View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 8/11

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 14, 2016 - 7:56 PM



As you get older you have to accept change. It’s just one of those things.

Well this year I finally accepted a change that was forced upon me starting more than a decade ago. Starting this year I have adopted the color names for the Suburban Conference divisions. Gone is the Big Six. Gone is the Small Seven. Now it is Gold, Red, White and Blue.

With the movement of teams the seven team conference was now the biggest and naming them Big, Middle, Small and Small didn’t exactly work when there are two Small Six leagues.

So I changed even though I had a suggestion. I said you could call them Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4. I even spoke to some of the powers that controlled the Suburban Conference but I was told the colors were here to stay.

The color system came about years ago when they went to four different leagues from three. I didn’t like it at the time and I stuck with the Big, Middle, Small designations. I wasn’t alone. The late Dick Puhr who spent more than 50 years writing sports at The Examiner in Blue Springs and Independence agreed.

Well Puhr is gone now so I guess I can make the change. I know plenty of people who find it confusing but I guess that goes with the territory. The conferences change every two years so there was always a little confusion when that happened.

All I know is the colors rule the day and as the conference grows new schools will learn the color code as well. Smithville and Grain Valley come into the league in 2018 and who knows what school will be next.

Let’s just hope the Suburban Conference stays at four divisions. I would hate to try and work purple and green into my conference naming scheme.