Weather shortens 7-on-7 Midwest Championship
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The weather was fine in the morning but turned ugly in the afternoon sending the players, coaches and fans scurrying to their cars Saturday afternoon at the Lee’s Summit North Midwest Championships 7-on-7 tournament.
The teams had completed morning pool play and were in the second round of bracket when a large line of thunderstorms ended the tournament. The Tournament began with 18 varsity squads and two junior varsity groups that filled the groups into five four-team pools. The top 12 were advanced to the championship bracket with the remaining eight moved to a consolation bracket.
When the rain moved in all the pool play was completed along with the first round of bracket play. Still remaining in the championship bracket and playing each other in the quarterfinals were Olathe Northwest against Park Hill South, Lee’s Summit North taking on Shawnee Mission East, St. Thomas Aquinas versus Liberty, and Raymore-Peculiar against Lee’s Summit West.
The Lee’s Summit West-Raymore Peculiar matchup was one of many that could be seen during the regular season once the pads come on. Blue Valley North and Shawnee Mission East saw each other in pool play along with Grandview and Belton who have played a time or two.
Lee’s Summit West assistant coach Derek Howard felt like his team was able to get some good work in before the weather hit in the afternoon.
“It’s always a good thing to get out and work with your receivers, quarterbacks and your defensive backs,” Howard said. “I don’t know long this tournament has been going on, but we look forward to it every year. You always get a lot of games and it is always good for your kids.”
Park Hill South, Shawnee Mission East, Liberty and Lee’s Summit West earned the first round byes and were just playing their first bracket games. The other teams to make the championship bracket were Blue Valley North, who lost to Olathe Northwest; Chillicothe, who lost to Lee’s Summit North; Shawnee Mission West , who lost to St. Thomas Aquinas; and Raytown South, who lost to Ray-Pec.
The teams that fell into the consolation bracket were O’Hara, Ruskin, Grandview, Fort Osage, Sedalia Smith-Cotton and the Lee’s Summit North and Lee’s Summit west junior varsity squads.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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