For decades the Missouri State High School Activities Association has steered clear of the Kansas City area for hosting state championships.

For decades the Missouri State High School Activities Association has steered clear of the Kansas City area for hosting state championships.

Columbia, St. Louis and, at times, Springfield have been shown preference over Kansas City. At last, the western side of the state was chosen to host the state volleyball tournament three years ago. It served as the championship site only two years and then lost it to Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau through the bid process.

During my tenure as athletic director, it really bothered me that the second largest city in the state was not selected to host state competitions.

Thanks to Blue Springs Superintendent Paul Kinder and Blue Springs South Activities Director Mark Bubalo, Blue Springs has been chosen by MSHSAA to host the state soccer championships.

I am fully aware of the amount of work and effort that goes into the endeavor. The entire local area, including hotels and restaurants, will need to pitch in to welcome the event participants and fans in order to establish Blue Springs as a consistent site for a state championship competition.

I spent years attending athletic directors’ meetings, at which administrators and communities complained about never hosting such events. It’s time to put up or shut up in order to assure success of the state soccer championships.

For example, when St. Louis hosts the state football championships, all of the St. Louis athletic directors donate hours to the event to create a positive experience for everyone involved.

If Blue Springs is able to put together a positive showing as host, it has a chance to come back consistently. The Blue Springs School District has the facilities to host a first-class event.

Blue Springs stands to benefit financially, but the bid process is very aggressive. MSHSAA is very strict in determining a host. How the event is handled can play a huge role in future opportunities to host.

I hope high school administrators around the Kansas City area will jump on board to assist Blue Springs in showing the state that this side of the state can excel.

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