Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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The Lancers handled Pembroke Hill Friday (shown above) before trouncing Lee's Summit North Saturday. Photo courtesy Tom Strongman.
The Lancers handled Pembroke Hill Friday (shown above) before trouncing Lee’s Summit North Saturday. Photo courtesy Tom Strongman.

Obama offers condolences after Johnson County shootings. President Barack Obama offered his sympathies to the families of those killed in Sunday’s shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom and promised federal support to make sure investigators have “the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation.” [President Obama offers condolences, federal assistance after shootings in Johnson County — Associated Press]

Relay for Life combining Northeast Johnson County and Prairie Village events. In past years, the American Cancer Society has organized Relay for Life events both in Prairie Village and for the rest of northeast Johnson County. This year, those events will be combined. The organization announced last week that a combined relay will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Franklin Park. The event will also be shortened from 12 hours to six, with participants walking the track from 4-10 p.m. The organizers are hoping to have at least one representative on the organizing committee from Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, north Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood and Westwood Hills. People can contact Kara Philips at for more information on the committee and fundraising. The group is seeking sponsors as well.

SM East Lax keeps rolling, faces Rockhurst tonight. SM East’s lacrosse team put on a dominating display over the weekend, building up momentum heading into tonight’s game against rival Rockhurst High School. The Lancers started with a decisive victory Friday over Pembroke Hill, the team they’ve beaten in the Lacrosse Association of Greater Kansas City title game two years in a row. SM East got out to an early lead, extending their margin to 7-2 midway through the second quarter. Pembroke edged closer, making the score 7-5 in the third before the Lancers put together a late run and winning 15-7. The next night, SM East easily handled Lee’s Summit North, 28-2. The Rockhurst game starts at 7:45 p.m. at SM North. UPDATED: The SM East-Rockhurst lacrosse game has been postponed on account of weather.

SM North bowlers make All-State team. Senior Ty Marah and junior Nicole Edwards of the SM North bowling team have been named to the All-State team for their success on the lanes in 2014.

Lancer Dancers to perform Spring Show Tuesday. The Lancer Dancer Spring Show comes to the SM East Auditorium Tuesday, April 15. The performance will feature 37 dancers — as well as a special performance by the MANcer Dancers, SM East athletes who will be (trying) to partner dance members of the team. Tickets are $7. The performance starts at 7 p.m.

Prairie Village looking for Community Spirit Award nominees. The city of Prairie Village has put out a call for nominations for this year’s Community Spirit Awards, which are given during the annual Patriotic Service as part of VillageFest on the Fourth of July. “We encourage nominations of citizens who are well-known for community service, but also seek those less known neighborhood heroes who have selflessly helped their neighbors in need of extra care or in an emergency and those who help out under other circumstances like snow removal, grass cutting or other burdens of daily living for neighbors unable to do their own due to age or infirmity,” reads a release from the city. You can find the nomination form here.

The Harbinger takes top award at NSPA. SM East’s student newspaper, The Harbinger, took first place in the High School Newspaper Tabloid category at the National Scholastic Press Association’s Spring 2014 National High School Journalism Convention Best in Show Awards in San Diego. The Harbinger also took second place overall in the Publication Website Large School category, and ninth in the Newspaper Special Section category. [NSPA announces Best of Show awards — National Scholastic Press Association]