Don’t Let Purpose Get Lost Along Way

Too often we lose sight of the fact that sports and athletics are for our enjoyment. We invest ourselves so heavily in the outcome of the games that we  lose sight of the fun and the lessons that are learned regardless of the score of the game. Many of us today have narrowed our vision so much that we fail to truly enjoy the ride and benefit from the long term life lessons that come from the opportunity.

I have to take a step back every March after following my favorite college basketball team through the NCAA tournament.The games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if I didn’t invest myself in each game and the season as a whole, but it is too much when each game affects my self image and my attitude toward others. I experienced this again this October during the MLB playoffs following the Royals wild ride. I found myself hollering at the umpires after each pitch and getting upset with players if they failed to reach my expectations. I had to take a step back so that I could enjoy this thing that is meant to be enjoyed.

This football season failed to meet many of our win/loss expectations. It did meet the expectations of fulfilling the greater purpose of athletics in our lives. Throughout the season we have young men make sacrifices for the team much like they will have to do for their future families. We had several young men develop confidence in themselves that will carry them through hard times in their lives and give them the courage to reach their potential in life. We had lots of young men experience failure and learn that success follows hard work. We had a large contention of our team find out that things don’t always go as planned yet they were able to overcome and help the team improve.

Let’s all take a minute to step back and enjoys the thousands of victories that were won this season. I’m proud of all the kids on the team for working throughout the season and making the end product a big success. Football is meant to be enjoyed so let’s enjoy it.

Raiders Looking for Improvements in the Middle of the Season

The Raiders have had a couple of tough outings the last three weeks against 3 of the premiere 6A programs in Kansas whose combined record to date is 11-1. The defense has shown signs of effectively stopping the run and the offense has shown an improved running game. The next two games are big for the SM South Football team as they prepare for district competition.

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Raiders Win Big in Week 1 Against SM North

The Raiders celebrating the win with the student body, band, and cheerleaders.

The Raiders celebrating the win with the student body, band, and cheerleaders.

The Raider football team opened the 2014 football season with a 41-12 victory over the visiting SM North Indians. The season opening win marked the first time the SM South football team opened the season with a win since the 1998 football season.

Senior Joe Fales #42

Senior Joe Fales #42

The defense was led by senior linebacker Joe Fales with 9 tackles including 1 TFL and a forced fumble. Sophomore Bremen Scholz had his hand in on 10 stops as well. Sophomore Kamau Kimaru, senior Brian Harness, and senior Ryan Donnelly were each credited with a sack, senior Dalton Lewallen had an interception and Ned Bingaman had a fumble recovery. The defense held the Indians scoreless through the first 3 quarters of the game.

Senior Matt Hollingsworth #16

Senior Matt Hollingsworth #16

On offense the Raiders were led by quarterback Matt Hollingsworth. Hollingworth rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and completed 11 of 19 passes for 146 yards and 1 touchdown. Dalton Lewallen rushed for 106 yards and 3 TD’s on 9 carries and caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Marshall Bland scored the other touchdown for the Raiders. The Raiders totaled 443 yards of offense in the big win.

Senior Dalton Lewallen #20

Senior Dalton Lewallen #20

Ra’Keim Abdul Selected for KS Shrine Bowl

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Raider Safety/Running Back Ra’Keim Abdul has been selected to play in the 2014 Kansas Shrine Bowl. He will be playing for the East team. Ra’Keim is a three year starter at Free Safety and started at Running Back as a senior. He also was a major threat in the return game for the Raiders. Congrats Ra’Keim! Represent SM South!

Class of 2014 Has 10 Sign to Play at the Next Level!!!

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10 Raider Seniors from the Class of 2014 signed in February to continue their playing careers at the college level. Congrats to these guys on a great accomplishment and best of luck in your futures.

Nick Oliver – Emporia State University                                                                                     Chase Allen – Central College (Iowa)                                                                                       Ra’Keim Abdul – Butler CC                                                                                                       Dametrius Berry – Hutchinson CC                                                                                           Dominique Berry – Hutchison CC                                                                                           Jawann Stennis – Hutchinson CC                                                                                           KJ Edwards – Highland CC                                                                                                     Rasheed Brady – Highland CC                                                                                                 Kendall McCoy – Highland CC                                                                                                 Ethan Kaplan – Highland CC

 

 

 

2013 All Sunflower League Team Announced

2013 All Sunflower League Team  – Click link to see team

Congrats to Nick Oliver on being selected 1st Team All League Tight End!

Congrats to Ra’Keim Abdul, Dametrius Berry, and Dominique Berry for being selected to the 2nd Team All League!

Also congrats to the following players for being selected to the Honorable Mention Team. Stephen Erickson, Rasheed Brady, Tyler Perdue, Ned Bingaman, Marcus Neal, Terry Adams, Trent Flagler, Chase Allen, Brendan Brooks, Kendall McCoy, Marshall Bland