2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

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.
Mill Valley’s upset bid falls short in 46-34 loss to Aquinas
March 4, 2017
The Mill Valley girls basketball team put St. Thomas Aquinas’ 22-year streak of going to the state tournament in serious jeopardy in the Class 5A sub-state championship game on Friday, but the Jaguars did not quite have enough in the second half of its 46-34 loss to the Saints. Claire Kaifes led Mill Valley with nine points, and the Jaguars ended the season with a record of 11-11.
Basketball roundup: De Soto girls state-bound after win over Pittsburg
March 4, 2017
In its first season as a member of Class 5A, the De Soto girls basketball qualified for the state tournament after defeating Pittsburg, 45-34, in the sub-state championship game on Friday. Tanith Beal led the Wildcats with 17 points. The Wildcats (15-7) will be the No. 8 seed in the 5A state tournament, and will play either St. Thomas Aquinas, Leavenworth, Maize or Schlagle — all of which own a record of 19-3 — in the first round. The state brackets will officially be released at 10 a.m. Sunday. Maranatha Christian Academy ended its season with a 61-29 loss to Jefferson County North in the 2A girls sub-state semifinals.
Basketball roundup: SMNW girls top SM East to reach sub-state title game
March 3, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Jordann Nachbar netted a game-high 21 points, and Hannah Black and Gena Ojeda added 13 and 11, respectively, to help the Cougars coast to a 64-32 victory over SM East on Thursday in the Class 6A sub-state semifinals. The Cougars will play Olathe Northwest on Saturday with a trip to state on the line. Shawnee Mission North’s girls team ended its season with a 42-24 loss to Olathe Northwest, and the Mill Valley boys squad closed its 2016-17 campaign with a 62-40 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. James handles De Soto, turns attention to Aquinas for sub-state title game
March 3, 2017
When the sub-state brackets were released, it was difficult for the players on the St. James Academy boys basketball team not to look ahead at a possible match-up with rival St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday for a chance to move on to the Class 5A state basketball tournament. However, St. James coach Stan Dohm made it clear to his players that they still had to take care of business on Thursday against De Soto in the sub-state semifinals. The Thunder answered their coach’s call, as they coasted to a 71-30 victory over the Wildcats to set up the highly-anticipated sub-state title game against the Saints.

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