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Springer qualifies for national golf tourney

Olathe East golfer Alex Springer placed third in the boys division at the Kansas Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Golf Classic last week at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Springer shot 146 at the two-day tournament, finishing 6 shots behind the winner, Sam Stevens of Wichita. The tourney featured a record 122 entrants.

Abigail Shaddix of Olathe finished second in the girls division with a 156 two-day total. She was 1 shot behind Haley Florey of Topeka.

Both players were among five from the tournament to qualify for the event’s national tournament Aug. 7-10 in Austin, Texas.

Travel expenses and entry fees will be paid for by the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents.

The Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship is billed as the nation’s largest junior stroke-play golf tourney. It is organized by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, “the Big ‘I’.”

Rebne ties for third at KC Amateur

Olathe resident Nic Rebne finished tied for third Sunday at the three-round Kansas City Amateur, which took place at Shoal Creek Golf Course.

Rebne, who opened with a 5-over 76, closed with a 3-under 68 and an even-par on the weekend, finishing with a 2-over 215.

Kearney native Ryan Zech, who was the second-round leader, also finished at 215, while Steve Groom of Raytown claimed the title with a three-round 212. Groom was the only player under par.

Three other city residents — Ryan Luecke, who tied for 14th at 220, Brett Iliff, who tied for 16th at 221, and former Kansas 6A state champion Jordan Smith, who tied for 18th at 222 — also cracked the top 20 in a field of 89.

North’s Jaso commits to Pitt State

Olathe North’s Darion Jaso committed to Pittsburg State to continue her softball career.

Eagles coach Frank Barnes made the announcement Sunday in an email to The Olathe News.

“After visiting a number of colleges and programs Darion felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and school,” Barnes said of her decision to join the NCAA Division II Gorillas. “She indicated the school and its programs were a good place to continue her academic and sports career.”

A three-year starter at North, Jaso, who just finished her junior season, is a two-time National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association All-Region player as well as an all-state, All-Metro, All-Sunflower League and All-Olathe selection.

She batted .563 with 10 doubles and 17 RBIs last season for the Eagles.

Eagles youth football camp

Olathe North’s annual youth football camp, a non-contact camp emphasizing football fundamentals in the skills that have helped the Eagles win eight Kansas 6A state championships, will take place Monday through Thursday at Marshall Ensor Field behind the high school.

The camp, which costs $30, runs from 6-8 p.m. daily and is open to students entering third through eighth grades.

Campers should wear a T-shirt, shorts and cleats. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt, DVD and be invited to a cookout the final night of camp.

For more information, contact assistant coach Jesse Owen at jowenon@olatheschools.org or call 913-780-7853.

Hawks alumni soccer game

The Olathe East soccer program’s annual alumni game is set for Aug. 5.

The women’s game is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by the men’s alumni contest at the Hawks’ on-campus turf practice field.

Seniors who graduated in odd years should wear black and those who graduated in even years should wear white. All are invited.

Olathe squad enters wiffle ball championship

Olathe will be represented at the 31st Wiffle Ballin’ for Kids World Whiffleball Championship (sic), which is being played today in Mishawaka, Ind.

Started in 1980, the unofficial wiffle ball championship tourney, which pits six-member teams against one another, doubles as a benefit for The Children’s Campus, a residential treatment facility for traumatized children in Mishawaka.

Monon Yankers, a team from Olathe, will be among the squads competing for the title.

Eagles QB Club golf tourney set for Sunday

The Olathe North Quarterback Club has announced that the 11th Annual Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, which will be played Sunday 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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