The spotlight will be on Lee’s Summit North this season in the Suburban Big Six in boys basketball.

The spotlight will be on Lee’s Summit North this season in the Suburban Big Six in boys basketball.

The Broncos are solid choice of the coaches to claim its first conference title in five years. Blue Springs South, Liberty, Lee’s Summit, Raymore-Peculiar and Blue Springs followed in the voting. A coach wasn’t allowed to rank his own  team.

It’s not surprising the Broncos are the favorite.

“Expectations are high  at LSN this season,” coach Mike Hilbert said. “We return five of our top seven from last season’s team that won 20 games and ended the season in the state quarterfinal game. Eight of our top nine are juniors or seniors.”

Lettermen are Kenny Berry, P.J. Lewis, Will Harrington, David Kravish and Anthony Eller. Newcomers Matt Ellwood, Tory Miller, Adison Nicholas and Jordan Brennan also figure to play key role for the Broncos.

The 6-foot, 9-inch Kravish, who has committed to the University of California and the 6-7 Miller will make the Broncos formidable inside. Ellwood is a junior transfer from North Carolina.

“I do feel really good about where we are starting and I have high hopes for this season,” Hilbert said. “I am anxious and excited to get started. The conference season should be competitive as ever.”


The Jaguars expect to rebound from a 12-15 season and fifth-place conference finish because of lettermen Drake Patterson, Shawn Meyer, Darrion Geiger, Khadrun Black and D.J. Booker and newcomers Carl Martin, Wesley Poke, Chase Frerking and Beau Brummel.

“Four players with starting experience return,” coach Jimmy Cain said. “Senior experience should be a strength. A couple of newcomers will compete with the lettermen.”


Perennial power Liberty returns Danton Koon, Jordan Lewis, Austin Weiss, Isaiah Norfleet and Ben Hansen from a 19-7 team.

“I like our squad this season,” coach Roger Shirtz said. “Our success will be determined how hard we defend and rebound.”


The Tigers come off a fine 16-10 season and second-place conference title. Success should continue because of lettermen Sam Sealer, Skylar  Arbuckle and Daniel Vernon and newcomers Ronnie Thomas, Corbin Berkstresser, Tyler Smith and Davis McElroy.

“We have a solid core of returning players,” coach Keith Miller said. “This is a very unselfish team that can shoot the ball. We are looking forward to a solid season that will be lots of fun.”


Guards Deron Washington, Jeron Hill and Jason Fultz return from a standout 21-4 team , including 11-1 in claiming the conference title.

“There is a hard task for this year’s team.,” coach Scott Jermain said. “We do have a lot of new faces but we do feel like we have a lot of players that will something to offer.

“We are coming off a really nice year. The wins from last year’s team will not give us any wins for this coming year but they do help us prepare to win. It will definitely be a work in progress.”


Blue Springs should show some improvement from a tough 3-21 season because of lettermen D’Vante Lewis, Deiondre Hall, Jallen Messersmith and Alan Harrison.

“Although we have three returning seniors we will be using some young kids with little experience,” coach Frank Wheeler said.

Newcomers expected to contribute are Jay Lysinger, Donte Watkins, Tyler Benjamin and Jay Corwin.

Suburban Big Six
Boys Basketball Poll
School    1    2    3    4    5        TP
1. LS North    3    2    0    0    0        7
2. BS South    2    2    1    0    0        9
3. Liberty    0    0    3    2    0        11
4. Lee’s Summit    0    0    3    2    0        17
5. Ray-Peculiar    0    0    0    4    1        21
6. Blue Springs    0    0    0    0    5        25