LHS lands six on soccer first team
After earning a share of the Kaw Valley League crown and earning a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals, it was only fitting that the Lansing High boys soccer team dominated the all-league team.
Six of the 12 players on the first team were from LHS. They were senior forwards Brad Mock and Ty Thackston, senior midfielder Mike Bayless, senior defender Theo Daniels, junior goalkeeper Alex Burton and junior defender Nate Markovetz.
Senior defender Steve Parker was named to the second team.
"All year we've been a good team," Thackston said. "We knew since freshman year that we'd be a good senior-laden team. It's just another good thing to add to this season. The only thing that could be better was to win state, but Aquinas did that."
Burton said the large number of players honored by the league showed that the other coaches in the league had a lot of respect for what the Lions accomplished this year.
"That really says a lot," he said. "Even outside of school on our club teams, when you say you go to Lansing, you get a little more respect because we did so well."
Mock and Thackston were Lansing's top two scorers this fall. Mock scored a team-high 23 goals and had 11 assists. Thackston had 22 goals and 10 assists. Bayless was third on the team in scoring with 14 goals and a team-high 15 assists.
Daniels, Markovetz and Parker made up the defensive unit that helped Burton produce nine shutouts during a 16-3 season.
Six Lions received regional recognition as well. Mock, Thackston, Bayless and Burton were named to the all-region first team. Daniels and junior forward Andy Dick were honorable mention selections.