Monday, January 14, 2019

Free State Hires BVN Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart to lead the Firebirds

The Free State Firebirds of the Sunflower League have hired Kevin Stewart as their next Head Coach following the retirement of Bob Lisher.

Bob Lisher opened the program in the Fall of 1997 leading the Firebirds through the 2018-19 school year with a 22 year tenure and a 148W-85L-222GC record.

Coming from Blue Valley North, the Firebirds new Gridiron leader has big shoes to fill of Bob Lisher.

Kevin Stewart has been part of the Blue Valley North Mustangs Football staff led by State Championship Football program for the last three seasons 2016 to 2018. During Coach Stewart's time on Andy Sims staff, he was part of the State Championship 9-4 season defeating the Derby Panthers in 2017, and their 2018 second place finish, also against Derby.

For many Lawrence residents' come game time next Fall, this will be the first time in years, that both Bob Lisher, and Dirk Wedd will not be patrolling the sidelines during rivalry week-8. Tradition will carry on strong with the leadership of Steve Rampy and his Chesty Lions and Kevin Stewart.

With this hire, it creates a third scenario in which a hire has taken place from a school's loss of a Head Coaching position from the same school.

That being said, and explained better, former Olathe East Hawks Head Coach Jeff Meyers, and Jesse Owen are both Olathe-North Eagles alumni who both opened the program and are currently leading the team in to the 2019 season.

At Olathe Northwest, former SM East Head Coaches Todd Dain (Principal at SM South Raiders), and Chip Sherman 2004 to 2017 (14 seasons) led the Raven's prior to the first appointment of Aaron Hafner without ties to SMSD-East.

Prior to Bob Lisher opening the Firebirds Football program in the Fall of the 1997-1998 school year, he led the Blue Valley North Mustangs from 1994 to 1996 with a record of 17W-11L.

Congrats to Kevin Stewart and his family and welcome to the Sunflower League #SFL19

Friday, January 11, 2019

Breaking News: Jaguars to Join SFL

Jaguars to Sunflower

The Mill Valley Jaguars of the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) have agreed in principal to join the Sunflower League for the 2020-2021 school year. 

This is effective immediately following all Varsity, and sub-Varsity sports programs. 

For the Jaguars to enter the Sunflower League, they will be taking with them two State Football Titles in 2015 (12-1), and 2016 (9-4) led by Joel Applebee, and an Athletic Department led by Jerald Van Rheen.

In 2016, the Jaguars entered the EKL after a successful beginning in the Kaw Valley League where they began as a program from 2000 to 2014. That program was led by George Radell from 2000 to 2009 with an overall record of 57-37. 

Head Coach Joel Applebee took the reigns for the 2010 season and beyond leading, and exceeding all expectations under his leadership. Carrying a record of 63W-25L in 88 games coached. 

The Joel Applebee "coaching tree" has led to the hiring of Olathe West' own TJ O'Neill who previously assisted Joel Applebee in the two State Titles won this decade on the gridiron. This past year, the Piper Pirates hired away another Assistant Coach Rick Pollard, who also led the Leavenworth Pioneers during the 2006 Sunflower League season.  

Congratulations to the Jaguars as they will begin a new path after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Thank you #SFL18 - Great Season Completed

Thank you to all of our student-athletes representing their schools for the 2018 season, and post-season play.

As this Fall season is officially over, we will look forward to the Fall of 2019 and closing out the decade of High School Football on a high note.

It is noted, with success, comes failure, as we (6A and 5A-East schools abroad) maintained two of three State Football titles, while relinquishing one to the great Derby Panthers Football program of the AVCTL-1. The Panthers alone, are building a dynasty, as we are fortunate to have a few of those same past, and present here on the east side of the site.

From one High School to another, changes will be made, some big, some small, some subtle, as we lose student-athletes to graduation, Coaches who may retire, and others to possibly fill those shoes of those we look up to the most once the class day is over.

Thank you again for a great Fall Football season, student-athletes, Coaching staffs, concessionaires, ticket takers, Referee's, press-box game staffs, and to all of the families of our student-athletes.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2018

2018 Kansas All-State Football Teams


QB - Graham Mertz - Blue Valley North
RB - Daymonn Sanchez - Olathe North
WR - David Brown - Blue Valley West
WR - Cameraon Burt - Blue Valley North
OL - Jacob Dice - Olathe North
OL - Jack Stallard - Blue Valley North
OL - Taylor Warner - Gardner-Edgerton
DL - Reid Spachman - Blue Valley North
LB - Jax Dineen - Free State
LB - Tony Luson - Olathe South
DB - Keenan Garber - Free State
DB - Jai Haynes - Olathe South
K - Parker Willis - SM East


QB - Jack Roberts - SM South
RB - Arland Bruce IV - Olathe North
RB - Tony Friends - SM East
RB - Luke Jennings - Gardner-Edgerton
RB - TEven McKelvey - Gardner-Edgerton
RB - Reshon Amauri Pesek-Hickson - Blue Valley North
WR - Billy Conaway - SM North
WR - Cameron Green - Blue Valley
WR - Erik Roberts - Blue Valley North
OL - Turner Corcoran - Free State
OL - Tre Eaton - Olathe South
OL - Joe Krause - SM East
OL - Dan Scott - SM East
OL - Peyton Potts - BV Northwest
DL - Andrew Adams - Gardner-Edgerton
DL - Gage Gulley - Gardner-Edgerton
DL - Lovette Epelle - Free State
DL - Asaph Jewson - Lawrence
DL - Dante Smith-Posey - SM West
LB - Andrew Dumas - Olathe Northwest
LB - Tim Foster - Blue Valley North
LB - Jalen Nash - Free State
LB - Darrin Robertson - Gardner-Edgerton
LB - Tyler Stottle - SM East
LB - Alex Totta - Blue Valley
DB - Malik Berry - Free State
DB - Davonte Pritchard - Gardner-Edgerton
DB - Devin Stoker - Olathe North


RB - Tank Young - ST Aquinas
OL - Joe Michalski - ST Aquinas
OL - Jaden Roberts - ST Aquinas
DL - Javier Derritt - ST Aquinas
LB - Zach Goodeyon - ST Aquinas
LB - Chase Shryock - Mill Valley
DB - Jayden Russell - ST Aquinas


QB - Zac Krause - Olathe West
QB - Jack Moellers - SJ Academy
QB - Jordan Preston - Mill Valley
RB - Konnor McQuillen - Lansing
WR - Billy Bartlett - BV Southwest
WR - Connor DeLong - Olathe West
WR - Logan Talley - Mill Valley
OL - Max Kalny - SJ Academy
OL - Luke Zegunis - Olathe West
DL - Wyatt Grable - SJ Academy
DL - Ethan Kramer - Mil Valley
DL - Brett Pine - Lansing
DL - Matthew Roberts - ST Aquinas
DL - Christian Roth - Mill Valley
LB - Jordan Bridgette - Lansing
LB - Cade Lautt - SJ Academy
LB - Bo Misenheimer - ST Aquinas
LB - Sage Sieperda - Mill Valley
DB - Kordon Harris - ST Aquinas
DB - Ben Hanson - Mill Valley
DB - Max Siebolt - ST Aquinas
K - Joe O'Leary - ST Aquinas
P - Dominik Stadlman - BV Southwest


RB - Brison Cobbins - Bishop Miege
OL - Taylor Poitier - Bishop Miege
DL - Jalen Williams - Bishop Miege
DB - Tyques Agnew-Whitten - Bishop Miege


QB - Sam Pedrotti - Bishop Miege
WR - Hudson Bentley - Bishop Miege
WR - Phillippe Wesley - Bishop Miege
OL - Josh Meurer - Bishop Miege
LB - Mikey Welsh - Bishop Miege
DB - Jaylen Scruggs - Bishop Miege
DB - Rishi Rattan - Bishop Miege
K - Dylan Downing - Bishop Miege

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kansas Shrine Bowl - 2018/19

Congratulations to the Olathe West Owl's TJ O'Neil, for the Owls first ever selection of a Head Coach/Assistant to be selected to this great honor representing the East Shrine student-athletes.

The following Senior's representing the Sunflower & EKL League are below (14)

Congrats to all who are selected to play in this game, and a weekend of giving back.

Cameron Burt - Blue Valley North (BVN)

Javier Derritt - St. Thomas Aquinas (STA)
Joe Michalski

Dylan Downing - Bishop Miege (BMS)

Andrew Dumas - Olathe Northwest (ONW)

Keenan Garber - Free State (LFS)

Ben Hanson - Mill Valley (MVJ)

Jack Hungerford - BV Northwest (BNW)

Luke Jennings - Gardner-Edgerton (GET)

Kyle Murphy - BV Southwest (BSW)

Jack Roberts - SM South (SMS)

Daymonn Sanchez - Olathe North (ONE)

Dante Smith-Posey - SM West (SMW)

PJ Spencer - SM East (SME)

Monday, December 3, 2018

2018 Simone Awards Finalist

Recenty @PrepsKC has announced the nominations of all Simone Awards finalist for the 2018 Football season. 

The ceremony will be held this year at Olathe West High School, and home of the Owls. The Owls are in their second year as a school, and completed their first Varsity season under TJ O'Neil with a 5-7 record. 

Congrats to all student-athletes for their recognition of these five top High School Football awards across the Kansas City metro area and the great seasons accomplished by all of their respective programs.  

Simone Award Finalist (10)

Simone Award (10)
Aveion Bailey, Sr., RB, Blue Springs
Joe Campbell, Jr., QB, Raytown
Jax Dineen, Sr., RB/LB, Lawrence Free State
Ben Kobel, Sr., QB, Lee’s Summit West
Graham Mertz, Sr., QB, Blue Valley North
CJ Price, Sr., RB/LB, North Kansas City
Jack Roberts, Sr., QB, Shawnee Mission South
Alex Roush, Sr., QB, Liberty
Daymonn Sanchez, Sr., RB, Olathe North
Tank Young, Soph., RB, St. Thomas Aqunias

Fontana Award (10)
Jonas Bennett, Sr., WR/RB, Odessa
Brison Cobbins. Jr., RB, Bishop Miege
Patrick Connery, Sr., RB, Kearney
Dakota DeGraffenried, Sr., RB, Odessa
Josh McConnell. Sr., RB/LB, Summit Christian Academy
Seth McKnight, Sr., RB/LB, Lathrop
Austin Moore, Sr., RB/LB, Louisburg
Dylan Mussett, Sr., QB, Basehor-Linwood
Kellen Simoncic. Sr., QB, Smithville
Spencer Stewart, Sr., QB, Platte County

Buchanan Award (10)
Adetomiwa Adebawore, Sr., DL, North Kansas City
Turner Corcoran, Jr., OL, Lawrence Free State
Javier Derritt, Sr., DL, St. Thomas Aquinas
Danielson Ike, Sr., OL, Rockhurst
Joe Michalski, Sr., OL, St. Thomas Aquinas
Sklery Myers, Sr., LB, Blue Springs South
Etinosa Reuben, Sr., DE, Park Hill South
Conrad Rowley, Sr., OL, Blue Springs
Johnny Wilson, Jr., DE, Park Hill
Von Young, Sr., LB, Fort Osage

Bell Award (10)
Brian Boyd, Sr., LB, Smithville
Javier Castillo, Jr., DL, Paola
Dylan Downing, Sr., LB, Bishop Miege
Jace Friesen, Sr., DL, Basehor-Linwood
Andrew Klepper, Sr., DL/OL, St. Pius X
Chopper Mordecai, Sr., LB, Kearney
Zeke Oppreicht, Jr., DL, Summit Christian Academy
Julian Rangel, Jr., DL, Center
Cole Sample, Jr., OL/DL Tonganoxie
Brayden White, Jr., OL Lousiburg

Taylor Award (10)
Cameron Burt, Sr., WR, Blue Valley North
Hudson Bentley, Sr., WR, Bishop Miege
David Brown, Jr., WR, Blue Valley West
Keenan Garber, Sr., WR, Lawrence Free State
Dylan Gilbert, Sr., WR, Basehor-Linwood
Trevor Kardell, Jr., WR, Lee’s Summit West
D’Vontae Key, Jr., WR, Raytown
Amauri Pesek-Hickson, Sr., RB/WR, Blue Valley North
AJ Shields, Sr., WR, Olathe South
Garrett Thompson, Sr., WR, Smithville

Saturday, November 24, 2018

State Title Day - 6A-5A-4A East

Congrats to all of the Kansas Schools being represented in todays State Finals!

To all of the student-athletes competing today, have fun, take care of each other, and represent you're school with the utmost class. Win, or lose, you have worked hard every day to get to this day.

Here at Sunflower Football News, we, as former student-athletes appreciate every sacrifice you put in to your craft.

My best to all of you, and we will be watching from the home-front and in the stands!

West vs. East @Emporia State University
Welch Stadium
18th & Merchant
Emporia, KS 66801
1 Derby (12-0) vs. 5 Blue Valley North (9-3)

Derby Panthers - 13-0 State Champions

West vs. East @ Pittsburg State University
Carnie Smith Stadium
1801 S. Joplin Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762
1 Wichita Northwest (12-0) vs. 1 ST Aquinas (11-0)

ST Aquinas Saints 12-0 - State Champions

West vs. East @ Topeka-Hummer Sports Complex
501 SW Tuffy Kellogg Drive, Topeka, KS 66606 
3 Goddard (10-2) vs. 5 Bishop Miege (10-2)

Bishop Miege Stags 11-2 - State Champions