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Veteran group leads Mill Valley wrestling
December 2, 2017
For Mill Valley senior wrestlers Conner Ward and Jarrett Bendure, their individual goals for their final season with the Jaguars are simple. With Ward being a three-time state runner-up and Bendure taking third twice, the Mill Valley seniors wants to finish their respective high school careers on top. But that’s only part of the plan for Ward and Bendure. The dynamic duo believes that the Jaguars have what it takes as a team to win it all after finishing fourth at the Class 5A state tournament last season.
SJA wrestling welcomes large freshman class
December 2, 2017
Replacing state champions is nothing new for the St. James wrestling team. The Thunder will be presented with that challenge once again as they look to fill the voids left by Clay Lautt and Sammy Cokeley, but a young group of St. James wrestlers are ready to step up and contribute.
De Soto wrestling looks for underclassmen to step up
December 2, 2017
Between graduating four of its five state qualifiers from last year and having a group of kids get a late start with practice while playing for the football team, there has been a lot of youth in the wrestling room for the De Soto wrestling squad. While his team lacks experience, De Soto coach Shannon Sawner said the Wildcats have not lacked on effort during the first few weeks of practice. The Wildcats kicked off their season on Friday at the Spring Hill Duals. De Soto defeated Sumner, and fell to Basehor-Linwood, Chanute, Santa Fe Trail and Holton.
Numbers, expectations rise for SMNW wrestling
December 2, 2017
Christmas came about six weeks early this year for Shawnee Mission Northwest wrestling coach Howard Newcomb. Over the past couple of years, Newcomb has had some top-tier wrestlers and a number of guys who have progressed over the season, but his squads haven’t had much depth. So when nearly 50 kids showed up to the first day of practice, Newcomb was excited to say the least.
SMN wrestling light on numbers, heavy on experience
December 2, 2017
While the Shawnee Mission North wrestling team is low on numbers this season with 17 grapplers, coach Tom Peterman is encouraged about the talent that he has in his close-knit squad. Sophomore Aidan Randall, junior Jeffrey Downey and senior Tanner Willmon all return as state qualifiers from last year, and senior Alonso Salgado is also back as a two-time state qualifier.
Specht sparks SMNW boys hoops in win over Mill Valley
December 2, 2017
In his first varsity start, Shawnee Mission Northwest senior George Specht didn’t waste much time in establishing the tempo in the Cougars’ 60-46 season-opening win over Mill Valley on Friday. Specht frequently jumped out in the passing lanes and corralled long rebounds to lead the Cougars to transition layups, and ended the night with a game-high 22 points. Cooper Kaifes led Mill Valley with 18 points.
Basketball roundup: De Soto girls, St. James boys win season openers
December 2, 2017
De Soto sophomore Mackenzie Shupe led all scorers with 26 points in Wildcats’ 60-48 win over Shawnee Heights on Friday. Mariah Grizzle added 21 points for the Wildcats. The De Soto boys team jumped on the defending 5A state champion T-Birds for 51 points in the first half, but the Wildcats fell to Shawnee Heights, 83-78, in overtime. Levi Hansen and Exavier Jackson scored 18 points apiece. The St. James Academy boys squad won its season opener over Wyandotte, 69-51, behind eight 3-pointers from Jack Moellers. The St. James sophomore led the Thunder with 26 points.