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Mill Valley reigns supreme

Jags once again crowned kings of the KVL; Bobcats land near the bottom

August 10, 2006

Lansing nearly swatted Mill Valley off its perch as the top Kaw Valley League athletics department of the year. The Jaguars won the previous two titles and won again for the 2005-06 school year, but the Lions were "oh so close" this year.

Mill Valley tallied 108 points, just two more than Lansing.

The Tonganoxie Mirror first determined the overall league champion for the 2003-04 school year, so Mill Valley still is undefeated when it comes to the overall championship.

Lansing, which has finished second every year, nearly had enough points to usurp the champions.

Mill Valley tallied six league titles, compared to Lansing's four, but LHS also had three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes. Mill Valley scored two second and two third-place finishes.

Lansing and Tonganoxie have finished behind Mill Valley each of the last three years.

The two schools tied for second in 2003-04, while LHS finished second and THS third in 2004-05.

The last two school years, Santa Fe Trail has managed to take fourth place after finishing seventh in 2003-04.

Bonner Springs maintained its No. 5 spot for a third consecutive year. The Braves actually scored eight points higher this season with a 72, its highest point total yet, but remained in fifth place.

Piper moved up a slot from last season and Basehor-Linwood down a slot, while Bishop Ward and Perry-Lecompton stayed the same.

Piper finished sixth with 64, three points higher than last year, while Bishop Ward finished eighth with 61. Last year, the Cyclones tallied 55. Perry-Lecompton placed ninth with 59. The Kaws scored eight points higher than the last school year.

Basehor-Linwood, which placed sixth in 2004-05 with 62, scored exactly th same number of points this year, but fell one spot to number seven, switching with Piper.

Immaculata again placed 10th, this year scoring just 28. In 2004-05, the Raiders tallied 49.

Big-school advantage

With 598 students in grades 10, 11 and 12, Mill Valley also was the largest KVL school in enrollment.

Lansing, as it was in the athletics department of the year standings, also was the No. 2 largest school in the KVL. Both schools compete in Class 5A.

The remaining schools, with the exception of Immaculata, are assigned to 4A.

That leaves Immaculata, the Leavenworth private school, once again as the smallest KVL school. The Raiders competed in 2A.

While the other nine league schools fielded teams in at least 12 sports, it's difficult for Immaculata to have a shot at being the top overall program because the school fields just eight teams.

More calculations

Sports such as swimming and tennis, along with girls soccer, don't figure into the department of the year statistics because a majority of league schools do not compete in those sports.

However, next year, girls soccer will be eligible because six of the 10 league teams will be competing.

Lansing, Immaculata, Mill Valley, Piper and Basehor-Linwood had played in the Northeast Kansas League with Kansas City Christian, De Soto, Kansas City Harmon, Shawnee-Maranatha, Ottawa and Kansas City-Washington.

Next spring, Tonganoxie will field a girls soccer team for the first time, bringing the number of KVL girls soccer programs to six.

State champs

In 2004-05, Bishop Ward had the KVL's lone state championship as the Cyclones won the Class 4A state baseball title. That marked Bishop Ward's inaugural year in the Kaw Valley League, as De Soto bolted for the Frontier League.

In 2005-06, Bishop Ward again won the 4A baseball crown, the school's fourth straight as the Cyclones finished 22-4.

But BWHS wasn't the only Kaw Valley League school celebrating a state title.

Santa Fe Trail won the 4A volleyball crown last fall. The Chargers ended the season at 31-11.

Other teams had hopes for state titles, but fell short.

These schools also had teams advance to state during the last school year: Mill Valley (girls cross country, boys basketball, boys and girls track), Tonganoxie (girls cross country, boys cross country, girls track and softball), Bonner Springs (boys cross country, boys soccer and boys track) and Lansing (baseball and softball).

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