Eight different Piper Pirates football players earned awards at last weekend's KCK Preps Awards Presentation. Head coach Chris Brindle and linebacker Colton Beebe took home two of the top three awards.
Check out some photos from last weekend's awards show at The Legends Theatre in KCK!
Here's a look at Piper Pirates quarterback Tanner Eikenbary.
Despite missing nearly half the season, Mill Valley Jaguars running back Kendall Short finished with over 700 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns.
Now that the season has come to an end we would like to start celebrating the efforts some of the talent had this year 2011. Take a look at the All KCK Defense presented by KCKPreps and Sport Highlights Unlimited.
Information will start circulating soon for an award ceremony to celebrate and get these young men together. We will also name award winners for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Play of the Year and Game of the Year 2011. The candidates for each of the awards will be announced in the coming weeks. So if you see your name on any of these lists I would very much appreciate your attendance. We are hoping each player named can attend in their game jerseys.
Feedback and recommendations are welcome. My hope is that this does generate some conversation because lists like this are difficult. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you care to discuss the drawbacks of having a 4-4-3 alignment.
According to someone connected with the Coffeyville Red Ravens basketball team, former Harmon Hawk Jauan Wilson will be starting as a freshman this year.
Wilson set two key school records during his time at Harmon - most varsity starts and most points.
Wilson started all four years from the beginning at his career at Harmon.
He's a solid guard who should make an immediate impact for a Coffeyville program that's been outstanding the past decade or so.
He was selected All Kansas City Kansas - Atchison First Team two years in a row by the league's coaches.
Stop me now if you've ever heard "Joe Blow Rock-N-Roll" average sports fan say the following after a big win for his or her team.
"We were lucky to win that game. If it wasn't for the good luck we had, we would not have won."
Very rarely, if at all, do sports fans, athletes or coaches admit that simple good luck played a role in their victories.
Funny enough, "bad luck" is quickly credited for a loss, particularly if that loss involved a Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver illegally kicking the ball up in the air inside the end zone to save their season against an underdog Missouri Tigers team.
Or, a soon-to-be national title winner receiving a 5th down against the very same Missouri football program.
But I digress.
Sports fans and athletes hate to admit luck played a factor in wins. It sometimes takes away our bragging rights against the rival fans. We hate to cheapen wins and glorious victories against teams we loathe.
Reality, however, paints a different story.
Just look across the sports world over the past few months.
- The St. Louis Cardinals, a deserving World Series winner, drowned in good luck the last month of the season. Sure, they caught fire and played great baseball. However, the Atlanta Braves performing the second largest September choke job in baseball history made it possible. As great as St. Louis played, if Atlanta simply played .500 baseball, the Cardinals do not sniff the playoffs. That great baseball would not have mattered.
- Take your Kansas City Chiefs this season. They are 4-4, with three of those losses coming by at least 28 points - and two of those embarrassments coming at home. Looking a little closer at the fate and luck the Chiefs received, they should be 2-6 at the best. One of their wins came against an Indianapolis Colts team without Peyton Manning. Another win came after Philip Rivers fumbled a snap late in the fourth quarter. Yet another win against the Oakland Raiders happened after both the team's starting quarterback and starting running back were hurt. The Chiefs have a nice group of players with heart, but to not admit they've been lucky this year would be dishonest as a fan. The Chiefs are probably the worst 4-4 team in NFL history if you look things fairly.
- Aaron Rodgers, the outstanding quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is having a historical season. His quarterback rating - halfway through the season - is an insane 129.1. There's been nothing lucky about his game. The luck with Rodgers comes with the team he landed at. Over 20 teams passed over Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft. Green Bay had very little hope of drafting him, but yet he falls down to them. What if, say, the Kansas City Chiefs selected him instead of Derrick Johnson? How about if the San Francisco 49ers picked him instead of Alex Smith? Green Bay could become the next great NFL dynasty. It would not have been possible if 20 teams passed over Rodgers. If Rodgers was with the Chiefs, who arguably have better wide receivers than the Packers, how pretty would the Chiefs be sitting right now?
There's so many other examples that do not need a paragraph.
Bill Buckner booting the ball in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that allowed the game-winning run for the New York Mets to come in.
Franco Harris and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulling off one of the biggest flukes in NFL history with the Immaculate Reception, defeating the Oakland Raiders in the 1972 NFL Playoffs. That play's legality is debatable with the rules at the time of the play and I'm sure Terry Bradshaw did not draw it up that way.
The point is, you won't see Packers fans roll around Green Bay saying they were "lucky to get Rodgers deep in the first round."
Mets fans will not concede their World Series title due to being on the good side of luck.
Still, it would be nice to see more people admit good luck when they see it and when they benefit from it.
Good luck with that, though.
A number of Piper Pirates athletes recently made the Kaw Valley League teams voted on by the respective coaches of the sports.
KCK Preps will publish the entire teams once we get a hold of them, but I don't want to punish schools if they get their athletes to me early.
Congratulations to all of the Pirates!
Cletus Gilmore (11) - 1st Team lineman
Caleb King (12) - 1st Team defensive lineman
Julian Cole (12) - 1st Team linebacker
Matt McDonald (11) - 2nd Team running back and defensive back
Jared Vogel (12) - 2nd Team tight end and honorable mention punter
Beau Soucie (12) - 2nd Team wide receiver
Colton Beebe (9) - 2nd Team linebacker
Parker Miller (12) - Honorable mention kicker
Collin Cook (12) - 1st Team keeper
Matt Cavlovic (12) - 2nd Team defensive player
RJ Cawthon (12) - 2nd Team utility player
Joey Davis (12) - Honorable mention forward
Jeremy Wilson (10) - Honorable mention forward
Megan Woolley (10) - All League
Cori Smith (12) - Honorable mention