Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

Fall athletes honored at banquet

November 11, 2004

Football players, from left, Jordan Pratt, Logan Ryan, Ryan Civils and Lance Fink crack up after Coach Bill Pekarek poked fun at junior running back Jeff Slater for a few punting miscues during the season.

Football players, from left, Jordan Pratt, Logan Ryan, Ryan Civils and Lance Fink crack up after Coach Bill Pekarek poked fun at junior running back Jeff Slater for a few punting miscues during the season.

Of all the awards presented during Lansing High's annual fall sports awards banquet Tuesday night, one in particular drew noticeably more applause and laughter.

As football coach Bill Pekarek stepped away from the microphone after recognizing his squad for posting an 8-3 record and delving deeper into the state playoffs than any LHS football team in history, junior running back Jeff Slater stepped to the microphone with a gift in his hands.

"This will get you by until your old one grows back," Slater quipped as Pekarek pulled a Groucho Marx-like mask of sunglasses and a fake moustache out of a box.

The Lions shaved Pekarek's moustache after they won their final district game against Bishop Ward.

Although that particular honor was humorous for the fourth-year LHS coach, the rest of the evening maintained a more serious tone as Pekarek and volleyball coach Julie Slater were recognized for milestone victories. Coaches from the football, volleyball, boys' soccer, girls' tennis and cross country teams also recognized their athletes for team success, as well as for individual honors. In all, 90 fall athletes received varsity letters and 18 received All-Kaw Valley League honors.

FALL SPORTS BANQUET

FOOTBALL

Team honors:

Record: 8-3

Kaw Valley League: Third place

District Champions

Bi-District Champions

Regional Runner-up

Individual Awards

Defensive line/ends

Ryan Robbins - All-KVL second-team

Linebackers/Defensive backs:

Jeff Slater - All-KVL first-team

John Tytla - All-KVL honorable mention

Offensive line

Aaron Sexton - All-KVL second-team

Offensive backfield/receivers:

Jeff Slater - All-KVL second-team

John Tytla - All-KVL second-team

Kickers and Punters:

John Tytla - All-KVL second-team

CROSS COUNTRY

Team honors

Girls

Kaw Valley League: Second place

Class 5A Regionals: Fifth place

State qualifiers: Erin Eustice, Bianca Manago, Rachel Pride.

Individual honors

Bianca Manago - All-KVL

Rachel Pride - All-KVL

Ashley Mayes - All-KVL

Erin Eustice - All-KVL

Boys

Jerrad Willis - All-KVL

BOYS' SOCCER

Team honors

Record: 8-9

Kaw Valley League: Fifth place

Regional Runner-up

All-KVL teams not yet released

VOLLEYBALL

Team honors

Record: 30-8

Kaw Valley League: First place

Class 5A sub-state champions

Lansing Invitational: Second place

Louisburg Invitational: Second place

Anderson County Tournament: First place

Individual honors

Casey Welch - All-KVL

Emily Goodlin - All-KVL, Anderson County All-Tourney

Carolyn McKune - All-KVL honorable mention

Tiffany Turner - Anderson County All-Tourney

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