Sunday, November 1, 2015

SMW Vikings Football and KC Royals Baseball

As the World Series has once again taken front seat to our great city, and KC-Metro area, enclosed is something we can share with the Royals of the 1985 season.

With our Royals playing in Game #5 of the 2015 World Series later tonight, it goes without saying, that our Sunflower League has shown well in the playoffs similar to the Royals season.

Digging in to the archives of the Kevin Booker - Sunflower Football Historical Works, the Royals, similar to our eight Northeast Johnson County, and Douglass County High School Football playoff teams share great success on the gridiron.

In modern day Sunflower Football, the 1985 season featured the SM West Vikings led by Harold Wambsgans (in his 5th year at the helm) and a collection of dominate Vikings Football players took to the old grass fields Friday nights in one of their best seasons ever played. While most of their home games were held at SM South that season, the Vikings found themselves on a path to the 6A State Title game vs the Dodge City Red Demons.

The Football Vikings finished the season 11-1 Overall, and 5-1 in league play. Prior to the Vikings winning the 6A State Title, our own Kansas City Royals won the 7th game of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0, which was also a shutout similar to the Vikings over the Demons.

Here is the 1985 Schedule the Vikings faced en route to their 2nd of 3 State Titles that leaves them two behind SM North with 5 recognized KSHSAA State Football Titles within the SMSD #512.

1985 - Wambsgans (11-1, 5-1)
W       Opponent                  O
40 W - Leavenworth           19
36 W - SM Northwest         6
0   L -  Lawrence                10
14 W - SM South                0 - Retirement of 20 year Head Coach John Davis (131-57-5)
14 W - SM East                   0
6   W - Rockhurst                0 - A rare loss by former SMNW HC Tony Severino (5th at Rockhurst)
38 W - SM North                7
12 W - Schlagle                   2
21 W - Wyandotte               7 - District Champions (3-0)
14 W - + SM East                0
16 W - % Lawrence             0 - A rare Bill Freeman split with the Chesty Lions team of the 1980's
24 W - SC Dodge City        0

Harold Wambsgans went on to Coach the Vikings for four more years and retiring from SM West after the 1989 season, coaching 11 seasons in all with SMSD: 2 at SM East from 1979 to 1980, and SM West from 1981 to 1989.

Coach Wambsgans left the Kansas side to continue as Head Coach with the Lee's Summit Tigers again, following in the legendary Dick Purdy's footsteps for five years, prior to opening Lee's Summit North (the Broncos) in 1995. Coach Wambs, retired from LS North at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

These days, you can continue to find Coach Harold Wambsgans roaming the sidelines of his Vikings, Lancers, Tigers, and Broncos on random Friday nights across town!

Good luck to our Kansas City Royals Baseball team as they take on the NY Mets in Game #5 tonight at Citi Field in hopes of clinching their second World Series Title!

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