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JANUARY 30, 2020
Vol. 3, No. 4
Board Approves Area Improvements, To Host “Table Top Chat” Open House The Grain Valley Board of Aldermen met Monday, January 27th, passing several resolutions and ordinances focused on maintenance of parks and area trails. First on the agenda was an ordinance prohibiting parking on the west side of Pamela Blvd. and in front of the fire hydrants and mailboxes on the east side of Pamela Blvd. Interim City Administrator Ken Murphy indicated this ordinance was driven by complaints by businesses in the area. The ordinance passed unanimously. A resolution related to trail improvements to the Dillingham Road connector trail was also passed. The project will connect two separate recreational trails on the east side of Dillingham Road, just north of Duncan Road. The project will run concurrently
with the Community Development Department’s Dillingham Road Waterline Project. The City will realize some savings by completing both projects at the same time. The projected cost for the project is $9,272. The purchase of 20 picnic tables to replace existing tables at the Pavilion in Armstrong Park and maintenance and replacement lamps at the Monkey Mountain baseball fields were also approved. The City of Grain Valley will host an open house on Monday, February 3rd from 5:00pm—7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall for residents to meet informally with the design team for the proposed Grain Valley Community Campus. Designs for the proposed recreation center, city hall, police department, and
other Sni-A-Bar Farms site amenities will be presented in an informal meeting with citizens. Citizens are encouraged to share ideas and opinions with the design team; there will be no formal presentation. Interim Deputy City Administrator Theresa Osenbaugh shared information regarding the event with the Board, stating that the informal event is an opportunity for residents to “be a part of the process”. For more information on the proposed community campus, visit www.envisiongrainvalley.com. The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen will be held Monday, February 10th at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, 711 Main St.
Five File For Board of Education Openings Five candidates have filed to fill three seats on the Grain Valley School Board. Incumbents Jeff Coleman, Tisha Homfeld, and Janice Reding have filed for reelection. Jeff Wolff and Justin Wulff have also filed as candidates. The top three vote earners in the April election will be seated as School Board members for three-year terms beginning in April. The election for both City candidates and school board candidates will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2020. In order to be eligible to vote you must be registered at your current home address by the fourth Wednesday prior to the election in which
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NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OF JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020
Notice is hereby given to the registered qualified voters of Central Jackson County Fire
Protection District of Jackson County, Missouri, that the Board of Directors of said Fire District has called a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. The official ballot will be substantially in the following form:
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SAMPLE BALLOT CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OF JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI SPECIAL ELECTION TUESDAY, FEBRURAY 4, 2020 QUESTION Shall Central Jackson County Fire Protection District of Jackson County, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $7,500,000 for the purpose of improving, renovating, repairing, furnishing and equipping existing District facilities and acquiring fire trucks and other firefighting apparatus and equipment, including acquiring and equipping two fire engines and one ladder truck, upgrading communication systems and technology, and acquiring personal protective equipment and other firefighting and EMS equipment? YES NO
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Freshman Ella Clyman and Senior Keely Hill celebrate their team’ team’s opening victory in the 22nd Annual Grain Valley Basketball Tournament.
Photo credit: Valley News staff The February Senior Citizens’ Luncheon will be held Wednesday, February 5th at the Grain Valley Community Center. Menu will include meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, roll, and strawberry poke cake. The YMCA will present information on
their Active Older Adults program. RSVP by calling 816-847-6293 or emailing email@example.com. A suggested donation of $3 is welcome. Bingo will follow the luncheon; bingo cards are $1 for the first card, $.50 for the second card.
Capitol Report: State Representative Jeff Coleman, 32nd District House members returned to the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 8 for the start of the 2020 legislative session. This is the second regular session of the historic 100th General Assembly. The House has 114 Republicans, 48 Democrats and one vacancy. The legislature has until May 15 to get bills across the legislative finish line and to the governor’s desk. This week I had the opportunity to introduce my House Bill 1860 https:// www.house.mo.gov/Bill.aspx… in a public committee hearing. This legislation would simplify our present out-of-date property tax system. Currently, the local County Assessor is tasked with determining the market value of your home; unfortunately, these assessments have been random and inconsistent, especially for Jackson County.
If passed by both the House and Senate legislators, my HB 1860 would first, set your tax base to the 2019 value of your home. Then, moving forward, it would only be able to go up by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), or upon the sale of your house, which then would create a new base. Furthermore, HB 1860 creates consistency and gives homeowners the ability to know from year to year what exactly their residential tax base would be. In addition, my bill would eliminate the local County Assessor from being able to set an arbitrary and inconsistent value of your home’s tax base. I ask that you please email and call your State Representative and Senator, if you are not in my District, to ask them to vote in support of my House Bill 1860.
ELECTION continued from page 1 you wish to vote. Residents may register in person at the Jackson County Election Board office at 215 N. Liberty, Independence, MO 64050 or any one of the authorized locations in this jurisdiction. Locations in Grain Valley include the Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley branch and
Grain Valley City Hall. Residents may also print and complete the Missouri Voter Registration Application form found at the Election Board website, www.jcebmo.org, and deliver in person to JCEB or mail to Jackson County Election Board, P.O. Box 296, Independence, MO 64051.
The following information is derived from the Grain Valley Police Department daily calls for service log for the week of January 15-21, 2020. January 15, 2020 500 Block Shorthorn 600 Block Sunset 1100 Block Lakeview 200 Block Jefferson 2000 Block Hedgewood Dr 700 Block Main St 100 Block Woodbury 1200 Block Phelps Dr 700 Block Main St 1000 Block Dogwood 100 Block Jackie 600 Block Nelson
Harassment Agency Assist (CJC) Residence Check Stealing Civil Stand By Agency Assist (JCSO) Citizen Contact Agency Assist (CJC) Citizen Contact Area Check Identity Theft Agency Assist (IPD)
January 16, 2020 Sunny Ln/McQuerry 100 Block Garden 1400 Block Minter Way 1700 Block Broadway 1200 Block Hampton Ct 1200 Block Ashley Ln 200 Block NE Woodbury 700 Block Main St 1200 Block Phelps Dr 1200 Block NW Long
Agency Assist (MSHP) Agency Assist (CJC) Agency Assist (CJC) Agency Assist (CJC) Assault Parking Complaint 911 Hang Up Found Property Citizen Contact Stealing
January 17, 2020 700 Block Main St Citizen Contact 700 Block Main St Citizen Contact WB I-70 Ramp Agency Assist (MSHP) 1000 Block Burr Oak Parking Complaint 1200 Block Phelps Dr Assault 400 Block Laura Ln Agency Assist (DFS) 1000 Block Dean Dr 911 Hang Up 900 Block Persimmon Ct Alarm 1700 Block Broadway Check Well Being 2000 Block Harding, Oak Grove Agency Assist (OGPD) EB I-70/City Limits Agency Assist (JCSO) 800 Valley Woods Dr Agency Assist (DFS) 900 Block Shorthorn Area Check January 18, 2020 100 Block Sunny Ln 200 Block Jefferson, Buckner 100 Block Cross Creek Ln 1100 Block Blue Branch RD Mize/Barr Rd 1400 Block Hilltop
Agency Assist (CJC) (Agency Assist (BPD) Stolen Auto Disturbance Area Check Alarm
1000 Block Stoney Point 1400 Block Nicholas 2000 Block Hedgewood Dr 100 Block Eagles 1300 Block RD Mize 100 Block Buckner Tarsney 500 Block Broadway 200 Block Broadway
Disturbance Disturbance Citizen Contact Citizen Contact Citizen Contact Suspicious Auto Trespassing Agency Assist (CJC)
January 19, 2020 600 Block Yennie 400 Block Walnut 100 Block Sunny Ln 600 Block Creek Ridge Dr 1200 Block Broadway 700 Block Main St Duncan/Woodbury 700 Block Main St 1100 Block Buckner Tarsney 900 Block Deer Creek
Animal at Large Parking Complaint Citizen Contact Check Well Being Citizen Contact Civil Stand By Animal at Large Abuse of Child Suspicious Person Disturbance
January 20, 2020 100 Block RD Mize 1200 Block Graystone 1100 Block Buckner Tarsney 1000 Block Burr Oak Ln 1300 Block Jefferson 1500 Block Nicholas Dr 700 Block Main St Laura Ln/Graystone 700 Block Brome
Agency Assist (IPD) Child Endangerment Citizen Contact Parking Complaint Stolen Auto Area Check Citizen Contact Area Check 911 Hang Up
January 21, 2020 800 Block Woodland Dr 700 Block Main St 600 Block Jefferson 700 Block Graystone 1200 Block Graystone 300 Block Blue Branch Ct Woodbury/Duncan 300 Block James Rollo 700 Block Main St 1100 Block Main St 700 Block Main St 1300 Block Dean 300 Block Blue Branch
Property Damage Citizen Contact Stealing Stealing Agency Assist (CJC) Unattended Death Motor Vehicle Accident Dealers License Renewal Citizen Contact Found Property Abuse of Child Animal at Large Residence Check
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MDC To Host Free February Birding Workshop and Activities by Bill Graham of Missouri Department of Conservation
Winter is a fine time to observe and enjoy birds whether afield or watching them visit backyard bird feeders. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host free educational programs about birds during February at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. Visitors can learn about bird identification and banding, owls, and bluebirds. A Bird in the Hand program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, will give participants a chance to assist with science and learn more about birds that commonly visit feeders each winter. This program for all ages does not require advance registration. The Missouri River Bird Observatory avian experts and Burr Oak Woods staff partner in an on-going project to identify and track birds that come to the nature center’s feeders. Birds caught in mist nets are gently handled and given colored leg bands. If the bands are spotted or found again, the information is entered in a data base. Participants will be able to track movements of birds they band. Families with children ages 6 to 13
can enjoy an Incredible Owls program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Participants can learn about the mysterious world of owls and the adaptations that make them awesome night-time hunters. Activities will include dissecting owl pellets to see what the raptors have been eating. A trek outdoors will give visitors a chance to listen for owls hooting in the Burr Oak woods. Registration is requested by Feb. 11. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ ZmP. Bluebirds are lovely and Missouri’s state bird. A Bluebird of Happiness program from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, will look at the history, success, and future of bluebirds in Missouri. Participants can learn how to attract bluebirds to their property. This program is for all ages and no registration is required. MDC’s Burr Oak Woods Nature Center is located at 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. For more information, call 816228-3766, or visit http://mdc.mo.gov/ burroakwoods.
MDC's Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs will offer free programs about bird banding, owls, and bluebirds during February. Photo credit: MDC
February Activities at Mid-Continent Public Library The following activities are scheduled for February at the Grain Valley branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library: Book Group Monday, February 3, 2020 6:30pm – 7:30pm Book Group: Partners in Crime Tuesday, February 4, 2020 6:30pm—7:30pm Google Suite Overview Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:30am—11:30am Discover some of the popular Google Apps that you can access free on your computer. Magic and Myth in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Universe Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:30pm—7:30pm Join in a discussion of J.K. Rowling’s approach to mythology in the Potterverse, and the expanding Pottermore website. Architecture—It Isn’t Just For Humans Saturday, February 8, 2020 2:00pm—2:45pm Animals construct nests and dens from all sorts of materials and for multiple purposes. Google Docs Wednesday, February 12, 2020
10:30am—11:30am This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Google Docs. Google Sheets Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:30am—11:30am Learn Google Sheets basic terminology, spreadsheet navigation, and formula writing as you create and format a simple spreadsheet. Beginning Genealogy Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6:30pm—7:30pm Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information. Tommy Terrific’s Black Cowboys of the Old West Friday, February 21, 2020 2:30pm—3:15pm For Black History Month, Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic will perform an educational magic show about Black Cowboys of the Old West. For more information on these and other activities hosted at Mid-Continent Public Library’s Grain Valley branch, visit www.mymcpl.org/events. The Grain Valley branch is located at 101 SW Eagles Parkway.
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New Truman Heartland Partnership Provides Free Job Training Available For InDemand Careers A new community initiative from Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF), aims to help break the cycle of poverty by providing free job training for in-demand careers. The Job Skills for New Careers initiative is a collaborative partnership with Community Services League, Herndon Career Center, Mid-Continent Public Library and University of Central Missouri (UCM). “We believe these organizations bring unique assets to the table and by working together, we can help people get connected to the trainings and resources they need to get on the path to a better job and a brighter future,” Phil Hanson, President and CEO of Truman Heartland Community Foundation said. Through this initiative, Community Services League will match applicants with financial counseling, community resources through Mid-Continent Public Library and opportunities for free trainings available through Herndon Career Center and UCM in fields that pay living wages and are in high demand in the region, including healthcare, other
medical fields and skilled industrial trades. Truman Heartland is hosting two informational sessions leading up to the launch of the first cohort in March. People interested in applying for job training are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. The first session will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library – South Independence Branch, 13700 East 35th St S, Independence, MO 64055. The second will be on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library – North Independence Branch, 317 US-24, Independence, MO 64050. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Children’s programming will be offered concurrently with both informational sessions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the first cohort planned to launch in March. Visit newskills.cslcares.org to learn more and to apply for job training and support through the Job Skills for New Careers initiative.
Social Media Best Practices Topic of February Partnership Luncheon The February Grain Valley Partnership Luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Faith United Methodist Church, 1950 SW Eagles Parkway. Networking begins at 11:30am; lunch begins at Noon.
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Unemployment Rate Remains At Near Record Lows Missouri's unemployment rate came in at 3.3 percent in December, and the state finished the year having added 20,000 jobs to the economy. Missouri’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate saw near record lows through the summer and
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fall of 2019, edging as low as 3.1 percent, but held steady at 3.3 percent for six months out of the year. December marks the 41st consecutive month in which Missouri’s rate has been lower than the corresponding U.S. rate, currently 3.5 percent.
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Looking Back: Views From The Broadcaster (1941) by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
The Broadcaster was published on Friday, December 5, 1941. The front page featured an article entitled “Are You A Hermit?” which encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. There was also a report on their most recent assembly, “Lincoln, the Great American.” The Broadcaster contained the news from classes, including the primary grades; sports news; a number of advertisements and, of course, gossip! The staff, let alone the world, had no clue as to what was about to happen when they left school on Friday afternoon. They had no clue that before they returned to school on Monday morning the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor and the United States would prepare to enter World War II. Two weeks later, December 19, 1941, the Superintendent’s Column began with a poem: We’ve got a job to do The boys in the khaki and blue Are all depending on you
Let’s roll up our sleeves For we’ve a job to do Mr. Jay Walker, superintendent, made this plea at the end of his column. “We must lend all efforts in saving our school supplies and home supplies, we must sacrifice personal expenditures and prepare a regular schedule for buying defense stamps or bonds, we must remain calm in the face of all adversities and lend our sympathy and comfort to those in need.” The Broadcaster also contained a special message. December 30 has been designated scrap iron day for our school district, A number of our steel mills in this area, which are working on defense orders, are almost wholly dependent upon scrap iron. They are in desperate need of materials to continue operations. Mr. Charles Ryan headed up the group. Although no agency could accept
any scrap iron as a free gift, it was suggested that money raised could be given to the Red Cross or used to buy defense stamps. Further, a survey was completed by Leonard Stephenson, Pete Shippy, Frank Stump, Irvin Herrington, C. E. Chasteen and Mr. Ryan to determine the kinds of old or used farm machinery which had good parts to be salvaged. Information would be sent to Mr. Melvin Green, township chairman, to determine what would be done. The article concluded…”the first of many things to come that we must do to win this war and to make this Great America continue to be great.” Following Christmas break, the January 9, 1942 issue of The Broadcaster was brief with no mention of the war, however by January 23rd, a campaign was organized by the General Business Class to sell defense stamps. Nancy Peal was chairman of the group. Other officers were: vicechairperson, Radeen Washburn; secretary-treasurer, Faye Johnson and
Vera Garrett, reporter. In the same issue, Defense Stamp Day was organized by the 7th & 8th grade classes. The officers for this group were Stanton Preston, chairman; Dale Baumgardner, vicechairman; Mary Elois Washburn, secretary; Dorothy Mae Raines, treasurer and Elizabeth Williamson, reporter. In February the Junior Red Cross sponsored a drive to collect books to go to a library for the Army and steel hangers to build arms for National Defense. Subsequent issues contained comments from the superintendent and reports as to monies collected for Defense Stamps. Next Week: Sugar rationing and a proclamation from President Roosevelt
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Changes to the Planned Giving Playbook with the New SECURE Act by Phil Hanson, President and CEO, Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Amidst celebration and excitement, I’m sure Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are spending a lot of time reviewing their playbook, as they head to Miami for the big game. Similarly, many financial advisors who work with your Community Foundation are busy updating their playbook to help their clients reach their planned giving goals with the new Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. Passed by the Senate in December, in addition to changing the IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) start age to 72, the new SECURE Act significantly changes how IRAs are treated postdeath. One of the most talked about changes is the end of the stretch IRA. The stretch IRA was a planning technique that
allowed the beneficiary of an Inherited IRA to stretch distributions over a long period of time. For example, before the SECURE Act and when the IRA beneficiary was someone much younger than the IRA owner, like a grandchild, the RMDs were calculated based on the life expectancy of the heir. This provided a significant income tax benefit. Under the new SECURE Act, Inherited IRA and retirement plans are subject to a 10-year payout rule. Now, in most cases, those inheriting an IRA will be required to completely withdraw all plan assets within 10 years of the date of death. As a result, the taxable distributions to most IRA beneficiaries will be larger and the taxes they pay will be higher. This has many people with sizable retirement accounts
looking for another solution. For charitable-minded people, a Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is an excellent option to consider. A CRT replaces the now obsolete stretch IRA plan and helps you double your impact by including both family and charity in your legacy planning. By naming the CRT as the beneficiary of your IRA, the plan’s assets can be paid to the CRT upon death. This results in no taxes being paid on the IRA when it is distributed to the trust. The IRA’s principal value is then preserved, invested and allowed to grow tax-free inside the trust. Not subject to the 10-year payout rule, with a CRT, you have the ability to designate the trust beneficiaries, payout rate and term (lifetime or up to 20 years). This helps provide larger payouts over time and reduced estate and income taxes to family members. And once all payments have been made to
heirs, provides a significant gift to support your favorite charity or cause. The implications of the SECURE Act will vary for each person, but now is a great time to review your estate plan and talk with your financial advisor about smart ways to accomplish your goals under the new rules.
Phil Hanson is the President and CEO of Truman Heartland Community Foundation. Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) is a 501(c) (3) public charity committed to improving the communities in and around Eastern Jackson County through cooperation with community members and donors. THCF serves the region with assets of more than $54 million and annual grants surpassing $4.8 million. For more information on charitable giving, visit www.thcf.org or call Truman Heartland at 816.836.8189.
Eagles Declaw Panthers
by John Unrein
The Grain Valley Lady Eagles Basketball team applied consistent pressure in multiple ways to secure their convincing 62-23 win over the visiting Oak Grove Panthers in their opening game of the 22nd Annual Grain Valley Basketball Tournament on Monday, January 27th. Head Coach Randy Draper’s Lady Eagles squad opened the game with a full court press on defense and steady substitutions in keeping fresh legs on the court that permitted a big early lead. The strategy worked successfully as Grain Valley went into halftime ahead 39 -6. The strain created by the Eagle’s press created turnovers and allowed for an up tempo transition game that led to several easy baskets. Eleven players on Grain Valley’s roster would go on to contribute points. Freshman Grace Slaughter would lead all Eagle scorers with 12 points. Falling just one point shy of a double double was Senior Keely Hill with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 assist to go along with 1 block. Draper emptied his bench with the outcome secured at the five minute mark of the third quarter. Otherwise, Hill would have likely hit the double double milestone. Putting forth a strong effort for Grain Valley on the offensive boards as well as scoring in the post was Ella Clyman. The Freshman would rack up 8 points and 5 rebounds as her confidence continues to grow under the basket. Both Hill and Clyman shared their thoughts on the win. “Honestly, being aggressive tonight helped us in what use to be a really big rivalry against Oak Grove. Determination allowed us to be successful in the paint under the basket along with positioning for rebounding. Playing as a team tonight allowed an abundance of people to score points for us,” Hill said. Clyman continued, “My teammates saw me tonight and made amazing
passes feeding me the basketball. I couldn’t have done it without them. I think my efforts rebounding tonight definitely helped the team. I loved the way we played fast and pushed the ball in running the floor.” Draper and his staff recognized that Oak Grove was looking to stretch the floor for three point attempts during the second quarter to chip away at the Eagles lead. Grain Valley countered with a 1-3-1 zone that pushed the Panther’s point guards and wing players significantly past the arc and stymied their offense. Both Juniors Jordyn Weems and Malia Guttierrez took turns at the top of the 1-3-1 zone in successfully harassing Panther dribblers. Draper was pleased that the game plan put forth prior to the game and how it came to fruition. “We talked in the locker room before the game that his team needs to play faster to free up some easy baskets for us. Our substitutions allowed us to keep things as fresh as we could. The intensity stayed high without us dropping off,” Draper said. “We like to think that we can force you out of stretching the floor with that (a 1-3-1 zone) without pressing. It seems to make teams uncomfortable in taking away what they want to do offensively. I was very pleased with how we came out and maintained.” Draper continued, “Weems and Guttierrez may not always score a lot, but they impact games unbelievably with their defense. They definitely greet you coming across half court. Hill was also great tonight. Keely (Hill) is one of the best defensive rebounders to ever play here. She’s at the top of her game right now at being an outlet passer with how fast she turns after bringing the ball down and getting it out of her hands up court. It starts our offense a lot of the time.”
Freshman Ella Clyman scores 2 points under the basket. Photo credit: Valley News staff
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Eagles Topple Owls In Tournament Opener by John Unrein
A track meet broke out for the Grain Valley Eagles Boys Basketball team during their 66-24 win over Marshall on Tuesday, January 28th. Stripes easily could’ve been marked on the court prior to the game for fast break lanes. Dominance on the defensive boards by the Eagles led to quick outlet passes that spurred the transition game into full gear. Eagles Head Basketball Coach Andy Herbert encouraged his team before the game to get their swagger back when it came to getting up and down the court. “We had been playing sluggish lately. Getting the ball up and down the court fast was a priority. Josh (Kilpatrick) was a big part of that, not only running the floor, but using his vision to get the ball out to teammates ahead of him in transition,” Herbert said. “It’s more fun to play the game at this speed. That’s how this team wants to play basketball. Sometimes you lose yourself in the monotony of the season and you must find yourself and the reasons why you play the game. I think you saw that tonight from us.” Josh Kilpatrick was the leading scorer for the Eagles high octane offense. The senior scored 22 points to go along with his 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Kilpatrick reflected on his team’s success after the game. “We moved the ball better tonight. Thursday’s game was a tough one and that took us by surprise. Coach (Herbert) directed us tonight to take each game one at a time, stay together, and be willing to make the extra pass. Those directions paid off for us tonight along with getting to play with great teammates,” Kirkpatrick said. A strong supporting cast in the Eagles win included Senior Guards Caden Matlon and Tristin Whitton. Matlon would score 13 points, and pull down 4 rebounds, to go with his 3 assists and 1 block. Whitton was perfect on the night behind the three point arc, going three for three. A made free throw as well would lead to Whitton’s 10 total points. None of Whitton’s shots were as exciting though as his buzzer beater at the end of the first half from just inside the mid court line. The shot was timed perfectly as Whitton leapt off his left foot to complete the running jump shot. Whitton explained what made up his success from behind the arc during the game. “When I got the ball at the end of the first half, there was only three seconds left. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get all the way down court. I pulled up, and when I let it go, it felt kinda good and then it went through,” Whitton said. “My teammates delivered good passes to me in the shooting pocket tonight that led to open looks at the basket for me. The best thing about tonight’s win was (Gavin) Yao getting the bucket at the end.”
Senior Gavin Yao scored his first varsity basket in the fourth quarter against Marshall. Photo credit: John Overstreet Grain Valley’s 60-16 lead at the end of the third quarter permitted Herbert to clear his bench. Senior Gavin Yao was among the group that got playing time during the fourth quarter. Yao is a foreign exchange student from China who learned English at the encouragement of his parents during his junior year prior to coming to the United States. It paid off as Yao received a near perfect score on the SAT this year. His intelligence is apparent on the court as well. Yao received a pass with 1:40 left in the final quarter. A pivot to both the left and right looking for an open teammate to hit with a pass did not develop. Yao then decided to take matters into his own hands by driving to the basket to score a layup. The student section became raucous with chanting jubilantly for Yao. Players on the bench for Grain Valley could also not hold back their happiness for what they witnessed. Yao spoke about his love for basketball and scoring his first varsity basket. “I started playing basketball in middle school. Boys would play against different classes and the competition along with the girls cheering for us got me hooked. I wanted to get on the court and draw praise,” Yao said. “Bouncing the ball and shooting made me fall in love with basketball. Tonight, was the first point I scored in a varsity game. The inside was hollow because they closed out on us and I drove past them for the basket. That was so amazing.”
Senior Caden Matlon finishes the fast break. Photo credit: John Overstreet Herbert was happy for Yao and the rest of his team that came off the bench late to help cement the win. “Gavin (Yao) got the ovation he did because he’s one of the friendliest kids you will ever meet. He’s a tremendously kind and genuine individual. He wants his teammates to succeed and keeps everything light with the things that we take for granted,” Herbert said.
“His exuberance is apparent in practices as well as games. He grabbed me around the shoulders recently and said we are amazing in his unique accent. As a coach you sometimes start thinking about the next game if the outcome is decided and Gavin reminds you to enjoy the moment.”
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Community Calendar Monday, February 3, 2020
Senior Coffee Weekly on Mondays Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 9:00am—11:00am Free. Senior Yoga Weekly on Mondays Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 10:30am—11:15am $2 or Free for SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit, and Renew Active Members Book Group Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 6:30pm—7:30pm
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Special Bond Election Polls open 6:00am—7:00pm
Faith’ Faith’s Play Group Faith United Methodist Church, 1950 SW Eagles Parkway 10:00am—11:30am Free play group for children birth—5 years. Free play, story time, snacks, and more.
Sassy Senior Luncheon Grain Valley YMCA Active Older Adults Program For more information on YCMA AOA Activities, visit http:// www.kansascityymca.org/now-grainvalley-y-active-older-adults-programs
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Senior Citizen Luncheon Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 11:30am—1:00pm $3 suggested donation. Call 816-8476293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Family Support Group @ ReDiscover Mental Health 901 Independence Avenue, Lee’s Summit 7:00pm Discussions include bi-polar, schizophrenia, depression, and other mental illnesses. Contact: Linda Ebert, 816-223-5731
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