Sport Shorts: Jan 11



Oxford Middle School eighth-grader Tristen Hull is one of the top basketball players in the area and one of the top prospects in the country.

“My personal greatest accomplishment is that I’ve gained national recognition along with my teammates (in the KC Celtics Youth Basketball Club),” Hull says. “I have traveled to several states to either play in tournaments or attend (top prospect) camps. This gave me the opportunity to play against and learn from some of the best players in the country.”


Tristen Hull


He started playing basketball at age 4 at the YMCA.

“My mom, brother and dad played, so I guess I just caught on naturally,” he says.

Hull has played with the KC Celtics and coach Van Ryes since the third grade.

“He has taught me a lot both on and off the court,” Hull says. “Coaching doesn’t get any better than him so far.”

The 6-foot-1½-inch eighth-grader likes playing almost all positions except center. His favorites are point guard and small forward.

“I feel like my biggest strength as a player is either my ability to drive to the basket or to motivate my teammates,” he says. “I can find the open man in scoring position and get the ball to him pretty well.”

The straight-A student and presidential scholar also plays football.

“I have played running back,” he says. “I played quarterback for my school this year.”

Next year, he will likely attend Blue Valley Northwest.




Ryne Stanek


Blue Valley graduate Ryne Stanek is expected to be a first-round draft choice in the Major League Baseball’s 2013 First Year Player Draft in June.



Stanek is playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, where he is a junior. The 2010 Blue Valley graduate was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he elected to attend college.

Baseball America says Stanek is the No. 3 college prospect. He had a 10-4 record, including 2-0 in post-season, and he won a game at the College World Series.



Four area boys soccer players made the Class 6A All-State first team picked by the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association.

They are BV Northwest junior Blake Levine, BV Northwest seniors Kyle Young and Jordan Tucker, and BV North senior Matt Peterson.

There were also four 5A players on the 5A first team. They are St. Thomas Aquinas junior Nick Hagenkord, BV Southwest senior JD Kendrick, and St. Thomas Aquinas seniors Kyle Lickteig and Kyle Gress.



“In life, there’s the way you act when you know people are watching. And then there’s the way you act when no one’s watching, which, let’s be honest, is the real you.”

— author Brad Meltzer

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