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Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: March 3, 2011 - 10:09 AM

Even though it is March the high school football offseason is in full swing. There might not be a busier stretch of activity then the next 10 days or so.

Starting things off Saturday is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fred Merrell Coaches Clinic. The event features several Metro coaches including Shawnee Mission East’s Chip Sherman, Staley’s Fred Buchard, Pembroke Hill’s Sam Knopik, St. Thomas Aqunias’ Mike Thomas and Kansas City Central’s Steve Schottel.

Another featured speaker is Dr. Jeff Duke of the University of Central Florida. Duke will speak about the cultural influence of coaching.

I know many Metro coaches will be attending this clinic and the ideas and techniques they learn Saturday will help them become better coaches and their programs improve.

Another event is the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar Banquet Sunday night at Avila University. I am lucky enough to MC this event for the second straight year and I couldn’t be more excited.

The scholar banquet honors 11 football players from each side of the state line for their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Each player receives a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of the McCarthy Auto Group.

The players are the stars of this event. Their achievements are amazing and it makes me wonder when these guys find time to sleep with all of the work they are putting in on and off the field.

The other star of the event is the McCarthy Auto Group. Each year McCarthy donates $22,000 for these scholarships. McCarthy is also a big sponsor of the GKCFCA and PrepsKC and is committed to the growth of high school football in the Metro. The McCarthy Auto Group is one of the great corporate citizens in the Kansas City Metro.

 PrepsKC will have full coverage of the scholar banquet.

The final event is a combine for players that will be held at Harrisonville high school Saturday, March 12. More than 200 players from around the Metro will get a chance to compete and test themselves in many speed and agility drills.

I am going to cover that event for PrepsKC and I can’t wait. Just as summer 7-on-7 is a great way to see the next crop of great high school players  I expect I will see a few of the players we will all be talking about next season.

It’s still just the first week of March but I can’t wait for Football.

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to