Let’s hear it for the ladies

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Look to the right of this page at the story about the JCJC Lady Bobcats softball team winning their third straight Region 23 championship. A remarkable feat that could end up with a national championship by the end of this week.

Tucked into that story, however, is a sentence that is truly amazing when trying to sum up the athletic success at the junior college in our own backyards. The softball team’s region championship makes it a clean sweep for Lady Bobcat athletes this year.

In addition to softball, the soccer, basketball and tennis teams all won both the state and region championships this year. Some schools are known for being powers in one sport, or maybe two — but to sweep championships in four sports in one of the most competitive junior college leagues in the country  is beyond impressive.

To the young women who bust their tails every day trying to be the best in the business at JCJC, we salute you. Your athletic achievements this year will be talked about for generations. A special note to the softball team — let’s bring home a national championship to Ellisville!

A different kind of sport

While the Lady Bobcats were winning the region title, the Rotary Club of Laurel was presenting the first — and we hope not the last — Soap Box Derby in downtown Laurel. The derby is an event like few others where participants make their own cars and gravity does the work.

More than 40 participants raced their way through a double-elimination tournament until a champion in each division was crowned. The weather cooperated and the smiles were abundant. The best part — proceeds from the event will go toward the Rotary Club to help with annual scholarships. 

As one of many corporate sponsors, the Leader-Call congratulates the participants and the organizers for a great day. The list of sponsors was lengthy, showing the tremendous outpouring of support the businesses in this community showed. We thank all of them, too.

And one more…

While we are highlighting outstanding achievements, let’s get the ball rolling on Downtown Thursdays. In two weeks, the farmers’ market and downtown movie night will premiere. The farmers’ market will move to North Magnolia Street near Trustmark Bank, while movie nights will be at the Brickyard.

We imagine, with the influx of visitors brought here mostly because of the hit TV show “Home Town,” this year’s market and movie nights will attract throngs of people. Nothing wrong with that.