KCK student at Graceland named scholar-athlete by conference

Patricia Thomas of Kansas City, Kansas, has been named a 2019-2020 scholar-athlete by the Heart of America Athletic Conference for exceptional academic achievements at Graceland University.

In order to qualify for this honor, a student-athlete must meet the following criteria:

• have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher (on a 4.0 scale),
• have a minimum of 60 accumulated credit hours,
• have completed at least five semesters of college and attended the nominating institution for at least two semesters prior to being nominated,
• have documented participation in a varsity competition in the sport for which they are being nominated.

Thomas is majoring in biology and participated in women’s soccer during the 2019-2020 season.

Graceland University’s main campus is in Lamoni, Iowa. It also has a campus in Independence, Missouri. The university was founded in 1895 by the Community of Christ.

Bishop Ward to join new league in fall 2021

Bishop Ward High School will join a new high school athletic and activities conference in fall 2021.

To be called the Kaw Valley Conference, the new conference also will include Heritage Christian Academy, Olathe; KC Christian, Prairie Village; Cair Paravel Latin School, Topeka; Maranatha Christian Academy, Shawnee; and Seabury Academy, Lawrence.

The schools have similar sizes and competitive capabilities. Each school has many iniviidual and team state championships through the years. The schools have a similar focus on the student-athlete, according to the spokesman.

Member schools will be developing conference competition in athletics and activities over the next year, with conference competition beginning in the fall of 2021.

Bishop Ward is currently in the Crossroads Conference, which also includes Heritage Christian, Maranatha and KC Christian. Four schools from the Crossroads Conference will be part of the new KVC.

Football will remain independent, according to a spokesman.

T-Bones postpone baseball season until 2021

T-Bones baseball in Kansas City, Kansas, has been postponed this season and will resume in 2021, according to an announcement today from the club.

The T-Bones’ new owners, who announced several improvements since taking over, will have to wait another season to begin playing baseball. A spokesman said they will continue to make improvements at the stadium in the meantime.

“We were excited for the opportunity to play baseball in 2020,” Mark Brandmeyer, T-Bones owner said. “Unfortunately, it will now take another year for our visions to be realized.

“We purchased the team to take the field – and we are still going to do that, just not on our original timeline. In the interim we will be preparing to host our team and fans in 2021 and will
continue making improvements to stadium infrastructure to enhance our game day experience,” he said.

In the T-Bones’ league, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, half of the 12 teams will play a shortened season starting July 3. The T-Bones are not part of the group that will get to play this year.

Those teams were selected on geography, local COVID-19 restrictions and potential ability to return home based on the state’s phasing plan to reopen, according to a spokesman. All of the teams have locations north of the T-Bones.

Those who have purchased tickets for the 2020 season will either receive a complete refund or have the opportunity to apply their ticket purchase to the 2021 season, according to the spokesman.