Sports

Petersen, Cougars power past Vikings, 54-32
December 3, 2016
The nerves were running high for Shawnee Mission Northwest junior forward Sarah Petersen before the Cougars’ season opener Friday at SM West, but one wouldn’t know it by how she played. Petersen — who suffered a season-ending knee injury early in her sophomore campaign — scored the first four points of the game and picked up one of her two charges in the first 90 seconds, as she set the tone in the Cougars’ 54-32 win over the Vikings. Senior point guard Emmalee Rose led the Cougars with 17 points, and Jordann Nachbar and Petersen added eight apiece. Nachbar also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Oleson, Cougars hold off Vikings, 58-54, in season opener
December 3, 2016
Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Alex Oleson made two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to secure a 58-54 win for the Cougars over SM West in their season opener Friday. Northwest senior Colton Skeens led the Cougars with 17 points. The Cougars will play their home opener Tuesday against Mill Valley. The Jaguars lost their season opener Friday to Blue Valley Northwest, 73-58, despite being tied with the Huskies at halftime.
Mix of returners, newcomers take the mat for SM North wrestling
December 2, 2016
After the dynamic Shawnee Mission North wrestling trio of Joe Steve, Cesar Salgado and Nick Carson graduated in the spring, only Alonso Salgado remained as the lone returning state qualifier for the Indians. While SM North coach Tom Peterman has high hopes for the younger Salgado, he is also optimistic about the overall future of the program. Hocker Grove Middle School wrestling coach Joshua Meigs has joined Peterman and SM North assistant Conan McCormack on the coaching staff, and Peterman said he will be a valuable addition.
Several newcomers ready to dive into action for SM North boys swimming
December 2, 2016
Shawnee Mission North boys swim and dive coach Cody Fothergill is encouraged by a large turnout in the first three weeks of practice, especially the number of newcomers.
Faces change, principles remain the same for SM North girls basketball
December 2, 2016
Shawnee Mission North girls basketball coach Brian McIntosh will be sending a whole new starting five out on to the court when the Indians take on Blue Valley West Saturday in their season opener. McIntosh fully realizes that it will be a process to settle on a rotation of players after graduating seven seniors from last season, but he isn’t changing his core principles.
Kaifes comes up clutch in season-opening win for Lady Jags
December 2, 2016
Mill Valley sophomore Claire Kaifes scored six of her 11 points in overtime to fuel the Jaguars to a 44-39 win over Blue Valley Northwest in their Eastern Kansas League debut Thursday.
First-year coach Hines brings new energy to Maranatha girls basketball program
December 1, 2016
The Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball team is looking to get off to a fast start under first-year coach Reggie Hines.
Maranatha boys basketball aims to take another step forward
December 1, 2016
The Maranatha Christian Academy boys basketball saw a five-win improvement in its first season under coach Travis Thompson, but the Eagles feel like they can soar much higher in the 2016-17 campaign. The Eagles only had one victory two years ago, and bumped their win total up to six last season. After a full offseason of open gyms and shoot-arounds, the Eagles feel like a whole new team.
Family tradition continues for St. James wrestling
November 30, 2016
Some of the faces have changed over the years for the St. James Academy wrestling team, but a few of the last names haven’t. Senior Clay Lautt will go for his third straight state title before continuing his wrestling career at the University of North Carolina, but this season will be special for the Tar Heel signee regardless of the results. The Thunder senior’s little brother, Cade Lautt, is one of the freshmen that will try to make an impact in the St. James lineup this year. Senior Sammy Cokeley — who has followed in the footsteps of his brothers Ryne and Reese Cokeley — also returns as a defending state champion for St. James.
St. James girls basketball senior trio excited to serve as mentors to underclassmen
November 30, 2016
St. James Academy girls basketball coach Greg Hohensinner knows that it will not be easy to replace players like Kayla Staley, Allie Webb and Ali Burke, but he’s excited to see his three seniors step up into leadership roles on his overall young team. Seniors Courtney Setter, Emily Kaufman and Karissa Duker are being called upon by Hohensinner to lead the way in the Thunder’s first season in the Eastern Kansas League.
St. James boys basketball built on experience of four returning starters
November 30, 2016
Returning starters Zach Thornhill, Keenan Fitzmorris, Kyle Dekraai and Will McKee will headline an experienced St. James Academy boys basketball team this season.
St. James swim and dive takes second at BVSW quad
November 29, 2016
The St. James Academy boys swim and dive team did not disappoint in its first official meet as a member of the Eastern Kansas League. The Thunder won five of the 12 events Tuesday at the Blue Valley Southwest quad to come away with a second-place in its first meet of the season.
SM North’s Schneider announced as Simone finalist, highlights all-metro team
November 29, 2016
Shawnee Mission North senior quarterback Will Schneider was announced as one of four finalists for the Thomas A. Simone Award — an honor which goes to the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metro area — on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium. Schneider also made the All-Simone team, and he had some company from three other Shawnee-area players in SM North offensive lineman Danny Presler, Mill Valley safety Joel Donn and St. James Academy defensive end Travis Pickert.
Polar opposite teams make perfect practice partners in Mill Valley, De Soto swim and dive
November 29, 2016
The composition of the Mill Valley and De Soto boys swim and dive teams could not be much more different as they begin the fifth year of their respective programs, but that has not diminished the energy level of the Jaguars and Wildcats’ combined practices.
SJA volleyball alumna Fitzmorris earns All-Pac-12 honors
November 28, 2016
St. James Academy alumna and Stanford freshman Audriana Fitzmorris was one of five Cardinal players named to the All-Pac-12 conference team on Monday. The 6-foot, 6-inch middle blocker was selected as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times during the regular season, and was the AVCA National Player of the Week on Sept. 6.

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