This past week to week and a half around Clay County has definitely been one of those time frames in which communities throughout the county certainly showed off their pride on several different levels.
After coming off the Dugout Days high some 10 days ago, it was Clay Center’s turn to show their community pride with their annual Fourth of July celebration.
I must say it was a grand show for our county seat. Folks, the parade in Clay Center was a grand affair to say the least. If I’m not mistaken, the Clay Center Community Club had over 60 entries that would travel through the streets of Clay Center and many of those entries showed the pride in which many Clay Centerites brought out with their parade entries.
Honoring their military veterans as Grand Marshals and the many floats that traveled through the parade only began what was a full day of fun in the sun (and heat) in Clay Center.
Kudos to Clay Center and the Clay Center Community Club for putting together a class act of an event last week.
The night of the Fourth of July found yours truly comfortably seated in a lawn chair taking in what I have to say could very well be one of the best small town fireworks displays that I’ve ever seen.
I’ve seen many displays in small towns, dating back to my growing years in Shelton, and I really cannot remember a display that was as consistent, full and professional looking as what the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department put together last week. Amazing fells!
On to this past weekend with the inaugural Central Plains Senior Legion baseball tournament, hosted by Sutton.
Sutton would capture the overall league championship Monday night with a 10-0 thrashing of Dannebrog-Cairo-Boelus in five innings of play.
The game of the weekend, however, was between two class act teams from right here in Clay County.
The second battle between Davenport-Edgar and Sutton would take place for the South Division title in the league.
While Sutton would go 2-0 against D-E with an 8-1 win, these two teams, folks, are perhaps two of the best, if not THEE best in all of Class C this year.
Solid defense, big hitting, lots of action and determination fuels both of these teams
The Steve Spongberg and Ty Yost coached Sutton team balances themselves with challenging pitchers for their opponents, stingy defense and thrifty base running, while the Rod Tegtmeier and Jim Hild coached Davenport-Edgar seniors possess a wealth of strong hitters, solid defenders and depth that makes both of these teams, without a doubt in my mind, the two best teams out there, even beyond Class C.
When each of these two teams step onto the field, you never know what the outcome will be, it is far from being a predictable game during a typical Sutton/D-E battle on the diamond.
It’s a true shame that one of these two teams will stay home after the completion of the Area/District tournament, which runs July 20-24 in Daykin.
I realize that because their home bases are a mere 25 miles apart it keeps them in the same ‘area’, but I’ve always felt, whether it’s baseball, basketball, volleyball or whatever sport it is, that the ultimate goal is to have the best of the best at state, and with both Sutton and D-E in the same district, that just won’t happen.
Somehow I feel that changes need to be made. I guess bigger powers than myself are the only one’s that can change, but It would be a grand state tournament to see both D-E and Sutton battle it out for the state title.
Congratulations Sutton for the overall league title. I have a feeling that these two teams will once again battle it out for another title...very soon!!