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Joco notes: Hanna wins KGA Junior Amateur

Updated: 2013-06-20T22:04:47Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

On the heels of a dominant senior season at Shawnee Mission East, Chase Hanna blitzed the field en route to an eight-shot victory June 11-13 during the Kansas Golf Association’s 54th Junior Amateur Championship at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield, Kan.

Hanna won the 18-and-under division, as well as the overall title, by shooting 6-under par during his three rounds. His margin of victory ahead of Dodge City’s Zach Kirby was the largest in the Junior Amateur’s history.

Hanna opened a six-shot lead with an opening-round 66 and widened that lead to 10 strokes with a second-round 68, leaving him 10-under entering the final round.

Hanna, who earned an exemption into the field for the 103rd Kansas Amateur Match-Play Championships July 22-28 at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, finished the tourney with a 76.

BV West’s James Henderson won the 15-and-under division with a three-round 221, which was good enough for third overall.

BV North’s Evan Shartzer won the 17-and-under division at 222. He tied with SM East’s Andy Spencer for fourth overall.

Stags soccer sweeps NSCAA academic awards

Bishop Miege’s boys and girls soccer teams each won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s National Team Academic Award for the fourth consecutive season.

The Stags’ boys were the only team in metropolitan Kansas City to win a state championship last fall, going 18-2-1 en route to the Kansas Class 5A crown and finishing No. 15 in the final NSCAA national poll.

Miege’s boys, who boasted a cumulative 3.49 grade-point average, have won the National Team Academic Award seven times now, including five seasons in a row.

The Stags’ girls won for the fourth time in program history with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.54.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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