The Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association will hold its annual Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star game at 7 p.m. on Thursday night at Blue Springs South high School.
The series is tied 11-11, but the Missouri squad has won the past four years and five of the last six.
The Kansas team features a number of Division I players including St. James Academy’s Braxton Lewis (Iowa State) and SM East’s Kyle Ball (Kansas State).
The Missouri roster will be led by players from Blue Springs, Rockhurst and Lee’s Summit West.
The GKCFCA will also induct its inaugural Hall of Fame class, which will be displayed at Arrowhead Stadium. The class includes one player — former Olathe North running back Darren Sproles, who played at Kansas State and continued on to the NFL.
The former and current coaches set to be honored are: Cecil Patterson (Southeast), Al Davis (Rockhurst), Moe Werner (Bishop Ward), Len Mohlman (Bishop Miege), Al Woolard (Lawrence), Ted Chitwood (Raytown), Joe Mintner (Park Hill), Gennaro Mirocke (St. Joseph Shawnee), Larry Taylor (Shawnee Mission North), Joe Monachino (St. Pius X), Dave Bassore (Center and Olathe North), Paul Montiel (O’Hara), Vic Bonuchi (Excelsior Springs), Bruce Young (Raymore-Peculiar), Tony Severino (Rockhurst), Sam Brown (Grandview, SM North and Excelsior Springs), Chip Sherman (Platte County, SM East and Olathe Northwest), Fred Merrell (Blue Springs and St. Mary’s), Harold Wambasgans (SM West and Lee’s Summit), Bud Wheeler (Olathe and Ottawa), Gil Rector (Lexington), Gene Wier (Olathe North), Steve Rampy (Blue Valley) and Dick Purdy (SM West).
The class will also include former Chiefs player Bill Maas, who will be inducted as an associate.
Meet of Champions
The Fifth Annual Meet of Champions, which pits Kansas and Missouri graduating track stars against each other, will also take place on Thursday. It starts at 6 p.m. at Fort Osage High School with the girls 100 meter hurdles as its first running event. The high school portion of the meet is scheduled to finish with the 3000 meter run at 7:45.
State champions like Olathe East’s AJ Stephens, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Emily Downey, Grandview’s Anglerne Annelus and Liberty North’s Andrew Madison will be on hand.