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High school sports: Southland fall sports notebook

A three-time all-state cross country performer, Rockhold won the boys race at the Liberty Invitational last Saturday, finishing a condensed 2.2-mile course in 11 minutes, 18 seconds.

Truman placed fourth in the meet, which was won by the host Blue Jays from Liberty High.

Volleyball: State rankings

Lee’s Summit West has fallen one match shy of a Missouri Class 4 state volleyball championship each of the last three seasons.

The state’s coaches apparently believe the Titans are equipped to make another run, as well as a couple of other area teams. St. Teresa’s Academy came in fourth in the Missouri high school volleyball Class 4 coaches poll, and Blue Springs South is ranked ninth. Lee’s Summit West, meanwhile, is ranked 10th.

In Class 3, Pleasant Hill is ranked sixth, and O’Hara is 10th.

Cass Midway is No. 8 in the Class 1 poll.

Football: Blue Springs QB adds to potent Wildcats’ attack

Blue Springs running back Dalvin Warmack gets his fair share of attention. And deservedly so: He scored 47 touchdowns last season on his way to becoming only the second junior to win the Thomas A. Simone Award.

The Wildcats, however, are much more than Dalvin Warmack.

In just his second varsity start Friday night, Blue Springs quarterback Ian Brown passed for six touchdowns in a 49-14 victory at Park Hill South. He completed only 11 passes, but they went for 326 yards and the six scores.

He appears to have a favorite target. Darrius Shepherd caught eight passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns, including a 98-yard score. Of those 98 yards, about 93 came after the catch.

By game’s end, Blue Springs had handed the ball to Warmack only 13 times, and the Wildcats still totaled 49 points.

Football: A few early surprises

While it may not come as any shock, Blue Springs is off to a dominating 2-0 start, having outscored its two opponents 90-20 — an undefeated start that for several other teams can be classified as impressive turnarounds from 2012.

That list must start with Lee’s Summit North.

After winning only one game last season, the Broncos already have two victories. After winning at Columbia Hickman in their season opener, the Broncos now have built a modest winning streak with a 37-6 victory over Ruskin last Friday. The task, however, becomes much tougher this Friday when they travel to face undefeated Liberty High in a Suburban Gold Conference game.

The Broncos’ rival to the south — Lee’s Summit High— continues on the list of early-season surprises. The Tigers also moved to 2-0 last Thursday with an eye-popping 77-55 free-scoring affair over Kearney. Quarterback Drew Lock, a junior who is already being targeted by Division I colleges, passed for seven touchdowns in the game.

Meanwhile, the Grandview Bulldogs also haven’t had any trouble putting points on the board. They have scored 103 points in two wins to begin the season. They face an important test this Friday when they play host to Winnetonka in a Suburban Blue Conference matchup.

Lee’s Summit and Grandview aren’t the only two teams lighting up the scoreboard. There were 12 games on the slate last week featuring two teams from one of the four suburban conferences. Of the 12, all but one included a minimum of 43 points.

Heck, 10 teams in those games scored at least 40 points themselves — Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Lee’s Summit, Kearney, Liberty North, North Kansas City, Lee’s Summit West, Liberty, Winnetonka and Grandview.

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