The issue: The inaugural football game this fall between the neighboring Leavenworth High School Pioneers and Lansing High School Lions.
Our view: Remarkably the two schools have never met on the football field, but that's set to change later this year. Ideally, the game will be a competitive contest played with passion and good sportsmanship, and serve as the opening chapter in a long rivalry and new local tradition.
It's reasonable to believe the atmosphere Oct. 30 at Pioneer Stadium in Leavenworth will be electric.
On the field will be the host Leavenworth High School Pioneers and Lansing High School, a team likely making one of the shortest road trips in Kansas that night.
New Lansing coach John McCall said he was surprised when learning the two schools, separated by just a few miles, had never played.
He wasn't the only one.
He described the upcoming game as "exciting" for players, coaches and fans from both sides.
Again, McCall isn't in the minority.
The Leavenworth Times shares that excitement, and hopes Oct. 30 is merely the first chapter in what becomes a long, storied and competitive rivalry between the two schools.
The game was made possible by Leavenworth's move to class 5A and the Pioneers replacing Mill Valley in the same district as Lansing.
Adding to the game is the familiarity between the two coaches: McCall and Leavenworth's Mark Littrell coached against each other in the Olathe system and later served on the same staff as coordinators at Richland High School in Texas under head coach Gene Weir.
But, as with any game, there is more to the storyline than just the coaches.
The game, which will be broadcast by Metro Sports, puts our local communities under the spotlight for the night, and our players and fans on a big stage.
It's an opportunity, the newspaper contends, to show the Kansas City metropolitan area what our schools, fans and athletes are all about. It'll be great exposure for our kids and communities.
Both the Pioneers and Lions began their off-season training programs this week, and we're confident coaches and players are working hard toward successful seasons this fall.
The Oct. 30 game won't make or break anyone's season, to be sure, but it's certainly a highlight and a game our community has deserved for years.
This year, thankfully, the rivalry begins.