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Lions, Firebirds volleyball fall at sub-state

My name is Ken Miller, and my daughter plays for FSHS. So my credibility already surpasses this Homey person and grandma, too.

I get it when there is a level of frustration that needs to be expressed after both Free State and Lawrence ended their seasons much earlier than they wanted, and in Free State's case, much earlier than expected. I also get it that with any team - high school, college or pro - there is going to be a certain amount of drama within, and how that team handles that drama has a lot to do with the level of success achieved. I can only speak about Free State's season with any accuracy, but I watched a team this season with more talent than they've had in the three years I've been paying attention. This FSHS team won the Seaman tournament, beating several teams that will be going to State next week. FSHS also was the runner-up in the Emporia tournament, losing the championship match to the team that will likely win the 6A state championship again. This team also stomped LHS - twice - before losing in four sets last week. In that match, Lawrence played outstanding volleyball. But for a host of reasons nobody can accurately depict, we came up flat in Substate. Stuff happens.

My point is this: you can't blame coaching for the way FSHS's season finished out, and I suspect you can't blame Coach Magnusson for the way their season went. I CAN fix some blame on the drama that I saw unfold in FSHS's season - ridiculous accusations that unfortunately took focus away from volleyball and placed it on a$$inine issues - as a partial explanation. What our family and my daughter have chosen to do is use this as a lesson in how to deal with adversity - way beyond just volleyball, but career, life, etc. And with that, she will lace 'em up for club season and be that much more prepared.

October 21, 2012 at 9:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Plans filed for major sand pit plant between Lawrence and Eudora; wild burros and horses coming to city; an update on Wyandotte County fieldhouse talk

It will remain a greenfield if developers can't crunch projected numbers and come up with a profit. Again, if the Legends project goes beyond LiveStrong soccer fields and includes a fieldhouse that can host big volleyball and basketball tournaments, why would a developer gamble on putting a hotel or other major amenity next to a lesser fieldhouse that can't compete with the established commercial areas surrounding the Legends?

August 23, 2012 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Plans filed for major sand pit plant between Lawrence and Eudora; wild burros and horses coming to city; an update on Wyandotte County fieldhouse talk

I disagree, Alex. I heard the pitch Monday night from architects and other city pro-rec center folks. Economic Development is the main argument. If this rec center is to at least break even or hopefully make money, it will be through the attraction of regional volleyball and basketball tournaments. Having open gym hours for the locals does nothing for city coffers.

I also have not heard definitively what role KU will play, or if the Self foundation will even participate in the funding. That remains up in the air, I believe.

It would be a big mistake to take this project on without trying to get the low down on what the Legends/KCK folks are doing. While I won't completely discount the Lawrence effort if the WY CO project goes forward, you have to believe that tournament organizers would be more tempted by hotels, shopping, a casino and a Speedway next door to a brand new fieldhouse than a greenfield at the K-10/KTA interchange.

August 22, 2012 at 2:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: UPDATE: Call center to bring 300 new jobs to downtown Lawrence; Setting the stage for $12M incentive debate for Ninth and N.H.; speculation that wine bar is set to move into 901 N.H. space

Re: Call Center

The site says it looks to locate call centers in "communities with small-town values, where courtesy and empathy are a way of life."

Courtesy? Empathy? In Lawrence? Just read the blog posts.

Move along.

July 20, 2012 at 4:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence trio bolsters club volleyball team

Best of luck to the Impact 17-1 team... not only are they great players, but they are even better young women. Gonna follow you online when you get started in Ohio. GO IMPACT!

July 1, 2012 at 4:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

To the victors: LHS claims Cup for first time

Not that this is a huge deal, but why do three baseball games count in the cup standings, while only one volleyball game counts? FSHS beat Lawrence 2 or 3 times last year before losing once to LHS late in the year.

June 7, 2012 at 1:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Northwest rec center plan draws positive interest

Agree that an eye must be kept on how this project is financed and who does what. But like the old saying says, you can't hit a home run if you don't step up to the plate and take a swing. It's time our city is known for more than just KU and colorful people who walk around in socks and Birkies.

June 7, 2012 at 8:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County under tornado watch until 9 p.m.

It's times like these that I yearn for Katie.

Katie, O Katie, with thy bicycle helmet so fitting;

Why don't people listen to you when twisters are hitting?

Could it be your insipid reporting about a baby in Brush Creek?

Or the fact it turned out to be a log after so many people freaked?

April 27, 2012 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

An explanation to readers about recent home delivery issues

Dennis, I appreciate your efforts today accepting responsibility for the problems of the past week. That said, I am trying to understand why the LJW has decided to try and pump revenues/reduce costs with the porch delivery and the reconfigured carrier routes at this time. Why now? I know the easy answer is that these steps are undertaken to immediately increase revenue. But the newspaper industry's circulation and revenue problems are well-documented; the print media's public image has never been worse... it appears you are just making subscribers - long timers and short timers - mad enough to finally pull the plug on their subscriptions. It's like you are trying to put out the newsprint fire by pouring gasoline on it....

April 4, 2012 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )