Father’s Day run benefits three charities

The Kevin Gray Father’s Day 5k run-walk on Saturday, June 14, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., was created to honor the former KC Sports Commission president and father of four daughters, Kevin Gray.

Gray died on June 15, 2011, from a rare form of cancer. The run-walk started in 2012.

“Family and sports were very important to Kevin,” said President and CEO Kathy Nelson.  “We honor his memory with this Father’s Day 5K Run by combining sports and celebrating all fathers.”

This run has three beneficiaries, the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Kevin Gray Family Education Fund, and the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is dedicated to the discovery, development and implementation of knowledge, technology and novel therapeutic agents for the treatment and prevention of adult sarcomas.

The Kevin Gray Family Education Fund was established to help offset expenses for Kevin and Katy’s four daughters to complete their educations.  Caroline and Peepers are in college (currently in their junior and freshman years) and Gigi is a high school junior.  Lindsay recently graduated college.  Nothing was more important to Kevin Gray than these four young ladies.

The third beneficiary is the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation which Kevin was the president from 1989 until 2011.  Kevin led the revitalization of the Sports Commission from a one-person office to a multifaceted, privately-funded, nonprofit operation that includes year-round programming, services and initiatives, more than 20 annual events, more than 200 individual and business members, and 12 full-time associates.

Online registration is open until June 11.  Registration will still be accepted on Friday, June 13, at packet pickup and on race day.  The run starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Sporting Park.  To register go to SportKC.org.

“This is a great event for the entire family to enjoy together,” said Sarah Dee, director of events.  “Dads who register will receive a special shirt just for them.  We also have a kids fun run for the little ones.”

Volunteers are needed for various volunteer job opportunities including packet pickup and registration, course monitors, water station, finish line food/water, and chip removal.  Individuals who register to volunteer will receive a T-shirt. For more information about volunteering go to the website at SportKC.org.

The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation is a 100 percent privately-funded nonprofit that benefits the Kansas City region through sports by creating, attracting and managing major sporting events for Kansas City, and, promote the lifetime benefits of sports for youth through educational initiatives, tournaments and clinics.

Piper results

Piper Girls Soccer

1st Team

Carley Gunnels (forward), Megan Woolley (midfielder), Maddy May (defender), Sara Ferguson (keeper – unanimous selection), Katie Trzok (utility player)

2nd Team

Sammy Basler (defender)

Honorable Mention

Megan Galey (forward), Natalie Moon (midfielder)


Piper will be the host of the 2nd round game on Thursday at 5 p.m. (will play the winner of the DeSoto-KC Christian game)


–          from Doug Key, Piper activities director

Kaw Valley League Girls Soccer 2014 – All-League Selections


1st Team: Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs – 10th), Michaela Remijio (Mill Valley – 12th), Carley Gunnels (Piper – 12th)

2nd Team: Miyah Hightower (Bonner Springs – 10th), Jenna Hinckley (Lansing – 12th), Emily Soetart (Tonganoxie – 12th)

Honorable Mention: Serena Ortiz (Bishop Ward – 10th), Megan Galey (Piper – 11th)



1st Team: Bailey Hightower (Bonner Springs – 12th), Kacey Kinley (Mill Valley – 9th), Megan Woolley (Piper – 12th)

2nd Team: Courtney Callahan (Lansing – 12th), Haley Freeman (Mill Valley – 12th), Madison Simmons (Tonganoxie – 12th)

Honorable Mention: Jessica Raya (Bishop Ward – 12th), Sarah Pride (Lansing – 12th), Cassie Pawlowski (Lansing- 10th), Tara Bolewski (Lansing – 10th), Emma Hamilton (Lansing – 9th), Mackenzie Price (Tonganoxie – 10th), N. Moon (Piper- 11th)


Defensive Players

1st Team: Hailey Budke (Lansing – 11th), Maddie Butterfield (Mill Valley – 11th), Maddy May (Piper – 12th), Aly Bartholomew (Tonganoxie – 12th)

2nd Team: Haliey Robinson (Basehor-Linwood – 12th), Kennedy Bacon (Bonner Springs – 10th), Monica Amthor (Lansing – 11th), Sammy Basler (Piper – 12th)

Honorable Mention: Christina Tyrrell (Bishop Ward – 12th), Katie Flipse (Mill Valley – 11th), Sophia Breedlove (Tonganoxie – 11th)



1st Team: Sara Ferguson (Piper – 12th) *unanimous selection

2nd Team: Gillian Ruff (Lansing – 9th)


Utility Player

1st Team: Katie Trzok (Piper – 11th)

2nd Team: Shelby Taylor (Basehor-Linwood – 11th)

Honorable Mention: Shelby Potter (Lansing – 12th)

Saltdogs one-hit T-Bones in series finale

The Kansas City T-Bones had their bats silenced in the series finale Sunday, falling 8-2 to the Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

After scoring six runs in Saturday’s win, the T-Bones were held hitless through six innings off starting pitcher Zachary Varce (1-0). With the no-hit bid intact, the Saltdogs called reliever T.J. Boseman out of the bullpen in the top of the seventh.

Left fielder Byron Wiley roped a leadoff single up the middle for Kansas City’s lone hit and was brought home by a bases loaded walk. The T-Bones were walked 14 times, three of which came in their one-run seventh inning. That set a new club record for walks in the game. The previous was 12 against Schaumburg in July 2004.

Bobby Shore (0-1) was roughed up in his T-Bones debut. He went four innings and gave up six runs, five of which were earned, off eight hits.

The Saltdogs got things going early, scoring three runs off four hits in the first inning. They scored in all but three innings of the game.

With the loss, the T-Bones wrap up the four game homestand with a 2-2 record before heading to Wichita for a three-game series beginning Monday night. They return home Thursday, May 22, against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for another four-game home stand.

Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

– Story from T-Bones