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Examiner
  • Dick Puhr: Winter sports had plenty of story lines

  • Leftovers from the high school sports scene.

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  • Leftovers from the high school sports scene.
    The Blue Springs girls basketball accomplishment of reaching the final four five consecutive seasons could stand for a long time. Unfortunately, the Wildcats could never bring home a state title.
    Lee’s Summit, from 1976-77 to 1988-89, claimed 12 consecutive girls district titles. That enviable record likely will never be bettered.
    * According to our figures, Blue Springs senior Lizzy Wendell was the area girls scoring champion this year, scoring 586 points in 32 games.
    Next was William Chrisman’s Nieka Wheeler with 450 points.
    Blue Springs’ Jay Corwin was the area boys scoring champion this season with 454 points in 25 games. He missed two games and scored in double figures in 23 consecutive games.
    Second was Blue Springs South’s Justin Pitts with 435 points in 27 games. He scored in double figures in all but two games.
    Grain Valley’s Daniel Mahurin was third with 426 points.
    * William Chrisman’s 49-47 victory over Truman in the Class 5 District 15 boys basketball tournament ended a streak of six consecutive losses to the Patriots.
    * For the first time in three years, no Lee’s Summit boys or girls basketball team qualified for the playoffs.
    * The 24-3 record posted by the Blue Springs South boys basketball team tied the best in school history. South finished 25-4 in 1999-2000.
    The Blue Springs girls set a program record by going 29-3 and the Truman girls matched the school’s single-season mark for wins by going 25-1. The Patriots’ 25-game winning streak also set record.
    The 25-1 mark by the Truman girls team and 29-3 by the Blue Springs girls team also were school records as well as the Patriots 25-game winning streak. Blue Springs is 182-27 over the past seven seasons.
    The Raytown girls went 11-13 to end a streak of six consecutive winning seasons. The Grain Valley girls team recorded a sixth consecutive winning season.
    * With the closing of St. Mary’s, the Crossroads Conference will have only four teams next fall in football. They are Summit Christian Academy, Van Horn, Butler and Sherwood.
    After playing a limited varsity schedule for two years, Maranatha likely will drop the sport.
    Reportedly, Kansas City Christian will join the conference for the 2013-14 school year and will field a football team.
    * The Raytown South boys basketball team went 12-12. Thus, the Cardinals made it 18 consecutive non-losing seasons.
    * Todd Vaughan in the new football coach at Belton. He has been at Farmington the last seven years.
    He brings to Belton a spread offense and hopes of resurfacing a program that has only four victories in the last three years.
    * The Battle Spartans become the third Columbia public school. A new nine-team football schedule includes Butler, which replaces St. Mary’s.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Spartans will have to wait another season before being assigned to a district. They likely will be a Class 4 school to start.
    * Congratulations to the Truman girls and Blue Springs South and Fort Osage boys for outstanding basketball seasons.
    Dick Puhr is a retired sports writer for The Examiner. Reach him by calling 816-350-6315.
     

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