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March 25, 2014

Johnson County area graduates earn elite sports honors

High school graduates from the Johnson County area earn elite sports honors in college.

Shawnee Mission East High School graduate Zach Schneider, Olathe South graduate Marquis Addison and Leavenworth graduate Kyle Wiggins earned All-MIAA basketball honors this season.

Schneider, who now plays for Northwest Missouri State, was selected Freshman of the Year. He ranked fourth in the league in three-point percentage and ninth in three-point goals.

Addison, who was also selected to the All-Central Region second team in addition to his All-MIAA first team honors, averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for Missouri Southern. He finished his career in fifth place on the Missouri Southern all-time scoring list.

Wiggins was selected honorable mention All-MIAA after averaging 15 points per game for Washburn University.

Kulas is first team All-SEC

Shawnee Mission North graduate Bri Kulas earned first team All-Southeastern Conference honors this season after averaging 18.6 points per game in the regular season for the University of Missouri.

It was the second straight SEC honor for Kulas, who made second team last season. Kulas also made stops at Kansas State and Johnson County Community College during her college career.

Jeronimus is MIAA All-Region

Shawnee Mission West graduate Lizzy Jeronimus was selected All-Central Region first team after averaging 18.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for Pittsburg State in the regular season.

The Gorillas finished with a 23-8 record, which was second-best in school history, after falling to Wayne State (Neb) in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Friday.

Bugarinovic is second team All-Centennial Conference

Blue Valley Northwest graduate George Bugarinovic was selected second team All-Centennial Conference and earned the inaugural Scholar Athlete of the Year award at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

He is just the fourth player in Johns Hopkins history to earn All-CC honors in three consecutive seasons. He ranked second on the team and 12th in the conference, averaging 12.5 points per game. He also ranked third with a 57.1 field goal percentage.

Reese is MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week

Olathe South graduate David Reese was selected MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week on March 4, after pitching a complete-game shutout for Missouri Southern against Fort Hays State.

He held the Tigers to only one hit, while striking out nine batters with no walks. He also retired the last 10 batters in the game.

Stags’ soccer players sign

Three all-state soccer players from Bishop Miege High School planned on signing letters of intent this spring and figured the best way to do it would be together. They held a soccer-only signing on Feb. 26 to announce their decisions.

Lucas Franco and Nico Marquez, who were members of this year’s Kansas Class 4-1A state championship team, will continue playing together at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Shea Myer will be playing for Avila University.

Franco and Marquez were defenders for the Stags, who have won 32 games the last two seasons and two state championships. Myer was named the Kansas 5A Northeast Kansas Soccer Coaches Association Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior and is in the top five for career shutouts at Miege.

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