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.

White signs with Independence Community College


The recruitment of the all-time boys basketball scoring leader from Washington High School has taken another twist.

Former Wildcat Tra'Vaughn White has committed to Independence Community College after previously committing with Sam Houston State.

White averaged 23.3 points a game and 3.8 rebounds a game for the Wildcats in his senior season. Washington finished 22-3 in 2011.

But it was a year earlier when White truly arrived on the scene of Kansas City high school basketball.

During his junior season, White averaged 24.6 points a game – second in the entire State of Kansas.

Though he just started two varsity years, White shattered Earl Watson's all-time scoring record and White collected about 1,350 points.

Along with the points, White piled up several awards this season.

He was named The Kansas City Star's All-Metro Player of the Year, an award from 610 Sports, the Kansas City Kansas – Atchison Player of the Year, named to The Topeka Capital-Journal/Wichita Eagle All-State First Team and was a two-time Kansas City Kansan Player of the Year award winner, sharing this year's award with Schlagle's Rozell Nunn.

In both seasons White started at Washington, the Wildcats wrapped up the year in the 5A state tournament in Topeka, Kan.

White will join former Wildcats teammate Jervon Hooks, who also signed with Independence.

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On a side note, let me just publicly thank White for the three years I had to cover him. He was the first player who ever vindicated me in terms of what I knew what I was talking about. Ever since I first saw him on the court during his sophomore season, him becoming the best basketball player in KCK was easy to imagine for me. He did. If he continues to be a hard-worker and be a humble player, big things are still in store for White.