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Winter Sports Blue valley West high school

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.

Varsity and junior varsity.
Sophomores.
Freshman A and B Teams.

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.

Returning varsity senior players include Matt Cairns, Wyatt Stoll, Ben Coates and Cade Neubauer. Photo by Anna Parry.
Demonstrating the character and sportsmanship valued by the team, senior Cade Neubauer helps a Blue Springs player up from the court after a hotly contested play. Photo by Addison Moeller.
Showing his accuracy during warm-ups before the game against Blue Valley on Dec. 14, junior O'Mar Stanley shoots another successful shot. Photo by Anna Parry.
Intense from Day 1, junior Spencer Bain battles for the ball in the first game of the season agains Shawnee Mission South. Photo by Grace Summers.

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.

Serving as captains this year are (left to right) junior Jason Garlett, senior Dylan Hawley, junior Trevor Sinclair and senior Dylan Logsdon.

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.

Varsity athletes in alphabetical order: Abbie Ainsworth, Alaina Alvarez, Katie Anderson, Abby Barrick, Shelby Bloom, Anna Dawald, Aubrey Dean, Maggie Gormley, Madeline Grau, Cassidy Julian, Chloe Kloiber, Mara Klug, Anna-Katherine Marquette, Kristin Riley, Ava Ryan, Katie Scavuzzo, Izzy Sharp, Izzy Watkins.
JV athletes in alphabetical order: Ella Cook, Meghan Cramer, Natalie DeAlmeida, Kayla Ford, Mallory Hymer, Carlie Johansen, Lauren Kirk, Caroline Koettker, Sydney Nissen, Caitlin O’Connor, Arianna Page, Ava Reber, Alayna Schiller, Alex Skorupan, Regan Umbarger, Veronica Weng.
Freshmen athletes in alphatical order: Megan Anderson, Isabelle Berutti, Linsey Cramer, Madison Decker, Katie Forsen, Gracie Koettker, Anna Kratochvil, Olivia Lasley, Emerson Noblit, Madison O’Brien, Sabrina Ross, Emily Suiter, Nelda Summerlin, Jenna Walesh, Audrey Weaver, Alyssa Woodhouse.
Senior Ava Ryan leads other the other cheerleaders in the "We are Jaguars" cheer at the regional competition at BV Southwest High School on Nov. 3. The combined squads received a Superior rating, the highest possible. Photo by Lydia Berutti.
Posing atop a pyramid at the Dec. 14 boys basketball game against Blue Springs, senior Maggie Gormley hits her mark. The boys won the game while the girls provided holiday themed entertainment. Photo by Anna Parry.

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.

Junior Bella Cohen strikes a pose with two other dancers after a performance at the Winter Sports assembly. Photo by Lindsey Kuhlman.
Senior dance team captain Macy Talkington waves to the student body after they show their appreciation for their Winter Sports assembly performance. Photo by Lauren Gambill.

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.

Always a teacher, Coach Strecker explains how the next play should work to the varsity on Dec. 14 against Blue Springs (Missouri). The Wildcats bettered the Jaguars by ten with a final score of 38-48. Photo by Ali Oelschlager.
Athlete names (Alphabetical) Sabeen Ahmad, Marwah Aql, Emma Badley, Olivia Bakker, Kate Bandre, Aubrey Beisenthal, Taylor Berman, Ashlyn Burt, Piper Carter, Jenna Clark, Shelby Crow, Lauren DeWitt, Lindsey DeWitt, Arnado Dray, Emma Dodson, Sydney Enemuo, Liv Ensley, CC Forcellini, Gabbi Fries, Meghan Fries, Zoey Greenberg, Shaun Holmes, Sammi Houge, Olivia Legate, Neva Longhofer, Kaitlin Meinheit, Abby Mieras, Brenna Morrison, Calle Pittman, Alexa Pittman, Sophia Raudez, Logan Rush, Sarah Alam, Jenna Soule, Hanna Strombom, Morgan Swarts, Jack Tenbrink, Tanner Trent, Hope Wilson.

The bowling team is coached by math teacher Denise Young and managed by senior Marc Carillo.

Athlete Names (by grade): Freshmen: Izabella Gifford, Isabelle York / Sophomores: Annika Bhatt, Supta Das, Gwyn Gifford, Shreya Koduri, Irina Mikos, Teja Nimmagadda, Fatima Qureshi, Shriya Shivakumar, Emilie Svoboda, Ava Wieser / Seniors: Nadia Alam, Napatsiri Seetawan, Marc Carrillo. Photo by Diane Kershaw.

BV West wrestling is coached by physical education teacher Randy Lowe. Assistant coaches include math teacher Danny Catanzaro, woods technology teacher Allen Isom, Rule 10 coach Steve Nelson, and Spanish teacher Manny Patino.

Athlete names (by grade): Freshmen: Calston Adiar, Mitchel Bullis, Ben Darling, Justin Dooley, Cole Goodale, Veda Bummadipudi, Charley Hjortshoj, Luke Johnson, Matt Lancaster, Parker Lengel, Kaler Lidgett, Brooks Lowe, Abhinav Nalluri, Logan Nguyen, Joey Nichols, Luke Olsen, Sam Rymer, Zachary Spencer, Blake Sumner, Aneesh Tummeti, Jimmy White, Alek Zdravkovski Sophomores: Tyler Cronin, Ashton Dimitt, Rowland Parquhar, Sam Kirk, Michell Koeppen, Tyler Marcom, Graham Miller, Ryan Schram, Evan Wickoren Juniors: Hayden Biesenthal, Thomas Cook, Peyton Cook, Christian Mergia, Karl Miller, David O’Brien, Grant Sasenick, Teague Walters Seniors: Logan Caldwell, Ben Freeman, Tate Marcom, Joseph McElwee, Zach Schram, Cade Sumner. (Varsity athletes in red.)
Grit and excellence are trademarks of senior Zach Schram. With younger brother, Ryan, looking on with the rest of the team, Schram notched more than 100 wins. He is on track to grab the school record for the number of pins by the end of the season. Photo by Maria Kershaw.
Gotcha. Senior Logan Caldwell gets the pin during the Blue Valley tournament on Dec. 15. Caldwell hoped to return to State in 2019. Photo by Maria Kershaw.
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