Rankings October 17, 2017

This past week we were in Topeka and when it came time to come home on I-70 we decided not to do that. We instead went into Northeast Kansas and spent some time in Lawrence and Atchison, before heading west on highway 73 and then up to highway 36.

We visited the Abbey, the Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church in Atchison. That Episcopal Church was built in 1868 and is still in use and met Father John.

As we headed west on highway 36 our destination was St. Mary’s Church in St. Benedict, Kansas. (here is a link to the church) We had heard of this church before and read about it online. It did not disappoint and the pictures online really don’t do it justice, you must see it in person to really appreciate the artwork and the paintings.

When we go to church, the idea is to worship God and catch a glimpse of heaven here on earth. The church in St. Benedict does that. You are surrounded by the saints of the past in unbelievable beauty.

When we left St. Mary’s Church in St. Benedict we decided to stop at some other big Catholic Churches in the towns as we headed west. We stopped in Hanover and Leoville. At each church we lit a candle and prayed for our children, friends that are having medical issues and high school football players across the state of Kansas, that there would be no major injuries from the football games in which they played.

Our trip home on Friday was a long one. We missed the local high school football game because of it. But we were thinking about the games and listened on the radio and that also was a nice experience.

This weeks rankings can be found here.

Your Players are not Navy Seals

Nice article written by Head Strength Coach at Texas Tech, Rusty Whitt.

Quote, “These Special Operation Force truths come to mind while watching many high school and college programs attempt to mimic Special Operations Forces training tactics. Any coach must factor in safety and efficacy elements when attempting to develop a challenging training/ indoctrination scenario.”

Here is your link to the article.

Here is a link to an article called five minutes with Rusty Whitt.

Rankings October 3, 2017

It would be nice if every able male body in the school would go out for high school football, but it never happens. High school football needs all kinds of kids on the team. Big and tall and short and thick or thin we could find a place for every kid in the school on the team. The positions on a football team are as varied as the kids themselves in the school.

This thought always hits me about half way through the high school football regular season and we hear about local kids being injured and not being able to suit up for the next weeks game or for the rest of the season. We go to play the game on Friday and on our opponents team we see they have several injuries where kids are not suited up also.

This thought takes me back to my 8th grade year of school. In gym class we had to sit on a bench in the locker room by alphabetical order. On my right side sat the best athlete in our school. On my left side sat the next best athlete in our school.

The kid on my right died during the spring of that 8th grade year of cancer. The kid on my left quit sports after that 8th grade year because he hated the coaches. Actually, he was already drinking and drugging in 8th grade and he died an early death in his 40’s.

It is a privilege to get to play sports when you are physically able to play. Football is my favorite, but most all kids could play some sport in school or be involved in extracurricular activities.

Life is short. You will most likely get out of high school and have to go to work for 40-80 hours every week of your life for the next 40 or 50 years if you live that long. Why not play and I mean play an organized team sport for a few years before the grind of work begins. Play is what some of us adults still need to do, but as we get older work gets more of our time and play is a whole lot less in our schedule.

Football is a challenge to play. When you come up against someone in a football game that is as big and as strong and tough as you are, you will have a real challenge. The things you can do in a football game physically, would get you kicked out of school if you did them in the hallways. Every young guy wants to know where he stacks up in the physical department. Do you have what it takes to go toe to toe with another guy? You can find that out in football practice and in a football game and it is all legal.

You can find this weeks rankings at this link.

Rankings September 26, 2017

It is hard to believe that this is the final rankings for the month of September and this Friday night is the last game for the month. Time is flying by.

I still say that we love high school football because we don’t get enough of it. And that is a good thing. Volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball, softball, golf etc. can be played year round in club or individual sports. Actual padded up and real high school football can only be played in the fall through your local high school. Sure we can lift weights and go to camps and play 7 on 7 but that is just preparatory work for the real season of football.

The great majority of kids who play high school football are done at the end of their career in high school. Just about the time they get really good at playing and understanding the game it is over.

So you young guys make the most of your short football career. Enjoy every minute of it. My thought would be to get to practice as early as you can and stay late as you can until the coach runs you off. Don’t you ever think that football practice is a drudgery. Think now like this might be the last practice you ever get to have. Every Friday night play like it is the last game you will ever get to play in. A year from now, you seniors will wish you could dress out with your home town team just one more time and take the field to play just one more game of the sport you will come to miss.

Now for the rankings this week, they can be found at this link.

Get the Weak Stuff out of Here!

During my college years at K-State, the guys I hung out with were all former very good high school basketball players. The guys were from Lyons, Topeka, Dighton, Scott City, Parsons and Shawnee Mission South as I recall. That guy from SM South was recruited by every college in the state to come play basketball out of high school.

They were all forwards and post players who were just awesome basketball players and I was a bench warmer in high school. They would come get me and tell me they needed a guard to distribute the ball to them. So I would go with them, just because I loved to watch them, once they got the ball in their hands.

Now this was in the days before Bramlage Coliseum and before K-State had the new Recreation building (Chester Peters building). All we had was Ahearn Fieldhouse upper and lower gyms. Every basketball goal had a half court basketball game going on, every night of the week except on Wildcat game nights during basketball season. The only court and goals that were allowed to be full court was the main court floor in Ahearn where the Cats played.

To get some court time, you had to challenge the team who won the last game at that particular goal. That meant you sat and waited until it was your turn to play and challenge. You could go anywhere in the building, but all the goals had games going on and a challenger waiting to play.

My group of guys only wanted to play in one place in Ahearn and that was the main court floor where we could play full court. The only problem was the main court was ruled by the K-State football players. The football players, who played on center court, were also former very good high school basketball players. I don’t remember any team ever beating them, but we kept trying.

Being lazy college kids we always played a zone defense. The over aggressive football players always played man to man defense, which we used against them with back door plays.

One night I crossed half court quickly with the ball. My defender, who I had got a step or two on him, was just too my left and behind me a little. As we approached the top of the key, my teammates saw what had happened and they all four broke to the outside at once. Their defenders all followed, so I went right down the lane for what I thought would be an uncontested lay-up. About the time I released the ball, a defender, who was guarding the post player to my left, on the baseline ran back into the lane and jumped and blocked my shot just before it touched the backboard at about eleven feet off the ground.

The shot blocking defender and myself landed on our feet just to the right of the basket in the lane. The defender immediately put two hands to my chest and shoved me out of the lane and yelled at me, “Get the Weak Stuff out of Here!”

The moment that it happened, I was not angry, I was just amazed at how quickly he got to the spot, how high he jumped and I had a new appreciation of how athletic these K-State football players were. But also over the years I have thought about a Bible scripture that seems to fit the situation well.

Hebrews 4: 15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We are weak, but we must approach the throne of grace boldly.

Rankings September 19, 2017

What a weekend of football! When Nebraska and Missouri pulled out of the Big 12, every week since then, I hope they lose. I used to pull for each school, back when they were our brothers in league, when they played out of conference, but not any more.

Then KU and K-State were both defeated over the weekend and it was disappointing.

The KC Chiefs won, but I don’t follow pro football much anymore.

I like the local game of high school football our guys against your guys and lets see who has more talent or who has worked harder in the off season.

Now for the rankings this week, there was some movement. In class 6A, 5A, 4A D-I and 8-man D-II the ranking team is pretty sure who should be the number one team. In the other classifications there is not a clear cut unanimous choice of who should be number one. And you know what that makes it exciting.

So this week, my wish for high school football is, may every game be decided by less than a touchdown. Exciting football brings out the people and keeps the folks in the stands to the end of the game.

This weeks rankings can be found at this link.

Rankings September 12, 2017

The best weeks of football are when some teams from our state of Kansas get to compete against teams from other states or we have some outstanding matchups of in-state teams. We have both this week. These out of state games are going to be big news just before the games and immediately after. Everyone who follows football will want to know the score of these games this week. Let the Border War continue on the playing fields of high school football!

Shawnee Mission East vs Rockhurst, Missouri

Bishop Miege vs St. Thomas Aquinas

Garden Plain vs Kearney Catholic, Nebraska

Blue Valley vs Blue Valley North

Lees Summit West, Missouri vs Lawrence

North KC, Missouri vs Leavenworth

Olathe East vs Liberty, Missouri

Olathe North vs Blue Springs South, Missouri

Olathe Northwest vs Lees Summit North, Missouri

Olathe South vs Lees Summit, Missouri

Park Hill, Missouri vs Free State

Pittsburg vs Webb City, Missouri

Shawnee Mission Northwest vs Grandview, Missouri

Shawnee Mission West vs Blue Springs, Missouri

Winnetonka, Missouri vs Shawnee Mission South

Now for the Kansas Media Team Rankings this week click here.


Rankings September 5, 2017

My first thoughts on rankings for the start of this year is that I hope if your team falls behind at anytime this year that you play like UCLA did as they defeated Texas A&M. Trailing by 34 points late into the third quarter, the UCLA Bruins never gave up.

That is exactly what I would like to see out of every high school football team the entire season this year………..NEVER GIVE UP…. because you don’t know what will happen with that strange shaped ball we call a football during the next play.

The rankings are for fun or discussion or for cussing. Some coaches never want ranked until the end, thinking the bullseye has been put upon their backs. Well we have to put the bullseye on some team, so the rest of you can take your best shot.

If you see any of the Kansas Media Ranking Team this week thank them for continuing to send in their rankings each week during the season and participating. We could not do it with out them.

Remember that the Super 10 is a total different ranking and we may have teams listed higher or lower than teams within their own classification.

Click here for this weeks rankings.

Pat’s Preseason Rankings

Pat Strathman at KSAL Salina and his preseason rankings with comments.

The Kansas Media Ranking team will begin their combined rankings next

week. The team is listed below.

New members of the Ranking team for 2017
Arne Green Salina Journal Salina

Long time Ranking team members
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
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
Pat Strathman KSAL Salina
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Freelance Journalist Hutchinson
Bob Davidson Salina Journal Salina
Taylor Eldridge Wichita Eagle Wichita

Freddie Joe Steinmark

I have not even finished this book, but have decided to put in on here today. This is a great book about a great kid who only lived until he was 22 years old. He lived by Faith, Family and Football.