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
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
Friday, April 19, 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
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
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
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Firebirds Football - 19
As the 18-19 school year winds down, the Football Coaches across the state of Kansas, and the country will be preparing for 7v7 Summer Camps, and Team camps to prepare for the season ahead.
For the Free State Firebirds of Lawrence, a new chapter begins with the hiring of Kevin Stewart of the Blue Valley North Mustangs.
With 22 seasons in the books led by Bob Lisher, the Stewart chapter will be a change of EKL to SFL, which will take a little adaption too, in addition to taking what he has learned from Andy Sims of BV North, and incorporating a new "game plan" moving forward. Bob Lisher's numbers also include a 20-18 playoff record since the school's inception during the 1997 Fall season.
Entering the 2019 season, the Firebirds are 148W-85L in 233 games played. In competitions vs. the 2019 opponents, are 64-48 in 112 all-time games.
2019 - Stewart (1 - 0-0, 0-0)
@ Olathe West
@ Olathe East
@ SM West
@ Smith-Cotton MO
@ Olathe South
Monday, January 14, 2019
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