Baseball state title win caps huge year of success for SM East athletics

SM East's girls golf team celebrating with their state title in Andover. Photo courtesy Buckie Bell.
SM East’s girls golf team celebrating with their state title in Andover this past October. Photo courtesy Buckie Bell.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association hosts 22 athletic championship events for division 6A schools — the 32 Kansas high schools with the highest enrollments in the state — each year. And for 2015-16, SM East laid claim to fully a quarter of the title trophies.

With team wins in boys and girls golf, boys and girls swimming and diving, girls tennis and baseball, SM East captured six KSHSAA championships. And that’s not even taking into account the Lancers boys lacrosse team, which won its third Lacrosse Association of Kansas City title last week, since lacrosse isn’t a KSHSAA-sanctioned sport.

What’s more, the Shawnee Mission District as a whole saw almost unparalleled success from its athletic programs. SM North won its first-ever boys basketball title this winter and added a boys track and field title over the weekend. SM West won this year’s girls soccer title.

That isn’t to say SM East’s successes this year are unique to northeast Johnson County. Bishop Miege has dominated the competition in a variety of sports since moving to division 4A in 2014. Miege’s athletics department this year claimed 4A titles in volleyball, football, both boys and girls basketball, boys track and field and girls soccer.