Category Archives: Rankings

Rankings October 31, 2017

This will be the final rankings until after the season is all over with in about four weeks. The real rankings are about to happen during the playoffs when the teams actually meet each other on the field of play. The best ranking system there is.

Tonight the 3A schools will begin the playoffs and for the final time ever will be playing in that Tuesday night playoff game. Next year none of the classes will be playing a 3 game schedule in a 10 day window of time. And to me, that is a very good thing to be rid of.

With tonight being Halloween, I have been wondering if we might have some very big upsets and it would be an awful frightening thing for a team that is expected to win tonight and instead they end up losing!

Halloween and high school football on the same night is always a tough thing to do in small town Kansas. What do you do? Take the kids trick or treating for a short while and then go to the game? Momma, a lot of the times, sees the Halloween thing as way more important than the local high school football game, unless her kid is involved in that game!

So get that trick or treating done early tonight and get to the football game. Bring a blanket because it is going to be cold tonight!

You can find this week’s rankings here.

Rankings October 24, 2017

There was not much to change in the rankings this week except for Class 4A D-II where Holcomb defeated Pratt, last week’s number one team. So we have a new number one team this week and that is the Scott City Beavers. Other than that, the number one team in each poll remains the same.

Rankings are a fun thing to look at all the way through the season. Just to see what the Kansas Media Ranking team thinks about who should be in the top 5 each week.

Back in the old days, before the playoffs began in Kansas in 1969, the rankings decided who was the state champion in each classification. Now in those days you did not have a Kansas Media Ranking team. Each newspaper in the state, if they had high school football rankings in their paper, would decide the state champions. The newspapers that had rankings, that I remember, were Salina, Hutchinson, Topeka and Wichita.

When KSHSAA started the football playoffs it was by a point system. If your team was in a league of mainly 2A schools and you were a 3A school you were never going to make the playoffs, even if you went undefeated, because you lost points for playing smaller schools. If you were a 2A school in a 3A mainly league, you could make the playoffs with a couple of losses, because you got extra points for playing bigger schools.

Many times did an undefeated team not make the playoffs in those point system playoffs.

Then KSHSAA started the district playoffs system, but only one team could make the playoffs from that district. Oh my, then if you had two great teams undefeated in a district, one of those mighty teams was going to sit at home during the playoffs after they played each other in district play.

Then KSHSAA decided to let two teams from each district make the playoffs. Ask Wellington about that. They were the first team to win a state championship by making the playoffs after taking second in their district as I recall it.

Today we have the 6A and 5A classifications having no district play, but being ranked in order after 8 games to decide who plays who in the 9th game of the year for the start of the playoffs.

And the one biggest thing we no longer have in our playoffs, starting next year, is the Tuesday night game. I personally was against that 3 games in 10 days philosophy KSHSAA had for years, because they were not thinking about the kids who actually had to play in those games.

My hope is that we continue to have leadership from the schools that belong to KSHSAA to keep tweaking the system and searching for a better way to do things in all the sports as we go into the future.

So enjoy this weeks rankings, but thank goodness they don’t decide who is the actual state champions in each classification!

You can find this weeks rankings here.

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.

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.

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

Final Rankings and Super Champion

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Our final rankings of the football season are below. One of the reasons we do a final ranking of the year is to crown a Super Top Ten Overall Champion for the entire state of Kansas. The Kansas Media Team, with their final vote, puts the Derby Panthers as the Super Top Ten Overall State Champion of Kansas.

In our preseason rankings, which can be looked up here on our website, had Derby, Mill Valley, Bishop Miege, Holcomb, Rossville, Smith Center, Spearville and Hanover as the number one teams to start the season. So we guessed right on 5 of 8 teams to begin the season.

All I can say is, high school football is getting too predictable on who is going to win next year. The football season would be more fun if we had more teams like Pratt, who was not ranked at all in any preseason rankings, win the championship.

Seriously now, we go from Silver Lake going to like 11 out of 12 state championship games in a row, to their neighbor, six miles away, winning three state championships in a row. For years people have said the East is weak in Class 3A and the road to the championship is tougher out West. I say the heck with that. The rest of the state needs to find out what Silver Lake and Rossville are doing and do the same!

As always, we need to thank the Kansas Media Ranking Team which is below. These are the guys and gals that are the real meat and potatoes of this ranking system and we could not do it without them. So thank you to all of our team for giving back to the greatest game man ever invented, which is football at the high school level.

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1.  Derby
2.  Blue Valley
3.  Bishop Miege
4.  Shawnee Mission East
5.  Mill Valley
6.  Goddard
7.  Free State
8.  Aquinas
9.  Hutchinson
10.Pratt
11.Rossville
12.Great Bend
13.Blue Valley North
14.Olathe South
15.Wichita Heights
16.Manhattan

6A
1. Derby
2. Blue Valley
3. Shawnee Mission East
4. Free State
5. Hutchinson
Others: Blue Valley North, Olathe South, Manhattan

5A
1. Mill Valley
2. Goddard
3. Aquinas
4. Great Bend
5. Wichita Heights
Others: Topeka Seaman, Bishop Carroll

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege
2. Buhler
3. Basehor-Linwood
4. Maize South
5. McPherson
Others: Mulvane

4A D-II
1. Pratt
2. Holcomb
3. Hayden
4. Holton
5. Frontenac
Others: Scott City, Wichita Collegiate

3A
1. Rossville
2. Hesston
3. Nemaha Central
4. Hoisington
5. Silver Lake
Others: Phillipsburg, Sabetha

2A
1. Troy
2. Plainville
3. Smith Center
4. Colgan
5. Washington County
Others: Lyndon

8-man D-I
1. Osborne
2. St Francis
3. Spearville
4. Burlingame
5. Central Plains
Others: none

8-man D-II
1. Hanover
2. Dighton
3. Pike Valley
4. Wallace County
5. Beloit-St John
Others: South Barber

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