2002 State Regional Runner-Up
2002 Bi-District CHAMPIONS
The Piper Football Players and Coaches want to thank all the Parents, Students, Fans and Community Members for their support and helping make this such a memorable season.
2003 Bi-District CHAMPIONS
2003 KAW Valley League CHAMPIONS
2003 State Regional Runner-Up
Special Message from Jeff Sloan
2002 Piper graduate, former Piper football player,
2002 Piper assistant coach/observer,
2003 Piper 7-on-7 Coach,
contributor to this website's "Observer Sloan" column.
How do you distinguish a good football team from a bad football team?
Is it the team's record? Their coach's record? The school's past accomplishments?
The truth is that you measure a good football team from a bad football team by character, committment, heart, class, determination, and the amount of respect they have for each other, the coaching staff, and the game itself.
Having said that this year's Pirate team cannot be measured on that scale because this team is off the chart when is comes to hardwork, playing as a team, and never giving up.
When I look back on the last two seasons I'm not going to measure this team solely on the fact that they went 15-7 over two seasons. They won a Kaw Valley League championship, two outright district championships, two bi-district championships, and were the regional runner-up two straight years.
I'm going to remember and measure this team by how many times Shawnn Lampson carried three and four guys to get a first down.
I'm going to remember Jeff Hamilton making the other team's tackle look stupid while dropping the other team for a big loss.
I'm going to remember Matt Mosier dropping kick after perfect kick inside the 10 yard line.
I'm going to remember Mitch Myer and Jeff Juliano as probably the best two linemen to ever put on a uniform for this school.
I'm going to remember Mike Simmons and Aaron Dulaney lighting up anybody who got in their way and Shawnn saving our defense from big gains for the past three seasons.
Last but certainly not least I'm going to remember Scott Lipovac working tirelessly to complete every pass he threw. Many people say that a team plays as their quarterback plays. I think that this year's team is the textbook definition of that. Scott's on the field performance this season, along with countless others will probably never be duplicated even though many will try.
But, where one era ends another begins. With many exciting young players coming back next season the Piper community doesn't need to count on not winning for a while.
So, do yourself a favor. Instead of thinking about those pesky Eudora Cardinals, or those cheating Chieftains, think about the great plays this team made and how hard your sons worked to realize and do what thousands of other kids only dream about accomplishing.
Putting a finishing note on this season, a huge thanks should go out to the Piper community. You all provided a great atmosphere for the team to play in all season. Not only should this community be proud of its team, this community should be proud of itself for the support it showed this season. I know that the administration, coaches, and players appreciated it very much.
Piper Players Receive Post Season Recognition
Record Breaking season for Pirates in 2003
The following were New School Records set during the 2003 season.
Most Points - Season
114 Shawnn Lampson
Most Touchdown Passes - Game
5 Scott Lipovac
Most Touchdown Passes - Season
26 Scott Lipovac
Most Touchdown Passes - Career
35 Scott Lipovac
Most Passes Completed - Season
134 Scott Lipovac
Most Passes Completed - Career
244 Scott Lipovac
Most Yards Passing - Season
2165 Scott Lipovac
Most Yards Passing - Career
3586 Scott Lipovac
Most TD Receptions - Game
3 Jeff Hamilton
3 Jimmy Burgess
Most TD Receptions - Season
11 Jeff Hamilton
Most TD Receptions - Career
11 Jeff Hamilton
Most Yards Receiving - Season
827 Jeff Hamilton
Most Yards Rushing - Game
285 Shawnn Lampson
Most yards Rushing - Season
1625 Shawnn Lampson
Most Tackles - Game
24 Mike Simmons
Most Tackles - career
372 Shawnn Lampson
Most Total Offense - Game
563 Piper vs. Perry Lecompton
Most Total Offense - Season
Most First Downs in a Game
29 Piper vs. Lansing
Most First Downs in a season
Defensive score Club
D.J. Brown 35 yard fumble Return vs. Santa Fe trail
Scott Lipovac Selected as Finalist for Fontana Award
Piper Quarterback, Scott Lipovac was selected as one of four finalists for the Frank Fontana Award which goes to the Most Outstanding Player in the Kansas City Metro area for Classes 4A - Class 1A.
Other finalists from Missouri were Benny Palmer from Kearney, Tommy Saunders from Kearney, and Brian Barmann from West Platte. Scott Lipovac was the only finalist from Kansas.
The award ceremony was held at Oak Park High School on Tuesday, December 2nd.
George Brett, Hall of Fame baseball player and former Kansas City Royals player presented the Fontana award. The finalists and award winner is determined by a vote of coaches from the Kansas City Metro area. The winner of the award was Benny Palmer from Kearney.
KC Metro Sports All- Metro
Topeka Capital Journal All-State
Kansas City Star All- Metro
Five Pirates Chosen to Represent Kansas In Kansas- Missouri All-Star Game
Five graduating Piper seniors have been selected for the Kansas team in the Kansas - Missouri Challenge Football All-Star Game. Chosen by the Greater Kansas City Coaches Association were quarterback Scott Lipovac, running back-defensive back Shawnn Lampson, offensive-defensive lineman Jeff Juliano, punter-place kicker Matt Mosier and tight end Jeff Hamilton. Also selected from Piper were Dick Tatro as Head Coach, Ray Lipovac as Offensive Coordinator and Tim Dorian as Defensive Line coach.
The game was played Thursday, June 17th at William Jewell College in Liberty with the Pirates preforming very well during the game. Scott Lipovac was chosen as the Most Valuable Player, Jeff Juliano was among the leading tacklers in the game and Jeff Hamilton was one of the leading receivers in the game.
Matt Mosier Scott Lipovac Shawnn Lampson Jeff Juliano Jeff Hamilton
Final Regular Season Rankings
from HovpenSports.com CLASS 4A
1. Marysville 9-0
2. Andover Central 9-0
3. Topeka Hayden 8-1
4. K. C. Piper, 8-1