Piper shot blocker, rebounder C.J. Harper signs with KCKCC

A two-year starter for Piper coach Steve Wallace, left,, forward C.J. Harper will bring his scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking skills to Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall. (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins

C.J. Harper, a 6-4 rebounder and shot blocker from Piper High School, has signed a letter of intent to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall.
A two-year starter on a Piper team that finished 15-7 the past season, Harper averaged 6.4 points, 5.0 points and a block a game his senior season. He also was 61 of 107 shots from the field for 57.0 percent. As a junior, Harper helped Piper earn a state tournament berth and finish 17-6.
“One of those kids who has improved every year and I can see that continuing at the college level,” said Piper coach Steve Wallace. “He’s a good athlete, strong with good jumping ability and fast for his size. Playing the post for us, his strengths were his rebounding and shot blocking. He spent a lot of time working on basketball in the summer and it’s really helped him to get better each season.”
“We’re excited about C.J.,” said KCKCC coach Kelley Newton. “He’s got a big body with broad shoulders and surprising athletic ability. He’ll be able to play the post position and defend that positions as well.”
Harper is the third area standout to sign with the Blue Devils for 2014-15. Guard Zach Jackson and forward Joe Lendway of Lansing’s undefeated 5A state championship team have also signed with the Blue Devils.

Piper results

Piper High School
Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
2nd Rachael Morris, Hope Grable , Carly Johnson, Megan Dailey
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle 1st Megan Dailey
Girls 200 Yard IM 1st Carly Johnson
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle 4th Rachael Morris
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly 1st Carly Johnson
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle 4th Rachael Morris (State Consideration time)
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle 2nd Megan Dailey
Girls 200 Free Relay 1st  Rachael Morris,  Patricia Telthorst,  Cindy Muthoni
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke 3rd Hope Grable
Girls 400 Yard Free Relay 5th  Hope Grable, Carly Johnson, Megan Dailey

–    From Doug Key, Piper activities director

Piper results

Piper High School students hold a third-place trophy in the state forensics contest. It is Piper’s first state forensics trophy. (Photo from Piper Public Schools)

Piper High School – golf at Spring Hill (Sycamore Ridge)
– 2nd place as a team
– Eric Pahls 1st with a 71 and Blaine Smith 10th with an 81

Piper High School – track at St. Thomas Aquinas
– Piper School Records
– Chris Schneider (3200m)
– Regan Johnson (discus)
– Boys 4x400m (D. Saunders, I. Bah, L. Stacer, and S. Pahls)
-1st: T. Davis (100m) and R. Johnson (discus)
– 2nd: G4x100 and B4x400
– 3rd place: H White (100h), G. Kempf (discus), D. Saunders (200m), S. Pahls (400m), J.Ortiz (SP/discus)

Piper High School – state forensics
– 3rd place as a team (1st ever state trophy)
-Logan Stacer placed 1st in Original Oration.
-Jerry Manan placed 3rd in Serious Solo Acting and 7th in Prose.
-Mikala Sullivan placed 4th in Prose and 8th in Poetry.
-Jared Davis placed 5th in Poetry.
-Sarah Stella placed 10th in Poetry.
-Camrey Derritt placed 10th in Serious Solo Acting.
-Chloe Bridge placed 11th in Impromptu Speaking.
-Chris Schneider placed 12th in Prose.
– 1 ratings (outstanding)
-James and Laura Clark- Duet Acting
-Drew Waters and Keegan Sparks- Duet Acting
-Kenzie Reynolds- Prose
-Audrey Wenzl- Prose
-Gabi Kempf- Prose
-Mary Winzer- Poetry
-Patricia Telthorst- Poetry
-Alex Moran- Poetry
-Kori Smith- Poetry
-Jalen Zwart- Poetry
-Aly Barnett- Informative Speaking
-Maggie Wolf- Humorous Solo Acting
– 2 ratings (excellent)
-Cailin O’Mara and Patricia Telthorst- Improvised Duet Acting
-Matt Romero and Ian Smith- Improvised Duet Acting
-Jordan Fuqua and Gregory Gordon- Improvised Duet Acting
-Jalen Zwart and Mary Winzer- Improvised Duet Acting
-Jared Winzer- Poetry and Informative Speaking
-Corey Mann- Oration and Extemporaneous Speaking
-Jordan Fuqua- Prose
-Chad Irwin- Prose
-Sheridan Smith- Prose
-Kristen Warner- Prose and Humorous Solo Acting
-Cailin O’Mara- Oration

Piper High School – Special Olympics
– Piper grad Aaron Batliner (5 gold medals)

–    from Doug Key, Piper activities director