IL Fall Sports Season Preview (Week of August 26, 2019)

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FOOTBALL BACK IN FULL FORCE 

Schools Battle in Jamborees & Scrimages to Prepare

The Lincoln Prep Blue Tigers, the East Bears, and the Central Blue Eagles all particpated in preseason jamborees Friday, August 23, to prepare for their first regular season games this week. The Southeast Knights, meanwhile, had their own intrasquad scrimmage.

(Photo by Renee Smith)

The Blue Tigers, who return a majority of their starters from last year’s 6-4 IL Championship team, are once again led by bruising quarterback Howard Brown and were picked by the conference coaches and ADs to repeat as champions.

Despite losing nearly 2,000 yards of total offense from David Brown, the East Bears look to rebound from a 2-8 season as coaches picked them to finish second in the IL.

(Photo provided by David Pittel)

The Central Blue Eagles, under new head coach David Pittel, were picked to finish third with a young roster. After summer work­outs and a successful jamboree, Central is hoping to make a statement this year.

Coach Sean Coffey also tries to reload the roster for the Southeast Knights, picked fourth, after they lost their top two rushers and their top receiver from a year ago.

The Northeast Vikings are looking to turn the corner this season as Coach Roger Franks has infused the roster with a youth movement following a 1-9 season.

SOFTBALL BACK IN KCPS 

LCPA Brings Softball to IL

(Photo provided by Carmen Gudino)

The Lincoln Prep Blue Tigers Girls Softball team is the first in Kansas City Public Schools in ap­proximately 40 years. The current team is com­posed of nearly 25 girls, most of whom have never played softball prior to this year. Accord­ing to first year coach Elizabeth Fowler, they have risen to the challenge of establishing a new legacy for the KCPS district. Players are working hard to form a cohesive bond as a team both on and off the field. The first game, which is also the “home opener” for Lincoln Prep Girls Soft­ball will be played against Harrisonville on Thursday, September 5 at 4 p.m. at the KC Urban Youth Academy.

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