Construction continues on U.S. soccer training center

The 80,000-square-foot training facility will contain coaching offices, classrooms, fitness and rehabilitation labs, and a great hall with a viewing area overlooking the training fields. A 12,000-square-foot gymnasium will sit next to the facility. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Construction continues on the National Training and Coaching Development Center near 94th and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas.

The center, scheduled to be completed Dec. 15, is a partnership among Sporting KC, U.S. Soccer, and Children’s Mercy.

The center will include adjoining training facilities for Sporting KC and U.S. Soccer. Children’s Mercy plans to build a youth sports medicine facility nearby.

Sporting KC vice president of development David Ficklin pointed out the classroom areas of the new training facility to Sporting assistant coach Zoran Savic. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Tuesday’s high winds prevented new beams from being raised, but workers kept busy with other work on the structure. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC manager and technical director Peter Vermes talked about the important role that the facility will play in improving the United States’ ability to compete for a World Cup by developing coaches and players. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Story and photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Piper boys advance with substate victory over Basehor-Linwood

Piper junior Daviance “Doc” Covington (1) went straight up for a three-point shot. Covington finished with 12 points for the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

The Piper High School boys basketball team won the opportunity to advance to the state 4A Division I tournament in Salina next week by beating Basehor-Linwood High School in the substate final on March 4 at Piper.

Piper won the game in overtime, 54-52. Piper led by 4 with less than a minute in regulation, but the two teams tied the game at 45, forcing overtime.

Basehor scored only 4 points in the first quarter, but came back strong in the second quarter to lead 22 – 19 at halftime. Sophomore Jacob Coleman led the comeback effort with 7 points in the quarter.

Piper heads to the state tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play against Andover’s Central High School on March 8.

Piper senior Jordan Goodpaster (10) drove to the basket in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior Jalen Taylor (11, center) swatted away a shot from Basehor senior Jackson Sherley. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

The Piper and Basehor cheerleading squads had a friendly rivalry to see which squad could complete the most tumbling runs. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Basehor senior Eric Scott (1) secured a defensive rebound in the third quarter. Scott finished with 10 points for the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Basehor sophomore Jacob Coleman was disappointed to find he had been called for traveling after winning the battle for a loose ball against Piper senior Bryant Rogers (21). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Jalen Taylor made the basket and was fouled, for a three-point opportunity in the fourth quarter. Taylor led the Pirates with 16 points for the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior J.J. Letcher (3) drove past Basehor senior Zain Drew (25). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Jalen Taylor pulled down an offensive rebound from among three Basehor defenders. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Teammates encouraged J.J. Letcher as he headed to the bench after fouling out near the end of regulation. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Tied at Basehor had the ball chance to win with three seconds remaining, but the ball ended up in a scramble at mid-court, and the game went to overtime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior Terrell Hall (2) went up for a layup in overtime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington drove past Basehor senior Chandler Carey (33). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

With Basehor down two points and time expiring, Jacob Coleman pushed the ball up the court. Coleman finished the game with 14 points to lead Basehor. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

With less than three seconds remaining in the overtime period, Basehor sophomore Joseph Johnson (12) put up a three-point attempt to win the game, but the shot went astray. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Letcher received a congratulatory hug from his father, Morris Letcher. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington, left, and J.J. Letcher posed with the championship plaque following the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Eric Scott, left, congratulated J.J. Letcher after the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Mrs. Legusta Vaughn, 93, a longtime Kansas City, Kansas, resident, attended the game to watch her great-grandson Jalen Taylor. Mrs. Vaughn posed after the game with her grandson, Vaughn Taylor (Jalen’s dad). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle wins substate championship over Washington by two points in overtime

Schlagle junior Tyon Grant-Foster went up for a short-range jump shot in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

The Schlagle Stallions won by two points in overtime on Saturday night over Washington High School to win a substate boys basketball title.

The teams played each other for the third time this year, meeting in the substate tournament final. The game, played at Washington, went to overtime before Schlagle won 48-46.

Schlagle will play Salina’s Central High School on Thursday in the first round of the 5A state tournament.

Schlagle sophomore D’Monte Gaw (13) put up a shot over Washington senior LaQuandre Williams, left. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Washington senior DeMarco Smith (22) came in for a block on Schlagle senior Rae’Quan Frazier (1). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Tyon Grant-Foster went for a layup in the first quarter. Washington led at the end of the first quarter, 11-6. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

A scramble for the ball on the floor ended with Washington freshman Tywan Muturi (5) on the bottom of the pile. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

As the clock ran out in the second quarter, Tyon Grant-Foster went up for a dunk that tied the score at 17. Grant-Foster scored all 11 of Schlagle’s points in the quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Washington senior Xzavier Hoy pulled down a defensive rebound, but was hemmed in on the baseline by Schlagle senior Malik Cushon (12). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

DeMarco Smith went up for a short-range jump shot in the third quarter. Smith led the Wildcats with 13 points for the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Washington senior Randy Campbell, center, who was injured in a game against Lansing, watched from the bench. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

The Schlagle girls basketball team earned a spot in the state tournament by winning the substate final against Topeka Seaman High School on Friday night. Many members of the team turned out Saturday night to cheer on the boys team. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Dominique Sanders (32) collided with LaQuandre Williams near mid-court. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Xzavier Hoy looked for a pass around Malik Cushon’s defense. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Washington junior Isaiah Peterson (24) went for a block on D’Monte Gaw but was called for a foul on the play. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

The Schlagle team celebrated on the court after putting away the victory. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Chris Conner (35) and the rest of the team showed off the substate championship plaque after the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)