Two Olathe North football players commit to D-I colleges

07/31/2014 5:41 PM

07/31/2014 5:41 PM

Olathe North High School tight end Josh Moore and linebacker Marcel Spears made a pact this summer to announce their college decisions before football started, so they could focus their attention on the upcoming season.

They followed through this week, Moore committing to Ohio State and Spears to Iowa State, which only adds to the anticipation for their senior years.

“I think we have some of the best athletes,” Moore said. “We plan on winning it all, and if we don’t it will probably be a disappointment.”

Olathe North went 8-4 last season and lost in the Kansas substate championship game to Sunflower League foe Shawnee Mission East. Moore and Spears will join recent Olathe North graduate Jimmie Swain, who signed with Oregon, as Eagles in the Division-I ranks.

Moore said that he narrowed his list to Ohio State and Florida State, before deciding on his visit to commit to the Buckeyes. He is the fifth-ranked recruit in Kansas, according to Rivals.com. Spears is the 10th-ranked recruit.

Like commits to UMKC

After a break-out sophomore season which helped her earn an Eastern Kansas League first-team nod, Blue Valley Southwest’s Rilynne Like verbally committed last week to play basketball at UMKC.

She averaged 13 points, 3.5 assists and three steals per game for the Timberwolves.

Boxberger wins gold

Blue Valley North graduate Erin Boxberger added another gold medal to her resume recently, when she repeated as the winner of the women’s eight at the 2014 Under 23 World Rowing Championships.

Boxberger, who started rowing at the University of Notre Dame, is a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American and her boat finished ninth in the eight at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Rowing National Championships.

Kansas City 11th toughest market

After analyzing the computer rankings from the 2013 season, CBS MaxPreps announced that Kansas City is the 11th toughest market for high school football.

Blue Valley, the Kansas Class 6A state champion, was the top ranked team in Kansas and landed at No. 169 nationally.

Track spotlight on Johnson County boy

Although he is only nine years old, Jack Lucas is already making a name for himself on the national track and field scene.

In June, Lucas broke the Kansas Hershey’s state record in the 400-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 7.11 seconds, which qualified him for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final on Saturday in Hershey, Pa.

He also won the 400 at the AAU Regional Qualifier meet in Joplin, Mo., which advanceed him to the AAU Junior Olympics Track and Field Games next week in Des Moines.

Lucas attends St. Ann Catholic School in Prairie Village and runs for the Hot Feet Track Club.

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