Leavenworth and basketball — two words that have become synonymous with the history of Leavenworth sports. From the undefeated State championship Immaculata High School won in 1961, the Fab Five at Leavenworth High School in the 60’s, the Leavenworth High School girls State Championship teams in 1988 and 1989, the Larry Hogan-coached boys State Championship team in 2000,  through the Leavenworth High School back-to-back girls State Championship teams in 2014 and 2015.
Leavenworth and Basketball have rung synonymously together my entire lifetime.
Leavenworth, Basketball and Zeck — three words intertwined throughout Leavenworth basketball lore has added another branch to the tree.
Now the brothers, Derek and Dustin Zeck, have become the corporate sponsors of the Zeck Ford All-Star Challenge Night highlighting the season of Adult Men’s basketball. Anyone who missed the evening of basketball missed seeing a great game between Team Derek and Team Dustin. On display were several former college players and some outstanding former high school “ballers.”
The evening began with 21 shooters firing away in the Zeck Ford Three-Point Shootout.  Nick Bowens (Prime Time) started the contest off by gunning in 15 three-pointers in 60 seconds.  His 15 goals stood up to some awesome challenges from the other 20 shooters.  Izaiah Grice (Bomb Squad) finished second with 12 goals, followed by Brad Heim (Bomb Squad) with 11, and Sterling Roaf (STS3) and Tony Williams (Mutual Savings) each with 10 made threes.  Bowens came away with $100 cash winnings from the contest. Cash prizes were awarded to the Top five finishers in the Shootout.
The evening concluded with the showdown between two teams (Team Derek and Team Dustin) comprised of all-stars from the Adult Men’s Winter 2015 basketball league. At halftime, the Roo-Roo’s (Team Derek — kangaroo mascot) had gained a hard fought 40-39 lead against the Ol’ Zeck’s (Team Dustin — leprechaun mascot).  In the third quarter, Torren Dowdy (STS3) erupted for 13 of his game high 18 points, extending Team Derek’s lead to 69-63. In the 4th quarter, Team Derek outscored Team Dustin 18-11 to close out their 87-74 final score. Jeb Greenberg (Slither Snakes) led Team Dustin in scoring with (16) points
We have a new champion in Adult Women’s volleyball.  Congratulations to the Cruz-ers. On Monday, the Cruz-ers defeated the Drillers (Wendy Sachen) 25-16 and 25-23 in a play-off to break the first place tie and the Cruz-ers finished out the season 9-2. This was the second victory by the Cruz-ers over the Drillers in two weeks.The Cruz-ers, coached by Ruth Striggow, was comprised of:  Aubrey Brown, Tammy Clark, Shannon Cruz, Peyton Crockett, Elena Hill, Bri Schuckman, and Tracy Twombly.  We had a great season. Thanks also to Boom (Laura Ruble), CMOP (Christy Bernhart), Household 6 (Stephanie Paul), and No Names (Megan Waters). We hope to see everyone back next Fall.
Registration for Adult Men’s and Women’s Softball ends March 31.  The team fee is $295. No late registrations will be admitted. We plan to have three divisions in the Men’s division, and one division in the Women’s league. This of course is dependent upon the number of teams we have. 
Teams will be assigned to the divisions based on the level of team’s players. Several teams will already be changing division from last season. 
One week remains before the City of Leavenworth Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event is free to the public. It is for children up to 12 years of age.  It will be held at 10th Avenue Park (Warren Middle School). There are numerous fun activities (games, petting zoo, bounce house, food, and more) for all ages. Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Parks and Recreation, once again, will be partnering with Sagasu Martial Arts.
Registration for youth baseball and softball continues.  Registration will be March 1 – April 15. Skills-testing will be on Saturday, April 25. Teams may begin practice May 1.  Our Opening Ceremonies will be Saturday, May 30.
Instructional baseball/softball will again be for the five and six year olds. Once again, the Leavenworth High School baseball program, headed up by head coach Joe Allison, and the Leavenworth High School girls softball program, led by first-year head coach Callie Anderson will conduct our Instructional baseball/softball program for the third year in a row. What a great start to the sports of baseball and softball for our youths.
This year, our girls 14 years and over — or any girls entering the ninth grade next Fall through any graduating 12th grade girl this Spring, 2015 — will be in our oldest softball division. We will only be taking teams in this age group.
Boys, 14 years and over, wanting to play baseball should contact the American Legion to play in the American Legion league. The City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation is supporting the move of these youngsters to the American Legion league for the future.