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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of November 20 – November 26


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Blue Springs High School, November 20 – November 26

MONDAY

November 20, 2017

5:00 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
@ Lee’s Summit West High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

November 21, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball
vs. Lee’s Summit West High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
vs. Liberty High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Swimming
Purple/Gold (Intrasquad)
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

November 22, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

November 23, 2017

No events happening

FRIDAY

November 24, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 25, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

November 26, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of November 11 – November 17


Saturday, Nov 11th

No event results

Sunday, Nov 12th

No event results

Monday, Nov 13th

No event results

Tuesday, Nov 14th

No event results

Wednesday, Nov 15th

Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Lee’s Summit West High School
N/A

Thursday, Nov 16th

Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Unknown
N/A

Friday, Nov 17th

No event results

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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of November 13 – November 19


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Blue Springs High School, November 13 – November 19

MONDAY

November 13, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

November 14, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

November 15, 2017

5:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Lee’s Summit West High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

November 16, 2017

6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Unknown
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

November 17, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 18, 2017

7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Raytown South High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

November 19, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of November 4 – November 10


Saturday, Nov 4th

Girls Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA State Championships @ Oak Hills Golf Course
N/A
Boys Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA State Championships @ TBA
N/A

Sunday, Nov 5th

No event results

Monday, Nov 6th

No event results

Tuesday, Nov 7th

No event results

Wednesday, Nov 8th

No event results

Thursday, Nov 9th

No event results

Friday, Nov 10th

No event results

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Wildcats News · Boys Swim and Dive Team Wraps Up Turnaround Season


The boys swim and dive team wrapped up their season this past weekend at the state meet in St. Louis. The team finished in twenty-second place by scoring 25 points and thus ending their season with a 12-3 record.

Those 25 points were the first Wildcat points scored at the state meet since 2011; additionally, six swimmers and divers earned all-state consideration.

“This group stepped up. They rose to the challenge and they all swam great,” head coach Kevin Bigham said.

At the start of the year, Blue Springs was not favored by anyone to score points at state or even have double-digit wins. These positive results all came thanks to the team’s large motivation for success and hard work.

“These guys bought in from day one. The second I stepped on deck they wanted to win and they wanted to get better. They brought that hunger, that attitude and that desire to practice every day, and they made their improvements just by doing their best. They’re the real reason that we improved so much over the year,” Bigham said.

MO State Finals - 100 Breast - Tim

With this being Bigham’s first year at BSHS, swim fans have given him credit for the massive turnaround; however, he believes all the credit goes to the kids for having the right mindset and attitude.

“I wouldn’t say it has anything to do with coaching. I’d say it all had to do with the leadership, with the attitude of the kids and them just knowing what they had to do and finding what they had to do to achieve their goals,” Bigham said.

Those who earned all-state consideration put a lot of effort into their craft throughout the season to finish where they did.

“(Junior) Aaron Jet and (sophomore) Cogan Davis came into the season in pretty good shape, but they had a lot of improvements to make if they wanted to make the state meet. By the time all was said and done Cogan was all-state consideration, Aaron swam four separate events at state and both of them really showed that they’re going to be building blocks for our program the next couple of years,” Bigham said.

Freshmen Ethen Gutierrez and Josiah Thomson started the season with no diving experience at all but ended the season with all-state consideration. Bigham attributes credit for that to diving Coach Missy Jackson.

“We’re lucky to share a diving coach with Blue Springs South in Missy Jackson, and I think she’s the best in the country. Every year she has all-state divers at Blue Springs and Blue Springs South and I believe we have the best-combined diving program in the state,” Bigham said.

The state meet was an experience unlike any other meet the team saw all year, and senior Shaun Van Hoesen who was also an all-state consideration was in awe of the atmosphere.

“It was very large. There were a lot of people there–a lot of fast people and overall a good experience,” Van Hoesen said.

MO State Finals - 100 Breast - Cheering for Tim

Van Hoesen had been there before and had experience in these big meets, so he felt prepared.

“I was ready for the atmosphere because I swim year-round for club, but our team did a lot of exercises to prepare since most are only used to the smaller meets,” Van Hoesen said

Coach Bigham outlined these exercises.

“Throughout the year we did mental visualization exercises, and during those we had the swimmers imagine they were at the state meet. That way when they got to the state meet, they at least in their head somewhat knew what to expect, and they weren’t shellshocked and intimidated,” Bigham said.

The other swimmers earning all-state consideration included junior Sam Aubuchon and sophomore Tim Schweizer. With five all-state guys coming back next year the team is proud of what they have accomplished, but are even more eager to get back out there next year.


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of October 28 – November 3


Saturday, Oct 28th

Girls Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA Sectionals @ TBA
N/A
Boys Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA Sectionals @ TBA
N/A

Sunday, Oct 29th

No event results

Monday, Oct 30th

No event results

Tuesday, Oct 31st

No event results

Wednesday, Nov 1st

No event results

Thursday, Nov 2nd

No event results

Friday, Nov 3rd

Boys Varsity Swimming
MSHSAA State Championships
th Place

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Multiple Teams · BS Vs BSS District Championship Preview


Tomorrow Blue Springs and BSS football will play for the district championship in a home game for the Wildcats following BS’s win against Fort Zumwalt West and BSS’s overtime victory against Rock Bridge.

 

This stage is nothing new for either school, as both have seen this kind of success quite often in recent years, and the state has taken notice.

 

“It’s been going on for years where (Blue Springs) or South has seemed to go far into the playoffs, or play in state title games. This is one more example of people around Missouri going ‘there they are again,’” Blue Springs Head Coach Kelly Donohoe said.

 

The Wildcats won the first matchup between these two schools on October 6, which was also a home game for Blue Springs: however, Donohoe was clear that the first game doesn’t have any impact on how Friday’s game will turn out. In fact, Donohoe believes they’ll need to play much better than they did in the first matchup if they want to win.

 

“It doesn’t matter that we won the first game, we have to play better this game. We felt defensively we played a good game, but offensively we did not play a very good football game. We were very frustrated with our offensive performance and our penalties and that’s one thing we want to change,” Donohoe said.

 

Donohoe is hopeful that the offensive performance will be more productive this time around.

 

“Our offense is playing at a really high level right now, so we feel we’re are the best product we’ve been all year and it’s the perfect time to be there,” Donohoe added.

 

Playing in the District Championship is a big game for any team that makes it this far, but playing against a cross-town rival adds an even bigger element to the game.

 

“These kids know each other. I can’t imagine being one of these players and having gone to school with these kids at the Freshman Center and seeing them on the weekends and now having to play. I mean it’s huge,” Donohoe said.

 

The Wildcats higher seed has given them home field advantage for this game, but Donohoe knows that as much as that can be a blessing, it can also be a curse.

 

“(Having home-field advantage) is huge. There’s a certain comfort to playing at home. As long as your kids focused you’re going to have an advantage. Some teams who are at home have players who are too worried at looking up in the stands at Grandpa and Grandma, and all the other things instead of just playing ball. I believe we have a good group of guys who are pretty committed to the task at hand and our focus will be good,” Donohoe said

 

After starting the season 0-4, South has worked it’s way to this game going 5-2 in their last seven games. In 2015, Blue Springs found themselves in a very similar situation. After starting 0-4 the Wildcats went 6-1 before losing to Kickapoo in the district championship. That year, Blue Springs South, went on to become State Champions while Blue Springs stayed home and watched.

 

Will the Wildcats ruin the Jaguars great recovery and go on to achieve the same success South had in 2015, or will the Jaguars succeed where the Wildcats failed and continue their great comeback season? All will be answered tomorrow night under the lights of Peve Stadium at Blue Springs High School.


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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of October 30 – November 5


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Blue Springs High School, October 30 – November 5

MONDAY

October 30, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

October 31, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

November 01, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

November 02, 2017

No events happening

FRIDAY

November 03, 2017

7:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming
MSHSAA State Championships
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

November 04, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA State Championships @ Oak Hills Golf Course
SCHEDULE
8:00 AM Boys Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA State Championships @ TBA
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

November 05, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of October 21 – October 27


Saturday, Oct 21st

Girls Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA Districts @ TBA
N/A
Boys Varsity Cross Country
MSHSAA Districts @ TBA
N/A

Sunday, Oct 22nd

No event results

Monday, Oct 23rd

Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Unknown
N/A

Tuesday, Oct 24th

No event results

Wednesday, Oct 25th

Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Unknown
N/A

Thursday, Oct 26th

Boys Sophomore Football
vs. Tba
N/A

Friday, Oct 27th

Boys Varsity Football
@ Tba
N/A

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Girls Junior Varsity Tennis, Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Tennis Wraps Up “Foundation Year”


The girls tennis season wrapped up with junior Caitlyn Sporing making an individual appearance at the state tournament and finishing fourth. The team ended with a record of 10-4 and made it to team sectionals before losing, and head coach Jody McClain praised the improvements made over the course of the season.

 

“I have been so proud of the whole team and they have come a long way during the season,” head coach Jody McClain said.

 

The 10-4 record was a “first in many years” McClain stated. Further, the first place district finish was something “we have not done in many years.” These turnarounds were evident from the start, with the team taking first in their first tournament appearance of the year at the Barstow tournament.

 

“With very skilled performances from our top three during the season – Caitlyn Sporing (21-3), (sophomore) Bentley Walters (14-3), and (freshman) Allie Brown (13-1) – our varsity marched forward and ended up taking first in districts and went 4-1 in the conference,” McClain said.

 

The team saw large success against conference opponents this year by defeating schools like Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, BSS, Ray-Pec, and Park Hill. On top of that, teammates Sporing and Walters added a doubles tournament victory to the list of accomplishments in the annual Blue Springs Doubles Tournament. Sporing was a big part of all these victories as she worked her way to a second straight trip to state.

 

“There was tremendous competition in the Class II singles bracket, and we are so proud Caitlyn finished 4th in the state of Missouri,” McClain said.

 

The success and huge turnaround led to a very memorable year for Sporing and her teammates.

 

“I enjoyed winning a lot of matches this year (individually) but playing with a team that is fun and energetic was just as fun too,” Sporing said

 

That energy and positive team dynamic extended beyond matches and practices. Sporing recalled that her favorite thing about the team this season was not tennis related.

 

“My favorite memory was when we would all be listening to music and jamming out on the bus rides,” Sporing said.

 

Sporing’s not done, as she continues to improve and eagerly awaits the start of next season, looking for off-court factors that can impact her performance.

 

“I want to improve on my eating and I want to work out more,” Sporing said.

 

Coach McClain knows how big this year was for the team and can’t wait to see where it leads them in the future.

 

“This has been an awesome season for the Lady Wildcats Tennis Team and we hope next year we hope to improve even more to build upon this foundation year. We hope the attention we have brought to the game of tennis encourages more young ladies to take lessons and go out for this lifetime sport,” McClain said.