Redfield's Replays: January 2
FOUR BV NORTHWEST PLAYERS SIGN BEFORE SEASON
Blue Valley Northwest went undefeated at 25-0 to win its first Class 6A state boys basketball title last season. And the Huskies return all five starters from the state championship team.
They were rated No. 18 in the nation by USA Today prior to the 2013-2014 season.
Four of the five starters signed letters of intent to play college basketball next year before the season even started.
Guard Clay Custer signed with Iowa State while forward Vince Fritz will be playing at Sacred Heart University, a NCAA Division I school in Fairfield, Ct.
Forward Ben Richardson will be playing for Loyola of Chicago and center David Salach will be taking his game to Washburn University in Topeka.
PRIBYL IS NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Blue Valley Northwest boys and girls soccer coach Rick Pribyl has been named the national girls soccer coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He will be honored at the organization’s awards dinner Jan. 17 during the 67th annual NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.
Pribyl had a great 2013 year.
His girls team captured the Class 6A title in May and the boys soccer team won state in November.
But the Husky coach doesn’t want all the credit for the success.
“Winning this award is not about me,” he says. “It is about the players, their parents, our school, our administrators, and especially our assistant coaches Brian Murphy, Pete Malle, Elizabeth O’Brien and Jon Ohlde. I am merely standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Pribyl won a boys title in 2006 and a girls state championship in 2011 prior to his sweep in the 2013.
The English Language Arts teacher started in the Blue Valley School District 26 years ago at BV North. He moved on to BV Northwest in 1993 when the school opened.
He won a boys state title at BV North in 1992.
BV Northwest athletic director Steve Harms says of Pribyl, “Rick is without question deserving of this honor and epitomizes all the qualities of a great coach and human being.”
BAN JOHNSON LEAGUE HONORS THREE PLAYERS
The Ban Johnson summer college baseball league honored three area players during its awards dinner Dec. 27 at the Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park.
Blue Valley West graduate Bobby Wernes received the Frank White Award for Fielding Excellence. Wernes played shortstop for Natural Baseball Academy in the summer months and will be playing for Arkansas this spring.
David Reece of North Kansas City Apartments was awarded the Arnie Briggs Pitcher of the Year award. The Olathe South graduate had a record of 6-2. He had an earned run average of 0.62 and struck out 62 batters in 56 2/3 innings of work. He attended Missouri Southern University.
Milgram Mustang infielder Andrew Blackwell received the Bruce Rice Hustle Award. The BV West grad attended Emporia State.
DORSEY NABS NATIONAL HONOR
St. James Academy volleyball coach Nancy Dorsey has been named the 2013 American Family Insurance All-USA Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Dorsey led the Thunder to an undefeated season and the Class 5A state title. It was the sixth consecutive state title for the Thunder.
Dorsey has been the only volleyball coach in the school’s eight-year history.
Sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris was named to the second All-American team.