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Little League gearing up for season; signups coming up

By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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The Johnson County Little League held its annual board meeting last week and elected new officers. Alisha Shankel will begin her third year as president. Gary Woodard, Vice President, Tina Reece, secretary and Melissa Roark, treasure were voted in. Michelle Arney will direct T-ball and be assisted by Mischelle Simcox. Johnny Arnold will serve as umpire-in-chief while Matthew Shankel is the player agent.
The league is looking at safety factors according to Shankel.

“We’re hoping to block in the dugouts so our kids can get in out of the rain and lightning,” said Shankel. “It’s something we’ve been needing for a long time. It’s just one of many ways that we can improve on safety for our kids. We’ll be asking businesses for donations and others to help us with this matter.”
The league is hoping to have five major league teams and at least four minor league squads. They are also encouraging girls to come and sign up for softball.
T-Ball numbers are looking good with eight to nine teams expected.
Shankel hopes to be able to move T-ball from Roan Creek and the nursing home to Cunningham Park when play begins.

“We could have bathrooms and a concession stand if we can play down there,” said Shankel. “Plus it would be within two minutes of Cunningham Park.”
The league is trying to work out an agreement with Johnson County High School’s (HOSA) to run the concession stand at Cunningham Park.
“It would be a win-win for our league,” added Shankel. “They would keep part of the money and we would get revenue from it too. We would all benefit from this. It would take a huge workload off of us.”
The league is hoping to begin regular season play around the second or third week in April. Shankel is encouraging more people to step up and offer their assistance.

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