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!

KSB


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 - 
*2019



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
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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 -  
*2019



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
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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
*2019



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 
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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   
*2019



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.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

SM East Lancers Decade in Review

SM East Lancer Football 

Entering 2018

Chip Sherman (26-15) 
2010   8-2 - Ended 20 game losing streak against SMSD-West Vikings since 1992 season 
2011   7-4 - Won first playoff game since the Todd Dain (Principal at SM South) era 2000-2002 
2012   7-3 - Fell short in Round-1 to the OSF 
Dustin Delaney (52-8)
2013 11-2 - 2nd in 6A lost to the Derby Panthers
2014 13-0 - Defeated the Hutchinson SaltHawks - 1st ever 6A Football Title
2015   9-2 - lost to Olathe North in week-11
*2016 10-2 - lost to Eric Driskell's BV Tigers in the Sub-State Final 
*2017   9-2 - lost to eventual and first time 6A State Champions BV North Mustangs
Fred Bouchard (0-0+)
*2018 0-0
*2019



2018 SFL Schedule - Fred Bouchard (0-0+)
8-31 - GET - First meeting for SME as a SFL match up; GET is 0-4 vs. the Lancers
9-7 - @ Lawrence - The Lancers have won 5 straight since the 2013 season 
9-13 - Olathe NW - Won 2 games in 2013 & 2017; DNP from 2014 to 2016
9-21 - @ SM Northwest - SME has won 11 in a row since the 2009 season 
9-27 - SM South - First time meeting after a two year hiatus; SME is 9-1 in last 10 games played
10-5 - @ Olathe North - 6-1 in last 7 games played. Lost at ODAC in 2015 week-10 game
10-12 - Free State - The Firebirds are 2-1 in last 3 games played; 6-8 all-time in 14 games  
10-19 - @ Olathe West - First ever meeting vs. the Owls of Olathe West
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Olathe West Owls Decade in Review



Olathe West Owls Football

Entering 2018

TJ O'Neill (0-0+) 
*2018   0-0 - Officially first year as a Varsity Football program/team - Compete at 5A in 2018 & 2019 in all sports, and the 5A-East Bracket. The school will be in it's second overall year in existence, led by Principal Jay Novacek (ST Aquinas alumni; Previously of Olathe South-Northwest), and AD Pat Butler (SM South Football alumni.) 
*2019    
2020     
2021     
2022     
2023     
2024      
2025     
2026     
2027

* = Current playoff system. School was not open, nor competed in District playoffs of old KSHSAA format. 

2018 SFL Schedule - TJ O'Neill
8-31 - Free State - First meeting in school history; LFS similar beginnings in 1997-1998 season
9-7 - @ GET - First meeting in school history
9-14 - @ Olathe East - First meeting in school history 
9-21 - SM North - First meeting in school history
9-28 - @ SM West - First meeting in school history
10-5 - Turner - First meeting in school history
10-11 - @ Olathe South - First meeting in school history  
10-19 - SM East - First meeting in school history
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Olathe South Decade in Review


Olathe South Falcons Football 



Entering 2018

Jeff Gourley (44-35) 
2010   7-4 - Lost to Olathe North in week-11 17-0 
2011 12-1 - 6A State Champions defeating Wichita-Heights 41-37
2012   5-4 - Lost in week-9 to Olathe North 21-14
2013   5-4 - Lost in week-9 to Olathe North 28-0
2014   7-3 - Lost in week-10 to SM West 26-20
2015   1-8 - Retires from Head Coaching position after 8 seasons with the Falcons.  
Craig Lewis (8-12+)
*2016   4-6 - Lost to Blue Valley in week-10 49-35
*2017   4-6 - Lost to Blue Valley in week-10 38-21
*2018   0-0 - x
*2019



2018 SFL Schedule - Craig Lewis (8-12+) 
8-30 - Lawrence - Since 2010 4-4 in 8 games played; lost 3 straight in 15-16-17
9-7 - @ Olathe NW - Lost in 2015; 2004 to 2013 won 11 straight games 
9-14 - SM Northwest - First ever playoff meeting in 2017; 
9-21 - @ SM South - 8-2 in last 10 games vs. the Raiders. First meeting for Craig Lewis
9-28 - Olathe North - 5-25 historically vs. the Eagles. OS is 1-9 in last 10 games played 
10-5 - @ Free State - Last W against the Firebirds was in 2012 week-3
10-11 - Olathe West - First ever meeting in school history   
10-19 - @ Olathe East - Series is tied 15-15 all-time in 30 games played; 3-1 in last 4 games 
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Olathe East Hawks Decade in Review


Olathe East Hawks Football



Entering 2018

Jeff Meyers (162-75)  
2010  10-2 - Loss in State SQ/week-12 to Olathe North 13-6
2011  8-4 - Loss to Olathe South in week-12 38-21  
2012  6-5 - Loss to Free State in week-11 28-17   
2013  7-4 - Loss to SM East in week-11 20-13 
2014  3-6 - Resigns from Olathe East after 23 seasons as only Head Coach, currently AC for the William Chrisman Bears of the Suburban League 2015-Present.   
Jesse Owen (11-17+)
2015  3-6 - Loss to Lawrence in week-9 47-8
2016  3-6 - Loss to Olathe South in week-9 35-14
2017  5-5 - Loss to Blue Valley North in week-10 48-30 
2018  0-0 - x 
2019


2018 SFL Schedule - Jesse Owen (11-17+) 
8-31 - Olathe North - 1-1 (500) vs. alma mater
9-7 - @ Free State - Losses in 16 & 17; DNP in 2015 
9-14 - Olathe West - First meeting in school history. Last time did the same against ONW in 2004
9-21 - @ GET - First meeting since 2013 now as a league game instead of week 7-9 District game
9-28 - @ SM North - Last played against SM North in 2015  
10-4 - SM West - Last played against SM West in 2015
10-12 - Pittsburg - First ever meeting in school history   
10-19 - Olathe South - Series is tied 15-15 all-time after 30 games beginning in 1992
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Trailblazers Decade in Review 2010-2019

Trailblazers Football 


Entering 2018

Marvin Diener (EKL only - 39-42)  
* Frontier League members 2006-2009 - 22W-7L
2010  11-1 - Led by JR QB Bubba Starling 
2011  8-4 - Led by SR QB Bubba Starling, and future KC Royals - Draft Pick #5  
2012  6-4 - Loss to Lawrence in week-10 - 34-32 
2013  8-2 - Loss to Olathe East in week-10 - 19-7 
2014  0-9 - Loss to Olathe South in week-9 55-22 
2015  2-7 - Defeated OSF in week-9 12-9, 1-2 in District play
2016  4-6 - Nearly defeated the SM East Lancers in week-10 
2017  0-9 - Winless season in 8th and final year of EKL competition    
Ryan Cornelson (SFL - 0-0+)
2018  0-0 -  
2019



2018 SFL Schedule - Ryan Cornelson (2-1+)
8-31 - SM East - 0-1 First time facing SME since 2014 State Championship game vs. Hutch
9-7 - Olathe West - First meeting between both schools 
9-14 - @ Lawrence - First meeting between both schools
9-21 - Olathe East - First meeting between both schools; 2-0 vs. OE while at Hutchinson
9-28 - @ Olathe NW - First meeting between both schools and new Head Coaches
10-5 - SM North - First meeting between both schools and new Head Coaches
10-12 - @ SM Northwest - First meeting between former Hays Indians Coaches and WAC foes
10-19 - SM West - First meeting between both schools 
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Friday, March 2, 2018

SFL Leaders - 1954-2019


Have you ever wondered what happen to that legendary coach of yours that you once played for in High 
school as a Sunflower alumnus, or perhaps, where they may have left to teach after your school? 

While they are long since retired, or perhaps still Coaching, their stories of practice, or even game day 
planning against the local rival is long since talked about after their leaving the hallways of your school. 

In the modern day Sunflower League, in the near future all 13 schools, it is hard to find tenure like these
Teacher-Coaches have or did accomplish in their time with the storied student-athletes who in turn build the
schools legacies on the field. Some love, some hate, some fun days in the weight room, and crappy 
two-a-days in an old era of Coaching are hard to find. Friday nights are Friday nights and without these
Coaches "Dads" to some, teachers, friends, confidant's, mentors, and much more were able to mold your 
character in one way or another long after your playing days were complete.   

Bold = @ Active Head Coach

SFL WINS
1          Dick Purdy (SMW-LAW-23)                            175                             
2          Jeff Meyers (OEH-23)                                       162                                                                 
3          Gene Weir (ONE-17)                                        154                             
4          @ Bob Lisher (LFS-22)                                   138                             
5          Bill Freeman (LAW-16)                                    134                                                                             
6          Jobn Davis (SMS-20)                                        131                             
7          Al Woolard (LAW-19)                                      127                             
8          Harold Reade (SMI-20)                                     114                                         
9          Larry Taylor (SMN-15)                                     110                                         
10        Dirk Wedd-A (LAW-19)                                   104
*          @ Tim Callaghan (SMW-15)                          103                                                                 

SFL LOSSES
1          Dirk Wedd-A (LAW-19)                                  87                               
2          @ Bob Lisher (LFS-22)                                  84                               
3          Jeff Meyers (OEH-23)                                      75                   
4          Mark Littrell (OSF-LVP-15)                             67       
5          Dike Purdy (SMW-LAW-23)                           60       
6          Arch Unruh (SME-13)                                      58                               
7          John Davis (SMS-20)                                       58                   
8          Eddie Minor (LVP-8)                                       56                                           
9          Harold Reade (SMI-20)                                     39                   
10        Bill Freeman (LAW-16)                                    38                                                                   

SFL GC
1          Dick Purdy (SMW-LAW-23)                            238                             
2          Jeff Meyers (OEH-23)                                       237                 
3          @ Bob Lisher (LFS-22)                                   222                             
4          John Davis (SMS-20)                                        194                                         
5          Dirk Wedd-A (LAW-19)                                   191                                         
6          Bill Freeman (LAW-16)                                    172                             
7          Harold Reade (SMI-20)                                     169
8          Mark Littrell (OSF-LVP-15)                             153                 
9          @ Tim Callaghan (SMW-15)                          148
10        Ed Ellis (DOT-16)                                             141