Conference realignment shifts old rivalries

The start of the 2018-2019 school year brings with it conference realignment for some Wyandotte County high schools. New rivalries will be seen across the fields and courts, and there will be four leagues to follow, instead of only two.

As districts on the western edge of the Kansas City area experienced rapid population growth, some schools found themselves in a competitive disadvantage, due to smaller student populations than long-time rivals. The result was negotiations over the past few years that brought about the disbanding of the Kaw Valley League, formation of the new United Kansas Conference, and inter-conference moves for several other schools around the Kansas City area.

Turner High School, in Class 5A, is now in the newly-created United Kansas Conference, a group of six 4A and 5A schools ranging from Leavenworth to the north over to Topeka’s Shawnee Heights in the west. Turner will be joined in the UKC by former Kaw Valley members Lansing and Basehor-Linwood.

Bonner Springs and Piper high schools have joined the expanding Frontier League, a group of nine 4A schools from the southern and western periphery of the Kansas City area, such as Spring Hill and Baldwin. Former KVL member Tonganoxie will also move to the Frontier League.

Bishop Ward High School, in Class 4A, Division II, will move to the Crossroads Conference, composed of smaller religious and public schools with members in both Kansas and Missouri.

The Kansas City – Atchison League with the 5A and 6A schools from the Kansas City, Kansas, school district is unchanged from previous years.

The schools will compete in their new conferences starting with their fall sports over the next few weeks.

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Sporting KC falls to FC Dallas, 3-2

Sixteen-year-old midfielder Gianluco Busio made his MLS debut for Sporting KC against FC Dallas on Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Sporting Kansas City’s defensive struggles continued on Saturday night. FC Dallas forward Michael Barrios stung Kansas City for three goals in a 3 – 2 victory at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dallas scored the only goal of the first half in the 23rd minute. Defender Ike Opara lost the ball in the lights on a long pass forward from Victor Ulloa, allowing Barrios to chip the ball in from 15 yards.

Forward Gerso Fernandes evened the score just after halftime, beating two Dallas defenders on the right wing and then twisting a shot inside the far post.

Dallas moved back in front in the 62nd minute on another long pass forward to Barrios, who beat charging goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Dallas went up by two in the 74th minute when Kansas City’s defense failed to clear the ball after a block, leaving the ball in front of the net for Barrios to clean up.

Sporting made a challenge late in the game, with Daniel Salloi knocking home a rebound off a KC corner kick.

Sixteen-year-old Gianluco Busio made his debut for Sporting KC as a substitute for Felipe Gutierrez in the 77th minute.

The loss marks six games without a win for Sporting KC, sliding back over the past month to nine points behind first-place Dallas in the MLS Western Conference standings. Sporting will play the Houston Dynamo on the road next Saturday.

A sliding shot attempt by Gerso Fernandes went wide to the left in the game’s opening minutes. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Recovered from sports hernia surgery, midfielder Felipe Gutierrez played in his first game since March 31. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sporting KC defender Jaylin Lindsey beat Dallas defender Reggie Cannon with some outstanding footwork. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
A sliding challenge from Dallas defender Marquinhos Pedroso broke up a shot attempt by Sporting KC forward Gerso Fernandes. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Gerso Fernandes beat two defenders to launch his goal-scoring shot in the second half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Fans in the south stands of Children’s Mercy Park celebrated the Gerso Fernandes goal scored right in front of them. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sporting forward Diego Rubio took a shot from Dallas defender Matt Hedges. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sporting KC forward Daniel Salloi scored in second-half stoppage time to make the score 3-2. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Marquinhos Pedroso received a yellow card for his dangerous tackle on Gerso Fernandes. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
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USA Women’s National Team wins 4-2 over Japan

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored from near the penalty spot to give the USA Women’s National Team a 4-1 lead on Thursday night at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The final score was 4-2, USA over Japan. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis made a run on goal late in the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Forward Alex Morgan scored her second goal on a header in the first half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Forward Alex Morgan opened the scoring with a goal in the 18th minute. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Young fans practiced shots on goal in the plaza outside the stadium. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Alex Morgan’s hat trick delighted the thousands of young girls in the stadium wearing her jersey number. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Defender Julie Ertz launched a shot on goal but was denied by Japan’s goalkeeper. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Alex Morgan won a ball in the air from Japan center defender Shiori Miyake. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Many fans came decked out in red, white, and blue. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Forward Alex Morgan was surrounded by teammates after scoring her third goal of the match. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe received congratulations from teammate Alex Morgan after Rapinoe scored the team’s fourth goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Flags waved around the stadium after each of the team’s four goals. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Reserve goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, of Salina, Kan., posed for a picture after the match. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Many fans came dressed in the stars-and-stripes. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
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