2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

Eventful summer for SMNW alum Skeens includes playing with USA D2 touring team
August 4, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumnus Brady Skeens has already etched his name in the Washburn men’s basketball record books in his three seasons with the Ichabods, and the accolades have continued to mount for the former Cougar in the offseason. Skeens — who is the Ichabods’ career leader in blocked shots, blocked shots per game, field goal percentage, rebounds per game and defensive rebounds per game — is playing for the USA Division II All-Star touring team for four games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The USA D2 team is 1-1 through its first two games after defeating Jundiai on Tuesday and falling to Paulistano on Wednesday. The tour will conclude with games against Fluminense on Sunday and Botafogo on Monday.
SMNW, SMN fill coaching vacancies
July 25, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest and SM North have filled both of their head coach openings that were open at the beginning of the summer. Softball coach Anthony Kinney and swimming coach David Pfortmiller both stepped down at the end of the 2016-17 school year, and they are respectively being replaced at Northwest by Amy Schneider and Ryan Lee. Former Shawnee Heights girls basketball coach Amanda McNeill will move into the same position at SM North after Brian McIntosh resigned and took over the program at Wamego. The other head coaching changes took place in the SM North tennis program, as assistant coaches Elise Kurtz and Jon Durham were promoted to respectively take the helm of the girls and boys teams from Zach McKamie, who resigned last spring.
St. James basketball standout Fitzmorris commits to Stanford
July 4, 2017
Stanford has been at the top of St. James Academy senior Keenan Fitzmorris’ college basketball wish list for much of the recruiting process, and he came one step closer to suiting up for the Cardinal. According to Rivals.com National Basketball Analyst Eric Bossi, Fitzmorris verbally committed to Stanford after a recent visit.
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.
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.
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.
Thirty seniors recognized at Mill Valley signing day ceremony
May 8, 2017
Thirty Mill Valley senior student-athletes were recognized last week during the Jaguars’ signing day ceremony.
Shawnee Mission North holds signing day ceremony
May 1, 2017
Shawnee Mission North recognized 17 student-athletes at its signing day ceremony last week.
SM North hoops alumnus Marcus Weathers will transfer to Duquesne
April 23, 2017
Shawnee Mission North alumnus Marcus Weathers announced via Twitter on Sunday that he will be transferring to Duquesne to continue his college basketball career. Weathers, who averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds during his freshman campaign at Miami (Ohio), will have to sit out for the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules before he suits up for the Dukes in 2018-19.
Former SM North standout Michael Weathers will transfer to Oklahoma State
05:59 p.m., April 16, 2017 Updated 10:50 p.m.
Shawnee Mission North alumnus Michael Weathers announced Sunday that he will be transferring to Oklahoma State to continue his basketball career in the Big 12.
Weathers brothers ask for release from Miami (Ohio)
12:11 a.m., March 29, 2017 Updated 02:39 p.m.
Former Shawnee Mission North boys basketball standouts Michael and Marcus Weathers have asked for their respective releases from Miami (Ohio), and will look to transfer. Marcus Weathers said in a phone interview on Wednesday that he and his twin brother would like stay together and transfer to another Division I school closer to the Kansas City area, but they will go to the program that best fits their skill sets.
Area basketball players earn all-state honors, invited to All-Star games
March 28, 2017
St. James Academy senior Zach Thornhill, Shawnee Mission North senior Danny Bradley and De Soto junior Mariah Grizzle were selected as all-state honorable mentions by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association on Monday. Thornhill was also invited to play in the KBCA All-Star game on June 24 in Salina and the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game on Friday at SM South. St. James senior Will Mckee and De Soto senior Julia Johnson were also selected to play in the GKCBCA All-Star game.
SMNW alumna Brenni Rose, Drake draw K-State in NCAA tournament first round
March 13, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumna Brenni Rose will be playing in the NCAA Div. I women’s basketball tournament after helping Drake to Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Rose and the Bulldogs (28-4) earned a No. 10 seed, and will play seventh-seeded Kansas State (22-10) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. The winner will play either No. 2 Stanford (28-5) or No. 15 New Mexico State (24-6) in the second round. The 2016 SM Northwest alumna has twice been named the MVC Newcomer of the Week during her freshman campaign.
SJA’s Thornhill, MV’s Zars highlight all-league basketball selections
March 13, 2017
St. James Academy senior Zach Thornhill and Mill Valley junior Evan Zars highlighted the all-league basketball selections in the Shawnee area after being earning all-Eastern Kansas League first-team honors on Monday.