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City alums Larry White, Jake Patterson shine at NJCAA national tourneys



TOPEKA, Kan. – Last week was good for former city high school standouts at the junior college level.

Larry White became a national champion. Jake Patterson became an All-American.

White, who starred in both basketball and football at Topeka High, helped lead Coffeyville Community College to the NJCAA Division I national championship in Hutchinson on Saturday. The Red Ravens defeated Cowley County 108-99 in the championship game for the program’s first-ever national title.

White sealed the victory with a game-ending dunk, capping a night where he scored 11 points and added 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.

Patterson, a Shawnee Heights graduate, became the fourth T-Bird alum to earn All-American wrestling honors at the collegiate level. Wrestling for Cowley County at the NJCAA national championships, Patterson finished eighth at 157 pounds to earn his All-American status.

He joins Tanner Gardner, Aspen Kmiec and Nick Meck as T-Bird college All-Americans.


Topekans Ethan Burns and Logan Glinka each won their age divisions at the Pepsi Youth Championships, held Sunday at Gage Bowl.

Burns won the boys U18 division with a 3,542 grand total, posting a Sunday total of 2,122. He finished 135 pins ahead of Wichita’s Brandon Bonta, who was the Class 6A state champion this year.

Glinka was the boys U15 winner with a 3,211 grand total, winning by 38 pins over Braydon Bastin. Glinka had a 1,789 Sunday total but held on after taking a 175 pin lead into the day.

Burns earned an invitation to the Junior Golf Tournament to be held in July in Indianapolis.

Topekan Makenzie Millard was runner-up in the girls’ U18 division, finishing with a 3,240 grand total to finish 53 pins behind Wichita’s Dakota Lennen (3,293). Hannah Casto was fifth with a 2,956.

In the U15 division, Topekan Megan Wood was third with a 2,761 grand total, well behind winner Savannah Hsu of Wichita, who finished at 3,125.