Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Seriously, MLB: How can you not love this face? Not to mention the voice...
Seriously, MLB: How can you not love this face? Not to mention the voice…

Joyce DiDonato left off National Anthem roster for first four World Series games. Fans rooting for world-famous opera star and Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato to get a chance to sing the National Anthem at a World Series game at Kauffman Stadium will have to hope the Royals don’t wrap this thing up in five games. Major League Baseball released the schedule of National Anthem singers for the first four World Series games, and DiDonato was not tapped for tonight’s or Wednesday’s contests at The K. Instead, country singer Trisha Yearwood and “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will perform the Star Spangled Banner in Kansas City. [Opera Star Joyce DiDonato, Kansas City Native, Is Left Off Early Anthem Roster — New York Times]

Joyce’s video message to her fans upon receiving the news is embedded below:

SM East girls golfers take second at state. SM East’s girls golf team finished another Sunflower League-leading season with a strong showing Monday, but they couldn’t stop last year’s state champs from repeating. The Lancer took second overall at the Kansas 6A golf tournament at Topeka Country Club. Washburn Rural took first place for the second year in a row. SM East was led by Jessica Parker, who finished second in the individual standings, three strokes behind BV North’s Jean Tyrell.

Homestead Country Club hires new tennis pro. Homestead Country Club has hired a new Head Professional Tennis Pro. Michael Warren will take over the role after the departure of Kevin Braun earlier this season for a position with Kansas City United Tennis. Warren played tennis in high school at SM Northwest and collegiately at JCCC before transferring to K-State, where he received his undergraduate degree. Warren has more than 10 years of tennis instruction experience and has earned USPTA “Elite Professional” certification.


Barnaby Bright concert at Village Presbyterian pushed back a year. The music duo Barnaby Bright had been set to perform at Village Presbyterian this Friday, Oct. 24, but organizers have decided that putting the event up against Game 3 of the World Series wasn’t really fair to anyone. So the event has essentially been postponed a year. The concert will now be 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

Officer who found World Series tickets intended for Prairie Village church gets to go to Game 2. A Kansas City, Mo. detective who found two World Series ticket on the street while running errands Friday and tracked down the owner, a Prairie Village man who had intended to donate them to Hillcrest Covenant Church, has gotten a pair of World Series tickets of his own. Academy Sports gave the detective, Kevin White, two tickets to Game 2 in recognition of his work returning the tickets he found to their owner. [Officer who found missing World Series tickets rewarded with tickets]

Johnson Drive ribbon-cutting planned. The final layer of asphalt has been laid and plans are in the making to celebrate the re-opening of Johnson Drive in Mission. The party will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 with a barricade-breaking celebration, followed by the dedication of the Rotary clock at 11:30 a.m. Crews are finishing work on the streetscape, including applying brick veneer to street walls in several places. Traffic will remain two-lane while finishing touches are applied.