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Girls basketball roundup: SMNW, MV, SJA end regular season with wins; sub-state brackets released
February 25, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest, Mill Valley and St. James Academy’s girls basketball teams all won their regular season finales on Friday. Sub-state action will take place this week as area teams try to punch their tickets to the state tournament. A full recap of De Soto’s loss to Baldwin will also be posted later on shawneedispatch.com.
SMNW girls hoops cruises to senior night win over Free State
February 23, 2018
After Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Megan Nugent tore her ACL in a club soccer game last fall, her final high school basketball season was in serious doubt. The idea of missing her whole senior season was one that didn’t sit well with Nugent, though. Should the Cougars make it through sub-state, Nugent has set the goal of being medically cleared by the time the Class 6A girls basketball tournament rolls around in two weeks. Although the 5-foot-5 guard missed the Cougars’ first 18 games, Nugent got a small taste of what it was like to be back on the court during SM Northwest’s 60-34 senior night win over Free State. Shawnee Mission Northwest coach Tyler Stewart and Free State coach Ted Juneau arranged before the opening tip for Nugent to be able to start and get the first two points of the game. Senior Jordann Nachbar and junior Hannah Black paced SM Northwest with 16 points apiece.
Slow start costs Cougars in 68-55 loss to Free State
February 23, 2018
It was a tale of two halves for Shawnee Mission Northwest’s boys basketball team on Wednesday against Free State. The problem for the Cougars was that they needed two good halves in order to knock off the Firebirds, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 6A. The Cougars proved that they could hang with the Firebirds in the second half, but a 15-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome in a 68-55 setback. George Specht scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead the Cougars.
Girls basketball roundup: SMNW ousts Free State; DHS upends Louisburg; MCA stifles KCC
February 22, 2018
Shawnee Mission Northwest coasted past Free State for a 60-34 win on senior night. A full recap of the Cougars’ win over the Firebirds will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com. De Soto completed a season sweep of Louisburg with a 55-38 victory. Maranatha powered past Kansas City Christian for a 36-27 win over the Panthers. Shawnee Mission North fell to Leavenworth, 57-45.
Boys hoops roundup: De Soto, Maranatha, SM North, Mill Valley garner double-digit victories
February 22, 2018
De Soto clinched at least a share of the Frontier League boys basketball title with a 57-40 win over Louisburg on Wednesday. Maranatha Christian Academy pushed its winning streak to 14 games, as Jonathan Jackson notched a triple-double in the Eagles’ 73-51 victory over Kansas City Christian. Shawnee Mission North snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-49 win over Leavenworth. Mill Valley won for the sixth time in its last nine games after defeating Blue Valley Southwest, 64-50, in a game that had to be played at BV North. St. James fell short against Blue Valley, 46-40. Shawnee Mission Northwest played with a different sense of energy in the second half, but the Cougars’ couldn’t make up for a sluggish first two quarters in a 68-55 loss to Free State. A full recap of the matchup between the Cougars and Firebirds will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com.
Girls basketball roundup: SJA drops heartbreaker against Blue Valley; Maranatha tumbles to Van Horn
February 20, 2018
St. James guards Mary Goetz and Torri Kempf combined for 33 points, but the Thunder lost a nail-biter to Blue Valley, 49-48. Goetz led the Thunder with 18 points, and Kempf added 15 on five 3-pointers. Maranatha couldn’t keep pace with Van Horn in a 56-22 loss to the Falcons.
Boys hoops roundup: Scoring records fall in Maranatha’s win over Van Horn; St. James ousts Tolton
February 20, 2018
Monday marked another record-breaking night for Maranatha Christian Academy’s boys basketball team after the Eagles’ 94-75 win over Van Horn. The Eagles broke the school’s single-season scoring record, and also broke MCA’s single-game scoring record for the second time this season. Jonathan Jackson paced the Eagles with 31 points and 10 rebounds. St. James also had one of its best offensive games of the season on Saturday in its 67-45 victory over Father Tolton Catholic.
SMN 14th, SMNW 17th at Class 6A boys swimming and diving state championships
February 19, 2018
Shawnee Mission North and SM Northwest placed 14th and 17th, respectively, at the Class 6A boys swimming and diving state championships on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Northwest sophomore Scott Klein broke his own school record in the 50-yard freestyle to tie for third place, as he earned all-state second-team honors. North’s James Cameron, Trey Smith, Clayton McMillin and Luke Guthrie led the Indians with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
St. James 3rd, Mill Valley 9th at 5-1A boys swimming and diving state championships
February 19, 2018
St. James and Mill Valley placed third and ninth, respectively, at the Class 5-1A boys swimming and diving championships on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. St. James’ Nick Callahan, JT Amrein and Harry Tjaden earned first-team all-state honors. Mill Valley’s Chris Sprenger was tabbed to the second team.
MCA girls basketball makes strides defensively, struggles offensively in loss to Barstow
February 18, 2018
Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball coach Reggie Hines was pleased with the Eagles’ zone defense against Barstow on Friday, but the Eagles couldn’t generate enough offense in their 42-27 loss to the Knights.

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Senior Megan Nugent gets congratulated by the Shawnee Mission Northwest cheerleaders following the Lady Cougars' 60-34 win over Free State on Wednesday.

Shawnee Mission Northwest senior George Specht drives in for a layup during the Cougars' 68-55 loss to Free State on Wednesday.

Shawnee Mission Northwest sophomore Scott Klein jumps into the arms of coach Ryan Lee after tying for third place in the 50-yard freestyle at the Class 6A boys state meet on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka.

The St. James boys swim and dive team stands on the awards podium with the third-place plaque after the Class 5-1A state meet on Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka.

Maranatha sophomore Anita Eckhardt makes a move in the post in the second half of the Eagles' 42-27 loss to Barstow on Friday.

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