Week 8 rankings

Posted: October 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Super 10

1. Bishop Miege (1), 7-0

2. Lawrence Free State (2), 7-0

3. Goddard (3), 7-0

4. SM East (4), 6-1

5. Derby (5), 6-1

6. Bishop Carroll (6), 6-1

7. St. Thomas Aquinas (7), 6-1

8. McPherson (8), 6-1

9. Wichita Northwest (9), 6-1

10. Manhattan (NR), 6-1

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

CLASS 6A

1. Lawrence Free State (1), 7-0. Beat Olathe East 38-31. Next: at Lawrence

2. SM East (2), 6-1. Beat Lawrence 62-40. Next: vs. SM West

3. Derby (3), 6-1. Beat Salina South 59-14. Next: at Campus

4. Wichita Northwest (4), 6-1. Beat Wichita North 67-6. Next: vs. Wichita Southeast

5. Manhattan (5), 6-1. Beat Emporia 38-7. Next: at BV Northwest

CLASS 5A

1. Goddard (1), 7-0. Beat Valley Center 57-7. Next: vs. Newton

2. Bishop Carroll (2), 6-1. Beat Wichita Heights 35-14. Next: vs. Kapaun Mount Carmel

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (3), 6-1. Beat BV Southwest 61-27. Next: vs. Blue Valley

4. Shawnee Heights (5), 6-1. Beat Highland Park 53-6. Next: vs. Emporia

5. Maize (NR), 6-1. Beat Salina Central 39-14. Next:vs. Hutchinson

Dropped out: St. James Academy (4), 5-2. Lost to Kapaun Mount Carmel 28-27, OT

CLASS 4A DIVISION 1

1. Bishop Miege (1), 7-0. Beat Eudora 63-6. Next: vs DeSoto

2. McPherson (2), 6-1. Beat Hays 48-6. Next: vs. Wamego

3. Maize South (4), 6-1. Beat Augusta 31-23. Next: at Rose Hill

4. DeSoto (5), 7-0. Beat Spring Hill 52-7. Next: at Bishop Miege

5. Andale (NR), 7-0. Beat Buhler 17-6. Next: at Circle

Dropped out: Buhler (3), 5-2. Lost to Andale 17-6

CLASS 4A DIVISION 2

1. Pratt (1), 7-0. Beat Hugoton 42-14. Next: at Holcomb

2. Scott City (2), 7-0. Beat Colby 42-14. Next: at Goodland

3. Holcomb (3), 6-1. Beat Kingman 36-0. Next: vs. Pratt

4. Columbus (4), 6-1. Beat Baxter Springs 41-0. Next: at Frontenac

5. Smoky Valley (5), 6-1. Beat Rock Creek 36-0. Next: vs. Chapman.

CLASS 3A

1. Silver Lake (1), 7-0. Beat Oskaloosa 68-0. Next: at Perry-Lecompton.

2. Phillipsburg (2), 6-0. Beat TMP 81-33. Next: vs. Norton.

3. Nemaha Central (3), 6-0. Beat Sabetha 21-7. Next: at Riverside.

4. Conway Springs (5), 7-0. Beat Garden Plain 26-6. Next: vs. Cheney.

5. Garden Plain (4), 6-1. Lost to Conway Springs 26-6. Next: at Chaparral

CLASS 2-1A

1. Lyndon (1), 7-0. Beat Northern Heights 49-6. Next: at Chase County

2. Smith Center (2), 6-1. Beat Salina Sacred Heart 78-0. Next: at Republic County.

3. Ell-Saline (3), 6-0. Beat Republic County 27-8. Next: at Salina Sacred Heart

4. Centralia (4), 5-2. Beat Wabaunsee 50-6. Next: at Valley Heights.

5. Pittsburg-Colgan (5), 5-2. Beat Yates Center 42-0. Next: vs. Oswego.

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 1

1. Burlingame (1), 7-0. Beat Valley Falls 70-0. Next: vs. Rural Vista.

2. Hoxie (2), 6-1. Beat WaKeeney 66-30. Next: at Hill City.

3. Osborne (3), 6-1. Beat Victoria 36-30. Next: vs. Bennington.

4. Spearville (4), 7-0. Beat Satanta 64-16. Next: at Leoti.

5. St. Francis (5), 5-1. Next: at Quinter.

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 2

1. Hanover (1), 7-0. Beat Frankfort 60-0. Next: vs. Wakefield.

2. Pike Valley (2), 7-0. Beat Tescott 50-16. Next: vs. Beloit-St. John’s

3. Caldwell (3), 7-0. Beat Hartford 62-0. Next: at South Haven

4. Central Christian (4), 7-0. Beat South Haven 78-28. Next: vs. Burrton

5. Otis-Bison (5), 6-1. Beat Dighton 54-8. Next: at Triplains/Brewster

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Week 7 rankings

Posted: October 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Super 10

  1. Bishop Miege (1), 6-0
  2. Lawrence Free State (3), 6-0
  3. Goddard (2), 6-0
  4. SM East (4), 5-1
  5. Derby (5), 5-1
  6. Bishop Carroll (6), 5-1
  7. St. Thomas Aquinas (7), 5-1
  8. McPherson (8), 5-1
  9. Wichita Northwest (9), 5-1
  10. Buhler (10), 5-1.

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

CLASS 6A

  1. Lawrence Free State (1), 6-0. Beat Olathe Northwest 42-14. Next: vs. Olathe East.
  2. SM East (2), 5-1. Beat Olathe East 43-14. Next: vs. Lawrence.
  3. Derby (3), 4-1. Beat Salina Central 34-0. Next: vs. Saina South.
  4. Wichita Northwest (4), 5-1. Beat Garden City 36-23. Next: at Wichita North.
  5. Manhattan (5), 5-1. Beat Junction City 42-14. Next: at Emporia.

CLASS 5A

  1. Goddard (1), 6-0. Beat Arkansas City 44-21. Next: vs. Valley Center
  2. Bishop Carroll (2), 5-1. Beat Wichita South 42-6. Next: at Wichita Heights.
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas (3), 5-1. Beat St. James Academy 34-14. Next: at BV Southwest
  4. St. James Academy (4), 5-1. Lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 34-14. Next: vs. Kapaun Mount Carmel.
  5. Shawnee Heights (NR), 5-1. Beat Topeka Hayden 27-14. Next: at Highland Park.

Dropped out: Kapaun Mount Carmel (5), 4-2. Lost to Wichita Heights 34-24.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 1

  1. Bishop Miege (1), 6-0. Beat Mill Valley 54-21. Next: vs. Eudora.
  2. McPherson (2), 5-1. Beat Rose Hill 35-0. Next: at Hays.
  3. Buhler (3), 5-1. Beat Augusta 24-6. Next: at Andale.
  4. Maize South (4), 5-1. Beat Winfield 49-21. Next: vs. Augusta.
  5. DeSoto (5), 6-0. Beat Baldwin 42-0. Next: at Spring Hill.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 2

  1. Pratt (2), 6-0. Beat Halstead 39-30. Next: vs. Hugoton.
  2. Scott City (3), 6-0. Beat Wellington 28-6. Next: vs. Colby.
  3. Holcomb (4), 5-1. Beat Lakin 21-0. Next: at Kingman.
  4. Columbus (1), 5-1. Lost to Galena 33-29. Next: vs. Baxter Springs.
  5. Smoky Valley (NR), 5-1. Beat Lyons 22-0. Next: vs. Rock Creek.

Dropped out: Nickerson (5), 4-2. Lost to Hoisington 32-13

CLASS 3A

  1. Silver Lake (1), 6-0. Beat Silver Lake 41-14. Next vs. Oskaloosa.
  2. Phillipsburg (2), 6-0. Beat Phillipsburg 34-6. Next: vs. TMP
  3. Nemaha Central (3), 6-0. Beat Perry-Lecompton 30-13. Next: vs. Sabetha.
  4. Garden Plain (4), 6-0. Beat Douglass 38-16. Next: vs. Conway Springs
  5. Conway Springs (5), 6-0. Beat Mulvane 44-13. Next: at Garden Plain.

CLASS 2-1A

  1. Lyndon (1), 6-0. Beat Osage City 30-17. Next: vs. Northern Heights.
  2. Smith Center (2), 5-1. Beat Ellis 33-7. Next: vs. Salina Sacred Heart.
  3. Ell-Saline (3), 5-0. Game with Sterling cancelled. Next: vs. Republic County.
  4. Centralia (4), 4-2. Beat Washington County 50-0. Next: vs. Wabaunsee.
  5. Pittsburg-Colgan (5), 4-2. Beat Riverton 49-6. Next: at Yates Center

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 1

  1. Burlingame (2), 6-0. Beat Clifton-Clyde 48-0. Next: vs. Valley Falls.
  2. Hoxie (3), 5-1. Beat Quinter 54-0. Next: vs. WaKeeney.
  3. Osborne (4), 5-1. Beat Logan/Palco 44-10. Next: vs. Victoria.
  4. Spearville (5), 6-0. Beat Ness City 58-8. Next: vs. Satanta.
  5. St. Francis (1), 5-1. Lost to Atwood 40-32. Next: bye

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 2

  1. Hanover (1), 6-0. Beat Randolph-Blue Valley 62-0. Next: at Frankfort.
  2. Pike Valley (2), 5-0. Leading Rock Hills 22-6 3Q. Continued Monday. Next: vs. Tescott.
  3. Caldwell (3), 6-0. Beat Norwich 46-0. Next: vs. Hartford.
  4. Central Christian (4), 6-0. Beat Hartford 68-8. Next: vs. South Haven.
  5. Otis-Bison (5), 5-1. Beat Tribune 50-0. Next: vs. Dighton.

I still keep newspapers of historical context.

I have The Kansas City Star from when man landed on the moon. I have The Lawrence Journal-World from December 2005 when the Kansas Jayhawks won the Fort Worth Bowl, their first bowl win since 1995. I have many newspapers from presidential elections, Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the final Border War (yes, that was a clean block by Thomas Robinson), the Jayhawks’ Orange Bowl win in 2008 and basketball national championship months later.

And yes, I have dozens of newspapers from 2014 and 2015 when the Kansas City Royals when back-to-back American League pennants and won a World Series.

One day, I anticipate my son Landon owning all these newspapers. I hope he reads them and tells his kids all about Mario’s Miracle, Todd Reesing to Kerry Meier in the snow, and of course, the miraculous climb the Royals had from baseball disaster to Baseball Royalty.

I hope newspapers are still around when Landon has kids. I’ve made a decent life off writing for newspapers, and now teaching college students about how to write for newspapers. But while I love newspapers, there’s only so much you can learn from them.

I want my future grandkids and great-grandkids to be able to watch Salvador Perez’s single against Oakland, Alex Gordon’s home run against the New York Mets, Mike Moustakas’ falling-into-the-dugout catch against the Baltimore Orioles, Terrance Gore scoring from second on an infield single and Wade Davis celebrating the end of the 2015 series with Drew Butera.

That’s where this comes in.

Sunday was the end of an era. The Royals will lose a good chunk of the core that helped lead them to a World Series title because of free agency. It was a tough weekend for me. I watched Friday’s win against Arizona with little trouble. Saturday, I turned the game off when the Royals broadcast started laying on the nostalgia. Sunday, I was in Kansas City for my youngest daughter’s soccer games, and listened to the season finale on the way home to Hutchinson.

I may have teared up during postgame when I heard Eric Hosmer was crying. My son’s favorite player, we will not likely ever see Hoz, Moustakas, Alcides Escobar or Lorenzo Cain in a Royals uniform again.

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And I want to remember forever how special these last five years have been. This year’s 80-82 record was the worst of the last five years. Nearly every year since the Royals’ previous World Series title in 1985, I would have gladly taken an 80-82 record.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, I can not only list the top 25 moments of this wonderful era, but also share video.

Bookmark this page. Come back often. Have your kids watch. Tell them to bookmark this page and show it to their kids in 20 years.

25. Eric Hosmer sets the stage for wild-card win with triple.

Hosmer’s reaction pretty much said it all. He knew what he was about to be a part of.

24. Mike Moustakas homers in the 11th inning in Game 1 of 2014 ALDS.

If anyone thought the Royals would bottom out after that incredible Wild Card win, Moose showed that they were only beginning the climb to the summit.

23. Paulo Orlando hits incredible walk-off grand slam.

Paulo Orlando had never had a MLB at-bat with the bases loaded before. This one came in the ninth inning of a tied ball game, and a boring ol’ sacrifice fly would have won the game. Even a single. Nope. Paulo goes yard.

22. Alex Gordon singles, moves to third on error, in second-most talked about play in Royals history.

They should have sent Gordon. Would he most likely have been out? Yes. But make the Giants make the play. Remember, the Mets couldn’t make a play on Eric Hosmer. Regardless, it would have been one of the most dramatic moments in baseball history.

21. Justin Maxwell hits grand slam in late September, 2013 game, keeping Royals in wild-card chase.

Me: “C’mon Maxwell. How about a sac fly here?”
Landon: “How about a grand slam”

Meaningful September baseball was sniffed in 2013, and boy was it beautiful.

20. Alex Gordon makes a catch so incredible that White Sox fans cheer him.

One of the most amazing defensive plays I’ve ever seen.

19. Lorenzo Cain clears the bases in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series with a double.

I guffawed when the Mets walked Ben Zobrist to load the bases for Lorenzo Cain. Two pitches later, Cain socked a three-run double, and if you didn’t think the Royals had it before, you did after this.

18. Lorenzo Cain robs a certain hit, and Jason Vargas can’t believe it.

Lorenzo Cain had some of the most amazing defensive plays in the 2014 postseason. Vargas’ reaction said it all.

17. Royals have had enough, get into fight with White Sox, and Lorenzo Cain turns into Cornholio.

The Royals scuffled with a few teams early in 2015. I insist teams were trying to bully the Royals, and they never backed down. Yordano Ventura instigated this all-out brawl with the White Sox, and somehow, Lorenzo Cain became Beavis’ alter-ego.

16. Royals clinch first division title in 30 years.

A division title?

15. Lorenzo Cain scores from first base on Eric Hosmer single, the winning run in Game 6 of ALCS.

The Royals scouted Joey Bats and how he threw the ball to second base almost every time. Smart really. Hold the runner at first. But the Royals knew immediately the ball was going to second, and Lorenzo Cain wasn’t stopping and scored what proved to be the series-clinching run.

14. Royals win their first AL pennant since 1985, and Denny Matthews has the call.

I love Denny Matthews. His calm, soothing voice is what baseball needs. He gets chastised for not showing much emotion, but even Denny’s voice roared with the final out.

13. Mike Moustakas falls into the dugout suite, making an iconic defensive play.

Moose is a great defensive player. What a play this was. Reminded me of how George Brett played.

12. Terrance Gore scores from second base on Lorenzo Cain’s infield single.

Down one in the ninth inning to the White Sox, the Royals tied it when Jarrod Dyson scored from second base on a wild pitch. Then, after Nori Aoki doubled, Gore scored showed us “That’s what speed do” part two. The most Royals victory ever.

11. Billy Butler steals second base in clinching Game 3 of 2014 ALDS vs. Angels.

You know it’s over when Billy Butler is stealing bases.

10. Alcides Escobar opens the 2015 World Series with an inside-the-park home run.

The first and not the last mistake Matt Harvey made in this World Series. Everyone watching the game knew Escobar was swinging at the first pitch. He did. And 360 feet later, the Royals led 1-0.

9. Kendrys Morales blasts three-run home run against Houston, all but assuring the Royals would win the 2015 ALDS.

Thanks to the bullpen, a 4-2 lead was pretty safe in the late innings. But Kendrys Morales decided to add a three-run home run and killer celebration in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS.

8. Christian Colon singles home Jarrod Dyson, giving Royals the lead in the 12th inning in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.

Colon never amounted to much, but he was involved in two of the biggest plays in Royals history.

7. Royals clinch first playoff berth since 1985 and celebrate in Chicago.

The Royals knew exactly what they had accomplished. Love Jeremy Guthrie’s speech.

6. Wade Davis finishes Houdini act, pitches out of major jam in clinching 2015 American League pennant.

I still don’t know how Wade Davis got out of this one. All I remembered thinking was, “Just hold them to a tie.” Davis scoffed at that notion.

5. Yordano Ventura throws a little flare in pivotal Game 6 of 2014 World Series.

Gosh, I loved Yordano Ventura. Game 6, elimination game, and he helps shut out the Giants.

4. Wade Davis with the final strikeout, sealing the Royals’ World Series title.

“The Royals are World Series champs! The world-champion Kansas City Royals!”

3. Eric Hosmer’s risky mad dash ties Game 5 of 2015 World Series.

A big gamble, but again, advanced scouting indicated Hosmer had a good chance thanks to the Mets’ shoddy defense.

2. Alex Gordon’s home run ties Game 1 of 2015 World Series.

When Alex Gordon gets his statue at Kauffman Stadium, it should be of him rounding first base, index finger pointing at the sky. Other than George Brett’s homer in Yankee Stadium that sent the Royals to the 1980 World Series, this was the most important homer in Royals history.

1. Salvador Perez’s single gives the Royals dramatic 9-8 win in 2014 American League Wild Card game.

No words needed.

Week 6 rankings

Posted: September 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Week 5 observations:

I’m not a big fan of dropping teams after quality losses. This week, that holds true, as Bishop Carroll remains No. 2 in 5A after a nine-point loss at Derby, Centralia is still No. 4 in 2-1A after a loss to Nemaha Central, and Hoxie is No. 3 in Eight-man Division 1 after a close loss to No. 1 St. Francis.

Even in 5A, Kapaun Mount Carmel moves into the top five despite a loss to Wichita Northwest. Give me a team with a quality loss over a team who has beaten nobody.

Super 10

1. Bishop Miege (1), 5-0

2. Goddard (2), 5-0

3. Lawrence Free State (3), 5-0

4. SM East (4), 4-1

5. Derby (7), 4-1

6. Bishop Carroll (5), 4-1

7. St. Thomas Aquinas (6), 4-1

8. McPherson (9), 4-1

9. Wichita Northwest (NR), 4-1

10. Buhler (NR), 4-1.

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

CLASS 6A

1. Lawrence Free State (1), 5-0. Beat Olathe South 31-6

2. SM East (2), 4-1. Beat SM North 59-6

3. Derby (3), 4-1. Beat Bishop Carroll 54-45

4. Wichita Northwest (NR), 4-1. Beat Kapaun Mount Carmel 26-14.

5. Manhattan (NR), 4-1. Beat Topeka Seaman 27-9.

Dropped out: Blue Valley (4), 3-2. Lost to St. James Academy 35-28; Lawrence (5), 3-2. Lost to Olathe North 33-28.

CLASS 5A

1. Goddard (1), 5-0. Beat Salina South 38-0.

2. Bishop Carroll (2), 4-1. Lost to Derby 54-45.

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (3), 4-1. Beat Mill Valley 42-21

4. St. James Academy (4), 5-0. Beat Blue Valley 35-28

5. Kapaun Mount Carmel (NR), 4-1. Lost to Wichita Northwest 26-14.

Dropped out: Shawnee Heights (5), 4-1. Lost to Topeka 48-14.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 1

1. Bishop Miege (1), 5-0. Beat BV West 51-7.

2. McPherson (2), 4-1. Beat Circle 62-7.

3. Buhler (3), 4-1. Beat Winfield 40-0

4. Maize South (4), 4-1. Beat Mulvane 42-6.

5. DeSoto (NR), 5-0. Beat Nevada, Missouri, 55-14.

Dropped out: Basehor-Linwood (5), 4-1. Lost to Bonner Springs 33-12.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 2

1. Columbus (1), 5-0. Beat Prairie VIew 47-14

2. Pratt (2), 5-0. Beat Hoisington 35-28.

3. Scott City (3), 5-0. Beat Ulysses 42-11.

4. Holcomb (4), 4-1. Beat Colby 27-0

5. Nickerson (5), 4-1. Beat Larned 27-7.

CLASS 3A

1. Silver Lake (1), 5-0. Beat Rossville 14-0.

2. Phillipsburg (2), 5-0. Beat Ellis 69-13.

3. Nemaha Central (3), 5-0. Beat Centralia 13-0.

4. Garden Plain (4), 5-0. Beat Belle Plaine 71-14.

5. Conway Springs (5). Beat Wichita Trinity 62-35.

CLASS 2-1A

1. Lyndon (1), 5-0. Beat Council Grove 47-6.

2. Smith Center (2), 4-1. Beat Oakley 62-6.

3. Ell-Saline (3), 5-0. Beat Hutchinson Trinity 14-6.

4. Centralia (4), 3-2. Lost to Nemaha Central 13-0.

5. Pittsburg-Colgan (5), 3-2. Beat Girard 28-12.

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 1

1. St. Francis (1), 5-0. Beat Hoxie 14-6

2. Burlingame (2), 5-0. Beat Onaga 59-0

3. Hoxie (3), 4-1. Lost to St. Francis 14-6.

4. Osborne (4), 4-1. Beat Solomon 58-40.

5. Spearville (5), 5-0. Beat South Gray 48-2

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 2

1. Hanover (1), 5-0. Beat Wetmore 48-0.

2. Pike Valley (2), 5-0. Beat Southern Cloud 56-0

3. Caldwell (3), 5-0. Beat Burrton 63-6

4. Central Christian (4), 5-0. Beat Norwich 60-6

5. Otis-Bison (5), 4-1. Beat Sharon Springs 70-24

Week 5 rankings

Posted: September 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

Week four observations:

Just when you thought Derby might be a bit down, they dominate the second half and manhandle Hutchinson. Hutchinson isn’t as far from Derby as the final score indicates, but that should be a nice wake-up call for the Salthawks.

Bishop Miege is the new No. 1 in the Super 10. Not sure the Stags have a peer in Kansas this year.

The city of Lawrence has some great football at its two public high schools. Two ranked 6A teams. Oct. 20 should be a lot of fun.

Don’t sleep on Nickerson. The Panthers blasted Hesston on Friday a week after losing to Pratt 28-14. The Fightin’ (Mike) Vernons could make a deep postseason run.

What to make of the McPherson/Buhler/Maize South triangle … who knows? Let’s settle it in November.

Super 10

1. Bishop Miege (2), 4-0

2. Goddard (1), 4-0

3. Lawrence Free State (3), 4-0

4. SM East (4), 3-1

5. Bishop Carroll (7), 4-0

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (8), 3-1

7. Derby (10), 3-1

8. Blue Valley (NR), 3-1.

9. McPherson (NR), 3-1

10. Lawrence (NR), 3-1.

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

CLASS 6A

1. Lawrence Free State (1), 4-0. Beat SM Northwest 49-6

2. SM East (2), 3-1. Beat Olathe North 45-14

3. Derby (5), 3-1. Beat Hutchinson 61-18

4. Blue Valley (NR), 3-1. Beat Mill Valley 49-9.

5. Lawrence (NR), 3-1. Beat SM West 35-28.

Dropped out: Hutchinson (3), 3-1. Lost to Derby 61-18. Topeka (4), 3-1. Lost to Manhattan 21-14.

CLASS 5A

1. Goddard (1), 4-0. Beat Goddard-Eisenhower 20-3

2. Bishop Carroll (2), 4-0. Beat Wichita East 30-9

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (3), 3-1. Beat BV West 47-14

4. St. James Academy (4), 4-0. Beat BV Northwest 17-14

5. Shawnee Heights (NR), 4-0. Beat Topeka Seaman 21-14.

Dropped out: Topeka Seaman (5), 3-1. Lost to Shawnee Heights 21-14.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 1

1. Bishop Miege (1), 4-0. Beat BV North 33-14.

2. McPherson (3), 3-1. Beat Augusta 40-0.

3. Buhler (4), 3-1. Beat Maize South 17-14.

4. Maize South (2), 3-1. Lost to Buhler 17-14.

5. Basehor-Linwood (5), 4-0. Beat Independence 50-0

CLASS 4A DIVISION 2

1. Columbus (1), 4-0. Beat Pittsburg-Colgan 23-8.

2. Pratt (2), 4-0. Beat Lyons 49-13.

3. Scott City (3), 4-0. Beat Hugoton 35-7.

4. Holcomb (5), 3-1. Beat Goodland 26-14

5. Nickerson (NR), 3-1. Beat Hesston 47-21.

Dropped out: Wichita Collegiate (4), 2-2. Lost to Mulvane 35-19.

CLASS 3A

1. Silver Lake (1), 4-0. Beat Rock Creek 41-14.

2. Phillipsburg (2), 4-0. Beat Oakley 68-6.

3. Nemaha Central (3), 4-0. Beat Jefferson West 35-14

4. Garden Plain (5), 4-0. Beat Wichita Independent 55-14.

5. Conway Springs (NR). Beat Medicine Lodge 53-0.

Dropped out: Marysville (4), 3-1. Lost to Concordia 22-16

CLASS 2-1A

1. Lyndon (1), 4-0. Beat West Franklin 53-13.

2. Smith Center (2), 3-1. Beat Norton 43-0

3. Ell-Saline (3), 4-0. Beat Inman 35-0

4. Centralia (4), 3-1. Beat Doniphan West 58-6

5. Pittsburg-Colgan (5), 2-2. Lost to Columbus 23-8

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 1

1. St. Francis (1), 4-0. Beat Oberlin 54-8

2. Burlingame (2), 4-0. Beat Lost Springs 58-12

3. Hoxie (4), 4-0. Beat Atwood 22-6

4. Osborne (3), 3-1. Lost to Pike Valley 30-28

5. Spearville (NR), 4-0. Beat Ashland 54-8

Dropped out: Victoria (5), 3-1. Lost to Otis-Bison 22-20.

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 2

1. Hanover (1), 4-0. Beat Linn 50-0

2. Pike Valley (2), 4-0. Beat Osborne 30-28.

3. Caldwell (3), 4-0. Beat Flinthills 58-22

4. Central Christian (4), 4-0. Beat Fairfield 64-6

5. Otis-Bison (NR), 3-1. Beat Victoria 22-20.

Dropped out: South Barber (NR), 3-1. Lost to Argonia/Attica 34-30

Week 4 rankings

Posted: September 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Week three observations:

I’m not a big believer in moving teams when winning or losing against out-of-state competition. But Lawrence Free State’s impressive win against Park Hill, Missouri forces me to move the Firebirds from No. 3 to No. 1 in 6A, surpassing Shawnee Mission East and Hutchinson. East lost a close on to Missouri power KC Rockhurst and drops to No. 2, while Hutchinson inches back a spot despite throttling Salina Central. No worries for Hutch, however, which plays at Derby this week.

Bishop Miege may very well be the best team in Kansas right now. The Stags convincingly beat rival St. Thomas Aquinas, but remain just behind Goddard in the Super 10, despite Goddard’s unimpressive win against Andover. That was inevitable, however, after the impressive win against Derby.

Maybe I overlooked Pratt. Again. You’d think I’d learn a lesson last year when Pratt won state. After not being ranked to start the season, Pratt is 3-0 and now ranked No. 2 in 4A Division 2 after a great win against Nickerson.

Super 10

  1. Goddard (1), 3-0
  2. Bishop Miege (2), 3-0
  3. Lawrence Free State (6), 3-0
  4. SM East (3), 2-1
  5. Hutchinson (5), 3-0
  6. Maize South (7), 3-0
  7. Bishop Carroll (8), 3-0
  8. St. Thomas Aquinas (4), 2-1
  9. Topeka (9), 3-0
  10. Derby (10), 2-1

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

CLASS 6A
1. Lawrence Free State (3), 3-0. Beat Park Hill (Missouri) 21-16
2. SM East (1), 2-1. Lost to KC Rockhurst (Missouri) 21-17
3. Hutchinson (2), 3-0. Beat Salina Central 55-20
4. Topeka (4), 3-0. Beat Emporia 62-13
5. Derby (5), 2-1. Beat Maize 60-28.

CLASS 5A
1. Goddard (1), 3-0. Beat Andover 21-17
2. Bishop Carroll (3), 3-0. Beat Wichita West 45-14
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (2), 2-1. Lost to Bishop Miege 27-14
4. St. James Academy (4), 3-0. Beat Gardner-Edgerton 17-6
5. Topeka Seaman (NR), 3-0. Beat Topeka Hayden 17-6
Dropped out: Pittsburg (5), 2-1. Lost to Webb City, Missouri

CLASS 4A DIVISION 1
1. Bishop Miege (1), 3-0. Beat St. Thomas Aquinas 27-14
2. Maize South (2), 3-0. Beat KC Washington 58-0
3. McPherson (3), 2-1. Beat Winfield 38-14.
4. Buhler (4), 2-1. Beat Wichita Collegiate 47-21.
5. Basehor-Linwood (5), 3-0. Beat KC Turner 63-0.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 2
1. Columbus (1), 3-0. Beat Girard 54-7
2. Pratt (5), 3-0. Beat Nickerson 28-14.
3. Scott City (NR), 3-0. Beat Cimarron 34-6.
4. Wichita Collegiate (2), 2-1. Lost to Buhler 47-21.
5. Holcomb (NR), 2-1. Beat Ulysses 35-8.
Dropped out: Nickerson (3), 2-1, lost to Pratt 28-14; Topeka Hayden (4), lost to Topeka Seaman 17-6.

CLASS 3A
1. Silver Lake (1), 3-0. Beat St. Marys 27-20.
2. Phillipsburg (2), 3-0. Beat Plainville 41-0.
3. Nemaha Central (3), 3-0. Beat Holton 30-18
4. Marysville (4), 3-0. Beat Wamego 50-13.
5. Garden Plain (5), 3-0. Beat Kearney Catholic (Nebraska) 39-33

CLASS 2-1A

1. Lyndon (1), 3-0. Beat Central Heights 55-6
2. Smith Center (2), 2-1. Beat TMP 61-14
3. Ell-Saline (3), 3-0. Beat Moundridge 28-14
4. Centralia (4), 2-1. Beat Troy 49-0.
5. Pittsburg-Colgan (5), 2-1. Beat Frontenac 20-0

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 1

1. St. Francis (1), 3-0. Beat Hill City 50-4
2. Burlingame (2), 3-0. Beat Lebo 61-0
3. Osborne (3), 3-0. Beat Lakeside 70-6
4. Hoxie (4), 3-0. Beat Sharon Springs 52-0
5. Victoria (5), 3-0. Beat Ellinwood 50-0

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 2

1. Hanover (1), 3-0. Beat Southern Coffey County 50-0.
2. Pike Valley (2), 3-0. Beat Stockton 50-6.
3. Caldwell (3), 3-0. Beat Burden-Central 56-6
4. Central Christian (4), 3-0. Beat Stafford 64-16
5. South Barber (NR), 3-0. Beat Burrton 52-0
Dropped out: Otis-Bison (5), 2-1. Lost to Central Plains 36-12.

High school football rankings

Posted: September 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Week three observations:

I’m not a big believer in moving teams when winning or losing against out-of-state competition. But Lawrence Free State’s impressive win against Park Hill, Missouri forces me to move the Firebirds from No. 3 to No. 1 in 6A, surpassing Shawnee Mission East and Hutchinson. East lost a close on to Missouri power KC Rockhurst and drops to No. 2, while Hutchinson inches back a spot despite throttling Salina Central. No worries for Hutch, however, which plays at Derby this week.

Bishop Miege may very well be the best team in Kansas right now. The Stags convincingly beat rival St. Thomas Aquinas, but remain just behind Goddard in the Super 10, despite Goddard’s unimpressive win against Andover. That was inevitable, however, after the impressive win against Derby.

Maybe I overlooked Pratt. Again. You’d think I’d learn a lesson last year when Pratt won state. After not being ranked to start the season, Pratt is 3-0 and now ranked No. 2 in 4A Division 2 after a great win against Nickerson.

Super 10

  1. Goddard (1), 3-0
  2. Bishop Miege (2), 3-0
  3. Lawrence Free State (6), 3-0
  4. SM East (3), 2-1
  5. Hutchinson (5), 3-0
  6. Maize South (7), 3-0
  7. Bishop Carroll (8), 3-0
  8. St. Thomas Aquinas (4), 2-1
  9. Topeka (9), 3-0
  10. Derby (10), 2-1

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

CLASS 6A
1. Lawrence Free State (3), 3-0. Beat Park Hill (Missouri) 21-16
2. SM East (1), 2-1. Lost to KC Rockhurst (Missouri) 21-17
3. Hutchinson (2), 3-0. Beat Salina Central 55-20
4. Topeka (4), 3-0. Beat Emporia 62-13
5. Derby (5), 2-1. Beat Maize 60-28.

CLASS 5A
1. Goddard (1), 3-0. Beat Andover 21-17
2. Bishop Carroll (3), 3-0. Beat Wichita West 45-14
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (2), 2-1. Lost to Bishop Miege 27-14
4. St. James Academy (4), 3-0. Beat Gardner-Edgerton 17-6
5. Topeka Seaman (NR), 3-0. Beat Topeka Hayden 17-6
Dropped out: Pittsburg (5), 2-1. Lost to Webb City, Missouri

CLASS 4A DIVISION 1
1. Bishop Miege (1), 3-0. Beat St. Thomas Aquinas 27-14
2. Maize South (2), 3-0. Beat KC Washington 58-0
3. McPherson (3), 2-1. Beat Winfield 38-14.
4. Buhler (4), 2-1. Beat Wichita Collegiate 47-21.
5. Basehor-Linwood (5), 3-0. Beat KC Turner 63-0.

CLASS 4A DIVISION 2
1. Columbus (1), 3-0. Beat Girard 54-7
2. Pratt (5), 3-0. Beat Nickerson 28-14.
3. Scott City (NR), 3-0. Beat Cimarron 34-6.
4. Wichita Collegiate (2), 2-1. Lost to Buhler 47-21.
5. Holcomb (NR), 2-1. Beat Ulysses 35-8.
Dropped out: Nickerson (3), 2-1, lost to Pratt 28-14; Topeka Hayden (4), lost to Topeka Seaman 17-6.

CLASS 3A
1. Silver Lake (1), 3-0. Beat St. Marys 27-20.
2. Phillipsburg (2), 3-0. Beat Plainville 41-0.
3. Nemaha Central (3), 3-0. Beat Holton 30-18
4. Marysville (4), 3-0. Beat Wamego 50-13.
5. Garden Plain (5), 3-0. Beat Kearney Catholic (Nebraska) 39-33

CLASS 2-1A

1. Lyndon (1), 3-0. Beat Central Heights 55-6
2. Smith Center (2), 2-1. Beat TMP 61-14
3. Ell-Saline (3), 3-0. Beat Moundridge 28-14
4. Marion (4), 3-0. Beat Sedgwick 38-35
5. Pittsburg-Colgan (5), 2-1. Beat Frontenac 20-0

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 1

1. St. Francis (1), 3-0. Beat Hill City 50-4
2. Burlingame (2), 3-0. Beat Lebo 61-0
3. Osborne (3), 3-0. Beat Lakeside 70-6
4. Hoxie (4), 3-0. Beat Sharon Springs 52-0
5. Victoria (5), 3-0. Beat Ellinwood 50-0

EIGHT-MAN DIVISION 2

1. Hanover (1), 3-0. Beat Southern Coffey County 50-0.
2. Pike Valley (2), 3-0. Beat Stockton 50-6.
3. Caldwell (3), 3-0. Beat Burden-Central 56-6
4. Central Christian (4), 3-0. Beat Stafford 64-16
5. South Barber (NR), 3-0. Beat Burrton 52-0
Dropped out: Otis-Bison (5), 2-1. Lost to Central Plains 36-12.