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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Medill's Musings: New volleyball champs crowned

  • We have a new champion in adult women’s volleyball. Boom! has dethroned the Drillers.
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  • As I retype two hours of previously typed "Musings" and wondering why I lost it all the first time, we can muse about championships this week.
    * We have a new champion in adult women’s volleyball. Boom! has dethroned the Drillers.
    On Monday night, Boom! defeated the Drillers 25-22 and 25-18 to finish the season 9-1 and ahead of the Drillers’ 8-2. In the second match of the evening, Diggin’ It came so close to their first victory of the year, falling 25-17 and 25-22 to the Dominators.
    I want to thank the Boom! (Sherri Schwinn), Diggin’ It (Lona Lanter), Dominators (Ruth Striggow), Drillers (Wendy Sachen) and Six Pack (Kim Rhoades Todd) for providing us an exciting winter season.
    * While we are on volleyball, Margaret Simien is so excited about the coed volleyball season that she rushed down to the Riverfront Community Center two weeks ago to officiate non-existent games.
    Since then, the coed games have really been exciting this season. Last week, Boom defeated the Pancake Pack 2-0. Zeck Ford /GLN was victorious 2-0 over Small N Explosive, thus remaining undefeated and gaining sole possession of first place.
    * More volleyball. Do not forget to get your registrations in for this summer’s adult coed 4-on-4 sand volleyball season.
    Registration will end April 29 at 8 p.m. Adult coed sand volleyball will be played on Wednesday nights at the David Brewer Park sand pits.
    * This past Saturday we sponsored the 12th Annual First City TRYathlon for children ages 6-15.
    We hosted our largest turnout ever. The success of the event was due, largely in part, to the fantastic group of volunteers who made the event a truly memorable day and a huge success for the participating youths.
    Without these wonderful volunteers, we could never have pulled this event off. Thanks to each and every one of you. I also want to give a big shout-out to Brendan and Barb Sheehan, owners of the Santa Fe Trails Bike Shop at 419 Delaware.
    They staged the bike inspection for the event and made minor repairs to the bikes. They are just awesome. Anyone needing a new bike, any repairs to their existing bikes or supplies should go by and visit Brendan and his great staff.
    There is one heart-warming story that I want to share from the event. Six-year-old Olivia Hammack participated in the TRYathlon.
    Upon receiving her “Finisher” medal, she took it from around her neck and went over and put it around her little twin sister’s neck, who was unable to participate in the event.
    That is the truest essence of the word sport.
    Page 2 of 2 - * Speaking of biking, all of our youth need to be gearing up for the Santa Fe Bike Shop summer youth bike race series.
    These races are held at Warren Middle School beginning in May. For additional information on the races contact Brendan Sheehan at 913-682-2444.
    * We have back to back champions. Mutual Savings clinched first place in the Thursday night adult men’s basketball league, and a date in the adult men’s basketball championship game with a thrilling 55-50 victory over Wheaton Warrior.
    Dru Wheatcroft (Mutual Savings) lead all scorers with 23 points and Stan Wiehe added 19 points for the Wheaton Warriors.
    In the evening’s second game, 2711 won an exciting come-from-behind victory over Purple Reign. Even with Will Johnson's 17, P.J. Sigle's 16 and Bobby Hauver's 15, Purple Reign was unable to hold on to their lead. The hard charging 2711 crew, behind the 24 points on Dick Martin, came out victorious 59-55.
    * We are going to host an adult men’s basketball league this summer. Games will be played on Thursday nights at the Riverfront Community Center gymnasium.
    * The deadline to sign-up for our youth summer baseball and softball programs will be April 25. You may sign-up at the Riverfront Community Center.
    * Registration for adult softball will end April 29 at 8 p.m. Again, you may sign-up at the Riverfront Community Center.
    Tabor Medill is the recreation supervisor for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
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