One day in gym class a few weeks ago, Blue Valley North senior Parker Roberts snuck a quick peek at her phone. What she saw next was life-changing.
Roberts, the 2014 Gatorade Kansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year, had an email informing her that she would be leaving this Sunday for La Manga, Spain, with the U.S. Under-20 women’s national team for matches against Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden. The group is working on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Roberts said. “I think it will hit me when I’m on the plane.”
Roberts said her celebration was minimal — just a quick hug from her mom after school — but in the weeks following she has had almost daily questions from friends and teammates about whether she is ready for the upcoming journey.
She was one of 22 players selected after a pair of domestic camps in San Diego and Florida.
“I would look at pictures of people with USA uniforms on and think, ‘How cool would that be if I could do that one day?’ Now it is happening,” Roberts said.
Roberts, who plays club ball for the KC Metro Dynamos, is listed on the team’s release as one of seven defenders though she said she could play either central defender or central midfielder.
Roberts recorded 15 goals and four assists for the Mustangs this past season and earned co-Eastern Kansas League Midfielder of the Year honors. She is also a two-time Kansas Class 6A first team All-State selection.
Zimmerman, Thimmesch win softball awards
Washburn’s Taylor Zimmerman, who is an Olathe Northwest graduate, and Lauren Thimmesch, who is a St. Thomas Aquinas graduate, were selected MIAA/AstroTurf Softball hitter and pitcher of the week on Feb. 17.
Zimmerman went six for 12 with eight RBIs, three doubles, two home runs and a 1.250 slugging percentage in six games. She drove in six runs in an 8-1 victory against Newman.
Thimmesch was 4-0 with a 0.34 ERA with two complete games and a shutout. She tossed her five-inning complete game shutout in a 9-0 victory against No. 4 Southeastern State.
Blue Valley, Aquinas baseball teams ranked nationally
CBS MaxPreps announced its Top 100 Preseason Baseball Rankings on Tuesday, and two local teams made the cut.
Blue Valley, the defending Kansas Class 6A state champion, is ranked 76th after going 17-7 last year. The Tigers return four Division I commits, led by pitcher Ryan Cyr, a Mississippi State signee. He is joined by a trio of Kansas State signees: Tanner Fox, Will Brennan and Gunner Halter.
Defending Kansas Class 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked 97th. The Saints return right-hander Riley Pint, who is the top-ranked junior in the country according to publication Perfect Game.
Local foursome to compete in national golf tournament
Kansas City-area residents Allen Smith (Leawood), William Earnhart (Olathe), Eric Wymore (Kansas City) and Gabe Nelson (Overland Park) will compete with 240 amateur golfers in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals during Feb. 26-March 1 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The foursome qualified for the national event by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational held Aug. 11 at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.
The Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals is a culmination of more than 75 charity golf tournaments that raised more than $7.2 million.