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Dream season lacks perfect ending
November 11, 2004
It was no secret what Chris McAfee wanted to accomplish during the 2004 cross country season. After the girls team qualified for the state meet in 2002 and the boys went in 2003, McAfee had a feeling that 2004 could be a special year. He knew both teams were in position to qualify for the state meet in the same year for the first time under his tutelage. McAfee even predicted during the season that a top-five finish for each team was a good possibility.
Wildcats set bar higher in 2004
November 11, 2004
When describing what kind of season his Wildcat tennis team had posted, De Soto High School tennis coach Michael Sullivan pointed to the 2003 campaign. That season was the season to beat all other seasons as far as Wildcat tennis goes. That is until now. “They were very similar,” Sullivan said. “But this year was just a little better.” During the 2004 campaign, the Wildcats raised the bar just a bit higher over their predecessors in terms of where each player finished individually at meets and where De Soto placed as a team.
Davis packs game lunchpail
Defense, rebounds on the menu
November 11, 2004
Becca Davis isn’t your typical basketball player. Unlike most of her teammates and opponents, she would rather dive after a loose ball or rip a rebound from her nearest competitor’s hands than show off her latest shooting form. Much of her reluctance to shoot the ball may stem from the fact that she hasn’t had to score a lot in the past.
Fletcher-Spornitz
November 11, 2004
Students mete out justice at DHS
November 11, 2004
ohn Cox left the girl at the front of the room with one last reminder before putting her in charge. “Remember, judge, you’re in control of the courtroom,” he said. The judge was De Soto High School freshman Kayla Henry. Her courtroom was Mike Murphy’s social studies and political science classroom. The pending trial was a practice run for a real one, in which teens will try, defend and sentence peers who have been charged with minor criminal offenses. Run by students on a volunteer basis, youth court gives young participants experience with law and order and frees up municipal courts for more serious offenders. De Soto High School students have participated in the program, coordinated through Johnson County Court Services, for the past three years
Dorothy A. Ingle
1921-2004
November 11, 2004
Luck lands De Soto woman in ‘Late Show’ limelight
November 11, 2004
Michele Buffkin had a stroke of Late Night luck last week. Not only did the lucky De Soto resident land free tickets to the “Late Show with David Letterman,” but she was also one of a handful of spectators personally introduced during the comedian’s current events section — all by being in the right place at the right time.
Souper woman
Betty Cannon provides a tasty perk for her truckers
November 11, 2004
Her employees were treated to an office-made lunch three or four times a week, Cannon said.
Thank you, John Kerry
November 11, 2004
Quarry needed
November 11, 2004
Sunday liquor sales to be on April ballot
Local business owner’s request prompts De Soto City Council to let voters have final say on issue
November 11, 2004
De Soto voters will have a chance next spring to decide if they want to allow Sunday liquor sales in the city. At the request of liquor store owner Dick Brazukas, the De Soto City Council agreed last Thursday to have City Attorney Patrick Reavey draw up a measure that would allow voters to amend city’s charter, opting out the state’s prohibition against Sunday liquor sales. The measure would be on the ballot in April 2005.
Honoring veterans should be unrelated to national mood
November 11, 2004
Community caldendar
November 11, 2004
Making the grade takes many forms
November 11, 2004
Whether students know it or not, classroom activities they think are fun may be standardized test preparations in disguise. With successful showings on official 2004 state assessment building report cards and Standard of Excellence designations, De Soto schools have begun implementing the next year’s plan to ensure they keep improving. Strategies filter down from data-driven administrative plans to hands-on classroom activities that meld with things students are learning anyway.
Exploring the past
November 11, 2004