Sports

Area teams make coaching changes ahead of 2017-18 school year
June 21, 2017
While Shawnee area athletes are gearing up for their upcoming seasons, some will be doing so under a new head coach. Here is a rundown of the head coaching changes for Mill Valley, St. James, Shawnee Mission North, SM Northwest, De Soto and Maranatha Christian Academy going into the 2017-18 school year.
SMNW soccer returns to action for team camp
June 17, 2017
After posting double-digit win seasons last school year, the Shawnee Mission Northwest boys and girls soccer teams returned to the practice field for camp this week.
SM North alumnus Schneider named Kansas MVP of GKCFCA All-Star Game
June 16, 2017
Shawnee Mission North alumnus Will Schneider was named the Most Valuable Player for the Kansas team in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on Thursday at Blue Springs South. Schneider threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to SM West alumnus Isreal Watson to account for the Kansas All-Stars’ only score in a 17-7 loss. Danny Presler (SM North), Bryce Steffens (St. James), Chance Montgomery (De Soto), Lawson Marshall (De Soto), Ben Hartman (Mill Valley), Keegan Zars (Mill Valley), Blaine Boudreaux (Mill Valley) and Joel Donn (Mill Valley) also represented their respective alma maters on the Kansas team.
SMNW’s Bultman ties for fifth at Kansas Junior Amateur
June 16, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Joe Bultman finished in a tie for fifth place at the Kansas Junior Amateur on Thursday after firing a third and final round score of 3-under, 67 at Turkey Creek Golf Course. Northwest senior C.C. Ghilardi tied for 20th after carding rounds of 77, 73 and 75 to finish at 15-over.
Mill Valley, SMNW, St. James boys hoops compete at KAMO Shootout
June 12, 2017
The Mill Valley, Shawnee Mission Northwest and St. James Academy boys basketball teams all competed in the KAMO Shootout last weekend.
Returners quick to pick up new offense at Mill Valley girls basketball camp
June 9, 2017
As Drew Walters heads into his second season as Mill Valley’s girls basketball coach, he has a lot of optimism about how his veteran team is starting to shape up. Walters worked with the Jaguars on installing a swing offense during their camp this week, and was encouraged that his returners didn’t need him to take much time explaining it.
De Soto girls basketball players make most of team camp
June 9, 2017
After losing four out of the five starters from a team that went to the state tournament last year, De Soto girls basketball coach Ryan Robie has been looking for players to fill those roles throughout the offseason. While the start of the 2017-18 season is still more than five months away, Robie was encouraged by the enthusiasm of all of the players who participated in the Wildcats’ basketball camp this week — especially those who capitalized on the opportunity to put some extra shots up.
DHS, SMNW, MV soccer put multiple players on all-league first teams
June 6, 2017
De Soto’s Tanith Beal, Madison Plake, Taylor Rogers, Tarah Phongsavath and Aly Hargrove were all named to the all-Frontier League first team. Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Megan Nugent, Kara Knapp and Courtney Jones earned all-Sunflower League first-team honors. Mill Valley’s Haley Freeman and Kacie Kinley, and St. James’ Annie Caldwell were picked to the all-Eastern Kansas League first team.
Mill Valley duo headlines all-league softball selections
June 6, 2017
Mill Valley’s Jess Garcia and Peyton Moeder were picked as all-Eastern Kansas League first-team selections, while Shawnee Mission Northwest’s MaKenzie Cooper and SM North’s Hannah Redick earned all-Sunflower League first-team honors.
Nine area baseball players named to KABC all-state team, 27 earn all-league honors
June 6, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Dylan Nedved and Mill Valley’s Jack Blancarte wrapped up their high school baseball careers by being named to the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches’ all-state first team. Will Morris (Mill Valley, second team), Brady Garrison (Mill Valley, second team), Tanner Bramlage (St. James, second team), Javier Pena (SM Northwest, second team), Derek Ripp (St. James, honorable mention), Dawson Cantwell (Mill Valley, honorable mention) and Luke Sosaya (Mill Valley, honorable mention) were also named to the all-state team. Twenty-seven Shawnee area players also earned all-league honors.
Cougar football opens summer with SMNW, Pitt State camps
June 5, 2017
The Shawnee Mission Northwest football team’s busy summer is in full swing after its team camp last week and Pitt State camp this week.
SMNW girls hoops kicks off summer with team camp
June 5, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s girls basketball team got its summer rolling with its team camp last week.
De Soto to join new league after 2017-18 school year
June 5, 2017
After moving up to the 5A classification in 2016, De Soto is set to join a new league — which will also include Basehor-Linwood, Turner, Lansing, Shawnee Heights and Leavenworth — after the 2017-18 school year.
Maranatha’s Brownlee garners three golds in final state meet
May 29, 2017
Maranatha Christian Academy senior Brooke Brownlee had already hauled in her fair share of hardware before her final state track and field meet last weekend at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium, but she added three more gold medals to her résumé on Saturday to round out her career. Brownlee became a three-time state champion in the 100-and 200-meter dashes, but the most meaningful first-place finish for the Maranatha senior came in the 4x100-meter relay — which included Grace Wojcik, Phoebe Hines and Aaliyah Buckner. Senior Micah Webb placed third in the 100-meter dash to lead the Maranatha boys team.
Rodriguez, De Soto throwers lead Wildcats at state track and field meet
May 29, 2017
De Soto junior Ethan Rodriguez wasn’t feeling his best last weekend because of allergies at the state meet, but that did not stop him from collecting two individual medals and helping the Wildcats’ 4x100-meter relay — which included Trevor Watts, Brogan Williams and Exavier Jackson — break their own school record in prelims. Throwers Zach Titus (fourth place, shot put), Kelsey Heer (seventh, discus) and Emily Fuhr (eighth, discus) led the Wildcats in the field events.

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