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Thomas adds another honor

To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Olathe Northwest’s Clark Thomas, who graduated in May and competed in the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials a month later, was selected as a 2011-12 National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association/Speedo One-Meter Diving All-American.

Thomas, who became the first Kansas high school diver to top 600 points at a meet, never lost in his Ravens career and was a four-time state champion. He also was a four-time NICSA All-American.

Several other swimmers were tabbed as Academic All-Americans, including four girls — Olathe East’s Ashlee Foster and Claire Kebodeaux along with Olathe Northwest’s Hannah Richardson and Katie Vaughan.

Thomas and fellow Ravens Drew Egan, Michael Frets and Mitch Willis earned the same distinction nationally among boys.

Stewart, McCracken add to softball honors

The honors continue to pour in for local softball players Allison Stewart and Maddie McCracken.

Stewart, a sophomore pitcher at Olathe East, was selected as a Sophomore All-American by CBS Sport’s MaxPreps, while McCracken, a freshman catcher at Olathe North, was chosen as a Freshman All-American.

Stewart, who is the Kansas Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for 2011-12, went 13-0 with a 0.20 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 691/3 innings.

At the plate, she batted .532 with five home runs and 52 RBIs.

McCracken was among three freshman catchers picked for the honor and also is a National Fast-pitch Coaches Association All-American.

North grad earns academic honor

Bethany catcher John Gandy was selected as a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete.

The award was announced Thursday in a press release from the college.

Gandy, an Olathe North graduate and the son of Ken and Connie Gandy, is a sports management major who boasts a 3.8 grade-point average.

Student-athletes who letter in their sport and are at least sophomores with a 3.33 grade-point average are eligible.

Olathe hosts Missouri Amateur golf championship

The Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur championship is being played at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe.

No that is not a misprint.

Defending champion Catherine Dolan of Ballwin entered Friday’s final round at 1-under par with a two-day total of 143.

That her 1 stroke in front of Ellen Port from St. Louis in her bid to repeat. Port is the reigning USGA Mid-Amateur champion and is seeking a record eighth Missouri Amateur crown — even if it is being played in Kansas.

Former St. Thomas Aquinas standouts Ali Kruse and Gianna Misenhelter also were in the hunt.

Kruse was tied for third at 5-over through two rounds, while Misenhelter was 3 shots back and tied for fifth.

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 www.ONQBClub.org and select forms, or for more information, contact club president Brent Christensen at 913-449-1603.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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