heights, 2002), and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Mike Wilhoite (Highland Park, 2005).
Championship teams have also been synonymous with Topeka as five of the seven schools have won a state title and have combined to win 22 state championships including seven in the last 13 years.
The 2007 Highland Park team went 25-0 and is considered one of the best teams in state history winning 23 of its games by double digits with four players eventually playing at Division I schools. It was the first of three consecutive state titles for the Scots, who went 73-2 during that span.
The 1983 Hayden team was the first undefeated championship team from Topeka going 25-0. Hayden leads Topeka schools with seven state titles.
List of State Championships:
Hayden – 7 (1982, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2008)
Highland Park – 6 (1976, 1977, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Shawnee Heights – 5 (1988, 1989, 2000, 2002, 2017)
Topeka High – 3 (1932, 1973, 1986)
Washburn Rural – 2 (1982, 1985)
Guide to TopekaHoops
A look at the features
We are hoping that TopekaHoops is a positive experience for you and want you to be able to access the site with ease. The site contains feature articles, player profiles, player rankings, a composite schedule, videos, and links to other pertinent web sites.
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The feature articles will be divided into different categories, which can be viewed on the left-hand column. The different categories include Alumni, Events, Features, Girls, History, NBA, Rankings, and Videos.
Here is a look of the features of the site: