Ryan McCarthy Contributing sportswriter

Ryan McCarthy contributes sports stories to the Dispatch.

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River City Baseball update: SM North, SM Northwest end weekend with losses
April 19, 2013
LAWRENCE — Shawnee Mission Northwest dropped a game in extra innings on Friday night losing to Warrensburg (Mo.), 12-9, at Hogland Park at Kansas University during the River City Baseball Festival.
River City Baseball update: SM North downed, St. James splits
April 19, 2013
LAWRENCE —The Shawnee Mission North baseball team knew it was in for an uphill battle against a talented Lee’s Summit West squad on Thursday night.
From Colombia to Shawnee, speed skater has kept rolling
September 25, 2012
Age has not slowed Hernan Diaz when it comes to skating.
Maranatha Christian Academy Fall 2012 Preview: Young runners seek repeat
10:56 a.m., August 21, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Competing at the highest level of the Crossroads Conference is always Maranatha Christian Academy’s goal when a season begins. When practice began this month, fall sports teams looked to add to the school’s growing reputation and compete for more state championships by season’s end.
SM Northwest Fall 2012 Preview: Experienced athletes abundant this season
10:18 a.m., August 21, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
With fall sports kicking off, Shawnee Mission Northwest teams have narrowed down their rosters and are preparing for the grueling competition of another season in the Sunflower League.
Conditioning regimen, returning starters keys for St. James Academy
August 14, 2012
Entering 2012 after losing only five seniors from last year’s team might have the St. James Academy Thunder finally ready to break through that barrier and make it into the playoffs.
Cougars have new coach, new outlook
August 14, 2012
New SM North coach Linn Hibbs — a two-time 4A state champion at Wellington High School, where his teams advanced to 19 consecutive playoff appearances — brings a new system and outlook to the Cougars as they look for a deeper run in the playoffs.
St. James cross-country community inaugurates 4K
03:24 p.m., August 7, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Combining high school runners with adults and parents from around the area, the Thunder hoped this would start a growing summer tradition.
Carder picks Mannings’ brains at academy
12:20 p.m., July 31, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Alex Carder, now entering his third season as starting quarterback at Western Michigan, received a call from Archie Manning to be a college quarterback counselor and help lead the rest of the more than 1,200 campers. The counselors consisted of NFL position coaches, dozens of high school coaches and 40 current college quarterbacks.
SM Northwest alum hungry for next shot at Olympics
12:29 p.m., July 17, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Since her time on the Shawnee Mission Northwest track and field team, Christen Guenther has gradually improved her ability as a pole-vaulter —to the point where the Olympic Trials were in sight after her career at Brigham Young University.

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