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Friday, March 24, 2017

Commentary: Why I Hate

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com


I have many family and friends that are fans of KU basketball and anyone that knows me at all understands my dislike for the program.  Many can't fathom why as it is a little bit deeper than just being a KState grad.  There are many fans that will watch KU basketball but at the same time root for their conference foes.  I am just not wired that way.  I will not cheer for any team, program or organization that is based on "privilege".  I would say that I have a similar disdain for Alabama football or any blue blood school that has an established brand that lends itself to easily acquiring top tier talent.  The Yankees in the 90's is another glaring example of this.


Does this mean that the players at these schools are not good?  No, they are in many cases the cream of the crop and when you have this level of athlete you don't have to push them hard to work.  This conversation translates well to the endless discussions about private schools and the success that they enjoy in the state of Kansas.  I think one of the most hypocritical situations is being against the advantages of a private school and at the same time be a fan of KU basketball.  The very reason that makes private schools successful is what makes KU basketball thrive.


What does privilege mean in this context?  The Blue Bloods get the best coaches and players.  The question each year is not if they will get a top 50 recruit but how many.  If you are in a position to take for granted the fact you are going to secure some of the very best talent then there you have privilege.  This generation of athlete has really changed the landscape of sports.  The day of free agency has moved into high school and now college.  You are no longer cheering for a team or organization but for the player.  Lebron James is the brand now that has a fan base.


I enjoy the banter but I wanted to start a conversation to explain myself a bit.  As a man that grew up from little and worked hard to educate myself and earn a lot, I can't jump on a bandwagon based on privilege.  Literally this line of thinking takes the fun out of sports but this is what we have evolved sports into.


If you attended KU or are just a fan then god bless you.  I sincerely enjoy the banter and discussion.  I think all the players on the team are incredibly talented and I have a lot of respect for the coaches.  I am however incredibly passionate about balance and opportunity.  This is why I cheer for the little guy to disrupt the system.  Just like the Kansas City Royals and hopefully at some point before I die the Chiefs.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 SHUKC All Star Game Participant Information

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com


Because the game will be played on a Thursday we will have an informational meeting on Monday April 10th, 6:00 PM at Arrowhead Middle School gym.  I will try to have uniforms ready at this time and will collect waiver forms that are 100% required to be signed by the player and the players parents.  Dunk and 3 point contestants also must sign the waiver.  I will share details about the practice schedule the next two days as well.


2017 WAIVER - Please print and bring a signed copy to the practice April 10th. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 All Star Game Sponsorship Opportunity

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com



I am starting my All Star planning a lot earlier than usual because I am interested in seeking out sponsors for the event.  The event each of the first 2 years has drawn 600-1000 people each time and hopefully this number continues to grow each year.  We hold the event at KCKCC and have the opportunity to setup tables with your companies banner and the ability to pass out material for your business.  Most importantly your sponsorship will support the costs for the event.

Uniforms ($1500) - We have 2 games and rosters of 10 players for each girl and boy team.
Insurance ($300)
Trophies ($100)
Security ($200)
Staff ($100)



Title Sponsor ($500) - You will be the title sponsor for the event.  The 2017 SHUKC KVL vs KCAL All Star game is brought to you by (Your Business).

Noted in the programs that are passed out.
Commercial acknowledgement on the video taken for the event.
Banner and table access at the event.
Link On SHUKC website (25,000 page view per month)



I am flexible as well if you have other ideas.



Event Sponsor ($250) - I have a game sponsor for the Girls and Boys game, Girls and Boys 3 point contest and the dunk contest.

Commercial access on SHUKC broadcasts during this season.
Link on SHUKC website (25,000 page view per month during football and basketball)
Representative can present trophy to winner of the contest or MVP of the game.

If I can get support for each of these items then I will have coverage for the uniforms and some the gym.  I will be able to front the rest of the costs for the event.  If you would just like to make a tax deductible donation please let me know as it would be appreciated.

You can support as well by sharing this post.  I get great feedback on the game and it is something I want to maintain year after year because the kids truly enjoy this opportunity when they are not able to get invites to some other games.  Your support is appreciated.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shelley Steps Down





by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com


Head boys basketball coach at Piper Brian Shelley who led the Pirates to the state tournament is stepping down.  20 wins, undefeated in the KVL and scoring 3 wins against Basehor-Linwood in the process.  With all that success Coach Shelley is stepping down as head coach.  His players and parents were informed yesterday.


Anyone involved in high school sports is in it for the kids.  There is little in the way of money associated with the incredible sacrifice a coach makes to coach his team.  That sacrifice means a lot of time away from home and anyone that chooses family must be respected and understood.


Great job this year coach and good luck in the future.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 SHUKC All Star Game Roster (KCAL Girls)

Samia Roark (Sumner Academy)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com




I would like to formally invite each of the players below to participate in our 2017 SHUKC All Star Game.  We are targeting 4/13 or 4/14 for the date of the game.  To the participants below, some I have heard from you but will need a few things.  First let me know that you will be able to play and send me your jersey and short sizes and 2 numbers.  If there are any duplicates standings in league will take precedence.

NOTE:  Every one participating in the game must sign a waiver for the event.  The waiver must be signed by the student and a parent prior to practices the week of the game.  I will provide a link to download the waiver to bring the signed copy to the first practice.


The game will be played April 13th at Basehor-Linwood High School.


KCAL Girls:

Samia Roark (Sumner Academy)
Kiara Brown (Schlagle)
Aveonce Sullivan (Harmon)
Lindsay Anderson (Atchison)
Ashley Daniels (Schlagle)
Quaneisha Davis (Schlagle)
Sa'Mone Springsteen (Schlagle)
Sierra Williamson (Washington)
Tieisha Bradley (Wyandotte)

2017 All Star Game Roster (KCAL Boys)




Demarco Smith (Washington)


by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com




I would like to formally invite each of the players below to participate in our 2017 SHUKC All Star Game.  We are targeting 4/13 or 4/14 for the date of the game.  To the participants below, some I have heard from you but will need a few things.  First let me know that you will be able to play and send me your jersey and short sizes and 2 numbers.  If there are any duplicates standings in league will take precedence.

NOTE:  Every one participating in the game must sign a waiver for the event.  The waiver must be signed by the student and a parent prior to practices the week of the game.  I will provide a link to download the waiver to bring the signed copy to the first practice.


The game will be played April 13th at Basehor-Linwood High School.




KCAL Boys:

Demarco Smith (Washington)
Marcus Henderson (Washington)
Xzavier Hoy (Washington)
Tama Johnson (Schlagle)
Dominique Sanders (Schlagle)
Malik Cushon (Schlagle)
BJ Heard (Harmon)
Adam Smith (Atchison)
Vance Jackson (Sumner Academy)
Lei'Andrew Nelson (Wyandotte)

2017 All Star Game Location and Date

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com


The 2017 SHUKC All Star game will be hosted this year at Basehor-Linwood.  The date will be 4/13 which is a Thursday night as to avoid good Friday on 4/14. 


The girls game will start around 5:30 - 5:45


At halftime of the girls game we will have our girls 3 point contest.


After the girls game we will have the boys 3 point contest.


The boys dunk contest.


Boys game will follow


If you would like to be a sponsor for any of the events to help cover the costs of the uniforms and staff please let me know.  All donations are appreciate and advertising on SHUKC will be included in your support for the game.


A huge thanks to Joe Keeler for helping with using the gym!