As part of my “I Love Wichita” campaign on my blog, I’m periodically going to highlight one thing about Wichita’s sports scene and something else about the city in general that I love and that, in my opinion, makes Wichita an outstanding place to be.North High School is one of my favorite things about Wichita.I’m interested in your feedback so how about giving me some. Huh?
Anyway, these are the slow months for a sports columnist and why not try something like this?
OK, first the sports scene:
Been going to the place since I was just a whipper snapper, since the early 1960s. Yesterday, I went out with some guys who meet every Wednesday at the Hometown Buffet on West Central and Leonard Kelley was there. Leonard is one of the most under-appreciated Wichita State athletes ever; he was a standout guard on some of the Shockers’ best teams under Ralph Miller in the early 1960s.
But Leonard was also an outstanding baseball player and starred in several NBC World Series with a number of different teams. Talking to him reminded me of those days when I went to the ballpark with my father and we stayed until the wee hours watching baseball. L-D is very special to me for a lot of reasons and I believe it’s one of our city’s most important landmarks. I hope city leaders recognize that and never decide to build a new ballpark in a different location. Never, never, never. The stadium will have to be razed someday, but when it is I hope the new ballpark carries the same name and is in the same location, just to the west of the Arkansas River with what I think is the best view possible of downtown Wichita.
Now for something not related to sports:
What a beautiful high school. I’ve loved North since I started covering City League sports for The Eagle in 1975. I have lived in the North district for most of my adult life and I don’t think it’s coincidence. North is housed in a beautiful building on a gorgeous campus and I’m surprised not more is said to promote the history of the school.
East is nice, too, but it doesn’t compare to North, set just to the east of the Little Arkansas River. The renovation to North several years ago did wonders for the school and I’m excited that there is more to come. I wanted my son, Jeff, to attend North and he is a 2001 graduate, proud to be a Redskin as so many others are.
The drive from North to Amidon Street is one of the prettiest in Wichita. Yes, I’m going on and on about North. I love the place.