Sport Shorts: Nov. 16


Taylor Lake is just a sophomore at Blue Valley West but she has all ready made an impact in volleyball.

She lettered in the sport as a freshman and again this year as a sophomore for the Jaguars.

Taylor Lake

“My biggest accomplishment would be probably be lettering as a freshman and making the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association first-team all-academic team,” she says. “Playing varsity last year as a freshman was so much fun. I loved how I got to become friends with upper-classmen I probably never would have become friends with otherwise.”

She also noted that her club team has placed in the top five every year at nationals since she was 12. “That has been so exciting,” she says.

“Taylor is a dedicated volleyball player who shows a great deal of potential to our sport,” Coach Terry Flynn says. “She plays the libero position at West. Taylor brings competitive experience and extensive volleyball training to the Jaguars’ volleyball program. We look forward to the impact she will make at West over the next two years.”

How did she get started in the sport?

“My mom (Jennifer) coached my rec team when I was in third grade,” she says. “When I was in fifth grade I found out about club volleyball, joined a team and have been playing pretty much all year-round ever since.”

Volleyball is her top sport, but she did enjoy track last spring. And will be in the long jump and triple jump along with the sprint relays this spring.

She feels that her parents have helped her a great deal.

“My parents have always been really supportive of me as a player no matter what,” she says. “I think their support has contributed a lot to what I have accomplished as a player.”

She also said that she has had good coaches.

Her dad, Dr. Tony Lake, is the principal at BV West.

“I usually get a lot of questions about whether I like it,” she says. “A lot of kids tell me how they would hate going to school with their dad, but my dad and I are really close, so it’s not a big deal for us. I really enjoy having my dad there.”



Senior Louis Behnen is the top swimmer for the Rockhurst Hawklets.

Louis Behnen

“He’s basically the face of our team, by far our top athlete,” Hawklets coach Paul Winkeler says.

He has top time in the 500-yard freestyle in the state of Missouri.. He placed fifth in the 500 at the 2011 state meet.
The senior has top five rankings in the state in 200-yard individual medley, 200 freestyle and in the 100 backstroke.

He can only swim in two individual events at the state meet in November.

He says that his top strokes are freestyle and backstroke.

He got started in sport at an early age.

“My parents put me in the water at a very young age,” he says. “I  immediately enjoyed being around the water. When I was about eight, I was encouraged to start swimming competitively and have done so ever since.”

He swims for United States Swimming Kansas City Blazers where he has placed in sectional meets and qualified for Junior Nationals.

Behnen sees a difference between swimming for Rockhurst and the Blazers.

“Club swimming becomes more of an individual pursuit,” he says. “High school swimming is much more team orientated and is equally competitive.”

He says his key to his success is the constant pushing of his limits through hard training.

“Although swimming is every demanding and challenging, it has come to define who I am,” he says. “I has helped me in other areas of my life, including academics.”



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– Mike Ditka