Sports

Mill Valley tumbles to Aquinas in 5A sub-state title game
November 18, 2017
After defeating St. Thomas Aquinas the last two years in the Class 5A sub-state championship game, the Mill Valley football team’s quest for a third straight state title was put to an end by the Saints on Friday. The 55-21 loss to the Saints marked the end of a 7-5 campaign for the Jaguars. Aquinas will take on Bishop Carroll in a rematch of the 2014 state title game.
De Soto football falls to Miege in 4A-I sub-state championship game
November 18, 2017
De Soto surged out to a 10-point lead against Class 4A-I three-time defending state champion Bishop Miege, but the Stags struck back with 28 unanswered points to close out the first half en route to a 56-24 victory over the Wildcats on Friday in the state semifinals.
Two Shawnee area football players announced as semifinalists for Thomas A. Simone Awards
November 14, 2017
Mill Valley junior Logan Talley and De Soto senior Marshall Kellner have played key roles in getting their respective teams to the state semifinals, and they received some recognition for it on Tuesday with being named as semifinalists for two of the highly-regarded Thomas A. Simone awards. Talley and Kellner were respectively selected as semifinalists for the Otis Taylor Award and Bobby Bell Award, which were released on PrepsKC’s YouTube channel. The list of 10 semifinalists for the Otis Taylor Award, Bobby Bell Award, Buck Buchanan Award, Frank Fontana Award and Simone Award will be trimmed to four on Nov. 28. The winners will then be announced on Dec. 5 at the high school of the Simone Award winner.
Area volleyball players earn all-state, all-league honors
November 14, 2017
St. James Academy senior Allison Coens was selected as the Class 5A Player of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association and was named the Eastern Kansas League Player of the Year to highlight the all-state and all-league volleyball honors from the Shawnee area. St. James’ Nancy Dorsey was also named the 5A Coach of the Year after guiding the Thunder to their eighth state title in the last 11 years. Here is a rundown of all the players from the Shawnee area who earned all-state or all-league honors.
Area kids find fun in Donderdag! youth cyclocross program
November 14, 2017
Area kids have enjoyed participating in the Donderdag! youth cyclocross program, which has hosted its clinics this year in western Shawnee.
Mill Valley outlasts St. James, 21-14, to set up sub-state rematch against Aquinas
November 11, 2017
After a 24-point loss to St. James Academy to open its season, Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee was adamant that his team would bounce back beginning with its practice the following Monday. While the Jaguars began their season with a record of 0-1, Applebee continued to instill his program’s motto of “1-0” to ensure that his team would learn from its mistakes. The Jaguars got a second chance at the Thunder on Friday at the College Boulevard Activity Center, and they prevailed over their Eastern Kansas League rival, 21-14, for the second straight year in the sectional round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Mohl guides De Soto football past Fort Scott in 4A-I sectionals
November 11, 2017
Bryce Mohl threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the De Soto football team to a 49-13 win over Fort Scott in the sectional round of the Class 4A-I playoffs on Friday. The Wildcats (10-1) will try to avenge their lone loss of the season when they play host to Bishop Miege (11-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
SJA recognizes Ripp, Coens at fall signing day ceremony
November 9, 2017
St. James Academy seniors Blake Ripp and Allison Coens signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday in a ceremony held in the school’s media center. Ripp signed to play baseball at George Washington, while Coens inked with LSU for beach volleyball. Several other Shawnee area athletes signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday and will be recognized at ceremonies later this school year. De Soto will hold a signing day ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, while Shawnee Mission North and Mill Valley will have one in the spring. Maranatha Christian Academy has had one senior sign so far in bowler Brett Perry, who inked with Ottawa. You can read about SM Northwest’s signing day ceremony on the Dispatch website.
Nine SMNW student-athletes ink letters of intent at signing day ceremony
November 9, 2017
The nine Shawnee Mission Northwest student-athletes who signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday in the school’s cafeteria will be taking different paths at the next level, but SMNW athletic director Angelo Giacalone and their respective high school coaches helped them understand that they will need the same character traits on their journeys. Before Morgan Berry (Ottawa, volleyball), Alaina Burris (Ottawa, bowling), MaKenzie Cooper (Central Missouri, softball), Emily Wells (Cloud County, softball), Alex Rice (Cloud County, baseball), Josh Mitchell (Hutchinson, baseball), Josh Flack (Neosho County, baseball), George Specht (Cowley County, baseball) and Molly Born (Oklahoma State, cross country/track) signed their letters of intent, Giacalone said there was one word that he felt best described all of them. Giacalone defined the word grit, which means “courage and resolve; the strength of character” before outlining an acronym that further described other qualities they will need as college athletes.
Lake Quivira CC assistant golf pro and fellow KC native win Topgolf Tour World Championship
November 7, 2017
Lake Quivira Country Club assistant golf pro Chris Mabry has faced some pressure-packed shots in tournaments over the years, but none quite like a few of the ones he had two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Mabry partnered up with fellow Kansas City native Kevin Ward in the Topgolf Tour World Championship from Oct. 13-15, and the local duo brought home the title after outlasting the other 18 team qualifiers.
Mill Valley, St. James win to set up sectionals rematch
November 4, 2017
The Mill Valley defense was able to slow down Schlagle standout running back Ivan Webb, and Jaguars tailback Cameron Young rushed for four touchdowns in a 57-12 win over the Stallions on Friday in the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs. Jack Petz scored three touchdowns for St. James in the Thunder’s 19-0 win over Shawnee Heights. The Thunder and Jaguars will square off next week for a sectionals matchup for the second straight year. Mill Valley won last year’s sectional showdown, 28-14. St. James defeated Mill Valley, 45-21, in Week One.
De Soto trips up Tonganoxie, 42-7
November 4, 2017
The De Soto football team earned its first playoff victory since 2010 after defeating Tonganoxie, 42-7, on Friday in the regional round of the Class 4A-I playoffs. The Wildcats will play host to Fort Scott at 7 p.m. Friday for sectionals.
St. James volleyball senior Coens selected as Under Armour All-American honorable mention
November 1, 2017
St. James Academy senior Allison Coens was named as an honorable mention on the Under Armour Girls High School All-America teams that were released by the America Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Aquinas edges Mill Valley, 1-0, in 5A soccer quarterfinals
November 1, 2017
The scoring chances were there for the Mill Valley soccer team on Tuesday against St. Thomas Aquinas in the Class 5A Northeast quarterfinals, but for the first time all season, the Jaguars weren’t able to put any of them in the back of the net. Landon Wirt’s goal in the 24th minute was all that Aquinas needed to earn a 1-0 victory over the Jaguars, who ended the season with a record of 14-5. The Saints (13-4-2) advanced to the state semifinals, where they will take on Bishop Carroll (17-1-1) on Friday at Maize High School.
St. James volleyball wins Class 5A state crown
October 30, 2017
The St. James Academy volleyball team won its eighth state title in the last 11 years on Saturday at the Kansas Expocentre. The Thunder won each match in straight sets. In pool play, St. James defeated Bishop Carroll, 25-10, 25-12; St. Thomas Aquinas, 25-19, 25-15, and Newton, 25-18, 25-17, on Friday. The Thunder then upended Goddard, 25-20, 25-18, in the semifinals and Aquinas, 25-18, 25-17, for the championship on Saturday. Allison Coens, Ellie Bolton and Morgan Miller were named to the all-state tournament team.

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