Rankings September 27, 2016

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Rankings for this week include one change at the top of one classification. Class 5A has a new leader, Wichita Heights.

We do have some big games this week that include ranked teams so look for some possible movement next week in the order of things around here:

Derby vs Bishop Carroll
Mill Valley vs Aquinas
Maize South vs Mulvane
Hoisington vs Pratt
Holcomb vs Colby
Santa Fe Trail vs Wellsville
Silver Lake vs Rossville
Jackson Heights vs Washington County
Otis-Bison vs Wallace County.

As always, play to the whistle to stay healthy!

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1.  Derby
2.  Blue Valley
3.  Shawnee Mission East
4.  Junction City
5.  Wichita Heights
6.  Mill Valley
7.  Bishop MIege
8.  Aquinas
9.  Manhattan
10.Bishop Carroll
11.Great Bend
12.Holcomb
13.Lawrence
14.Garden City
15.Andale
16.Rossville
17.
18.

6A
1. Derby          (13 first place votes)
2. Blue Valley (3)
3. Shawnee Mission East (1)
4. Junction City
5. Manhattan
Others: Garden City, Lawrence

5A
1. Wichita Heights   (10)
2. Mill Valley             (6)
3. Aquinas
4. Bishop Carroll
5. Great Bend
Others: none

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege  (16)
2. Andale              (1)
3. Atchison
4. Louisburg
5. Abilene
Others: Buhler, Mulvane, Maize South, Basehor-Linwood

4A D-II
1. Holcomb         (17)
2. Frontenac
3. Columbus
4. Pratt
5. Santa Fe Trail
Others: Scott City, Hayden, Collegiate

3A
1. Rossville         (16)
2. Hoisington       (1)
3. Silver Lake
4. Phillipsburg
5. Garden Plain
Others: Conway Springs, Wellsville, Halstead, Nemaha Central

2A
1. Troy         (17)
2. Lyndon
3. Plainville
4. Jackson Heights
5. Meade
Others: Washington County, Smith Center, Jefferson Co. North

8-man D-I
1. Spearville     (13)
2. St Francis      (4)
3. Central Plains
4. Burlingame
5. Osborne
Others: West Elk, Rawlins County, Clifton-Clyde

8-man D-II
1. Hanover                 (17)
2. Otis-Bison
3. Caldwell
4. Pike Valley
5. Dighton
Others: Hodgeman County, Wallace County, Rock Hills, Hutch Central Christian, Beloit-St John-Tipton

New members of the Ranking team for 2016
Taylor Eldridge Wichita Eagle Wichita
Bob Davidson Salina Journal Salina

Long time Ranking team members
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Pat Strathman KSAL Salina
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson

Hail Mary

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The “Hail Mary” is a pass that is used as a last chance to win a football game. The football team that must use a ‘Hail Mary Pass” at the end of the game in many ways is almost powerless. They most likely have about run out of time on the game clock or have no timeouts left or are in a fourth down situation. They are desperate.

Prayer in our own lives has turned into a ‘Hail Mary Pass” to God the father due to our lack of time, because we are too busy to pray in any other way. Most of us only pray when we are desperate.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

There are some very good points to ponder in the above scripture. “If my people will humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…………….then will I hear from heaven.”

So to get God the Father to hear your prayers, you now know what to do.

 

Rankings September 20, 2016

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The number ones in each classification have not changed and some of the number ones have solidified their position by being unanimously selected by all the Kansas Media Ranking team. There has been some movement in each of the classifications due to the games played this past week and before the season is over there will be plenty of movement, at least in my mind.

We would like to welcome one new member to the ranking team this week. Bob Davidson of the Salina Journal in Salina, Kansas. Here is a link to Bob’s individual rankings this week in the Journal. Welcome aboard Bob.

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1.  Derby
2.  Blue Valley
3.  Junction City
4.  Mill Valley
5.  Shawnee Mission East
6.  Bishop Miege
7.  Wichita Heights
8.  Aquinas
9.  Hutchinson
10.Shawnee Mission West
11.Bishop Carroll
12.Holcomb
13.Great Bend
14.Andale
15.Rossville
16.
17.
18.

6A
1. Derby          (14 first place votes)
2. Blue Valley (4)
3. Junction City
4. Shawnee Mission East (1)
5. Hutchinson
Others: Garden City, Shawnee Mission West

5A
1. Mill Valley            (19)
2. Wichita Heights
3. Aquiinas
4. Bishop Carroll
5. Great Bend
Others: none

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege  (15)
2. Andale              (4)
3. Maize South
4. Atchison
5. Abilene
Others: Augusta, Louisburg, Buhler

4A D-II
1. Holcomb         (19)
2. Frontenac
3. Columbus
4. Collegiate
5. Colby
Others: Pratt, Santa Fe Trail, Hugoton

3A
1. Rossville         (17)
2. Silver Lake       (1)
3. Hoisington       (1)
4. Phillipsburg
5. Halstead
Others: Conway Springs, Sabetha, Wellsville

2A
1. Troy         (16)
2. Meade     (3)
3. Lyndon
4. Plainville
5. Washington County
Others: Ellis, Jackson Hts

8-man D-I
1. Spearville     (14)
2. St Francis      (5)
3. Central Plains
4. Burlingame
5. Rural Vista
Others: Osborne, West Elk, Rawlins County

8-man D-II
1. Hanover                 (19)
2. Pike Valley
3. Otis-Bison
4. Hodgeman County
5. South Barber
Others: Dighton, Caldwell

New members of the Ranking team for 2016
Taylor Eldridge Wichita Eagle Wichita
Bob Davidson Salina Journal Salina

Long time Ranking team members
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Pat Strathman KSAL Salina
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson

Rankings September 13, 2016

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As most of you know, I enjoy seeing which team comes from the unknown category, in preseason, and jumps into the rankings with both feet and smashes opponents.

I have my eye on several of those kinds of teams. The team that shows no fear in the face of the past history of particular teams that have done well in high school football in Kansas.

Just a quick rundown of a few teams I am watching: Plainville, Great Bend, Atchison, Augusta, Nickerson, Hoisington, Dighton and Hugoton.

If I am watching these teams, you can be assured that the rest of the state is also paying attention. Best wishes to all of you and your teammates.

September 13, 2016

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1.  Derby
2.  Blue Valley
3.  Shawnee Mission East
4.  Mill Valley
5.  Junction City
6.  Aquinas
7.  Wichita Heights
8.  Bishop Miege
9.  Shawnee Mission West
10.Bishop Carroll
11.Hutchinson
12.Andale
13.Wichita Northwest
14.Lawrence
15.Holcomb
16.Rossville
17.
18.

6A
1. Derby          (12 first place votes)
2. Blue Valley (4)
3. Shawnee Mission East (1)
4. Junction City
5. Shawnee Mission West
Others: Hutchinson, Lawrence, Garden City

5A
1. Mill Valley            (14)
2. Aquinas                (3)
3. Wichita Heights
4. Bishop Carroll
5. Great Bend
Others: St James

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege  (11)
2. Andale              (6)
3. Buhler
4. Maize South
5. Atchison
Others: Abilene, Augusta, Louisburg

4A D-II
1. Holcomb         (17)
2. Frontenac
3. Hugoton
4. Columbus
5. Collegiate
Others: Hayden, Nickerson

3A
1. Rossville         (13)
2. Silver Lake       (1)
3. Hoisington       (2)
4. Phillipsburg
5. Garden Plain
Others: Norton (1), Conway Springs, Sabetha, Halstead, Nemaha Central

2A
1. Troy         (14)
2. Meade     (1)
3. Plainville  (2)
4. Lyndon
5. Washington County
Others: Pittsburg Colgan, Sedgwick, Sacred Heart, Smith Center, Jackson Hts

8-man D-I
1. Spearville     (12)
2. St Francis      (5)
3. Central Plains
4. Burlingame
5. Rural Vista
Others: Osborne, West Elk, Rawlins County

8-man D-II
1. Hanover                 (16)
2. Otis-Bison              (1)
3. Pike Valley
4. Dighton
5. Hodgeman County
Others: Beloit St John-Tipton, Ingalls, South Barber, Rock Hills, Caldwell

Long time Ranking team members
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Pat Strathman KSAL Salina
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson

New members of the Ranking team for 2016
Taylor Eldridge Wichita Eagle Wichita

Rankings September 7, 2016

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The first of the season rankings are finally out. The Kansas Media Team is listed at the bottom of this article and I can’t thank these guys enough. If you as a newspaper or radio station or television station or website would like to use our rankings please feel free to do so. The only thing we ask is that you credit www.kansasprepfootball.com.

The rankings are the best thing we do at www.kansasprepfootball.com. We take all the team members thoughts and put them in to one ranking. We get rid of our regional bias by mixing together our thoughts. Everyone on the ranking team likes to put in the teams they follow because those are the teams they see week in and week out.

Remember, that to be listed in the others category you must be listed by at least two of the ranking team members. That goes for the Super 10 and the top five of each classification. Remember also that the Super 10 and the top five of each classification are two totally separate polls.

We wish each team the best for the season and you and I both know there is some team out there right now, that is not in the rankings today, that by seasons end will be in these rankings because they will be the surprise team of the season. The only question is who is it going to be???

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1. Derby
2. Blue Valley
3. Shawnee Mission East
4. Mill Valley
5. Junction City
6. Wichita Northwest
7. Aquinas
8. Bishop Miege
9. Bishop Carroll
10.Shawnee Mission West
11.Wichita Heights
12.Hutchinson
13.Andale
14.Rossville
15.Holcomb
16.
17.
18.

6A
1. Derby               (12 first place votes)
2. Blue Valley      (4)
3. Shawnee Mission East    (1)
4. Junction City
5. Wichita NW
Others: Shawnee Mission West, Hutchinson

5A
1. Mill Valley       (13)
2. Aquinas           (3)
3. Wichita Heights
4. Bishop Carroll  (1)
5. Goddard
Others: Great Bend

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege (12)
2. Andale              (5)
3. Buhler
4. Maize South
5. Atchison
Others: Abilene, Ulysses

4A D-II
1. Holcomb        (11)
2. Collegiate       (6)
3. Frontenac
4. Hayden
5. Columbus
Others: Hugoton, Holton

3A
1. Rossville    (15)
2. Norton       (2)
3. Silver Lake  (1)
4. Hoisington
5. Phillipsburg
Others: none

2A
1. Troy           (15)
2. Meade       (2)
3. Lyndon
4. Plainville
5. Washington County
Others: Pittsburg Colgan, Sedgwick, Sacred Heart, Smith Center, Jackson Hts

8-man D-I
1. Spearville        (12)
2. St Francis        (5)
3. Burlingame
4. Central Plains
5. Rural Vista
Others: Attica-Argonia, Osborne, West Elk, Rawlins County

8-man D-II
1. Hanover            (15)
2. Otis-Bison          (1)
3. Hodgeman County
4. Pike Valley
5. Beloit St John- Tipton      (1)
Others: Wallace County, Dighton

Long time Ranking team members
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Pat Strathman KSAL Salina
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson

New members of the Ranking team for 2016
Taylor Eldridge Wichita Eagle Wichita

 

Preseason Rankings 2016

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I don’t get too worked up about preseason rankings. My thoughts are always pretty much the same. The team that won the state championship, last year, is still the champion until proven otherwise. That makes it easy to pick the number one spot in preseason rankings.

Super Top 10 All-Class
1. Mill Valley
2. Derby is the team that most likely will contend for that top spot.

6A
1. Derby
2. Blue Valley I just like BV each and every year at the end of the season. They may struggle some during the regular season early, but watch out for these guys come playoff time.

5A
1. Mill Valley
2. Bishop Carroll always one of the contenders.

4A-II
1. Bishop Miege
2. Bishop Miege You are not reading this wrong. The only team that will beat Bishop Miege is Bishop Miege. If they have a bad game during the playoffs then they could lose the game. Remember, that the football is funny shaped and so can go the game!

4A-II
1. Holcomb
2. Hayden drops down a classification, Collegiate moves up a classification. I will go with the two of them in the final game.

3A
1. Rossville
2. Silver Lake and the winner of 3A…………will be one of these two.

2A
1. Smith Center we might as well put the target on a team that is used to it.
2. Meade another team that is used to hanging around the top 5.
(Defending champions, Phillipsburg, moves up to 3A for the next two years.)

8-man I
1. Spearville
2. St Francis Why not the Indians from way out west.

8-man-II
1. Hanover drops down a classification and that usually means good things for a football team that has consistently been pretty good.
2. Wallace County every year a contender.
(Defending champ Victoria has moved up to 8-man I.)

Learn the Skills of the Game

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A football team goes to practice to improve their skill of the game. The two most important skills of the game are blocking and tackling. There are also many other skills that are very important to football.

The center-quarterback exchange is one of the most important skills of the game, whether it is an under the center or a shotgun snap. The long snapper exchange with the holder for field goals and extra points might decide the outcome of the game. The punters and kickers must practice their skills everyday.

The quarterback and running back exchange during handoffs and pitches. The quarterback passing the ball to the receivers is a skill to learn. The receivers and the routes they run, before the pass is thrown their way is something to learn.

Football practice is a school in session. Now what happens if the football team shows up to practice and just goes through the motions, never really getting any better at the game? The team that doesn’t improve is a team that will lose the game on Friday nights.

As Christians are we going to church on Sunday and just going through the motions, but never improving our skills? Just like a football team that needs to constantly work on their skills of the game. (blocking, tackling, punting, handoffs, passing, catching, etc.) A Christian needs to be improving their skills. (praying, fasting, giving, teaching, learning, reading, etc.)

So as a Christian or a football team are you improving your skills and eating the solid food of knowledge as a warrior or are you still sucking on milk like a baby? Are you satisfied with going through the motions and never becoming the Christian or football player you were meant to be?

1 Corinthians 3:1-2 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.