2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

Mill Valley Cooper Kaifes, De Soto’s Jared Baruth play in Kansas Barnstormers game
May 1, 2018
Mill Valley senior Cooper Kaifes and De Soto senior Jared Baruth cherished the experience of playing in the Kansas Barnstormers game — which featured KU seniors Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young.
Maranatha baseball wins Van Horn tournament
April 29, 2018
Michael Goodwin hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Maranatha Christian Academy baseball team to a 7-6 victory over Van Horn on Saturday in the Van Horn tournament championship game.
Nine area basketball players earn KBCA all-state honors; MV’s Kaifes selected for All-Star game
March 26, 2018
Nine basketball players from the Shawnee area were named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Class teams on Monday. Mill Valley senior Cooper Kaifes highlighted the boys selections by earning Class 5A first-team honors and was picked for the KBCA All-Star game, which will take place at 8 p.m. on June 23 at Kansas Wesleyan’s Mabee Area. Mill Valley senior Evan Zars led the way for the area girls players by being named to the 5A first team. Maranatha sophomore Jonathan Jackson was picked to the 2A boys second team. Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Jordann Nachbar, Mill Valley senior Ike Valencia, Mill Valley junior Claire Kaifes, De Soto senior Jared Baruth, St. James senior Mary Goetz and St. James sophomore Jack Moellers were selected as honorable mentions.
Former SMNW hoops standout Skeens earns All-America, Academic All-America honors
March 20, 2018
After guiding the Washburn men’s basketball team to an NCAA Division II tournament appearance, Shawnee Mission Northwest alumnus Brady Skeens has earned Basketball Times All-America and CoSida Academic All-America third team honors.
Several area basketball players earn all-league honors
March 13, 2018
With basketball season now complete, the all-league teams from the area have been released. Here’s a breakdown of the Shawnee area basketball players who received all-league honors.
Mill Valley falls to Pittsburg in third-place game of 5A boys basketball state tournament
March 11, 2018
The Mill Valley boys basketball team fell to Pittsburg, 58-56, in the third-place game of the Class 5A state tournament on Saturday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Mill Valley senior Cooper Kaifes scored a game-high 28 points.
Mill Valley boys basketball comes up short against Carroll in 5A state semifinals
March 9, 2018
Mill Valley senior Cooper Kaifes scored a game-high 20 points, but the Jaguars fell to Bishop Carroll, 58-47, in the semifinals of the Class 5A boys basketball state tournament on Friday at the Kansas Expocentre. The Jaguars will play for third place against Pittsburg at 2 p.m. Saturday.
St. James girls basketball shows support for special fan in state quarterfinal loss to Liberal
March 9, 2018
While the St. James girls basketball team came up short in a 62-29 loss to top-seeded Liberal in the first round of the Class 5A tournament on Thursday at the Kansas Expocentre, the Thunder had several more reasons to leave their hearts on the floor besides trying to pull off the upset. The Thunder donned white ribbons on their warmups to show their support for one of head coach Samantha Paradise’s biggest fans.
Mill Valley girls basketball falls to Maize in 5A state quarterfinals
March 9, 2018
The Mill Valley girls basketball team wasn’t able to overcome a long offensive drought in a 44-37 loss to Maize in the Class 5A state quarterfinals on Thursday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Claire Kaifes put together a balanced stat line with 16 points, eight steals, five rebounds and three blocks. Evan Zars recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
SMNW falls to Wichita South in 6A girls basketball state quarterfinals
March 8, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest couldn’t keep pace with Wichita South down the stretch in a 56-38 loss to the Titans in the Class 6A girls basketball state quarterfinals on Wednesday at Wichita State’s Koch Arena. Juniors Hannah Black and Rachel Seibold paced the Cougars with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Mill Valley knocks off top-seeded Eisenhower, 68-64, in 5A boys basketball state quarterfinals
March 8, 2018
Mill Valley senior Cooper Kaifes recorded a double-double with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Keeshawn Mason added 20 points to power the Jaguars past top-seeded Goddard-Eisenhower, 68-64, in the first round of the Class 5A boys basketball state tournament on Wednesday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. The Jaguars will take on Bishop Carroll at 4:45 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
Mill Valley girls basketball rolls to 5A sub-state title with win over BVSW
March 4, 2018
The Mill Valley girls basketball team earned a 51-38 win over Blue Valley Southwest in the Class 5A sub-state championship game to punch its ticket to the state tournament for the second time in the last three years. Evan Zars paced the Jaguars offensively with a game-high 17 points, while Adde Hinkle set the tone on the defensive end with six steals. The Jaguars will play Maize at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka for their first-round matchup.
Basketball roundup: Mill Valley, St. James girls win sub-state titles; State tournament brackets revealed
March 4, 2018
The Mill Valley and St. James Academy girls basketball teams won Class 5A sub-state championships on Saturday to secure spots at the state tournament at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. The Jaguars rolled to a 51-38 victory over Blue Valley Southwest, while the Thunder upended Lansing, 55-51. A full recap of Mill Valley’s win over BV Southwest will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com. Mill Valley earned the No. 3 seed in the 5A state tournament, and will play No. 6 seed Maize in the quarterfinals at 4:45 p.m. Thursday. St. James will try to continue its Cinderella postseason run as the No. 8 seed when the Thunder go up against top-seeded Liberal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Maranatha boys basketball team fell to St. Mary’s Colgan, 57-53, in the 2A sub-state title game to end the season with a record of 20-3. The Mill Valley boys and Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball teams officially learned their first-round state tournament opponents on Sunday. The Jaguars earned the No. 8 seed, and will take on top-seeded Goddard-Eisenhower at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 5A boys state quarterfinals. The Cougars will go into the 6A girls state tournament at Wichita State’s Charles Koch Arena as the No. 7 seed. The Cougars will clash against No. 2 seed Wichita South (21-1) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a rematch of the 2016 state title game.
SMNW outlasts ONW, 48-46, in OT to advance to 6A girls state basketball tournament
March 3, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Hannah Black made sure to get her hands on some hardware as the Cougars accepted the Class 6A girls basketball sub-state championship plaque following their 48-46 overtime win over Olathe Northwest on Friday, but that wasn’t the only object she held on to that symbolized hard work. Black carried around the team’s sledge hammer after doing the heavy lifting in crunch time. The SM Northwest junior scored the last two buckets for the Cougars in regulation to help force overtime, and finished with 10 points. Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Jordann Nachbar led all scorers with 16 points.
Hoops roundup: Cooper Kaifes’ buzzer-beater sends MV boys to state; State-bound SMNW girls win in OT
March 3, 2018
The Mill Valley boys and Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball teams punched tickets to their respective state tournaments on Friday. Mill Valley senior Cooper Kaifes hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the Jaguars’ 64-63 victory over Wyandotte. Kaifes netted 30 points and became the Jaguars’ all-time leading scorer. The SM Northwest girls squad avenged last year’s sub-state final loss with a 48-46 overtime win over the Ravens. Jordann Nachbar led all scorers with 16 points. A full recap will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com. Maranatha’s boys basketball team advanced to the sub-state title game with a 76-68 win over Yates Center. Jonathan Jackson had a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. De Soto’s boys basketball team lost in its sub-state final clash against Topeka Seaman, 69-52. Jared Baruth paced the Wildcats with 16 points.

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