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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Medill's musings: Softball season nearing its end

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  • Good ole week No. 21 of musings. That number brings back great memories for me, but I will not bore you with those.
     
    We have a winner. In coed softball division II, Great Western (Todd Eastburn), with an 11-1 record edged out the Blazers (Ree Thomas) 10-2 for the championship. Congratulations to both teams.
    We ended with a two-way tie for third place between Each Hit (Doug Krause) and Myers Tire Supply (Lori Filbert) after Each Hit edged Myers 15-13 in the final game last night.
    I also want to thank All Slabbed Up (Shelly Bowen), Back Draft Duct Cleaning (Bill McKeel), North Pointe Pack and Ship (Billy Daniels) and The Misfits (Jamie and Kelly Meyer) for a fun-filled Fall season.
     
    Applebee’s adult coed kickball has seen its league race tightening as Citizens Savings and Loan (Danielle Heuer) has gone on a wild two game winning streak.
    Now with the season past the mid-point, only four games remain and only two games separate first and last place.
    Ball Busters (April Norberto), and Sacks and Racks (Neil Seichepine) are tied for first. Citizens and Kickalob Ultra (Kim Todd Rhoades) are tied for third.  In the last seven games, two runs has been the widest margin of victory.
    Anyone who has not stopped in to see all of these players attempting to recapture their childhood are missing an enjoyable evening of excitement. I am already having folks talking about starting teams next year.
    These games are played on Friday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. with two games per night. Of course, everyone is invited to join the teams at Applebee’s to share all their stories about their adventures in kickball as a child.
     
    With three dates remaining, only two games separate first and third place in the adult coed softball division I. Criminal Justice (Derrick Singeltary) stands at 8-1, followed by Stepp Painting (Heather Goodman) at 7-2 and Heartland Anesthetics (Milton Rush, Sr.) at 5-3 top the leader standings.
     
    Adult women’s volleyball is now in full swing. After three weeks, we only have one undefeated team. The Drillers (Wendy Sachen), so aptly named as they are sponsored by Dr. Mark Clemens, a local dentist, currently stands at the top of the heap with a 2-0 record.
     
    Remember that we are currently registering for our youth basketball season. Registration will be closed at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Registration forms are being distributed in all of the local elementary schools or you may come to the registration booth at the Riverfront Community Center.
    We are registering for Bitty Ball (ages 3-5 year olds); first/second grade (coed); third/fourth grade (separate boys and girls leagues); and fifth/sixth grade (separate boys and girls leagues).
    Page 2 of 2 - Children must play in their appropriate age/grade classification. We are anticipating more children to sign-up than the past. Therefore, be sure to get your registration in on time. Late registrations are not guaranteed a spot on a team.
     
    Men’s basketball registration is also ongoing. Team registration is $345 for a resident team or $390 for a non-resident team — any team with four or more individuals residing outside of the City of Leavenworth. Registration for the men’s league ends at 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
     
    Sign-up for our women’s winter volleyball league will be coming up soon as well. Keep an ear to the ground and listen for the rumblings or merely continue reading the weekly musings.
     
    I continuously hear people discussing a desire to have a family activity of some type. Therefore, I am in the process of conceptualizing a new summer activity which will take place in the summer as part of the City of Leavenworth’s Park and Recreation monthly activities.
    We will host our first Familympics! The event will run four consecutive weekends on Saturdays. There will be an event in the morning and a different event in the afternoon.
    We will have four groupings of teams: mother-daughter; mother-son; father-daughter and father-son. We will have four age groups: 6-8; 9-11; 12-14 and 15-17. We will host eight events: bicycling, croquet, football, frisbee golf, horseshoes, road race, soccer and swimming.
    Teams may compete in one or all events. We will have event winners as well as overall winners for those who compete in several or all events.  Each event will be hosted at a different location within our community to showcase our many different and wonderful venues. It will also  promote family time and allow our parents and children to compete together in various activities.
    More information will come as we continue to develop the program, so keep reading these musings.
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