Archive for Friday, September 21, 2001

Predictions gone bad, some overlooked Braves

September 21, 2001

Red Friday turned into Black Tuesday and suddenly major league baseball and college NFL football didn't seem all that important. As major sports across the nation took the words of General Douglas MacArthur, "I shall return."

It all turned out well for me and my wife because we got to attend our great grandson, Hayden Hoffine's, fourth birthday party. All he wanted for his birthday was to go to the shelter house at Lion's Park and play in the creek, which he did. Another great-grandparent attending was Helen Purtee, a long-time reader of my column, therefore I have to mention her name. She's a real fine lady.

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  • High school football saw a lot of action over the weekend, and it muddled up both the Kaw Valley and Huron League standings. I have already eaten some words on my predictions these last couple weeks. First, I said Notre Dame has a good chance in beating Nebraska. What was I thinking? The Big Red at home before 80,000 fans that don't even know the word "lose." I've stayed clear of Sandy Jacobsen, a teacher at Clark Middle School, since then. She is, needless to say, an avid Husker fan.

A number of years ago, I had a column called "Fearless Says" where I predicted high school games and finished with a fair percentage of 89. Back then, I was younger, much younger, had good eyesight, a pair of good knees, and I very seldom missed a Bonner Springs High School sporting event. The only person I know that has probably seen more Braves events was retired athletic director Lenny Mohlman. Lenny would take in as many as three or four in one day.

So, a couple weeks ago, I got to feeling a little froggy and made some predictions, including the Nebraska-Notre Dame game. I should have rephrased the prediction from good chance to just a chance. Either way it looks like I was wrong.

Another prediction I made that same week was regarding the Kaw Valley League. Last year, Basehor-Linwood and Immaculata were co-champions with 6 0 records. I stated that it could be the same situation this year and I still have a chance of being half right. Basehor-Linwood is still very much in the hunt with a 1 0 KVL record, but the new option offense of the Raiders has not worked out. Immaculata stands at 0 3 so far this year and they play Lansing Friday. Lansing has tossed their helmet in the right direction with a big win over Mill Valley last week. Mill Valley, another conference powerhouse is already 1-2.

The Bobcats will get a good test this Friday at home when they face Santa Fe Trail. Another tough test follows the next week, when they travel to Mill Valley.

Over in the Huron League, one of the preseason favorites, Ottawa, has lost two straight games. That has left Turner, Bonner Springs, and Ward undefeated in league play. The Braves go to Ward Friday night in a big game for both teams. Both teams like to run the ball and both have put some points on the board passing as well. It should be a great contest and the winner of that game will likely be the front-runner to win the Huron League crown.

Which defense wants it more? Turner, who I thought would be the team to beat this year, has been impressive with wins over Schlagle, Lansing and Atchison. They will host Ottawa on Friday in a game where defense could make the difference.

In both leagues, it's still too early to tell, but there are some big games coming up and in a couple weeks or so, we should know a lot more.

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  • A few weeks back, I told you about all the former Bonner Springs High School grads that came back to their school to teach and coach. Wouldn't you know it, I left one off the list. John Price, a long-time teacher and coach in the district was the name that I regrettably left off.

Price taught at Northwest, Bonner Springs Junior High School, Pioneer Junior High School, and retired from Clark Middle School at the end of his career. John coached football, basketball and track.

Larry Grosdidier is about the only one who out-lasted Price; but then again, Larry has out-lasted everyone. Price is back doing some substitute teaching now. It looks like he just can't stay away. Sorry to overlook you John, but just consider my age.

Price told me of another Bonner Springs High School grad that has been recognized in college sports: Dale Williams.

Williams is being inducted into the Baker University Hall of Fame. Williams played football at Bonner and was a very successful girls basketball coach at Osage High School in Missouri. Congratulations Dale.

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