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The Kansas City Fire Department partners with the Kansas City Public Schools to recruit the next generation of EMTs. After experiencing the adrenaline rush that comes from the first emergency ride along, they're hooked. It's more exhilarating than hitting the game-winning shot, at least to one point guard turned paramedic in the making.
At Olathe Northwest, the turf burns are still fresh from the 6A state softball title last Friday night, but the Ravens already have a ring picked out. It took them an hour to settle on the design. Olathe Northwest won its third state softball title on a walk off hit by Natalie Hamm in the bottom of the 7th. Rachel Kilmer tells us how.
Blue Valley Southwest has only existed for seven years. For the last six, the Timberwolves' soccer team suffered a season-ending loss to St. Thomas Aquinas. But this year, the tables were turned. Rachel Kilmer checks in with the first-ever triumphant Timberwolves soccer state champs.
We say this because for the second time in three years, all four Olathe schools have advanced to the eight-team 6A state tournament. Northwest, East and South got there by outscoring teams 69-2 in the regionals. North won a come-from-behind extra inning game over Gardner. And now they all converge in Lawrence.
Montel Cozart was a decorated athlete at Bishop Miege. He's disappointed that he wasn't able to duplicate that success at Kansas. But he's proud enough to poke out his chest as the first person in his family to graduate from college. Cozart's playing days aren't over, as he shifts from the Big 12 to the Mountain West.
Barstow's Jeff Hollis is going to high jump at Princeton next year, but jumping at Princeton this year would've worked as well, considering his personal best leap would have placed him first in the Ivy League meet. Now, the task of repeating as state champion isn't near as hard as beating himself. Here's Mick Shaffer.
Blue Springs South junior Tori Findley finished 7th in the mile at state as a sophomore – while playing two sports. Now that she’s narrowed down her focus, her times have dropped dramatically and the medals are starting to pile up. Rachel Kilmer introduces our Athlete of the Week.
Before Tuesday's anticipated Sunflower League doubleheader, Olathe Northwest shortstop Mady Young was named All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Last season, Olathe South ended top-seed Olathe Northwest's season in the state semifinals.
Lone Jack baseball is 12-2 this season. The record should really be 13-2, except the Mules' midweek game was interrupted in the bottom of the second inning by a police standoff across the street from the school. That game was eventually called off, but the Mule train will get back on the postseason track to try and win the program's first district championship since 2009.
Fishing is a hobby loved by many, but not many people realize it's a sport with competition at all levels from kids tournaments all the way up to the pros. In fact, in Kansas alone, there are more than 10 high school bass fishing clubs, one of which is seeing quite a bit of success.
Defending state champs SM East are having yet another fantastic season. The Lancers are unbeaten in conference play and are the top ranked team in Kansas 6A; pitcher Zebulon Vermillion is a big reason why. Rachel Kilmer introduces our Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week.
Their bus knew the way. The UMKC Track & Field team competed the past two weekends at KU for the Relays, then Rock Chalk Classic. One of the Kangaroo throwers showed up in a big way. Jacob Hockman was 3rd in the hammer, 6th in the shot put, and 7th in the discus - but that doesn't even begin to tell his story.
Rockhurst University and Ray-Pec grad Mark Sappington is a pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He's been a professional baseball player for five years. But his little sister could very possibly be even better. Bridgette is a Rockhurst senior, a pitcher like her big brother. But earlier this month, she accomplished something no one had ever done before in school history. Brad Porter was there for her huge accomplishment.
Back in 2015, pitcher Daniel Harper was playing fall ball when he felt pain in his tricep. When he got back to the dugout, his arm went numb. A visit to the doctor confirmed it, Tommy John was needed. But instead of derailing his promising baseball career, the surgery merely interrupted it. And, if you ask Daniel, may have made him better.
It's fair to say Blake Hocking owns April and the month is still young. The senior thrower from UMKC has already been named the WAC's track athlete of the week, twice. However, the Kangaroos' senior captain still sees himself as a secret weapon. Blake's out on that limb all by himself.
It's been a decade since Reggie Sanders retired as a Royal, reaching a milestone with Kansas City. He became one of those rare players with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. Sanders is still making a difference in our community - through his foundation. He celebrated Autism Awareness Month at the heart of Kauffman Stadium. Here's Kennetra Pulliams.
Kansas is keeping it competitive and entertaining ahead of the spring game. Instead of it just being a controlled scrimmage of the ones vs. the twos, David Beaty sorted out teams by holding a draft. Co - defensive coordinator Kenny Perry huddled up in one war room and associated head coach Tony Hull had his draft board set up in another room. Leif Lisec is on the clock with the Jayhawks new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham to talk about this qb's and rb's.
Former Olathe East star wide receiver and kick returner Anthony Parks went on to a nomadic career in college football. Parks has also bounced around the professional ranks, with a couple of stops in the indoor game. Rachel Kilmer found him with Kansas City's newest arena team, the Kansas City Phantoms.
Whitney Rodden makes sure all of the student-athletes at Midamerica Nazarene remain in tip-top shape. As every strength and conditioning coach knows, faster, stronger, better. But recently, Rodden and her family were forced to deal with pain no parent ever imagines. Leif Lisec has the story.
The UMKC golf team just finished up a tournament in Columbia, Missouri. The Roos will head to Iowa this weekend, before traveling to Arizona for the WAC Championship. It's a busy travel schedule, but these Roos have already come a long way to compete in America. Leif Lisec has the story.
Before this year, it was nearly impossible for an Avila softball player to balance playing and practicing her sport with the academic demands of earning a nursing degree. But one Eagles outfielder is doing just that - with some family help - on and off the field. Mick Shaffer has the story.