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Baseball roundup: Maranatha sweeps Washington; SJA, SMN drop season openers
March 24, 2017
The Maranatha Christian Academy baseball team moved back to the .500 mark after earning a doubleheader sweep of Washington on Thursday. The Eagles (2-2) won Game 1, 12-6, before rallying for a 9-8 comeback victory in Game 2. St. James Academy dropped its season opener to SM East, and SM North lost its first game of the season against Gardner-Edgerton.
SMNW tennis falls to BV North in season opener
March 24, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest sophomore Henry Tomasic won a tiebreaker in singles play, and juniors Cameron Akagi and Pierce Mitts were victorious in doubles, but the Cougars lost their season-opening match against Blue Valley North on Thursday.
Four Shawnee-area swim teams begin season at Lady Indians 50’s Sprint Invitational
March 23, 2017
The Mill Valley, De Soto, Shawnee Mission North and SM Northwest girls swim teams all kicked off their respective seasons with the Lady Indians 50’s Sprint Invitational on Wednesday at SM North. Event champions: Mill Valley’s Cadee Morris, Kayla Teasley, Jazlynn Schwegman and Allison Godfrey (200 medley relay); Godfrey (50 butterfly); SM North’s Joely Merriman (50 freestyle) and SM Northwest’s Piper Schuerman (100 backstroke).
SMNW, De Soto girls soccer play to 1-1 tie
March 22, 2017
The De Soto and Shawnee Mission Northwest girls soccer teams played for 100 minutes, but the Wildcats and Cougars played to a 1-1 tie in their respective season openers on Wednesday at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex. Mackenzie Mohl scored in the first half for the Wildcats, and Brooke Haley found the equalizer for the Cougars early in the second.
Maranatha baseball swept by Spring Hill in season opener
March 22, 2017
Maranatha Christian Academy baseball coach Nick Adams realizes that his team might takes its lumps this season with 11 freshmen on the roster, and six of them starting. While the Eagles opened the season with 10-0 and 16-4 losses to Spring Hill on Tuesday, Adams saw some encouraging adjustments from his young players between the two games of the doubleheader.
Expectations remain high for SM North track and field under new coach
March 21, 2017
Expectations remain high for the Shawnee Mission North track and field program under first-year coach Jeff Roudebush.
St. James baseball coach Bucklin blessed with Royal opportunity
March 21, 2017
St. James Academy baseball coach Brian Bucklin spent a week at spring training with the Kansas City Royals as a guest instructor from March 10-17 in Surprise, Ariz. Bucklin has been able to incorporate a number of things he learned from his time at spring training into the Thunder’s practices, as they prepare for their season opener on Thursday against Shawnee Mission East.
De Soto’s Grizzle named to all-Frontier League girls basketball first team
March 14, 2017
After leading the De Soto girls basketball team to the Class 5A state tournament, junior Mariah Grizzle was named to the all-Frontier League first team on Tuesday.
SMNW alumna Brenni Rose, Drake draw K-State in NCAA tournament first round
March 13, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumna Brenni Rose will be playing in the NCAA Div. I women’s basketball tournament after helping Drake to Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Rose and the Bulldogs (28-4) earned a No. 10 seed, and will play seventh-seeded Kansas State (22-10) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. The winner will play either No. 2 Stanford (28-5) or No. 15 New Mexico State (24-6) in the second round. The 2016 SM Northwest alumna has twice been named the MVC Newcomer of the Week during her freshman campaign.
SJA’s Thornhill, MV’s Zars highlight all-league basketball selections
March 13, 2017
St. James Academy senior Zach Thornhill and Mill Valley junior Evan Zars highlighted the all-league basketball selections in the Shawnee area after being earning all-Eastern Kansas League first-team honors on Monday.
SM North alumnus Michael Weathers named MAC Freshman of the Year
March 11, 2017
Former Shawnee Mission North standout and Miami (Ohio) guard Michael Weathers was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 guard was one of the top threats at both ends of the floor for the RedHawks, as he posted team-high averages in points (16.7), assists (4.8), blocks (1.4) and steals (1.9). Weathers set the single-season freshman scoring record for Miami with 533 points.
SM North’s Schneider named Dylan Meier-Get Busy Livin’ Player of the Year
March 11, 2017
Shawnee Mission North quarterback Will Schneider earned his fair share of accolades after breaking the Kansas career state passing yards record in his final game with the Indians, but his most recent and meaningful honor that he received on Monday was not specifically for his play-making abilities. Schneider was selected as the 2016 Dylan Meier-Get Busy Livin’ Player of the Year by the Get Busy Livin’ Foundation and Kpreps. The award was created in honor of former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier, who passed away at the age of 26 after a hiking accident in 2010.
De Soto girls fall to Maize in 5A state quarterfinals
March 8, 2017
The De Soto girls basketball team closed out its season with a 51-17 loss to top-seeded Maize in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament on Wednesday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Freshman Mackenzie Shupe led the Wildcats with six points.
De Soto set to take on top-seeded Maize in 5A girls state tournament
March 6, 2017
The De Soto girls basketball team knew it would be the No. 8 seed in the Class 5A state tournament after defeating Pittsburg, 45-34, on Friday in the sub-state title game, and on Sunday, the Wildcats learned who their first-round opponent would be. The Wildcats (15-7) will play top-seeded Maize (19-3, ranked No. 3 in 5A) at 3 p.m. Wednesday to kick off the 5A state tournament at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
SMNW girls fall to ONW in sub-state title game
March 5, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s girls basketball team’s quest to return to the Class 6A state tournament for the fourth straight season fell short, as the Cougars fell to Olathe Northwest, 46-31, in the sub-state championship game on Saturday. Senior Emmalee Rose was the lone Cougar to reach double figures with 11 points.

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