WESTON, Mo. — For the fourth straight year, West Platte opened the season with a win, and the Bluejays can now shift the focus to avoiding a repeat of 2016.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After the Park Hill defense allowed a pair of touchdowns late, Ronnie Bell put one final exclamation to assure the Trojans of a win and stamp out any thoughts of a miraculous comeback.
Ta’Von Tusa made an impressive debut, helping Park Hill South start its follow-up campaign with a big victory.
The opponent changed, but the idea remained the same.
DEARBORN, Mo. — North Platte opened the season with a dominant performance but ended up settling for second in its home round robin.
Caden DeLay hit a state qualifying standard first time out, and Platte County received a look at how the new setup for the sport in Missouri will look.
Platte County and Park Hill were matched up as potential opponents in the bracket portion of a season-opening tournament.
A new tournament on the schedule provided Platte County with a unique opportunity, and the Pirates almost swept the titles.
An early miscue put North Platte behind big, and the Panthers couldn’t recover in their season-opener.
Park Hill opened the season with a quiet but important win in the Liberty Kickoff Classic.
Both of Park Hill South’s teams start the season with similar replacement plans.
Platte County’s record-setting seniors couldn’t push the Pirates back into the playoffs last season.
Park Hill South might be losing half of its lineup from last year, but the Panthers will again be set up to be one of the area’s best.
Three members of Park Hill South’s memorable roster from last year return, but only one played a significant role in another historic season.
Park Hill South will have to work quick to make sure the revival doesn’t lead to a one-season success story.
West Platte will have the returners to continue one increasingly amazing streak, and an influx of runners should help the Bluejays field a more complete girls team.
Platte County won’t have many holes to fill, but the biggest ones left from last year’s eight-man senior class will be in big spots.
Ethan Rose started the season still learning about his roster.
With five solid returning contributors, Park Hill can set its expectations even higher.
Despite losing three key seniors, Rob Davenport doesn’t expect Platte County to take any steps back this year.
The flashy parts of Park Hill’s offense return, but improving in the Class 6 postseason will likely come down to development at less-heralded positions.
An arm injury for two-time all-state pitcher Olivia Kinsey delivered potential adversity, but Park Hill South’s roster responded with guts.
Kasydie and Jessalyn Shipp have alternated experiencing the highs and lows of postseason golf.
North Platte’s season came to a swift and early end in 2016 — a drastic departure from the norm for the typically dominant program.
The best team in Platte County history leaves a standard for all future teams to chase, starting this season.
Park Hill South coach Chris Farmer definitely finds it easier to say who is back than who is gone.
Park Hill dropped to 18th in the team standings at last year’s Missouri State Swimming and Diving Championships, and after a record three-year run that included two state trophies for top-four finishes, the Trojans will be looking to build the next generation.
West Platte took second in the KCI Conference and finished with a winning record but bowed out in the first round of Class 1 District 15 play with a three-set loss to Wellington-Napoleon.
Despite a rough regular season, Park Hill ended up inches away from making a coveted return to the playoffs.
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