Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Shawnee Mission East baseball senior day to be held Saturday; defending state champs take on BV Southwest at home. Northeast Johnson County residents will have the chance to see the send off for a group of senior baseball players on Shawnee Mission East’s home diamond Saturday. After having wrapped up the outright Sunflower League title this week, the Lancers face Blue Valley Southwest at SM East at 11 a.m. Saturday. A Senior Day ceremony honoring a talent-packed class of 10 departing players will start at 10:30 a.m. It’s supposed to be in the 70s and sunny — can’t ask for a better day to pack the hill.

An ode to the Entercom tower from a longtime Westwood resident. Westwood native Lucas Wetzel took the time to pen an essay on the history of the Entercom tower in Westwood, and his thoughts about it coming down. “The tower has kept good company over the years and I’m going to miss it,” Wetzel writes. “Still, if the school district does wind up building a new elementary school on the site, it would be hard not to call that an improvement. Only a few years ago they weren’t sure if Westwood View would stay open at all. Fortunately it looks like it will, and our daughter starts Kindergarten there next fall.” [An ode to the Entercom tower, and a new era in Westwood — LucasWetzel.com]

Registration open for R Park benefit soccer clinic. Roeland Park is partnering with i9 Sports to put on a soccer clinic for kids aged 5 to 9, with proceeds going to benefit efforts to fund a picnic shelter at the park. The cost to register a participant before May 15 is $30. After that date, it rises to $35. Register by visiting i9’s website, and searching for the zipcode 66205.

Mission police to conduct saturation patrols Friday night and early Saturday morning. Mission police will be conducting DUI saturation patrols this weekend from 6:45 to 11 p.m. Friday and from midnight to 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Officers participating in the effort will be in vehicles with a DUI Task Force magnet on their doors.