Soccer sweeps; softball splits
Two Lansing High sports teams held their Senior Night festivities Tuesday evening, but only one squad headed home with a smile on its face.
The LHS soccer team beat Piper 2-0 in its first game of the day, then played an additional half to conclude a previous meeting that was cut short by lightning. That game resumed with LHS leading 3-0 and the score held through the final 40 minutes.
Senior Kendra Sickinger scored on a corner kick early in the contest. Then, a minute later she fed a cross to senior Jessica Hauver who scored on a header for the final margin of victory. The Lions dominated the rest of the contest but were unable to score again.
Between games the Lions honored their seniors - Sickinger, Hauver, Christine Southard, Kelsey Fallesen and Monique Richardson. Then it was back to business.
LHS coach Rob Elkins rested most of his starters throughout the second game. The Lions (11-2 overall, 9-0 league) had a handful of scoring chances - Rachel Pride placed a shot on goal from six yards out, Erin Griffen nailed the crossbar and Heidi Schultz ripped a shot from 10 yards out that went right at the goalkeeper - but never found the net. It didn't matter, though, because Piper never posed a serious threat.
"Piper has come so far in the last year. They've become an amazing team and we knew that we had to come out here and play real hard," Southard said. "They have a good team, but we played a good game today."
The Lions won't have much time to enjoy their victories. They have a 4:30 p.m. game Thursday at Immaculata and then play host to defending state champion Shawnee Heights at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lansing Middle School field.
The atmosphere at Lansing City Park was more downtrodden as the softball team had a Senior Night split with Tonganoxie. The Lions received another dominating performance from senior pitcher Jessica Kane, but just like they've done numerous times throughout the season, they failed to reward their ace with any defensive help. Six defensive errors led to all five Tonganoxie runs in the Chieftains' 5-2 victory in game one.
The Lions (7-7 overall, 3-3 Kaw Valley League) regrouped and won game two, 4-3, in eight innings, but their mood was anything but cheerful afterward.
It seemed LHS was over its error-prone ways after its stellar performance Thursday at Bishop Ward, but Tuesday's games assured the problems are not fixed yet.
"I thought, we're on a roll. We've got Tongie which is beatable. We've got Piper which is beatable. We've got a make-up with Perry," LHS coach Terry Cornett said of his thoughts prior to Tuesday's twinbill. "I'm not sure what to look forward to every game now, especially with school fixing to be out for the seniors."
The Lions next play at 4 p.m. Friday at Piper.
For more on the soccer and softball games, pick up the May 5 edition of The Current. For photo galleries of the Senior Night festivities, check out lansingcurrent.com on Thursday morning.
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