Platte County, Park Hill players in football all-star game

Six area football players will compete in the 26th Annual Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game on Thursday, June 14, in Leavenworth, Kan.

The contest will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Leavenworth High School, the first time the school has hosted the event and the first time the event will be played in Kansas in six years.

The Missouri team will be coached by Staley’s Phil Lite, while Leavenworth coach Mark Littrell will guide the Kansas team.

The Missouri roster includes four from Park Hill and two from Platte County.

Michigan signee Ronnie Bell (wide receiver), Iowa Western signee Brighton Ramirez (linebacker) and Benedictine signees Josh Nuttall (offensive line) and Jarrett Ross (linebacker) will represent the Trojans.

Platte County will have a pair of Division II signees playing in defensive lineman Michael Smith (Lincoln) and wide receiver Jon Watts (Missouri Southern).

During halftime, the 2018 Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association will induct its latest hall of fame class. This year’s inductees include Farley resident Gary O’Neal, who coached at Hardin-Central. Also entering will be coaches Kyle Roach of Pleasant Hill, Keith Ross of Oak Park, Harmon’s Troy Hodges, Shawnee Mission East’s Glenn Percy and Laurel Hobrick, who coached at Piper, Cass-Midway and Truman.

The associate entrant will be the Simone Family, which the Kansas City metro high school ‘Heisman’ is presented by and former NFL player Don Davis, who played at Olathe South and then the Patriots and Rams.

Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at