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September 13, 2013

Joco notebook: Cross country runners excel at Olathe East Class Classic

Blue Valley Northwest senior Sam Guinn blew away the field last week during the season-opening Olathe East Class Classic cross country meet at Lone Elm Park.

Blue Valley Northwest senior Sam Guinn blew away the field last week during the season-opening Olathe East Class Classic cross country meet at Lone Elm Park.

Guinn finished the 5-kilometer course in 12 minutes, 3 seconds to claim an easy win in the race, which is unique because it’s split into classes based on a runner’s year in school.

Guinn won the senior race by 65 seconds and won by 36 seconds overall.

Blue Valley’s Joe Gorthy, who won the junior boys race (12:39), posted the second-fastest overall time, while Lawrence Free State junior Ryan Liston notched the third-fastest time (12:51).

Olathe East’s Nicholas Skinner won the sophomore boys race (12:57) and wound up fourth overall for the Hawks, who won the team title.

Finally, Lawrence Free State’s Calvin Yost-Wolff won the freshman boys race (14:14).

The Firebirds’ girls won the team title, edging Olathe East by winning three of the four divisions.

Bailey Sullivan of Lawrence Free State won the senior race (12:43), but she was only third overall behind two teammates — sophomore winner Claire Sanner (12:27) and freshman winner Emily Venters (12:32).

Olathe East sophomore Kayla Davis turned in the fourth-fastest time (12:46), while BV Northwest’s Hannah Holbert (12:49) finished first in the junior girls race.

Thunder wins clash of national powers

St. James Academy ended Dike (Iowa)-New Hartford’s 70-match win streak Thursday with a 25-23, 27-25, 25-16 volleyball victory.

The Thunder are ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to, which ranked the two-time defending champion Wolverines fourth overall.

New Hartford hadn’t lost in two years before St. James senior Arianna Person helped pound its host into submission inside the Wolverines’ tiny, packed gym with no air conditioning.

Person needed only 25 swings to rack up 19 kills and also had nine digs, while sophomore Audriana Fitzmorris chipped in 11 kills and six blocks.

Sophomore setter Jenna Gray finished with 37 assists, nine digs and three kills, while junior Abby Brown notched a career-best 10 digs.

Finally, senior middle blocker Audrey Wenski added eight kills on 12 swings, while senior Brie Lewis added seven kills.

BV North grad snags national honor

Washington University-St. Louis freshman Caroline Dupont, a Blue Valley North graduate, was selected Tuesday as the NCAA Division III national player of the week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Dupont, who is the first freshman to win the honor in five years, paced the No. 7 Bears to two wins against ranked opponents. She hit .500 with 42 kills and only five errors on 74 swings in leading Washington to a 3-0 record.

She was especially good against No. 21 Pacific Lutheran and No. 3 Wittenberg, with 35 kills and two errors on 56 attacks during Saturday’s matches. She also added a career-best seven blocks against Pacific Lutheran and a career-best six digs against Wittenberg.

Youth soccer returning to Overland Park

U.S. Youth Soccer announced Wednesday that the 2014 Region II (Midwest) Presidents Cup will take place June 12-15 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

The city of Overland Park and the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association will serve as hosts much like July when the Overland Park Soccer Complex was the site of U.S. Youth Soccer’s national championships.

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