Wednesday, August 29, 2018

SM North Indians - #97

Shawnee-Mission Indians Football at 97 years young

Similar to the Olathe North Eagles, the SM North Football Indians will begin their 97th season of play. 

Led by first year Head Coach Zach Rampy (son of former Blue Valley Tigers, and current Lawrence Chesty Lions) Head Coach will began a new era of play. 

The 2017 season ended a four year career of Indians alumnus, Ben Bartlett, who played in the Sam Brown era in the late 1990s. 

Entering the 2018 season, the Indians, facing a Coaching change adding Zach Rampy will take on a new look and era. While it is too early for any to call at this time, the eagerness of off-season 7v7 and practice has driven the Indians to make some large strides on the gridiron. 

The 2017 season was Coach Rampy's first season with SM North. 

For any 6A East team, there is never an easy week. Staying off, or perhaps under the radar of play could be what the Indians can look to do. Motivation is a key, and the Indians Coaching Staff is full of prior student-athletes now turned Educators and becoming key mentor's in their young students lives. The Indians can, succeed and do great things on the field for Coach Rampy in the week's ahead. 

Best of luck to SM North in 2018!

The Zack Rampy led Indians will host the SM South Raiders in week-1

SM North Indians Coaches 1922-2018

22-23 (2) A.L. Berry
24-25 (2) Harold Swaney
26-34 (9) W.B. Conklin
35-54 (20) Harold Reade
55-57 (3) Guy Barnes
58-60 (3) Bryan Speery
61-63 (3) Reese Pollard
64-78 (15) Larry Taylor
79-84 (6) Bob Stauffer
85-90 (6) Larry Harless
91-96 (6) Bob Stauffer
97-04 (8) Sam Brown
05-09 (5) Ryan Majors
10-12 (3) USMC Dennis Grayless
13 (1) Don Simmons
14-17 (4) @ Ben Bartlett
18 (1+) Zach Rampy


Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunflower Preview Week-1 2018

Hello Sunflower League Football friends. Our time together has arrived as we prepare for the week-1 match-ups for Thursday and Friday night lights. 

Below are a few snippets to kick off the week on a good healthy note prior to kickoff. 

OSF vs. LAW @ ODAC (Series tied 16-16)
* Craig Lewis' Falcons look to start off quickly in this 2018 season. Although he is 0-2 against the Chesty Lions, Veteran Head Coach Steve Rampy will take over the reigns in his first season after a long tenure with the Pitt State Gorilla's Football team. Steve Rampy is no stranger to the Sunflower League as he played them often while formerly the Head Coach of the Blue Valley Tigers from 1985 to 2009. This should be a great to to start off the 2018 season as the Falcons are 6-4 in their last 10 against the Chesty Lions.

SMW vs. SNW @ SMS (SMW leads the series 33-19) 
* Improvement will be a key feature for the 2018 Vikings and Cougars in this intra-district match up. After a much improved 4-5 run by the Cougars in 2017, accomplishing that, and more in 2018 will be a goal from week to week.

Easier said than done, the Vikings are 7-3 in their last 10 against the NWC, and Tim Callaghan is 11-5 vs. the Cougars since 2003. NWC will look to continue the Vikings current 10 game losing streak and looking for a strong start. That said, the Vikings will be looking to end a 10 game winless streak sinxe 2017, and first 0-ffer since the school opened in 1962 going 0-8.

OEH vs. ONE @ CBAC (ONE leads the series 17-9)
* In their short tenures as Head Coaches taking over for both Gene Weir, and Jeff Meyers, both Chris McCartney, and Jesse Owen are 1-1 in two seasons as the Hawks and Eagles return for a 27th Varsity game dating to the 1992 season.

The Eagles are 7-3 in the last 10 games while the Hawks have been struggling to find their ground early in recent seasons. For the Hawks, coming off of their 5-5 season will be a goal to continue to return the bar to the high standards of Football Olathe East has carried since day one. This game could easily come down to a field goal or final play to determine a winner. Both teams will be intense from kick-off.

OWO vs. LSF @ ODAC (Series tied 0-0)
* In the first of its kind, the Owls will host the Free State Firebirds in their first Varsity game. One thing Coach Bob Lisher can pass along to TJ O'Neill in his initial Varsity season is to literally "Trust the process" as we have all began to hear that term in recent memory. Bob Lisher can say this with confidence to a young Owls Football program building from scratch in to a future legacy that this young program will come to learn over time and as the teams identity will soon flourish with each game under their belt. Best of luck to the Owls in their first Varsity game, as the Firebirds hosted their's in the Fall of 1997 with the SM East Lancers at old Haskell Stadium in Lawrence in week-1 of that Football season years ago.

SMN vs. SMS @ SMN (SMN leads the series 31-25)
* Another intra-district game will be the Indians (led by first year Head Coach) Zach Rampy, and fourth year Raiders Coach Brett Oberzan.

In 2017 the Indians struggled at 1-8 suffering a huge setback losing QB Will Schneider to graduation. Coach Zach Rampy will want his new squad to move forward and learn from those lessens with a goal of getting an early home win against the Raiders. For SM South, their 3-6 record was a slight and better improvement of play from a 0-9 2016 year. Look for the Raiders roster to continue to grow in strength in a team that was once a Sunflower power, as was SM North in the late 1960's and 70's.

SME vs. GET @ SMS (SME leads the series 4-0)
* Both SM East, and Gardner-Edgerton will meet for the first time under new leadership. Gone are Dustin Delaney to the Eaglecrest CO Raptors, and Marvin Diener to retirement for the Trailblazers. Incoming are Ryan Cornelson (formerly of the Hutchinson SaltHawks) and Justin Hoover, immediately succeeding Fred Bouchard, formerly of the NKCSD Athletic Department and the Staley Falcons who recently took an Assistant Superintendent position in Illinois earlier in the month.

This will be a great game for both as it will be their first in Sunflower League play. In their last two match ups, the Trailblazers have given the Lancers a run for their money during the 2016 playoffs in a one point loss 36-35, and look to come out strong again in 2018 despite a winless season.

MAN vs. ONW @ MAN (Series tied 0-0)
* This will be the first meeting for the Manhattan Indians and Olathe NW Ravens in both schools history. At no time has either ever met in regular season and post-season play.

This will mark Aaron Hafner's first game as Head Coach for the Ravens coming from Luther College, and D-3 college in Iowa, and a long time return to Kansas to enter the High School Coaching ranks. Last season, the Indians, led by Joe Schartz finished 8-2 in lost to the Derby Panthers in week-10 and going 1-1 in the 6A-West bracket.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Change at the Top - SME makes a move!

Justin Hoover - Newest Head Football Coach at SM East 

As most all of us learned in the last week, SM East Head Coach Fred Bouchard has resigned his position within the SMSD #512. Coach/Dr. Fred Bouchard will begin a position within an Illinois School District as Assistant Superintendent. Best of luck to Dr. Fred Bouchard in this new chapter of his career in education, all of which has been in the state of Missouri. 

This is a first for such a large School District located in the state of Kansas, in which of all five Football programs, has never happen before with the opening of SM Northwest for the 69-70 school year. A Head Coach filling a position, only to resign. 

For those curious, if this has ever happened before in the Sunflower League, the answer is yes. 

Digging in to the Sunflower League archives, this same event happened to the Wyandotte Bulldogs in the Fall of the 1975-76 school year. Head Coach Charles Richard was hired in the Spring of the previous school year to take over the program once Bill Perry resigned following a four year tenure from 1971 to 1974. With Mr. Charles Richard abrupt resignation, Max Payne was hired and Coached the Bulldogs from 1975 to 1979. 

If this has ever taken place across the state of Kansas outside of Johnson, and Wyandotte counties, one is not aware of at this time. Currently going through all histories to check of resignations 6A to 1A histories where this has taken place. 

State wide, their have been numerous times that a Head Coach has resigned during a season or after for one reason or another. 

Coming on the heals of Dustin Delaney's resignation after the Olathe South Falcons game during the start of the 2017 season, this position was one of the hottest positions available within the Kansas City metro area. 

Assistant Coach Justin Hoover, formerly the Quarterback Coach of the Bishop Miege Stags, has been appointed Head Coach per the SMSD #512, and Athletic Director Debbie Katzfey

Justin Hoover becomes the 12th Head Coach for the Lancers since the Fall of the 1958 season.