Local prep athlete balances talent, work ethic and character

It’s a cool October night in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb 20 miles South of Kansas City.

Walking into Red Robin in his basketball shorts and white t-shirt, this shaggy-haired teenager looks as unassuming as any kid roaming the halls of a high school.

He sits down on the back patio, orders a water and briefly talks about the workout he has just finished, his second of the day.

Then, for almost two hours Clayton Custer, a senior at Blue Valley Northwest High School, describes everything from where his love of basketball originated to the source of his inner drive to succeed.


UMKC’s Wilson new director of athletics

UMKC's new Director of Athletics, Carla Wilson.

Carla Wilson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Kansas City will name Carla Wilson as the director of athletics during a public announcement at the Sprint Center on Monday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Wilson has held the position in an interim role for the past five months. She becomes the only female athletics director in the Western Athletic Conference, and the first-ever female leader of intercollegiate athletics at UMKC.

Currently, less than nine percent of Division 1 athletic directors are women.

MIAA TV Network’s Game of the Week: Undefeated teams square off in key conference matchup

(Photo courtesy of www.choosestjoseph.com)

(Photo courtesy of http://www.choosestjoseph.com)

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Two of the best football teams in all of Division II will meet Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Stadium.

It’s No. 2 Northwest Missouri State (7-0) hosting No. 10 Washburn (7-0), and there’s bound to be some fireworks with both of these offenses averaging more than 44 points per game.

In the tough MIAA conference where wins are at a premium, both the Ichabods of Washburn and Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State have battled their way through the season to set the stage for this game.


Friday Night Lights: Niles Media Group with big night of prep football action

Niles Media Group brings you all the action in local Kansas City area prep football.

Niles Media Group brings you all the action in local Kansas City area prep football.

The high school football season is winding down and Friday night culminates a great fall schedule of games Niles Media Group has been proud to produce.

The KSMO-KCTV 5 Game of the Week matches up two rival teams separated by only a couple of miles. Blue Valley West heads to Blue Valley with a lot on the line for both teams as they each sit with 2-0 records in district play.

Neil Harwell will be on the call with play-by-play, Josh Looney joins as the color analyst and BJ Kissel will be reporting from the sideline.