Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

SME_Soccer_crestRoeland Park woman among targets of recent highway shootings. Roeland Park resident Jennie Baugher is one of the people whose cars have been shot in a recent string of highway shootings. Kansas City police have identified 13 cases, with six shootings occurring in the past five days. Baugher was driving over Highway 71 on 75th Street Friday when she heard a bullet hit her car. “I really thought it was a big rock that hit us,” she told KCTV 5. “There wasn’t another vehicle in site and we were in the right lane and hit on the right side so to me it seems like that it was someone that was standing near the overpass or possibly down below.” [Kansas City police investigate 13 shootings aimed at drivers — KCTV5]

Johnson County Sheriff’s office to hold shooting event in support of Special Olympics. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is hosting what it calls a “friendly shooting challenge” to support Special Olympics Kansas. Marksmen can register to compete against Sheriff’s deputies and officers from local police departments. “Anyone who thinks they have what it takes, can sign-up to take on some of the best shooters law enforcement has to offer!” said Master Deputy Tom Erickson in a release on the event. The event will be April 12 at the Millcreek Rifle Club, 7215 Gardner Road in De Soto. Registrations are limited to the first 250 participants. Participants can register via the Special Olympics Kansas site.

SM East girls soccer looks to stay undefeated at home opener. The Lancers girls soccer team will host their first home game of the season tonight against SM Northwest. SM East hasn’t allowed a goal yet this season, with 3-0 wins over both SM North and Lawrence Free State. This weekend, the team will travel to St. Louis to play in a three-game tournament against some of the top rated teams in Missouri. Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m. at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex, W. 95th Street and Nieman Road, Overland Park.

SM East, Kansas City Christian tennis among tops in state. The most recent rankings from the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association put SM East first among 6A schools for the third week in a row. Kansas City Christian is the second ranked team among 3-2-1A schools. [Kansas Tennis Coaches Association releases rankings – Kansas City Star]

SM East boys golf takes SM Northwest invitational. SM East’s boys golf team duffed their way to a win at Lake Quivira Monday in the SM Northwest Invitational. The Lancers shot 308 over two rounds, eight strokes better than second-place Washburn Rural. Olathe East came in third. SM North finished 14th with a score of 490. SM East had three golfers among the top five, with Johnnie Norton, John Sallaz,and Lucas Jones all tying for second overall with 76 strokes.

Prairie Village company to open new home for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia. SeniorCare Homes LLC has announced it will open a new care home called Vineyard House in Overland Park. SeniorCare, which is based in Prairie Village, now operates five properties assisting seniors living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia in Johnson County. Vineyard House will feature a backyard with a deck, bridge and garden designed to attract birds and butterflies, private rooms for six residents, a sunroom with garden views and a computer room.

The parks you never get to see. Two Johnson County park properties that are usually off limits except for rentals or special programs will be open to the public April 26. TimberRidge Adventure Center and Mildale Farm will both be open starting at 9 a.m. Lots of activities will be scheduled at both locations on the open house day. Descriptions of the two properties and activities for the open house day can be found here.