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T-Bird soccer remains unbeaten in UKC with 3-0 win over Piper

Isaac Deer

By ISAAC DEER

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It’s no secret that the Shawnee Heights boys’ soccer team has been rolling through the United Kansas Conference this year.

The Thunderbirds advanced to 6-0 in United Kansas Conference play after a 3-0 shutout over Piper Tuesday night at the Bettis Family Sports Complex.

JordanGarvinShawnee Heights senior Jordan Garvin (9) scored a pair of goals in Tuesday night's 3-0 UKC win over Piper. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

JackMartinShawnee Heights junior Jack Martin had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Piper. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

The six wins in the conference have all come in a row and Shawnee Heights has looked like a force to be reckoned with.

In the six-game win streak, Heights has shut out four opponents and has outscored its United Kansas Conference foes, 17-3.

Offensively, Shawnee Heights had stellar production from Jordan Garvin and Jack Martin in the win versus Piper. Garvin had two goals while Martin had a goal and an assist. Going into the contest, Piper had only allowed three goals in the previous four games.

“We knew coming into today that Piper was going to be a solid team with a dangerous attack,” Shawnee Heights coach Nic Simons said. “Piper at times made us look silly defensively in the first half. I think we did a good job of adjusting in the second half. Our center backs and outside backs did a great job in particular with making those adjustments.''

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Seaman girls roll to first-ever league golf championship by 51 strokes

Rick Peterson

 By RICK PETERSON

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- History. Seaman's girls golf team captured its first-ever league team championship Tuesday at Dub's Dread Golf Club and accomplished that long-awaited feat in dominating fashion, marking its first appearance in the United Kansas Conference tournament with a 51-stroke victory while putting four players in the top five individually.

Fds7hHQWIAE67qGSeaman's girls golf team won its first-ever league team title on Tuesday, winning the United Kansas Conference crown by 51 strokes. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

FdteBrtX0AALKsiSeaman senior Lois Deeter makes an approach shot in Tuesday's United Kansas Conference tournament. Deeter shot an 85 to take a seven-shot individual win. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Fdtc4o WIAM2XhKSeaman sophomore Jaycee Zimmerman shot a 92 Tuesday to finish second in the United Kansas Conference tournament. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Seaman senior star Lois Deeter and sophomore Jaycee Zimmerman went one-two in the individual standings while sophomore Anna McLaughlin placed fourth and junior Avery Samuelson fifth.

"I'm thrilled for them,'' Seaman coach Julie McLaughlin said. "I thought we had a pretty good chance but we had to come out and play the game and see what would happen.

"It was a tough course, a great challenge, and the girls hung in there and they kept at it and they got it done.''

Deeter made a little history of her own, earning her second league championship in two different leagues in the only two league meets of her career. Tuesday's win followed Deeter's Centennial League title as a freshman in 2019.

Deeter didn't have one of her best days, but still shot an 85 to win by seven strokes over teammate Zimmerman, who carded a 92.

"I hadn't ever played this golf course,'' Deeter said. "It is tough. There's a lot of blind shots and I had no idea where I was going and there's a couple of holes where I found out that' not where the hole is.''

Deeter has two more regular-season tournaments remaining, including a return trip to Kansas City on Wednesday to play at Sunflower Hills, and said she'll use that time to get ready for Class 5A postseason.

"Hopefully I'll get my bad tournaments out of the way,'' Deeter said.

Fourth-place McLaughlin shot a 96 on Tuesday while Samuelson was right behind in fifth with a 97. 

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