Corbin H. Crable
A small-town high school’s football team has garnered b

ABOVE: The Gardner Edgerton High School Trailblazers pause during their game against De Soto High School last fall. ESPN is set to capture ‘Blazer action on film when it visits town Oct. 22. File photo

ig attention on a national scale, according to an Aug. 20 press release from USD 231.
ESPN has announced it will broadcast the Oct. 22 football game between Gardner Edgerton High School and St. Thomas Aquinas.
GEHS will host the game, which will be televised nationally, at 7 p.m. on the ESPNU channel, according to a press release from USD 231 Community Relations Coordinator Leann Northway.
USD 231 Superintendent Dr. Bill Gilhaus praised the performance of the GEHS team, led by Head Coach Marvin Diener.
“The opportunity for our players to garner national exposure for their hard work and talent is tremendously exciting,” Gilhaus said in the press release. “We’re looking forward to hosting ESPN to Gardner Edgerton School District and anticipate an exciting and memorable event for our students, staff and community.”
USD 231 Operations Director Bill Miller said he has spoken with other high schools around the country that have hosted ESPN and that he expects the experience to be a memorable one.
“We’re pretty excited about it. We’re in a pretty elite group of peers at this point,” Miller said on Monday. “We’ve been told by some Kansas schools that (ESPN) puts on a top-notch production.”
GEHS Activities Director Kent Glaser said football fans usually look forward the most to the school’s game with rival Aquinas, but this season the event will be even more exciting.
“The (Aquinas) game is always big, and now there will be an added twist to it,” Glaser said.
Diener did not immediately return a call from The Gardner News seeking comment.
Trailblazers fans will flock to GEHS’s first football game of the season against Blue Valley West at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the USD 231 District Activities Complex. The game will be featured as the Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week and will be televised by MetroSports of Kansas City, according to the press release.
The game also will be the school’s first opportunity to showcase its new logo on the team’s football helmets. The logo, which features the letters “GE” flanked by bull horns, will phase out the school’s old logo, which many have said bears similarities to the University of Texas Longhorns logo.
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