Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

File photo by Amy Phillips, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
File photo by Amy Phillips, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Brownback administration confirms it has been looking at possibility of bringing major airport to Johnson County. The Star’s Steve Vockrodt on Sunday broke the news that the administration of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been working behind the scenes to explore what it would take to bring a major airport to Johnson County. The move comes in response to the contentious and stalled plans for renovating Kansas City International airport. “Airlines are requesting construction of a new single terminal airport at (KCI), and the state of Kansas is continually looking for new economic development opportunities,” the governor told Vockrodt in an email. “With more than 50 percent of (KCI) passengers coming from Kansas, we are exploring the possibilities of this project.” [Border War takes to the skies: Brownback wants to build an airport in Johnson County — Kansas City Star]

Lancers participate in MLB Pro Day at Premier Baseball. SM East baseball players Zebulon Vermillion, Luke Anderson and Jake Randa were among the talented high schoolers to participate in the second annual MLB Pro Day scouting event at Premier Baseball in Lenexa last week.

SM North’s Morgan commits to play at Washburn. Shawnee Mission North senior Ta’Morese Morgan announced last week that he had accepted an offer to play football and attend class next year at Washburn University in Topeka.

Prairie Village resident George Holcomb wins UMKC alumni award. George Holcomb, the surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a 2002 recipient of an Executive MBA from the University of Missouri Kansas City, is this year’s winner of the Bloch School of Management’s alumni award. Holcomb lives in Prairie Village.

Lancer swim team featured as it looks to add yet another title. KMBC’s Karen Kornacki visited with coach Wiley Wright and members of the SM East boys swim team as the look toward three-peating at the state level this weekend. [SM East hopes to add another swimming title — KMBC]