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Higginsville edged Richmond by 2 points to claim the initial MRVC East All-sports Award, while Grain Valley narrowly edged Harrisonville for the West crown. The Huskers and Lady Huskers combined for 46.5 points, while Richmond ended with 44.5.
Conference champions were awarded the most points with the remainder of the points distributed in descending order.
Knob Noster finished third with 44, followed by league newcomer Holden with 38.5, Carrollton with 36, and Lexington with 35.5. Every school in the conference won or shared at least one league championship.
Higginsville claimed two outright titles (boys’ tennis and girls’ track), while sharing league championships in girls’ tennis and boys’ basketball. Higginsville boys’ teams combined for 22 points, while the Lady Huskers posted 24.5. Richmond won the softball and boys’ golf championship while sharing the title with Higginsville and Knob Noster in boys’ basketball. Richmond had two runner-up teams with wrestling and boys’ tennis.
Richmond boys’ teams totaled 30.5 points, with the Lady Spartans earning 14.
In addition to its three championships, Richmond finished as runner-up in wrestling and boys’ tennis. In other sports, Richmond was tied for third in football, tied for fourth in girls’ tennis, sixth in volleyball, fourth in girls’ cross country, sixth in boys’ cross country, tied for fifth in girls’ basketball, third in baseball, fifth in boys’ track, and fourth in girls’ track.
In the MRVC West, Grain Valley claimed two outright titles and shared two others in totaling 63 points, which was .5 better than Harrisonville. Excelsior Springs, which joined the new MRVC with Harrisonville this season, finished third with 58 points, followed by Pleasant Hill with 52.5, Odessa with 42.5, and Oak Grove with 29.5. Like their counterparts in the East, every school in the West won or shared at least one conference championship.
MRVC East Champions for 2008-09: Football-Holden; softball-Richmond; girls’ tennis-Lexington and Higginsville; volleyball-Holden; boys’ basketball-Higginsville, Richmond and Knob Noster; girls’ basketball-Knob Noster; wrestling-Lexington; baseball-Lexington and Holden; boys’ golf-Richmond; boys’ tennis-Higginsville; boys’ track-Carrollton; girls’ track-Higginsville.
MRVC West Champions: Football-Harrisonville; softball-Grain Valley; girls’ tennis-Excelsior Springs and Grain Valley; volleyball-Pleasant Hill; boys’ basketball-Grain Valley and Pleasant Hill; girls’ basketball-Grain Valley; wrestling-Oak Grove; baseball-Harrisonville; boys’ golf-Harrisonville and Pleasant Hill; boys’ tennis-Excelsior Springs; boys track-Harrisonville; girls’ track-Odessa; girls’ soccer-Harrisonville.
Cross country was combined with Excelsior Springs winning the boys’ title, while Pleasant Hill won the girls’ crown. Richmond and Holden are the only schools on the East that have cross country programs.