Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Dec. 2 sports briefs

December 2, 2004

Winter open gym

hours released

Winter hours recently were released for open gym basketball at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second St. Games will be played from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Hours are subject to change, and any questions may be directed to the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department at 727-2960.

All participants must be Lansing residents and have an open gym pass card. An adult must accompany any participants under the age of 10.

Uhart heading to NCAA Tournament

Natalie Uhart, a 2003 Lansing High graduate and current sophomore at Long Beach State University, is heading to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament with her 49ers squad.

Uhart, a 2003 member of the Big West All-Freshman Team, battled injuries this season but had 57 kills and 29 blocks in 30 regular-season games.

LBSU, the most successful college volleyball program in NCAA history, posted a 23-6 record in the regular season and will open postseason play at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Los Angeles against the Utah Utes (24-6) at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. It is Long Beach's 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

LMS wrestling finale on tap today

The Lansing Middle School wrestling team will wrap up its season at 4 p.m. today at home where LMS coach Ron Averill is expecting another strong showing from his team. The last time the Lions were at home was Nov. 20, when four Lions posted 4-0 records.

LMS had a solid outing on Nov. 29 against talented foes Lawrence West and Silver Lake at Lawrence. Eighth-grader Tyler Bodde and seventh-grader Josh Martin posted 2-0 records at the meet and Wesley Appleget was 1-0. Cullen Demarest, Nick Bell, Jacob Hansen, Travis Grogan, Andrew Shafer, Tyler Gates and Gage Thackston split their matches.

Other LMS competitors were A.J. Kim, Daniel Matthews and Ricky Walter.

LMS girls shooting

for perfect record

Both the Lansing Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade girls' basketball teams will try to wrap up perfect 12-0 seasons Saturday when they play in the championship games of the LMS Tournament.

The seventh-graders play at 11:30 a.m. The eighth-grade championship game will immediately follow.

After both Lions squads knocked off Lexington Trails in the semifinal matches of the LMS Tournament on Monday night, they battled Tonganoxie on Tuesday. The eighth-grade Lions used a balanced attack to knock off the Warriors, 24-21.

Natalie Loreti led the way with nine points, Brooke Didde scored six points and Keasla Hundley added six points and five rebounds. Katie Cristiano grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Cassandra Murphy added seven boards. Brittney Lang chipped in four steals, five assists and six rebounds in the victory.

The seventh-grade squad beat Tongie, 37-19, and improved to 11-0 as well.

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