Manago, Sickinger named All-State
10 Lions recognized by NEKSL
Lansing High sophomore midfielder Bianca Manago only scored five goals this season for the LHS girls' soccer team, but her value to the team was much greater than her statistics, according to league and state coaches.
Manago led the Lions in postseason honors as she was selected to the Northeast Kansas Soccer League first-team. She also was named the NEKSL offensive most valuable player. In addition, she was selected to the Kansas Soccer Coaches' Assn. Central All-Region team and was a first-team All-State selection.
"I don't get to vote for any of my players," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "I only get to vote for players on other teams, so she was selected by all of the other coaches. The other coaches remembered her. She was everywhere and was working hard. They saw that."
Manago's honors poured in after she helped the Lions to a 13-4 overall record and undefeated league season this spring. She wasn't the only Lansing player to be recognized, however.
Senior forward Kendra Sickinger earned first-team NEKSL honors, as well as All-Region and second-team All-State honors.
Sophomore defender Elizabeth Cristiano and freshman goalkeeper Katie Nietzke joined Manago and Sickinger on the NEKSL first-team. Elkins said he was pleased with Nietzke's nomination.
"Only one goalkeeper was chosen for the first team and she beat out some good goalkeepers that ended up being second-team all-league," Elkins said. "That's pretty impressive for someone who didn't know she'd be a goalkeeper at the start of the year."
The Lions' honors didn't stop at the league level.
Senior forward Jessica Hauver, freshman midfielder Rachel Pride and sophomore defender Abby Hauver made the NEKSL second team. Honorable mention selections were freshman midfielder Erin Griffen, senior midfielder Monique Richardson and sophomore defender Michaela Bristow.