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.


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

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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.