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Stags Get Down at the ‘80s Mixer
photos by Leah Kouri
Bishop Miege High School
Volume 55 Issue 1
September 2011
In the Miegian...
p. 8: Joplin Mission Trip
p. 10: Remembering 9/11
p. 15: Metro Pro Wrestling
The Miegian
Concussion Awareness: Miege Priority
By: LukeWheeler
staff writer
According to the department of Neurological
Surgery at The University of Pittsburgh, “62,000
concussions are sustained each year in high-school
contact sports.” This year at Bishop Miege, school
administration and coaches are trying to prevent
athletes from suffering multiple concussions in
short span of time by having them take a baseline
test known as “ImPACT” (Immediate PostConcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)”
Joey Fisher, junior offensive and defensive
lineman on the Miege football team, took the
baseline test at the beginning of the season. “We
had to see patterns, and sometimes we had to look
at shapes and then the shapes would change, and
we had to pick out the original shape,” said Fisher.
The test also uses changing colors and shapes to test
the reflexes and memory of the athletes.
ImPACT testing takes around 20 minutes
and is designed to give a baseline reading of the
neurological function of each athlete. According to
the ImPACT website,, this testing
“measures verbal and visual memory, processing
speed and reaction time.” The test is optional for
all athletes at Miege, but head football coach Tim
Grunhard has made the test mandatory for his
players, as have most other football coaches in the
KC Metro area.
ImPACT is not limited to diagnosis of
concussions. According to the ImPACT website,
“ImPACT’s concussion assessment and cognitive
testing software can help guide athletes, parents,
coaches and doctors through the concussion
recovery process.” The program makes it easier
to identify when an athlete is medically ready to
return to play, or if he or she is having lingering
post-concussive symptoms.
Miege school nurse Mrs. Maura Peterson
said, “...if they’re diagnosed with a concussion,
the goal is to have them repeat the test to compare
results. It will be a doctor trained in ImPACT testing
that decides when they return to play.” Strongwilled athletes may not like the fact that they have
to sit out when they have concussion symptoms, but
the culture of contact sports as a whole is changing
to protect athletes.
Side effects from head injuries are very
serious. According to The Athletic Advisor, “The
after effects of a concussion, post concussive
syndrome, can linger for days or weeks. Concussions
are an unfortunate side effect of collision sports
such as football and hockey. They range in severity
from the minor (“he just had his bell rung”) to major
life-threatening brain contusions (“he was knocked
smooth out”).
Miege has been very active in concussion
prevention and has made strides in diagnosis of
head, neck and back injury. The girls’ soccer team
began wearing the Force Field headbands last
spring, and the football team has been promoting
and using the Xenith helmets. Xeniths give more
room for the head and brain to move and slow
down, rather than stop abruptly with the brain
still accelerating, causing it to slam into the skull,
creating massive trauma.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention say, “Athletes who have ever had
a concussion are at increased risk for another
concussion,”and that “Children and teens are more
likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover
than adults.” ImPACT testing can identify previous
concussions, even if they were not detected at the
time that they happened, and will help trainers
and coaches make the right decisions before risking
further injury to their student athletes.
Gorden Fills Role as Teacher and Coach
By: NiyahMiller
staff writer
Miege’s new history teacher, William Gorden comes to Miege from Oklahoma City, by way of
Mr. Gorden described himself as smaller
than most of the kids during his first two years at
Bishop McGuinness High School, where he also
played baseball. He said he was the awkward type
and what one would call a “small-fry.” His sophomore year of high school, he was in English class,
and he was called on to read. Well, Mr. Gorden
being the “little” guy that he was, a high-pitched
squeak came out of his mouth. His voice cracked.
The whole class laughed, but Gorden did not give
up. He tried to re-read the first sentence, but his
voice cracked....again! Taking pity on him, the girl
behind him tapped him on the shoulder and said,
“It’s okay. I’ll read now.”
Going into his junior year, Mr. Gorden
decided he liked working with young people and
wanted to become a teacher. He taught at Rockhurst
High School for five years, before coming to Miege.
Mr. Gorden teaches history and has high
expectations for his students in the classroom. He
expects excellence, meaning their very best effort on
staff writer
Emily McGinnis is the new Miege band director. Mrs. McGinnis is from Freeport, Illinois. In
addition to teaching, she plays trumpet in the KC
Wind Symphony, Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra,
and she substitutes for other ensembles as well. She
also gives lessons at Meyer Music.
She married her high school sweetheart
JP McGinnis. JP is a second-year med student at
UMKC. Mrs. and Mr. McGinnis met in high school
but did not start dating until she was a freshman in
college, and he was a high school junior.
Mrs. McGinnis attended Freeport High
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School. She was a member of, NHS, SADD, Thespians, speech team, pit orchestra, scholastic bowl, student council, pep band, marching band, jazz band,
show choir, symphony orchestra, concert choir, varsity choir, senior one acts, and varsity golf. She said
she was very goal-driven and liked to keep very
busy, so she was involved in many activities.
When she was in eighth grade, she decided
she wanted to be a teacher. “I’ve always loved music, and my sister was majoring in music education,
so I realized I wanted to do that, too,” Mrs. McGinnis exclaimed.
She followed her dreams and achieved her
goal to be a music teacher. She has been teaching for
three years. Before transferring to Miege, she taught
at Boylan Central Catholic High School, in Rockford,
Illinois. Boylan is a much bigger school than Miege
is, so coming here is a big change for her. “Miege is
smaller and has a close-knit community feel,” said
Mrs. McGinnis.
Mrs. McGinnis said she hopes to continue
the band tradition of the previous director while
also increasing the number of students in band,
and raising the level of musicianship.” Her goal is
to make band fun, and make band a “team” activity, where each individual feels apart of the success
of the whole group. She expects the willingness to
learn, play and try new things from her students.
Her hobbies include playing tennis, frisbee
golf, walking, hiking, bike riding, and mini golfing.
She also like to cook and read.
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photo by Larissa Lamas
Miege Alumna Joins Staff
By: NiyahMiller
Band Welcomes In Its Newest Member
By: NiyahMiller
a daily basis. “I just want my students to reach their ternating between offensive and defensive focused
full potential as learners, and maybe a little history days. He expects focus, hard work, and determinawill stick, too,” he said.
tion from his team at all phases of the game, from
practice to game
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practices will Mr Gorden has assumed a teaching role in the social studies deconsist of al- partment and will be the new varsity baseball coach this spring.
Mrs. Amy Carman is
not “new” to Bishop Miege,
but she is new to the Miege
staff. Mrs. Carman is the new
math teacher, and has taught
for ten years.
Leawood and Mission, Kansas, it was natural that she
would attend Bishop Miege
in high school. The then Amy
Zamierowski was involved
in drill team and yearbook,
but she was not all that social.
“I was very shy and quiet,
and I liked to sit in the back
of the classroom. I also don’t
remember asking many ques-
The new Miege band instructor Mrs. Emily McGinnis conducts during one
of her classes.
photo by Larissa Lamas
September 16, 2011
staff writer
tions,” Mrs. Carman said.
Although Mrs. Carman was very shy, her desire to become a teacher was
far greater. She said that her
Algebra I teacher made her
realize that she liked math,
and that lead her to become a
After college Mrs.
Carman taught English to elementary students in Japan.
She learned there that her
calling was to teach and that
inspired her to pursue her
dream as a teacher. Mrs. Carman married Chet Carman
and they have two sons, Neil,
4, and Owen, 6.
Mrs. Carman said
she took off four years to
stay home and mother her
sons, and is back to work in
a school with great school
spirit and a strong sense of
community. “I am excited to
be a part of the Miege community, and I want my
students to feel I was
a part of the valuable education they
received here. I also
want to teach at my
alma mater,” Mrs.
Carman said.
H e r
favorite Miege
traditions are
the all-school
masses and the
class retreats.
those from her
days here. She
will be the assis-
tant coach for the cheerleading squad and moderate the
Anime Club.
Outside of school,
Mrs. Carman’s hobbies
include reading the
“Harry Potter” series,
and spending time
with her boys. The
41-year-old drivers
her 2002 Toyota
Camry to go
to the park
to swim with
photo by Larissa Lamas
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Inaugural K.C. Music Festival a Success
By: JakeSmithmier
staff writer
Last month Kansas became
the host of one of the biggest outdoor
music festivals in the nation when
Kanrocksas was held inside the
Kansas Speedway in Village West.
Kansas Speedway as a
concert venue was surprisingly huge.
Everything was within the track,
which may not sound like it would
make for a great venue, but it was
spread out enough that it didn’t seem
overpopulated yet small enough that
there weren’t treks between stages.
Inside the track were placed
many different things the concertgoer
could partake in besides music like:
dunk tanks, Samsung phone charging
center, multiple shade and mist tents,
tons of food, a waterslide, a Ferris
wheel, and tons of merchandise shops.
Estimated attendance for the two day
music extravaganza was somewhere
between 25,000 and 60,0000 people.
Weather throughout the festival was
consistent, very very hot. At least it
was clear with no rain and once the
sun went down, they were both great
Muse was one of several big-name acts at Kanrocksas.
Scheduling was very mixed
and diverse; a little something for
everyone. There was hip hop, rock,
psychedelic, punk and alternative. A
very mixed selection of groups located
in different areas really gave people a
wide range of options to choose from.
The festival was generally
well-received. Beyond the occasional
rough performance, the music was top
notch and crystal clear. With a great
friendly atmosphere and great music,
Kansas can’t go wrong. It would be
great if this concert stayed annual, and
there is no doubt in my mind that it will
continue, due to it being an unanimous
“It was just an overall great
experience” said junior Jack Wilcox, “I
had a fantastic time.” The only thing
that Kanrocksas will need to change
for next year is…the name.
Student Council Begins Year Successfully
By: KarlNetemeyer
staff writer
Student Council Executives
have been working already to make
this year successful, and so far they’re
pleased with the results. The first two
projects have been incredibly successful; the Fall Sports Extravaganza made
almost $650 while the ‘80s mixer made
close to $ 750.
The Executives, however, will
take no credit for the success of the two
The Executive Board, which
is made up of Kalyn Heyen, Madison
Merrill, Curtis Marchand, and Brian
Owara, all have different ideas about
why the events were such hits. Brian
Owara said, “It was the student body’s
support that made these events what
they were. No matter how hard we
would have worked, if we didn’t get
the support of the Miege community, it
would have been nothing.”
Kalyn Heyen also praised the
Miege community for their support
of these events and added that she
thought the advertisements around
school and on the announcements
made these events more popular than
in the past.
The Student Council moderators were not so modest when asked
who was responsible for the events
successes. Moderator Mr. Jeff Benes
called the events “incredibly successful. Student Council exceeded expectations, even our own. The Student
Council executives are the biggest difference this year. They’ve been working incredibly hard to make this year
the success that they know it should
be. These kids are incredible and bring
a lot of good energy to Stu-Co.”
Sr. Martina Rockers described
the four executives as “outstanding,
hardworking, cooperative, and modest.”
Mr. Dave Mitchell, another
moderator, also praised the executives
for their work on the Sports Extravaganza and said that he wanted “this
New Faces from
Distant Places
After Shooting, Curfew Enforced, Security Increased
By: MasonHans
staff writer
It’s a Saturday night. Kids
from around the metro gather at the
Country Club Plaza as they tend to do
on the weekends. Teens meeting other
friends, seeing a movie, or looking at
different kinds of clothes. These kids,
although loud at times, enjoy the Plaza
as a peaceful place for socializing on
the weekends. But tonight the peace is
On Aug. 13 Kansas City Mayor Sly James was standing outside the
Cheesecake Factory when he heard the
sound of three shots. An unknown suspect had wounded three teens, ages 13,
15 and 16. James’ bodyguards threw
him to the ground and drew their guns
to defend him. Many of the nearby
wanderers ran to the shots, reported
the Kansas City Star’s Karen Dillon.
“Don’t go that way. You could
get shot,” Marlon Buie, who has protected Kansas City, Missouri’s mayors
for 13 years, pleaded to kids as young
as 10.
Ambulances responded and
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took the teens to the hospital where
they were all treated and have since
been released.
This act of violence changed
everything. What was a safe-haven for
socializing was taken from everybody
under the age of 18. The following Friday a new curfew of 9 p.m. went into
effect forcing minors
to find a new hangout.
“We just want
to keep the babies
safe,” said Teresa
Perry with Mothers United Against
Many people,
especially mothers
like Perry, believe
that this curfew is
parents haven’t been
responsible in establishing their own
curfews for their
“If a kid asks
his mom if he can go
to the Plaza to walk
around, that mom
might think that is
a great, safe thing to
Kansas City, Missouri police officers patrol the Plaza
do,” said Sister Berta
in greater force on weekends now. photo by Leah Kouri
Sailer of St. Vincent’s Operation Breakthrough.
For instance, Alvin Brooks, an
area anti-crime activist, had the chance
to talk to the 13-year-old boy who was
injured in the short-lived skirmish.
The boy told Brooks that his mother
knew he had gone to the Plaza with his
older cousin and did not disapprove of
him being out so late.
Opponents of the curfew say
these teens aren’t babies. Many people, such as former Kansas City school
board president Airick Leonard West,
think that introducing an earlier curfew would take away the safest option
kids have.
“What the city did with the
curfew was criminalize these kids for
doing nothing more than being teenagers and to vilify parents is ridiculous,”
West said.
City government has responded to the curfew by keeping community centers open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and midnight on Saturdays. Basketball, video games, and poetry jams
are available to all.
A $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
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kind of energy and success all year
Student Council has many
new ideas that they hope will make the
school year more fun and successful.
“We hope to have monthly videos that
will keep students more interested and
informed about Stu-Co. We’ve already
gotten it approved by the administration,” said Kalyn.
Mr. Mitchell added, “We have
many more ideas, but at this point we
can’t release any of the ideas until they
get approved by the administration.”
With two events described
as “wildly fun,” Kalyn said about the
year, “This is only the start, you can expect great things from StuCo.”
By: EmoryLacy
staff writer
Student Council Executives (from left to right): Kalyn Heyen, Madison Merrill, Brian Owara, and Curtis Marchand have
worked to make the opening events of the school year more appealing to students. photo by Abby Markus
September 16, 2010
Students travel from all over
the world to come to BMHS. This year
there are six new foreign exchange students, along with nine returning, for
a total of 15 international students, a
number higher than last year.
Among the new are Nicolas Andre, senior, from France; Phil
Yoo, junior, from South Korea; Peer
Fanslaw, junior, from Germany; and
Karim Lamarty, sophomore, from
Spain. Students returning are from
South Korea and Thailand. Ten of the
students are from South Korea, including Anthony (Ming Ling) Kim, a junior.
Junior Soyeon Cho lives with
her aunt. She is one of the few international staying with family. Andre’s host
family is Mr. and Mrs. Ernst, parents
of Max, Jake, and Joseph Ernst. Andre
said he wanted to come to Miege because he “was interested in the education, and the basketball program.”
Anthony Kim is staying with
Steve and Helen Livingston and says
Miege was an easy choice for him because his older sister, Rachael, graduated from BMHS.
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Google Joins the Fray
By: SamJezak
staff writer
The people behind Google
have rarely tasted defeat. Not only
do they have the most popular
search engine in the world, but
they also have a very popular mail
service, YouTube, online storage
for medical records, and their own
browser. In an attempt to conquer
the only part of the universe they
don’t already control, Google has
created a social network.
To be fair, Google already
tried this. They created Orkut in
2004 and Google Buzz in late 2009.
Neither impressed in the United
States, but Orkut is very popular in
India and Brazil. Google Buzz was
a complete flop, and was Google’s
only failure. But all indications are
this time is different. The early press
on the newest social network is very
upbeat and positive.
The new social network is
called Google+. Before any versions
were released, it was nicknamed
the “Facebook Killer.” Google itself
dismisses these
When I was 17...
Mr. creach
Favorite Movie- “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Car- mom and dad’s silver station wagon
Sports- Pickup basketball games in the Lazzos’ backyard
Favorite subject- Current Events
Siblings- 2 younger brothers- Chris and Jeff
Role model- Mr. Reardon or Mr. Rost
Nickname- “Billy” or “Creacher”
High School- Bishop Miege
Information compiled by Colleen Gaughan
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claims and insists that the two are
very different. In this sense, Google
is correct. Facebook and Google+ are
different. According to the experts at
PC Magazine, here’s why:
• Security. Tired of having your
Facebook hacked? Google+
understands. Unlike Facebook,
Google+ will let you know when
something changes on their security
policy. They also have all of their
settings in one central page for easy
access and understanding.
• Circles: Unlike Facebook where all
friends receive the same treatment,
Google+ allows you to organize
your friends into groups like
Friends, Family, Roommates, People
I Really Don’t Know, etc. By placing
your friends into groups, you can
restrict what some groups see and
what some
don’t. For
a status
where you
are is only
to close
friends so
why let
your Great
Aunt Mary
see it?
• Hangouts and Huddles: Both of
these features are ways to connect
with friends and members of Circles.
Hangouts is a video chat feature that
allows the user to video chat with
others on Google+. If you see the
similarities between this and Skype,
you aren’t alone. Just after the
launch of Google+, Facebook and
Skype partnered up in an effort to
maintain their spots on American’s
browser history. Huddles is a
software that works like Facebook’s
chat, except only available on the
mobile app. A whole group or circle
can be included in the discussion.
Instead of having to text multiple
people the same thing to plan
something, you could use Huddles
and save your fingers from carpal
Of course no social network,
especially not a new one, is perfect.
Google+ has its share of kinks. But
remember Facebook isn’t perfect
either. A list of some complaints, also
from the experts at PC Magazine:
• Invite-Only: For the moment,
Google+ is invite-only. That means
no one can join unless specifically
invited by Google. That means the
only information coming out about
the site is from the lucky few who
were invited and the reviewers
who also have an invitation. An
estimate 1.7 million people received
invitations or were invited and
joined in Google’s beta testing.
Think of it like a casino’s soft
opening the weekend before the
grand opening. The only problem
with this is that Google has not
announced an official opening date.
They run the risk of having the buzz
around Google+ die down by the
time they release it for
everyone. I have only
seen the site being used,
and I have still not
received my invitation
from the people at
Google. If you would like
to be on a waiting list
to be notified when it is
released to the public, just
search Google+ and sign
Navigation: For
the everyday social
network user, Google+
isn’t exactly the easiest to navigate.
According to reviewers of the site, it
feels very much like being dropped
off in Times Square and being told
to go to Central Park without a map.
Too much flash to distract you and
not enough labeling to make sense
of it all. That being said, once you
figure it all out, the flashiness of it all
is great. Google+ makes Facebook
look like a social studies textbook.
Now the big question. Is
it for you? Like Google+ itself, the
answer isn’t simple. Is Google+ a
“Facebook killer”? No. Will some
people switch? Yes. I think most
people will treat Google+ as they
have Twitter by joining but using it
as just a part of their overall social
network experience. So Google
didn’t hit a home run with this
one. So what? We will call it a solid
double. And they still rule the world.
September 16, 2011
5 Minutes With...
The Friesen Twins
By: NiyahMiller
staff writer
Freshmen Chance
Sawyer Freisen
and Hunter Jackson
Freisen were both
born on March 17, 1997.
Hunter, however is older
by exactly 48 seconds. Their
nicknames both start with the
letter “B.” Chance’s nickname is
“Butter,” and Hunter’s nickname
is “Boomer.”
Growing up they both
attended St. Joseph Elementary
School, sharing the same
room, the same clothes, the
same birthday and the same
looks, although, they do have
their differences, starting with
their personalities. Chance
likes to watch Jersey Shore,
and Cooking with Bobby
Flay. He enjoys wake
boarding, hanging out with
friends, and playing table
tennis. He likes to dance
to Punk Rock music. The
Ramones is his favorite
Hunter, on the other
hand, likes to watch cartoons
and Shark Week. He likes
metal, punk, and
rock ‘n’ roll music.
Hunter enjoys
playing chess,
reading, and also
hanging out with friends.
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“Chance is way more athletic than I am,
and funnier. He’s a pretty boy and has the
six pack abs. But I am taller than Chance is.
Chance is exactly five foot, and I’m five foot,
two inches,” Hunter said.
Both Chance and Hunter play football
and will run track in the spring. Hunter
will try out for the wrestling team, but
Chance says tights aren’t his thing.
“Hunter is the smart one. He has
all Honors classes and my classes
are just....yeah! I’m more of the
ladies’ man,” Chance said smiling.
Hunter looks up to his older
brother Alec, who is a junior,
more than Chance does. “Hunter
doesn’t let anyone touch his hair
because Alec doesn’t let anyone
touch his hair. They do the hair
flip, too, if you pay close attention,”
Chance exclaims when Hunter
said that Chance was a pretty boy.
“When Chance’s hair got long, my
mom would cut it like a bowl-cut,”
Hunter said laughing.
Adam Novak is their
hero. They want to be big and strong like
him one day. Hunter has a ‘Man-Crush’
on Adam,” Chance said. Chance looks up
to Quanzee Johnson. They both share a best
friend from Peru, named Mikey. Chance
says that they call themselves the Three
Musketeers because they do everything
“We used to have this coach named Coach
K. He never could tell us apart, so he called
both of us Chunter whenever he saw us,”
Chance explained about how they are often
Hunter thinks that he and Chance have
had “twin telepathy”experiences. One that
he remembers most is when he and Chance
were playing, Paper, Rock, Scissors. They
kept landing on the same thing, and it lasted
for 15 minutes.
These twin brothers are best friends, but
they also can be each other’s worst enemy.
They fight all the time over whose turn it is to
play on the iPad.
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‘An Eye Opening Experience’
By: JeffAgar
Editor in Chief
CMT coordinator Mrs. Mary Perrini
stated, adding, “We tried to keep
everyone hydrated.”
About battling the heat, senior Kalyn Heyen said, “It was really
hot, but I didn’t notice because we
This summer Miegians
proved that their dedication to service is hardly limited to the school
year; a large number of Miegians
gave up part of their summer to
travel to Joplin, Missouri, to help in
the relief effort following the devastating tornado that struck the city
last May.
Departing on July 31, the
mission-trippers spent Aug. 1
through 4 in Joplin. They stayed
in the St. Mary’s Colgan gym in
Pittsburg, KS, about 45 minutes from
Joplin. Students worked on a variety
of projects: cleaning rubble from
yards, farm fields and houses. “Our
group rebuilt a house,” said junior
David White. “It was an eye-opening
Temperatures during these
days soared well over 100 degrees,
Miegians gather around the cross of a Joplin Catholic high school, the only part
but plans were adjusted to avoid the of the school that withstood the tornado.
photo by Renee Schultz
oppressive heat. “We would get up
earlier, and tried to be done by 1,”
were working so hard.”
Taking a summer mission trip
to Joplin was first discussed in earlysummer, according to Mrs. Perrini.
To plan, Miege reached out to another
volunteer group from Pittsburg,
Kansas, whom they had teamed with
for mission trips in the past. “We had
to coordinate with their schedule, and
we wanted to wait for everything in
Joplin to settle down,” she said about
the late-summer timing of the trip.
A group of 80 students and
chaperones participated in the mission trip. According to Mrs. Perrini,
“It was the biggest I’ve ever done,
and hardest to organize.” The trip
was inexpensive; it cost $75 for one
student, whereas last year’s most
expensive trip was $700. “I think the
cost had a lot to do with the numbers,” said Mrs. Perinni.
With recovery in Joplin
far from over, CMT hopes to make
several return trips to the devastated
city. “We’re trying to do mini-trips on
Saturdays in September, October, and
November,” said Mrs. Perrini.
K.C.’s Big Three of Barbecue
By: SamJezak
staff writer
Kansas City has the best barbecue in
the world. Period. End of discussion. Carolina,
Memphis and Texas have to settle for being
inferior. But the real battle for barbecue supremacy
happens among three Kansas City restaurants.
They are the heavy hitters, the big dogs, the
Miami Heat of slow-cooked meat. Arthur Bryant’s
and Gates, both in Missouri, and Oklahoma Joe’s,
in Kansas, are the legendary joints.
We will start with Arthur Bryant’s.
Located at 18th and Brooklyn in KCMO, it is the
oldest of the three. Started in the early ‘20s by
brothers Charlie and Arthur Bryant after their
mentor and “King of ‘Cue” Henry Perry died,
it has been serving oversized sandwiches and
their distinctive sauce ever since. Rising to fame
in the ‘40s and ‘50s due to the proximity to old
Municipal Stadium, Bryant’s has attracted many
celebrities and even Presidents Truman, Carter
and Clinton. The real pride of Arthur Bryant’s
is the sauce. Vinegar-based and peppery, it goes
perfectly with the burnt ends sandwiches. The
floors at Bryant’s seem to always be slick with
grease and sauce. The message sounds like they
care about the food and the rest just doesn’t really
Oklahoma Joe’s is located at the
Judgment Criteria
Out of 5 RIbs
intersection of Mission Road and 47th Street.
The restaurant itself is inside the Shamrock gas
station and convenience store. Oklahoma Joe’s
was originally a barbecue competition team called
the Slaughterhouse Five. The Slaughterhouse Five
Oklahoma Joe’s, located only a few blocks from
Miege at Mission Road and 47th Street, is just
one of Kansas City’s many fine barbecue restaurants. photo by Larissa Lamas
went on to be one of the most accomplished teams
in the country, winning eight titles and many
awards in their run. One of the members of the
Five, Jeff Stehney, opened Oklahoma Joe’s in 1996.
The menu is expansive, ranging from whole slabs
of ribs to turkey sandwiches and even barbecue
salads. Most barbecue places focus just on the ‘cue
Oklahoma Joe’s
Arthur Bryant’s
Arthur Bryant’s:
1727 Brooklyn Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri
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September 16, 2011
September 16, 2011
Oklahoma Joe’s:
3002 W. 47th Avenue
Kansas City, KS
4621 Paseo
Kansas City, Missouri
Miege students visited a damaged and vacant house directly struck by the
tornado and only a few blocks from the high school. There, they followed
the lead of previous volunteers, writing a variety of encouraging messages
and Bible verses on the walls of the home. photo by Renee Schultz
itself. But Oklahoma Joe’s sides almost outshine
the rest of the menu. Possibly some of the best
fries in the world, traditional but wonderful baked
beans, and even above average red beans and rice
are the highlights of the sides. Anthony Bourdain,
former chef, bestselling author, and host of Travel
Channel’s “No Reservations,” named Oklahoma
Joe’s as one of the 12 Places To Eat Before You Die.
Our final member of the KC barbecue
triple threat is Gates. Gates was started by Ollie
Gates in 1946. His original restaurant was at 19th
and Vine, but the restaurants are now all over the
metro area. As you walk into a Gates restaurant,
you are verbally assaulted, in an amusing yet
in-your-face kind of way, by the woman at the
register. Make her wait and risk having your
eardrums blown out a second time. The menu
at Gates keeps it short and simple. Slow cooked
meat, bread, sauce, and a side are all you have.
And really, isn’t that all you really need?
The margin between these restaurants is
almost nonexistent. They represent the very top
of the barbecue world, the cream of the crop. My
pick is Oklahoma Joe’s, based on atmosphere,
consistent quality, sides, large menu, and sauce.
Of course, taste is very subjective and definitely
affected by bias. So please, don’t take my word for
it. Go out and experience the best part of living in
Kansas City for yourself.
The barbecue ratings are divided into five
categories: quality, sides, menu, sauce, and
atmosphere. One slab of ribs is equivalent to
one point, and the restaurants can receive up
to five slabs per category.
graphic by Sam Jezak
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9/11: Ten Years Later
Stag Memories: 9/11
“The teachers had our class sit in a circle
and told us ‘something had happened’,
but we didn’t know what yet. I don’t
think a lot of kids our age knew what
was going on or how drastically it
would change our country.”
- senior Allison Pope
“I was in my 1st grade classroom and
we were playing a game when we heard
the news.” - junior Ben Skaggs
“I was here. We had just gotten the
TV’s, so every classroom had one. A
student came in and told the class a
plane had hit the World Trade Center,
and basically we watched the tragedy
unfold all day.”
- teacher Mr. Bill Creach
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dom that we have.
The way rescue workers
and news reporters pushed past
their own grief to help and save
people and to keep everyone
informed as fear was spreading
shows the true spirit of America. While the world stopped turning
for awhile, these people never
all the time. There are turbulent
revolutions in the Middle East. The world is changing so much
staff writer
every day, and the last thing we
should be doing is fighting about
I was only in first grade. whether we’re voting Republican
I was six years old, and I didn’t
or voting Democrat.
understand. I don’t remember
I want to thank all those
when I started to know what
heroes who did their best to ease
happened. On Sept. 11, 2001,
the terror and tragedy our
all I knew was that something
nation felt on Sept. 11, 2001. was wrong. I had no way of
Because we, as Americans,
knowing how much our counhave been tested, we now
try had lost.
know that whatever the
In the years that have
situation, our country will
followed, I’ve tried to learn
rise to meet it with strength.
about that day. I feel it’s my
The reason I want
responsibility — everyone’s
to understand people’s
responsibility — to know
stories is so I can supabout the heroes who proved
port and join with them
themselves, and about the
as someone else who lost
heroes we lost.
something that day, too; I
Over these ten years,
lost innocence. Just because
the horrific and stunning
I didn’t realize it right away
story has become familiar,
doesn’t mean I don’t feel it
and is forever etched in many
now. I have a need to know
people’s memories. A normal
what happened because it’s
September day turned into a
almost my time to represent
nightmare as our nation and
America to this world.
This iconic image of three New York fireour freedom were attacked. We’re still workfirghters raising the American flag in the
Wreckage from plane attacks
ing to eradicate terrorism. aftermath of the 9/11 attacks became a
on the World Trade Center
Even though American
symbol of hope for a shaken nation.
and the Pentagon, along with
troops killed Osama Bin
the remains of Flight 93, filled Thomas E. Franklin (c) 2001 The Record, (Bergen
Laden at the beginning of
County, NJ)
television screens and newsMay, the threat of terrorism
papers, not to mention everyisn’t gone. When the news
one’s thoughts.
stopped giving of themselves. was breaking the night of May 1,
Even now when I watch One good thing that happened
I watched live footage of people
video of the twin towers collapson 9/11 was that it brought
gathering at Ground Zero, trying on themselves, it takes my
a country too often divided
ing to make sense of the last ten
breath away. And though I can
together. Everyone wanted to
years. A place so long filled with
never fully imagine what Amerihelp, and everyone did, any way
sadness and loss was a place of
cans everywhere felt that day, the they could.
unity that night.
fact that they can tell you exactly
Take a look at the
I’m taking this opporwhat they were doing and where famous picture of the firemen
tunity to learn because almost
they were when they found out
raising the American flag at
ten years ago I was just in first
about the tragedy unfolding is
Ground Zero. That image should grade. I was six years old, and
a clear expression and recognibe all the reminder we need of
couldn’t, shouldn’t have had to,
tion of the fact that our country
the hope, courage, and unity
understand. Now that 9/11 has
was forced to turn a corner. We
we should bring to this world
become a part of our history and
couldn’t take back, have back,
today. There are natural disashas changed so many lives, it’s
what we’d lost, but we could
ters, like the tornado in Joplin
our job to never forget. definitely fight to keep the freeor Hurricane Irene, happening
By: CatherineStrayhall
September 16, 2011
STaggering Thoughts
If you could create a smart-phone application for anything, what would it be?
“An app to find my frolf disc
when it gets lost on the course.”
- Junior Dean Wheeler
“A credit card app to
buy anything with.
That’d be crisp.” Freshman Zechariah
“Angry Baseballs.” - Sophomore Jacob Watt
“An app that dispenses Gold Fish!” - Sophomores Kristen Agar & Abbey Brautman
“It would put a bouncy
castle wherever you
wanted.” - Junior Luke
By: CatherineStrayhall
staff writer
If you’ve ever had Ms. Sonya
Salazar for Theology, you’ve probably listened to her “Jesus Jams.” At All-school masses, we sing great
songs like the always popular “Light
the Fire.” And last school year,
Miege was treated to a concert and
talk by musician and youth minister
Steve Angrisano, who taught everyone the motions and words to a
couple of worship songs. But Miege
isn’t the only place where contemporary Christian music can be heard.
This faith-based music genre has
become more widespread through
Christian radio stations like K-LOVE,
a local station that can be heard both
throughout the country and around
the world on the air and online. On
their website, K-LOVE says that the
kind of music they play is culturally
relevant, usually with lyrics that attempt to bring people to Christ, but
with music similar to mainstream
In December, 2007, Kansas City
first heard the KLRX radio station,
September 16, 2011
Editors-in-Chief =
Colleen Gaughan
Jeff Agar
Staff Members -
Jackson Griffin
Mason Hans
Ben Hire
Sam Jezak
Emory Lacy
Niyah Miller
Karl Netemyer
Jake Smithmier
Catherine Strayhall
Luke Wheeler
Photographers -
“A teleportation app.” - Seniors Rateb
Aburas, Andrew Feierabend, Brooks
Miller, & Matt Robbins
“Skinny booth.”
- Senior Heidi
Contemporary Christian Music On the Rise
or 97.3 K-LOVE. At
people can make prayer requests,
or find out about Christian music
events, talks, and concerts in their
area, or learn about favorite artists,
such as Matthew West, MercyMe, or
As far as favorite Christian
music artists go, Ms. Salazar declared
that Matt Maher was hers, “I like his
voice, and I saw him live at
NCYC, and it was
a really great
show. I like to
play his songs
really loud.”
I experienced the
popularity of
Christian music
last February when I
went to a sold-out concert
called Winter Jam at the
Sprint Center. To give you some idea
of the size of the crowd, the Sprint
Center seats 23,750 people at concerts, the line to purchase the tickets
(almost everyone had to buy them
at the arena) was about two blocks
long, and many people didn’t even
make it inside. It was obvious that
the Christian music being performed
that night was in demand.
Being in that vast arena,
though, and hearing a crowd so
huge sing along with the Newsboys,
or with David Crowder Band (two
incredibly popular groups) was
amazing. It made me realize how
many are reached when
the words of the Bible
are put into lyrics and
paired with music that
touches people.
we’re at Mass in
school, or we’re
listening to K-LOVE
or another similar
station, we have a chance to
connect with Christian music that
is really relevant to our lives and
our world. Maybe that connection
could strengthen our faith, or give
us the exact song we need to make
it through a hard time. Whatever
way contemporary Christian music
is present in our lives, it’s clear this
ever-expanding genre of music has
already struck a chord in the hearts
of millions.
Brooke Bradshaw
Leah Kouri
Larissa Lamas
Abby Markus
Mitchell McCrave
Jordan Tucker
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Phyllis Hartwig
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Boys’ Soccer Starts Out Strong
By: BenHire
staff writer
Expectations are high this
year for the Miege boys’ soccer team.
Although predicted to finish 2nd in
5A in the pre-season KSCA poll, the
Stags’ job won’t be easy. While the
varsity team had a disappointing record last year, finishing 6 - 11 - 2, they
return most of their starters and still
have the experienced coaching of
Joe Huppe, who is entering his 19th
season coaching at Miege. Varsity started off the season
strong with an impressive 4 - 0 victory
over Blue Valley Southwest. After the
game, sophomore Tom Anjard said, “I
think that the team played very well
together. It is the start of a really great
season.” Tom’s prediction has proved
to be true so far with the squad off to
a 3 - 1 start. The team has a strong incentive to win this year after finishing
last season with a loss to archrival St.
prove more this year than C-Team.
Second year C-Team head coach Dan
Schaeffer certainly has great confidence in his squad, saying, “I think
that we can win it all this year.” This
statement about a team that went
0-14 last year may seem unusual, but
Schaeffer still stands by his bold statement. Coach Schaeffer feels confident
about the class of incoming freshmen
By: NiyahMiller
staff writer
Coach Andrew Groene says
the 13 senior tennis players show great
leadership by working hard and helping out their fellow teammates.
The strongest players on the
team, Sophi McArthur and Kalyn
Heyen, were State qualifiers and are
returning this year to improve on their
12th place finish at State last year.
Groene said he is excited to have so
many girls returning on both JV and
varsity, and to see how the girls improved over the last year.
At the first match on Aug. 22,
the girls had an outstanding performance, beating St. James 2-1, Hayden
3-0, and Immaculata 3-0. “The girls
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Sophomore Tom Anjard fights for the ball as varsity coasts to an easy 8 to 0
victory against De Soto. Photo by Abby Markus
played well and I am satisfied with
the match, but there is still room for
improvement,” Coach Groene said.
“It is too early in the season to
know who our biggest competitor is
this year,” Mr. Groene said. The junior
varsity girls have started off strong.
At the Bonner Springs match, varsity
ended with a 9-3 win and JV with a 6-0
At the Oak Park-hosted JV
tournament, Katie Orscheln and Erin
Martin took first place in their pool,
and the team as a whole placed second. “I love playing with Katie because we work good together. She
keeps me focused and her enthusiasm
makes it all the more fun,” says Erin
Martin, senior.
The girls lost one match to rivals, St. Thomas Aquinas, 1-2. “The
team looks pretty good this year. I
expect us to be competitive in every
match this year on varsity and junior
varsity. We play tough competition,
but we can hang,” Groene said. He
also said that the girls need to improve
their level of focus, aggressiveness,
and footwork.
“The matches were close
and it was a fight to the finish, but we
worked hard and the effort was there.
I couldn’t ask for anything more and
I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates,” says Madison Merrill, senior.
On Sept. 2 the girls were going strong. With a 9-3 win for varsity,
and a 10-2 win for jv, the girls are looking more like a State-bound team.
“Now midway through the
season, the team is coming together
very nicely. We have had tough match-
By: EmoryLacy
staff writer
Volleyball’s varsity and junior varsity teams are working hard
and playing strong. So far varsity has
victories against Gardner-Edgerton,
2-0; Washburn Rural, 2-1; and Blue
Valley, 3-2. Winning second place in a
Lee’s Summit tournament, Miege lost
27-29 and 21-25 to St. James.
Because they are going for
their fourth consecutive State title,
player Becky Cazares, junior, says
they “always work hard” at practice.
The team’s motto/theme of this year
is “one beat.” Also called “pulse,” it
means that the team plays togetheras “one beat.”
Junior varsity player Emily
Meyers, junior, says playing volley-
and the players that the team has returning. The team has a good amount
of experience with three juniors including Dane Janner, Anthony Kim
and new student Phil Yoo. C-Team
is off to great start with a 1 -1 record.
After suffering a tough defeat against
Aquinas in their first game, they answered back with an astounding 7 - 2
victory against Bonner Springs.
Thomas Aquinas in the quarterfinals.
Going against competition such as the
Blue Valley schools and Aquinas, they
will definitely be given a few challenges throughout the season.
Unlike the varsity squad, JV
soared through last season finishing
with an outstanding record of 9 - 3 - 3.
JV also had an impressive first game
against Blue Valley Southwest that
ended with a 4 - 1 victory for Miege.
They are currently 3 - 1, with their
only loss coming to Aquinas, just lik
Led by team captain Jackson
Griffin and head coach Nate Huppe,
this team is ready for another great
year and expects nothing less than
they achieved last season.
While they did lose some
players to varsity, including junior
Andy Slettehaugh, and sophomores
Tom Anjard and Nico Marquez, there
is still a buzz around the team that
promises a great season.
No team is expecting to im-
ball allows her to know the girls in
different grades, which is a favorite
part of being involved in the sport.
Meyers looks forward to more wins
with her team this season.
The sophomore team is
coached by Lauren Starks. Elizabeth
Gress, sophomore player, says a usual practice is like all the other teams,
including warm ups and scrimmaging. What Gress is looking forward to
most this season is “winning lots of
games,” which seems to be a common
thing among the girls on all teams.
Freshman coach, Brianne
Ogilvie, “Expects this team to learn
as a team and grow as a team.” Ogilvie is looking forward to knowing
some of the freshmen because she
doesn’t have them in class with her.
She says, “We have high hopes for
our team this year!”
By: LukeWheeler
staff writer
Golf is a sport that isn’t necessarily about teamwork, but this year
the girls’ golf team is trying to create
an atmosphere of team unity. Many
of the players are new to the team, in
fact, junior Mary Ledom is the only remaining girls’ golfer from last year.
Last year at this time, there
were only two golfers on the entire
team. In 2011, the team has grown to
11 members. Along with returning
junior Mary Ledom, leadership will
come from the lone senior, Liz Ulrich.
Head coach Jeff English, a
2002 Miege graduate, is going into his
third year as head coach. English has
also been a part of the girls’ basketball
team for 6 years as an assistant coach.
es but focus of the entire team is starting to increase. The level of intensity
during play has advanced because of
the improvement in focus,” Groene
Sept. 13 the varsity team finished strong, beating Sumner 9-0.
Mary Rose Purk and Hannah Stewart
showed teamwork by taking first place
at the Gardner Quad. As a whole, the
team took 2nd place.
The junior varsity team is
tough to beat and competing well.
At the Kansas City Christian tournament, the girls won 12-0. They lost to
Mill Valley 5-6, but it was close battle
all the way to the end. The girls finished strong beating Sumner 14-4 and
Lutheran 12-4.
September 16, 2011
By: SamJezak
staff writer
Cross country is one
of the rare sports that is both
individual and team-oriented.
The team aspect relies on good
leaders to push the rest of the
team. The Stags’ cross country
team is loaded with veteran
leadership and young talent.
At last week’s Miege
Invitational the Stags competed well. The boys team finished 3rd, and the girls took
5th. This Saturday the runners
are at the Speedway, hoping
to take home the gold on their
march to State.
When most people
think of cross country, they
don’t think of it as a party.
But according to junior Emma
Vogt, it isn’t all grueling training runs. “My favorite part
is the team dinners and mini
dance parties.” According to
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her, the most popular song
to dance to is, “Party Rockers by LMFAO! It’s the team
song this year.” Emma’s goals
for this season include, “Making it to State, growing closer
as a team and finishing without collapsing.” Brian’s fourth year running
cross country. He has the important job of deciding where
to run during practice. Brian
is also optimistic regarding
the team’s chances this year.
“Both teams are very talented
this year. I think our goal of
qualifying everyone for State
is reachable.”
Junior Alex Taylor’s
favorite part about the sport
is “the food tent after the
run. My favorites are the
doughnuts and the candy.
Pretty much everything you
shouldn’t be eating after you
Mr. Alan Thomas, the
Chris Sitek gives it his all during head
has some high
Miege’s Cross Country Meet.
Photo by Larissa Lamas
goals for his squad. “We hope
to qualify both teams for State,
Being a leader requires hard since we have not had that
work and extra effort. For se- in awhile. Another very imnior Brian Owara, who also portant goal is for all of our
happens to be Student Coun- younger runners to improve
cil executive treasurer, lead- as the season goes on.”
ership is nothing new. This is
Coach English is assisted by coaches
Mike Rhodes and Jim Naas. “Participating in sports provides players
with the opportunity to develop both
physically and emotionally. While
learning skills, players develop selfcontrol, poise and cooperation. They
learn to win graciously and lose with
dignity. These are skills for life,” said
the coaching staff on the team website.
The season is underway on
Sept. 22 at 7:30 a.m. against Lawrence High School at the Alvamar
golf course in Lawrence. After the
first tournament, the season is already
close to being over. This year’s season
will last under a month. State qualifiers begin with Regionals Oct. 11 and
the State Championship is on Oct. 17.
The time and place for both Regionals
and State will be announced at a later
‘Drinking from the
Cup of Excellence’
XC Hits the Ground Running
Lady Stags Tennis Hope to take Advantage of Seniority
Stags Volleyball: One Beat Golf Will Be in the Green
Editor in Chief
According to senior captain Adam Novak, the Stag
football team is going to “tip the cup of excellence this year
and not let it spill,” and so far they are doing an excellent job.
The Stags are currently 2-0 and plan to make it 3-0 tonight
after playing Gardner Edgerton away.
Miege was off to an outstanding start defeating the Blue
Valley Southwest Timberwolves 48-28 followed by a nailbiting 27-24 win against
the Blue Valley Northwest
Huskies last Friday. The
Stags defense held them
for under 85 yard rushing.
Quanzee Johsnon also
scored the game-winning
touchdown while time
was expiring
“We’d like our
seniors to go out on a high
note, they’ve earned it
with all the time and effort
they’ve put in,” said Coach
Tim Grunhard, “We’ve got
a chance at another State
championship and we’re Quarterback Montell Cozart
going to do all that we can receives the snap in Friday’s victory. Photo by Jordan Tucker
do to achieve that goal.”
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Kansas City Spor ts Stadiums
Prove to be World Class
By: JacksonGriffin
staff writer
Kansas City is known for
many things: great barbecue, beautiful fountains, and, of
course, professional
sports teams. Sporting Kansas City,
the Royals, and the
Chiefs are the most
successful of these
teams. All three of
them have state-ofthe-art stadiums to
host home games in:
Livestrong Sporting Park, Kauffman
Stadium, and Arrowhead Stadium.
All of the stadiums
are great places to
see athletes compete
at the highest levels,
but which one is the
Opening just
last June, Livestrong
Sporting Park is the
newest of Kansas
City’s stadiums, and
has earned acclaim
from all over the
country. It is the
smallest stadium of
the three, but it is the
most technologically
advanced. Sporting
KC has their own
iPhone and Android
app that allows fans
to interact with the
game, win prizes,
and be featured on
the screens.
you will notice about the stadium is
the viewing experience. There are no
bad seats in the stadium! Even the
last row has a clear view of the field.
Livestrong has a great atmosphere and Sporting is very successful this year, climbing from last place
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to first since opening the stadium.
You also have the chance to go to
concerts and see international soccer
such as the U.S. Men’s and Women’s
National Soccer teams.
The best thing about
Livestrong Sporting Park is in
its name. By partnering with the
Livestrong Foundation, Sporting
Club Kansas City will be donating
no less than $7.5 million over the
next 6 years. Next is Kauffman Stadium.
Kauffman has almost everything you
want in a stadium: lots of TV’s, it’s
clean, short lines, and Gates BBQ on
the main concourse. Almost everything but a winning team. Kauffman
stadium is one of the prettiest, and
best looking stadiums in the MLB
and has plenty of history.
At Kauffman the owners
have realized you might become
bored watching three hours of strike
outs and long walk ups. To address
this problem they’ve added all sorts
of things you can do during the
game. At Kauffman you can have a
lot of fun...not watching the game.
Even though Kauffman has a circuslike atmosphere and doesn’t draw
capacity crowds, things are looking
up; it’s hosting
the 2012 All Star
game and has
rising stars on the
roster such as Eric
Hosmer. Arrowhead
Stadium has to be
the most famous
stadium in the
Kansas City area.
The Sea of Red is
known around
the league as a
hard place to play
at, because of the
loud and intimidating fans. With
that great atmosphere comes a
higher ticket price,
but if you make a
day of it, a Chiefs
game is one of the
most fun things to
do in KC. If I had
to pick the best
place to watch a
game, it would be
Livestrong Sporting Park. It has
the great atmosphere of Arrowhead (with fewer
people), but none
of the high prices,
lines, or parking
pains. Arrowhead
is a close second,
but I might be a
little biased, because soccer is my favorite sport. Either way, Kansas City
is the real winner, with 3 high quality
stadiums. September 16, 2011
Metro Pro Wrestling: ‘The New Old School’
By: LukeWheeler
staff writer
The history of wrestling is rich in
the Midwest, with a grand tradition
in the Kansas City metro area. In
2009, big time wrestling returned to
Kansas City, Kansas, after a 25-year
absence with Metro Pro Wrestling.
At Metro Pro, there are big names,
bright lights, and prime time moves.
Loyal fans flock to the Turner Rec.
Center on the weekends to watch the
live events, and often join in on the
Stars of the show include names
like Hoodlum, Sir Bradley Charles,
Rebelucha, Lars Manderson, and
tag teams like The Barrio Boys
and Heroes for Hire. At Metro Pro
Wrestling, there are the good guys
and the bad guys. The creative
names give each star prestige, or in
some cases, infamy. It’s pretty easy
to tell who is a good guy, and who
is a bad guy. “Lars Manderson,” is
obviously pure evil, and “Heroes for
Hire,” are clearly two great guys.
Metro Pro considers itself, “The
New Old School,” of professional
wrestling. Each warrior has his own
army of loyal fans, and each hero has
his arch nemesis. The atmosphere is
electric when the warriors begin to
clash. Loyal followers cheer for their
star, and boo their opponents.
“Wrestling is basically Storytelling
101,” said Justin Appleberry in an
interview with Suzanne P. Cole.
Appleberry is a longtime Midwest
wrestler who lives in Lawrence and
fights as Michael Strider. “There is
a good guy. There is a bad guy. And
the good guy should win in the
People often become involved in
the matches by pestering the enemy
from the side of the ring. Although
the battles are fierce, the atmosphere
journalism. Out of college, Gough
worked with WWE, one of the
largest pro wrestling organizations
in the world. In 2004, he returned to
KC to work for Metro Sports. Gough
sparked a lot of interest in wrestling
through his documentary “KC on
the Mat,” chronicling the rich history
of professional wrestling in Kansas
City. Wrestling in Kansas City
would not be as prominent without
the work of Gough, and the stars of
located at 831 S 55th St, Kansas
City, KS. Bell time is at 7:30 p.m, but
arrive there earlier to grab a great
seat. Tag Teamagedon, an eight team
elimination match, will be the main
Metro Pro Westling
Upcoming Events
Turner Rec Center
831 S. 55th Street
Kansas City, KS
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remains family friendly. There are
two female wrestlers at Metro Pro
for young female wrestlers to aspire
to, MsCHIF and Stacey O’Brien. The
two divas often team up with some
of the male wrestlers by springing
surprise attacks and using sneaky
tactics outside of the ring.
Chris Gough, often featured on a
Miege TV favorite, Metro Sports, is
the owner/ announcer/ promoter
of Metro Pro. Gough is a Kansas
City native, and graduated from
Missouri with a degree in broadcast
KC’s Metro Pro Wrestling.
I would strongly recommend
going to one of the Metro Pro events.
If you can’t make it out to an event,
Metro Sports shows the bouts during
the day and late at night. The show
admission is relatively cheap, $10
for 12 and under, $15 for general
admission, and $20 for a front row
seat where you can join in on the
The battle will be going down
tonight, Sept. 16, live, at the Turner
Recreation Center. Turner Rec. is
Friday, December 2, 2011
games. For example, if somebody’s
grandparents live out of town, they
can still watch
their grandsons
play. We also
hope it will give
colleges a few
more highlights
recruiting players from
K e n nedy sees a
bright future for
this undertaking. “We’re only in the
beginning stages of this program.
Miege is only broadcasting football
games for right now, but ideally we
want to get basketball, soccer, baseball and softball games through this
site.” He didn’t
give a timeframe
for this expansion,
but hopes that it
will happen in “the
near future.”
He also said
that he has wanted
to “get some sort
of broadcast journalism program at
Miege even before
he became athletic director, and this
is just the first step.” He wants to expand the program to allow for students who have an interest in broad-
casting to do some sort of internship
with the site.
Mr. Kennedy said, “You can
access the games from, but I also hope for a way to
redirect to it from Miege’s website.”
There is only one thing Kennedy is worried about when it comes
to the webcasts. “I hope that this will
not take fans away from the games.
These broadcasts will be good for
those who can’t make the game and
for their families, but as most Miege
student know, nothing beats the excitement of actually being at a Miege
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Miege Football Hits the Web
By: KarlNetemeyer
staff writer
On Friday, Sept. 2, Bishop
Miege began what Athletic Director
Tim Kennedy described as “an exciting time in Miege sports.” For the first
time, the Miege football game was
broadcast online through 810 Varsity
Zone. This season every Miege football game will be broadcast through
the site up until the State playoffs.
“We are really excited to be
one of the teams in the Metro to have
their games webcast through 810,”
Mr. Kennedy said. “We hope this will
help more people see more football
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