The hype came early for Skylar Thompson.
When he was a freshman at Fort Osage High School — before he had even played a down of high school football — Indians coach Ryan Schartz had already labeled him potentially the top quarterback talent in school history.
More than a year later, the hype isn’t dying down.
Thompson spent the weekend in Chicago, participating in the prestigious Elite 11 Chicago Regional camp, an invitation-only event for the region’s top quarterbacks.
Thompson was one of the handful of sophomores to compete in the camp, which featured 40 total quarterbacks, including Lee’s Summit junior Drew Lock, who committed to Missouri last Wednesday.
“It was definitely a special deal,” Thompson said of the regional camp. “It’s the best of the best. There are no slouches. It was a chance to go out there and compete with those guys and have an opportunity to learn from some of the best quarterback coaches in the nation.”
At the camp Saturday, the quarterbacks went through a variety of drills, testing their drop backs, roll outs, scrambling abilities and reads.
“There were a handful of things I haven’t really done before,” Thompson said. “They critique everything. It was definitely hard at first, but I picked up on some things. I definitely brought some things home to work on.”
Thompson has received healthy interest from a host of Division I schools, but he says he’s still waiting on his first official offer. A few Division I programs have also shown interest in signing him to play basketball, but Thompson believes his future is on the football field.
As a sophomore last season, Thompson completed 106 of 185 passes for 1,451 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.Soccer rankings
A year after settling for second place in the Missouri Class 3 girls state soccer tournament, St. Teresa’s Academy opened the season with five straight victories entering Tuesday’s match at Blue Valley West.
It hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The Stars are ranked No. 1 in the latest Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association Class 3 poll for Western Missouri, receiving all eight first-place votes. Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Raymore-Peculiar and Park Hill round out the top-five.
“We’re hoping to have another strong year, and we’re hoping to win a state title,” said Stars coach Jeremy McElduff, now in his fourth year as St. Teresa’s head coach.
Blue Springs South is sixth in the rankings, followed by Lee’s Summit North, Liberty, Lee’s Summit West and Fort Osage.
The coaches association also compiled an Elite Eleven team for the opening two weeks of the season. Featured among the selections is St. Teresa’s freshman goalie Alexis Batliner, who posted three shutouts in her first four starts.
Also part of the Elite Eleven squad are Blue Springs Springs South sophomore Sarah Freiermuth, Blue Springs sophomore Morgan Hensley, St. Teresa’s junior Dorian Bailey, Fort Osage junior Zoe Bedsworth, Blue Springs South forward Emily Griffin and Lee’s Summit forward Payton Seymour.Raiders golfers second
Pembroke Hill placed second in the Park Hill South Mo-Kan Invitational last week, a tournament that featured some of the best golf teams from both sides of the state line.
The Raiders held a 7-shot lead after the front nine but finished the 18-hole round one shot behind Blue Valley North at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.
Pembroke Hill’s Preston Fleenor placed third with with a 77, and his teammate, Zach Cobb, was fourth with 78. Shawnee Mission East golfer Andrew Spencer won the tournament with a 73.
Pembroke Hill took third in the Missouri Class 3 state tournament last season with Fleenor finishing seventh.Darwin Rold meet Friday
Lee’s Summit North will be the host school Friday for the inaugural Darwin Rold Invitational track meet, named for the Lee’s Summit School District athletics director who is retiring following this school year after more than 20 years in the district.
Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit North plan to make the meet an annual event. The meet starts at 4 p.m.