From the Sidelines
I'm thankful for my faith, my family and my friends.
I'm thankful for food and football, both of which will be abundantly available this weekend.
I'm driving home to our farm northwest of Marysville. We'll have Thanksgiving dinner at grandma's house.
There will be turkey, stuffing, homemade mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and homemade rolls.
I'll play football with my friends just like we did in grade school.
In fact, we'll probably have the same arguments about holding, pass interference and whether the catch was made out of bounds.
My brother and I will argue, charge at each other and end up on the ground.
Our friends will laugh.
We'll play some more football, and then go home to eat the leftover turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.
I'm thankful for all these blessings.
The Tonganoxie football team loses eight players who lettered this fall.
Varsity letters were awarded to seniors Adam Bundy, third; Chris Calovich, third; Jared Walters, third; Neil Rieger, third; John Barnes, second; Aaron Minor, second; David McMahon, second; and Matt Legg, first.
Juniors who earned letters were Jacob Sledd, second; Kyle Wedel, second; Jimmy Walker, second; Bryan Breshears, second; Tony Miller, second; Ryan Lowe, first; Luke Manson, first; Willy Altman, first; and Joey Holek, first.
Sophomore letter-winners were Joseph Sledd, first; Josh Ferris, first; Lucas Frantz, first; Matt Alexander, first; and Mitchell McGinnis, first.
Brian Kietzmann, a 1996 Tonganoxie High School graduate, has been selected to the 1999 All-MIAA Football Team second team offense. Kietzmann has started at center for Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo., for two years.
Central Missouri finished the season 5-4 in the MIAA Conference and 7-4 overall.
Kietzmann was an offensive captain. He is studying auto technology at Central Missouri.
Sign up for the Tonganoxie Kid Wrestling Club will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The team has spots for children ages 6 through 14. For more information call Darrell Starcher, 724-2258, or Gene Samuels, 845-9258.