All-Star coaches have won championships
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The 2012 football season is right around the corner but the top seniors from the 2011 season still have one more game left. The annual Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game is two months away and the coaching staffs and rosters are rounding into shape.
The coaches for both squads have been selected and they are currently working on the rosters for the game which will be played June 14 at Blue Valley High School. The head coaches for this year’s game are Olathe South’s Jeff Gourley and Richmond’s Rob Bowers. Both have won state titles in the last two years with South winning the Kansas 6A state title last season and Richmond bringing home the Missouri Class 3 title in 2010.
Gourley has been a part of this game before as an assistant coach for the Missouri squad when he was the head coach at Belton. Now he is leading the Kansas All-Stars and he is excited to be coaching some of the players he coached against the last few years.
“It’s really neat,” Gourley said. “I’ve admired a lot of these kids. I don’t know that many of the kids from the EKL and some of the other leagues but I know most of the kids from the Sunflower. To think I am going to be able to coach an Anthony Buffalomeat or a Mason Perez and some of the Gardner kids coming over to play, it’s exciting. I’m excited about having some of these kids around.”
Bowers is excited to be coaching for several reasons. He gets to coach with several coaches he has coached against in the past along with some very talented players. He also will get to coach his son Colby who will be playing for the Missouri squad.
“Any time you get a chance to coach an all-star game it’s fun because you are working with kids that have been really successful,” Bowers said. “Most of them have been really successful because they have worked hard to get where they are at and they are committed to the sport. It’s a great group of guys to coach and I think we are getting some great players. I’m sure Kansas will as well. It should be a lot of fun.”
The rosters should be completed in the next couple of weeks and the next step will be getting the groups together for practice in the first week of June. Bowers said the big thing will be get the players ready for the game and make sure everyone comes through the game healthy.
“Any time you keep score you want to win that’s for sure,” Bowers said. “I want number one for all of the kids to come out of the experience healthy. Number two I want them to have a great time. I don’t want to make it drudgery for them at the same time I want them to work hard so when we go out on the field we are as good as we can be execution wise.”
PrepsKC will have complete coverage of Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star game from the announcement of the rosters, through practice and the game itself.
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