Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


SM East's girls golf team celebrating their Regional win. Photo via SME Athletics Twitter.
SM East’s girls golf team celebrating their Regional win. Photo via SME Athletics Twitter.
SM East girls golf dominates at Regional. After wrapping up yet another Sunflower League title last week, the SM East’s girls golf kept the momentum going with a huge win at their 6A state Regional tournament in Lawrence Monday. SM East shot 329 as a team for first place, 82 strokes better than second place SM South. What’s more, all six Lancer golfers finished in the top ten. The results were: Teagan Noblit, first place; Haley Bell, second place; Jessica Parker, third place; Riley Ricket, fourth place; Marti Fromm, sixth place; and Julia Stopperan, seventh place. SM East will compete in the state 6A tournament to be played next Monday, Oct. 19 at Terradyne Country Club in Andover.

Bishop Miege, SM East tennis teams advance to state. Two girls tennis squads from northeast Johnson County have plenty to celebrate this month. Both Bishop Miege and SM East qualified to have their entire teams compete in their state tournaments starting this Friday. It is the first time in school history that Miege has won its girls tennis regional. Miege will play in the Class 4A tournament held in Winfield. SM East will play in the 6A tournament to be help at the Olathe-College Boulevard Activity Center.

Star’s Helling criticizes Shawnee Mission for argument against school finance. The Kansas City Star’s Dave Helling wrote this week that the Shawnee Mission School District’s amicus brief made a weak argument when it claimed that the cap on local spending constituted a restriction of speech and a violation of the First Amendment. “We should allow lawyers some leeway in throwing arguments against a wall to see what sticks,” Helling wrote. “But to suggest that an education spending cap is censorship deeply misinterprets the term.” [Dave Helling: Censorship shouldn’t be an issue in Kansas school finance case — Kansas City Star]

Johnson Drive enforcement starts today. The Mission Police Department will begin an increase in officer presence today to aid pedestrian crossing. The campaign aims to increase safety in the downtown district by educating both motorists and pedestrians and drawing attention to the issue. After the renovations on Johnson Drive last year, concerns have risen over drivers not yielding to pedestrians at crossings. Two crossings have flashing beacons for pedestrians. Cars have often been observed failing to let pedestrians cross at a number of intersections. The focus of the campaign will be between Nall and Lamar, especially during the lunch hour and evening rush hour.

Valenti said Mission Gateway failures helped strengthen trust in God. The Kansas City Business Journal’s Rob Roberts has an interesting interview with developer Tom Valenti, whose long-stalled Mission Gateway project is back before the Mission city council. In the interview, Valenti said the multiple setbacks have served as a reminder to trust in God. “There are going to be some bad things that just happen in life. So my advice would be: Just place your trust in God and, you know, be obedient and try to live a virtuous life,” he said. [Lessons from Failure: Mission Gateway brings Valenti knowledge, blessings — Kansas City Business Journal]

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