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Johnson County area youth soccer teams reach elite heights

The Sporting Blue Valley NPL Premier Soccer U-15 boys team won the 2014 Kansas State Cup tournament. Front row: Joshua High, Jack Bryan, Ian Harmon, Nathan Watkins, Shane Kopplin, Pedro Arias, Evan Carlile, Rhys Harrington. Back row: Danny Gabriel, Patrick Wilkinson, Hank Waldenmeyer, Brady Manning, Noah Studebaker, Matthew Smith, Cole Miesner, Julian Denis, Mitch Eibert, Von Schnorf, Stephen Casteneda and Coach Paul Rideout.
The Sporting Blue Valley NPL Premier Soccer U-15 boys team won the 2014 Kansas State Cup tournament. Front row: Joshua High, Jack Bryan, Ian Harmon, Nathan Watkins, Shane Kopplin, Pedro Arias, Evan Carlile, Rhys Harrington. Back row: Danny Gabriel, Patrick Wilkinson, Hank Waldenmeyer, Brady Manning, Noah Studebaker, Matthew Smith, Cole Miesner, Julian Denis, Mitch Eibert, Von Schnorf, Stephen Casteneda and Coach Paul Rideout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Propelled by a perfect record in June, the U-15 Boys Sporting Blue Valley National Premier League Soccer Team set out to represent the state of Kansas on the national stage.

First, the team went 4-0 in local competition, which helped capture the Kansas State Cup title at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

The squad, which is coached by Paul Rideout, continued its winning ways in the Youth National Region II Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. There, the team advanced from four-team pool play to the semifinals, before losing 2-1 to the Michigan Wolves.

Sporting Blue Valley led for the majority of the match after a 28th minute goal by Ian Harmon, but Louis Meeks scored the equalizer in the 80th minute and Abraham Johnson followed with the game-winner seconds later.

Sporting Blue Valley U-15 was not the program’s only soccer team to be successful. The U-14 boys were crowned regional champions and lost 5-1 to the Arlington SA Eagles Red in the quarterfinals.

The KC Metro Dynamos U-17 girls squad advanced to the US Youth Soccer National Championships as a Region II representative, where it ended up falling 1-0 to the VSA Heat 96 Blue in the national semifinals.

Munweiler tabbed for Honors Court

Olathe East High School graduate Dan Mundweiler was one of five players from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., to be named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, which recognizes juniors and seniors who had at least a 3.20 grade-point average this past season.

Mundweiler, who transferred from Wagner College after his sophomore year, averaged 8.4 points and 2.4 assists per game, while starting all 29 contests for the Golden Knights.

Bruce named preseason All-KCAC

Ottawa University defensive end Deron Bruce, who graduated from Olathe North High School, was voted to the preseason All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Team by the league’s head coaches.

Bruce, who was the 2013 KCAC Defensive Player of the Year and a American Football Coaches Association second-team selection, led the NAIA with 28.5 tackles for a loss and ranked second with 2.4 tackles for loss per game. He also ranked fifth with 13 sacks and 1.1 sacks per game.

Kansas City Junior Tour Championship

Olathe East High School graduate Nicole Pickett won the girls 16-plus age division of the Kansas City Junior Tour Championship golf tournament at Blue Springs Country Club with a two-day stroke total of 163.

Pickett, who will start competing this fall at The College of Coastal Georgia, shot an 84 on Tuesday and a seven-over par 79 on Wednesday to win with a 17-stroke advantage.

Pickett shot an 87 and finished 13th in the fall at the Kansas Class 6A high school state championships. She led the Hawks to an eighth-place finish in the team standings.

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