The new look Suburban Middle Six will have a new champion.

The new look Suburban Middle Six will have a new champion.

Lee’s Summit West, in The Examiner’s poll of the coaches, is a slight favorite to claim the title. Truman, North Kansas City, St. Joseph Central, Park Hill and Ruskin followed. A coach wasn’t allowed to vote for his own team.

West returns six letter winners, Emiah Bingley, Katie Douglas, JacQue’ Timberlake, Erin Dohnalek, Katie Kelly and Sam Belvin from a 14-13 team that placed third in last year’s version of the Suburban Middle Six.

“We have six seniors and a talented group of underclassmen,” coach Darin Hall said.

Christian Benton, Essence Chalmers, Emma Bellman and Stephanie Battle are newcomers expected to play.

TRUMAN

The Patriots and William Chrisman tied for last season’s Suburban Big Six championship.

Only two letter winners, Becca Strobbe and Sara Ruckman, return. But there is a talented group of other players, including Ashley Guenther, Tyler Pollard, Brooke Pollard, Ajia Myers, Alisha Meyers, Brooke Parton, Sandra Chiles, Shelby McClain, Rebecca Jonas, Kayla Harrel, Ashley McKinney and Abby Hix.

“I firmly believe we will have a much stronger start to his campaign and have the potential to improve our record for this season,” coach Steve Cassity said. “A core of experienced starters anchored by second-team all-state selection Becca Strobbe and an influx of young talent may be the combination for a successful season.”

Truman went 17-11 last season after a 1-6 start.

NORTH KANSAS CITY

Coach Jeff Klein likes this team. Well, he should.

Four starters return, Mina Pinkney, JaKyra Shelton, Starr Santee and Taylor Thompson, from a 19-7 Suburban Middle Six championship team.

“We return seven of our top eight players,” Klein said., “We will be very athletic and deep. We have a couple of players that are having minor knee injuries, so we may be a little shorthanded at the beginning of the year. However, I think we have a chance of being very good this year, if we escape any significant injuries.”

ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL

Central could make an impact in the conference after going 16-10 in the Big Six last season.

“We lost six seniors but have a good group of seniors and several underclassmen who should contribute,” coach Kevin Kelley said. “Our key will be our ability to play hard and smart for the entire game”

Letter winners are Kari Schram, Mercedes Estes, Reid Brown, Erica Eagleburger and Amber Chivington.

PARK HILL

Aaron Nesser moves from Oak Grove to the head coach at Park Hill.

Seven letter winners return from a 16-11 team.

“I believe the girls will be successful if they decide to play together through the peaks and valleys of the season,” Nesser said. “There is no doubt that the strength of the Trojans is that we have experienced backcourt players.

RUSKIN

The Eagles move from the Small Six to the Middle Six with 10 letter winners as a result of combining with Hickman Mills.

“It’s a brand new program with new coaching staff and new system,” coach Gregory Stevens said. “We will be competitive.”