Bulldog Park should be a boon for Mac

By Steve Sell
July 21, 2017

Friday’s favorites...

• BULLDOG PARK SHOULD BE GREAT — I can’t wait to see the finished Bulldog Park.

Ground was broken this week for the new McPherson College baseball and softball complex, located adjacent to the City of McPherson’s Bremyer Dog Park on South Centennial Drive. If all goes according to plan, the teams will begin play there in the spring of 2018.

The Bulldog Park complex will feature two fields — one baseball, one softball — built to current collegiate field specifications. Both will feature AstroTurf on the infield and throughout foul territory.

This is a boon for the two programs, which are making rapid improvement under baseball coach Bryan Moses and softball coach Ashley Spencer-Hickman. Both were among the most improved in the KCAC this year.

Both Mac programs have been somewhat orphan-like, playing at the various parks about town. But now they have a place to call their own and it should prove to be a recruiting bonanza.

Having an artificial infield surface will certainly be remembered by prospects that come here to visit. With spring conditions so unpredictable, a turf field is a luxury and a first in the KCAC.

Mac College is proving to be ambitious in this venture and if everything comes off as planned, it will be a crowned jewel.

• PRESSURE OFF ROBERTSON — The question of where McPherson High’s Taylor Robertson will play in college has been answered.

Robertson on Thursday announced she will be attending the University of Oklahoma and play for longtime successful coach Sherri Coale.

Robertson is the reigning Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and primed for a huge senior season. It seems like only yesterday she was wowing us with her dribbling exploits as a youngster on You Tube and winning the Elks Hoop Shoot national contest. 

Robertson is the ultimate “gym rat” who has worked tirelessly to become better. She’s the best high school shooter I’ve seen in all my years of covering basketball, with apologies to Laurie Koehn and Jackie Stiles. What I wouldn’t pay to see those three play a game of HORSE. You could fill up the Roundhouse with that.

Congrats to Taylor on becoming a Sooner. No player will give better effort and be more dedicated.

• ROYALS EXPLODE — Thursday’s 16-4 victory by the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers is just another reason baseball is the most unpredictable sport we have.

The Royals had been slumping mightily at the plate over their nine previous games, barely averaging 3 runs.

But everything Detroit’s pitchers threw up on Thursday was hit all about Kauffman Stadium. Even Branden Moss and Alex Gordon, who have been dragging down the bottom of the lineup, came up big.

Hopefully the last two games have been the firestarter for another Royals host streak. After going 18-6, they were just 2-7 over nine games before winning their last two. They really need to take advantage this weekend of a last-place Chicago White Sox team that had a firesale earlier this week. Two of three from the Sox would almost be considered a disappointment. They need to step on the throat and come away with a sweep.

A Community Improvement District Coming To East McPherson

By Chris Conde
July 21, 2017

The City of McPherson has received a valid petition for the creation of Community Improvement District (CID) from Champlain road, to the two hotels next to the interstate.

 The petition is in in compliance with Kansas law and was signed by property owners in the district owning more than 55% of land in the proposed district.

The City’s Governing Body will consider adoption of petition and set a public hearing for August 7, 2017 at 8:30 am or soon after to establish the CID District and to authorize the usage of Special Obligation Bonds to finance the proposed District.   

The CID District will finance construction of public roadway and drainage improvements (estimated at a cost of $630,588.95) along the private road.

A CID District can remain in existence for 22 years but the city estimates revenue generated from this CID will potentially pay in 3-5 years. 

A copy of the signed petition will be published twice, on July 19th and July 26th in the McPherson Sentinel, prior to the public hearing on August 7th.

The CID gives the properties the power to issue a new tax to recoup the cost of the construction. The city will take over maintenance of the road upon completion of the reconstruction.

Aqua Pups heading to district meet

By Steve Sell
July 21, 2017

The McPherson Aqua Pups will be taking a solid contingent to Wichita this weekend for the district championships hosted by the Wichita Swim Club.

Pup swimmers making the trip include Danica Brunk, Ethan Burger, Maya Charlesworth, Eli Farley, Hayden Farley, Justus Hampton, Liberty Hampton, Marissa Pearcy, Bree Pickerell, Ami Schmidt, Gage Stafford, Silas Steinert, Simon Steinert, Katie Stucky, Kiersten Trost, Rhys Vanderhoof, Roary Wheaton and Zoey Wheaton.

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Bulldog Park should be a boon for Mac

Friday’s favorites...

• BULLDOG PARK SHOULD BE GREAT — I can’t wait to see the finished Bulldog Park.

Ground was broken this week for the new McPherson College baseball and softball complex, located adjacent to the City of McPherson’s Bremyer Dog... Read More

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