Blue Valley West offers a full range of varsity sports. Winter sports begin practices in November and conclude with State contests sponsored by the Kansas State High School Activities Association in February. Cheer and dance are also included.
Athletes featured include basketball players, male swimmers and divers, cheerleaders, dancers, female bowlers and wrestlers.
The Jaguar boys basketball team is led by head coach Ryan Hintz. The 2018-19 campaign is Hintz's second with the team. Assistant coaches include Don Cameron, Jamison Charmichael, Adam Johnston, Todd Kurimsky and Pat Sullivan.
Athlete names (All teams listed together by grade): Freshmen: Luke Allgaier, Brett Balquist, Tony Bono, Nate Brummitt, Matthew Deves, Cooper Forcellini, Bryce Hanson, Charlie Johnson, Kyle Jones, Jackson Lovich, Jack McCarthy, Yacesh Mukadam, Charlie Pollitt, Jack Ratigan, Gage Roach, Sachin Shenoy, Jack Spencer, Braxton Symonds, Tyler Tomlen, Sam Ungashick, Isaiah Williams.
Sophomores: Andrew Bradley, Joshua Brown, Alex Everhart, Brady Fancher, Sam Forsen, Aaron Heck, Nick Hill, Noah Lindenlaub, Jackson Lovich, Jaudon Mandley, Jared Patterson, Scott Riddle, Patrick Whitehouse, Kenton Wood, Aiden Wurster.
Juniors: Spencer Bain, Jabari Brickhouse, David Brown, Jake Cummings, Jack Davis, Molly Foster, Connor Herridge, Ross Lovich, Greg Riddle, Dylan Roach, Logan Shank, O’mar Stanley, Nick Swarts, Luke Vaughan, Leilani Washington.
Seniors: Mohamed Abdiraham, Matt Cairns, Ben Coates, Cade Neubauer, Maya Preston, Wyatt Stoll.
The Blue Valley West boys swim and dive team is one of the largest in the area with nearly 45 swimmers. The team is coached by former Nebraska swimming letterman, Tobin Sample. Assisting Sample, is former William Jewell swimmer and Mill Valley High School swimming stand-out, Chris Stack.
Coach Sample's mantra for the year is "row the boat." The story behind the motto is one the boys can relate to.
There are three parts to rowing the boat. The oars. The boat itself and the compass.
The oars are the energy it takes to have a successful team. When rowers are working the oars, like when the boys are practicing or racing, they often can't see the end goal or even what the other rowers are doing. Our athletes, like rowers, still expend that energy because they believe in the system.
The boat is the program itself. Where do the rowers and coach want it to go? How is success defined? Personal best times, winning after school meets, and doing well at the league and State meets are all important destinations for the program.
The compass is what keeps the rowers, their captain and the boat pointed in the right direction. Without strong leadership the team would not find the success they seek as individuals or the team.
Row the boat, boys, row the boat.
Watch sophomore Kevin Glenn race at USA Swimming Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas in Dec. 2018. Glenn hopes to return to the backstroke and Individual Medley finals at State in February.
Blue Valley West cheer is made up of three squads: varsity, junior varsity and freshman. Although the squads practice together during First Block first semester, each group cheers for different teams. English teacher Katie Zahner Pearson coaches the team with the help of fellow English teacher Catie Madderon and Anisa Bolen.
Watch the performance that received a SUPERIOR rating above. Go Jags!
The Crimson Cats dance team rehearses for performances at assemblies, varsity games and competitions during First Block. They are coached by Michelle Rauter and Lauren Wilson.
The team consists of 19 dancers from all four grades. They perform many dance styles including jazz, lyrical, Hip Hop and pom.
Girls basketball is coached by physics teacher Richard Strecker. His assistants include English teacher Jen Stanley and social studies teacher Paige Lankford.
The young team is lead by seniors Lauren Dewitt, Shaun Holmes, Alexa Pittman and Hanna Strombom. Senior managers Zoey Greenberg and Jack Tenbrink brought stability, organization and spirit to the Jaguars.