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Sharp driving keeps Arnold’s scores low
May 13, 2004
Josh Arnold has high expectations every time he steps onto a golf course. Not only does he expect to shoot low scores, but he also strives to place high on the leader board. At most tournaments, his 18-hole score of 77 would probably have netted Arnold a top-three finish. But at the always tough Kaw Valley League Championships Monday at Lawrence’s Eagle Bend Golf Course, Arnold, who tied for fourth, could manage just a sixth-place finish following a scorecard playoff.
Smith, Delapena lead Wildcat Invitational
May 13, 2004
Everybody got in on the action Saturday at the De Soto Invitational Tennis Tournament — at least everyone wearing a De Soto uniform did. With Atchison withdrawing from the tournament, Wildcat coach Doug Opdycke inserted a second De Soto team to fill the void, giving all of the Wildcats a taste of varsity action. The tournament, which doesn’t have a No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles champion or a No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles champion, used the same format as that at the state tournament later this month.
Dream moment for Davis
First baseman boosts Cats’ win over Tonganoxie team
May 13, 2004
It was one of those moments you always hear about — two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning with a runner in scoring position and the score tied 3-3. De Soto first baseman Jen Davis walked into a dream. A chance to be a hero. A chance to knock in the winning run. Davis was up to the challenge with a double to centerfield that scored shortstop Jara Mori and gave the Wildcats a momentum-boosting 4-3 triumph over Kaw Valley foe Tonganoxie.
Wildcat teams step out big time
De Soto competes at SM North
May 13, 2004
For some athletes, the Shawnee Mission North Relays are just another track meet. But for others the meet is an opportunity to show off talents that otherwise go unnoticed in the Class 5A and 6A arenas. De Soto coach Chris McAfee took several of his athletes to the meet so he could see how they fared against big-time competition. Overall, the coach was pleased with how the meet went for his team. “I thought we did pretty well,” McAfee said. “We had some very good performances. Some of our kids stepped in a big time meet and competed well. It doesn’t always show in the results, but we did well. Hopefully, this meet will give our kids some confidence going into the final leg of the season.”
City, fire district start talks on positive note
May 13, 2004
Edwin A. Alexander
1920-2004
May 13, 2004
De Soto High Graduation Saturday
May 13, 2004
Debbie Lynn is one proud principal. The De Soto High School administrator beamed and almost teared-up talking about plans for her school’s graduation exercises this week, which will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. Ninety-six seniors will say goodbye in a ceremony planned for them and by them.
Stage fright
May 13, 2004
Graduating seniors ready for ‘cool stuff’
May 13, 2004
Sarah Riggs started high school with a different goal than most of her classmates. “Some of the girls wanted to be homecoming queen,” she said. “My high school dream was to speak at graduation.” Riggs will fulfill that dream this weekend. She and classmate Kody Willnauer are two of eight seniors chosen to speak at De Soto High School’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday. The hyper-involved pair spent this week in a whirlwind of last-minute preparations, schoolwork, outside jobs, planing and fondly remembering the past four years.
Budget squeezes bike lanes in Lexington Avenue project
May 13, 2004
The De Soto City Council’s eyes were bigger than its checkbook last Thursday as it considered the details of this summer’s major upgrades to Lexington Avenue. City Engineer Mike Brungardt and representatives of the project’s design firm HNTP Corp. presented the Council with preliminary plans for the project.
City holds out for stricter quarry permit
May 13, 2004
The city of De Soto’s long and complicated involvement with Hunt Midwest Mining Inc.’s Sunflower Quarry south of 95th Street took another twist last Thursday when City Council members agreed they had points of contention with a draft conditional use permit proposed by the Johnson County Planning Department. The Council has a voice in the county permitting process for the quarry because of the joint city/county K-10 Overlay District created at the County Commission’s insistence when it approved the city’s large 1999 annexation.