Monthly Archives: December 2015

Do You Remember?


It has only been a short time, but can you remember the name of the player who collapsed in the Kansas high school football game and died the next day in a Denver hospital?

Do you remember the name of the player who collapsed at a football game in Oakley in 1996 and died? Those of us who intimately knew those young men will never forget their names. Those of us who didn’t actually know them will soon forget their names.

I can still remember the best athlete in my eighth grade class. Mike was a great football and basketball player. For several days in a row he missed school, so one day I asked one of my friends, “Where is Mike?” He said to me, “Haven’t you heard Mike has leukemia?”  Mike passed away a few months later.

My freshman year of high school three guys in the sophomore class and one guy from my freshman class were killed in a car train accident. I can still remember their names and personalities. We honor them when we remember them and we tell their stories to others in our lives.

Think about the disciples of Jesus. They went everywhere with Him for three years. They saw Jesus heal people first hand who were sick, blind, deaf, and diseased and also raised some from the dead. They also saw Jesus beaten badly by scourging and crucified on a cross by Roman soldiers.

Several days later Jesus rose from the dead and walked again on earth appearing to the disciples and others many times. Weeks later he ascended into heaven as they watched. Those disciples and others honored Jesus by remembering Him. They told His stories and lessons over and over.

Do you remember Jesus? Do you honor Him with your memory and your physical presence at church each week? About 76% of Kansans identify themselves as Christians.1 Yet even in my own community only about 20% of the people go to church on any given Sunday.2

I think the great majority of us have forgotten who Jesus was. We instead act like consumers when we think of church. You know, “I don’t like the music.” I don’t like the time they have church.” I don’t like the preacher.” I don’t like the people at church.”

When we go to church we honor God with our presence, no matter what happens at church. When we read the Bible and pray during the week we also are growing our memory and relationship with God the Father. Relationships of any kind are based on giving of your time to each other and getting to know each other. That is true with your friends and family today. It is also true with your spiritual life and your heavenly Father.

Don’t lose your memory of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

  1. Pew research on religious composition of adults in Kansas
  2. ARDA research on Scott County, Kansas

Houston FB Coach gives some advice

Any time you go in and you have to change a culture, it’s always smart to start heavy handed, and you can always ease up a little, if necessary.  But if you go in easy, it’s hard to put the hammer down after that.”     Tom Herman, Head Football Coach, University of Houston

Here is a link to where I found this quote. It is a story about how Pastors should come in to new churches.

Final Rankings & Super Champion


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 Mill Valley Jaguars as the Super Top Ten Overall State Champion of Kansas.

Mill Valley defeated Derby during week three of the regular season by the score of 27-20. That score, most likely, is what put Mill Valley, from class 5A, ahead of the 6A champions in the final vote total. The final vote total between the two schools was just five points, about like the final score of the game the two played in September.

Can you imagine another two weeks of football where the top four teams, from the Super Top Ten, played each other? Now that would be some serious high school football. We can only imagine.

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.  Mill Valley
2.  Derby
3.  Bishop Miege
4.  Blue Valley
5.  Free State
6.  Lawrence
7.  Bishop Carroll
8.  Aquinas
9.  Olathe North
10.Shawnee Mission East

1. Derby
2. Blue Valley
3. Free State
4. Lawrence
5. Olathe North
Others: Wichita Northwest, Shawnee Mission East, Junction City

1. Mill Valley
2. Bishop Carroll
3. Aquinas
4. Pittsburg
5. St James
Others: Goddard Eisenhower, Topeka Seaman, Maize South

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege
2. Andover Central
3. Hayden
4. Eudora
5. Buhler
Others: Abilene, Basehor-Linwood

1. Holcomb
2. Holton
3. Andale
4. Columbus
5. Hugoton
Others: Frontenac, Santa Fe Trail, Osawatomie

1. Rossville
2. Collegiate
3. Halstead
4. St Mary’s Colgan
5. Norton
Others: Nemaha Central, Galena, Scott City

1. Phillipsburg
2. Troy
3. Meade
4. Smith Center
5. Olpe
Others: Sedgwick

8-man D-I
1. Spearville
2. Hanover
3. Central Plains
4. Solomon
5. Burlingame
Others: St Francis, West Elk

8-man D-II
1. Victoria
2. Argonia-Attica
3. Wallace County
4. Axtell
5. Ingalls
Others: Otis-Bison, Pike Valley

Long time Ranking team members
Joanna Chadwick Wichita Eagle Wichita
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
Mike Hammett KSAL Salina
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 WIBW Topeka
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson