Welcome home, Brandon Weis.
Welcome home, Brandon Weis.
One of the greatest and most competitive guards in Raytown High School basketball history is returning to the school as the new boys basketball head coach.
He replaces Mark Scanlon, who unexpectedly resigned this spring after coaching the Blue Jays for 22 years and compiling a stellar 335-233 record with six conference and four district titles. He was 511-301 in 30 years overall.
He will continue coaching at a metropolitan area school. Some may be surprised when the name of the school is revealed hopefully in the coming weeks.
“He’s probably the perfect fit,” Scanlon said of Weis’ hiring.
“He played there. He was all-state in 1996 and played on some great teams. He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached, and it’s time for him to be a head coach. The kids will enjoy playing for him.”
Weis, who was The Examiner’s 1996 Boys Player of the Year, was only one of four freshmen to ever start for the Blue Jays. After graduating from Raytown, he played four years at Northwest Missouri State University. He has been at Liberty High School the last nine years, including the last seven as the junior varsity coach.
Obviously for Weis, it’s a dream come true.
• The annual high school boys and girls basketball Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University will feature a stellar matchup. Perennial boys power Columbia Rock Bridge will meet Wichita (Kan.) Heights at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.
Heights is the defending Kansas Class 6 state champion and is led by 6-foot-8 sophomore Perry Ellis, who is considered one of the top players in the nation and already has received scholarship offers from Kansas and Kentucky.
• Former Raytown South and now Florida State University standout Maurice Mitchell was named the outdoor track and field co-freshman of the year in the Athletic Coast Conference.
Mitchell was one of the most decorated sprinters in Missouri history. His senior year he won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and anchored the 400 relay team to another victory.
His accomplishments this spring for the Seminoles included a personal best 20.64 seconds in the 200 meters. The Seminoles finished second in the NCAA championships and only two points behind champion Texas A&M. They were third in the indoor championships.
• Kansas is listed by a prominent Las Vegas casino as the odds-on 4-1 choice to capture the 2010 men’s NCAA basketball title. Kentucky is 5-1, Louisville 13-2, Michigan State 12-1, Duke and Missouri are 15-1 each and Texas is 18-1.
• The new Lee’s Summit R-7 School District $12 million swimming/diving facility is scheduled to open in several days.
The state-of-the-art facility will be the home training base of the three Lee’s Summit high schools and will host district meets, community swim classes and eventually swimming lessons for students.
The facility is Olympic-size with eight lanes instead of the usual 10.
Lee’s Summit High School swimmers will be able to use the pool on the opening day of fall preseason practice on Aug. 10. The pool will available for the community use in mid-September.