April 16, 2014

Blazer track season begins at SMS

Senior sprinter Jaylon Radel will lead the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers at the Shawnee Mission High School South Invitational April 5.  Submitted Photo

After nearly a month of preparation, the Blazer track season will begin at the Shawnee Mission South High School Invitational, April 5.
On the boys side, Gardner Edgerton High School track Coach Brian McGee will look to senior sprinter Jaylon …

Local group organizes against Common Core

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
A local group of parents, educators and legislators, known as “Coalition to Stop Common Core,” is hoping to educate the public about new standards used in local schools.
Common Core is being taught …

Hometown graduate hired to replace retiring GEHS Principal Brady

Mark Meyer

Danedri Thompson
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Mark Meyer, the incoming principal at Gardner Edgerton High School.
Meyer is a 1989 graduate of GEHS. He also taught at the school, coached the Blazer football team and …

Local pages pose with Sen. Apple, Gov. Brownback

Submitted photo

Pioneer Ridge Middle School students Sophia Pogue  and Patrick Beane  and Gardner Edgerton High School student Garrett Pogue pose for a photo with Sen. Pat Apple and Gov. Sam Brownback. The trio served as pages for Apple, who represents Gardner …

Carstens earns gold medal

Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Dustin Carstens brought back a gold medal from the south sub-district championships last weekend. Carstens was competing for the East Kansas wrestling club. Other Blazers advancing to the district one tourney at Olathe East will be TJ Burger, Dylan McDonald, …

Numbers speak well for Blazer softball team

The Blazer softball team will have numbers on its side when the season begins at home against St. Thomas Aquinas on April 2.
Coach Joanne Calvin welcomed 33 girls to practice two weeks ago and has witnessed an excellent attitude …

Interim-superintendent pens letter about district upheaval to parents

Danedri Thompson
USD 231 officials aren’t addressing members of the media, but interim-superintendent Pam Stranathan sent a letter home to parents on the eve of spring break.
Stranathan said she wrote the letter to share thoughts with families of …

Five Blazers make District I Championship Tournament

Gardner Edgerton High School  senior Dustin Williams  won the 160-pound division for Kansas vs. Missouri in the 2104 Metro Classic at Kansas City Kansas Community College March 11. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Five Blazers advanced to the District I Olathe East Championship tournament after posting qualifying marks at the sub-district tourney, March 16.
The Blazers were competing for the East Kansas Wrestling Club. Earning a gold medal in the 160-pound division was …

Broncos optimistic about baseball season

The Spring Hill High School baseball squad lost Zach Girrens, a pitcher and first baseman; Luke Johnson, a pitcher and short stop; and left fielder Corey Spader to graduation last year, but a strong group of underclassmen have given coach …

Lady Blazer track season begins at SMS Invitational

Despite the loss of Cassie Wait and Danie Plank, GEHS veteran coach Larry Ward remains optimistic about the upcoming track season.
A year ago, Wait set a state record pole vault of 13’2” and Plank won her fourth straight state …