Fayette hires Roger VanDeZande as new high school football coach

The following story will appear in Wednesday’s Fayette Advertiser, but for you loyal readers, I’ll give you a one-day head-start on the subscribers.

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VanDeZande named Fayette football coach

Harrisburg assistant spent five seasons as football head coach at Southern Boone

By Greg Jackson
Sports Editor


Roger VanDeZande

The Fayette school board met in a special closed session on Saturday morning. One of the items on the agenda was to finalize the hiring of a new high school football head coach.

By a vote of 5-0, the school board approved the hiring of Roger VanDeZande as the Falcons’ new head coach for the 2016 fall season.

“I’m really excited,” VanDeZande said. “I love the school and I love the size of the school. The community is great and I think there is a lot of potential there.”

VanDeZande’s subsequent teaching assignment has not yet been finalized but will be approved by the school administration for the 2016-17 school year. He replaces former head coach Tom Oakley, who resigned in December after four seasons as head coach and 19 years total with the Fayette football program.

After going through several applications for the position, the school administration narrowed the pool of candidates to three people: VanDeZande, Greg Hough of Carrollton High School and Rich Johnson of Braymer High School. The three finalists were interviewed on March 1 and, later that night, were introduced to the public at a reception held at the high school. Approximately 120 people attended the reception and had the opportunity to meet and talk with each of the head-coaching candidates.

“The Fayette R-III School District wishes to thank everyone who participated in the reception for the head football coaching candidates,” stated the Fayette school board in a press release, following the announcement of VanDeZande’s hiring on Monday morning. “Your comments were important and were taken into consideration as the interview team met to discuss the future of Fayette football and the classroom component tied to this position. Roger VanDeZande was the finalist selected and has been approved by the board. Coach V will be meeting with players and parents soon to begin preparing for the upcoming season.”

VanDeZande said he was very encouraged by the response from the community at the public forum.

“I thought it was great,” VanDeZande said. “I got the same kind of response from Fayette fans every time I see them. I look at Fayette fans and they always seem to be very hopeful. It gave me the chance to talk to kids, parents, board members and quite a few people who didn’t have kids and just came.”

VanDeZande is currently teaching at Harrisburg High School, where he has been for the past two years. VanDeZande coaches three sports at Harrisburg. He serves as an assistant football coach, assistant girls basketball coach and assistant track and field coach, all at the high-school level.

Prior to coaching at Harrisburg, VanDeZande spent five seasons at Southern Boone High School, where he served as the football and track and field head coach. In five seasons with the Eagles, VanDeZande posted a 21-32 record and guided Southern Boone to the Class 3 state playoffs in 2010 and 2011. Southern Boone won a district championship in 2010.

“The most important thing to me is to see the change that comes over the young people in the program,” VanDeZande said. “Over the years, I’ve found some secrets, as far as strength and conditioning and offensive football, that I think we can have some success. I want to make it fun for everybody.”

VanDeZande said he has been coaching football for 37 years and has compiled an overall record of 129-121. Before he came to Missouri to coach football, he spent 12 years coaching in the NAIA and NCAA Division III ranks.

In 2001, VanDeZande was named the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year while serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Southern Oregon. The Raiders reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA playoffs that season.

After spending five years at Southern Oregon, VanDeZande coached for two seasons at North Central College in Illinois, serving as the defensive coordinator. He then returned to Oregon to become the head coach at Lewis & Clark College and came back to Illinois to spend three seasons as the head coach at Blackburn College, which dropped its football program after the 2008 season.

Following his several years coaching college football, VanDeZande was hired as a physical education teacher at Southern Boone for the 2009-10 school year.

In regard to coaching philosophy, VanDeZande has what he calls the “four points of purpose.” Those four points are academic excellence, winning with class, developing character and demonstrating leadership.

“We’re going to work on those things, but we’re going to work awful darn hard on getting bigger, faster and stronger,” VanDeZande said.

VanDeZande said he met with the assistant football coaches last week and intends to meet with players, parents and teachers within the next week. He added that he wants to get in MSHSAA contact days as early as he can once the school year ends, and he added that he will have the weight room open two times a day, so the kids will always have an opportunity to come in and lift.

“We’re going to lift, lift, lift and get ready for the season, starting ASAP,” VanDeZande said. “This summer, I expect all players to attend 90 percent of the workouts in the offseason. In the long term, I expect our team GPA to be a 3.25.”

The Fayette football team is coming off a 4-7 record in the 2015 season, reaching the Class 1 District 6 semifinals. The Falcons had a total of eight All-Conference players and three will return next season.

VanDeZande joins Fayette as the Falcons will begin a venture into an expanded Lewis & Clark Conference. Next season, the conference will add Knox County, Schuyler County, Scotland County and Harrisburg, VanDeZande’s current school.

VanDeZande is a 1978 graduate of Bend High School in Oregon and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oregon State University in 1982. He lives in Ashland with his wife, Terri, and her two children, Blake and Brady. Terri is a graduate of Central Methodist University and a 2007 inductee into the Hairston Hall of Fame. She played basketball, softball and soccer for the Eagles.

VanDeZande also has two sons, Jared and Matthew. Both are graduates of the University of Missouri.

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Class 1 District 10 basketball All-District team

The Class 1 District 10 All-District basketball teams were announced earlier today. Of the 20 spots (10 boys and 10 girls), Glasgow and Higbee occupied eight of them.

This wraps up the All-Conference and MBCA All-District lists. Don’t worry, though. We still have several more postseason honors to go.

  • Central Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters All-District
  • Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters All-State (I hope…)
  • MBCA All-State
  • KRES All-Star team
  • KMZU Dream Team
  • And, of course, The Fayette Advertiser All-Area Team and MVPs

Those will be announced at various points throughout the month of March, and maybe into early April. For now, let’s get back to the Class 1 District 10 All-District team.


  • Bryant Hubbard, sr., Glasgow
  • Chase Wooden, sr., Tina-Avalon
  • Jacob Beal, sr., Higbee
  • Kennedy Davis, jr., Glasgow
  • Keaton Eddins, sr., Hale/Bosworth
  • Tre Whitley, sr., Brunswick
  • Garrett Johnson, jr., Northwestern
  • Luke Churan, jr., Tina-Avalon
  • Max Sinclair, sr., Tina-Avalon
  • Kabyl McMillan, soph., Glasgow


  • Jaden Monnig, soph., Glasgow
  • Devin Grossman, jr., Hale/Bosworth
  • Rhiannon Runyon, jr., Higbee
  • Lilly Churan, jr., Tina-Avalon
  • Sydney Sanders, sr., Northwestern
  • Abby Koehl, sr., Keytesville
  • Sabrina Huddleston, jr., Higbee
  • Abbey Rounkles, jr., Tina-Avalon
  • Devyn Yung, sr., Glasgow
  • Sydney Fisher, jr., Hale/Bosworth
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2015-16 Class 2 District 7 basketball All-District team

All right, now that we have All-Conference basketball taken care of, it’s time to get the show on the road for All-District. First up is Class 2 District 7, which is one team of 10 players for each gender.

I haven’t seen a Class 1 District 10 list, and I doubt it will be published until Glasgow’s seasons are finished.

But back to Class 2 District 7. The boys list consists of two players each from New Franklin, Harrisburg and Fayette. The girls honors two players each from New Franklin and Harrisburg and one player from Fayette.


  • Garrett Francis, jr., Salisbury
  • Matt Edwards, sr., Westran
  • Cade Combs, soph., Harrisburg
  • Kaleb Anderton, sr., New Franklin
  • Jacob Denslow, sr., Westran
  • Blake Dawson, soph., Fayette
  • Tommy Phillips, jr., Fayette
  • Brendan Gray, jr., Harrisburg
  • Ronnie Perkins, sr., New Franklin
  • Brock Richards, sr., Salisbury

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  • Cory Burton, jr., Westran
  • Bailey Ivicsics, sr., Harrisburg
  • Molly Lyons, sr., New Franklin
  • Madison Matney, soph., New Franklin
  • Kortnee Vaught, sr., Sweet Springs
  • Maddy Denslow, soph., Westran
  • Kelsey Marek, jr., Salisbury
  • Haleigh Strodtman, sr., Fayette
  • Sara Colyer, jr., Harrisburg
  • Lynzi Miller, jr., Sweet Springs
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Cooper County Activities Association releases 2015-16 All-Conference basketball team

And now we are to the CCAA. It was a really good season for the girls in the conference, with two teams climbing into the top 5 in the state rankings at one point. It’s also worth noting that Jamestown and Prairie Home split the conference title, but Jamestown won head-to-head.


First team

  • Jacob Beal, sr., Higbee (Co-Most Valuable Player)
  • Creed Flood, soph., Prairie Home (Co-Most Valuable Player)
  • Ross Kendrick, jr., Prairie Home
  • Trenton Barbour, soph., Jamestown
  • Garrett Wolfe, soph., Jamestown
  • Wil Clark, jr., Higbee
  • Luke Allen, jr., Calvary Lutheran
  • Ross Schlichting, sr., Calvary Lutheran
  • Wyatt Hunziker, sr., Jamestown
  • Wyatt Borghardt, jr., Prairie Home

Honorable mention

  • Cameron Crawford, jr., Higbee
  • Cole Duenckel, sr., Calvary Lutheran
  • Alex Flannigan, jr., Calvary Lutheran
  • Austin Flippin, soph., Jamestown
  • Ben Stock, sr., Prairie Home

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First team

  • Mickayla Strother, sr., Jamestown (Most Valuable Player)
  • Shianne Rhorer, jr., Prairie Home
  • Alli Muri, sr., Jamestown
  • Rhiannon Runyon, jr., Higbee
  • Lexi Muri, sr., Jamestown
  • Rebecca Thompson, jr., Calvary Lutheran
  • Makayla Zey, sr., Prairie Home
  • Sabrina Huddleston, jr., Higbee
  • Mackenzie Strother, sr., Jamestown
  • Rachel Distler, jr., Prairie Home

Honorable mention

  • Taylor Burnett, fr., Bunceton
  • Josie Flood, sr., Prairie Home
  • Brooke Rollins, jr., Calvary Lutheran
  • Daina Derboven, sr., Higbee
  • Geocie Sager, soph., Higbee
  • Rachel Lenz, jr., Bunceton
  • Lauren Wieland, soph., Bunceton
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Central Activities Conference announces 2015-16 All-Conferene basketball team

I received this list on Monday morning, but it’s been a busy couple of days. There are lots of New Franklin and Glasgow names on this list, and this might be the first time I’ve seen a team in this conference get all five starters honored AND a bench player. That’s pretty remarkable for the New Franklin boys basketball team.


First team

  • Bryant Hubbard, sr., Glasgow (Most Valuable Player)
  • Kaleb Anderton, sr., New Franklin
  • Clabe Reed, sr., Cairo
  • Ronnie Perkins, sr., New Franklin
  • Kennedy Davis, jr., Glasgow
  • Chance Wells, sr., Sturgeon
  • Adam Monnig, jr., Glasgow
  • Jerrod Riley, sr., New Franklin
  • Regan Meisenheimer, sr., Pilot Grove
  • Hayden Hackman, jr., Glasgow
  • Keshawn White, soph., Slater
  • Brady Rentel, jr., Pilot Grove

Honorable mention

  • Jacob Hendrix, sr., New Franklin
  • Kenny Stone, fr., Sturgeon
  • Blake Carleton, sr., New Franklin
  • Austin Jones, jr., New Franklin
  • Kabyl McMillan, soph., Glasgow
  • Ian Denton, soph., Cairo
  • Jimmy Layton, fr., Madison
  • Austin Thomas, soph., Madison

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First team

  • Marley Winkler, sr., Cairo (Most Valuable Player)
  • Jaden Monnig, soph., Glasgow
  • Lauren Mills, soph., Sturgeon
  • Molly Lyons, sr., New Franklin
  • Anne Reynolds, sr., Glasgow
  • Keleigh Bennett, fr., Madison
  • Madison Matney, soph., New Franklin
  • McKenzie Dubbert, fr., Cairo
  • Emily Schupp, fr., Pilot Grove
  • Janie Leathers, jr., Cairo
  • Monica Tracy, jr., Cairo
  • Breanna Wright, sr., Slater

Honorable mention

  • Emma Bright, fr., Sturgeon
  • Devyn Yung, sr., Glasgow
  • Hunter Salmons, jr., Madison
  • Allison Keen, jr., Cairo
  • Mariah Williams, sr., Sturgeon
  • Jasmine Himmelberg, jr., New Franklin
  • Grace Hundley, soph., New Franklin
  • Tara Fuemmeler, sr., Glasgow
  • Cynthia Brumback, sr., Pilot Grove
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Lewis & Clark Conference announces 2015-16 All-Conference basketball team

Usually the Lewis & Clark Conference waits until the last team in the conference finishes its season before releasing the All-Conference basketball team, but that wasn’t the case this year. This year, Fayette had five players honored on the boys and girls teams, including three first-teamers.

Also, it’s technically unofficial, but the conference list tends to go in order of number of votes received. So the top player listed would be the unofficial conference MVP.

I have a lot of lists to post, so we’ll get straight to naming names.


First team

  • Garrett Francis, jr., Salisbury
  • Matt Edwards, sr., Westran
  • Daniel Corbin, sr., Marceline
  • Blake Dawson, soph., Fayette
  • Makenzie Fessler, jr., Marceline
  • Jacob Denslow, sr., Westran
  • Tommy Phillips, jr., Fayette
  • Brock Richards, sr., Salisbury
  • Dylan Painter, jr., Paris
  • Evan Fessler, jr., Salisbury

Honorable mention

  • Jon Turner, sr., Paris
  • Jared Best, sr., Marceline
  • Kellen Schermerhorn, sr., Westran
  • Michael Willhite, jr., Salisbury
  • Robby Robinson, jr., Fayette
  • Levi Terrell, soph., Marceline
  • Bryce Jobson, sr., Marceline

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First team

  • Cory Burton, jr., Westran
  • Allison Moore, fr., Paris
  • Elaine Ewigman, jr., Marceline
  • Drew Lockhart, soph., Paris
  • Molly Shoop, sr., Marceline
  • Maddy Denslow, soph., Westran
  • Kelsey Marek, jr., Salisbury
  • Haleigh Strodtman, sr., Fayette
  • Abby Naylor, jr., Salisbury
  • Camryn Hunt, sr., Westran

Honorable mention

  • Britany Williams, jr., Paris
  • Betsy Embree, jr., Paris
  • Jacee Brooks, jr., Marceline
  • Bailey Graskewicz, jr., Salisbury
  • Clara Beaman, sr., Fayette
  • Marchya Jackson, jr., Salisbury
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Recap of Day Six of the 2016 Slater Wildcat Classic

I know the tournament ended almost 48 hours ago, but I’ll go ahead and provide a quick recap of Saturday’s games and put some closure on a fun week of basketball.

No. 3 Fayette (B) 68, No. 4 Santa Fe 65: I said Fayette would need a “New Franklin-like” or “Smithton-like” performance to win this game. Well, that’s exactly what the Falcons did. Fayette never really had a big lead, but it did hold the lead for most of the game. Unlike those two games I mentioned a few sentences ago, Fayette did not have to overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Falcons were trailing by two points, and then Blake Dawson caught fire and drained three 3-pointers in a row. He finished with 28 points and averaged 25.7 points per game in the Slater Wildcat Classic. Not bad for a sophomore. Tommy Phillips added 13 points and Robby Robinson finished with 10 points to give Fayette its best finish in this tournament since the 2010-11 season.

No. 1 Santa Fe (G) 45, No. 2 Glasgow 32: First things first, this game was closer than the 13-point final margin. Santa Fe only led Glasgow 33-32 with 2:12 to play, then ended the game on a 12-0 run. Santa Fe took the lob pass out of the game for Glasgow, forcing the guards to either shoot the long ball or penetrate the lane and hopefully draw a double-team, allowing to a post player to get open. Glasgow overcame a 12-3 deficit after the first quarter, in which the Lady Jackets committed 12 turnovers in the opening eight minutes. This is one of those games that Glasgow can learn a lot from, even though it won’t see too many teams like Santa Fe in Class 1. Now the Lady Jackets will shift their attention to winning a conference title. Glasgow is in a three-way tie with Cairo and Sturgeon at 5-1, and New Franklin is right behind them at 4-2.

No. 2 Sacred Heart (B) 61, No. 1 Glasgow 53: I know this won’t make sense to a lot of people, but a technical foul called against the winning team was really the big game-changer in this contest. Sacred Heart head coach Steve Goodwin was called for a T only five seconds into the fourth quarter, and after Adam Monnig hit 1-of-2 free throws, Glasgow held a 45-41 lead. I have no clue what was said, but this was one of those technicals a coach uses to light a fire in his team. Sacred Heart went on a 7-0 run after the T and never looked back, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Gremlins also had 21 points in the first quarter, so it’s a huge credit for Glasgow to hold them to 20 points in the second and third quarters combined. It really looked like, after a strong third quarter, Glasgow was going to find a way to pull this one out. Kennedy Davis had his best game of the season, finishing with team-highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. If he plays like that in the postseason, I’m not sure if anyone in Class 1 can stop him. Also, Adam Monnig had 11 points and 10 rebounds, so Glasgow had two players record double-doubles in this game. Bryant Hubbard and Kabyl McMillan each had 10 point as well. That’s a tough loss for Glasgow, but this team will still win 20-plus games in the regular season and make a run in the state playoffs, so this loss is just a minor setback. Actually, I don’t even think we can refer to it as a setback.

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