Monday, January 16, 2017

2016 SHUKC Defensive POY video

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

It is SHUKC Award Ceremony week as I prepare for the ceremony Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Below is the video for the defensive POY.  Check out the candidates!

Friday, January 13, 2017

2016 SHUKC Offensive POY Video

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

I am getting to work on my 2016 SHUKC Award ceremony videos.  We have 4 very deserving offensive POY nominees.  There can only be 1.

Scores: 1/13/2017

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

A few scores to report from last night as teams rescheduled to beat the impending winter storm.

Atchison girls and boys made the trip to Schlagle a day early.

Schlagle Lady Stallions defeated Atchison 80-45.  Schlagle moved to 7-0 after defeating Washington earlier in the week 80-22.

The Schlagle boys again protected their home court defeating the Redmen 53-46.  This was an important game for the Stallions to keep their momentum going.  As a Schlagle alumni I can't speak highly enough about the hire of Coach Potts.

Piper defeated Bonner Springs 84-81.  I heard this was a very good game and I hate I missed it.  Dov Covington led 4 Pirates in double figures with 18.  Cole Oakes went off for 26 points, 4 3's and was a perfect 8 of 8 from the FT line.

Piper girls defeated Bonner Springs 83-11.  I really think the Schlagle blowout had more to do with the triple digit score.  Ali Vigil with 25 off 6 3's.

Stay safe this weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Press Release: Independent Survey of KSHSAA Members

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

It was a step in the right direction for classification in Kansas.  I think this situation illustrates just how big of a voice the people can have when they work together.  A lot of work put into this and I think they should be proud of what they accomplished.  Below is a link to a press release of a survey presented to KSHSAA and a 41 Action News story on the subject.


41 Action News Story

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scores: 1/10/2017

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Great night at Schlagle as the Stallions hosted the Washington Wildcats.  I get there and get my camera ready to realize I left my memory card in the car.  I go get it and setup again.  Take a few JV pictures when my battery in my camera died.  So sorry no pictures from the game.

Washington who has dominated the KCAL came into this game with a lot of questions.  They were coming off a shocking road loss to Topeka West and gave up a 50 spot to Gilyard of Barstow.  Expectations coming off a state semi-finals were high coming into the season but perhaps a bit premature.

The Stallions are riding on high.  They collected a very good road win in the league against Harmon.  Coach Potts has this young group playing very hard and with a lot of poise.  Tyon Grant-Foster has his stock rising big time with his work on the glass and enhancing his already impressive offensive skill.  Schlagle however had not defeated Washington since 2009 so this would be a major mental hurdle to clear.

I might challenge myself a bit on that last statement.  This first year coach and young players may not fully understand the significance of a win like this to Stallion faithful.  This rivalry had literally taken on a KState little brother to KU mentality over the last 7 or 8 years.  To this group though they have a different look and energy but a great crowd was there to see how this game would play out.

Sophomore D'Monte Gaw of Schlagle got the Stallions going early in the first quarter driving to the basket.  His game will evolve in terms of range but his ability to get to the basket and finish make Schlagle very dangerous.  Grant-Foster went to work early as well.  The fast pace was very entertaining as the Wildcats worked to keep pace with the Stallions.  Schlagle's new found confidence was starting to show as they led 16-13 after the first quarter. 

It was the second quarter that I started to notice a bit of panic in Washington and specifically in Demarco Smith.  It was my first live look at Smith, an All SHUKC selection in 2016 who looks faster but was indecisive early in the game.  With some new faces in the Wildcat lineup I felt like he was pressing to get others involved.  Randy Campbell who worked his tail off through out the game kept Washington from getting ran out the gym in the first half.  It was 34-27 at the half and I remember thinking it should have been a 20 point lead.  I sat there trying to remember Smith scoring.  If you hold Smith scoreless and are only leading by 7 then that was going to be a problem was at least the thought in my head.

Washington came out the second half with a ton of energy.  Randy Campbell really started to assert himself and the Wildcats began their charge off numerous Schlagle turnovers.  The press was starting to wear down the Stallions.  The game had gotten tight when "it" happened.  The gym was full but fairly quiet except for one powerful voice.  That voice was Prentes Potts who I wouldn't describe as an overly big guy but his energy and voice carries very well.  It is obvious that he knows the game and like a drill sergeant, he let his team have it.  I remember Dan Parra being a yeller and at that time I used to think it went in one ear and out the other.  I have reasons here that I simply won't go into in print of why I think this is appropriate in this situation.  You know what Coach Potts got in that moment?  5 soldiers headed back onto the court and they proceeded to run Washington off the court.

That is a season defining moment and one we may look back as the moment the Stallions burst back onto the scene.  Schlagle got the home win 76-55.  It is just one win at home so we can't schedule any type of parade.  Its all fun and games until you lose at home. 

A few thoughts:

The big question coming out of last night for me was what was up with Demarco Smith?  He settled for a lot of jump shots in the first half and looked reluctant to shoot in the second.  There were a few opportunities early to get some layups in but he opted to get his team mates going.  I think that is great but I never saw the shift in focus.  He passed up another layup in the second half that I really would have liked to have seen him make just so he can see the ball go in the basket.  Everyone and their mother is going to have something to say including me.  The young man is very talented and being a D1 athlete creates high expectations.  My advice is the same that I give to all young men in his situation.  Don't forget to have fun and enjoy this season.  You just had your worst game of the season so you can let all that go and play.  I won't be pushing any panic buttons just yet.  Tune out everything but those in your circle.

Tyon Grant-Foster looks like a completely different player.  All the tools were there for him but last year and even early this year he would have a couple of head scratching moments.  Particularly around firing from outside.  He is a highly gifted driver of the basketball and finisher.  He is long and can jump which has evolved him as a rebounder.  For the second game in a row now he has earned his keep on the glass and at the rim.  I am not sure he has attempted a 3 in the last 2 games.  If again he sustains this he is going to be a force and can propel Schlagle to a league title.  He is worth $5 so go check him out.

I want to make sure I mention Dominique Sanders because he has heart.  He is a perfect fit of senior leadership on this team and he just wants it more than everyone else out there.  He was huge for Schlagle driving to the rim and working the offensive glass. 

Randy Campbell for Washington was very good last night.  The Wildcats have one of the top duos when he and Smith are on but the question will be who will make it a trio.  The concern for Washington to me is who is going to be more than a role player.

Other scores:

Atchison defeats Sumner Academy 56-55.  DeAuan McClaine with 18 for Sumner Academy.  Taye Helm led the Redmen with 17.
Basehor-Linwood 62-33 over Lansing
Piper 80-32 over Bishop Ward
Harmon falls 78-49 against Hogan Prep


Basehor-Linwood 51-43 over Lansing
Piper 61-30 over Bishop Ward - I want to give a shout out to Bishop Ward lady Cyclones who are now 3-3 on the season.  Good to see them competing and getting some wins.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 All State Soccer Teams

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com
















Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rules of a blowout

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

One thing I did ask Coach Western was for access to the film.  I don't know that I have ever asked to watch one of these games in the past.  I had it in my head what it would look like and I can say that my thoughts and impressions were spot on.  After actually watching the game I am going to change my initial thoughts a bit.  I will offer up some guidelines as well for what I think is excessive or can be interpreted as running up a score.  I will say that in these games there should be a mutual understanding on both sides that they are going to run the clock out.  So here are the Brox blowout rules.

1.  No player in your top 8 should be in the game once the game is this far gone.  Coach mentioned he subbed 5 at a time and some top players didn't start the game.  That sounded reasonable when he said it but after watching I just don't see it necessary for any starter or high rotation player to even step on the court in the second half and in this case after the midway point of the second quarter.  So there have been some comments made about suiting up some freshman or go a little deeper into your JV bench which seems reasonable to me.

2.  The losing team must agree to running the game clock out and this is one thing I will say was not allowed to happen in this case.  Why?  Check out rule 3.

3.  No trapping.  Trapping whether you are in the half court or picking up full court is added pressure that the opposing team obviously can't handle.  No, Schlagle did not press full court but they were picking up at half court and trapping which can in this case be just as effective in scoring a lot of points.  Even if you are working on something you are not playing against the competition that will make you better in this case. 

4.  No cherry picking.  Some of what was happening could not be helped.  I have heard arguments that Schlagle should have run some offense or stalled.  I am also good with that being a rule as long as 2 is in effect.  If they dribble across half court then the losing team needs to back off and afford the opportunity to stall.

5.  To a greater extreme as well there should be an option to just call the game at the half.  I have seen football games get stopped if the feelings are mutual for weather.  I won't say a team should forfeit before the game but if you are not getting anything out of the experience have a discussion about running the clock earlier than the 4th quarter or again just tipping your cap.

These situations are not fun for anyone involved.  There is obviously a skill gap in the teams and everyone wants to hopefully treat others with respect.  Hopefully if we follow the rules above we will make it as respectful as possible and no hurt feelings.