Sport Shorts: Feb. 22


Laura Roxburg


Laura Roxburg, an outstanding distance runner at Blue Valley Northwest, will be the new BV North cross-country coach this fall and assistant track coach in 2014.

She is the only 6A female athlete to win four consecutive state individual cross-country titles. She was a seven-time champion in track.

After graduating from BV Northwest she attended the University of Missouri to earn a degree in secondary mathematics education. She had an outstanding career for the Tigers, with two Big 12 titles and school records in both the mile and 1,500-meters.

“Laura is excited and eager to return to the Blue Valley School District and become a member of the Blue Valley North family,” Athletic Director Mickey Masterson says.



Sawyer Like started wrestling in the sixth grade, because his older brother, Hunter, started wrestling as a high school freshman. Hunter went on to be Blue Valley Southwest’s first state champion in 2011.

Now Sawyer will be taking a 38-4 record into this weekend’s 5A state tournament in Wichita, Kan. He beat St. Thomas Aquinas junior Tyler Dickman 3-2 in the 130-pound championship match last Saturday at the Mill Valley regional. It was the Saints’ junior’s first loss of the season.

Like is ranked No. 2 in the state in 5A, according to the latest rankings by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.

Sawyer Like

Wrestling is the Timberwolves’ junior’s only sport.

“When I was little I used to play soccer, football and basketball,” he says. “Since I started wrestling, I knew I found the sport for me. I want to put all my effort into it.”

Sawyer has improved since his freshman year.

“I wasn’t the best wrestler my freshman year, but I gave everything I could for the team,” he says. “I was always challenging myself to be the best. I just keep raising the bar, always setting new goals. I don’t like resting on my successes. I feel like that’s what keeps me to become a better wrestler.”

Like isn’t sure whether he wants to wrestle on the collegiate level.

“I would always consider offers, but I am also interested in pursuing a career in medicine,” he says. “It would be hard to wrestle and find time to undertake such a difficult class load.”


Tim Wiseman


Blue Valley North will have a new boys soccer coach in the fall, and the Mustangs didn’t have to look far, hiring Tim Wiseman to take over the boys’ program.

Wiseman has been the girls soccer coach, winning the 6A state title in 2007 and finishing third in 2008. He will continue to coach the girls soccer program.




“Life is at heart a question of geometry. Approach each from the correct angle, and you cannot go far wrong.”

— author Jack McDevitt, “Firebird”