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913 notebook: BV Southwest girls soccer, SM East swimming, Sunflower golf

If the Blue Valley Southwest High School girls soccer team had not played three nationally ranked teams already, the Timberwolves might have a better record.

Now with his team 7-4-2 record and ranked second in the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association Class 5A poll, coach Jason Pendleton said this has been good preparation for the upcoming postseason.

“Overall, we’ve been extremely competitive and put ourselves in a position to make a run in the playoffs, and hopefully we can challenge St. Thomas Aquinas for a state championship,” Pendleton said.

BV Southwest has lost to Aquinas, Blue Valley Northwest and St. Joseph’s Academy, all of which are ranked in the FAB 50 poll. Also, Blue Valley West is ranked third in the KSCA All-Class poll.

Lancers eye swim title

It is never easy to repeat as state champion, let alone do it five times. However, that is exactly what the Shawnee Mission East girls swimming and diving team is trying to do.

“Nobody wants to be the team that drops the ball when you’ve been over a tenure of having success,” coach Rob Cole said. “I think they came in knowing they were going to be the underdogs and have embraced it. They have gained confidence throughout the season.”

SM East returned more than a dozen state qualifiers, including Bonnie Longan who won the 100-yard backstroke. The Lancers will be competing for the Sunflower League title this Saturday at Mission Trail Middle School starting at 9 a.m.

Sunflower League golf

Olathe East’s Zach Spencer took the individual title Monday at the Olathe North Invitational golf tournament, which doubled as the second round of the Sunflower League Championship.

With an 81 in the previous first round and 72 Monday, Spencer is currently in second place in the individual standings, and with one round to go, the Hawks now are in second place with a team score of 652.

SM East is in the lead with a score of 627. The Lancers won the team title in the first round at the Olathe North Invitational with four golfers finishing in the top 10, and now they have five in the top 10.

The final round will be next Wednesday at the Lawrence Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course.