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SM East golfer Andy Spencer wins Kenneth Smith Award

Shawnee Mission East junior Andy Spencer was honored Wednesday with the Kenneth Smith Award, which recognizes the top high school boys and girls golfer in the Kansas City area. Blue Springs’ Mariah Peters won the girls’ award in the fall.

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No. 1 high school sports story of 2014-2015 season: Olathe East football player James McGinnis makes steady progress

On Sept. 12, 2014, Olathe East High School senior James McGinnis struck his head while attempting a tackle and was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding in the line of his brain. He spent the next two weeks in an intensive care unit. Over the next nine months, James McGinnis beat those odds — time and time again.

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No. 2 high school sports story of 2014-2015 season: Winnetonka’s Marquise Doherty can choose between baseball and football

Marquise Doherty told The Star after the Major League Baseball Draft that there is a “90 percent chance” he delays his professional baseball career in favor of attending Missouri to play both football and baseball. As a result, he prolongs his football career. It has been a good one, too — especially his senior season last fall.

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No. 5 high school sports story of 2014-2015 season: Blue Springs’ Davis twins take football, track and field skills to Nebraska

It looked as if Blue Springs High School twins Carlos and Khalil Davis were reconsidering their original football commitment to play at Nebraska, when the Cornhuskers fired coach Bo Pelini in early December. But new Nebraska coach Mike Riley made a trip to Blue Springs the following week, and the defensive linemen standouts signed with the Cornhuskers, after all.

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