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July 22, 2014

MIAA honors Shawnee Mission West graduate

News and notes from the 913 area sports scene.

Shawnee Mission West High School graduate and Pittsburg State basketball player Lizzy Jeronimus received the Ken B. Jones Award earlier this summer from the MIAA. The award honors one male and one female athlete who excel in athletics, academics and community service.

Jeronimus, who was first-team all-MIAA and a first team all-American, ranked second in the MIAA in scoring (18 points per game) and will enter her senior year as the nation’s second leading active career scorer in Division II.

Academically, she earned MIAA All-Academic honors, posting a 3.80 grade-point average as a management major. She also volunteered in cleanup efforts for a tornado in Baxter Springs, Kan., helped with a clinic for Girl Scouts and helped with a Backpack program food drive.

Hathaway leads NFCA All-Americans

Olathe Northwest’s Regan Hathaway, who was The Star’s All-Metro Kansas Softball Player fo the Year, led a group of three Olathe area high school softball players who were tabbed as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans last week.

Hathaway, a catcher for the Ravens, was named first team with a .759 batting average and 36 RBIs. Olathe East pitcher Allison Stewart and Olathe North catcher Maddie McCracken were both included on the second team. Stewart, the three-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, had a 0.82 ERA and 156 strikeouts for the Hawks. McCracken batted .590 with 30 RBIs for the Eagles.

BV North assistant promoted

After four years as an assistant in the boys and girls tennis programs at Blue Valley North, Tracey Johnson accepted the head coaching job earlier this summer when Ann Dark stepped down to spend more time with her family.

Johnson is a three-time athletic hall of fame inductee at the University of Saint Francis, where she competed in tennis, basketball and softball. She worked as a junior high and high school coach before accepting a job with the United States Tennis Association.

Blue Valley North, this past school year, finished second in the Kansas Class 6A girls tennis state tournament and third on the boys side.

Aquinas ranks 22nd in poll

With Kansas Class 5A state titles in girls cross country, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls track and baseball, St. Thomas Aquinas landed in 22nd place in the CBS MaxPreps Cup national rankings.

The poll is compiled by awarding points for finishing first or second in state championships, while taking into account the size of playoff divisions.

The Aquinas volleyball and boys cross country teams also added a second-place finish at state.

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