Sports

SMNW swimmer Brull goes out as state champion in 100 butterfly
May 22, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Hailey Brull rounded out her high school swimming career as a two-time state champion in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Shawnee Mission North junior Joely Merriman was the state runner-up in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles. The Mill Valley 200-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Celia Kistner and freshmen Cadee Morris, Kayla Teasley and Allison Godfrey earned silver medals after a down-to-the-wire finish against St. Thomas Aquinas. St. James freshman Aubrey Crain posted top-10 finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, and helped the Thunder take eighth in the 200-yard medley relay. De Soto had three school-record breaking performances on the final day of the state meet.
SMNW boys win seventh meet to claim regional title; SMN boys 2nd
May 21, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest track and field coach Mike Cooper has been around his fair share of talent during his tenure at his alma mater, but this year’s boys team has achieved a feat that even his state championship squads of 2002, 2011 and 2012 did not accomplish. With Friday’s 6A regional championship at SM North, the SM Northwest boys team won its seventh meet of the season after posting first-place finishes in seven different events. The SM North boys squad also went home with a plaque after taking second at the regional meet. The Cougars tied for fourth place on the girls side, while the Indians took seventh.
Brownlee, Webb lead Maranatha at regional track and field meet
May 21, 2017
Maranatha Christian Academy senior Brooke Brownlee won the 100 and 200-meter dashes to lead the way for the Eagles at the Class 2A regional track and field meet on Thursday at Winchester-Jefferson County North. Maranatha senior Micah Webb completed the Eagles’ sweep of the 100 meters after clocking in with a time of 11.47.
Soccer roundup: SMNW, Maranatha fall in regional title matches
May 21, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s girls soccer team ended its season with a 2-1 loss to Olathe Northwest on Friday in the Class 6A regional championship match. Alix Willming found the back of the net for the Cougars. The best girls soccer season in Maranatha Christian Academy’s history ended on Thursday with a 5-1 loss to defending 4-1A state champion Bishop Miege in the regional championship match. Debra Zuniga scored on an assist from Kayla Crowder.
Mill Valley soccer closes season with regional final loss to Aquinas
May 21, 2017
Mill Valley soccer coach Arlan Vomhof wasn’t quite sure how the Jaguars’ season would go with only having two seniors and a sophomore goalkeeper, but after their 2017 campaign came to a close with a 4-0 regional final loss to St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, he still walked away with a big sense of accomplishment.
De Soto soccer suffers first loss against Shawnee Heights in regional title match
May 21, 2017
The De Soto girls soccer team’s dream of an unbeaten season came to a screeching halt in three nightmarish minutes in the Class 5A regional championship on Thursday against Shawnee Heights. The Thunderbirds scored in the 21st and 23rd minutes — their lone two shots on goal — and the Wildcats weren’t able to fully recover in a 2-1 season-ending loss. Mackenzie Mohl scored 30 seconds into the second half, but the Wildcats were never able to find an equalizer.
Mill Valley girls track and field wins 5A regional; MV boys take second
May 19, 2017
The Mill Valley girls track and field team followed up its Eastern Kansas League title with a Class 5A regional championship on Thursday at De Soto. The Mill Valley boys team finished as regional runners-up. The St. James girls squad placed third in the team standings, while the Thunder placed seventh on the boys side. The De Soto boys and girls teams finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
De Soto softball falls in extra innings to Turner in regional semifinals
May 18, 2017
The De Soto softball team suffered a 7-6 loss in eight innings to Turner in the Class 5A regional semifinals on Wednesday at Steinegar Field in Kansas City, Kan.
Baseball roundup: MV closes season with extra-innings loss to BVSW; MCA falls to Troy in regional final
May 18, 2017
The Mill Valley baseball team’s season ended in heartbreaking fashion with a 12-inning 2-1 loss to Eastern Kansas League foe Blue Valley Southwest in the Class 5A regional semifinals on Wednesday in Pittsburg. Maranatha Christian Academy slugged past Valley Falls, 14-9, before falling to Troy, 10-1, in the Class 2-1A regional championship game in Highland.
Soccer roundup: De Soto, Mill Valley, SMNW win in regional semis
May 17, 2017
De Soto shut out Washington, 18-0; Mill Valley rolled past Leavenworth, 9-1, and Shawnee Mission Northwest upended Lawrence High, 3-1, in their respective regional semifinal matches on Tuesday. St. James’ season ended with a 3-1 loss to Blue Valley Southwest on Tuesday, while SM North’s 2017 campaign closed with a 10-0 defeat at the hands of BV North.
Mill Valley softball punches ticket to state with wins over St. James, Aquinas
May 17, 2017
After winning seven of its final eight games to end the regular season, the Mill Valley softball team kept on rolling in the Class 5A regional tournament with wins over St. James Academy and St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday to clinch a trip to state. Jess Garcia and Peyton Moeder homered in the Jaguars’ 8-5 win over the Thunder. Mill Valley pounced on the Saints with a three-run first inning en route to a 5-3 victory.
Baseball roundup: DHS clips SJA, falls to Aquinas in regional final; MCA wins postseason opener
May 17, 2017
The De Soto baseball team outlasted St. James Academy, 6-5, in eight innings, in the Class 5A regional semifinals, but fell to defending state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, 12-5, in the title game on Tuesday. Maranatha Christian Academy surged out to an early lead before holding off Highland-Doniphan West for a 9-7 win in the 2-1A regional quarterfinals. Shawnee Mission North traded punches back and forth with SM West, but the Vikings delivered a knockout blow with a six-run sixth inning to triumph over the Indians, 16-11, in the 6A regional semifinals.
Mill Valley golf qualifies for state tournament
May 17, 2017
Mill Valley’s Jack Matchette and Tanner Moore both placed in the top 10 of Tuesday’s 5A regional golf tournament at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course to help the Jaguars take third — which secured a berth to the state tournament.
SMNW baseball falls to BVNW, 6-1, in regional title game
May 16, 2017
Blue Valley Northwest was able to capitalize on two Shawnee Mission Northwest errors during a four-run third inning, as the Huskies handed the Cougars a 6-1 loss in the Class 6A regional championship game on Monday. The Cougars defeated SM South, 10-5, earlier Monday in the regional semifinals.
Maranatha girls soccer garners historic win over Bishop Ward
May 16, 2017
Having scored 93 goals in her career at Maranatha Christian Academy, senior Kayla Crowder has more than left her mark on the Eagles soccer program. While the individual achievements have built up for the William Jewell signee over the past four years, the most meaningful accomplishment for Crowder came on Monday in the Eagles’ 14-0 victory over Bishop Ward. The rout of Cyclones marked the first postseason victory in program history, and the Eagles’ first 10-win season. Maranatha will play tonight’s winner of Bishop Miege and Kansas City Christian on Thursday in the regional final.

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