Three years ago, Brett McFall took over the Shawnee Mission South boys basketball program and immediately guided the Raiders to a share of the Sunflower League championship.
Last Friday, with a lopsided win against rival SM East, McFall’s undefeated squad snagged its second league championship in four season – this one an unbeaten, outright title.
“It was neat,” McFall said. “Three years ago was awesome, because that was my first year and it was the first time Shawnee Mission South had done it since 1994. We didn’t mind if it was co- or tri-champions, but this on, for our program, it means we’ve made huge strides.”
Growing up in Olathe, McFall remembers SM South as a basketball powerhouse. He wants the Raiders, 20-0, to reclaim that former glory.
“When I grew up Shawnee Mission South was a basketball school and we wanted to get back to that,” he said.
Of course, winning state titles is the ultimate mark of distinction in high school basketball and SM South, which dropped to Kansas Class 5A for the first time, is the No. 1 team in its new classification.
“We’re now 0-0,” McFall said. “It’s great that we won the league championship and went undefeated, but now it’s a one-game season.”
- Blue Valley Northwest’s boys basketball team was dominant en route to a third consecutive East Kansas League crown.
The undefeated Huskies, 20-0, who’ve also reached the Kansas Class 6A title game three years in a row, finished six games ahead of runner-up BV North.
The temptation might be to say that BV Northwest took advantage of a down season in the EKL, but Huskies coach Ed Fritz cautions against such thinking.
“It’s a good league and there are really good teams,” Fritz said. “I tell the coaches, this year in particular, there doesn’t seem to be a bottom of the league.”
Every EKL boys squad is .500 or better against non-conference competition with a collective record outside the EKL of 35-13 – a .729 win percentage overall.
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