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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Medill's Musings: Lady Pioneers rebuild LV pride

  • Let's start our musings about the Leavenworth High School girls' basketball program.
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  • Let's start our musings about the Leavenworth High School girls' basketball program.

    * I wish I could've been sitting in the Topeka Expocentre yesterday cheering on our Leavenworth High School girls' basketball team at the opening round of the 5A state girls' basketball tournament.
    These young women did so much for the advancement of the city's basketball program through the time they donated to the Bitty Basketball program. They received their just rewards as they made their first appearance at the state tournament since 2003.
    Congratulations to the coaches and girls. You are a wonderful example to the entire Leavenworth community as to what dedication and hard work can accomplish.
    * The Indoor Ironman has concluded and I want to recognize our finishers.
    In addition to Bill and Margaret McNamee, our finishers included: Sherry Adkison, Deborah Hahnenkamp, Bill Hammac, Chris Hayes, Tom Koch, Al Mueller, Beth Scanlon and Lucy Yother.
    This is a great accomplishment and I hope that more folks are able to get involved next February.
    * Wow, we had some great volleyball matches this week. Although losing the match, 25-16, 23-25, 15-10, Six Pack was still able to hand the Drillers their first game loss. What a great match it was though.
    Then, Boom had to fight to win their match 25-13, 25-21 against the Dominators. It was a fantastic evening of volleyball. In the league standings, the Drillers (5-0) remain undefeated and are closely followed by Boom (4-1).
    * On Tuesday night, LV Street Elite had six individuals score in double figures, led by Brandon Dougherty's 30 points, as they defeated Zeck Ford 96-48.
    Behind the scoring of Rodney Chambers, 25, and Mark May, 22, Bomb Squad was victorious over Prime Time 80-62.
    Studdard handled Oh Yeah! 75-42 behind Josh Cathey's 30 as Carl Roberson added 21. Cody Mohan (Oh Yeah!) scored 20 points in defeat.
    * Bobby Hauver's 32 points, Derek Helton's 21, Will Johnson's 13 and Cody Wente's 11 did all of the scoring in Purple Reign's 77-60 win over Young Sign Company. Glen Lemke, and Joe Thorne each scored 23 in defeat for Young's.
    Dru Wheatcroft's 16 points led Mutual Savings to a 48-40 victory over the Wheaton Warbirds — Jake Kavanaugh had 16 as well in defeat. Jordon Glenn hit for 21 as the Angry Ewoks squeezed by 2711 47-43. Brent Sellers' 11 points led the way for 2711.
    * Just a reminder that the standings for the adult leagues are under the Scoreboard section on B2 in the Times' print edition.
    * Adult men's basketball championship week will be April 16-18. If there are first place ties in either or both divisions, the play-off game(s) will be played on April 16.
    Page 2 of 3 - The championship game will be played on April 18, 7:30 p.m. On the championship night, we will have a 3-point shooting contest beginning at 6 p.m. Individuals may register to participate between March 20–April 11.
    The registration fee will be $10. Only 30 individuals will be accepted into the contest and only players on a league roster may enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top five placers.
    * As our youth basketball program winds down, we have one more Saturday remaining for our 3rd-4th grade girls, I want to thank all of our referees who worked very hard to improve themselves each and every week.
    They worked hard to make the game experience as enjoyable as possible for our little boys and girls.
    Our officials were: Joe Allison, David Babcock, Donald Bratton, Cammie Clark, Matt Galley, Dave Hager, Mike Keese, Lisa Lay, Carah Medill, Kenny Parr, Adam Regan, Drew Sachen, Ramon Salas, Charlie Stillian, Phil Tinder, Dave Wallsmith, Ricky Weber, Michael Wiesner, and Tony Williams.
    In addition to Leavenworth, Lansing and Fort Leavenworth, our officials drove in from Atchison, Gardner and Olathe to make our children's basketball experience as positive as they could possibly make it. Thank you all!
    * Youth baseball/softball registration will begin on Monday. The registration fee is $50 per child.
    Anyone who resides in the city limits of Leavenworth and is receiving public assistance may contact the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department to see if they qualify for the scholarship program offered through the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
    Registration will close at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Riverfront Community Center. Late registrations will not be accepted after that time.
    * Also the First City TRYathlon in approaching fast. This is an awesome opportunity for children between the ages of 6-15.
    It provides the children with an opportunity to complete a modified version of a triathlon event. Every child receives a medal for completing the event.
    The event will be hosted at the Riverfront Community Center beginning at 8 a.m. on April 14. Packet pick-up is at 7 a.m. the morning of the event.
    * Peter Cottontail brought Harvey the Rabbit, of course Ms. Anderson was the only person to see Harvey, by the office the other day. Anyway, he told me to remind everyone that Sagasu Family Martial Arts has partnered up with the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation to host the largest Easter egg hunt ever this side of Timbucto.
    The hunt will be at the 10th Avenue Park, just south of Warren Middle School, on March 23. Activities will begin at 1 p.m.
    Page 3 of 3 - * We have more adult softball planned for this summer than Carter has pills. All of the softball leagues will play under the ASA rules.
    For men, we have the three regular softball league divisions and the baby boomer over 50 league.
    For women, we have a regular softball league and the baby boomer over 40 league. We will have a coed church league — every player must be an active member of the church they are representing and no Ltc. Ruiz, you may not play for every church team.
    Varsity Sports is sponsoring a wooden bat league. This is an all-comers league for men and women, but we will play straight ASA softball rules, not coed.
    In each league, we will accept eight teams only. Leagues that have divisions, we will have eight teams per division. Registration is March 15–April 29. The 10-game season will begin on May 23.
    * What is this? That's correct — adult coed 4-on-4 sand volleyball is coming to the sand volleyball pits at David Brewer Park this summer.
    Registration is March 15–April 29. The 10-game season will begin on May 21. This may be our most exciting and interesting addition to our adult programming since adult coed kickball was added a few years ago.
    * We will host an adult men's summer basketball league. In this league, we are only accepting eight teams.
    Games will be played on Thursday nights at the Riverfront Community Center. Registration is March 15–April 29. The 10-game season will begin on May 23.
    Tabor Medill is the recreation supervisor for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
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