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SMNW girls hoops cruises to senior night win over Free State
February 23, 2018
After Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Megan Nugent tore her ACL in a club soccer game last fall, her final high school basketball season was in serious doubt. The idea of missing her whole senior season was one that didn’t sit well with Nugent, though. Should the Cougars make it through sub-state, Nugent has set the goal of being medically cleared by the time the Class 6A girls basketball tournament rolls around in two weeks. Although the 5-foot-5 guard missed the Cougars’ first 18 games, Nugent got a small taste of what it was like to be back on the court during SM Northwest’s 60-34 senior night win over Free State. Shawnee Mission Northwest coach Tyler Stewart and Free State coach Ted Juneau arranged before the opening tip for Nugent to be able to start and get the first two points of the game. Senior Jordann Nachbar and junior Hannah Black paced SM Northwest with 16 points apiece.
Slow start costs Cougars in 68-55 loss to Free State
February 23, 2018
It was a tale of two halves for Shawnee Mission Northwest’s boys basketball team on Wednesday against Free State. The problem for the Cougars was that they needed two good halves in order to knock off the Firebirds, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 6A. The Cougars proved that they could hang with the Firebirds in the second half, but a 15-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome in a 68-55 setback. George Specht scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead the Cougars.
Girls basketball roundup: SMNW ousts Free State; DHS upends Louisburg; MCA stifles KCC
February 22, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest coasted past Free State for a 60-34 win on senior night. A full recap of the Cougars’ win over the Firebirds will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com. De Soto completed a season sweep of Louisburg with a 55-38 victory. Maranatha powered past Kansas City Christian for a 36-27 win over the Panthers. Shawnee Mission North fell to Leavenworth, 57-45.
Boys hoops roundup: De Soto, Maranatha, SM North, Mill Valley garner double-digit victories
February 22, 2018
De Soto clinched at least a share of the Frontier League boys basketball title with a 57-40 win over Louisburg on Wednesday. Maranatha Christian Academy pushed its winning streak to 14 games, as Jonathan Jackson notched a triple-double in the Eagles’ 73-51 victory over Kansas City Christian. Shawnee Mission North snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-49 win over Leavenworth. Mill Valley won for the sixth time in its last nine games after defeating Blue Valley Southwest, 64-50, in a game that had to be played at BV North. St. James fell short against Blue Valley, 46-40. Shawnee Mission Northwest played with a different sense of energy in the second half, but the Cougars’ couldn’t make up for a sluggish first two quarters in a 68-55 loss to Free State. A full recap of the matchup between the Cougars and Firebirds will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com.
Girls basketball roundup: SJA drops heartbreaker against Blue Valley; Maranatha tumbles to Van Horn
February 20, 2018
St. James guards Mary Goetz and Torri Kempf combined for 33 points, but the Thunder lost a nail-biter to Blue Valley, 49-48. Goetz led the Thunder with 18 points, and Kempf added 15 on five 3-pointers. Maranatha couldn’t keep pace with Van Horn in a 56-22 loss to the Falcons.
Boys hoops roundup: Scoring records fall in Maranatha’s win over Van Horn; St. James ousts Tolton
February 20, 2018
Monday marked another record-breaking night for Maranatha Christian Academy’s boys basketball team after the Eagles’ 94-75 win over Van Horn. The Eagles broke the school’s single-season scoring record, and also broke MCA’s single-game scoring record for the second time this season. Jonathan Jackson paced the Eagles with 31 points and 10 rebounds. St. James also had one of its best offensive games of the season on Saturday in its 67-45 victory over Father Tolton Catholic.
SMN 14th, SMNW 17th at Class 6A boys swimming and diving state championships
February 19, 2018
Shawnee Mission North and SM Northwest placed 14th and 17th, respectively, at the Class 6A boys swimming and diving state championships on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Northwest sophomore Scott Klein broke his own school record in the 50-yard freestyle to tie for third place, as he earned all-state second-team honors. North’s James Cameron, Trey Smith, Clayton McMillin and Luke Guthrie led the Indians with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
St. James 3rd, Mill Valley 9th at 5-1A boys swimming and diving state championships
February 19, 2018
St. James and Mill Valley placed third and ninth, respectively, at the Class 5-1A boys swimming and diving championships on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. St. James’ Nick Callahan, JT Amrein and Harry Tjaden earned first-team all-state honors. Mill Valley’s Chris Sprenger was tabbed to the second team.
MCA girls basketball makes strides defensively, struggles offensively in loss to Barstow
February 18, 2018
Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball coach Reggie Hines was pleased with the Eagles’ zone defense against Barstow on Friday, but the Eagles couldn’t generate enough offense in their 42-27 loss to the Knights.
Maranatha boys basketball beats Barstow, pushes winning streak to 12
February 18, 2018
Maranatha Christian Academy’s boys basketball players had long-awaited Friday’s showdown against Crossroads Conference powerhouse Barstow, and they proved in the seconds after the opening tip that they were ready for arguably their biggest game of the season to this point. The Eagles upended the Knights, 57-42, after beginning the game on a 15-0 run. Barstow cut the deficit to three in the third quarter, but Maranatha kept the Knights at arm’s length after that to push its winning streak to 12 games.
Wrestling roundup: Mill Valley wins regional title; 30 area grapplers qualify for state
February 18, 2018
After qualifying 11 grapplers for the Class 5A state tournament, the Mill Valley wrestling team edged Blue Valley Southwest by a half point to win a regional title on Saturday at Turner. Zach Keal (106 pounds), Austin Keal (113), Bryson Markovich (132), Conner Ward (145) and Jarrett Bendure (152) were all crowned as regional champions to help Mill Valley finish with a team score of 231.5. St. James sophomore Cade Lautt also won a 5A regional title at Turner, and was one of six St. James wrestlers to qualify for state. Four De Soto wrestlers earned eighth-place finishes to punch their tickets to state. Shawnee Mission Northwest senior 132-pounder Jerad Habben wrestled to first place at the 6A regional at Lawrence High. Habben was one of three state qualifiers for the Cougars. Six of the seven Shawnee Mission North wrestlers at the 6A regional at Lawrence High also qualified for state.
Girls basketball roundup: St. James stifles St. Teresa’s; SMNW outlasts SMW
February 17, 2018
The St. James Academy and Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball teams both rounded the week with victories to highlight girls hoops action in the Shawnee area. St. James edged St. Teresa’s, 46-43, on Thursday to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cougars won for the seventh time in their last eight games after defeating SM West, 40-34, on Friday. Shawnee Mission North surged out to a nine-point halftime before coming up short against Free State, 64-59, in overtime on Friday. Maranatha kept Barstow off of the scoreboard for the first three minutes and 45 seconds, but went on to fall to the Knights, 42-27, on Friday. A full recap of the Maranatha/Barstow matchup will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com. Mill Valley was unable to keep pace with Blue Valley North in a 62-44 loss to the Mustangs on Friday.
Boys basketball roundup: Maranatha powers past Barstow; Mill Valley upends BV North
February 17, 2018
Maranatha and Mill Valley’s boys basketball teams both earned victories on Friday night to round out the second-to-last week of the regular season. Maranatha led wire to wire in its 57-42 win over Barstow to push its winning streak to 12 games. A full recap will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com. Mill Valley notched its first win of the season over a state-ranked opponent when the Jaguars took down Class 6A’s No. 4 Blue Valley North, 74-68. Shawnee Mission Northwest suffered a 54-46 loss at the hands of SM West, and SM North fell to Free State, 74-52.
SMNW girls bowling, De Soto boys win Battle for Park Lanes; Mill Valley retains Cat Cup
February 16, 2018
The Shawnee Mission Northwest girls and De Soto boys bowling teams won the Battle for Park Lanes on Thursday. Mill Valley was the runner-up on both sides and retained the Cat Cup against De Soto.
Burris breaks two school records, leads SMNW girls bowling to 2nd at Sunflower League meet
February 15, 2018
The Shawnee Mission Northwest bowling program has meant the world to senior Alaina Burris over the past four years, and with her high school career winding down, she wants to leave a long-standing legacy. Burris continued to do just that on Tuesday, as she etched her name into the school record books at the Sunflower League meet at Mission Bowl ‘N Olathe. The Ottawa signee set two school records with a 278 game and 703 series to be the Sunflower League champion. The SM Northwest boys finished fifth for the third straight year. Garrett Bolin placed 11th to lead the Cougars. The SM North girls and boys placed eighth and 10th, respectively. Julia Hernandez finished 18th to pace the SM North, and Jack Denebeim took 23rd on the boys side.

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