Garrison LeRock of Andale is one of the top high school high jumpers in the state of Kansas and in the entire United States. The 6’0 160 pound senior has cleared a state best 6’11 (tied with Kai Rowden of Olathe North) in 2013 and could join the 7 foot club at any time.
LeRock has signed to continue his track and field career at the University of Oklahoma, where he will high jump for the Sooners. According to milesplit.com, he is one of only 15 U.S. high school jumpers who have cleared 6’11 in 2013. Just imagine how high that he is actually jumping, that is nearly jumping a foot over and above someone that is 6-feet tall. Continue reading
If you haven’t heard of Lawrence Free State junior, Alexa Harmon-Thomas, you probably will after this weekend at the state outdoor track and field meet. With record holder, senior distance runner Alli Cash, of Shawnee Mission West being out with injury, Harmon-Thomas should be the top overall girls talent at the state outdoor this weekend.
Harmon-Thomas was named the 2013 most outstanding female athlete at the Kansas Relays, an honor that also includes college athletes. She tied a 25-year old Kansas Relays high school meet record with a long jump of 19-4.50, won the 100 meter hurdles, and also won the high jump in a meet that features nationally ranked talent. She has been setting national records and winning national titles since competing in track and field at the age of seven. Continue reading
Neosho County Community College head baseball coach, Steve Murry, has his team right back where they were last year and that’s in Grand Junction, Colorado for the NJCAA World Series. Not bad for what many would predict to be a rebuilding year.
Murry had a school record 49 wins in 2012 and lost most of his players including a few to the MLB Draft (notably SMNW product & all-american Adam Giacalone to the Brewers) . This year looked to be a rebuilding year and started rough with many new faces. The Panthers are clicking at the right time (winning 14 of its last 20 games) and punched their ticket back to the World Series with a Region VI Championship win over Coffeyville in Wichita on May 14th at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Continue reading
Alan Cunningham of Silver Lake is a known name across the state of Kansas when it comes to high school baseball. When most think of Silver Lake and its athletic programs, they immediately think of current head football coach C.J. Hamilton and Kansas legend Lon Kruger. Hamilton, the state record holder for career football victories in KS, and Kruger, head men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma from Silver Lake, aren’t the only accomplished coaches affiliated with this small Kansas title town outside of Topeka. Continue reading
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Frontenac high school senior, Matt Standlee, is one of the best high school pitchers in the state of Kansas. As a junior in 2012, Standlee was 7-1 (.83 ERA) on the mound, striking out 65 batters in 42 innings, and allowed a batting average of just .171 to his opponents in leading the Raiders to the Class 3A state baseball championship over Wellsville last spring.
Standlee earned first team all-state honors last season, and is well on his way to doing the same in 2013. This season, he is 4-0 with 42 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched with a .81 ERA. Standlee, not only a pitcher, is also a very accomplished position player. The shortstop hit .470 with 39 hits and 31 RBI in his junior season (eight doubles and three triples).This season he is hitting .408 with two home runs and 25 RBI in 16 games. Standlee has signed to play baseball at Pittsburg State University, but don’t count out the possibility of a late round selection in this summers MLB Draft.
Frontenac (16-0), the smallest 4A school in Kansas, is currently the # 1 ranked team in KABC 4A baseball and returned every starter off its state championship team a year ago. Frontenac also features another top pitcher in Kansas, Blake Vail, who is 6-0 on the mound with 36 strikeouts in 31.3 innings. The Raiders feature four starters with over a .400 average (Vail, Standlee, infielder Brett Macary & catcher Bryan Wade) who could all compete for 4A all-state honors. Look for the defending 3A champion Raiders and head coach Bill Sullivan to make some noise in their first season in class 4A. Continue reading
No one has ever scored more points in Kansas high school basketball history (male or female)than Jackie Stiles of tiny Claflin, KS (population 645). Superstar, Semi Ojeleye, of Ottawa (boys all-time points leader set this year) is still nearly 900 points behind. No NCAA women’s player has scored more points than Stiles either, who played at Division I Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) and led them to the 2001 Women’s Final Four. # 1 WNBA pick, Britney Griner (standing 6’8), of Baylor got close this year, but the 5’8 native Kansan still has her record.