Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Wentz struck out 104 batters in his senior year for the Lancers, helping lead them to a state title.
Wentz struck out 104 batters in his senior year for the Lancers, helping lead them to a state title.

Wentz named All-Metro baseball player of the year. Erstwhile SM East Lancer and current Atlanta Braves rookie league pitcher Joey Wentz has been named All-Metro baseball player of the year by the Kansas City Star. Wentz racked up 104 strikeouts over 51.1 scoreless innings in his senior season, helping propel the Lancers to their first state title since 1995. Wentz appears to be making the transition to the professional level well: In his last outing in Florida, he struck out six of the nine batters he faced. [The Star’s All-Metro baseball team: SM East’s Joey Wentz is player of the year — Kansas City Star]

SM East grad Troutwine selected to Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game. Wentz isn’t the only former Lancer baseball player drawing accolades this week. Former Lancers catcher Gunnar Troutwine, who currently plays college ball at Wichita State, was named to the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star team. Troutwine plays for the Chatham Anglers. [Gunnar Troutwine talks about his selection to 2016 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game — Chatham Anglers]

Mission Bank among those in merger. Seven Kansas City area banks are part of a merger that also ends an experiment in sharing branches. Mission Bank along with Valley View State Bank, Industrial State Bank, First Bank of Missouri, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Citizens Bank in Paola and Security Bank of Kansas City are merging. The banks were already owned by one company. [Seven-bank merger in KC area ends experiment in sharing branches – The Kansas City Star]

Applebee’s to close temporarily. Applebee’s restaurant on Johnson Drive will be closed until Thursday afternoon for minor exterior renovations and interior finish work, according g to the city. Renovations are being undertaken by new ownership who purchased the restaurant from the parent company last year.

Westwood extends financing on church property. In 2014 Westwood purchased the church at 5050 Rainbow Blvd. for $400,000. The city has been paying interest only on the lease while the future of the property was being determined. The city council agreed to extend the arrangement for another three years. The property, which borders Dennis Park and Westwood View Elementary School could be a critical piece in a redevelopment of the area. The city is undergoing a new comprehensive plan currently. “We don’t want to act in haste,” Mayor John Yé told the council last week, until the future of the area is determined.

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