One of the First City’s favorite sons will return to his hometown Saturday with his new basketball team.
Grant Greenberg, alum of both Leavenworth High and the University of Saint Mary, will be back again, this time playing with his North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) squad, the Kansas City Tornados, at 6 p.m. at USM’s Ryan Center.
The Tornados (10-10) play the Kentucky Thoroughbreds (11-13) in a game with playoff implications. The playoffs begin at the end of the month.
The NAPB is in its first year of play and has eight teams in the league.
Leavenworth baseball breaks through
It hasn’t been easy this spring for the Leavenworth High baseball team after it suffered the unexpected loss of a handful of players for breaking school and team rules.
But the players and head coach Joe Allison have kept at it and finally broke through in big-time fashion Tuesday night.
A five-run second inning helped spur the Pioneers to their first win of the season – a big one – beating state power Lawrence Free State 8-5.
Kruz Wahwahsuck, Patrick Lewallen, Steele Sadler, Aubrey Wright, Dylan Shaw, Ja'hawn Byrd and Hayes Edwards all made key plays in the pivotal frame that secured the win for Leavenworth.
“We made the routine plays we were supposed to make and then a couple extra outstanding plays,” Allison said. “I am proud of this team. To deal with the adversity we have had to deal with so far, and to go on the road and beat one of the best teams in the league is something special. It is not easy to beat Free State and these boys did it at their place.”
Wiley, Shaw, Byrd, Edwards, Wahwahsuck and Chase Broeker all helped in a three-run rally in the sixth inning that helped cement the victory.
Sadler pitched six strong innings to secure the win that saw Free State try to rally late, but to no avail.
Allison also noted the play of Broeker behind the plate.
Lansing wins meet
Lansing’s Maggie Bell won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke while Meadow Garcia won the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, all in personal-best fashion, as Lansing topped the field at Washington. Lansing finished with 414 points.
Lizzie Martin won the 100 freestyle with a personal-best time and was second in 200 freestyle.
Jordyn Mullins won the 200 freestyle and Austyn Garcia won the100 fly.
Emma Schwinn won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles to help the Pleasant Ridge girls’ track team to a fifth-place finish at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Keaton Comer won the high jump with a leap of five feet, 10 inches to help the boys’ team to a fifth-place finish.
Comer placed second in the 400-meter run with a time of 53.65. Glynn Smith got second in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, three inches. Colton Comer took second in the javelin with a throw of 138 feet, four inches. Luke Oakney was third in the 800-meter run.
BLHS splits DH
The Basehor-Linwood softball team split a doubleheader against McLouth. The Bobcats won the first game 6-4 but lost the second game 3-2.