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Sun Patriot|lakers Best St. Boni In 2-0 Series

Boni on July 22. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl) With an quick 2-0 series win over St. Boni last week, the Waconia Lakers have advanced to the Region 7C tournament. This years tournament will pick up right where the Lakers left off in 2013: facing Brownton. Waconia kicks off its tournament run tomorrow night, Aug. 1, in a 5:30 p.m. game against the hosting Brownton Bruins. The Bruins are a familiar foe to the Lakers, as it was the Bruins who ended Waconias 2013 tournament run. The Lakers have seen the Bruins just once this season, pulling off a 10-3 victory on June 27. Playoffs bring an added level of excitement and anticipation to the field, and the Lakers are preparing to face Browntons best. Brownton will be a good first round match up for us as well be playing at their home park and will most likely be facing their ace, Ronnie Olson said. These types of games are fun to play in and we are hoping to play in a lot of them. The Bruins are 21-8 heading into the Region 7C tournament after ousting Carver in two playoff games last week. Headed into the tournament, each of the qualifying teams is able to draft a player from an eliminated team in their division. Waconia added to its depth on the mound by adding New Germany pitcher Steve Mielke, while Brownton snapped up Ross Tichy of Carver. Just two games was all that was needed for the Waconia Lakers to take down the Saints last week in the CRVL North playoffs. Seeded No. 2 in the North, the Lakers hosted No. 7 St. Boni on Tuesday, July 22, coming away with a dominating 14-3 victory in seven innings. Waconia led 6-0 after four innings and a dominating fifth put the Lakers on top 14-1. Waconia put up eight runs in that inning, spurred by a grand slam by Jeff Chrest, the first of his career. The Saints had a late two-run rally in the top of the seventh, but it wasnt enough to overcome the deficit. Ryan Naughton picked up the win for the Lakers on the mound, throwing six innings. He allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out eight batters. Ben Smothers threw the final inningfor Waconia, giving up two earned runs on three hits and striking out one. Waconia controlled the plate, collecting 14 runs on 11 hits. Jeremy Salden led the Laker offense, going 3-3 with a triple, a double, and four RBIs. Chris Bullis was 2-3, while additional hits came from Nick Litfin (double), Dan Butz, Peter Brown, Kevin Bullis (double), Kodey Simon, and Jeff Chrest (4 RBI). For the fourth time in five games, the Lakers faced the Saints again on Thursday in Watertown for Game 2. Besting St. Boni 6-0, the Lakers won the series 2-0 and advanced, while the Saints were sent home to prepare for the 2015 season. The Saints lasted nine innings on July 24, but couldnt push a run across the plate. Waconia put up pairs of runs in the second and eighth inning, with additional runs in the fourth and ninth.
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I-55 Corridor topic of forum - The Edwardsville Intelligencer : News

Since 2006, when the initial plan was formulated, the map has changed. The new south boundary is Interstate 270/70. The east boundary is for areas south of Route 143, is just east of Staunton Road and areas north of Route 143 on the west side of Staunton Road up to Fruit Road. The west boundary is District Drive, widening to the south to west of Old Troy Road and the MCT Goshen Trail in Glen Carbon. The north boundary is Fruit Road. Madison County Planning and Development Administrator and Edwardsville Plan Commission member Matt Brandmeyer explained the entities got together and recognized this corridor would be expanding significantly over the next 30 years. This is a 30-year plan by the way. Its not a five-year plan, its not a 10-year plan 30 years, so its going to take a long time for these areas to develop, Brandmeyer said. The area is expected to be where growth happens because it is the only area for the communities to go to. Evidence of this is the fact that Edwardsville and Glen Carbon have doubled in size since 1990. Thats a pretty significant amount of growth. If there is anywhere in Madison County that is growing, its in this area. It's Glen Carbon, Edwardsville, Maryville, Troy typically around (I) 55 or along the southeast, 270/70, Brandmeyer said. Like the previous plan, the thought for this plan is to stay ahead of development, identify the best uses for the land and look at infrastructure needs along with other needs for the area instead of just letting the development happen and try to fix it after the fact. Further this plan seeks to promote growth, protect and enhance property values, create predictability, and understand the future service needs of the area. By creating this plan, all three entities and their residents can get an understanding how the area will develop. The plan also restricts big box retailers. In order to help those in attendance understand the process, Edwardsville City Planner Scott Hanson spoke about the process for a developer looking to build within the corridor. Within the corridor, there will be six different development zones: rural residential, urban residential, general neighborhood, mixed-use office, mixed-use commercial and town center. Hanson continued explaining that within those six zones, there are 18 building types, seven frontage types and 26 architectural standards, which are a part of the process to build within the corridor no matter what community the structure is built in.
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