Past Lions finding success at next level
It's easy to keep track of Lansing High's student-athletes during their four years of high school, but when they move away to college, it becomes easy to lose sight of them and miss out on their athletic achievements at the next level.
We don't want to let that happen, however, so occasionally The Current will publish updates on our former student-athletes.
¢ The Lansing High track and field record board serves as a quick reminder that Ryan Slater was a speedy sprinter for the Lions. His track success didn't stop there, however. He ran track for two years at Johnson County Community College where he teamed with Lansing resident and Immaculata High School graduate Nick Knight and two other runners to place fifth nationally in the 1,600-meter indoor relay in 2004.
Slater and Knight both earned All-American honors for their performance. Slater now attends the University of Kansas and is a full-time student. Knight plays soccer at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.
¢ Tim Shea, a forward on the United States Merchant Marine Academy's soccer team and a former Lansing High standout, led the Kings Point Mariners to a No. 17 final national ranking and a program-best 19-3 record this season. Shea, a senior at the Kings Point, N.Y., school, was one of seven USMMA players to notch double-digit points this season as he tallied 11 on four goals and three assists.
¢ Natalie Uhart, a two-time Kansas City Metro Player of the Year and two-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, recently completed her sophomore season as a middle blocker for Long Beach State in Long Beach, Calif..
¢ Jilian Creighton led the Park (Mo.) University volleyball team to a 25-13 record this season. It was the Pirates' best season since 1997. Creighton was second on the team in total kills with 346 and leads the squad with a 2.96 kills-per-game average as a senior.
¢ Lindsay Robinson, a recent Lansing High graduate, is a freshman midfielder on the soccer team at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. Robinson started all 20 games for the youth-dominated Lions (10-8-2).
¢ Ben Martin, a former LHS soccer player, is a sophomore midfielder on the Baker University soccer team. The Wildcats (14-4-4) advanced to the NAIA national championship tournament before losing in the second-round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
Editor's note: Do you know of a former Lansing athlete we've missed or one with an upcoming season? Send it to The Current sports reporter Chris Wristen at email@example.com and we'll check in with them.