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Examiner
  • Cats dominate all-state

  • The final round of postseason honors was nearly a clean sweep for Class 6 state champion Blue Springs as 10 Wildcats earned first-team all-state recognition on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters team that was announced Tuesday afternoon.

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  • The final round of postseason honors was nearly a clean sweep for Class 6 state champion Blue Springs as 10 Wildcats earned first-team all-state recognition on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters team that was announced Tuesday afternoon.
    Quarterback Wylson Lamb, Simone Award winning running back Dalvin Warmack, wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, offensive linemen John Keltner and Tank Thompson, defensive linemen Jason Young and Buck Buchanan Award winner Elijah Lee, linebacker Rasheed Hobbs and defensive backs DaShaughn Terry and Donte Watkins were all honored on the Class 6 first team.
    Wildcats coach Kelly Donohoe was named the Class 6 Coach of the Year.
    “I’m happy we have that many all-state players,” Thompson said, “but I think we should have had even more. There were a lot of guys on the team who had all-state years who didn’t get the recognition. We’re sharing our all-state awards with everyone on the team.”
    Watkins said the recognition helps him realize a lifelong dream.
    “I was talking to my dad about playing football in the backyard and playing little league football and how I’ve always dreamed about being a state champion and being all-state,” Watkins said, “and now, it’s happened. It’s an amazing feeling.”
    The honor helps Terry realize a special goal his senior season.
    “I was all-state last year in track,” said Terry, who was a member of the Wildcats 1,600-meter relay team, “and I really wanted to be all-state in two sports. I know I didn’t make the coaches’ all-state team, so making this one is special. I worked hard in football and track and it’s nice to be recognized.”
    Lee enjoyed quite a Tuesday as he was named the winner of the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given to the top defensive lineman in the metro area, and then scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a basketball victory over Park Hill.
    Many of his Wildcat teammates were on hand to watch the basketball game.
    “We won a lot of awards this year, and I guess that’s what happens when you win state,” Lee said. “This was a pretty good day – a really, really good day. I'd say it's my best day since we won state.”
    It was also a special day for Warmack, who won the Simone Award, which is given to the top football player in the metro area, earlier in the day.
    “It is so cool to be on an all-state team with nine of my teammates,” Warmack said. “The offseason has been overwhelming with all the awards. I want to fly under the radar for a while and just be a student at Blue Springs High School. But today was pretty amazing and it’s great to share the all-state honor with so many guys from the football team.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Blue Springs South had two on the Class 6 team with offensive lineman Alex McClain and defensive back Jordan Conaty earning second-team recognition.
    n In Class 5, two members of the Fort Osage defensive unit that earned seven shutouts during its march to the state championship game, earned first-team recognition.
    Linebacker Mamu Tauiautusa and defensive back Joseph Tuimaseve were honored. Quarterback Steven McBee, a finalist for the Simone Award, and defensive back Samson Sia earned second-team recognition.
    “Those guys all deserve the honors,” Fort Osage coach Ryan Schartz said. “We’re all disappointed we didn’t win a state championship, but those guys are champions in my book.”
    William Chrisman offensive lineman Josh Gilliland earned second-team honors.
    n Two Oak Grove players were honored as sophomore running back Aaron Graham was named to the Class 3 first team and offensive lineman Skyler Hulse made the second team.
     
     
     

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