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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Medill's Musings: Close races in local basketball leagues

  • It’s not too late all of you triathletes, or in my case, wannabe triathletes.
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  • Wow, I can’t believe its been nine months since my first musings.
     
    It’s not too late all of you triathletes, or in my case, wannabe triathletes.
    There is still plenty of time to get down to the Riverfront Community Center and sign-up for our 2013 Indoor Ironman. The 3rd Annual Indoor Ironman is being sponsored by the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department and the Santa Fe Bicycle Shop.
    The registration fee is $25 and the fee allows the participant access to the Riverfront Community Center aquatic center, the cardiovascular center and the running track throughout the month of February.
    An individual completes a daily log on an honor system. The distances to be completed during the month are: 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking and 26.2 running.
    This activity is open for anyone of any age. Everyone must submit their completed logs by 8 p.m. on March 1 in order to receive their T-shirts of completion.
    Also, if an individual chooses, they may do their biking at the Santa Fe Bicycle Shop.
     
    It was another fun evening of adult women’s volleyball.
    Boom! (Sherri Schwinn) swept Diggin’ It (Lona Lanter) who continues to improve. Then, in a tough battle Six Pack (Kim Rhoades Todd) earned their first victory of the season winning 27-25 and 25-17 over the Dominators (Ruth Striggow).
     
    In the adult men’s Tuesday basketball league, LV Street Elite behind the 26 points of Brandon Dougherty cruised to a 62-43 victory over Prime Time.
    Carl Roberson, with 18 points, led Studdard to the upset of Bomb Squad 70-65. Harry Burton led the scoring for Bomb Squad with 21. Behind the balanced scoring of Cody Mohan’s 19, Stephen Didde’s 18 and Marc Waller’s 17, Oh Yeah! defeated Zeck Ford 66-40.
    After the first four weeks of the season only one game separates second place and sixth place. An exciting finish is brewing in the league.
     
    Purple Reign, led by PJ Sigle’s 25 points, handed Mutual Savings their first loss of the year 70-58. In the other Thursday night game, Young Sign Company earned their first victory 44-37 of the season defeating 2711.
    Glen Lemke led Young Sign Company in scoring with 14.  Only one game separates first place and sixth place in the Thursday league. How is that for an exciting finish to look forward to over the next six weeks?
     
    Reminder to our Bitty Basketball parents — Saturday will be the final week of the season.
    Parents, also remember, we will be back at David Brewer Elementary this final week, but the 1st/2nd grade basketball teams remain at the Nettie Hartnett Learning Center.
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    Saturday marks the midway point in our youth basketball season. I was very excited as I watched the 1st/2nd grade Columbia Blue (Amy Potter) team this past weekend.
    Several times when I took note, they had three girls playing at the same time — the league, this year, is coed. The girls handled the ball even though they had boys on the floor.
    This is the type of development we need for our little girls as they grow toward high school age. There are an equal number of college scholarships available for our girls as there are for boys. Great job coach Potter.
    As I move around from gym to gym on Saturdays, I am thrilled to see the improvement of our teams. There are teams that have players who have never played the game of basketball and the improvement is astounding. Scott Mackey, 3rd/4th grade girls, is one of those teams. He commented that he hoped their last game is their best game of the season.
    We want all of our children returning next season and maybe even becoming involved in other programs because of their experience this season.
    Once again, I thank all of our volunteer coaches who give of their precious time to work with the children of our community. Each of you is to be commended.
     
    We only have 12 days remaining to register for adult coed volleyball.
    We will play our 10-game season on Wednesday nights. If we get 12 or more teams, we will go to Sunday nights as the second night for the league.
    Registration ends Monday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. All of the team’s players must sign the team roster prior to submitting the roster. Late registrations will not be accepted.
    Individuals may sign the roster late but they will have a 48-hour waiting period prior to being eligible to play in a game.  There will be a mandatory coaches meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 20.  The first day of games will be Feb. 27.
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