7-on-7 teams ready for big tournament

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 18, 2010 - 10:16 PM

Summer 7-on-7 leagues are good proving grounds for high school football teams as they get ready for the upcoming season. Some leagues are pretty casual while others can be almost like a regular game.

Saturday at Lee’s Summit North 20 teams from around the Kansas City Metro will compete in the Lee’s Summit North Midwest championship tournament.

Joining the host Broncos are Lee’s Summit West, Shawnee Mission West, Blue Valley North, Park Hill South, Belton, Fort Osage, Chillicothe, Raytown South, Basehor-Linwood, Grandview, Liberty, Harmon, Raymore-Peculiar, Ruskin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Olathe Northwest and Sedalia Smith-Cotton.

Play gets underway at 7 a.m. in five pools and will continue until about noon when the top 12 teams are broken into brackets. The finals are scheduled for 3 p.m. where the winner will be crowned the champion.

Lee’s Summit North coach Ty Kohl said the tournament is a little different than it has been in the past.

“It used to be both varsity and junior varsity with only round robin games in the pools,” Kohl said. “Now it is all varsity and we are going to crown a champion so it really gives the kids something to play for.”

With teams from both sides of the state line and in different classifications the competition should be very interesting. Some great regular season matchups could be seen if Lee’s Summit West, Raytown South and Fort Osage were to run into each other. The same could be said for Blue Valley North, Shawnee Mission West and Olathe Northwest.

If you can’t make it out to Lee’s Summit North be sure to check www.prepskc.com for all of the results and photos from the action.

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach Dion send e-mail to dion@prepskc.com.