Mill Valley wins KVL competition for 4th straight year
Mill Valley has established somewhat of a dynasty in its reign as the top Kaw Valley League Athletics Department of the Year. The Jaguars won the championship again for the 2006-2007 season.
The Mirror started the league competition in the 2003-2004 season. Mill Valley has won it every year.
The Jaguars finished the season with 114 points and easily won the championship by 10 points. Mill Valley only won by two points last year over then-second-place Lansing.
This season featured a new runner-up: The Tonganoxie Chieftains, which finished with 102 points. Tonganoxie's point total is the highest in the four years of the competition. It's also first time the Chieftains have surpassed the century mark.
Lansing was right behind Tonganoxie this season, with a registered score of 90 points. The Lions finished in second place every other year of the competition.
The most intriguing story could be the success the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats experienced this season. After a ninth-place finish last season, Basehor leaped past five teams to claim fourth place. The Bobcats nearly caught the Lions, but finished behind them by one point with a score of 89.
Basehor had the largest place differential of any team from the year before. The Bobcats actually had the greatest place differential last year, too, but toward the other way -- they dropped from sixth to ninth place last season.
Piper jumped a spot up to fifth place with a score of 75. The Pirates only scored 64 points last season. Santa Fe Trail tied Piper in fifth place. The Chargers finished each of the last two seasons in fourth place.
Bonner Springs finished with 66 points to claim No. 7. The Braves had finished in fifth place the last three seasons.
Eighth place went to Bishop Ward, which finished with a total of 62 points. Ward finished seventh last year with 61 points.
Perry-Lecompton finished at No. 9 with 60 points, down a spot from last season, when the Kaws finished with 59 points.
Immaculata rounded out the Kaw Valley league with 29 points this season. It was the third straight year the Raiders finished at the No. 10 spot. Two years ago, they scored 48 points, while last year, they registered 28.
The 2008-2009 installment of the KVL Athletics Department of the Year should be especially interesting. Turner High will make its debut into the KVL that season and will instantly become the largest school in the league with more than 1,200 students.
Mill Valley will try and keep its legacy in the competition with the second-highest enrollment numbers in the league. Tonganoxie, the smallest school in the KVL's large school division, had about 580 students last year.
The addition of Turner came as a result of Immaculata leaving the league. The Raiders cited size issues as their main reason to depart.