Kings of the Trenches

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 20, 2013 - 8:57 AM

Call it a threepeat for Olathe South’s Braden Smith. The Falcons standout lineman won his third straight King of the Trenches Lineman Challenge Wednesday night at Blue Valley High School.
Smith won for the third straight year edging out the brother tandem of Jarred and Jordan Donnelson from Leavenworth. Smith scored 226 points in the nine event contest followed by Jarred Donnelson with 220 and Jordan Donnelson with 219. Rounding out the top five were Blue Valley juniors Jackson Maase with 217 and AJ Harris with 213.
Blue Valley put six participants in the top 10 and would win the team competition with 1,052 points based off of its top five competitors. Blue Valley West came in second with 975 points followed by Leavenworth with 970, Raymore-Peculiar with 931, Olathe South with 898, Richmond with 865, DeSoto with 855, Harmon with 684 and Blue Valley Northwest with 522. In all 69 individuals participated in the fifth annual event.
Smith said he likes these competitions because it gives him a chance to compete and bond with his teammates.
“It’s great to come out with your teammates and have fun,” Smith said. “Just competing against each other is like team building. It’s also cool to meet people.”
For Leavenworth the first time trip to the competition paid immediate dividends. The Pioneers strong showing was led by the Donnelson brothers but also featured key performances by Jordan Cogdill, Kristofer Messer and Dennis Truman.
Jarred Donnelson said the event was great for his team to be able to test itself against other top squads in the Metro.
“The past couple of years we haven’t been able to come out and do a lot of stuff like this because team wise we haven’t been built up as we are now,” Jarred Donnelson said. “Getting a new coach and everything I really feel like we are getting down on the ground and getting our heads in. I feel like we are really grinding. I feel like coming out to things like this will help us as a team.”
Blue Valley’s strong showing was led by juniors Maase and Harris with seniors Jalen Cooks, Caleb Kergaard and Zach DeLeon all scoring more than 200 points.
“It’s a great experience for later on in the season and it works my legs a lot,” Maase said. “I destroyed my neck on the tire flip but I really like the obstacle course the best.”
Blue Valley West was led by seniors Austin Fountain and Ahmad Qarini who both scored more than 200 points. Ray-Pec’s top performer was junior Ben Sinclair with 196. Richmond was led by senior Brock Bowers with 183. DeSoto senior Nick Patterson led his team with 185 points. Senior Kevin Fajardo led Harmon with 152 points. Blue Valley Northwest’s three man squad was led by senior Antonio Bennett with 188 points.