2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

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.
SM North alumnus Michael Weathers named MAC Freshman of the Year
March 11, 2017
Former Shawnee Mission North standout and Miami (Ohio) guard Michael Weathers was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 guard was one of the top threats at both ends of the floor for the RedHawks, as he posted team-high averages in points (16.7), assists (4.8), blocks (1.4) and steals (1.9). Weathers set the single-season freshman scoring record for Miami with 533 points.
SMNW girls fall to ONW in sub-state title game
March 5, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s girls basketball team’s quest to return to the Class 6A state tournament for the fourth straight season fell short, as the Cougars fell to Olathe Northwest, 46-31, in the sub-state championship game on Saturday. Senior Emmalee Rose was the lone Cougar to reach double figures with 11 points.
Third quarter dooms St. James in season-ending loss to Aquinas
March 5, 2017
The third quarter has been the St. James boys basketball team’s downfall during the 2016-17 campaign, and the most painful one yet proved to be costly in the Thunder’s 60-53 sub-state championship game loss to rival St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday. The Thunder (14-8, No. 9 in Class 5A) trailed the Saints (18-4, No. 2 in 5A), 27-26, at halftime, but were out-scored 15-4 in the third quarter. St. James rallied late to pull within three at 54-51 after a Spencer Kaifes 3-pointer with 1:17 remaining, but that was as close as the Thunder would get. Zach Thornhill led the Thunder with 17 points.

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