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Stokes snags third All-America honor

Three Olathe softball players were among 48 nationwide to be selected to the 2012 National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association High School All-American team, which was announced last week.

Olathe East’s Kiki Stokes was selected to the first team.

A three-time All-American, Stokes helped lead the Hawks to the Kansas 6A state title for the first time since 2007, batting .603 with a .656 on-base percentage.

Stokes, who signed with Nebraska, also had 29 stolen bases and didn’t commit any errors in the outfield.

Her teammate, Olathe East second baseman Elizabeth Leonard, and Olathe North freshman catcher Maddie McCracken were selected to the third team.

McCracken is the first player to receive NFCA All-America distinction in Eagles softball history, coach Frank Barnes said.

Led by Stokes and Leonard among others, the Hawks, 24-1, finished No. 13 in the NFCA’s final national poll.

The only other player from Kansas was Maize shortstop Kelsey Stewart, a second-team pick.

Olathe racks up NFCA all-region honors

Four city softball players, including three from Kansas 6A state champion Olathe East, were selected to the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association South Central Region first team.

Hawks pitcher Allison Stewart, outfielder Kiki Stokes and second baseman Elizabeth Leonard made the first-team cut along with Olathe North catcher Maddie McCracken.

Two more Hawks (pitcher Jenni Brooks and catcher Sami Olson) and another Eagle (outfielder Darion Jaso) were second-team selections.

Former Blazer Bowen makes Team USA

Kansas freshman Casey Bowen, a Gardner Edgerton graduate, finished second June 15 in the pole vault at the USA Junior Championships, which took place in Bloomington, Ind.

The runner-up finish earned Bowen a spot Team USA for the World Junior Championships, which begin Tuesday in Barcelona.

Bowen needed all three attempts to top 16 feet, 43/4 inches, but sailed cleanly over the next two heights, including an outdoor personal record 17-03/4.

The national and international junior championships are for athletes age 19 and under.

Starling’s Royals career gets underway

During his first seven games with the Burlington (N.C.) Royals in the Rookie Appalachian League, Gardner native and 2011 Royals first-round pick Bubba Starling is off to a solid start.

Starling, 19, is batting .321 — nine for 28 — with a triple, two home runs, eight runs scored and nine RBIs.

He had a five-game hit streak, including three straight multi-hit games, snapped Thursday night.

South grad picks Jewell

Olathe South graduate Ali Webb signed with the William Jewell swim team last month.

Webb, who was selected as the Falcons’ most valuable swimmer as a senior, helped three relays qualify for the Kansas 6A state swimming and diving championships.

She is a two-time state qualifier and will continue her career at the NCAA Division II level.

Crushers claim third in Kansas

Catching fire during bracket play, the Olathe Crushers rattled off three straight wins before falling in the semifinals at the Kansas State USSSA 9-and-Under AA Baseball Tournament.

The Crushers, who play in the Olathe Youth Baseball League, finished third among 23 teams.

Built as a team of neighborhood friends, the Crushers — who beat teams from Derby, Shawnee and Augusta en route to the semifinals — succeeded despite playing traveling and tryout teams.

Kicking camp coming to Blue Springs

The Ray Guy Kicking Camp and Talent Search — a two-day camp for kickers, punters and long snappers of any age — will be at Blue Springs High School today and Sunday.

Personal evaluation of the camp participants will be provided and the top prospects could be included in the national rankings.

Pre-registration through is required to ensure acceptance. For more information, call 606-327-0051.

Falcons golf benefit set for July 8

The annual Olathe South Football Golf Tournament is set for Sunday at Prairie Highlands Golf Course.

The benefit, which will support the booster club for the Kansas 6A state champion Falcons, begins at 11 a.m., which costs $125 per individual player. There are several different levels of sponsorship as well.

For more information or to register, visit and click on the “2012 Golf Tournament” tab or contact Angela Noonan (913-44904986, or Amie Seurer (913-522-5627,

South assistants organize hoops camp

Olathe South assistant basketball coaches Dan Morrow and Matt Pence will conduct the first Future Falcon youth basketball camp July 9-12.

The four-day camp, which takes place at the high school, will focus on fundamentals with coaches and current Falcons teaching shooting, ball-handling, footwork and other skills.

The camp, which costs $55 and includes a T-shirt, will be split into two groups — one for third- through fifth-graders from 8 to 10 a.m. and another for sixth- through eighth-graders from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Morrow at

Eagles QB Club announces golf tourney

The Olathe North Quarterback Club has announced that the 11th Annual Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, which will be played July 22 at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course.

Check in for the four-person scramble, which costs $500 per team or $125 per individual, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

To register, visit and select forms, or for more information, contact club president Brent Christensen at 913-449-1603.

| Tod Palmer,

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