Preps notebook: Lawrence’s Zeke Mayo named DiRenna Award winner; FSHS pitcher Michael Uhler spins shutout
photo by: Chance Parker
For the first time in school history, Lawrence High School has a DiRenna Award winner.
Lawrence senior Zeke Mayo was named the male DiRenna Award winner, sharing the selection with Bishop Miege junior Mark Mitchell. It is only the third time in the 68-year history of the male award that there have been co-winners named.
It is an award that was created by Dr. James A. DiRenna Sr., recognizing excellence in the sport of basketball and is given annually to the top high school basketball player in the Kansas City area.
The award was originally only given to male players from the Missouri side of Kansas City. The award expanded to include the Kansas side of the Kansas City area in the 1980s, and a female award was later added in 1997.
Mayo had a sensational senior season with the Lions. He led LHS to a Sunflower League title for the third year in a row. Mayo was named Sunflower League player of the year and was named Journal-World’s All-Area player of the year for the second straight season.
During the 2020-21 campaign, Mayo averaged 21.2 points per game to go along with an average of 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. He ended his high school career with a 41-point performance in the Class 6A semifinals.
Mayo, who was a four-year impact player at LHS, will continue his basketball career at South Dakota State University.
Bishop Miege senior Payton Verhulst was the female recipient of the award, becoming the fifth player to win the award in back-to-back years. It is also the first time in the history of the award that the female and male winners were from the same school.
This award has been won by current KU players Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
photo by: Chance Parker
Free State pitcher Michael Uhler spins shutout
Behind a complete-game shutout from senior pitcher Michael Uhler, Free State’s baseball team got back in the win column with a convincing 10-0 road victory over Shawnee Mission South on Thursday.
Uhler pitched all five innings, giving up just three hits. He struck out six batters and walked none. Uhler threw 45 of his 60 pitches for strikes, and fired a first-pitch strike to 13 of the 18 batters he faced.
Free State (5-6) also provided plenty of run support, scoring four runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth before the game was eventually called.
From the No. 9 spot in the lineup, Ben Stallard did the most damage for the Firebirds. He collected a pair of doubles to finish as the only player with multiple hits. Stallard also drove in five RBIs to lead the way offensively.
Calvin Urish, Harrison Juhl and Brady Kern all finished with one hit and one RBI for FSHS. Joey Wood, Drew Bradford and Grant Gregory all collected one hit, as Free State finished with eight hits.
Free State will host Olathe West at 5:30 p.m. Monday to begin a busy week. FSHS will have four games next week, which includes three during the River City Baseball Festival.
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Three LHS golfers break 100
A trio of Lawrence High boys golfers shot under 100 to lead the way during the Leavenworth Invitational on Thursday at the Shiloh Springs Golf Course.
Sophomore Macade Lewis paced the Lions with a 96, which was good enough to finish in a tie for 27th place as an individual. Junior Aidan Zimney carded a 97 to place 30th, while freshman Brian Lewis posted a 99 to claim 31st.
Christ Prep Academy won the eight-team event with a total score of 284. Junior Easton Johnson led that squad by shooting a 68 to win the individual crown.
photo by: Shane Jackson
LHS girls swim wins triangular
Behind eight first-place finishes, Lawrence High’s girls swim and dive team won its home triangular on Thursday.
The Lions scored 246 points as a team, earning their second win in as many meets this week. Free State finished as a runner-up with 206 points, while Mill Valley took third with a score of 184.
LHS won all three relay races. Iris Sherron, Madi Heckman, Aubrey Fischer and Carmen Braden started the meet off with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:56.86.
Braden, Abi Jones, Sherron and Ali Jones won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:00.20. Fischer, Jones, Lillian Derby and Heckman won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.99.
Fischer won a pair of individual events, finishing first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.73 and took the top spot in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:00.23. Heckman won in the 200 IM with a time of 2:20.96, while Braden took home a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:23.66.
Emily Brandt won the diving competition with a total score of 211.70.
Free State was led by Lolly Hindmann, who won a pair of individual events. She finished first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.46. Hindmann also clocked a time of 1:04.60 to take the top spot in the 100 backstroke.
Lawrence High triangular
Thursday at LHS
Team scores: 1. Lawrence 246; 2. Free State 206; 3. Mill Valley 184.
200-yard medley relay: 1. Lawrence (Iris Sherron, Madi Heckman, Aubrey Fischer, Carmen Braden), 1:56.86; 2. Free State (Lolly Hindmann, Mina Khosh, Liza Engelbrecht, Silvia Liu), 1:59.96.
200 freestyle: 2. Emma Day, FS, 2:12.32; 3. Abi Jones, LHS, 2:17.86; 6. Laura Teska, LHS, 2:33.39; 7. Savannah Randall, FS, 2:35.00; 8. Molly Daugherty, LHS, 2:36.75; 9. Rudy Benton, FS, 2:37.65; 10. Emma-Frances Smith, LHS, 2:38.44.
200 IM: 1. Madi Heckman, LHS, 2:20.96; 2. Ali Jones, LHS, 2:21.87; 4. Silvia Liu, FS, 2:32.67; 5. Molly Nuckolls, FS, 2:36.83; 6. Mara Manolescu, LHS, 2:45.52; 7. Anna Marburger, LHS, 2:49.25.
50 freestyle: 1. Aubrey Fischer, LHS, 25.73; 2. Lillian Derby, LHS, 27.70; 4. Iris Sherron, LHS, 28.65; 8. Abbey Hossler, FS, 29.32; 10. Macie McDermott, LHS, 29.75.
Diving: 1. Emily Brandt, LHS, 211.70; 2. Maya Huang, FS, 187.15; 3. Audrey Hoey-Kummerow, FS, 172.45; 4. Josephine Warrior, FS, 159.40; 5. Darby Van Fleet, LHS, 156.75; 7. Annie Shew, LHS, 152.35; 8. Kate Bartle, FS, 147.80; 9. Tori Crockett, FS, 147.60; 10. Peyton Fowler, LHS, 137.15.
100 butterfly: 1. Aubrey Fischer, LHS, 1:00.23; 2. Liza Engelbrecht, FS, 1:01.87; 3. Carmen Braden, LHS, 1:02.19; 5. Molly Nuckolls, FS, 1:09.55; 7. Nisa Kay Khosh, FS, 1:17.08; 9. Anna Marburger, LHS, 1:21.46.
100 freestyle: 1. Lolly Hindmann, FS, 57.46; 2. Madi Heckman, LHS, 57.70; 3. Silvia Liu, FS, 1:00.46; 6. Paige Unekis, LHS, 1:06.14; 8. Macie McDermott, LHS, 1:09.02; 9. Nethni Weerasekara, FS, 1:09.41; 10. Rudy Benton, FS, 1:10.70.
500 freestyle: 1. Carmen Braden, LHS, 5:23.66; 2. Ali Jones, LHS, 5:50.44; 3. Emma Day, FS, 5:53.81; 4. Iris Sherron, LHS, 5:56.42; 6. Nisa Kay Khosh, FS, 6:02.26; 7. Karsyn Robertson, FS, 6:35.02.
200 freestyle relay: 1. Lawrence (Aubrey Fischer, Ali Jones, Lillian Derby, Madi Heckman), 1:46.99; 3. Free State (Silvia Liu, Mina Khosh, Emma Day, Liza Engelbrecht), 1:51.67.
100 backstroke: 1. Lolly Hindmann, FS, 1:04.60; 3. Abi Jones, LHS, 1:10.84; 4. Abbey Hossler, FS, 1:11.64; 6. Allison Cindrell, FS, 1:27.91; 7. Addie London, LHS, 1:27.99; 9. Ragan Mauldin, LHS, 1:34.44.
100 breaststroke: 2. Liza Engelbrecht, FS, 1:16.52; 4. Mara Manolescu, LHS, 1:16.97; 5. Mina Khosh, FS, 1:22.96; 6. Laura Teska, LHS, 1:29.08; 8. Ima Rodenbeek, LHS, 1:41.35; 9. Rorie Sturgeon, FS, 1:46.35.
400 freestyle relay: 1. Lawrence (Carmen Braden, Abi Jones, Iris Sherron, Ali Jones), 4:00.20; 2. Free State (Emma Day, Molly Nuckolls, Abbey Hossler, Lolly Hindmann), 4:05.46.