• Baldwin High boys soccer began a tough season-opening slate with a 3-1 record, including victories against Spring Hill and a suddenly surging Tonganoxie. Joel Dixon, Nick Joslyn, Russell Cloon, Nate Clem and Brendan Ownings each scored to take the lead in a 5-4 overtime victory against Spring Hill last week. On Monday, De Soto handed Baldwin its first loss of the season. Baldwin sought to return to the win column on Thursday when it traveled to Basehor-Linwood.
• Baldwin High’s boys and girls cross-country teams each won the Jerry Howarter Invitational in Garnett last week. The five-time 4A state champion girls team was led by seniors Kaitlyn Barnes and Sienna Durr, and juniors Katie Jones and Libby Verhaeghe. The boys, who placed fifth at state in 2011, return state runner-up junior Ethan Hartzell — who won the Jerry Howarter Invitational with a time of 17:37.12 — senior Cordon Horne, junior Tucker Clark and sophomore Joe Pierce. Three freshmen also round out the squad in Dakota Helm, George Letner and Zach Smith. Helm placed third with an 18.39.84.
• The De Soto boys soccer team is 1-3 to start the season. On Aug. 30 it lost, 3-0, to Bishop Miege and defeated Baldwin, 1-0, for its first victory of the season after a goal by Dustin Seibolt. The Wildcats returned to play on Thursday at home against Eudora.
• The volleyball team is off to a 3-6 start after losing to Paola in three sets (19-25, 21-25, 20-25) on Tuesday. The Wildcats traveled to Topeka on Thursday for a triangular meet against Highland Park and Topeka West, and will compete in Saturday’s Lansing Invitational.
• The boys and girls cross-country teams placed fourth and fifth, respectively, at Johnson County Community College on Monday. Angel Vasquez led the boys with a time of 16:28, good for third overall. For the girls, Morgan Darter placed 25th with a 19:55. The Wildcats travel to Wamego on Saturday.
• The Eudora football team ran away with its home opener against Piper, winning 25-7 after falling behind early. Nick Becker and Steven Simpson led the Cardinals defense with seven tackles apiece. Skyler Manley and Markis Hill each recovered fumbles, and Andrew Ballock came up with an interception against the Pirates’ explosive offense. Meanwhile, quarterback Andrew Ballock completed six passes with no interceptions in downpour conditions, including a 40-yard completion to Hill. Gabe Cleveland rushed for 162 yards as the Cardinals amounted to 329 total yards of offense. Eudora opens Frontier League play at 7 p.m. on Friday when it travels to 1-0 Louisburg.
• Senior Danelle Topil led the girls cross-country team with a sixth-place finish at the Aug. 30 Jerry Howarter Invitational in Garnett. Fellow medalists Kelsey Balluch (29th, and Anna Brown (30th) helped Eudora place sixth out of 12 schools. Sophia Lehman and Mariah Brown also contributed to the Cardinals’ 144 points. For the boys team, which also placed sixth, sophomore Jon Miller placed 14th with a 19:08, and Dalton Strickell placed 28th.
• Eudora High volleyball began Frontier League competition in Ottawa on Tuesday, losing in five sets (20-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22 and 12-15). The Cardinals traveled to Blue Valley Southwest on Thursday for a triangular against BV Southwest and Emporia, and return to league play on Tuesday for a dual at Lousiburg.
• Mill Valley’s football team will host league opponent Turner at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Jaguars’ home opener. Last week, the Jaguars traveled to Class 6A Manhattan and lost 43-21. In opening the season on the road against a 6A team that had won 28 straight regular season contests, coach Joel Applebee gave his team an eye-opening test to start the year.The Jaguars, ranked No. 21 this week in the 810varsity.com Top 25 poll, were picked by many to win the Kaw Valley League this year. Their bid for a league title begins Friday at home, with coverage on shawneedispatch.com.
• The Mill Valley boys and girls cross-country teams swept the Shawnee Mission South quad at Shawnee Mission Park on Aug. 30. The boys placed first with 32 points, ahead of Olathe South (51), SM South (61) and Olathe Northwest (86). The girls placed first with 42 points, ahead of Olathe Northwest (50), Olathe South (55) and SM South (63). The boys ended SM South’s string of three straight years of perfect scores and defeated the defending 6A state champion Raiders for the first time in Mill Valley history.
• The De Soto/Mill Valley girls golf team claimed Tuesday's Piper Invitational at Dub's Dread in Kansas City, Kan., shooting a 381 — 15 shots ahead of second-place Topeka Hayden. Brittani Jenson led the way for Mill Valley with a second-place finish individually, just two shots out of first place with an 85.
• Senior Sarah Wetzel leads a Mill Valley girls tennis team that began its first few weeks of the season undefeated, with an overall match score of 30-3 after Tuesday’s 12-0 defeat of Sumner Academy. Visit shawneedispatch.com for more.
• The Tonganoxie football team, which won just one game in each of the last two seasons, defeated Lansing for the first time since 2006 last week. The Chieftains (1-0) will host Atchison in their home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday, one week after upsetting the Lions, 22-20, on the road. Cole Holloway carried 27 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the opener, including scores of 61 yards and 49 yards.
• The boys soccer team kicked off its home schedule in a big way on Tuesday, defeating Atchison, 9-1. Senior Matt Saathoff led the attack with a hat trick, and scored five goals during the Chieftains’ three game winning streak. Tonganoxie (3-1) looked to extend that streak on Thursday when it welcomed Perry-Lecompton, a team it defeated 2-0 last year.