816 notebook: Two Blue Springs wrestlers earn national attention

01/30/2014 3:35 PM

01/30/2014 3:36 PM

Blue Springs High School seniors Daniel Lewis and Michael Pixley have lost a combined one wrestling match in the last two seasons. Both are defending Missouri Class 4 state championships this season.

And at least one national website believes each wrestler would fare quite well on the national scene, too.

Pixley has moved up to No. 2 in the 195-pound weight class in the latest FloWrestling.com national poll. He has lost one match this season. He went undefeated as a junior last season.

Lewis, a Missouri commit, is No. 3 in the 160-pound weight class. He has won individual state titles in each of his first three seasons with the Wildcats and has not lost a high school match since his sophomore year. He recently secured his fourth straight title at the Bobcat Classic at Basehor Linwood High School.

“I’ve been doing the right things, staying with the plan and executing it well,” Lewis said after winning the Bobcat Classic.

The FloWrestling.com poll is considered the most reputable among the national polls.

Baseball polls released

Blue Springs South suffered a disappointing finish to the 2013 baseball season when it lost to Staley in the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinals. Missouri high school coaches, however, seem to believe the Jaguars will earn a shot at redemption.

Blue Springs South has obtained the No. 1 ranking in Class 5 in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll released last week.

The Class 5 poll also features Lee’s Summit West (No. 3), Rockhurst (No. 5) and Liberty North (No. 10). Staley was unranked. Lee’s Summit West finished 18-8 last season, while Rockhurst was 18-6.

In a minor surprise, Oak Grove will begin the year unranked in Missouri Class 4, despite having reached the state championship game last season. Westminster Christian Academy of St. Louis defeated the Panthers 2-1 in the title game. Oak Grove finished with a 22-8 record last season. Westminster Christian, meanwhile, will open the year where it left off — atop the rankings.

The first in-season poll will be released on March 31.

Rockhurst High soccer

After helping Rockhurst win its sixth boys soccer state championship in the fall, senior Kyle McLagan has committed to attend Furman University on a soccer scholarship.

McLagan was named The Star’s All-Metro boys soccer player of the year.

“I guess it’s difficult to put into words, but it just felt right to me,” McLagan said. “Obviously the program is very prestigious and it’s a high level of soccer. That’s what initially attracted me, but I think what sold me was just the gut feeling (that) this is the right place.”

After playing defender most of his high school career, McLagan moved to striker midway through last season, and the Hawklets promptly won their next 15 matches. McLagan scored the game-winning goal in eight of the victories, and he scored twice during a 3-1 win over Timberland of Wentzville in the Missouri Class 3 state championship.

Furman, a Division I program located in Greenville, S.C., finished 11-5-2 last season.

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