Monday, November 23, 2015

Sunflower Weekend Highlights





Blue Valley West and its Sunflower Connection

Scott Wright, the one and only Head Coach ever of the Blue Valley West Football Jaguars has stepped down after a great 15 year run.

Prior to beginning at BV West, Scott Wright was a long time Blue Valley Tigers AC for Steve Rampy. Scott Wright’s start with High School Football began as a SM South Football Raider under legendary Head Coach John Davis.  

In the 15 seasons that the Jaguars have been in existence, the program won its first and only State Championship seven seasons in to Wright’s tenure. The 2007 Jaguars, accomplished a 13-0 season and became EKL Champions that year. QB Ryan Kopp led the Jaguars, was later named to the school’s first ever Hall of Fame - 2012 (HOF) Sports Class including: the Kansas City Wizards/Sporting KC Matt Besler, Travis Helgeson, and Elizabeth Valenti.  

AD Cindy Roach is a former SMNW Cougars Women's Basketball Coach & AD prior to opening BVW. 

Closing out his tenure, Scott Wright leaves the program with a record of 81W-71L, 132 GC, 532W% 




Sunflower welcomes the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers in 2017

Friday 11-20-15, the G-E Trailblazers were granted admission in to the Sunflower League.

G-E will become the 13th member in 2017, prior to the opening of Olathe West as a Varsity Football program in 2018.

The journey to the Sunflower League for the G-E Trailblazers, began with a long time run within the Frontier League. Through many years and many coaching changes over the Trailblazers rarely, if ever found themselves close to sniffing a trip the playoffs.

After 19 years, legendary Salina Central Mustangs Coach Marvin Diener, retires after a final and 5th State Championship overall with a 13-0 season. With a record of 170-43, the G-E-T found themselves in the hands of Marvin Diener and the Frontier League in 2006, who will in time transform this lowly program in to a Midwestern/regional powerhouse Football program in southern Johnson County.

At the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year, the Trailblazers were accepted in to the EKL for the 2010-2011 season. For the next seven seasons (prior to the 2017-2018 school year) the GET will have played seven seasons with the EKL. The 2010 Trailblazers won the EKL in their 2010 season. 

As a member of the Sunflower League, the G-E will be on Varsity status for all programs as the future school year unfolds. Olathe West will become the 14th member of the Sunflower as a Varsity Football program in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Entering the 2016 and Final EKL season, the Trailblazers are 35-27 in the EKL.

G-E Alumni ties to the Royals
·         QB Bubba Starling drafted by the KC Royals in 2011 (Originally signed on to play Football with the Nebraska Cornhuskers) 
·         Currently in Royals Farm System with NW Arkansas Naturals and a 
Royals Top 30 Prospect 

Once this all falls in to place prior to the end of this decade, there will continue to be changes as the league evolves.

Stay tuned!


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  2. Your post on BV West has wrong facts. The state championship team was quarterbacked by Mike Besler. Josh Copp was a defensive end for the team. Ryan Copp was an all-metro running back from the BV West fall 2007 team.

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  3. Actually Ryan Copp graduated in 2005 and he was the running back on the 2004 team

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