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St. James Academy seniors Allison Coens (left) and Blake Ripp (right) pose for a photo at the Thunder's fall signing day ceremony on Wednesday. Coens signed to play beach volleyball at LSU, while Ripp made it official by inking with George Washington to continue his baseball career.

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SJA recognizes Ripp, Coens at fall signing day ceremony

St. James Academy seniors Blake Ripp and Allison Coens signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday in a ceremony held in the school's media center. Ripp signed to play baseball at George Washington, while Coens inked with LSU for beach volleyball. Several other Shawnee area athletes signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday and will be recognized at ceremonies later this school year. De Soto will hold a signing day ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, while Shawnee Mission North and Mill Valley will have one in the spring. Maranatha Christian Academy has had one senior sign so far in bowler Brett Perry, who inked with Ottawa. You can read about SM Northwest's signing day ceremony on the Dispatch website.


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