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Wrestling roundup: MV, SJA compete at Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic; DHS goes to Lee’s Summit North
December 11, 2017
The Mill Valley and St. James Academy wrestling teams placed 10th and 26th, respectively, at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic on Saturday. Conner Ward and Ethan Kremer led the Jaguars with second-place finishes. Cade Lautt finished third to lead the Thunder. De Soto placed 15th at the Lee’s Summit North Invitational. Luke Barger and Lane Warner paced De Soto with ninth-place finishes.
SMNW’s Habben sets school pins record at Cougar Invitational
December 11, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest wrestler Jerad Habben was hoping for a different place in his final Cougar Invitational on Saturday, but he still made his last match of the day a memorable one. Habben’s dream of a first-place finish in the 132-pound bracket were dashed in the semifinals after losing a 6-2 decision to Junction City’s Max Bazan in a clash of two top-five ranked wrestlers, but the SM Northwest senior bounced back to get a win by fall over Blue Valley Northwest’s Luke Gawlick. The victory over Gawlick was the 80th pin of Habben’s career, which moved him into sole possession of first place in SM Northwest history. Charles Brockmann won the 120-pound weight class to lead SM Northwest to 11th place. Jeffrey Downey and Aidan Thao led SM North to 14th place.
Basketball roundup: Maranatha boys win back-to-back games at home; SJA girls win second straight
December 10, 2017
The Maranatha Christian Academy boys bounced back from a season-opening loss to University Academy on Monday with home wins over Northland Christian and Grandview Christian on Friday and Saturday. The MCA girls defeated Bishop Seabury on Saturday after falling to Northland Christian on Friday. The St. James girls basketball won its second straight game after defeating Bonner Springs to take fifth in the Paola tournament. The St. James boys fell to Barstow in the fifth-place game of the Championship Showdown at Shawnee Mission East. The SM Northwest and SM North boys basketball teams were both tied in their respective games on Friday after three quarters, but the Cougars fell to Washburn Rural and the Indians lost to Blue Valley North.
Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic roundup: MV girls remain unbeaten, upend Gardner-Edgerton
December 10, 2017
After losing to Gardner-Edgerton three times last season, the Mill Valley girls basketball team couldn’t wait for the chance to take on the Trailblazers in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic championship game on Saturday. The Jaguars took care of the business on the defensive end to take home the tournament title, as they defeated the Trailblazers, 38-23. The De Soto boys basketball also went up against Gardner-Edgerton in the championship game, but a slow start doomed the Wildcats in a 64-55 loss to the Trailblazers. The Mill Valley boys and De Soto girls both fell in the third-place games. The Jaguars lost to Blue Valley Southwest, while the Wildcats tumbled to Truman.
SMNW, SMN swimmers drop time at Olathe Invitational
December 10, 2017
Between a strong cast of senior swimmers for Shawnee Mission North and first-year coach Ryan Lee raising the intensity level at SM Northwest, the vibes have been positive in the pool for the Indians and Cougars so far this season. The Indians and Cougars competed in what was essentially a little bit smaller scale of the state meet on Friday at the Olathe Invitational at Mission Trail Middle School. The Indians and Cougars finished ninth and 11th, respectively, in a meet that featured 15 of the 22 schools from last year’s Class 6A state meet.
St. James volleyball alumnae Gray, Fitzmorris help Stanford to Final Four in KC
December 10, 2017
After helping the Stanford volleyball team sweep Texas, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21, in the Elite Eight on Saturday at Maples Pavilion, former St. James Academy standouts Jenna Gray and Audriana Fitzmorris are heading back to the Final Four as they try to become defending national champions. The Cardinal’s national semifinal match against Florida at 8 p.m. Thursday will be even more special for Gray and Fitzmorris, though, as they’ll get to play in front of several friends and family members at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Shooting woes catch up to MV boys basketball in loss to Gardner-Edgerton
December 8, 2017
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Mill Valley boys basketball team in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s 51-29 loss to Gardner-Edgerton in the semifinals of the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic. Mill Valley (1-2) was within striking distance after Logan Talley’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 30-26 in the closing seconds of the third quarter, but the Jaguars felt like a lid for over their basket for the rest of the way. Gardner-Edgerton outscored Mill Valley, 21-3, over the final eight minutes.
De Soto boys hoops upends BVSW, advances to Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic title game
December 8, 2017
The De Soto boys basketball team advanced to the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic championship game for the second straight year after Thursday’s 58-51 win over Blue Valley Southwest. The Wildcats spread the wealth offensively with Exavier Jackson (17 points), Brannon Bell (15) and Levi Hansen (13) all scoring in double figures.
Turnovers cost De Soto in loss to Gardner-Edgerton
December 7, 2017
While turnovers plagued the De Soto girls basketball team in a 37-21 loss to Gardner-Edgerton in the Huthamaki Hardwood Classic semifinals on Wednesday, DHS coach Ryan Robie had no intentions of changing the Wildcats’ game plan. Going into Wednesday’s game, the Wildcats had found a lot of success from pushing the pace offensively with a run-and-gun tempo en route to wins over Shawnee Heights and Turner. The Wildcats (2-1, ranked No. 9 in 5A) weren’t able to get out in transition as much on Wednesday, though, as they committed 33 turnovers against a veteran Gardner-Edgerton squad.
Big night from Barton leads Mill Valley past Truman
December 7, 2017
When Mill Valley junior Presley Barton makes a 3-pointer, one can almost guarantee that she’ll continue to get the ball on the next few possessions with the opportunity to keep rolling. Barton’s eyes continued to light up as she got open looks against Truman’s zone on Wednesday in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic semifinals, as she drained five of her seven 3-pointers in the second quarter of the Jaguars’ 58-45 win over the Patriots. The Mill Valley junior led all scorers with a career-high 27 points.

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Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Jerad Habben wrestles against Blue Valley Northwest's Luke Gawlick at the Cougar Invitational. Habben won by fall over Gawlick to break SM Northwest's all-time pins record.

Shawnee Mission North sophomore Trey Smith competes in the 200-yard freestyle at the Olathe Invitational on Friday at Mission Trail Middle School.

Mill Valley freshman Keeshawn Mason handles the ball in the post in the second half of the Jaguars' 51-29 loss to Gardner-Edgerton on Thursday in the semifinals of the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic.

De Soto senior Exavier Jackson drives to the basket in the second half of the Wildcats' 58-51 win over Blue Valley Southwest on Thursday in the semifinals of the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic.

De Soto sophomore Lamyah Ricks leads the Wildcats on a fast break in the first half of the Wildcats' 37-21 loss to Gardner-Edgerton on Wednesday in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic semifinals at De Soto.

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