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April 11, 2024

Three Olathe Wrestlers Repeat as State Champions

Olathe students were well-represented at the Class 6A State Wrestling Championships in Park City, Kansas in March. On the girls’ side, Olathe South High School senior Nicole Redmond won her fourth straight state title in the 120-pound division while Olathe North High School junior Kaylan Hitchcock won her second straight state title in the 135-pound division. On the boys’ side, Olathe East High School senior Brett Carroll capped off an undefeated season with his second state title in the 285-pound division. Olathe North senior Jacob Vasquez won his first state title in the 175-pound division.

Redmond, the 6-5A Girls Regional Wrestler of the Year, is one of three Kansas girls to make history this season, winning four straight state titles for the first time in the history of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). Redmond achieved her “four-peat” just moments before competitors at Rossville High School and Bonner Springs High School did the same. She claimed her first state title in the 120-pound division, then claimed titles in the 126-pound and 130-pound divisions in her sophomore and junior years before returning to 120 this season. Redmond has won over 100 total matches in her high school career.

Repeating as the state champion was special for Hitchcock, whose father, Dylan, is the head wrestling coach at Olathe North. Dylan Hitchcock was named the 6-5A Girls Regional Coach of the Year for his efforts leading the Olathe North team. Last year, Kaylan Hitchcock became the first female in Olathe North history to win a state wrestling title.

Vasquez was the runner-up at state last year. This year, he claimed his title after defeating a Shawnee Mission Northwest High School opponent that he had faced twice before this season. Vasquez lost the first two matches, but the third time was the charm, as Vasquez was able to come away victorious after a late takedown in overtime for a sudden death victory.

Olathe North Senior Crowned State Bowling Champion

Joe Ouellette, a senior at Olathe North High School, had an improbable path to the Class 6A State Bowling Championships in Wichita. Just three weeks before the state tournament, Ouellette wasn’t even on the Olathe North varsity squad. On Feb. 29, Ouellette won his first bowling state title after bowling a 737 in the three-game series.

Ouellette bowled a 632 earlier in the season, but that was his career-best series. He blew past his record by over 100 pins at state, beating out state-runner up Mill Valley high School by 12 pins. Ouellette started his day with three straight strikes on his way to an opening game of 234, a great start to the series. In the second game, he bowled a 268, his career-best in a single game. From there, he shot up in the standings, going from 14th to second place.

The runner-up from Mill Valley also bowled a 268 in the final game of the series, closing out on Ouellette. However, Ouellette stepped up when it mattered most, bowling three straight strikes in the 10th frame to clinch the state title.

Olathe South High School also had three students medal at state. Freshman Anthony Dokolas finished in ninth place with a score of 684. Senior Ian Caudillo finished in 14th place with a score of 661. Sophomore Tanner Hagg placed 19th with a score of 650.

Olathe Northwest Dance Team Named Grand National Champion

In March, the Olathe Northwest High School Raven Dance Team was crowned as the Grand National Champion at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) National Championship in Orlando, Florida. Olathe Northwest now has 29 national titles (including both team and individual awards) since becoming a competitive team in 2010.

The four-day national competition consists of dozens of competitions spread across several categories. Olathe Northwest won first place in Large Varsity Team Performance, Large Varsity Pom and Large Varsity Game Day. Grand National Champion is awarded to the best of the best.

Olathe Northwest continues their success after winning their second Kansas state title back in November, beating out five other Johnson County schools in the final competition. In Kansas, dance has awarded state titles for only four years.

NDA, founded in 1976, is an organization that provides training and teaching to middle school, high school and college dance teams around the country. Working alongside coaches and dance teams at camps and competitions nationwide, NDA strives to empower student-athletes and build not only strong athletes, but great individuals.