2019 Sunflower League Preview

By Scott Peavey


Once again the Sunflower League promises to be one of the most exciting and competitive leagues throughout the state. The expansion of the 6A classification to 36 teams will in many ways shape the Sunflower League meet into a "super-Regional" or sorts; with Olathe West moving up to 6A for the first time over ⅓ of 6A schools now call the Sunflower home.

The league is stocked with elite athletes and multiple teams that hold realistic dreams of leaving Wichita with a trophy in hand.  Both Lawrence and Olathe Northwest figure to battle it out once again on the girls side. Last year the Lions brought home the 6A championship with a dominant showing, and although they return the majority of that title squad the ONW Ravens possess enough high caliber performers to prevent Lawrence from repeating.  Gardner-Edgerton, Shawnee Mission North and Olathe South will also push to claim a spot on the Cessna Stadium podium.

On the boys side a talented assortment of upperclassmen have positioned Gardner-Edgerton for their best chance at claiming a state championship since they made the jump to 6A in 2012.  The Blazers are a well-rounded squad with contributors in nearly every event. The elite distance crews of both Olathe North and Shawnee Mission North, as well as the other premier athletes at Olathe South, Olathe East and Olathe Northwest (among others), promise to make both the Sunflower and 6A championship races competitive to the end.

The team profiles that follow are as accurate as possible, and take into account the most accurate rosters known at this time.  Obviously transfers, injuries, or choosing not to compete will drastically shift the league prognosis as we move into the competitive portion of the season.  The only thing that is assured is that the Sunflower League will deliver some of the best track and field competition on a weekly basis!

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Team

 Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers   

Head Coaches

Brian McGee (Head Boys), Larry Ward (Head Girls)

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Jakob Renaud (Jr) - 100m

SaeVheon Alcorn (Sr) - 200m

Trent Cochran (Sr) - 3200m

Dayton Williams (Jr) - HJ

Teven McKelvey (Jr) - TJ

Colton Goodman (Sr) - PV

Tyler Chaffee (Sr) - SP

Kendra Wait (So) - 100m

Kendra Wait (So) - 200m

Kylie Moorehouse (So) - 200m

Kylie Moorehouse (So) - 400m

Sariah Hull (Sr) - 300H

Kendra Wait (So) - PV

Morgan McIntire (Jr) - PV

Becca Mitchell (Sr) - PV

Kennedy Comstock (Sr) - JT

Brenna Davidson (Sr) - JT

Harper Hmielewski (Jr) - SP

Returning State Medalists

Trent Cochran (Sr) - 5th Place 3200m

Dayton Williams (Jr) - 2nd Place HJ

Teven McKelvey (Jr) - 8th Place TJ

Colton Goodman (Sr) - T-3rd Place PV

Kendra Wait (So) - 1st Place 100m

Kendra Wait (So) - 5th Place 200m

Kylie Moorehouse (So) - 4th Place 400m

Kendra Wait (So) - 3rd Place PV

Morgan McIntire (Jr) - 7th Place PV

Boys 4x100 - 7th Place (4/4 runners returning)

Boys 4x400 - 3rd Place (3/4 runners returning)

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Bryan Oneri (Jr) - DT

Sariah Hull (Sr) - 100H

Amy Kamtio (Sr) - HJ

Madyson Beasley (Sr) - JT

Kennedy Comstock (Sr) - SP

Virtual League Top 3

Kendra Wait (So) - #2 100m (12.15)

Kylie Moorehouse (So) - #2 400m (58.14)

Sariah Hull (Sr) - #3 300H (48.41)

Kendra Wait (So) - #1 PV (11-8)

Becca Mitchell (Sr) - T-#3 PV (10-0)

Morgan McIntire (Jr) - T-#3 PV (10-0)

Kennedy Comstock (Sr) - #2 JT (130-9)

Brenna Davidson (Sr) - #3 JT (129-2)

Jakob Renaud (Jr) - #1 100m (11.02)

SaeVheon Alcorn (Sr) - #3 100m (11.10)

SaeVheon Alcorn (Sr) - #2 200m (22.39)

Teven Mckelvey (Jr) - #2 TJ (44-6)

Dayton Williams (Jr) - #1 HJ (6-7)

Colton Goodman (Sr) - #1 PV (14-0)

Storm Frazier (So) - T-#3 PV (12-0) *transfer from Olathe North*

Tyler Chaffee (Sr) - #3 SP (48-4)

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Team

Shawnee Mission South Raiders  

Head Coach

J.J. Wannamaker

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Gabriel Smith (Sr) - 110H

Samuel Macklin (Jr) - LJ

William Huggins (Jr) - JT

Returning State Medalists

Samuel Macklin (Jr) - 1st Place LJ

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Chloe Wannamaker (So) - 3200m

Miah Clark (Sr) - 100H

Miah Clark (Sr) - 300H

Elisabeth Crawford (Jr) - HJ

Emma Ross (Sr) - PV

Gabriel Smith (Sr) - 300H

Jack Roberts (Sr) - JT

Virtual League Top 3

Samuel Macklin (Sr) - #3 TJ (43-10.5)

Samuel Macklin (Sr) - #1 LJ (23-10.75)

Jack Roberts (Sr) - #1 JT (175-10)

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Team

Shawnee Mission West Vikings  

Head Coach

Courtney Porter

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Kierra Prim (Jr) - 100m

Jasmine Patterson (So) - 400m

Kierra Prim (Jr) - TJ

Bianca Musselman (So) - DT

Euloge Koudou (Sr) - 200m

Cameron Shelton (Sr) - 110H

Cameron Shelton (Sr) - 300H

Mitchell Loe (So) - JT

Returning State Medalists

Kierra Prim (Jr) - 5th Place 100m

Jasmine Patterson (So) - 5th Place 400m

Girls 4x100 - 5th Place (4/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x400 - 6th Place (3/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x800 - 2nd Place (1/4 runners returning)

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Bella Musselman (Sr) - 100m

Madeline Meyer (Sr) - 200m

Emma Vielhauer (So) - 1600m

Ella Barth (So) - 3200m

Laurel Omollo (Sr) - LJ

Euloge Koudou (Sr) - 100m

Connor Austin (Sr) - 1600m

Grant Kimerer (Sr) - 3200m

Charles Callaghan (Jr) - SP

Virtual League Top 3

Kierra Prim (Jr) - #3 100m (12.44)

Jasmine Patterson (So) - #3 400m (58.29)

Laurel Omollo (Sr) - #3 LJ (17-10.25)

Kierra Prim (Jr) - #3 TJ (37-4.5)

Cameron Shelton (Sr) - #3 110H (15.40)

Cameron Shelton (Sr) - #2 300H (40.86)

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Team

Shawnee Mission North Indians   

Head Coach

Aaron Davidson

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Kathryn Kasunic (Sr) - 1600m

Kathryn Kasunic (Sr) - 3200m

Keagen Stiers (Jr) - 3200m

Kauilani Misipeka (Jr) - SP

Danielle Scaduto (Sr) - JT

Jaden Reed (Sr) - 100m

Blake Taylor (Jr) - 800m

Asher Molina (Sr) - 1600m

Asher Molina (Sr) - 3200m

Returning State Medalists

Kathryn Kasunic (Sr) - 7th Place 3200m

Girls 4x800 - 5th Place (2/4 runners returning)

Kauilani Misipeka (Jr) - 4th Place SP

Danielle Scaduto (Sr) - 7th Place JT

Asher Molina (Sr) - 1st Place 1600m

Asher Molina (Sr) - 2nd Place 3200m

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Destany Moore (So) - 100H

Christiana Kasunic (So) - HJ

Madison Rosas (Sr) - JT

Jacob Lucas (Jr) - 800m

Logan Jiskra (Sr) - 1600m

Carson Langley (Sr) - 110H

Tommy Faseru (So) - HJ

Gustavo Martinez (Sr) - JT

Virtual League Top 3

Kathryn Kasunic (Sr) - #2 1600m (5:21.47)

Kathryn Kasunic (Sr) - #1 3200m (11:14.80)

Kauilani Misipeka (Jr) - #1 SP (39-6.25)

Kauilani Misipeka (Jr) - #1 DT (119-1)

Asher Molina (Sr) - #1 1600m (4:21.81)

Asher Molina (Sr) - #1 3200m (9:32.23)

Harden Boldt (Jr) - T-#3 PV (12-0)

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Team

Shawnee Mission East Lancers   

Head Coach

Emily Fossoh  

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Destiny Ray (Sr) - 100m

Destiny Ray (Sr) - 200m

Lucy Hoffman (Sr) - 400m

Eleanor Hlobik (Jr) - 800m

Kelsey Christensen (So) - 300H

Carly Hendrickson (Sr) - HJ

Griffin Keeter (Sr) - 3200

Returning State Medalists

Destiny Ray (Sr) - 3rd Place 100m

Destiny Ray (Sr) - 3rd Place 200m

Girls 4x100 - 3rd Place (1/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x800 - 4th Place (2/4 runners returning)

Carly Hendrickson (Sr) - T-7th Place HJ

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Diane Macadams (Jr) - 300H

Jack Slaughter (Jr) - 400m

Wyatt Pearlman (Jr) - 300H

2019 Virtual League Top 3

Destiny Ray (Sr) - #1 100m (11.97)

Destiny Ray (Sr) - #2 200m (25.36)

Eleanor Hlobik (Jr) - #2 800m (2:19.24)

Carly Hendrickson (Sr) - HJ (5-4)

Jack Slaughter (Jr) - #2 400m (50.91)

Gray Warner (Sr) - T-#3 PV (12-0)

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Team

Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars   

Head Coach

Mike Cooper

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Terri McCullough (Sr) - 100m

Spencer Kaleko (Sr) - 800m

Ben Harrell (Sr) - 1600m

Chanler Taylor (Sr) - TJ

Jamie Hall (Jr) - TJ

Returning State Medalists

Spencer Kaleko (Sr) - 6th Place 800m

Ben Harrell (Sr) - 8th Place 1600m

Boys 4x400 - 1st Place (1/4 runners returning)

Boys 4x800 - 7th Place (3/4 runners returning)

Chanler Taylor - 2nd Place TJ

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Rylee Garrett (Jr) - JT

Payton Carder (Sr) - 400m

Chanler Taylor (Sr) - LJ

Mitchell Hufker (Sr) - DT

Virtual League Top 3

Spencer Kaleko (Sr) - #3 800m (2:00.52)

Chanler Taylor (Sr) - #1 TJ (46-2.25)

Chanler Taylor (Sr) - #3 LJ (22-3.25)

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Team

Lawrence Lions   

Head Coach

Jack Hood

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Asjah Harris (Jr) - 200m

Evann Seratte (Sr) - 400m

Evann Seratte (Sr) - 800m

Josie Hickerson (Sr) - PV

Caroline Dunlap (So) - PV

Chisom Ajekwu (Sr) - SP

Krissy Howard (Sr) - SP

Ella Stewart (Jr) - DT

Baylee Unruh (Sr) - JT

Amaya Harris (So) - JT

Michaela Cordova (Sr) - JT

Dre'Shun Bridges (Jr) - 100m

Bryce Tibke (Sr) - SP

Bryce Tibke (Sr) - DT

Returning State Medalists

Asjah Harris (Jr) - 2nd Place 200m

Evann Seratte (Sr) - 2nd Place 400m

Evann Seratte (Sr) - 1st Place 800m

Girls 4x100 - 1st Place (4/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x400 - 2nd Place (4/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x800 - 6th Place (4/4 runners returning)

Josie Hickerson (Sr) - 2nd Place PV

Chisom Ajekwu (Sr) - 3rd Place SP

Krissy Howard (Sr) - 5th Place SP

Baylee Unruh (Sr) - 2nd Place JT

Amaya Harris (So) - 6th Place JT

Bryce Tibke (Sr) - 7th Place DT

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Ashley Wildman (Jr) - 100m

Isabelle Kirkwood (So) - 200m

Mariah Reed (So) - HJ

Josie Hickerson (Sr) - TJ

Abby LaTessa (Sr) - SP

Destiny Vongphachanh (Sr) - DT

Graham Hough (So) - 100m

Kendrick Hobson (Jr) - TJ


Virtual League Top 3

Asjah Harris (Jr) - #1 200m (24.68)

Evann Seratte (Sr) - #1 400m (57.87)

Evann Seratte (Sr) - #1 800m (2:16.09)

Hannah Stewart (Sr) - #3 800m (2:19.78)

Hannah Stewart (Sr) - #3 1600m (5:22.67)

Josie Hickerson (Sr) - #2 PV (11-6)

Chisom Ajekwu (Sr) - #2 SP (38-8)

Krissy Howard (Sr) - #3 SP (37-10)

Baylee Unrush (Sr) - #1 JT (142-4)

Declan Oberzan (Sr) - #2 PV (12-6)

Bryce Tibke (Sr) - #3 DT (155-1)

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Team

Free State Firebirds 

Head Coach

Jordan Rose

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Emma Hertig (Sr) - 800m

Julia Larkin (Sr) - 3200m

Liliana King Wilson (Jr) - 100H

Liliana King Wilson (Jr) - 300H

Liliana King Wilson (Jr) - HJ

Kala Ewing (Jr) - DT

Cole Phillips (Sr) - 400m

Charles Johnson (Jr) - 3200m

Jaxon Malone (Sr) - LJ

Returning State Medalists

Emma Hertig (Sr) - 6th Place 800m

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Ana Kristina Holladay (So) - 400m

Erin Fagan (Jr) - 3200m

Liliana King Wilson (Jr) - PV

Ja'Brandion Douglas (Jr) - 100m

Aidan Goertz (Sr) - 800m

Kaiy Shaun King Wilson (Sr) - 300H

Virtual League Top 3

Julia Larkin (Sr) - #3 3200m (11:38.76)

Auna Childress (Jr) - #2 TJ (38-0)

Bo Miller (So) - #2 JT (173-6)

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Team

Olathe North Eagles   

Head Coach

Levi Huseman

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Kadaisha Mpwo (Sr) - 100m

Kaiya McKie (So) - 100H

Brea Turner (Sr) - 100H

Brea Turner (Sr) - LJ

Jose Guzman (Sr) - 1600m

Cade Heikes (Sr) - 1600m

Jose Guzman (Sr) - 3200m

Jackson Caldwell (Sr) - 3200m

Returning State Medalists

Kaiya McKie (So) - 3rd Place 100H

Brea Turner (Sr) - 5th Place 100H

Girls 4x800 - 1st Place (2/4 runners returning)

Cade Heikes (Sr) - 2nd Place 1600m

Joey Guzman (Sr) - 3rd Place 3200m

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Kadaisha Mpwo (Sr) - 200m

Zoey Schillinger (Jr) - 800m

Sarah Whitaker (Jr) - 3200m

Julia Sketers (Sr) - 3200m

Daymonn Sanchez (Sr) - 200m

James Thomas (Sr) - TJ

Virtual League Top 3

Sarah Whitaker (Jr) - #2 3200m (11:25.81)

Kaiya McKie (So) - #1 100H (15.47)

Brea Turner (Sr) - #3 100H (15.79)

Daymonn Sanchez (Sr) - #2 100m (11.06)

Daymonn Sanchez (Sr) - #1 200m (22.39)

Cade Heikes (Sr) - #2 1600m (4:24.82)

Joey Guzman (Sr) - #3 1600m (4:27.71)

Jackson Caldwell (Sr) - #2 3200m (9:39.46)

Joey Guzman (Sr) - #3 3200m (9:42.15)

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Team

Olathe South Falcons   

Head Coach

Matthew Bohm

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Sophie Reed (Jr) - 200m

Dani Winslow (Jr) - 300H

Isabella Pierce (Sr) - LJ

Isabella Pierce (Sr) - TJ

Madeline Bachtold (Sr) - DT

Angelina Butler (Jr) - DT

Logan Woodside (So) - 400m

AJ Shields (Sr) - 110H

AJ Shields (Sr) - 300H

Myles Nash (Jr) - HJ

Damian Tolbert (Sr) - DT

Returning State Medalists

Sophie Reed (Jr) - 8th Place 200m

Dani Winslow (Jr) - 4th Place 300H

Girls 4x100 - (DQ in Finals, 4th fastest qualifying time- 4/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x400 - 3rd Place (4/4 runners returning)

Isabella Pierce - 8th Place TJ

Angelina Butler - 6th Place DT

Logan Woodside (So) - 8th Place 400m

AJ Shields (Sr) - 6th Place 300H

Boys 4x400 - 5th Place (2/4 runners returning)

Boys 4x800 - 4th Place (1/4 runners returning)

Myles Nash (Jr) - 4th Place HJ

Damian Tolbert (Sr) - 8th Place DT

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Riley Degner (Sr) - 200m

Kiley Cox (Sr) - 1600m

Reed Smith (So) - HJ

Virtual League Top 3

Sophie Reed (Jr) - #3 200m (25.71)

Dani Winslow (Jr) - #1 300H (45.96)

Dani Winslow (Jr) - #2 HJ (5-6)

Angelina Butler (Jr) - #2 DT (115-6)

Madeline Bachtold (Sr) - #3 DT (110-7)

Logan Woodside (So) - #1 400m (49.64)

AJ Shields (Sr) - #2 110H (15.36)

AJ Shields (Sr) - #1 300H (40.30)

AJ Shields (Sr) - T-#3 HJ (6-3)

Myles Nash (Jr) - T-#3 HJ (6-3)

Damian Tolbert (Sr) - #2 DT (155-2)

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Team

Olathe East Hawks   

Head Coach

Travis Greer

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Kirsten Wetterstrom (So) - 300H

Connor Young (Sr) - 800m

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - 110H

Rayquan Lewis (Sr) - 300H

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - LJ

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - TJ

Nathan Matlack (Jr) - JT

Returning State Medalists

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - 5th Place 110H

Boys 4x800 - 2nd Place (1/4 runners returning)

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - 5th Place LJ

Nathan Matlack (Jr) - 8th Place JT

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Mayah Martin (So) - TJ

Ashley Abbott (Sr) - JT

Jacob Vermillion (Sr) - 800m

Jaime Diaz (Jr) - 3200m

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - HJ

Virtual League Top 3

Jacob Vermillion (Sr) - #1 800m (1:59.40)

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - #1 110H (15.11)

Rayquan Lewis (Sr) - #3 300H (41.60)

Hezekiah Newman (Jr) - #2 HJ (6-4)

Nathan Matlack (Jr) - #2 SP (48-8)

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Team

Olathe Northwest Ravens  

Head Coach

Mike Stephens

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Madeline Righter (Sr) - 200m

Amelia Horton (So) - 400m

Macy McKee (Sr) - 100H

Josie Morgan (Sr) - 100H

Macy McKee (Sr) - 300H

Josie Morgan (Sr) - 300H

Madeline Righter (Sr) - HJ

Jaleesa McWashington (Sr) - LJ

Madeline Righter (Sr) - LJ

Jaleesa McWashington (Sr) - TJ

Christopher George (Sr) - 100m

Cole Morris (Sr) - 800m

Daverion Goree (Jr) - HJ

Dallin Armstrong (Jr) - HJ

De'Mario Hanson (Sr) - LJ

Connor Boyd (Sr) - SP

Returning State Medalists

Madeline Righter (Sr) - 6th Place 200m

Macy McKee (Sr) - 4th Place 100H

Macy McKee (Sr) - 8th Place 300H

Girls 4x100 - 2nd Place (3/4 runners returning)

Girls 4x400 - 7th Place (2/4 runners returning)

Madeline Righter (Sr) - 2nd Place HJ

Madeline Righter (Sr) - 2nd Place LJ

Jaleesa McWashington (Sr) - 4th Place LJ

Jaleesa McWashington (Sr) - 4th Place TJ

Boys 4x400 - 6th Place (3/4 runners returning)

De'Mario Hanson (Sr) - 4th Place LJ

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Lindsay Heller (Sr) - TJ

Christopher George (Sr) - 200m

Edwin Arellano-Aleman (So) - 110H

Michael Fruth (Jr) - HJ

Connor Boyd (Sr) - DT

Virtual League Top 3

Macy McKee (Sr) - #2 100H (15.73)

Macy McKee (Sr) - #2 300H (47.53)

Maddie Righter (Sr) - #1 HJ (5-8)

Jaleesa Mcwashington (Sr) - #1 LJ (19-1)

Maddie Righter (Sr) - #2 LJ (18-11.75)

Jaleesa Mcwashington (Sr) - #1 TJ (39-7)

Cole Morris (Sr) - #2 800m (1:59.41)

Mario Hanson (Sr) - #2 LJ (22-4.5)

Connor Boyd (Sr) - #1 SP (51-8)

Connor Boyd (Sr) - #1 DT (165-10)

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Team

Olathe West Owls 

Head Coach

Dee Bell

Returning Individual State Qualifiers

Brooklyn Downing (So) - 200m

Jenna Mullen (So) - 3200m

Ayiana Uhde (Sr) - SP

Brady Larson (Sr) - 100m

Brady Larson (Sr) - 200m

Zachary Krause (Sr) - 110H

Jack Loveless (Sr) - 110H

Jamesperr Frazier-Baker (So) - 300H

Zachary Krause (Sr) - 300H

Ross Ehrsam (Sr) - LJ

Ross Ehrsam (Sr) - TJ

Joe Placek (Jr) - JT

Returning State Medalists

Ayiana Uhde (Sr) - 8th Place SP

Brady Larson (Sr) - 6th Place 200m

Joe Placek (Jr) - 6th Place JT

Other Returning 2018 Regional Point Scorers

Naleah Garry (Jr) - 100m

Mikala Bourquin (Jr) - 800m

Jenna Mullen (So) - 1600m

Michelle Anderson (So) - 100H

Mercediez Parks (Jr) - 300H

Michelle Anderson (So) - 300H

Savanna Willard (So) - HJ

Michelle Anderson (So) - LJ

Claire Thomas (So) - PV

Kaylee Kleinschmit (Sr) - DT

Jamesperr Frazier-Baker (So) - 110H

Jack Loveless (Sr) - 300H

Kaleb Barbee (So) - JT



Virtual League Top 3

Jenna Mullen (So) - #1 1600m (5:20.45)

Brady Larson (Sr) - #3 200m (22.54)

Joe Placek (Jr) - #3 JT (171-4)



Sunflower League Virtual Meet

(Individual Only)

Pre-Season Top 5 Teams

BOYS


#1

Gardner Edgerton

Trailblazers


87.25


#2

Olathe East

Hawks


67.5


#3

Olathe North

Eagles


59.5


#4

Olathe South

Falcons


53


#5

Olathe Northwest

Ravens



51.5


GIRLS


#1

Lawrence

Lions


100.5


#2

Olathe Northwest

Ravens



79


#3

Gardner Edgerton

Trailblazers


71


#4

SM North

Indians


62.33


#5

Olathe South

Falcons


60.5


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