Local athletes, legends honored at Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Eight of the area's best high school senior athletes were honored at the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday.

The sports council also inducted three new members to its Hall of Fame including Tanner Gardner, Bob Chipman and Gerald Christensen.

Gardner was a two-time undefeated state wrestling champion at Shawnee Heights High School before becoming a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Stanford. He went 80-0 in his junior and senior campaigns as a Thunderbird, and still holds Stanford's records for most career wins, most single-season wins and most single-season pins.

Chipman, still the MIAA's winningest coach with 569 wins, coached the men's basketball team at Washburn University for 38 years, retiring at the end of the 2016-17 season. He coached the Ichabods to the NAIA national championship in 1987, and to an NCAA national runner-up finish in 2001.

The late Christensen was the storied founder and head coach of the Topeka Thunderbolt Track Club for nearly four decades. He found the club in 1965, and coached many of the area's best track and field athletes to success at the Division I level. Christensen lost his battle with Alzheimer's in May of 2017.

Below are the winners of the high school awards, based on season then two chosen overall:

Fall
Matt Wolfe, Washburn Rural
Amanda Desch, Hayden

Winter
Zeke Metz, Seaman
Lydia Ostenson, Shawnee Heights

Spring
Michael Hoffer, Shawnee Heights
Lauren Mills, Seaman


Michael Hoffer, Shawnee Heights
Lydia Ostensen, Shawnee Heights

Most Inspirational Athlete
Jett Canfield, Hayden
Amanda Young, Hayden