Sport Shorts: July 13
AIMAN GRABS SOCCER HONOR
photo: 8183 Studio
Recent Blue Valley West graduate Alexis Aiman had an amazing girls’ soccer season for the Jaguars.
She scored 27 goals and had 31 assists in the 2012 season. In the Class 6A state semifinals and championship match, she had six goals and three assists.
For her efforts, she has been named the Gatorade Kansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
She was the 2012 East Kansas League Player of the Year and a 2012 6A All-State first-team pick.
During her four years at BV West, she was a member of two state championship teams and one second-place club. She was a four-time All-EKL selection and a three-time first team 6A All-State first team selection.
“It didn’t matter what we did, Lexi Aiman found a way around it,” says Lawrence coach Janna Kepler. “If we contained her, she dissected our defense with passes. If we pressured her, she was able to cut, turn and dribble around us. She is a great player.”
In addition to her talents on the soccer pitch, she was an excellent student with a 3.96 grade point average. She is an accomplished violinist, and volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign for breast cancer research and as a youth mentor and soccer coach.
Aiman will be attending Kansas' Fort Hays State this fall.
OLATHE NORTHWEST’S WANG HONORED
Golfer Cassie Wang added to her awards with a new honor in late June.
The Olathe Northwest golfer, who will be a senior this fall, was named the recipient of the Kenneth Smith Award for the Kansas City Metropolitan Area’s Top High School Golfer last fall. She finished fourth at the Class 6A State Tournament.
Wang was recently honored by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) with the prestigious Presidents’ Leadership Award. The award recognized one boy and one girl golfer who demonstrate leadership, character and community service through their involvement with Leadership Links. This is a joint initiative of both organizations to further develop junior golfers through volunteerism and charitable giving.
She will receive one of the four spots on the USA vs. China Cup Team.
Wang was honored for her efforts to help the victims of the 2011 Joplin tornado.
MAYS CAPTURES KANSAS AMATEUR
Recent Blue Valley Southwest graduate Travis Mays added a prestigious golf win to his accomplishments.
He shot a three-day total of 218 in winning the Kansas Golf Association’s 53rd Junior Amateur championship in Garden City.
In his three rounds he had one eagle and seven birdies.
“I have been working really hard on the putting and on these greens all you have to do is get the ball rolling,” he says. “In this wind, you just have to factor that in. I seemed to have the read on these greens and it worked out pretty well.”
The victory gives him a spot in the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championships July 23-29 in Newton.
He had top-10 finishes in 2010 and 2011 at the Junior Amateur.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“We can never say that anything is lost beyond all chance of recall. In the end, even the sea gives up its secrets.”
– author Jack McDevitt, “Echo”