Redfield's Replays: June 13
HENDERSON KEEPS IMPROVING IN GOLF
Blue Valley West junior golfer James Henderson has made steady progress in his three years on the Jaguars varsity golf team. He finished 12th as a freshman, fifth last year and second this year. He shot a 70 in late May at the Topeka Country Club, tying for first. The junior lost in the second playoff hole.
Last summer, he won his age group division at the Kansas Boys Junior Amateur last summer, placing third overall. Henderson got his start in golf at an early age. “My dad started teaching me when I was 4 or 5,” he says. “I grew up playing with him several times every week and learning from him.”
His short game is his biggest strength as a golfer. “Even if I am hitting the ball poorly, my chipping and putting can allow me to still shoot good scores,” he says. He adds that he still has some items to work on. “One thing I have been working on is trying to manage a round better,” he says. “Instead of playing every course the same, I am trying to prepare more and have a specific game plan.”
The junior is spending the summer playing golf. “I’m going to play in five AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) events, the Kansas Junior Amateur, and a few other local events,” he says.
What is his goal? “My goal is to play at a Division I school in a major conference,” he says.
SCHOOLS DOMINATE STATE BOYS GOLF
Shawnee Mission East won the 6A state boys golf title with a score of 300. Blue Valley West was fourth at 313 and Blue Valley North fifth at 314.
In addition to James Henderson’s second-place finish, SM East’s Lucas Jones was third (71) and Andy Spencer fifth (72).
BV North’s Jake Goldman claimed seventh (76), SM East’s Johnie Norton eighth (76) and Blake Allen of SM Northwest was ninth with a round of 76.
In 5A, St. James Academy’s Jack Reilly finished third at 74 and Luke Hennes was fifth at a 75.
STEWART CAPTURES GATORADE AWARD
Olathe East senior pitcher Allison Stewart has been selected as the Gatorade Kansas Softball Player of the Year. It is the second time she has received the award. She posted a 17-1 record this year on the mound with a 0.82 earned run average. She fanned 155 and walked just 10 batters. At the plate, she hit .310 with four homers and 38 RBIs.
SOCCER CLUBS TO REGION II
Johnson County club soccer teams are preparing for the USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association) Region II tournament June 21-25 in Dayton, Ohio.
All winners except the Under 13s qualify for the national tournament July 22-27 in Germantown, Maryland.
The Johnson County clubs competing in Region II tournament are:
U13 – Sporting Blue Valley Lazio 00-01 coached by Shaun Owens.
U14 – Sporting Blue Valley ENCL 99-00 coached by Shaun Owens.
U15 – Kansas Rush Wolves Academy 98-99 coached by John Porter.
U16 – Kansas United Soccer Kansas City United Rangers 97-98 coached by David Miller.
U17 – Kansas Premier Soccer KC Metro Dynamos coached by Derek Shoare.
U18 – Sporting BV Supersport coached by Gareth Richards.
U13 – Sporting Blue Valley NPL 00-01 coached by Timo Kibune.
U14 – Sporting BV Sporting KC Academy coached by Matt Trumpp.
U15 – Sporting Blue Valley NPL 98-99 coached by Paul Rideout.
U16 – Sporting BV Schalke 97-98 coached by Angelo Catenacci.
U16 – Sporting BV Schalke 97-98 coached by Huw Savage.
U17 – Kansas City SC KCS Blackstars 96-97 coached by Johnny Duker.
U18 – Kansas Rush Wolves Academy 95-96 coached by Dacouda Kante.
U19 – KC Fusion Academy Philips 94-95 coached by Norman Houser.