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Local athlete honored
We give a thumbs up to Keshawn Sewell for receiving the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s first-ever Student Athlete Courage Award, for which he was nominated after the way he kept supporting his teammates after he suffered a season-ending broken leg during a practice over the holiday break on Dec. 28.
Sewell has met hardships and challenges in his life head-on and overcome them to become the person he is today. We appreciate his perseverance and positive attitude, no matter what obstacles are in his way.

Local teams, coach named to Hall of Fame
Shane Cordell, the 1995-1998 Little River Redskins and the 1990-1993 Moundridge Wildcats were inducted into the KBCA Hall of Fame June 28.
Cordell coached Little River basketball for 34 years, earning a 604-225 record.
The Little River Redskins won 91 straight games between 1995 and 1998, including four state championships and two-straight Mid America Classic championships.
The Moundridge teams of 1990-93 went 99-4 over that time period, winning the Class 2A state championship four times in the process.
We applaud these people for their dedication and wish them the best in the future.

Mac coaches honored at state level
Two McPherson coaches were recognized as the top in the state in their respective divisions Saturday by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
McPherson High boys’ coach Kurt Kinnamon and McPherson Middle School eighth-grade boys’ coach Tyler Brown were named as Coaches of the Year for Class 4A Division I and the Junior High Boys divisions, respectfully.
Additionally, Kinnamon was honored for hitting the 400 win plateau this past season, during which he led the team to a 24-1 record and won his fifth state championship with the Bullpups.
We thank these men for their dedication to helping our youth excel in athletics.

County to look at bridge updates
McPherson County will look into using a recently announced state program to make upgrades and repairs to deficient bridges in the county.
The new $10 million program, announced June 24, will provide up to $120,000 to local jurisdictions, primarily counties, to replace small bridges that are rated deficient. This will allow bridges to carry heavier loads and farmers to transport crops more easily.
We thank the county for being proactive about maintaining our infrastructure.

Housing for disabled to open by fall
A new $2.4 million, 12-unit housing complex for the intellectually disabled is going up in a McPherson neighborhood and should be open by fall.
The new complex will include 12 individual one-person apartments on two floors.
We thank MCDS for looking out for the intellectually disabled in our community.

Hospital to have online records available
This month, people will be able to check their medical records online thanks to a new service from McPherson Hospital.
We think this will be a huge help to people who want to keep track of their medical history.

CCC students compete at leadership conference
We give a thumbs up to the 16 Central Christian College students who competed at the 63rd Kansas Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.
Four of those students qualified for the national conference. We congratulate them for their efforts and wish them the best in the future.

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Students short of fundraising goal
We congratulate the Eisenhower Elementary School’s Wonderbolts in their fundraising efforts for new playground surface at the Kids with Dream playground in Lakeside Park.
The students raised  $12,378 toward repairing the playground. Their efforts to help others and provide a safe place for special needs children to play is applauded.
However, they still need $4,958 to complete the work. We encourage the community to help them meet their fundraising goal soon.

— Josh Arnett for The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.