Nine local football players earn KFBCA All-State honors

Nine local players have earned All-State recognition from the Kansas Football Coaches Association.

The All-State teams consist of senior football players nominated and selected by KFBCA members who watched film of nominees and voted on All-State selections. The KFBCA is composed of only 11-man football coaches. The 8-man coaches operate a seperate Kansas Eight-Man Football Coaches Association.

The nine local athletes earning All-State honors are below.

Class 5A

K/P Jackson McKechnie (Pittsburg)

Class 4A

ATH Ty Leedy (Chanute)

DL Dagen Dean (Chanute)

Class 3A

ATH Mario Menghini (Frontenac)

Class 2A

OL Maddox Johnson (Humboldt)

K/P Trey Sommer (Humboldt)

Class 1A

OL Brody Kannarr (Colgan)

WR Colin Hite (Colgan)

LB Carter Jacquinot (Colgan)




Brown, Myers sign at Frontenac High School

FRONTENAC, Kan. – Frontenac senior student-athletes Mia Brown and Logan Myers will continue their careers in the MIAA.

Myers signs to play baseball at Emporia State on Wednesday, while Brown signs to play volleyball for Jen Gomez and the Pittsburg State Gorillas.

“Miranda Rodriguez, the assistant coach at Pitt State, was my club coach. Pitt State wasn’t really on my radar at the time,” Brown says on the process of choosing Pitt State, “She called me and was like hey we want you to come on a visit. I was like OK, I’ll just go and see how it is. When I went there, it was completely different than what I thought and I really fell in love with it.”

“Coach Wheeler and coach Schwartz, I’ve known them since I was young,” Myers says on his choice to play at Emporia State, “I know coach Schwartz a little bit more because he was a middle infielder for my dad. I’ve gotten to take ground balls with him since I was a little kid. I think I’ve formed great relationships with them and I’m excited for it.”

Both Brown and Myers were outstanding athletes for Frontenac High School – and they’re excited to compete in one of the toughest Division II conference in the nation.

“I’m ready for the challenge. I’ve been around the league with my dad for a long time,” Myers says, “Being at Emporia State or anywhere in the MIAA, you have to bring your best every single day. It’s very hard competition every day and I’m excited for the challenge.”

“We have some very good competition in the CNC,” Brown says on how Frontenac prepared her for the college game, “College is a different level, but I think that with preparation and everything, Frontenac definitely prepared me well for it.”

Girard claims regional championship with shutout win over Frontenac

GIRARD, Kan. – (WATCH) Girard shuts out Frontenac 36-0 Friday night to claim a 3A regional championship and advance to the state quarterfinals.

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 10 with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus

Check out Episode 10 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (LINKS BELOW). On THIS episode:

  • Girard/Frontenac regional championship (2:09)
  • Undefeated Chanute aims for regional championship (7:24)
  • Galena/Columbus regional championship (9:38)
  • Carthage, Webb City return from byes (11:17)
  • Seneca on playoff opener vs. Hollister (12:59)
  • Interview with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus (16:16)





Menghini scores 5 TD, Frontenac wins playoff opener over Iola

FRONTENAC, Kan. – (WATCH) Mario Menghini scores five total touchdowns Friday night in Frontenac’s 35-15 win over Iola.

The Raiders move on to face Girard for a regional championship next week.

Frontenac softball raises banner, receives state championship rings

FRONTENAC, Kan. – (WATCH) The Frontenac High School softball team raises their state championship banner and receives their state championship rings Wednesday.

“We’ve all been waiting for this day,” says head coach Cassie Rhuems, “Spring sports end at a weird time. You come back and you get into the grind of summer. I just appreciate the district giving us the opportunity to celebrate these kids. It’s an awesome accomplishment that they will live with forever, and they’ll never forget it. They were a great representation of our community. I’m really proud of them. It wasn’t always happy and fun. We had moments of really bad softball and moments of frustration. I thought it was a great reflection of who these kids are, they way they performed at the regional tournament and at the state tournament. It really just showed what kind of guys they really had.”

Frontenac beat Prairie View 7-1 back in May to claim the 3A state championship. It’s the program’s third state title since 2016.

“We enjoyed today and once we released the banner I told them that we better be back here next year doing the same thing,” Rhuems adds, “The expectation is there. We have the quality of kids to do it again if we want to. We just have to have the right mentality, the right preparation and take care of business when we have the opportunity.”


Frontenac aims to earn district championship Friday against Galena

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The Frontenac Raiders have a chance to earn a district championship on Friday night against Galena.

“It would mean the world to us,” says Frontenac senior LB Jack Lusker, “We didn’t do it last year, and we were all upset about that. We really want it this year.”

“It would be big for our kids. We know how hard they’ve worked all season,” says Frontenac head coach Mark Smith, “I’m going to tell them tonight after practice that these are the moments why you work hard. This is why you put all those extra hours in together and these are the games that you want to play in, the battles against great teams like Galena. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere on Friday night.”

Frontenac got off to a bit of a slow start this season.

The Raiders were 2-2 in their first four games, including a 14-12 loss to Colgan and a 35-0 home loss to Girard in week four.

That lopsided week four loss to Girard was the team’s last loss – and was a turning point in the season for Frontenac.

“After that Girard game we all kind of had our heads down and were just kind of disappointed with how we played that night,” Smith says, “We had a great week of practice that next week against Columbus and we tried to start a whole new season at 0-0. Since then, we’ve played with a lot of confidence. We’ve played more physically and we’ve played faster. The kids started to believe and they started playing together.”

“The week after that game, everybody really stepped up on offense, defense and special teams,” Lusker adds, “We just clicked. That’s really what happened.”

Since that Girard loss, Frontenac has won three straight against Columbus, Baxter Springs and Parsons. The Raiders head into Friday night with a 5-2 overall record, including a 3-0 mark against district opponents.

On the other side, Galena is also on a roll.

The Bulldogs have won four in a row to get to 5-2 overall. They’re also 3-0 in district play.

“We have to tackle well and we have to be physical up front,” Smith says on facing a physical Galena team, “It’s going to be very important to win first down and put them in passing situations if we can. They’re a very down-hill and run-oriented team right now. They have a three-headed monster in the backfield and they all run very hard. Coach Sarwinski has done a great job and they’re also playing their best ball right now. It’s really going to come down to the trenches like it always does, but our kids are excited for the challenge.”

Friday night’s game will kick off at 7 PM in Frontenac.

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 8 with Colgan HC Shawn Seematter

Check out episode 8 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (links below).

On THIS episode:

  • Hudson Moore is a problem (2:05)
  • Chanute aims for undefeated regular season (3:22)
  • Frontenac and Galena district championship (5:45)
  • Why I like Girard (6:43)
  • Seneca looks to go 9-0 (8:36)
  • Quapaw and Miami impressive seasons (10:47)
  • Interview with Colgan HC Shawn Seematter (15:23)
  • Pitt State offensive weapons (29:28)





PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 7 with ESPN 100.7’s Mike Snow

Check out episode 7 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast. On THIS episode:

  • Reaction to last week’s Parsons/Galena game (1:35)
  • What’s behind Neosho’s high-powered offense (5:55)
  • Big opportunity this week for Seneca (9:58)
  • Joplin/Carthage matchup this week (12:25)
  • Frontenac aims to stay hot at Parsons (13:17)
  • Interview with ESPN 100.7’s Mike Snow (17:18)
  • Local guys shine for MSSU (33:33)
  • Reaction to Pitt State vs. Northwest (36:08)