Saturday, August 11, 2018

Change at the Top - SME makes a move!

Justin Hoover - Newest Head Football Coach at SM East 

As most all of us learned in the last week, SM East Head Coach Fred Bouchard has resigned his position within the SMSD #512. Coach/Dr. Fred Bouchard will begin a position within an Illinois School District as Assistant Superintendent. Best of luck to Dr. Fred Bouchard in this new chapter of his career in education, all of which has been in the state of Missouri. 

This is a first for such a large School District located in the state of Kansas, in which of all five Football programs, has never happen before with the opening of SM Northwest for the 69-70 school year. A Head Coach filling a position, only to resign. 

For those curious, if this has ever happened before in the Sunflower League, the answer is yes. 

Digging in to the Sunflower League archives, this same event happened to the Wyandotte Bulldogs in the Fall of the 1975-76 school year. Head Coach Charles Richard was hired in the Spring of the previous school year to take over the program once Bill Perry resigned following a four year tenure from 1971 to 1974. With Mr. Charles Richard abrupt resignation, Max Payne was hired and Coached the Bulldogs from 1975 to 1979. 

If this has ever taken place across the state of Kansas outside of Johnson, and Wyandotte counties, one is not aware of at this time. Currently going through all histories to check of resignations 6A to 1A histories where this has taken place. 

State wide, their have been numerous times that a Head Coach has resigned during a season or after for one reason or another. 

Coming on the heals of Dustin Delaney's resignation after the Olathe South Falcons game during the start of the 2017 season, this position was one of the hottest positions available within the Kansas City metro area. 

Assistant Coach Justin Hoover, formerly the Quarterback Coach of the Bishop Miege Stags, has been appointed Head Coach per the SMSD #512, and Athletic Director Debbie Katzfey

Justin Hoover becomes the 12th Head Coach for the Lancers since the Fall of the 1958 season. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Catching up with SMW alumni Lee Allen Spight

Andre' Maloney #29 - 7v7 Camp Interview with Lee Allen Spight

A few weeks ago, the SM West Vikings led by Tim Callaghan, entering his 16th year as Head Coach, hosted the 6th Annual, Andre' Maloney 7v7 Football Clinic.

With a multitule of local High Schools participating: Bishop Miege, SM East, Olathe North, Grandview, Lee's Summit West, Lansing, Chapman KS, St. James Academy,

After the completion of the tournament, I was able to sit down with former SM West Football Viking, and student-athlete, NJCAA, and NCAA. Lee Allen Spright, went on to play with the Hutchinson Red Dragons, and SE Louisiana University Lions Football programs respectively. He was fortunate to be part of the SM West 2012 State Football Championship that included close friend Andre Maloney #29 #MiB. 

Recently the Sunflower Football News was fortunate to meet with Lee Allen as he returned to SM West for the 7v7 Tournament.

SFN - You had a great career on the gridiron from SM West, to the Junior College, and NCAA route. What advice to you give to a High School Junior wanting to play at the next level?
Spight - The advice that I would give to a junior who wants to play at the next level would be to always be coachable! There are many great athletes who have tremendous talent but because they are not coachable, they many times will not reach their full potential as a player and can also be hindering the team's success. Winning football games plays a large factor for athletes when it comes to recruiting.  

SFN - You and Andre Maloney spent a lot of time together on and off the field prior to game time. What stood out about his personality that allured you to introducing yourself and becoming a lifelong friend?
Spight - I was the "new kid" at the school my freshman year and the first few friends that I made were football players. Andre was one of the closer friends I had at the school. He and I shared a common interest which was our love for football. When I noticed how hard he worked, and the passion he had for the game we naturally developed a closer friendship. 

SFN - SM West has built a stellar Football reputation during your career as a Viking. If Tim Callaghan asked you to join his staff, where would you see your impact be to see the future flourish for years to come?
Spight - If Coach Callaghan asked me to join the staff I would be honored to help out wherever I am asked. One thing that I do know is that whatever role that I am assigned to play I would do it with a lot of energy and passion! If it is to be the water boy, I would be the most motivational, energetic, enthusiastic water boy there is!  

SFN - Playing in a State Final is a goal for many High School athletes across the state. What advice did you find the best from a fellow coach or friend on the team?
Spight - The best advice I've been given from all of my fellow teammates, and coaches and the best advice that I can give a player who wants to win is to do YOUR job. Don't try and do anybody else's. If all 11 players on the field are doing their job at the same time every play you are destined to win.  

SFN - Although you are far removed from your Viking playing days, what fellow SFL schools did you enjoy playing on Friday's?
Spight - I loved playing against any and every team who was standing in our way of a state championship. The team that lined up across from us on that particular Friday night is the team that I loved playing against simply because it meant that when we win, we're one step closer to a State Championship. 

Lee Allen Spights playing career: 
2010 - SM West Vikings - 7-3
2011 - SM West Vikings - 7-4
2012 - SM West Vikings - 12-1 - 6A State Champions defeating the Hutch SaltHawks 19-14
2013 - SM West Vikings - 4-5 - Andre Maloney passing away after Leavenworth game week-5
2014 - Hutch Red Dragons - 11-1
2015 - Hutch Red Dragons - 5-6
2016 - SE Louisiana - 7-4
2017 - SE Louisiana - 6-5

Totals - Overall at 59W-29L-88 Games played - 670 W%

SM West 30W-13L-43 GP - 697 W%
Hutch CC 16W-7L-23 GP - 695 W%
SE Louisiana 13W-9L - 22 GP - 590 W% 

Thank you again for your time in joining the Sunflower Football News Lee. Your time with us is much appreciated reaching out to all of the current Sunflower Student-athletes who will be playing in the Fall of 2018.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day Sunflower League!

Today is a day, unlike many others.

With today being Father's Day, it is with great pleasure to thank those within the Sunflower League who are Father's, and step in to the role's as fathers/parents for many of our student-athletes across the board.

It is hard to write though, expressing my thoughts to our great readers having lost my Father three years ago at KU Med in Kansas City, Kansas due to some health issues that ultimately took his life after a very young 56 years of life.

To our student-athletes at all of our 13 schools. Do not ever hesitate to reach out to any one on your Coaching staff to confide in, ask for advice, seek strength in any way you need if a parent is out of the picture or never was. They care for you a lot throughout your time at the school you attend, and want to see you all succeed long after your playing days are over. Your Coaches love for their student-athletes is an extension of their own family, and will always want the best for you.

As we all find time to enjoy this Fathers Day, reach out to those great Grandparents of yours as well who raised your Dad and Thank them as well! Without them, you could not be here to carry on the family name and in to the next generation of parents/family as we are.

From the Sunflower League to all of our Coaching Fathers, Happy Father's Day!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SM West Vikings Decade in Review

SM West Vikings Football

Entering 2018

Tim Callaghan (103-54+) 
2010   7-3 - Lost to SM Northwest in week-10
2011   7-4 - Lost to Olathe East in week-11
2012 12-1 - 6A State Champions - Led by JR Andre' Maloney defeating Hutchinson 19-14
2013   4-5 - Passing of SMW Football student-athlete Andre' Maloney 
2014   6-5 - Lost to SM East in week-11
2015   7-3 - Lost to Blue Valley in week-10
*2016   6-4 - Lost to BV North in week-10  
*2017   0-9 - First winless season since opening year in 1962 (opening year of school/team.) 
*2018   0-0 - 

2018 SFL Schedule - Tim Callaghan (103-54+)
8-30 - SM Northwest - 5-3 since 2010. Lost 35-14 in 2017 week-5 game
9-7 - @ SM South - The Raiders ended a 13 game losing streak to TC in 2017
9-14 - Olathe North - 1-1 in 2016 & 2017; DNP from 2013 to 2015
9-21 - @ Free State - 2-2 in last 4 games played. Lost in week-1 56-9 in 2017
9-28 - Olathe West - First meeting in school history
10-5 - @ Olathe East - DNP in 2016 & 2017
10-12 - SM North - TC has won 11 straight from 2004-2006 and 2008 to 2015 
10-19 - @ GET - First meeting in school history

Monday, April 30, 2018

SM South Raiders Decade in Review

SM South Raiders Football

Entering 2018

Brandon Claypool (10-36)  
2010  2-7 - Lost to SM East in week-9; becomes AC at SM West for Tim Callaghan  
Ryan Lonergan (13-24)
2011  2-7 - Lost to SM East in week-9 
2012  4-5 - Lost to Olathe East in week-9  
2013  4-5 - Lost to Olathe East in week-9 
2014  3-7 - Lost to BV Tigers in week-10; becomes AC at SM West for Tim Callaghan 
Brett Oberzan (4-23+)
2015  1-8 - Defeats SM Northwest in week-9 to end 10 game losing streak
*2016  0-9 - First winless season in the history of the Raiders Football program
*2017  3-6 - 2 back-to-back losses to the ONW Ravens in weeks 8 and 9. 17th losing season.   
*2018  0-0 -  

2018 SFL Schedule - Brett Oberzan (4-23+)
8-31 - @ SM North - 5-3 since 2010 vs. the Indians
9-7 - SM West - Ended 20 game losing streak to the Vikings in 2017 dating back to 1997
9-13 - Lansing - First ever meeting in school history
9-21 - Olathe South - Last win against the Falcons game in 2002
9-27 - @ SM East - Have not played in last two seasons after 50 consecutive games 1966 to 2015
10-5 - Lawrence - First meeting against former High School as alumni for Brett Oberzan
10-12 - @ Olathe NW - In 8 meetings the Raiders are 0-8, they are also 0-20 against Olathe East 
10-19 - SM Northwest - The Raiders are 5-4 since 2010; Won 4 straight from 2011 to 2015

Saturday, April 21, 2018

SM Northwest Cougars Decade in Review

SM Northwest Cougars Football

Entering 2018

Aaron Barnett (35-25)  
2010  6-5 - Lost to Olathe East in week-11
2011  4-6 - Lost to SM East in week-10  
Linn Hibbs (7-21)
2012  2-7 - Lost to SM West in week-9 
2013  3-7 - Lost to Free State in week-10
2014  2-7 - Resigns from SMNW and returns to Kansas small class High School Football 
Bo Black (6-21+)
2015  1-8 - Lost to SM South in week-9 
*2016  1-8 - Lost to SM East in week-9
*2017  4-5 - Lost to Olathe South in week-9 and finished 3-1 vs. the SMSD-4 opponents
*2018  0-0 - x

2018 SFL Schedule - Bo Black (6-21+)
8-31 - @ SM West - Losses in 14-15-16; Won in 10-13-17
9-7 - @ Leavenworth - First time NW has faced the Pioneers as non-conference foes
9-14 - @ Olathe South - Last Win against the Falcons came in 2007 
9-21 - SM East - The Lancers have won 11 straight against the Cougars 
9-28 - @ Lawrence - From 2012 to 2017 lost 6 straight games
10-5 - Olathe NW - Lost in 2015; DNP in 2016 & 2017
10-12 - GET - First meeting in school history 
10-19 - @ SM South - Lost 5 straight from 2011 to 2015; Won in 2016 & 2017 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

SM North Indians Decade in Review

SM North Indians Football 

Entering 2018

USMC Dennis Grayless (4-24)  
2010  2-8 - Loss to Olathe North in week-10 
2011  2-7 - Loss to Leavenworth in week-9 
2012  0-9 - Loss to SM East in week-9    
Don Simmons (0-9)
2013  0-9 - Leaves SMN abruptly, for similar position in Arkansas High School Athletics
@ Ben Bartlett 
2014  2-8 - Loss to Olathe North in week-10
2015  3-7 - Loss to Lawrence in week-10
*2016  6-5 - SR QB Will Schneider leads Indians to unprecedented season with huge playoff wins
*2017  1-8 - Loss of Will Schneider hurts program trying to rebuild, and wanting to retool/prove  
Zach Rampy (0-0+)
*2018  0-0 - First year   

2018 SFL Schedule - Zach Rampy (0-0+)
8-31 - SM South - First meeting vs. SMS as HC
9-7 - @ Olathe North - First win in playoff history in 2016. DNP in 2017. 
9-14 - Free State - DNP in 14-15-16-17
9-21 - @ Olathe West - First meeting in school history 
9-28 - Olathe East - Indians last win against the Hawks in week-6 in the 2000 season
10-5 - @ GET - First meeting in school history
10-12 - @ SM West - Indians have not defeated SMW since 2004 
10-19 - Leavenworth - First time meeting as non-conference foes. Formerly SFL 1981-2017.