Entering the 2016 year, this 2015 season has brought us quite a bit of success within the Sunflower League. Although we were unable to represent the East side of the bracket as we have for many years, we are still a force to be reckoned with on the gridiron each and every year.
Here are 12 thoughts of Sunflower Football that I am thankful for entering the 2016 season:
12 - Lawrence, Free State, Leavenworth, OE, ON, ONW, OS, SME, SMN, SMNW, SMS, & SMW
11 - 11 healthy student-athletes on offense and defense.
10 - Where SM West Head Coach Tim Callaghan ranks all-time on the Sunflower League Football Coaching History. With 97 wins, needing only three (3) to reach 100 Sunflower wins, and joining a class of nine other Coaches once this feat is reached
9 - Chip Sherman's inspiration to keep going every day
8 - Eight (8) months until the start of the 2016 season
7 - The future additions of Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers and Olathe West Owls to the family
6 - Six (6) straight seasons of SM East Football winning seasons 55-13 since 2010
5 - Bill Freeman's 5 State Championships for Lawrence 1979-1984-1986-1987-1989
4 - SM South Raiders winning their 250th game in their 50th season of Football
3 - Good friend and mentor, SM North Principal Richard Kramer for his constant pushing and encouragement to make each day, and week better to bring the best Sunflower Football to you
2 - Isaiah Simmons (Olathe North) and Amani Bledsoe (Lawrence) consistent honors both locally and nationwide by our own US Military for his nominations to play in Senior games
1 - Eli Underwood for allowing Austin and I to continue on bringing the best coverage we can for our many viewers! Thank you all