Pirates football team leads the way in awards

Eight different Piper Pirates football players earned awards at last weekend's KCK Preps Awards Presentation. Head coach Chris Brindle and linebacker Colton Beebe took home two of the top three awards.

PHOTOS: KCK Preps Awards ceremony

Check out some photos from last weekend's awards show at The Legends Theatre in KCK!

Prospect Profile: Tanner Eikenbary (Piper)

Here's a look at Piper Pirates quarterback Tanner Eikenbary.

KCK Preps Prospect: Kendall Short, Mill Valley

Despite missing nearly half the season, Mill Valley Jaguars running back Kendall Short finished with over 700 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns.

2011 Kansas City Kansas Atchison League's All Baseball Teams

Here is the 2011 Kansas City Kansas Atchison League's All Baseball Team. The team was voted on by the league's coaches following the end of the year.

Atchison claimed the championship of the league this year, while Sumner Academy, Harmon and Wyandotte all finished in a tie for second.


First Team

1 OF #8 Logan Blakley (So.) - Atchison
2 OF #12 Neal Boyce (Jr.) - Sumner
3 OF #20 Isaiah Ming (Jr.) - Harmon
4 INF #6 John Lauts (Sr.) - Atchison
5 INF #15 Austin Housh (Fr.) - Atchison
6 INF #20 Antonio Aguilar (Sr.) - Harmon
7 INF #13 Khalil Burdine (So.) - Sumner
8 INF #23 Sam McWilliams (So.) - Wyandotte
9 P #15 Jack Heintzelman (Jr.) - Wyandotte
10 P #3 Thad Hawk (Jr.) - Atchison
11 P #7 Herman Ming (Sr.) - Harmon
12 P #30 Alex Martinez (Jr.) - Wyandotte
13 P #10 Sam Falcon (Jr.) - Sumner

Second Team

1 OF #5 Ronell Wills (Jr.) - Schlagle
2 OF #19 Ranier Kountz-London (Jr.) - Washington
3 OF #1 Cody Calhoon (So.) - Atchison
4 INF #30 Terrance McDaniel (Jr.) - Washington
5 INF #4 Taylor Lee (Sr.) - Atchison
6 INF #32 Christopher Richard (Sr.) - Harmon
7 INF #11 DeAndre Everett (Sr.) - Schlagle
8 INF #30 Tyler Wallace (So.) - Schlagle
9 INF #11 John Hale (Jr.) - Sumner
10 P #3 Isaac Holguin (So.) - Wyandotte
11 P #7 Patrick Deegan (Sr.) - Washington
12 P #24 Jeremy Walters (Sr.) - Harmon
13 P #13 Julian Aguilar (So.) - Harmon


#6 John Lauts (Sr.) - Atchson

#10 Sam Falcon (Jr.) - Sumner
#3 Thad Hawk (Jr.) - Atchison
#7 Herman Ming (Sr.) - Harmon

#15 Austin Housh (Fr.) - Atchison

#3 Isaac Holguin (So.) - Wyandotte

Casey Purdy - Atchison

2011 All-KCKAL Girls Soccer Teams

Here are the 2011 all league honors for girls soccer in the Kansas City Kansas Atchison League. The awards were voted on by the league's coaches.

1st Team All Kansas City Kansas Atchison League

Vanessa Walters
Mayra Castaneda
Blanca Bueno

Krystel Carmago
Dania Gomez
Samantha Perez
Nazareth Viramontes

Celena Lee
Wendy Galvan
Cameron Shields

Aa'Keila Wells


2nd Team

Karina Rivera GK
Alyssa Trammel
Lucia Saldivar
Yazmin Rios

Ashley Anchondo
Abigail Mejia
Laura Maciel

Ny'Sa Scott
Arielle Everett
Jasmine Hamilton

Alex Shaw


Honorable Mention

Karen Corral
Sandra Garcia-Mejia
Karen Gaytan

Susely Salzar
Erika Ibarra
Araceli Moreno
Karen Linares
Stephanie Hernandez

Rachel Bustamante
Mariah Bryson
Denise Ibarra

BOYS BASKETBALL SUMMER REPORT: Bulldogs center offense around Goodlow

Having just hired a new basketball coach this week, the Wyandotte Bulldogs basketball program is one in transition.

New head coach Marshall Draper inherits some talent, but probably not a talent level that can be compared to the ones featured at Washington, Sumner Academy, Schlagle or Harmon.

Still, there are some productive pieces to the Bulldogs, some of which have been in action this summer.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs is Adrian Goodlow.

Goodlow is one of the five or six preseason candidates to be the 2011-12 Kansas City Kansas Atchison League Player of the Year.

In Terry Moore's shadow, Goodlow's game grew last year. 

He often led the Bulldogs in scoring the second half of the season and had his two best games of the season going against former Washington Wildcats guard Tra'Vaughn White and Sumner Academy's Benny Parker.

With Moore gone, Goodlow is what you can call "the man" for the Bulldogs entering the 2011-12 season.

He possesses a very nice jump shot and a soft touch around the rim. He hit the paint hard and is not afraid to drive inside against bigger players. Goodlow can also drop dimes easily.

Goodlow isn't the only piece, however.

Since Draper's hiring was just announced this week, I recently spoke with Derrick Estelle, who was running Wyandotte's summer league practices and games prior to the hiring.

(Full disclosure – Estelle is Goodlow's father.)

"This is a hard-working team so far this summer," Estelle said. "They have heart and is a group that will rarely quit. They're not as talented as other league teams but they won't quit."

Along with Goodlow, Estelle points to forward Shaquille Smith and guards Jamie Nunnally and Elonzo Barnett as guys who could make a different.

Smith features nice size, while Nunnally is one of the top overall athletes in KCK and is expected to compete heavily for the Bulldogs quarterback position.

However, it's Barnett who's made a big impression on Estelle.

"He has unlimited range," Estelle said. "If you leave him open, he'll burn you."


My take on Wyandotte:

1. For Wyandotte to be competitive in the league, Estelle will have to be right when it comes to them having more heart and determination than opponents. Outside of Goodlow, Wyandotte will likely enter every league game (excluding Atchison) out-talented in three or four positions. Wyandotte will have to outwork teams in the league to finish .500 or better. There is some talent, but I think the league is too good for Wyandotte to be a factor in year one of the Draper Era.

2. Don't underestimate Goodlow's ability like I did early last year. Goodlow can score from anywhere on the court and after another summer, he's likely to get better. He's receiving some Division 1 attention from schools like Tulsa. He'll very likely be on KCKPreps.com's Preseason First Team Kansas City Kansas Atchison League and is one of the top six or seven players in KCK.

3. Barnett indeed has range. During in-game competition, Barnett has drilled threes well behind the three-point line. His shooting display I witnessed earlier this week was incredible. He's someone who I think would be a good idea for teams to focus on.  

4. Draper's job will be tough. There's some pieces there, but the gap between Wyandotte and the top league contenders is large in regards to talent. Bulldogs fans, as hard as it is after 10 years of losing, need to be patient in year one and year two. Year three of the Draper Era will be the most important to judge his career on.

BOYS BASKETBALL SUMMER LEAGUE: Schlagle looks to turn up the heat in the KCK League

Schlagle head coach David Johnson wrote his legendary high school basketball playing career mostly inside the paint as a dominant big man for the Wyandotte Bulldogs.

His second Schlagle Stallions basketball team, however, will likely do most of its damage outside the paint.

After lacking guard depth the past three years at the school, Johnson has a couple of rock solid starters in the backcourt entering the season.

Returning is senior Devante Clark, one of the most improved players in all of Kansas City, Kan., basketball last season. Clark's shot improved and he became a reliable sidekick for former Stallion Rozell Nunn, putting in multiple 20-point games for the Stallions.

Along with Clark, Bishop Ward transfer Houston Shackelford has Johnson and other members of Stallion Nation pumped about the 2011-12 season.

"Shack is going to be our big time scorer," Johnson said. "We want to get the ball up and down the court. We want to play like the Phoenix Suns of KCK."

Junior D.J. Sayles should continue to improve and become a reliable guard.

Inside, Schlagle returns all-athlete LaRay Young, who can put on a show when it comes to dunking the basketball.

With more time available and with some production from Rozell Nunn to fill, Young's role with the Stallions will only grow and his production should increase.

Even though he loses Nunn and his stacked stat-sheet, Johnson said he likes the balance of the team.

"Last year, we had one great player," Johnson said. "This year, we'll have several good players. We'll have a great character group too and I'll have to worry less about the grades."


My take on Schlagle:

1. Schlagle's group of guards have the potential to be scary. There are rumors of another transfer guard on the way (I won't name him for now) and the Stallions could have four reliable guards. Having three is enough – the three-headed monster of Clark-Shackelford-Sayles will be a dangerous one. Though the other four KCK schools in the Kansas City Kansas Atchison League has solid guards, there's perhaps no better group of three than those guys. They will make Stallion basketball fun to watch this year.

2. Coach Johnson and his staff having a summer with this group will be huge. Johnson inherited a Schlagle program just four weeks before the 2010-11 season began. I was very impressed with how much Schlagle improved in the area of discipline in Johnson's first year, along with performance. Despite the short turnaround, Coach Johnson led the Stallions to their best season since 2006. Johnson's excited about the character of his team this year and compared it to Washington's group last year. Having reliable character will allow Schlagle to focus with on the court issues ahead.

3. After beginning his career at Wyandotte and transferring to Bishop Ward last year, Houston Shackelford is back in the KCK League. Shackelford's transition to the league once again will be interesting to see. The Kaw Valley League doesn't match the KCKAL's depth of guards. However, very few sophomores in KCK had a 30-point game like Shackelford did. He has big scoring potential and should be a significant boost to the Stallions.

4. Seeing LaRay Young's role increase could be fun. Young is a very good athlete, perhaps the best overall in KCK. He can make any play on the basketball court. He's displayed a jump shot, three-point shot and his athleticism has allowed him to finish some spectacular dunks the past two seasons. Young will be a big wildcard for Schlagle's team this year. If Young finds consistency, Schlagle could finish in the Top 2 in the league standings. If not, Schlagle will likely be behind Sumner Academy and Washington.

5. Bottom line on Schlagle: It appears the Stallions will be "set free" by the coaching staff. That could make them one of the best and most exciting teams in KCK this season.