Sunday, May 17, 2009

Olathe East's Settle Wins Award; Rivera Signs

**Olathe East senior Rick Settle (left) was named the KC Star's 2009 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year today. Settle started at the quarterback and safety positions for Olathe East the past two seasons, in addition to being a three year varsity starter for the baseball team. In the classroom, Settle compiled a 4.75 GPA and ranked #1 in his graduating class at Olathe East. As Olathe East's starting quarterback, Settle compiled an 18-3 record. Former Sunflower Conference football standouts who have won the award include Olathe South's Justin Dyer in 2002, and Olathe North's Brandon Weir in 1997.

**Former SM Northwest linebacker Mike Rivera (center) signed an NFL free agent contract with the Chicago Bears two Sundays ago. Rivera enjoyed a very successful career as a starting linebacker at Kansas, following a standout high school career at SM Northwest. Rivera's signing now puts three SM Northwest alumni in the NFL. The other two are Ryan Torain, running back for the Denver Broncos, and Ryan Lilja, offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts.

Photos Courtesy:, KU Athletics

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