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Youth program registration open in Wyandotte County

Registration is open for youth programs that will be offered at Unified Government of Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation centers.

The programs are sponsored by the UG, and are offered through Activstars.

Martial arts and karate classes are offered at the Pierson Community Center, 1800 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kansas, and the George Meyn Community Center, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Cheerleading classes are offered at the Beatrice Lee Community Center, formerly the John F. Kennedy Community Center, 1310 N. 10th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The karate classes at Pierson Community Center will hold registration on Monday, Jan. 22. Classes will run weekly through May 21. The 6:30 p.m. through 7:15 p.m. classes will be for beginners, while the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. class will be for the experienced students. Registration is at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 for the beginners class and at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 for the experienced class.

The karate classes at George Meyn Community Center will be on the same time schedule, with the same registration times and dates, as the Pierson Center classes.

The cost of the beginners’ classes are $8 a week, with the cost of the more experienced classes, $9 a week. An additional $10 one-time registration fee will be charged.

According to the schedule, the listed times are for the first class only, and weekly class times will be assigned for the semester during registration night. Parents or legal guardians must register students. The karate class is geared toward ages 4 to 15, but parents also may enroll.

Karate class will include anti-bullying tactics, awards and promotions, information about abduction prevention, encouragement of non-aggressive behavior, and will include basic through black belt levels. The classes are taught by certified black belt instructors.

Cheerleading class at Beatrice Lee Community Center will hold registration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, for junior varsity and varsity level, ages 4 to 9; and at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 24 for junior all-star level, ages 10 to 15.

The first class for ages 4 to 9 will be from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Jan. 24, and the first class for ages 10 to 15 will be 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. Jan. 24.

The 16-week program is scheduled to meet once a week, from Jan. 24 through May 16. The times listed were for the first class only. Weekly practice times will be assigned for the semester during the registration night.

The cheerleading fee for ages 4 to 9 is $8 per week for the 45-minute lesson. Those attending should wear tennis shoes and cheerleader attire to practice. The fee for ages 10-15 is $9 per week. Those attending may purchase pompoms or bring their own.

Cheerleading class will include information on safety awareness, cheers, jumps, pom dance routines, competitions, awards and trophies, and preparation for tryouts.

A one-time, nonrefundable registration fee of $10 will be charged. If there is bad weather at the time of the registration, the registration will be held at the same time the following week.

Scholarships may be available to low-income parents.

For more information, call 816-994-2644 or visit


Cold weather prompts schools to close Tuesday

With overnight temperatures dipping to a low of minus 3, and Tuesday’s high near 10, area schools have canceled classes on Tuesday.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs, Piper and Turner school districts have canceled classes.

Wind chill readings are expected to be between minus 11 and minus 21 on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. A wind chill advisory is in effect from now until noon Tuesday, the weather service said.

For more information about the weather, visit


Watson posts 32 in Braves win

Bonner Springs junior A.J. Watson took an outside jump shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bonner Springs boys basketball team held off a fourth quarter rally by Piper to earn a 73-61 victory Friday night on the Bonner Springs home court.

Bonner Springs held a small but consistent lead through the first three quarters, fending off the Pirates with three-pointers from guard A.J. Watson when they threatened to close the gap. The score was 39-34 in Bonner’s favor at halftime.

Bonner led 50-45 at the third quarter break, but six quick points put Piper in front with only 30 seconds off the fourth quarter clock. Coach Dan Streit called a timeout to steady the Braves, who responded by getting a stop on Piper’s next possession.

With the score tied at 53, Watson hit another three-pointer to take the lead back for good. Piper was forced to foul to extend the clock, and Bonner hit 13 of 14 free throws to close out the game.

Watson paced the Braves with 32 points, including 6 three-point baskets. Keyon Thomas added 24, using his speed to get to the rim off the dribble.

Braijion Barnes scored 16 for the Pirates and provided strong interior defense. Doc Covington added 15.

Omar Brantley and Maryam Zlitni were named courtwarming king and queen during a halftime ceremony.

The Braves sit atop the Kaw Valley League with a 5-0 record (8-1 overall). Piper drops to 3-1 in the league (6-3 overall). Both teams head to non-conference tournaments on Tuesday, Bonner at the Baldwin tournament, and Piper at Spring Hill.

Maryam Zlitni smiled as she received the courtwarming queen’s crown from last year’s winner, Paige Krone. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Omar Brantley was named courtwarming king at the halftime ceremony. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner Springs senior Alonzo Hokes (20) took a short range jumper over the defense of Piper junior Trey Bates. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner Springs junior Keyon Thomas (23) drove to the basket against Piper senior Daviance “Doc” Covington (1). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington set up perimeter defense against Keyon Thomas. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4) attempted to block a Keyon Thomas layup. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner Springs senior Cole Oakes (3) drove the ball against Piper senior Bryce Yoder (30). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Keyon Thomas laid the ball up around the defense of Piper senior Cooper Beebe (00). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington knocked the ball away from Keyon Thomas to prevent a breakaway. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The packed and rowdy Piper student section loved this fourth quarter Braijion Barnes dunk. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)