Mill Valley News

School to switch to Sunflower League

School to switch to Sunflower League

Katya Gillig, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

January 19, 2019


Filed under SPORTS, Top stories

Mill Valley will be moving to the Sunflower League for all activities in the 2020-21 school year. The move comes three years after the school switched to the Eastern Kansas League. One of the main reasons for switching leagues was to play more 6A teams, according to athletic director Jerald VanRheen...

Jaguar wrestlers tie for second at EKL tournament

Jaguar wrestlers tie for second at EKL tournament

Anika Roy, JagWire copy editor

February 3, 2018


Filed under SPORTS, Winter, WRESTLING

  The Jaguar wrestlers competed in the EKL tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3, tying for second. All in their respective weight classes, seniors Conner Ward, Bryson Markovich, Jarrett Bendure and sophomore Zach Keal placed first, while sophomore Austin Keal and senior Hayden Keopke placed second...

Girls swim places eighth in EKL championship meet

Girls swim places eighth in EKL championship meet

Christopher Sprenger, Mill Valley News reporter and Photographer

May 10, 2017


Filed under GIRLS SWIM, SPORTS, SPRING, Top stories

The girls swim team placed eighth at EKL League championships at Blue Valley Southwest on Saturday, May 6. This was the first league championship meet for the girls swim team in the new league. The meet was a two-day, preliminaries-finals meet where the top 18 in each individual event and the t...

First season in the EKL league deemed successful by teams, coaches

First season in the EKL league deemed successful by teams, coaches

Braden Shaw, JagWire editor-in-chief

April 11, 2017


Filed under SPORTS, Top stories

The first year of Mill Valley athletics competing in the Eastern Kansas League provided new challenges from the previous years in the Kaw Valley League. The athletic year thus far has been highlighted by another football state championship, first place league finishes for both bowling teams and seco...

Cross Country teams finish second and fifth at EKL league meet

Cross Country teams finish second and fifth at EKL league meet

Claire Kaifes, JAG reporter

October 14, 2016


Filed under CROSS COUNTRY, FALL, SPORTS, Top stories

Cross country competed at their first EKL league meet on Thursday Oct. 13 at Blue Valley High School. The boys finished second and the girls team finished fifth. Junior Britton Nelson placed fifth was the only runner to place in the top ten for the girls. Nelson finished with the time of 19:41. J...

New turf football fields placed at both district high schools

New turf football fields placed at both district high schools

Tori Aerni, Morgan Gurwell, and Braden Shaw

September 24, 2015


Filed under SPORTS

Grass stains and standing puddles are a problem of the past for the football team, as the natural grass field was replaced with turf field over the summer. Around eight months ago, a committee of parents, administrators and taxpayers came together to research the pros and cons of replacing Mill Valley’s...

Prior to league change, athletes reassess current facilities

Prior to league change, athletes reassess current facilities

Nick Booth, Jason Chen, and Sarah Myers

September 21, 2015


Filed under SPORTS

As teams prepare to enter the Eastern Kansas League next fall, athletes are previewing what competition will look like in the EKL. When looking at how Mill Valley’s facilities compare to those of EKL schools, however, there are many places where the school falls short. For the swim team, challenges...

Mill Valley to join Eastern Kansas League beginning 2016 school year

Mill Valley to join Eastern Kansas League beginning 2016 school year

Tori Aerni, Sam Lopez, Braden Shaw, JagWire editor-in-chief, JagWire sports editor, JagWire reporter

March 11, 2015


Filed under NEWS, SPORTS, Top stories

After 15 years and 85 Kaw Valley League championships between 18 sports, the school officially accepted its offer to the Eastern Kansas League on Tuesday, Jan. 13. After principal Tobie Waldeck and activities director David Ewers sent a letter of interest, the EKL made a formal invitation on Thurs...

Track coach Eric Thomas finds his inspiration from mentoring students on the field and in the classroom

Track coach Eric Thomas finds his inspiration from mentoring students on the field and in the classroom

Braden Shaw, JagWire reporter

February 11, 2015


Filed under 15 for 15, Special coverage

Photo by Claire Biles The football field and track are second homes to football and track coach Eric Thomas, who has poured hours of his life into improving Mill Valley athletics. Eric has coached football and track for a total of 13 years at both De Soto High School and Mill Valley. He took...

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