Lee's Summit West is King of the Trenches
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
It seems whenever Lee’s Summit West steps on the field for any type of football related competition it comes home a winner.
The Titans backed up their win in the Lee’s Summit North 7-on-7 Midwest Championships over the weekend by taking home the title of King of the Trenches at the Blue Valley Lineman Challenge Wednesday night at Blue Valley High School. The event featured several different stations including a tire flip, obstacle course, sled push, shuttle run and other speed and agility drills.
Lee’s Summit West won the event with 990 points followed by Blue Valley West with 955; Blue Valley with 954; Olathe South with 936; and Richmond with 922. Those five schools all brought at least five participants to be scored in the team competition. Belton (508 points) and Cass Midway (503 points) each brought three and Matt Gorby (187) from Olathe East and Scott Sickles (162) from Truman represented their schools by themselves.
The Titans are used to having strong showings in events like this. Last year Lee’s Summit West won the Blue Springs Lineman Challenge before going 14-1 and winning the Missouri Class 5 championship. West’s top finisher Chris Wiseman (third with 205 points) said his team just likes competing no matter what the situation.
“The biggest thing we have is winning and competition,” Wiseman said. “It’s all we are focused on. All of the coaches keep saying competition, competition that’s what we thrive on.
“It was awesome it was a great atmosphere. We loved it. We interacted with other teams and said hello to the guys we knew.”
While the Titans earned a comfortable victory Blue Valley West just edged rival Blue Valley for second place. It was a good event for the Jaguars as senior Colby Patterson finished second overall with 208 just behind Olathe South sophomore Bradon Smith who won with 211 points. Also in the top 10 for Blue Valley west was junior Davis Clark who finished seventh with 199 points.
The Jaguars have been working hard this offseason and it showed in their strong finish at the King of the Trenches. Junior Nadir Zayyad said his team is ready to get back on the field and show a lot of improvement after a 1-8 season in 2010.
“This is very fun because it gives us a chance to come out here have fun and compete with guys from other schools,” Zayyad said.
“We are working very hard and hoping to have a better season this year.”
Blue Valley was right behind Blue Valley West and placed two lineman in the top 10. Senior tight end Austin Katsorelos said this was a great competition but also a fun way to do some different things and meet new people during summer workouts.
“It was really fun,” Katsorelos said. “We get to test our skills against the best players in the area. It’s just fun to be on the football field and kind of show what you can do and what you’ve been training for. It’s great to meet some new guys too.”
For Olathe South the strong showing and the win by Smith could be sign of good things to come for the Falcons. Olathe South was one of the better teams in Kansas Class 6A at the end of last season. A strong line that features the sophomore smith along with seniors Spencer Sperling, Scott Gourley and Richard Alexander could put Olathe South right back near the top of 6A again.
“This for the lineman is a blast,” Falcons coach Jeff Gourley said. “We put no pressure, there is no requirements for coming. We just tell the kids if you want to go great. They come out and they have a good time competing with other athletes from other schools.”
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