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Joco hoops notebook: SM Northwest coach credits boys’ ‘hard work” for share of league title

With a 58-47 victory against Shawnee Mission West last Friday night, the Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball team clinched a share of the Sunflower League championship.

“I’m very happy for the guys,” coach Mike Rose said. “They’ve worked hard all season, and they are seeing their hard work pay off.”

The Cougars had a 15-3 record entering Tuesday night’s game against Olathe Northwest. They have six consecutive victories since a 54-40 loss to Olathe East in the Saints Classic. That streak includes a bounce back 72-58 victory against Olathe East last week.

“We’ve been pretty consistent defensively,” Rose said. “There have been times offensively where we have struggled and spent time trying to figure out what defense they’re running against us, but we can always work on the defensive end of the floor and get stops.”

The Cougars will finish the regular season Friday with a home game against Shawnee Mission North.

Olathe North basketball programs receive gift

Jim Kean, a 1956 graduate of Olathe High School, and his family have presented a $150,000 gift to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation to launch the Ralph Dennis Legacy Fund.

The fund, named for Kean’s high school basketball coach, will provide support for the girls and boys basketball programs at Olathe North by funding uniforms, equipment, tournaments, travel or scholarships.

“What made this gift so special was Ralph Dennis, the coach, is 87 years old, and more than 50 years ago he had such an impact on a man that 50 years later, he is being recognized for it and benefiting kids at Olathe North,” Olathe Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Cindy VonFeldt said.

The legacy fund is structured as a permanent endowment and will make the earnings available to the program annually, according to VonFeldt.

Huskies hold top spot in KBCA rankings

With six straight victoies, the Blue Valley Northwest boys basketball team seems to have erased any doubts that might have surfaced after a loss to Blue Valley Northwest.

The Huskies, 16-2, enter the final week of the regular season as the top ranked 6A team in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll. They are joined in the top 10 by Shawnee Mission Northwest, Lawrence, Shawnee Mission South, Blue Valley North and Olathe East.

BV Northwest will travel to Blue Valley Southwest on Fiday for its final game of the regular season.

Addison is MIAA Athlete of the Week

Olathe South graduate Marquis Addison, who plays for Missouri Southern, was named the Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week in the Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Addison scored 33 points while shooting 12-for-16 from the field in a 110-90 victory against Southern Baptist. Against Pittsburg State, he scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds. For the week he shot 56 percent from the field and 63 percent from three-point range.

Olathe South to host Pink Night

Olathe South on Friday will play host to Pink Night while the boys and girls basketball teams play host to Olathe East.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink, and the first 200 who do so will receive a free Pink Night shirt. Proceeds from the night’s event will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The girls game will start at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow about 7 p.m.