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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Musings: Adult men’s basketball has nice performances

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  • I want to give a huge shout out to Mary Helen Owens. At the age of 74, she completed our Indoor Ironman during the month of February.
    She completed the grueling distances: swim (2.4 miles), bike (112 miles) and run (26.2 miles) during the month. Congratulations, Mary Helen.
    What an awesome week of games in adult men’s basketball. In the night’s opening game, the Slithering Snakes defeated LCF, 54-52, behind Jeb Greenberg’s 28 points and Tyler Holmes' 17 points.
    In the second game of the evening, Harry Burton exploded for 36 points and out-gunning the 29 points of Matt Warner, as the Bomb Squad outlasted the Shooters, 79-75.
    Burt Berkhalter added 16 points in addition to Zack Riggins' 12 points in the victory. Cody Mohan (21) and Stephen Didde (10) came up just short for the Shooters.
    The finale of the night saw Justin Crutchfield (28), Brandon Daughtery (14), Doug Logan (14) and Curtis Brown (11) lead the Kansas Elite to a close 79-74 victory over Prime Time. 
    Brandon Hildebrandt (29), Adam Forrest (13) and Nick Bowens (11) led the Prime Time scoring.
    The adult women’s volleyball battle for first place continued this week. The Drillers moved into a tie with Six Pack at 7-1 with two wins. The Drillers defeated Diggin’ It, 25-5 and 25-3.
    They followed that up with 25-13 and 25-13 wins against Boom. Waters dropped two sets 25-5 and 25-11 against Six Pack in the evening’s opening match.
     This past Saturday, the season ended for the first- through second-grade boys. What an incredible group of boys I had the opportunity and privilege to coach through the season.
    I want to thank all of the parents for making this an unbelievable experience for not only the boys, but myself this past 12 weeks. I want to wish all of the boys luck in their future endeavors, whatever those may be.
    Thank you, Justen Adams, Nicholas Kappeas, Kahlibur Larcom, Cody Layton, My’Kell McCarter and Robert Robinson, Jr. All of you worked extremely hard and I hope you learned some life skills you will take through life.
    I will say this about the parents: if any child went home hungry from one of our games, that child will never get full. It was like a smorgasbord after games when it was “treat” time.
    Health tip of the week: Last week, Mark E. Munson, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician with Saint Luke’s Cushing Multispecialty Clinic addressed what a concussion is, and how it occurs.
    This week, “Musings” asked Dr. Mark Munson: "Describe common symptoms of concussion. How is it diagnosed? How important is it that patients seek medical help?"
    Page 2 of 2 - Munson: "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, or MTBI, is a serious but often silent condition and can be difficult to diagnose. A person may lose consciousness immediately or appear mildly confused. Sometimes the signs are more subtle.
    "Any change in mental function, physical coordination, vision, memory ability or personality change can be a symptom of concussion. Concussion, however mild, is a brain injury. It is diagnosed by a medical professional with experience in this field.
    "MTBI, by definition, is mild and abnormalities may not appear in brain MRI or CT scans, but the changes in brain physiology can be dramatic. At the cellular level, potassium immediately streams out of the brain cells and is replaced by calcium, which inhibits electrical transmission of brain signals.
    "Glucose stored in the brain cells is immediately released in large amounts to help stabilize brain function. This often produces “player euphoria” and the athlete may tell his or her coach he has never felt better. Within 30 minutes, the brain’s energy stores can become seriously depleted, putting the brain in an energy crisis and causing a player to suffer more serious neurologic symptoms. Symptoms can last for weeks, months, and on occasion, be permanent.
    "MTBI is a medical emergency requiring evaluation by a medical professional. The brain needs time to replenish its energy sources. Post-injury restrictions can include no return to the field of play and even limiting academic activities, social activities, text messaging, video games and television."
    Next week, we will discuss who is most at risk for MTBI.
    Tabor's tip of the week: Shaquille O’Neal stated, “I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi and wear Reebok.” 
    This is the same our children say as well. They just want to play the game, get their post-game treat and wear their jersey. Let’s allow them to enjoy sport for the game it was meant to be.
    Keep musing along and have a great year.

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