Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000

Sunflower League Girls Capsules

December 1, 2000



Mascot: Pioneers. Coach: Stacey Cole (first year). 1999-2000 record: 2-19 overall/1-9 league.

Olathe East

Mascot: Hawks. Coach: Jeff Hulse (fifth year). 1999-2000 record: 16-6 overall/9-1 league.

Outlook: The Hawks, league runner-up last year and favored to win league this winter, are coming off their best season in school history. ... O-East remains loaded with four starters back, including all-Sunflower League first-team picks Kari Saving (16 points per game, 10 rebounds per game) and Tiffany Vincent (16 ppg, 8 rpg). Saving is a 5-foot-10 senior guard/forward and Vincent a 5-11 junior forward. ... Senior forward Lindsey Kimball and senior guard Megan LaCroix also factored in the Hawks' success last year. ... Under Hulse, O-East has posted a 52-36 record.

Schedule: Nov. 30 Topeka Washburn Rural. Dec. 7-9 Olathe East tournament. 13 at Shawnee Mission East. 19 at Leavenworth. Jan. 4 SM West. 8 at Olathe North. 13 Free State. 19 Olathe South. 22 Shawnee Heights. 25-27 Emporia tournament. Feb. 1 Blue Valley North. 10 SM Northwest. 13 Lawrence. 16 at SM North. 19 Blue Valley Northwest. 21 at SM South.

Olathe North

Mascot: Eagles. Coach: Elizabeth Rulon (first year). 1999-2000 record 11-11 overall/4-6 league.

Outlook: Sophomore guard Tamara Whitaker (12.4 ppg), senior guard Crystal Whittlinger (10.8 ppg) and junior post player Kara DeNoon (10.5) all averaged in double figures last season. ... Rulon was a former standout at Emporia State, where she ranks third all time for three-pointers made.

Schedule: Dec. 4-8 at Olathe South tournament. Jan. 4 at Olathe South. 8 Olathe East. 11 at SM Northwest. 16 at KC Harmon. 22 KC Lincoln. 25-27 at Free State tournament. 30 at SM North. Feb. 2 SM West. 5 Lawrence. 8 at SM South. 10 KC Washington. 13 at Leavenworth. 16 at SM East. 20 Free State. 23 at Blue Valley.

Olathe South

Mascot: Falcons. Coach: Steve Ingram (12th year). 1999-2000 record: 19-6 overall/6-4 league.

Outlook: O-South, Class 6A state runner-up a year ago, is athletic. ... Johanna Kamberg, a 5-10 senior forward, and Jessica Moppin, a 5-9 junior point guard, are returning starters. ... Moppin had a team-high 71 assists last season. ... Kamberg, who made 37 three-point goals, ranked second on the squad with a 12 .7 scoring average. ... Other returning letter winners are senior forward Stephanie Grieb and junior guard Brandi Wolf.

Schedule: Nov. 30 KC Washington. Dec. 4-8 Olathe South tournament. Dec. 15 at Paseo. 19 SM North. Jan. 4 Olathe North. 8 SM Northwest. 11 at Free State. 16 at KC Wyandotte. 19 at Olathe East. 25-27 at Wichita. Feb. 2 SM South. 5 at Washington. 8 at Lawrence. 13 SM East. 16 at SM West. 22 at Leavenworth.

Shawnee Mission East

Mascot: Lancers. Coach: Lane Green. 1999-2000 record: 11-11 overall/5-5 league.

Outlook: The Lancers hope to feature a strong defense and lots of scoring in transition. ... Four starters are back, including 6-foot sophomore forward Rebecca Parker, who led the Lancers in scoring (11.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg) as a freshman. ... Guard Kady Brenner, a 5-7 senior guard, is entering her fourth year on varsity. She averaged 8.3 points and 4.0 assists as a junior. ... Other starters back are senior forward Annie Auld (3.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and sophomore guard Cassie Vanderhagen (6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg). ... SM East last year averaged 46 points a game and surrendered 47 points a game.

Schedule: Nov. 30 SM West. Dec. 9 KC Sumner. 11 at SM South. 13 Olathe East. 19 at SM Northwest. Jan. 4 KC St. Pius. 8 KC St. Teresa. 11 at Shawnee Miege. 16-19 Mo-Kan tournament at Blue Valley North. 22 SM North. 25 at SM West. 30 SM South. Feb. 2 Leavenworth. 10 Lawrence. 13 at Olathe South. 16 Olathe North. 20 at SM North. 22 Free State.

Shawnee Mission North

Mascot: Indians. Coach: Pat Cormack (fourth year). 1999-2000 record: 9-12 overall/5-5 league.

Outlook: Junior 6-foot wing/post Maralene Zwarich is back after averaging 14.5 points a game last season. ... Other key players back are senior Corey Collier and junior Cassie Tremonti.

Schedule: Dec. 2 KC Schlagle. 7 KC Wyandotte. 13 at SM West. 19 at Olathe South. Jan. 4 SM South. 8 at Leavenworth. 11 at St. Theresa's. 16-20 at Blue Valley North tournament. 22 at SM East. 25 at SM South. 30 Olathe North. Feb. 2 at SM Northwest. 5 SM West. 8 Free State. 13 KC Harmon. 16 Olathe East. 20 SM East. 22 at Lawrence.

SM Northwest

Mascot: Cougars. Coach: John Reiff (eighth year). 1999-2000 record: 18-5 overall/10-0 league.

Outlook: Northwest is rebuilding after losing four three-year starters from last year's league title team. ... Junior guard Jayme Wilson, who averaged 12 points per game, is the lone starter back from a squad that qualified for state last year. ... Other key players are senior post Lori Bettes (5 ppg) and junior guard Meghan Blay (6 ppg).

Schedule: Nov. 30 at Overland Park Aquinas. Dec. 5 Park Hill. 7 at Topeka Seaman. 15 Leavenworth. 19 SM East. Jan. 8 at Olathe South. 11 Olathe North. 17-20 at SM South tournament. 22 Topeka West. 27 Pembroke Hill. 30 Free State. Feb. 2 SM North. 5 Notre Dame de Sion. 10 at Olathe East. 13 SM South. 16 at Lawrence. 20 Topeka Washburn Rural.

SM South

Mascot: Raiders. Coach: Ron Millard (26th year). 1999-2000 record: 14-9 overall/7-3 league.

Outlook: South has good speed and expectations are high. ... Laura Friederich, a 5-7 junior guard, scored 270 points and had 117 rebounds last season to rank second on the team in both categories. ... Friederich led the team with 21 three-point goals. ... Other key returnees are 5-8 junior guard Suzanne Mulcahy, 5-10 senior forward Anne Marie Martin, 6-foot senior center Kathy McVey and 5-8 senior guard Whitney Wagner. ... South has qualified for state eight times in the past nine years. ... Millard is closing in on 300 career victories. ... He is 297-259.

SM West

Mascot: Vikings. Coach: Marcus Priddy (first year). 1999-2000 record: 6-16 overall/2-8 league.

Outlook: Megan Robinson, a 5-10 junior point guard, is West's key player after starting last year.

Schedule: Nov. 30 at SM East. 4-8 at Olathe South tournament. 13 SM North. Jan. 4 at Olathe East. 8 SM South. 11 at Lawrence. 16-18 at Shawnee Miege tournament. 25 SM East. 29 at Blue Valley. Feb. 2 at Olathe North. 5 at SM North. 8 Leavenworth. 13 at Free State. 16 Olathe South. 20 at Louisburg. 22 SM Northwest.

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