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Three local golfers make all-state golf team

The Kansas City Star

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Three local golfers in both Kansas 6A and 5A were dubbed first-team all-state this fall in girls golf after finishing in the top six at the state meet.

Olathe Northwest junior Audrey Judd, who claimed the 6A crown, and St. Thomas Aquinas senior Jordan Chael, who won 5A and signed Wednesday with Nebraska, headline the list.

Judd was joined on the first team by BV West’s Alexa Henderson and SM East’s Anne Willman, who signed with Kansas State and led the Lancers to the team title.

Meanwhile, Chael’s teammate, senior Baile Winslow, who signed with Northern Colorado, also made the first team along with SM South senior Hannah Sears, who signed with Northwest Missouri State.

BV North teammates Natalie Curran and Jean Tyrell were announced as second-team All-6A along with Olathe Northwest senior Cassie Wang and BV Northwest’s Kaleigh Ashen.

The second-team all-state performers in 5A were Ashley Root, another member of the state champion Saints, and BV Southwest’s Nikki McCurdy.

In 6A, five golfers were all-state honorable mentions: SM East’s Sophie Wetzler and Jessica Young, Olathe North’s Megan Manning, Olathe South’s Bailey Gibson and BV West’s Alex Larson.

Finally, St. James Academy’s Abby Dorsey was an 5A all-state honorable mention.

In the 4A ranks, De Soto’s Brittani Jensen and Piper’s Emily Pennington played their way onto the first team, while De Soto’s Rhiannon Caldwell was second team All-4A and Spring Hill’s Madison Krull was an all-state honorable mention.

Kolich, Peete chosen as MIAA honorable mentions

Pittsburg State offensive lineman Aaron Kolich and defensive back Jason Peete were announced Tuesday as honorable mention selections for the All-MIAA football team.

Kolich (6-2, 275), an Olathe South graduate, is a senior center and three-year starter for the Gorillas. He was voted as team captain twice.

Peete, a sophomore safety and Olathe North graduate, finished second for Pitt State with 45 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss with 0.5 sacks. He also broke up eight passes and forced a fumble.

Keese closes out career with high honors

St. Mary quarterback Mike Keese was one of two passers selected Monday to the first team All-KCAC football team. He and Ottawa’s Shane Gimzo were unanimous picks by the league’s coaches and repeat selections.

Keese, an Olathe South graduate, also was named the KCAC’s offensive player of the year.

As a senior, Keese, who started three seasons for the Spires, completed 272 of 442 passes for 3,189 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He threw for 10,028 yards in his college career, which started at MidAmerica Nazarene.

South grad earns MVC acclaim

Indiana State defender Kourtney Vassar was picked for the second team All-Missouri Valley Conference women’s soccer team.

Vassar, a senior who graduated from Olathe South, finished with three assists for the Sycamores.

Falcons’ Late Night set for Nov. 27

For the second straight year, Olathe South will kick off its basketball season with Late Night at Southside at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in the school’s main gym.

Admission is free with a donation for the Mission Southside Back Snack. Accepted items are juice boxes, canned meat, soup, canned vegetables, boxed macaroni, peanut butter, snack crackers, granola bars and cereal.

There will be giveaways throughout the night, a dunk contest and free smoothies from Smoothie King among other entertainment and goodies.

South announce girls basketball youth camp

Olathe South girls basketball’s 18th annual Youth Girls Basketball Clinic for players in kindergarten through sixth grade is today at the high school.

The two-hour camp takes place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and costs $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the South girls basketball program.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to Follow him at

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