High school sports awards

Written By

Aaron Campbell

This week Leeton held a sports awards banquette for the Baseball, Track, and Jr. High Track Team. The awards started with the Jr. High Track team, coach Jordan Corbett began by announcing the kids who participated in Track in Junior High. She then followed that by announcing the team’s relay groups and the jumpers, runners, and throwers.

Next up was the High school track team with coach, Ross Shull. There were many kids missing from the track team but those that were there were as follows, Lili Davidson, Macey Draves, Hannah Ginther, Rowan Schmidili, Hailey Bingamen, Daphnee Miles, and Mattie Nussbuam.

To end this up the baseball team presented with coaches Matthew Malkey, and Brett Snyder. Many of the boys were there and several awards were given out. Some key awards given our were; The team receiving academic all-state, Noah Scrivener receiving the Jeff Haze memorial hustle award, and Aaron Campbell and Kyle Wilson receiving All District.

Baseball Districts

Unfortunately the Bulldogs did not make it out of districts. They did however get their first district win in over a decade. In the first round of districts, they played Otterville. They had one strong offensive inning where they scored six runs. It would be these six runs that would give them a 6-1 win over the eagles.

In the second round they played Lakeland. Earlier in the year the Bulldogs lost to Lakeland 4-1. This time Lakeland would get the best of them again. They were run ruled in the 7th inning by the Vikings and lost 10-0. We would like to congratulate the Bulldogs on a well fought and hard working season.

NBA Lottery

This year’s NBA Lottery is different from most. College basketball’s most prized player is in the draft, Duke phenom Zion Williamson. Williamson was the most wanted recruit by colleges coming out of high school. Tonight, the future of an NBA franchise will be changed forever. The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Phoenix each have a 14.0% chance at scoring the #1 pick. One of them will almost secure him. If New York lands him, you can almost bet Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will head to the Big Apple. New York would be the most desirable place for Zion to make money and win games. Besides the delusional owner James Dolan, theirs nothing bad about NYC. It’s the largest media market in the world, and the most important city in the world. From an NBA fan perspective, Zion to NYC would be a blessing among fans and especially Knicks fans.

Riley Lawrence

NBA Awards Picks

There are many great players in the NBA this season. Award races are tight, and here are my picks for NBA Awards this season.

MVP- Giannis Antetokoumpo

DPOY- Rudy Gobert

6th Man of the Year- Lou Williams

Coach of the Year- Mike Budenholzer

Rookie of the Year- Luka Doncic

Most Improved- D’Angelo Russell.

Riley Lawrence

2 Grand Slams in One Game!

It is not very often that you get to see a grand slam in a baseball game. This is what every single hitter dreams of. Therefore it is almost impossible to see it happen twice in one game. This was not the case for the Royals on May 8th. They were facing the Houston Astros and in this game they hit two grand slams!

Ryan O’Hearn hit the first grand slam in the third inning, and Whit Merrifield had the second grand slam in the seventh. The Royals went on to win this game in the ninth inning 12-2. What a great day to be a Royals fan!

-Aaron Campbell

Leeton Baseball’s Upcoming Disctricts

District baseball is coming up this next week for the Bulldogs. Our boys received the third seed this season. In the first game of districts on Saturday, May 11th, the boys will be facing the Otterville Eagles. Otterville is 1-9 this season with a 1-2 district record.

Our Leeton boys are 5-6 this season. The Bulldogs are going into this match up hope of their first district win in several years. Otterville is no opponent to underestimate however as they do have one win against Lamonte. Earlier in this season Leeton lost 6-5 against Lamonte. We wish the Bulldogs good luck in Districts!

-Aaron Campbell

McGregor Retires

On March 26, 2019, Conor McGregor officially retired from the UFC and MMA in general. This comes as no shock to me personally. He had 2 fights in the UFC since 2016. In 2017, he put his UFC career on hold and boxed Floyd Mayweather Jr. He tried to make a UFC comeback against Khabib Nurmogamedov in 2018, but lost in the 4th round. He has plenty of money and investments to live very comfortably for years to come. He has said he wants a stake in ownership, but its still unclear if that will happen.

Riley Lawrence

NBA Free Agency

The NBA Season is well underway, with the playoffs start. Free agency talks have been rumoring since the All-Star Break. Here are the 5 free agent moves too look out for.

  1. Kevin Durant- New York Knicks
  2. Kyrie Irving- L.A. Lakers or New York Knicks
  3. Anthony Davis- Boston Celtics or L.A. Lakers
  4. Klay Thompson- L.A. Lakers
  5. Kawhi Leonard- L.A. Clippers or Lakers

There is also a good chance all of these stars stay with their current teams. The ring leader will be Kevin Durant. There is a good chance of him leaving Golden State, and his move will drastically impact the rest of the league. New York seem like the place to be, but it also depends on the draft. If Zion Williamson gets drafted to New York, I’d bet money Kevin Durant and possibly Kyrie Irving head to the Big Apple.

Riley Lawrence

Royals Tour

Riley and I got the opportunity to tour Kauffman stadium last week. It was a very cool experience. We went through the tunnels that go under the stadium, into the dugout, and we even got to see the VIP press boxes. In all the tour took about 2 hours and following the tour we were able to stay for the Royals game later that night. The Royals unfortunately lost to the Mariners but even so, it was a great game to watch.

-Aaron Campbell

Top 5 Offenses in 2019-2020

Multiple media outlets have posted their NFL Top 10 Offenses for the upcoming season. I disagree with most of them. I will tell you my Top 5 NFL Offenses for the upcoming season.

  1. New Orleans Saints- Advantages- Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Coach Sean Payton. Disadvantages- None
  2. Indianapolis Colts- Advantages- Andrew Luck, Eric Ebron, T.Y. Hilton, Offensive Line. Disadvantages- Coaching
  3. L.A. Rams- Advantages- Jared Goff, Rob Woods, Brandin Cooks, Todd Gurley, Coach Sean McVeigh. Disadvantages- Keeping Gurley Healthy
  4. Kansas City Chiefs- Advantages- Pat Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Coach Andy Reid. Disadvantages- The Tyreek Hill Situation
  5. Philadelphia Eagles- Advantages- Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson. Disadvantages- Keeping Wentz Healthy.

Riley Lawrence