More notable happenings from the area fall high school sports season beginning this time with the Blue Springs softball team.
More notable happenings from the area fall high school sports season beginning this time with the Blue Springs softball team:
• Congratulations to coach Roger Lower and his Class 4 state championship Wildcats team for the greatest season in area history.
According to my records, the Wildcats outscored their opponents 218-20 with 18 shutouts in going 31-0. I suggest someone at the school mail the picture of outstanding freshman pitcher Kelsey Kessler to Sports Illustrated for possible publication in its Faces in the Crowd section. After all, she went 30-0 with three perfect games and eight no-hitters.
She had exactly 300 strikeouts in 193 innings with a stellar 0.32 earned run average. Her 30 wins was a Missouri high school single-season record.
• There are no seniors, but the Staley Falcons have made an impressive debut.
The school is the Suburban Small Six champion in boys cross country, finished second in girls cross country and third in girls golf and volleyball.
By defeating Ruskin today, the Falcons will tie Kearney for the boys soccer conference championship with a 9-1 record.
It’s in football, though, that Staley has been the most impressive.
They are one of the few first-year Missouri schools with no seniors to advance to football playoffs. Lee’s Summit West is believed to be the last to accomplish the feat in 2004.
Staley is 7-2 and will be favored to defeat Kansas City Central Friday night for a 3-0 district record. The only losses have been a 52-9 setback to an 8-1 Raytown South team in the season opener and a 55-10 defeat to Kearney, the top-ranked Class 4 team in the state.
Staley’s success should come as no surprise . The coach is Fred Bouchard, who took Harrisonville to four consecutive Class 3 championship games with titles the last three years.
Lee’s Summit West also is enjoying continued success in its return to the Suburban Middle Six after two outstanding years in the Small Six.
The Titans are conference champions in boys and girls cross country, volleyball and girls golf. By defeating Belton today, they are assured of no worse than a tie for the boys soccer championship. It will be an undisputed crown if Raytown loses to North Kansas City.
West also is assured of tying for the football title. But more importantly, the Titans have qualified for the playoffs for a fifth consecutive year.
• William Chrisman’s 75-13 football loss to Fort Osage last week was not its worst ever. True, it was the most points ever allowed by a Chrisman team.
But the worst loss in terms of the point spread was 65-0 to Oak Park on Oct. 28, 1988.
The 75 points scored and margin of victory were not Fort Osage school records either. The Indians hammered Clinton 79-6 on Nov. 4, 1964.
I attended that game and got a chuckle when the public address announcer said, “Here’s comes the try for the all important extra point,” when the score was something like 65-0.
• Former Chrisman football coach Brad Drehle has taken Jefferson City Blair Oaks to its eighth consecutive district football title. This is his third season at the school.
• One of the wildest district football games in state history took place last Friday when Jefferson City edged Missouri quarterback recruit T.J. Moe and Fort Zumwalt West 56-55. Zumwalt West fell a yard short on a two-point conversion to win it and Jefferson City hung on for the win.