Granath, Reardon named Employees of Month

Jack Granath
Bill Reardon

Jack Granath and Bill Reardon recently were named Employees of the Month by the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education.

Reardon is a former state legislator who is the lobbyist for the school district. Granath is the branch manager of the South Branch Library, 3401 Strong Ave.

The nomination for Granath:

“The community has been flooding into the new South Branch Library since the doors opened on Sept. 26, 2012. The new building is a bright, welcoming and accessible location. We believe a key part of the success we have experienced is Jack Granath. It is our pleasure to nominate Jack Granath as Employee of the Month. Jack is the branch manager for the South Branch Library. This is not just ‘a job’ for Jack. His commitment to our community and our library is strong. I can truly say Jack is one of the best people I have had the pleasure to work with.” — Janey Humphries, community member and Bridgette DeSmet, administrative assistant for the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools.

The nomination for Reardon:

“Sometimes, an individual will come to a position with the exact right mix of skills and experience, such that they seem born for the job. Such is the case with Bill Reardon, the KCKPS lobbyist. Bill, who worked as a high school teacher for more than 30 years, and served in the Kansas Legislature for more than 30 years, is the perfect person to serve as the district’s voice and advocate in Topeka. The skill with which he performs his job has had a profound impact, not just on the well-being of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, but on the health of public education across the state of Kansas.” — David A. Smith, chief of staff
– Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools

T-Bones win; Zagone remains undefeated

After a shaky first inning, starting pitcher Rick Zagone led the T-Bones to a 7-6 victory against the Laredo Lemurs on Sunday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Zagone pitched 6 1/3 innings, surrendering seven hits and giving up five earned runs. He walked no batters and struck out four. Zagone improves his record to 4-0 for the season.

Laredo sent seven batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring three runs on RBI doubles by Travis Denker and Gerardo Avila. Zagone then retired 15 Lemur batters in a row.

Danny Richar led the T-Bones offensively, going 3 for 4 with a two-run home run, an RBI single and a stolen base. The homer was his second of the season.

David Espinosa added to the T-Bones scoring with a two-RBI triple in the third inning. He also scored two runs on the day.

Darrell Hudson and Brian Erie also chipped in with one RBI apiece.

Laredo attempted a comeback, scoring two runs in the seventh. One was on a sacrifice fly by Josh Scheffert and the other on an RBI single by Nick Van Stratten.

With the win, the T-Bones (12-12) take the series against Laredo two games to one. The team resumes action on Tuesday night in Wichita. The T-Bones return home on June 17 with a three-game series against Sioux City. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
– Story from T-Bones

Grand Prix of Kansas proves exciting in KCK

Racing action Saturday from the road course at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. The No. 00 Chevy Camaro was driven by Ashley McCalmont and Bob Michaelian. (Fan photo)

Road racing fans weren’t disappointed at Kansas Speedway Saturday night with great racing for the second consecutive year on Kansas Speedway’s infield road course in Kansas City, Kan.

A familiar name to NASCAR fans visited Victory Lane as Colin Braun and his co-driver Jon Bennett of CORE autosport won the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge Series race.

“We rolled off the truck good, made a few changes and we had a good car from there,” Braun said. “This win is a testament to the team.”

For Bennett, it was a surreal weekend as he watched his son graduate and capped the weekend off with a win.

Kris Wilson and James Davison with TRG-AMR won the Grand Sport (GS) class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, giving Aston Martin its first win in the series.

“I knew it was important for me to not make any mistakes and I’m just really pleased we got this win,” Davison said.

Chad Gilsinger and Michael Valiante with HART Racing won the Street Tuner (ST) class of the series.

Tony Bullock with ONE Motorsports won the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites race #1 by just over one tenth of a second. Mikhail Goikhberg with JDC Motorsports won race #2 in the Prototype Lites Series.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Oct. 3 ARCA Racing Series at Kansas Speedway presented by Menards, the Oct. 4 Kansas Lottery 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the Oct. 5 Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets can be purchased by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or by logging onto

– Story from Kansas Speedway

Racing action Saturday from the road course at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. The 01 Camaro, left, was driven by Eric Curran and Lawson Aschenbach. (Fan photo)

Racing action Saturday from the road course at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)