2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

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.
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.
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.
Mill Valley girls basketball bounces to different beat under new coach
November 25, 2016
The returners on the Mill Valley girls basketball team mostly knew what to expect from first-year coach Drew Walters going into the first few days of practice, but the former assistant of ex-Jaguars coach John McFall has not exactly gone by the same book as his predecessor. The experienced group of Jaguars have enjoyed picking up the pace with Walters at the helm.
New-look Mill Valley boys basketball team ready to make own mark
November 25, 2016
Between losing four out of five starters from last year’s state championship team, and still having several Mill Valley football players yet to practice, Jaguars boys basketball coach Michael Bennett has had the chance to seen a number of new faces trying to earn varsity minutes in the first two weeks of practice. Bennett has been encouraged from what he’s seen from junior Cooper Kaifes — the Jaguars’ lone returning starter — and all of the other players who are looking to join the 6-foot-2 guard in the lineup.
LeBron James congratulates SMN boys basketball on state title, challenges Indians to repeat
November 22, 2016
Shawnee Mission North boys basketball coach Steve Stitzer has emphasized that last season’s state championship run needs to be in the rear-view as they prepare for the 2016-17 campaign, but the Indians took one last moment to reflect on the 6A title Tuesday before practice. The Indians understand Stitzer’s message, but their ears perked up when they heard similar words from arguably the best basketball player in the world. Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James and Nike sent a video message, note and somewhat of an early Christmas present to the Indians.
Another big senior class prepares to lead SMNW boys hoops
November 22, 2016
Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball coach Mike Rose will have an abundance of senior leadership again heading into the 2016-17 season.
New cast of Cougars looks to step up for SMNW girls basketball
November 22, 2016
The Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball team only returns two starters from last season’s Class 6A state runner-up squad, but the goals remain the same for the Cougars. The Cougars lost the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Brenni Rose — who is logging 16.3 minutes per game off the bench in her freshman season at Drake — as well as Shelbie McLain, Danielle Rehor and Carson Vielhauer. While the presence of the graduated seniors has been missed, SM Northwest coach Tyler Stewart said that senior point guard Emmalee Rose and junior forward Jordann Nachbar have offered good leadership, and that a young core of underclassmen have brought a lot of energy through the first week of practice.
SM Northwest, St. James student-athletes ink letters of intent
November 10, 2016
Shawnee Mission Northwest and St. James Academy both held national letter of intent signing day ceremonies for select student-athletes Wednesday. Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Zach Reeder (baseball — Evansville), Javier Pena (baseball — Butler CC), Dylan Nedved (baseball — Hutchinson CC), Joe Todd (baseball — Neosho CC) and Britta Coleman (volleyball — Fort Hays State) signed their letters of intent in the school’s cafeteria. St. James’ Brady Manning (soccer — Northern Illinois), Clay Lautt (wrestling — North Carolina), Zach Thornhill (basketball — Nebraska-Omaha), Derek Ripp (baseball — Arkansas), Lucas Scheele (baseball — Kansas State), Matthew Surface (golf — Bethany) and Caroline Klemp (golf — Denver) made their college decisions official in the school’s media center. St. James baseball players Davis Ernsdorff (Johnson County CC), Jake Owens (Missouri), Spencer Kaifes (Missouri Southern State) and Tanner Bramlage (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CC) all inked their letters of intent at their respective homes, and will have a ceremony in the spring.
Former Shawnee-area hoops stars shine for Washburn in exhibition against No. 3 Kansas
November 2, 2016
Three former Shawnee-area high school hoops stars saw some action for Washburn’s men’s basketball team in the Ichabods’ 92-74 exhibition loss to No. 3 Kansas Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse. Junior Brady Skeens, a Shawnee Mission Northwest alumnus, led Washburn with seven rebounds, as the Ichabods won the battle of the boards against the Jayhawks, 45-44. Skeens also scored six points, and Mill Valley alumnus Clayton Holmberg and St. James Academy product Tom Huppe netted four and three tallies, respectively.

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