Monthly Archives: January 2016

Heise, McCabe, Webb selected as U.S. Army High School Top Performers

Top Performers Olathe Northwest

JANUARY 2016 – Each month Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine teams up with the U.S. Army to honor High School Top Performers. This month we visited Olathe Northwest, Liberty North and the Northland Recruiting Center to honor three Top Performers in the Kansas City metro.

Shoveling snow without saying “Oh No”

Shoveling snow

JANUARY 2016 – Many people injure themselves shoveling snow.  Injuries occur from slips, falls and even repetitive lifting.

Pain in the arms, shoulders and back are quite common due to improper form. 

Could we see a February Super Bowl parade for the KC Chiefs?

Chiefs Union Station

JANUARY 2016 – My Branch, Limb, Twig predictions had the Chiefs missing the playoffs this year as once again I tried my best  to give the team props on having a good year, but not a great one.

The challenge for predicting a 16 game season is one or more circumstances can dictate a team or division’s path.  One team can get derailed and fail to repeat the previous season’s success while another NFL team can stun the critics and make a post-season appearance.

Barry Odom replaces Pinkel as Missouri football coach

Barry Odom MU

JANUARY 2016 – Barry Odom might not have been the first choice to replace Gary Pinkel as the Missouri football coach, but he appears to be a popular choice

Pinkel, who spent 15 years at Missouri, is the winningest football coach in the university’s history, but he resigned in November after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May.

Pinkel went 23-5 and won back-to-back Southeastern Conference East Division titles in 2013-14.

Focus on body composition to succeed with New Year’s weight loss

body composition bod pod

JANUARY 2016 – Millions will make a New Year’s resolution to reduce weight and become more fit.  But, virtually no one thinks about the quality or nature of their weight loss. They don’t focus on body composition.  Most simply don’t understand when we drop weight based solely on calorie restriction, we don’t just lose fat.  Muscle mass declines as well. 

Royals acquire Joakim Soria, but taking time in offseason acquisitions

Joakim Soria

JANUARY 2016 – Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore usually acts swiftly after a season to sign free agents or make trades. He was quick to sign reliever Joakim Soria who returns to the Royals. By New Year’s Day, Moore has typically wrapped up his major moves.

Moore obtained right-handers Wade Davis and James Shields in a Dec. 9, 2012 blockbuster with the Tampa Ray Rays, while giving up minor league player of the year Wil Myers

Devonte Graham overlooked out HS, develops into KU starter

Devonte Graham KU

JANUARY 2016 – Devonte Graham can still close his eyes and remember those wonder years growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and dreaming of competing at a big-time college and playing in Final Fours and national championship games.

And sure, Graham can also recall those holiday tournaments watching teams playing in Hawaii. He hoped one day that could be him in paradise.

In November before the 6-2 KU sophomore boarded a plane with his teammates and coaches to Hawaii for the prestigious Maui Invitational, Graham talked about living his childhood hoop dreams.

Sporting Lee’s Summit players experience European soccer

Sporting Lee's Summit in Madrid

JANUARY 2016 – Among the important keys in developing young professional athletes is an opportunity to see how the world’s best and brightest play their craft, which also holds true of young soccer prodigies. A handful of Sporting Lee’s Summit players had a unique opportunity to witness world-class soccer up close and personal when they traveled to Madrid, Spain, visiting storied Real Madrid Academy, one of the world’s oldest and most acclaimed clubs.

The trip is part of SLS’ push to increase international exposure for our players. This initiative began in 2012 with the emergence of both British and Brazilian youth soccer camps hosted at Legacy Park.

Chiefs make playoffs with historic streak

Chiefs Playoffs

JANUARY 2016 – During the Marty Schottenheimer years, the Kansas City Chiefs went to the playoffs in six straight seasons, 1990-95, losing the 1993 AFC Championship game 30-13 in Buffalo.

The Chiefs are 8-15 postseason all-time, losing their past eight games. They have gone 22 years without a postseason victory.