Cross country roundup: St. James, SM North girls win regional titles
October 24, 2016
The St. James Academy and Shawnee Mission North girls cross country teams claimed regional titles Saturday at Johnson County Community College. There were also two individual regional champions from the Shawnee-area in SM Northwest junior Molly Born and SM North junior Joseph Coddington. The Shawnee-area teams to qualify for the state meet from Saturday’s 5A and 6A regionals at JCCC include: St. James (boys and girls), SM North (girls), SM Northwest (boys and girls) and Mill Valley (boys and girls). Individual qualifiers include: Coddington and Logan Jiskra of SM North; St. James’ Erik Wilkinson, Matt Kipper and Jack Moore; and De Soto’s Gabby Collins and Sam Hubert. Maranatha Christian Academy’s girls cross country team also qualified for the Class 2A state meet at Saturday’s regional in Washington County. Austin Boatwright qualified individually for the Maranatha boys squad.
Good vibes all around for SMNW, SMN gymnasts at state meet
October 23, 2016
The Shawnee Mission Northwest and SM North gymnasts put the uncertainty of the future of Kansas high school gymnastics aside as they enjoyed the atmosphere of the state meet Saturday at SM South.
Volleyball roundup: St. James, SMNW punch tickets to state
October 23, 2016
Shawnee Mission Northwest and St. James Academy earned spots in their respective state tournaments after going 2-0 in their sub-state brackets. The Cougars entered Saturday’s 6A sub-state tournament at Olathe North with wins over Olathe North and Olathe East. Northwest will be the No. 8 at the 6A state tournament, which starts will pool pay at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Topeka Expocentre. St. James returned to the Class 5A state tournament for victories against Blue Valley Southwest and De Soto. The Thunder will be the No. 8 seed at the 5A tournament, which will also be played at the Topeka Expocentre. Pool play for 5A is set to begin at
Football roundup: Mill Valley snaps losing streak, tops Gardner-Edgerton
October 22, 2016
Mill Valley ended a four-game losing streak with a 28-21 win over Gardner-Edgerton. The Jaguars will take on Sumner Academy Friday in Week 1 of the Class 5A playoffs. Shawnee Mission Northwest struggled with turnovers in the red zone in its 40-28 loss to Olathe North. The Cougars will go up against SM East in Thursday Week 1 of the Class 6A playoffs. Shawnee Mission North could not keep pace with Olathe South in a 70-40 setback. The Indians will host Olathe North Friday in Week 1 of the Class 6A playoffs.
Lautt leads St. James football to comeback win on senior night
October 22, 2016
St. James Academy senior Clay Lautt scored three second-half touchdowns to lead the Thunder to a 36-30 come-from-behind win on senior night against Blue Valley West Friday at Bishop Miege’s Dixon Doll Stadium.
SMNW, SMN gymnasts make case for saving their sport
October 21, 2016
Shawnee Mission Northwest and SM North gymnasts speak out about trying to save their sport ahead of Saturday’s state meet at SM South. Shawnee Mission and Olathe School District officials sent a letter out to the parents of gymnasts in each district in September to recommend that the sport be discontinued because of decreasing numbers over the past few years.
Volleyball roundup: De Soto tops Mill Valley in Dig Pink match
October 21, 2016
Just hours removed from officially being named the No. 1 seed in Saturday’s sub-state tournament, the De Soto volleyball team earned a three-set victory over Mill Valley (25-19, 22-25, 25-20) in the final regular season match for both squads. While De Soto defeated Mill Valley on the court, the USD 232 schools came together in the fight against cancer. Thursday marked the annual Dig Pink match to benefit the Side-Out Foundation — whose mission is to collaborate “with the volleyball community to inspire science and hope in the match against breast cancer.”
Thunder tumble to Tigers, still make most of senior night
October 21, 2016
The outcome was not what the St. James Academy soccer team was hoping for Thursday against Blue Valley at the Olathe District Activity Center, but the Thunder still had plenty to celebrate. The Thunder tumbled to the Tigers, 1-0, after Nathan Ezyk scored the lone goal of the match with 12:45 remaining, but the six — well, seven on Thursday night — seniors for St. James still enjoyed playing in their final regular season match. Luke Schaefer, Jack DuBois, Trevor Parke, Jack Maddox, Brady Manning and Alessandro DeBrevi were recognized on senior night, and team manager Owen Tenbrink also earned some playing time for the Thunder.
De Soto overcomes injuries to defeat Spring Hill
October 20, 2016
The De Soto High School football team took a critical win in its first district game against Spring Hill High School Friday.
Soccer roundup: Mill Valley snaps eight-match winless streak
October 19, 2016
Mill Valley’s soccer team snapped an eight-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Blue Valley Tuesday to conclude their regular season. Adam Grube and Jake Ashford found the back of the net for the Jaguars. Shawnee Mission Northwest earned a 4-1 victory over Olathe North in its final regular season match, as Ty Ball, Seth Bowman, Jack Lammers and Cole Slack all scored for the Cougars.
Volleyball roundup: SJA, SMNW pick up wins in regular-season finales
October 19, 2016
St. James Academy and Shawnee Mission Northwest’s volleyball teams both closed out their respective regular seasons with victories Tuesday. St. James dropped the first set against Olathe East, but then won three straight to defeat the Hawks (18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20). The Cougars coasted to a sweep of SM North (18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20) in their final regular season match.
SM North soccer falls to Lawrence High, 6-1
October 19, 2016
It was a tale of two halves for the Shawnee Mission North soccer team in its 6-1 loss to Lawrence High Tuesday. The Indians faced a 5-0 halftime deficit, but played the Lions even for the final 40 minutes. Oscar Aguilar scored on a free kick for the Indians.
De Soto volleyball keeps rolling as postseason approaches
October 18, 2016
The De Soto volleyball team improved to 26-8 after defeating Jefferson West and Piper last week, and is full of confidence with the sub-state tournament coming up on Saturday.
Soccer roundup: St. James shuts out Rockhurst, 2-0
October 18, 2016
St. James Academy’s boys soccer team went across the state line to earn a statement win after defeating Rockhurst, 2-0, Monday. Shawnee Mission North had one of its best offensive performances of the season in a 4-2 victory over Maranatha Christian Academy. Jake Ashford scored for Mill Valley, as the Jaguars earned a 1-1 tie against Free State.
St. James third, Mill Valley fourth at 5A state golf
October 18, 2016
St. James Academy and Mill Valley placed third and fourth, respectively, at the Class 5A state golf tournament Monday at Crestview Country Club in Wichita. The Thunder had two golfers place in the top 10 between state runner-up Caroline Klemp and freshman Allison Comer — who finished ninth. Junior Bella Hadden led Mill Valley with a fourth-place finish, and Meg Green (15th) and Sarah Lawson (tied for 16th) also earned state medals. In the Class 6A golf tournament at the Country Club of Leawood, Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Cassie Gomer led all area qualifiers after tying for 29th place.