Monthly Archives: November 2016

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

Football Vocabulary

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The vocabulary of a football team is very different from those who have never played the game. Years ago, I was an Emergency Medical Technician standing on the sidelines of a junior high, seventh grade, football game. During the game, the coach called a time out and the team huddled around him.

The coach started describing what he wanted the defense to do, when they went back out on the football field, after the time out. But the coach was only receiving blank looks on the faces of his players, as he talked. Finally, he said to them, “Does anybody understand what I am talking about?” Some of the kids said no, but most of them just shook their heads no.

Going to church, for a visitor or a new Christian, can be just as intimidating, as a bunch of kids that don’t know what the coach is talking about, during a time out, in a football game.

Don’t just invite new people to church, take them with you. You can also tell them you will wait for them at the front door. Then sit with them. Show them the books in the pews and what they are used for. Help them find the hymns that will be sung that day and the scripture readings.

Some people that have never been to church won’t know where to find John 3:16 or any other scripture. They also won’t know where to take their kids or where the bathrooms are. Help them.

That junior high football coach was way over his football player’s heads that day, when trying to tell them what to do. But to his credit, after the player’s said no, we don’t get it, he simplified real quick and the kids went back in the game and did what he said.

When you see that blank look, from people new to church, jump in and help them and keep it simple.

 

Danforth Chapel

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It is tough to read this sign, from my picture, inside Danforth Chapel on the Kansas State University campus but it is worth reading. Danforth Chapel was built in 1949 with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. William Danforth. It was dedicated to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to honor K-State war casualties, and is a popular venue for weddings.

To honor Veterans Day, November 11th. Let me encourage you to go to the chapel and take a moment to honor our war casualties and honor God. The sign says:

The Danforth Chapel Dedicated to the Worship of God with the Prayer that here, in Communion with the Highest, those who enter may acquire the Spiritual Power to Aspire Nobly, Adventure Daringly, Serve Humbly.

If you click on the picture it will open a new window and is better for reading.

Final Rankings November 1, 2016

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This week, in our final rankings, I thought I would list the number of points each team received in the rankings. We had 16 of the Kansas Media Team send in their rankings this week. So the lowest possible number a team can receive is 16. The team that receives a 16 is a unanimous selection as the number one team in that classification.

Only two teams received that unanimous selection as the number one team in their classification. Troy in class 2A-1A and Hanover in 8-man D-II received that honor.

The other thing that happens with the media team, towards the end of the season, most of the guys pretty much have it figured out who are the top five teams in each classification. So that usually means there are not many ‘others’ listed after the top five teams. Remember, each team must receive at least 2 votes from two different Kansas Media Team members to get in the ‘others’ listing. So the Kansas Media team member that selects some team as an ‘out of the blue wild guess’ won’t usually make the cut.

If you know any of the guys on the Kansas Media Ranking team, thank them for their dedication to Kansas High School Football. This ranking team is just the tip of the iceberg in the amount of time they give back to the game, the kids, the coaches and their parents.

So even if you don’t like what we say on the radio, sometimes, or what we write in the newspapers, sometimes, or how we rank your team, sometimes, a pat on the back or a thank you covers up a lot of that negative thinking that comes our way, sometimes.

I am sure the coaches, the refs, the A.D.’s feel the same way, sometimes. So you should thank them also. The positives of high school football far out weigh the negatives. So let us remember that as we start the playoffs and everyone gets highly emotional in the close games that are about to happen. It is a great day for football.

Super Top 10 All-Classes
1.  Derby
2.  Blue Valley
3.  Shawnee Mission East
4.  Bishop Miege
5.  Manhattan
6.  Garden City
7.  Wichita Heights
8.  Junction City
9.  Great Bend
10.Bishop Carroll
11.Goddard

6A
1. Derby                                19 total points
2. Blue Valley                        34
3. Shawnee Mission East    52
4. Manhattan                        59
5. Garden City                       78
Others: Junction City (94)

5A
1. Wichita Heights               34
2. Great Bend                      38
3. Bishop Carroll                 46
4. Goddard                           53
5. Topeka Seaman               81
Others: Valley Center (85)

4A D-I
1. Bishop Miege                   17
2. Basehor-Linwood            40
3. Buhler                                46
4. Andale                                61
5. Maize South                      76
Others: none

4A D-II
1. Frontenac                          17
2. Pratt                                    39
3. Holcomb                            52
4. Columbus                          69
5. Scott City                            72
Others: Collegiate (94), Hayden (89)

3A
1. Silver Lake                           21
2. Hoisington                          35
3. Phillipsburg                        50
4. Rossville                              59
5. Nemaha Central                79
Others: Wellsville (94)

2A
1. Troy                                                16
2. Plainville                                        39
3. Meade                                            53
4. Smith Center                                 71
5. Washington Co. & Lyndon          84
Others: Jefferson Co. North (87)

8-man D-I
1. Spearville                             24
2. St Francis                             35
3. Burlingame                          54
4. Central Plains                      55
5. Osborne                               72
Others: none

8-man D-II
1. Hanover                               16
2. Dighton                                38
3. Pike Valley                           52
4. Hartford                               65
5. South Barber                       85
Others: Wallace County(88), Beloit-St John-Tipton (94)

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