Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Retirement of SFL Coach Mark Littrell

Mark Littrell - Retirement

Congratulations to Mark Littrell, who recently announced his retirement from Coaching and Teaching from the Leavenworth School District. 

Prior to joining the Leavenworth Pioneers in 2013, Mark Littrell returned to the Kansas City area from being an Assistant Coach with Gene Weir of the Richland Rebels of Richland Hills, TX.  Coach Littrell was with the Rebels from 2008 to 2012 (5). 

During Mark Littrell's time with the Leavenworth Pioneers, they achieved a record of 16W-42L in 58 career games. In that time, the Pioneers closed out their time in the Sunflower League after 37 seasons, and recently began a new start in the United Kansas League while still maintaining their staple on the east side of the Football bracket. The Pioneer's most recent success landed them a 6-5 record in the 2014 season. 

That 2014 season sparked a playoff win against the Seaman Vikings in week-10. 

As the High School Football world makes it's cycles around the Kansas City area, Mark Littrell's coaching career began in the Olathe #233 with the Olathe South Falcons under Bud Wheeler, and Wayne McGinnis as an Assistant Coach. 

During Mark Littrell's tenure as Head Coach from 1998 to 2007. In that time, the Falcons finished with an impressive 71W-33L in 104 career games coached. The Falcons had a 10W-5L in 15 playoff games, with three second place finishes in the 6A State Finals. 

The Falcons lost to Garden City Buffaloes in 1999 with a slim 14-7 final score. Following Garden City, the Hutchinson SaltHawks under former Head Coach Randy Dreiling (ST Aquinas Saints) defeated the Falcons in 2004 (10-3), and 2007 (9-4). 

While coaching against his counterparts in the Olathe #233, Littrell's Falcons finished 6-6 in 12 games vs. the Olathe East Hawks, 4-7 in 11 games vs. the Olathe North Eagles, and 4-0 against the Olathe Northwest Ravens. 

Congratulations to Mark Littrell and his family on a great retirement! 

Year - School - Record/League

98 - OSF   7-2, 6-1
99 - OSF 10-2, 6-1 - 2nd 6A State loss to Garden City Buffaloes
00 - OSF   8-1, 6-1
01 - OSF   8-1, 6-1
02 - OSF   2-7, 2-5
03 - OSF   2-7, 2-5 
04 - OSF 10-3, 6-1 - 2nd 6A State loss to Hutchinson SaltHawks 
05 - OSF   9-2, 7-0 
06 - OSF   6-4, 4-3 
07 - OSF   9-4, 5-2 - 2nd 6A State loss to Hutchinson SaltHawks
13 - LVP   3-7, 3-5
14 - LVP   6-5, 1-4
15 - LVP   2-8, 0-5
16 - LVP   1-8, 1-5
17 - LVP   3-6, 2-4 - Last season in Sunflower League
+ 18 - LVP  1-8, 1-5 - United Kansas League

Friday, April 26, 2019

Olathe Northwest Ravens - 2019

Olathe Northwest Ravens - 19

In 2019, the Raven's led by second year Head Coach Aaron Hafner, will look to rebound and build from a 1-8 season. That one win, came against the SM Northwest Cougars late in week-6. 

As the decade of Raven's Football closes out, moving forward and building a power on the gridiron is the goal for the staff and student-athletes. 

Of the eight opponents in 2019, the SM South Raiders are the only team the Raven's have a winning record against at 8-2 overall in 10 games. This schedule is not easy by any means as every opponent completed the 2018 season with a winning record except the Chesty Lions who also finished at 1-8.

Best of luck to the Raven's as they will need to start off with a strong game against the Indians and Falcons to start the season of play. 

2019 - Aaron Hafner, Overall 1-8; ONW (49W-90L-139 GP)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

GKCFCA - Awards

Recently the GCKFCA (Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association) announced the recipients of the David Bassore Coaching Award.

That award for the 2018 season on the Kansas side featured is SM South Raiders Head Coach: Brett Oberzan. Olathe West Owls Assistant Coach Mike McLaughlin was selected as well for this award.

David Bassore, prior to his passing in a vehicle accident in 2006 previously was the Head Coach for the Olathe North Eagles for the 2005 season, and also KC-Center Yellowjackets.

Congratulations to both on your impact to the student-athletes in the Sunflower League!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Olathe North Eagles 2019 - 100

Olathe North Eagles - 2019

100 Years

The beginning of the 2019 season marks the 100th season of Football for the Olathe Eagles. 

For the Eagles, the flagship program within the #233, is the pinnacle of dynasty High School Football within the confines of northeast Kansas and the 6A East brackets (old playoff format) and current. 

Led by Chris McCartney in his 5th season, he will take his 9W-3L season to new heights in the year ahead. With great leadership by a name everyone in Olathe knows of, is young Arland Bruce IV who will carry a majority load of responsibility on the field and off. 

This 100th season will also mark the 10th Anniversary of the last State Championship brought home by the Eagles in 2009. That Eagles team led by alumni-HC Pete Flood, breezed through the Sunflower League winning it outright and a three game district-sweep consisting of Blue Valley, BV West, and Olathe South in week-9. 

Following week-9 play against the Falcons, SM East, Free State, and again the Blue Valley Tigers became scoreboard victims of some well fought battles.  

2019 - Chris McCartney at 29W-15L-44 GP
Columbine CO

Friday, April 19, 2019

Olathe East Hawks 2019

Olathe East Hawks - 19

As the decade closes out, the Olathe East Hawks will have a great opportunity to build on their 2018 4-6 record. 

Head Coach Jesse Owen, entering his fifth season, and the Hawks 28th overall will lead the charge. 

It will not be easy, with a face off against the 9-3 Eagles from a year ago, and a new battle taking on the Free State Firebirds under new leadership of Kevin Stewart. 

The first four games alone will not be easy, as they finished 1-4 to start last season, and finished strong with a 2-2 record before the 6A east playoffs. This season can be a big for the Hawks if they can steal a win from two strong teams in the Owls and Trailblazers. 

It is unclear at this time, 12 games in, can the Hawks take on a very young, but experienced Owls fifteen games in to their young tenure as a program. Looking ahead, the Hawks could possibly go 2-1 against their #233 opponents, and find additional success against SM North, SM West, and Pittsburg which will be a tough road game. 

2019 - Owen @ 15W-23L, 38 GC - Hawks All-Time at 177W-98L-275 GC

Monday, April 15, 2019

Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers 2019

Trailblazers - 19

Year #2 of the Ryan Cornelson tenure will be underway soon! 

Can or will the Trailblazers continue to blitz through the Sunflower League as they did in 2018? 

Anything is possible. The Trailblazers will return a lot of experienced kids while having lost a lot to this current graduation class leaving in May. 

It is no easy task in weeks 1 and 2 as they will play the SM East Lancers at home, and the young Olathe West Owls (2018 - 5-7) preparing for their own second Varsity season.  

Week-1 alone, will continue to build a rivalry against the Lancers in a huge home game to start off the season. This game will set a clear path for both schools vying for a top 8 seed in the East bracket for the 6A class. 

Look for the Trailblazers to continue the path deep in to the playoffs after week-8. 

2019 - Cornelson

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lawrence Chesty Lions - 2019

Chesty Lions Football - 19 

Entering the 2019 season, the Chesty Lions of Lawrence, KS will begin the Fall season under second year Head Coach Steve Rampy

While the Chesty Lions finished at (1-8, 1-7) in his first season, reclamation of a top position within the Sunflower League, and a higher seed entering week-9 is the goal.  

The 2019 season will not be an easy task, as the likes of Olathe South (w-1), SM East (w-2), Gardner-Edgerton (w-3), Olathe North (w-7), and Free State (w-8) can continue to succeed. 

Throughout the schedule, the climb to the middle of the pack will not be easy, as five of the eight opponents (5-3) finished 2018 with a winning record. 

With summer weights, and 7v7 preparations beginning at the conclusion of the school year the stakes are high as the Chesty Lions hope to match and surpass the talent of local rival the Free State Firebirds.  

Steve Rampy will also welcome a new colleague to the Sunflower League in rookie Free State Firebirds Head Coach Kevin Stewart taking over the reigns for long time Chesty Lion alumni, and Firebirds legend Bob Lisher

2019 - Steve Rampy