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Winter Sports Update: 2/23

Boys’ Swim and Dive: 

This past weekend the boys’ swim and dive team took home the Kansas Class 6A State Championship. Their title marks their fourth in seven seasons, and 14th overall in school history. For the first time since the 2006 and 2007 season, Shawnee Mission East has taken home the state championship in back-to-back seasons.

Results from the state meet:

200 Medley Relay

3rd place: Sophomore Evan Root, Senior Tom Peters, Junior Ian Longan, and Freshman P.J. Spencer

200 Free

-2nd place: Sophomore Aidan Holbrook

-7th place: Freshman Sam Bruck

-9th place: Sophomore Tyler Cunningham

-13th place: Junior Bennett Hense

200 IM

-3rd place: Junior Joe McGuire

-8th place: Junior Christian Hense

-9th place: Sophomore Carter Kirkland

-13th place: Sophomore Jack Tilden

50 Free

-4th place: Junior Hayden Linscott

-5th place (tie): Junior Ian Longan

-10th place: Freshman P.J. Spencer


-5th place: Senior Henry Sniezek

-15th place: Freshman Pete Stanton

-16th place: Junior Lawson Smith

100 Butterfly

-9th place: Sophomore Carter Kirkland

-10th place: Sophomore Tyler Cunningham

-11th place: Junior Christian Hense

-13th place: Sophomore Jack Tilden

100 Free

-2nd place: Junior Hayden Linscott

-7th place: Sophomore Evan Root

-10th place: Sophomore Elias Lowland

-12th place: Freshman P.J. Spencer

500 Free

-1st place: Sophomore Aidan Holbrook

-7th place: Freshman Sam Bruck

-11th place: Junior Bennett Hense

200 Free Relay

-4th place: Sophomore Aidan Holbrook, Senior Tom Peters, Freshman P.J. Spencer, and Junior Hayden Linscott

100 Backstroke

-4th: place Junior Ian Longan

-6th: place Sophomore Evan Root

400 Free Relay

-3rd place: Sophomore Aidan Holbrook, Junior Ian Longan, Sophomore Evan Root, and Junior Hayden Linscott


Last Thursday, the bowling team competed and for the Sunflower League title at the Olathe East lanes. This upcoming Thursday, they’ll prepare for regionals. Regionals contains nine different schools, it’s important they have a strong showing because only the top three teams qualify for state.

After completing Sunflower league, senior Derek Hillard explained how it went.

“I thought the experience was fun, we could have done better, but overall we bowled together as a team and that’s what’s important.”

Girls Basketball: 

The girls’ basketball team has made a drastic improvement these past few weeks, but the season is coming to a close soon with only two more away games. Sub-state is March 2, and the girls’ look to capitalize off their prior mistakes.


The wrestling team is coming off a regional championship that was won in Lawrence. Nine varsity wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight class. Weights of each participant and finish is posted down below.

After winning regionals and qualifying all seniors for the state championship, the team shaved mohawks on their heads in preparation for state.

Senior Michael Aldrich reflected on the moment it happened.

“Mike Bamford cut most of the mohawks that night in the parking lot,” Aldrich said. “Drake Yost and Jack Carter did the rest. Honestly, I’m not a fan of it, but it’s a fun thing to do as a team. And you got to try everything at least once in your life.”

  1. Freshman Dane Erickson

Weight: 106

Finish: 2nd

  1. Freshman Oliver Broce

Weight: 113

Finish: 2nd

  1. Senior Michael Aldrich

Weight: 145

Finish: 2nd

  1. Senior Mike Bamford

Weight: 152

Finish: 1st

  1. Senior Drake Yost

Weight: 160

Finish: 2nd

  1. Junior William Schmidt

Weight: 170

Finish: 3rd

  1. Junior Isaac Schmidt

Weight: 182

Finish: 3rd

  1. Sophomore Justin Schuman

Weight: 195

Finish: 3rd

  1. Senior Jack Carter

Weight: 220

Finish: 1st

Boys Basketball:

The boys’ basketball team has improved throughout the course of this season. Ever since their victory against Rockhurst, they have had a winning record, and have won five of their past six contests. They are coming off of their latest victory against Leavenworth on Senior Night, winning 74-53 in the seniors’ last game at home.

“It’s been a heck of a ride, and I’ll miss playing in that gym,” senior Jay Guastello said.

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Reser Hall is a senior at SME and is the co-editor of the Harbinger Online. He is also a copy editor and on the editorial board. In addition to Harbinger, Reser is the Vice President of the Young Republicans Club, member of DECA, Student Court Committee Chair on Student Council and is a member of the golf team. When Reser is not in the J-room, he can be found on the golf course or at the Village Chipotle. Read Full »

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