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Experience at Hummer’s a bummer for Bears

Oskaloosa’s Maddy Miller (#18) rounds second base in the Bears’ state softball game against Lyons-Chase High School in Topeka May 29. This was an RBI hit that put the Bears on the scoreboard.The teams were tied at 1 going into the seventh inning. Lyons-Chase scored two runs in the top of the seventh and Oskaloosa was unable to answer, losing 3-1. Despite the loss, the Bears did have an enviable overall record this season ending with 23 wins and only this one loss.

I left Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex with a “souvenir” last Thursday evening: a small red mark on the back of my right hand consisting of the letters “THUR” (for Thursday) surrounded by a circle. The only trouble is, the girls I’d come to watch, the members of the Oskaloosa High School softball team, left the site with tears in their eyes, their hopes for a state championship dashed, meaning I wouldn’t be returning to the capital city the next day to get another “souvenir” so I could see the Bears play two more games.

June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JW girls return home with 3rd place

The Jefferson West girls’ softball team line up for individual medals after winning third place in the 4A state tournament at Pratt Friday. Photo by Matt Hirsch

Coach Chad Jackson believes his Jefferson West softball team did a great job taking third place in their first trip to state.

June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Kaws make it to the championship game

The Kaws’ Bailey Pattin is called safe by the umpire during the championship contest against KC Ward Bishop. Perry-Lecompton settled for second in the 4A tournament, their first trip to state in the team’s history. Photo by Matt Hirsch

The Perry-Lecompton baseball team made it to the championship game in the state tournament at Pratt Friday and had to settle for second, defeated by KC Ward Bishop, 5-2.

June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Thinclads place high state

The Perry-Lecompton state champion 4x400m relay team Cody Williams, Seth Surface, Will Hinrichsen, and Colin Coleman. Coleman also set a state record in the 200m run. Photo by Matt Hirsh and Laura Hirsh

Jefferson County tracksters provided strong competition at the state track meet in Wichita Saturday.

June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Sports,The Vindicator | Read More »

Sacrifices of many duly noted

Bugler Francis Stockton plays taps to close ceremonies Memorial Day at Pleasant View Cemetery. Photo by Rick Nichols

The numerous men and women who have willingly given the “last full measure of devotion” in defense of America since 1776 were remembered Monday during special ceremonies at cemeteries throughout Jefferson County.

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Oskaloosa, McLouth softball statebound

Oskaloosa’s Haidyn Bassett (#11) not only stole second base, but proceeded to steal third as the ball slipped between the legs of the Marysville player and into the outfield in the regional contest May 20. Shortly after, she stole home to give the Bears a run in the first inning. Photo by Ken Locke

Undefeated Bears making 3rd trip to state; will start play Thursday in Topeka. Experienced coach taking young McLouth to 2A state tournament Thursday

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Learning respect

Marine and Valley Falls Cub Scout leader of Pack 84, Mike Wilson, and Scouts, Austin Wilson and Jackson Reich, assisted in placing American flags next to the tombstones of veterans in the Valley Falls cemetery Saturday morning.

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Tiger SB, Kaw BB to debut at state

Coach Chad Jackson

Jefferson West top seeded at Pratt, Perry-Lecompton to meet Goodland

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

JCN superintendent garners high honor

Denise Jennings

Having demonstrated over time her support for educational theater at Jefferson County North High School, Denise Jennings, Jefferson County North USD 339 superintendent, has been named an Outstanding Administrator for 2013-2014 by the Educational Theatre Association’s board of directors.

May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Shaw will operate health clinic

Danelle Shaw, APRN

The F.W. Huston Medical Clinic in Valley Falls has reopened with Danelle Shaw, an advanced practice registered nurse, providing primary health care.

May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

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