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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Medill's Musings: Some fantastic games in rec leagues last week

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  • While Musing over the sonic boom I heard the other night:
    The Sonic Boom! emitted from the Riverfront Community Center gymnasium was Boom! defeating the Drillers 2-0 this past Monday in Adult Women's volleyball. It was the first time the Drillers had been defeated since I became the recreation program supervisor – sports almost one year ago. Boom! was victorious 25-23, and 27-25 – two absolutely awesome games! This broke the 17-game winning streak of the Drillers.
    The Boom! victory has forged a tie for first place in the Adult Women's Volleyball league with both Boom! and the Drillers having matching 7-1 records. In the other game of the evening, the Dominators defeated Diggin' It 25-18, and 25-13. The Dominators moved into a third place tie with Six Pack at 3-5.
    Adult Coed Volleyball saw exciting battles this past week as well. Pancake Pack lost two tough games to Zeck Ford/GLN 25-18, and 25-19. Small N Explosive squeaked past Block Party 25-18, and 25-20. Small N Explosive and Zeck Ford/GLN remain tied for first place at 3-0.
    In the Thursday night Adult Men's Basketball league the race tightened up as Purple Reign, behind (18) points from Bobby Hauver, and (16) points of Will Johnson defeated Mutual Savings 63-57 even though Dru Wheatcroft popped for (27) points. The Angry Ewoks, with (26) points from Jordan Glenn and Shane Kelly's (16) points, defeated Wheaton Warbirds in double overtime 68-65. Jake Kavanaugh scored (27) points, and Jake Hendricks scored (13) points for the Warbirds.
    The victory puts the Ewoks at 8-3 as they await Mutual's final game of the year as they stand 7-2 in first place. Purple Reign and Wheaton Warbirds stand tied for third place entering the final game of the season at 6-4. Young Sign Company secured fifth place with their 60-55 victory over 2711 as Glen Lemke scored (19) points in addition to the (15) points scored by Joe Thorne. David Billard poured in (21) points for 2711.
    The Adult Men's Basketball championship night, pitting the champions from the two Adult Men's Basketball league, LV Street Elite (Tuesday night's champion) versus the winner from the Thursday night league, will be contested on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
    n The championship night will feature the Zeck Ford 3 Point Shoot-out at 6 p.m. Every contestant will have 30 seconds to shoot. There will be prizes for the first five placers. Zeck Ford's sponsorship of the event makes it possible to award monetary prizes: 1st place - $75; 2nd place - $50; 3rd place - $25; 4th place - $10; and, 5th place - $5. In addition to the monetary prizes, other prizes will be awarded. To enter the shoot-out, there is a $10 registration fee and the entrant must be on the roster of an Adult Men's Basketball league team. A registration form is attached for everyone's convenience. Registration deadline is 8 p.m. April 15. No late registration will be accepted.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Easter Egg Hunt was a fun event for all who participated, I commend Karen Baker, Sagasu Family Martial Arts, and Aubrey Gasbarre for the exceptional job they did with the event. They made the event much more "eventful" with the addition of numerous vendors to add to the excitement for everyone in attendance. Much to my dismay, Master Baker was not in attendance, rumor has it that he was out-of-town still looking for Bugs. Harvey's anonymous source has stated that Ms. Baker and Ms. Gasbarre have raised the bar to new heights and we will need to exceed it in the future. I also appreciate Thumper's efforts to get his "Thumpings" out to everyone keeping them abreast of changes!!!
    The TRYathlon is quickly coming upon us. The 12th Annual First City TRYathlon, sponsored jointly by the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation and the Santa Fe Bike Shop, will be held on Saturday, April 13 with the packet pick-up scheduled at 7 a.m. The distances are set to ensure success for the children who are participating. The purpose of the event is to have fun and find out what a triathlon is all about. The event is for 6-15-year-olds and the age brackets are: 6-8; 9-11; and, 12-15. Registration is only $20. Every child receives a T-shirt. Every child who finishes, receives a "Finisher" medal. Times and places are not kept.
    Remember that youth baseball/softball registration is currently underway. The deadline for the youth baseball sign-up is April 25. Children's ages are determined by their age on May 1, 2013. Children may not "play up" out of their age bracket. Skills testing for the 9-10 (2-3 p.m.); 11-13 (3-4 p.m.); and 14-16 (4-5 p.m) age brackets will be on April 27.
    n I have received many inquiries about instructional baseball/softball. This program will be replacing our T-Ball program for boys and girls of the ages 5-6 years of age. It will be similar to the Bitty Basketball program which was conducted by Coach Derek Zeck, the Leavenworth High School girls basketball coaching staff, and the LHS girls' basketball team. The Instructional baseball/softball program will be conducted by Coach Joe Allison, the LHS Baseball coaching staff, and the LHS baseball team. The program will focus on skill development and understanding the game of baseball. The success of the Bitty Basketball encouraged us to move in this direction and focus. We anticipate the children becoming more proficient in the game of baseball rather than improving their dirt and weed skills.
    On the adult side of things, adult summer softball leagues are now being formed. One of our new activities is Adult Coed Sand Volleyball which will be played at David Brewer Park. This seems to be drawing a great deal of interest. Anyone interested in finding out some of the benefits of coed sand volleyball may contact Chris Langley and he is willing to share some of his insight into the game. We are also offering an Adult Men's Basketball league this summer as well. The deadline for all of our adult activities is April 29.
    Page 3 of 3 - Living a healthier lifestyle tip No. 3: Protect yourself from sun exposure.
    Did you know that protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach?
    Ultraviolet rays can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.
    The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time are the most hazardous for UV exposure. UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America.
    CDC recommends easy options for sun protection:
    – Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
    – Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
    – Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
    – Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
    – Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
    Remember, sun sense is important all year round.
    Philisophical note: The success of a program and/or an organization is measured by the level of integrity of that program and/or organization.
    Remember, the goal for all of our programs is that the program policies and procedures are fair for the masses, fun for all, and, safe for everyone.
    Keep musing along and enjoy your week!
    Tabor Medill is the supervisor for sports for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.

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