Its always nice knowing the community has your back.
When the Washington County Fairgrounds baseball field was finally ready to go after March flooding, there was still one issue. The Arlington Eagles no longer had a functional scoreboard. Because my mind wanders, I definitely took note during game coverage.
Thankfully, it didn't take long for the problem to be rectified and for a new scoreboard to go up beyond the outfield fence.
On May 15, Arlington Public Schools Supt. Lynn Johnson, Activities Director James Shada, and baseball coaches Rusty Hilgenkamp and Ed Menking, welcomed representatives from the local businesses that made the project happen out to the field. Jeremy McKinnis of McKinnis Roofing, and Randy Lock, Richelle Johannes and Jen Barrow of Two Rivers Bank, had their photo taken with the work of art that'll display Eagle scores for years to come.
Johnson told the businessmen and women that a new scoreboard had been on the school's docket for a long time and that APS officials had already heard plenty of compliments about the display.
As I said, if you're a kid in Arlington, it's got to be nice knowing the community has your back.
Junior high kids compete at state meet
While I may not be able to fund a new scoreboard, I do want Washington County junior high track athletes that I have their back by printing their state results in — what I assume — is their favorite publication.
Athletes from Fort Calhoun and Arlington competed at the Nebraska Championship Meet on May 11 in Gothenburg. Pioneer eighth-graders Ely and Lance Olberding competed in the state 1,600-meter race, finishing 15th and 20th, respectively. Ely finished his four laps in 5:12.8, while Lance crossed the finish line in 5:16.5.
The Eagles' Cadie Robinson, meanwhile, finished all the way up in fourth during the shot put competition. The eighth-grader's top attempt traveled 32 feet, 6 inches.
Taylor Arp, an Arlington seventh-grader, and Robinson finished 16th and 23rd in the discus.
Keelianne Green earned top 20 finishes in the pole vault and triple jump.
Macek's team reaches JUCO World Series
Please, allow me one more congratulations.
Former Blair Bear Mills Macek and his Northeast Community College baseball team traveled from Norfolk to Enid, Okla., this week to compete in the NJCAA DII World Series.
Northeast qualified for the national tournament Sunday with 11-4 and 8-4 wins against Miles Community College in Montana. Macek, a 2017 BHS grad, hit a homer during the North Plains District Championship games, by the way.
The seventh-seeded Hawks will open World Series play 4 p.m. Saturday against Monroe Community College, a New York state institution.