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SMNW alumnus Christian Ghilardi, SMNW senior Joe Bultman become first co-winners of Kenneth Smith Award
July 17, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumnus Christian Ghilardi and SM Northwest senior Joe Bultman became the first co-winners of the Kenneth Smith Award.
Shawnee resident, KU alumnus Rory Ramsdell makes “Mini Allen Fieldhouse” out of new garage
July 10, 2018
Shawnee resident and University of Kansas alumnus Rory Ramsdell built a new garage for his daughters, Raegan and Bailey Ramsdell, to be able to park in, but that’s far from the only use that the family gets out of it. Rory has turned the garage into a mini Allen Fieldhouse.
Mill Valley senior Ben Trauernicht gears up for Down Under Sports International Games
July 4, 2018
Mill Valley senior Ben Trauernicht will be competing for the United States track and field team at the Down Under Sports International Games from July 13-15 in Australia.
Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center takes part in ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’
June 26, 2018
The abnormally low temperature and the light rain that fell on Thursday afternoon in Shawnee didn’t make it feel like the first day of summer, but the damp and dreary conditioning didn’t keep 26 children from enjoying a special swimming lesson at the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center. Thursday’s lesson was going to take place whether there was one or all 30 of the children who were pre- registered arrived. The lesson at the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center was one of several thousand that was put on Thursday as part of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, which is a worldwide event organized by the Overland Park-based World Waterpark Association.
Mill Valley alumnus Lucas Krüll returns to gridiron, signs with Florida
June 19, 2018
Mill Valley alumnus Lucas Krüll is returning to SEC Country after verbally committing to play football for the University of Florida.
Shawnee-area football players propel Kansas All-Stars to 30-0 win in GKCFCA All-Star Game
June 18, 2018
The Kansas All-Stars snapped a seven-game losing streak to Missouri in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star Game with the help of 11 Shawnee-area players. Mill Valley alumnus Brody Flaming was named the Kansas MVP after throwing touchdown passes to Shawnee Mission Northwest product Hayden Goodpaster and former St. Thomas Aquinas standout Joseph Clune. Northwest alumnus Travis Morrison helped highlight the shutout with 1.5 sacks. St. James product Jack Petz led Kansas with 45 rushing yards. De Soto alumnus Bryce Mohl scored on a touchdown run. Before the game, fellow DHS product Jack Barger was the Kansas recipient of the Ronald Warren Award — which goes to the most outstanding linebacker in the state. Other area alumni who played were Ike Valencia (Mill Valley), Evan Rice (MV), Trevor Watts (De Soto), Zach Titus (DHS) and Parker Kelley (St. James).
SMNW’s Mike Cooper named Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association 6A Boys Coach of the Year
June 14, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest track and field coach Mike Cooper was selected as the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association 6A Boys Coach of the Year on Thursday.
Three Shawnee area players, SMNW coach help Kansas All-Stars to 6-2 win in KCMBCA All-Star Game
June 12, 2018
De Soto alumni Conner Mackay and Tony Slaughter, Shawnee Mission Northwest product George Specht and Cougars baseball coach Domenic Mussat were a part of the Kansas All-Star team that won the Kansas City Metro Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game, 6-2, on Monday at the 3&2 East Baseball Complex.
Mill Valley trio earns all-state softball honors; All-league teams announced
June 9, 2018
After leading the Mill Valley softball team to the state semifinals for the second straight year, catcher Jess Garcia, center fielder Peyton Moeder and pitcher Lauren Florez were recognized by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association by being named to the Class 5A all-state team. Sixteen Shawnee area softball players earned all-league honors.
St. James alumna Jenna Gray finishes as NCAA runner-up in women’s javelin throw
June 7, 2018
St. James alumna Jenna Gray ended her sophomore track and field season at Stanford with a bang by finishing as the runner-up in the women’s javelin throw at the NCAA outdoor championships on Thursday at Oregon’s Hayward Field. Gray’s throw of 57.29 meters (187 feet, 11 inches) was a personal-best, and only trailed Stanford teammate Mackenzie Little.

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Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Joe Bultman, left, and SM Northwest alumnus Christian Ghilardi, right, hold up their Kenneth Smith Award trophies on Thursday at SMNW. Bultman and Ghilardi became the first co-winners of the award.

From left, Raegan Ramsdell, Rory Ramsdell and Bailey Ramsdell gather for a photo inside a garage at their Shawnee residence that doubles as a mini Allen Fieldhouse.

A television sits on a ledge in one of the corners of Shawnee resident Rory Ramsdell's garage, which doubles as a mini Allen Fieldhouse. Ramsdell and his family use the TV to watch KU men’s basketball games when the Jayhawks play on the road.

Lockers for Raegan and Bailey Ramsdell sit in the corner of a garage, which doubles as a mini Allen Fieldhouse, at their family's Shawnee residence. The lockers are designed like the ones for the KU basketball players in the Allen Fieldhouse locker room.

Lockers for Rory and Renetta Ramsdell sit in the corner of a garage, which doubles as a mini Allen Fieldhouse, at their Shawnee residence. The lockers are designed like the ones for the KU basketball players in the Allen Fieldhouse locker room.

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