Redfield's Replays: May 30
ROUSH REPEATS AS STATE DIVING CHAMPION
Blue Valley West senior Emma Roush is now a two-time Kansas Class 6A state champion on the one-meter diving board.
The senior placed sixth as a freshman, second during her sophomore year and captured the gold medal the last two years.
She scored 462.25 points in 11 drives to grab the second state title, 118 points ahead of the second-place finisher.
In the three dives on Saturday, she scored a nine on the ninth and 10th dive.
“I think that the key to winning state again was probably just going in knowing that I can do all of my dives, and going in and being calm,” she says.
What is her strength as a diver?
“My positive attitude and how calm I am in big meets,” she says. “In big meets, I stay really calm and don’t let things get to my head, which really helps. And being positive helps because, if I have a bad dive, I don’t let it affect the rest of my dives.”
PARKER GRABS KANSAS GATORADE HONOR
Blue Valley North junior Parker Roberts has been named the Gatorade Kansas Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year.
She is the first Mustang to win the coveted Gatorade Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year.
The 5-7 midfielder/defender scored 15 goals and had four assists in the Mustangs’ first 16 games.
She is a two-time Class 6A First Team pick.
And she is a good student with a GPA of 3.55. She has also volunteered as a peer tutor and completed a service-mission trip to Costa Rica.
“Parker Roberts is a physical force with her strength, power and pace,” says Mark Sheldon, director of coaching for the Kansas Youth Soccer Association. “She is technically very good to play the game with skill, and uses her athleticism to be a force on the field.”
Roberts has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Miami.
SWIMMERS EXCEL AT STATE MEETS
It was a sweep for area girls’ swimmers at the state meets recently in Topeka.
Shawnee Mission East won the 6A team title for the fifth consecutive year, and Blue Valley Southwest captured its second 5A-1A title in a row. It was the first back-to-back titles in BV Southwest’s history.
SM East only won the 200-yard medley relay and sophomore Bonnie Longan captured the 100-yard backstroke.
The team members of the 200 medley relay were sophomore Sarah Allegri, senior Annie Mann, sophomore Longan and senior Madeline Peters.
For BV Southwest, sophomore diver Becca Gregory won the 5A-1A one-meter diving title and junior Maddie Carrigan was the champion in the 200 individual medley.
There were two double winners for area swimmers in the 6A state meet.
Blue Valley Northwest senior Hannah Musser won the 200 individual medley (2:03.74) and the 100 butterfly (55.15). Her preliminary time of 54.89 in the butterfly set a state meet record. Musser also anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay.
The other members of the team were senior Hallie Breidenthal, sophomore Claire Albright and junior Katie Thill.
Blue Valley North sophomore Bentley Hulshof was the distance freestyle winner. She won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.92 and 5:02.12 in the 500.
Musser was voted as the outstanding swimmer for the 6A state meet.