Top Prep Performances of the Week (Sept. 7-11)

Greg Mast
The Ottawa Herald

These are the gold medal performances of the week (Sept. 7-11).


Taryn Compton, CH cross country

Compton led a pack of five Vikings in third place at Lyndon. She has been a consistent top-five finisher throughout her career. She led the Vikings to a second place finish.

Emma Cubit, CH cross country

Cubit is just beginning to get her cross country legs after an injury kept her out of competition for her freshman season. She had her best race of her career, finishing fifth with a personal-best time.

“She led the way in a pack with two teammates and broke away at the end to conclude a fifth, sixth and seventh place finish for the three while setting a personal best of 23:10 in the process,” Central Heights coach Troy Prosser said.

Melaney Chrisjohn, CH cross country

Chrisjohn is another young runner feeling her way through how to race in cross country. She is learning fast and the results are showing. She was sixth just behind Cubit with a personal-best time. 

Lily Meyer, CH cross country

Meyer gives the Vikings leadership in so many ways. She has always been a stalwart for the Vikings and gave them another solid race. She finished seventh.

Connor Burkdoll, CH cross country

Burkdoll has two top-five finishes to start his high school career. He finished fourth at Lyndon with a personal-best time. He paced the boys to a fourth-place team finish.

Cody Hammond, CH cross country

Hammond gives the Vikings two solid freshmen performers capable of top races in each meet. He finished 10th with a personal-best time.

Erin Smith, OHS golf

Smith led the Cyclones at the Wamego Invitational. She tool 12th with a 51 as the Cyclones finished sixth as a team.


Allison Swank, West Franklin volleyball

Swank came alive in the second match against Council Grove to guide the Falcons to a split. Swank had a team-best 13 kills and had four blocks.

“She was on fire,” West Franklin coach Melissa Harms said. “Every little thing she got excited for and really lit a fire for our teammates. That started to rub off onto each other and we just started to take off from there. Her leadership and energy is really what helped us win that second match.”

Adelle Higbie, West Franklin volleyball

The sophomore had her best night of her season and career. She finished with 8 kills, 17 digs, 2 aces, and a serve-receive average of 2.2.

Baylee Dillard, West Franklin volleyball

Dillard’s all-around floor game shined through to lift the Falcons to their win. She had 8 aces, 17 digs, and 32 set assists. 

‘She went on a really big serving run in the second match that put us in a great position to win that match,” Harms said.

Juan Diego Ortiz, OHS soccer

Ortiz opened the 2021 season on fire. He netted four goals for the Ottawa High School soccer team in the Cyclones’ 11-1 win.

“He scored four goals in less than 40 minutes,” Ottawa coach Roland Jaworski said. “He was very active on the field and made really great runs and finished really well.”

Josue Navarro, OHS soccer

Navarro was offensive minded for the Cyclones soccer team. He fired in two goals in the team’s season-opening win.

Kelsey Johnson, Wellsville golf

Johnson had a top-10 finish Tuesday in the West Franklin Invitational. She was 10th with a 62 in the nine-hole tournament.

Emery Keebaugh, OHS volleyball 

Keebaugh turned in another solid all-around night with 14 kills, 2 blocks and10 digs in the Cyclones’ losses to Heritage Christian and De Soto.

Sofia Ficken, OHS volleyball

Ficken continues to shine in her senior season. She finished with 14 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks and 12 digs in the two matches.