Sports Briefs Alec Aguirre and Harrison Whitney Reporters
he cross country team is gearing up for another season, and they are hoping to improve on last seasons results. All the runners are striding towards making it to state this year, and they are led by a lot of seniors with plenty of experience. The seniors will help lead and push the underclassmen to get better and strive towards regionals and then state. The team is pushing hard to get to state. “Well first of all, we have to qualify to get [to state],” cross country coach Mike Webb said. “last year both girls and boys were really good, but we didn’t even get out of regionals. So, if we are so blessed to qualify our teams this year, I think our boys can represent us well. Our girls team getting to state this year will be tough since we are so young but if we can get there, I promise you we will compete hard and we’ll be ready.” Some of the key runners on the boy’s side are seniors Jeremy and Justin Bryan, Jonah Klug, and Stuart McNutt. Sophomore Lindsey Hailes and junior Andrea Rock lead the girl’s side. Some of the events and races they will have to go through first before making it to regionals and state are the Wichita State The cross country team exercises on the football field during practice. Shocker Invitational Stretching is very important for distance runners to prevent injury. in Andover, Kan.; Photo by Evan Belser the MU Tiger Classic in Columbia, Mo; and the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo. “ We think that both girls and boys have a good shot at qualifying for state,” seniors Jeremy and Justin Bryan said.“For all the extra work we have put into this season we really hope it pays off in a chance to be at state and possibly becoming state champions.”
he girl’s golf team will tee off 2011 trying to continue their tradition of excellence. Their season opening tournament will be on Aug. 31; they are starting off at the BV North invitational at Leawood South Country Club, led by senior Kristina Maxwell, senior Bentley Snider, and junior Alexa Henderson. Last year at the BV North Invitational the team finished in 3rd place behind St. Thomas Aquinas and BV North. “I would have to say some of our biggest rivals in league are St. Thomas Aquinas and BV North in regionals,” said golf coach John Rost. The difference with this year’s golf team is experience, because some of their younger players have very little experience. “We have some freshmen that haven’t even played a year,” seniors Bentley Snider and Kristina Maxwell said. “They are learning extremely fast, and the older golfers are helping them get better and have good course management.” They try to get rid of the age difference between the seniors and the freshmen so that the group feels like more of a team. The upperclassmen are trying to give their knowledge to the younger girls. “The upperclassmen go and pair up with the underclassmen and help with their swing, their technique, and how to play the ball from different positions on the course,” Snider said. They will be relying on their older golfers to put the team on their back and carry them through the season.
he girl’s volleyball team is looking forward to living up to their winning tradition as they continue the quest for their first state title. The varsity team has lots of experience as seven of the returning players played in the state tournament last season. The underclassmen will be relying on their six seniors for leadership: Jess Hendin, Emily Grantham, Abbey Wilkinson, Nicole Stolte, Danielle French, and Katie Daily. “We are very excited about this season,” volleyball coach Terry Flynn said. “Our motto is tradition, teamwork and integrity, and that drives everything we do in this program.” Regardless of the sport, winning is nearly impossible without practicing, and volleyball is no different. The team cannot afford any sloppy practices and must stay focused if they are serious about accomplishing their goal. “We try to make practices as game like as possible while working on areas that we are targeting,” said Coach Flynn. Winning the state championship won’t be easy, especially with their challenging schedule. There are several important games on the schedule that will decide if this team has what it takes to accomplish their goal. “Our key games are against Blue Valley and the Dig Pink game versus Gardner Edgerton,” said senior. The season will be successful if the players continue to develop, but as a whole their most important goal is finally winning it all. After becoming runners up in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, they are trying to get over the final hurdle.
he BV West football team is happy to be starting the season right after a win over O’Fallon Christian Academy. The team is hoping to improve upon their subpar record of 1-8 last season. With this season upon them they look to do much better than last year’s record of 1 and 8. This year, they have put forth more effort and are more focused on playing. They will go into the game with something to prove, and they will show how that they are here to play. “Last year nothing went as planned, and landed us with a 1 and 8 record,” senior Brian Beckmann said. “This year we have done much more extra work, and the team is much closer The football team played their first game against O’Fallon Christian Academy at the District Activity Center. The score together.” was 48-0 as BV West took their first win of the season. Photo This year’s team is not all led by by Evan Belser seniors, even though they have the most experience on the varsity team. They are more of a team; the seniors are helping out with the underclassmen and the younger players are picking it up quickly. “We do not have any key players I would say,” Beckmann said. “Everyone is important and everyone brings different things to the table.” The football team’s goal is to make a push to become a better team than last year and make the postseason. “The good thing about high school football is it changes every year, and I’m very pleased with where we are at right now,” football coach Scott Wright said. “We look forward to our first game and we are going to work very hard to try to get to state. Every game is a big game from where we stand from last year, and that’s why I say every game is a huge game for us