Jaguars to Sunflower
The Mill Valley Jaguars of the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) have agreed in principal to join the Sunflower League for the 2020-2021 school year.
This is effective immediately following all Varsity, and sub-Varsity sports programs.
For the Jaguars to enter the Sunflower League, they will be taking with them two State Football Titles in 2015 (12-1), and 2016 (9-4) led by Joel Applebee, and an Athletic Department led by Jerald Van Rheen.
In 2016, the Jaguars entered the EKL after a successful beginning in the Kaw Valley League where they began as a program from 2000 to 2014. That program was led by George Radell from 2000 to 2009 with an overall record of 57-37.
Head Coach Joel Applebee took the reigns for the 2010 season and beyond leading, and exceeding all expectations under his leadership. Carrying a record of 63W-25L in 88 games coached.
The Joel Applebee "coaching tree" has led to the hiring of Olathe West' own TJ O'Neill who previously assisted Joel Applebee in the two State Titles won this decade on the gridiron. This past year, the Piper Pirates hired away another Assistant Coach Rick Pollard, who also led the Leavenworth Pioneers during the 2006 Sunflower League season.
Congratulations to the Jaguars as they will begin a new path after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.