Joco notebook: Nine SM North students awarded legacy scholarships

05/01/2014 4:11 PM

05/01/2014 4:11 PM

On Sunday, Shawnee Mission North will play host to its second annual Sports Scholarship Foundation Award Program at 3 p.m. in the school’s Little Theater.

There will be nine legacy scholarships awarded, totaling $7,500. They are awarded based on academics, athletics and community involvement. The scholarships are named after former SM North coaches to honor their contributions and provide a living legacy for each of them.

This year’s award winners:

Scott Johnson (Bill Cornwell Basketball Scholarship)

Darian Dozier (Bob Stauffer Track Scholarship)

Thomas Johnson (Don Alpaugh Scholarship)

Holly Clark (Tom Coker Tennis Scholarship)

Alex Cooley (Jim Hanson Baseball Scholarship)

Jesse Patterson (Larry Taylor Football Scholarship)

Crysta Moon (Owen Craig Memorial Scholarship for Trainers and Student Managers)

Ashlee Bishop (Steve Howard Softball Scholarship)

Bailey Conklin (Bernie Wagner and Merlin Gish Scholar Athlete of the Year Scholarship)

KCAC honors St. James graduate

St. James Academy graduate Breanna Honer was named first team All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference as a tennis player at Bethel College.

Honer finished the season with a 15-5 record at the No. 1 singles spot for the Threshers. She also teamed up with Steph Shogren in doubles and had a 15-6 record.

She is ranked 48th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NAIA poll.

Trailblazers back on track

After losing three of their previous four games, the Gardner Edgerton High School baseball team got back to basics.

The Trailblazers focused on the fundamentals and were rewarded with a first place finish recently in the De Soto Tournament.

“I’m very pleased with our ball club right now,” Gardner Edgerton coach Corey Schrack said. “The week prior to the tournament was a tough week for us, but we were able to bounce back, compete well, play clean baseball and get back on track with our pitching, defense, and our offense really came around.”

Entering Thursday night’s double header against Blue Valley Southwest, Gardner Edgerton was 8-5 with a 4-3 record in the Eastern Kansas League.

Ravens eye return to state

When the Olathe Northwest softball team learned it would have to play this season without senior pitcher Chandler Elsner due to an ACL injury, the Ravens had to rally.

Lucky for them, she was just one of four players who is headed to the Division I ranks after high school. Elsner is headed to Northern Colorado, Kelsey Wright will go to Drake University, Mikayla Warren is going to the University of Kansas, and junior Reagan Hathaway has committed to the University of Texas.

“I’m fortunate to have three Division I girls playing,” Ravens coach Mark Mahoney said. “They know what it takes to win and they instill their hard work and dedication to the program. They want to go back to state.”

As of Wednesday, the Ravens were 8-2.

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