Thursday, February 15, 2018

Olathe North Eagles Decade in Review

Olathe North Eagles Football

Entering 2018

@ Pete Flood (51-16) 
2010   11-2 - Loss to in the 6A State Final to Wichita Heights 48-14  
2011   5-4 - Resigned from ONE, currently an AC for the ST Aquinas Saints
Gene Weir2 (22-12, 210-48 in SFL from 1989-2002)
2012   3-7 - Loss in week-10 to Free State 38-22
2013   8-4 - Lost to SM East in week-12 37-27
2014 11-1 - Lost to State Champions SM East Lancers in week-12- Double OT 36-35
Chris McCartney (20-12+)
2015   10-2 - Loss to Blue Valley in week-12 43-19
2016   3-6 - Loss to SM North in week-9 36-22 
2017   7-4 - Drastic improvement from 3-6, and increased talent from the 16 season. Look for young Arland Bruce to continue in his fathers legendary footsteps from the early 1990's under Gene Weir. 
2018   0-0 - x

2018 SFL Schedule - Christ McCartney
8-31 - @ Olathe East - 5-3 in all games since 2010; DNP in 2016
9-7 - SM North - Lost in week-9 of 2016 playoff game vs. Will Schneider; DNP in 2017
9-14 - @ SM West - DNP from 2013 to 2015; 1-1 in 2016 & 2017
9-21 - @ Columbine CO - First ever meeting between both schools
9-28 - @ Olathe South - DNP in 2017; ending a streak of 30 straight games played. 25-5 overall 
10-5 - SM East - Since 2012, the Eagles are 1-6 vs. SM East (Sherman & Delaney) 
10-12 - Lawrence - Since 2010, 4-3 in 7 games played; L-W-W in last 3 games   
10-19 - @ Olathe NW - Owns series outright 12-2; won 6 straight from 2012 to 2017

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Chesty Lions Decade in Review 2010-2019

Lawrence Chesty Lions Football

Entering 2018

@ Dirk Wedd (104-84)  
2010  4-5 - Week-9 to Free State
2011  6-4 - Week-10 loss to Olathe South 
2012  8-3 - Week-11 loss to SM West  
2013  3-6 - Week-9 loss at Free State 
2014  5-5 - Week-10 loss at SM East
2015  10-1 - Week-11 loss to Blue Valley
2016  6-4 - Week-10 loss to SM North 
2017  5-5 - Retires from Lawrence School District 
Steve Rampy (0-0+)
2018  0-0 -  Steve Rampy returns to High School Football from Pittsburg State University KS, after spending 25 seasons as Head Coach of the Blue Valley Tigers Football program 1985 to 2009.

2018 SFL Schedule - Steve Rampy
8-30 - @ Olathe South - First meeting for SR, lost three straight in 2015 to 2017
9-7 - SM East - Have lost five straight since 2013, 1-6 since 2010
9-14 - GET - First meeting in teams history
9-20 - @ Olathe NW - First meeting for SR, DNP in 2016 & 2017
9-28 - SMNW - First meeting for Steve Rampy vs the Cougars 
10-5 - @ SM South - First meeting for SR, SMS has lost five straight since 2010
10-12 - Olathe North - First meeting for SR, was 2-4 vs. Olathe North at BV Tigers in the 1980s  
10-19 - @ Free State - First meeting vs. Bob Lisher and his Firebirds

Monday, February 5, 2018

Darren Sproles, A Super Bowl Champion

Congratulations Darren Sproles!

Congratulations to Darren Sproles, and his Philadelphia Eagles on winning the Super Bowl "52"! 

Although Darren Sproles was injured early on in the 2017-2018 season, his impact on the Eagles has been felt since his arrival from the New Orleans Saints in 2014. 

Darren Sproles (Olathe North 2001), joines Ryan Lilja, of SM Northwest (Class of 2000), Don Davis (2x Super Bowl Champion in New England 2004-2005; Olathe South 1992) as the only three Sunflower League Football alumni to win a Super Bowl, participate in multiple Super Bowls, and win.  

The impact of Darren Sproles within the City of Olathe, in addition to his tireless work-ethic is known all over the Kansas City area. While, rumored, it is true, that at times, in the off-season, you can find, him at the Olathe North Track consistently getting better to gain speed and strength which are his biggest assets to a team on the offensive side of the ball. 

For those keeping a running total, this is his fourth Title (State, or NFL) that he has won under an "Eagles" moniker as an athlete. 

Congratulations once again, to a Sunflower League Football legend, and to the Sproles family! 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Super Bowl Sunflower Style

Have you dreamed of playing in the Super Bowl?

Do you have what it takes? Do you spend that extra time before, and after practice, in addition to the weight room? How important is that goal of yours?

Despite all of those questions, you can make it. We all can.

In the State of Kansas, there are a documented 249 former student-athletes state wide that have played in the NFL (National Football League.) While this blog is catered to the Sunflower League, and portions of other local High Schools in the post-season, it is a dream that those 249 (inactive, and active) professional athletes have achieved.

The Sunflower League is fortunate to be represented in the Super Bowl by one Ryan Lilja (SM Northwest 2000.) He was able to play along side Peyton Manning as his Center (C) and return home to play for our Kansas City Chiefs before retiring.

Another notable is Don Davis. Don starred for the starred for the Olathe South Falcons at the early move of the Olathe North Eagles, and Falcons after leaving the EKL to SFL in the Fall of the 1989 season. Don Davis played in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriot in 2001 with the St. Louis Rams.

Although injured, participating in his second Super Bowl is the Olathe North Eagles own local hero in Darren Sproles. Darren Sproles first Super Bowl appearance came in 2008 against the New England Patriots. Although it was a loss, to the Patriots, he is the third student-athlete alumni of the Sunflower League to participate. During the 2017 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, he was injured after playing in only three (3) regular season games. At one point it was known that retirement was considered but hopes to return healthy for the 2018 NFL season. 

Best of luck to the Sproles family and the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl! 

Monday, January 22, 2018

BREAKING: Lancers hire Fred Bouchard

Lancers Hire Five Time MO State Football Champion & Administrator


The SM East Lancers of Prairie Village, KS have announced the hiring of Fred Bouchard per Athletic Director Debbie Katzfey and the SMSD #512. 

Fred Bouchard comes to SM East from the North Kansas City School District, and is the 11th Head Coach in school history, this hiring into the SFL is the 92nd in all of Sunflower League history, completing a series of hires after a record five (5) Head Coaching changes, and massive turnover within the league. 

For those of you that know Coach Fred Bouchard, he made his mark fast, and quickly, only two years in with the Harrisonville Wildcats of the West Central League. In only his second season the Wildcats completed a 14-0 run which is their first of four (4) State Titles won in Bouchard's six year tenure. From 2005 to 2007 they finished 41-1 at 13-1, 14-0, and 14-0 prior to resigning. 

Although his six years was a stint to some Head Coaches, it felt like an eternity to the Wildcats opponents as he finished with a record of 75W-6L, and a 19W-2L playoff record. Those accomplishments by his student-athletes had never been reached by any of his Wildcat predecessors. 

2008 started a new chapter in Fred Bouchard's coaching legacy, which yet to be written came in the form of the Staley Falcons. 

From day one, his impact leaving the West Central, to a new league in the historic Kansas City MO-Suburban League went off without a hitch. In his eight (8) year tenure, and from the first season of play, the Falcons were in the playoffs each season under his guidance. His 2011 Falcons went on to finish 14-0 and win a State Football Title for a school only four years old. The eight seasons in charge took Fred's record to 78W-19L from 2008 to 2015 before resigning, and taking a position within the NKCSD. The Falcons thrived as well in all playoff games with a 15W-7L record in 22 games. 

Coming out of a sideline retirement after only 24 months, Fred Bouchard will now do something many of his recent counterpart Suburban League colleges have done in moving to the Sunflower and EKL to make a new difference. Fred Bouchard joins a host of others including SM East' own Debbie Katezfey, who was a Coach and AD for both Lee's Summit North and West before coming to SM East in 2016. 

Congratulations to Fred Bouchard and his family and welcome to the SM East community and the SFL 2018 season. Best of luck to the Lancers. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lancers Delaney to Eaglecrest CO

The Flexbone Offense is en route to Colorado

Entering the 2018 Football season, the former SM East Lancers Football Coach Dustin Delaney will join the Eaglecrest Raptors in Colorado. 

He will be taking with him, his Flexbone offense, and will begin a new start with a host of student-athletes who will, and in time learn a lot about the game of Football and life from him. 

Dustin Delaney's impact on his current and former Lancers, and Spartans student-athletes will be missed in his tenure of Coaching in the large class of 5 and 6A Kansas High School Football. 

Although his Lancers fell short of their team expectations for the 2017 season, the spark he provided Prairie Village, KS from 2013 to 2017 will be felt for years to come. 

For a downtrodden program in the 70's 80's 90's and much of the 00's the Lancers seemed destined to achieve their 2-7, 3-6, and a handful of 4-5 or 5-4 seasons most of us have been used to for years. This current stretch from 2010 to 2017 with a combination of Chip Sherman and Dustin Delaney have provided Lancer Football fans an overall record of 74W-17L in 91 Games Coached. Those numbers alone had never previously been achieved in the four decade of Football prior. 

This five (5) year tenure, also included a 13W-4L playoff record, and a domination against the Olathe North Eagles Football team that had never been accomplished by past Lancer Head Coaches. 

An 11-2 season in 2013 brought Prairie Village, KS by surprise and although the Lancers fell to the Derby Panthers a lot was learned by the team and the school as it had possibly found a niche in the Football talks across the state of Kansas. In 2014, those Lancers were driven to accomplish a goal of a 6A State Football Title which was brought home to 7500 Mission Road after 56 years of work to make it happen. 

The team as a whole accomplished more than it could have ever dreamed in this era of the SMSD #512 Football history. 

Dustin Delaney's 52-8 record in 60 games coached, ranks him #21 of the top #25 Football Coaches in the history of the Sunflower League from 1954 to 2017. He only trails Arch Unruh (SM East 1959-1971-13 seasons) at 54-48-5 in all standings measured of the 92 Football Coaches. 

Congratulations to the Eaglecrest Raptors, as they can only build on what Dustin Delaney's Lancers achieved under his guidance. 

Below is a rundown of Dustin Delaney's - Kansas 5-6A Coaching Career

Emporia Spartans (23-10)
2010 - 7-4 - Lost to the Hutchinson SaltHawks and current STA Saints HC Randy Dreiling
2011 - 7-4 - Lost to W-Bishop Carroll
2012 - 9-2 - Lost to Salina South

SM East Lancers (52-8)  
2013 - 11-2 - Lost to the Derby Panthers in first ever 6A Football Final
2014 - 13-0 - 6A State Football Champions defeating (new G-E HC) Ryan Cornelson's Hutchinson SaltHawks who fell to 8-5 
2015 - 9-2 - Lost to Olathe North at ODAC in week-11
2016 - 10-2 - Lost to the BV Tigers, and Eric Driskell in the 6A Sub-State Final
2017 - 9-2 - Lost to eventual 6A State Football Champions BV North Mustangs (9-4)

Eaglecrest Raptors (0-0+)
2018 - 0-0

Thank you for your great work with the SM East Lancers, and best of luck in future endeavors with the Raptors Football team! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BREAKING: Ravens hire Frontenac KS native

Raven's Hire: Aaron Hafner of Luther College, IA D-III

The Olathe Northwest Ravens hire Aaron Hafner, formerly of Luther College, of the NCAA D-III of Decorah, IA. 

Aaron Hafner, is a Pittsburg State alumni '97, and has spent the previous five (5) years roaming the collegiate sidelines. Prior to attending Pittburg State, he was a standout Football player for the Frontenac Raiders in the early 90's. 

In his time with the Luther Norse, he compiled a 20W-30L in 50 GC-400 W%. In his first season alone, in 2013, the Norse began to rebuild their program from a 0-10 record to 2-8. Progression of the team became evident of his good work after his third season on the job. All games took place in the IIAC (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.) Prior to coming to Luthor he also held a position Assisting his brother Todd Hafner who is in his 14th year as Head Coach at William Penn.  

Coming to Olathe Northwest, he will bring additional Coaching experience at the High School level with him. From 1998 to 2001 he was an Assistant Coach with the Webb City MO Cardinals, and part of the 2000 Class 4A Championship team. In 2002, he was appointed Head Coach for Francis Howell Central of STL, and then Republic High School MO from 2003 to 2006. 

This will be a fresh start for the Ravens entering the 2018 season. At this time, it will be hard to determine what will take place in the upcoming Fall season. One big question, will, and if, the Olathe Owls knock off the Ravens.   

Luther Norse/IIAC (20-30, 12-24) 
2013 - 2-8, 1-6
2014 - 5-5, 2-5
2015 - 4-6, 2-5
2016 - 5-5, 2-5
2017 - 6-4, 5-3
Olathe Northwest (0-0, 0-0)
2018 - 0-0, 0-0

Congrats to Coach Aaron Hafter and the Ravens as we look forward to seeing you in 2018!