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Jackson "Jack" Willard Pettitt

Jackson “Jack” Willard Pettitt, 75, of Spring Hill, KS, passed away Feb. 7, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House. Jack was born July 7, 1935 in Charity, MO to Willard Delmar and Lela (George) Pettitt. He graduated from Elkland, MO High School. Jack married Mona Jameson on June 2, 1956 in Marshfield, MO. They lived in Kansas City, Olathe and Gardner, and have been in Spring Hill for 48 years. He worked for Delco Battery for 41.6 years retiring in 1997. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tamera Pettitt in 1983, and his sisters, Yolanda Thurman, Deanna Lillegard, Luella Pettitt and Willa May Akers. Jack is survived by his wife Mona of the home; daughters Pamela Gibson and husband Steve of Spring Hill and Angela Pettitt of Olathe, KS; and grandchildren Reed and Renee’. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S Webster, Spring Hill, 913-592-2244. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 – 8:00 pm Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 also at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the M S Society. Condolences may be sent to...

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5 Broncos medal at Baldwin wrestling invite

Five Broncos brought back medals from the Baldwin Wrestling Invitational, Jan. 29. Leading the way was Taylor Kettler with a second-place medal at 215 pounds. Michael Nemer claimed third place at 119 pounds. “Overall, I was pleased with our effort,” said Coach Tucker Woofter. “This is our favorite time of the year as we head toward regionals.” Other medals went to Taylor Smith (103 pounds), Corey Spader (112 pounds) and Coby Morris (189 pounds). Next action comes Feb. 2 at Tonganoxie and then a Feb. 3 dual at Prairie...

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Elmer C. "Butch" Honeycutt

Elmer C. “Butch” Honeycutt, III, 64, of Gardner, KS, passed away January 31, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center. Butch was born June 23, 1946, in Trenton, MO to Hazel (Tschalker) and Elmer C. Honeycuatt, II. He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam era. Butch married Linda Louise Dahms on June 21, 1991 in Ottawa, KS. He lived in Chapman, NE and Argonia, KS, where he worked for West Plains Energy in Harper, KS. They moved to Gardner in 1997. He was an electric lineman for the City of Gardner for 14 years, retiring in 2008. He was a Catholic. Butch was a member of IBEW and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, golf and watching football, especially the Denver Broncos. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lynette Kelly. Butch is survived by his wife Linda of the home; son Kelly James Honeycutt and his fiancee’ Amy Rogers of Buckeye, AZ; siblings Kay Turner of Sun City, AZ, Jerry Honeycutt of McCook, NE, Michael Honeycutt of Grand Island, NE, Bill Honeycutt of Rapid City, SD, and Jackie Hoeft of Omaha, NE. Memorial Services will be 11:30 am Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913-856-7111. Visitation will begin at 10:00 before the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to Bruce Funeral Home for the Butch Honeycutt Memorial Fund. Condolences may be...

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Lady ‘Blazers win three; take first place at El Dorado Tournament

Dave Switzer Special to The Gardner News The Gardner Edgerton Lady Trailblazers have played perhaps the toughest schedule of any team in the state. Consequently, the 5-5 record they took into the El Dorado Invitational Tournament really didn’t show how good this team is. The field at El Dorado found out. Using their patented pressure defense and balanced offensive attack, the Lady ‘Blazers defeated three opponents to win this prestigious invitational. GE got off to a great start in the tournament by defeating Augusta 57-44 on Jan. 25.  Led by the three-point shooting of Kiley Reindl-Boden, the ‘Blazers went up 19-12 after one period. August didn’t go away, keeping the lead at seven at the half at 31-24.  GE would then put the game away with a 16-9 third period run. Reindl-Boden finished with five threes on the way to 17 points to lead the team.  Fellow junior Ashlee Bilhimer had 15. Three nights later, the ‘Blazers were back on the court against Towanda Circle – an excellent 4A team.  GE prevailed in a real defensive struggle, 36-30.  Bilhimer led he team in scoring with 10 points. Cassie Wait returned to the lineup for the first time this season and had 9 tallies. Tonisha Walker had five, Shelbe Vandeberghe contributed four. Izzy Mullins had three, Reindl-Boden and Brittney Parks had two each, and Kari Devlin had one in the...

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SH’s Lucas to play softball at Allen County

After a stellar career at Spring Hill, Kaylee Lucas will continue to play softball at Allen County Community College this fall. “I really liked the coaches and facilities at Allen,” said Lucas, who said she will likely major in Elementary Education. “This is a dream come true to play softball at the college level and I’m thankful for the opportunity.” Lucas joins an Allen County team on the rise in the Eastern Jayhawk Junior College Conference. She will likely continue to play first base at the collegiate level. “Kaylee has a great work ethic and will do well at Allen,” said Spring Hill Coach Shelly Huber. “I’ve enjoyed working with her the past four years and look forward to seeing her progress at the college level.” For now, Lucas will focus on helping Spring Hill fare well in the Frontier League. The first test comes March 31 at Ottawa. Kaylee is the daughter of Troy and Lisa Lucas of Spring...

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Kennedy, Kessler lead Trailblazer freshmen

Kerigan Kennedy and Abby Kessler scored seven points and Harley Rousselo added six points leading the Lady ‘Blazer freshman ‘A’ team to a 26-22 win versus Blue Valley, Jan. 27. In the ‘B’ game, Megan Borth and Tara McIntyre scored six points and Kari Porter, six, in a 42-26...

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‘Blazers beat Blue Valley; improve record to 7-5

Dave Switzer Special the The Gardner News When GE’s Tanner Webb gets hot, opposing teams better watch out. The six-foot junior was sizzling on Jan. 25 when his team faced a tough Blue Valley team at home Jan. 27. Hitting seven of eight shots from behind the arc at one point, the ‘Blazers’ sharpshooter dropped 28 points on the visiting Tigers in leading his team to a 62-47 win over the visitors. Webb finished the game hitting eight threes, part of a 10-trey effort by the club.  Bubba Starling and Dilon Dodson had the other two.  Starling would finish the game with 16 points as well as being a standout defensively and on the boards.  Zach Hickman added five, Tommy Brady and CJ Hall had four each. Dodson ended with three, and Kyle Huppe had two. GE led 15-10 at the end of the first period and 30-20 at the break.  They extended their lead to 17 at the end of the third quarter before cruising to the victory. That win is part of an impressive four-game stretch for the club that has seen them crank up the offense in going 3-1 in that span. “We put together a pretty complete performance with a nice offensive game and a solid defensive effort,” Head Coach Jeff Langrehr said after the win. “Tanner Webb was unconscious, providing the outside attack that...

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SH girls win Wellsville Top Gun Tournament

The Spring Hill High School girls’ basketball team won the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament on Jan. 29, making it the second consecutive year that the Lady Broncos have brought home the title.  After rolling through the first two rounds of competition earlier in the week, the team showed their toughness by winning a hard–fought championship game against the Baldwin Bulldogs. The SHHS team was locked in a battle all game with the Bulldogs and also challenged by fouls before sinking the winning shots to lock up the tournament title. The final score was 57-54. In addition, team members Jami Hodge, Ericka Simpson and Courtney Swope were selected to the all-tournament team. The team now has a record of 5-0 in league and 11-1 overall. The squad is on the road Friday night to take on De Soto. Submitted...

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Jag junior varsity runs past Clark Middle School

Placing its offense in high gear, the Pioneer Ridge eighth-grade junior varsity ran past Clark Middle School 41-21 at home, Jan.2 5. Leading the way was Anthony Cisneros with eight points and five rebounds. Alex Anguiano added seven points and Jacob Sutterby and Austin Jones, six points. Bryan Njogu had five; Chandler Dowell, four; Bobby Becker and Jake Ellis, two; and Colton Mullin, one...

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Bangert scores 10 points in Jaguar loss

Jon Bangert scored 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneer Ridge seventh-grade varsity basketball team dropped a 43-24 decision at league-leading Paola, Jan. 27. Bangert’s four first-quarter points kept Pioneer close early. The Jags trailed 11-5 but went to halftime behind 20-12 after the first quarter. Paola secured the win with 14 third-quarter points. “We trailed by 11 after three quarters but still gave our best effort,” said Coach Jeff Davidson. “We played well as a team, and I was proud of the effort.” Besides Bangert, Andrew Halverson added five points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jacob and Nolan Oswald had four points apiece and Michael Trivilino, one...

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Douglas John Bach

Douglas John Bach, 53, of Spring Hill, KS, passed away February 3, 2011 at KU Medical Center. Douglas was born October 24, 1957 to Elizabeth Rose (Jones) Bach in Waynesville, MO. He grew up in Olathe and attended Olathe North High School. Doug moved to Spring Hill 9 years ago. He worked in the food service and catering industry with Cathy’s Catering and Granite City Brewery in Doug enjoyed animals, video games and rock and roll music. He like to work on his car. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Bach. Douglas is survived by his mother Elizabeth of Spring Hill and his foster brother Terry W. Thompson of Spring Hill Memorial Services will be 3:00 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S Webster, Spring Hill, 913-592-2244. Memorial Contributions may be made to University of Kansas Cancer Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mail stop 1027, KC, KS 66160. Condolences may be sent to...

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‘Stangs lose at Monticello

Wheatridge Middle School seventh-grade boys junior varsity and varsity basketball teams lost a pair of hard-fought games Jan. 18 at Monticello Trails. Monticello’s full-court press caused problems all night and led to a 60-17 Mustang defeat. Despite the loss, Kade Loring and Jordan McIntyre paced the offense with six points apiece. In junior varsity action, Monticello shot well behind the three-point arc and captured a 31-13 win. WMS’ Tristen Foster and David Collins turned in fine individual...

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4 GEWC members place at Lee’s Summit Open

Four Gardner Edgerton Wrestling Club members brought back titles from the Lee’s Summit Open wrestling tournament, Jan. 15. Grabbing gold were Zoey Edwards and Noah Crowell, while Alonzo Borjas claimed a silver medal. Emilio Fowler finished in fourth place. Although not placing, Cian Casey, Alex Weber, James Edwards, Zach Norton and Matthew Klaurens turned in encouraging performances. GEWC got silver medal performances from Dan Fraley, Brendon Grossman, Dawson, Burgoon and Bryce Eckelberry at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Novice meet Jan. 15. A third-place award went to Parker Grossman and fourth places went to Keleigh Norton and Dylan Andrews. A fifth place went to Fred...

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Legal Notice First Published Feb 2, 2011

CITY OF GARDNER, KANSAS NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids for surface preparation and painting of the Gardner Zero Depth/Lazy River and Baby Pool will be received by the City of Gardner, Kansas, at the Gardner Parks and Recreation Department Customer Service Center until February 25, 2011, 3:00 p.m.  Any bid received after the designated closing time will be returned unopened. All bids shall be submitted to the City of Gardner, Kansas, Parks and Recreation Department, and marked BID FOR SURFACE PREPARATION AND PAINTING THE GARDNER ZERO DEPTH/LAZY RIVER AND BABY POOL. Copies of specifications are on file at the Gardner City Hall, Parks and Recreation Department, 120 East Main Street, Gardner, Kansas 66030.  Contractors desiring the Contract Documents for use in preparing bids may obtain a set of such documents from Gardner Parks and Recreation Department at no cost. Pre-bid questions and concerns should be directed to Sean Swartz, Parks and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor, at (913)...

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Alice Faye Posch, 71, of Spring Hill, KS

Alice Faye Posch, 71, of Spring Hill, KS, passed away January 27, 2011 at her home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday, January 31, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gardner, KS.  Burial will follow at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner.   Visitation will be from 4 – 6:00 pm Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner with a Rosary at 6:00 pm.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Building Fund or Olathe Hospice.  Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com Alice was born January 19, 1940 in Wichita, KS to Alfonse E. and Frances Elizabeth (Belton) Bosh.  She graduated from high school in Lincolnville, KS and attended Wichita Newman and K-State.  Her first job was a bookkeeper for the Lincolnville Elevator.  Alice married Robert Michael Posch on June 10, 1967 in Pilsen, KS.  They moved to Wichita, and then the Olathe, Spring Hill area 25 years ago. She worked for the Bishop at the Cathedral in Wichita.   She was a receptionist and bookkeeper for Adolescence Treatment for Children in Olathe, retiring in 2002 to care for her beloved grandchildren.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and the Altar Society.   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother James Bosh.  Alice is survived by her husband Robert of the home; sons Christopher R Posch of...

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Shirley Irene Morrison, 71, of Independence, MO

Shirley Irene Morrison, 71, of Independence, MO, passed away January 26, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Salinas, CA.  Memorial Service will be 10:00 am Friday, February 4, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Spring Hill, KS, (913) 592-2244.  Inurnment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 – 8:00 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011, also at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com Shirley was born June 29, 1939 in Spring Hill, KS, to Tommy and Mary Ruby (Letcher) Morrison.  She graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1957 and attended St. Mary’s, in Xavier, KS, for three years.  She moved to Independence, MO where she was a Registered Nurse in home health and later she retired as a Nursing Home Supervisor at Kingswood.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Donald and Jimmy.  Shirley is survived by her daughters Stacy Roy and her spouse Ronald Roy of Millbury, MA and Dana Sue Rogers and partner Bev Doerr of Salinas, CA; granddaughters Sarah and Alison and great grandchildren Austin and Alexa; brothers Eldon Morrison and Robert Morrison of Spring Hill, KS and sister Naomi Johnson of Salina,...

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William Robert “Bill” Wilson, 88, of Spring Hill

William Robert “Bill” Wilson, 88, of Spring Hill, KS, passed away January 28, 2011, at Blackhawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill.  Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2011, at Bruce Funeral Home 712 S Webster, Spring Hill, KS, 913-592-2244.  Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2011, also at the funeral home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Spring Hill Cemetery Board or Blackhawk Assisted Living.  Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com Bill was born October 12, 1922 in Vaughn, AR to William Riley and Hattie Alice (Page) Wilson.  They moved to Spring Hill when he was seven.  He graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1940 and attended Iola Jr. College.  Bill married Merrial J. Brown on July 17, 1942 in Olathe, KS, and was a devoted husband to her until his death.  He then served three years in the Army during WWII.  He was a rural mail carrier for 33 years with the Spring Hill Post Office.  He also worked at North American Airlines-Kansas City and for Farmland Industries Coop.    Bill loved Spring Hill and was active in his community.  He was a member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, a 55 year member of the Spring Hill Masonic Lodge, the Spring Hill American Legion, the American Rural Letter Carrier Assoc. and served...

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Mavs junior varsity defeats Louisburg

Nick Reynolds grabbed 13 rebounds and Garrett Kroutch collected four steals, leading the Spring Hill Mav eighth-grade junior varsity boys basketball team to a 43-22 win versus Louisburg, Jan. 18. Ten players notched the scoring column for the Mavs and seven players dished out at least one assist in the win. In eighth-grade varsity action, the Mavs dropped a hard-fought 46-32 decision to Louisburg. Spring Hill trailed just 24-17 at halftime but got outscored by seven points in the third quarter. From there, Louisburg held on for victory. Despite the loss, Danny Hodge dished out six assists and Michael Londene grabbed six...

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Hughes, Bruce lead Jaguars to victory

Tanner Hughes and Jadon Pearson-Bruce scored nine points apiece leading the Pioneer Ridge eighth-grade varsity boys basketball team to an impressive 44-27 win at Basehor-Linwood, Jan. 18. Pioneer, 1-2, built an 11-6 first-quarter lead and went up 27-10 by halftime. The Jags secured their first win with 17 second-half points. “The team played well defensively, especially in the first half,” said Coach Kevin Collins. “We converted several steals into points the second half and that helped.” Other scoring came from Conner McGuire (six) and Jacob Haywood (six). Jake Huppe had five; Zach Shelton, four; Taylor Webb and Tanner Tribble, two; and Carson Hobby, one point. Haywood grabbed six rebounds and Webb and Hughes collected three...

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Hultgren’s 15 points leads Mustangs home win

Kyle Hultgren fired in 15 points and Brett Wright added 14 leading the Wheatridge Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team to a 60-31 home win Jan. 18 versus Monticello Trails. Wright’s three-pointer to start the game got WMS rolling and by halftime the Mustangs owned a 26-21 lead. In the second half, WMS stepped up its defense and got the transition game going to score 34 points. “This might be the best basketball I’ve seen by an eighth-grade team,” said Coach John Bass. “To score 60 points in just 24 minutes and have a running clock the final four minutes is special.” Josh Lang had 13 points and three three-pointers and Chad Enright added 12 points and three three-pointers. Sean Callahan grabbed three offensive rebounds; Kyle Stubler dished out four assists and Traezon Henderson collected four steals. It was the same winning story in junior varsity action as WMS posted a hard-fought 35-30 win versus Monticello. Trailing 12-9 at halftime, WMS unloaded for 17 third-quarter points and went up 26-17 heading into the final frame. WMS withstood a furious fourth-quarter Timberwolf rally and secured the five-point win. Leading the way was Derek Plank with seven points while Hayes Favinger added six points and grabbed nine rebounds. Derek Ruddy and Anthony Smartt had four points; Grant Hamblin, three; Brody Kauffman, two; and David Rossi and Ashton Vega, one...

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