Three Lions to play in soccer All-Star game
Put two cans of Red Bull energy drink and a soccer ball into a blender and mix it on high. The final product, in some twisted way, may actually represent soccer the way Mike Bayless, Brad Mock and Ty Thackston play it.
The three players, all seniors on Lansing High's soccer team last fall, were known around Northeast Kansas for their up-tempo, in-your-face style of soccer that electrified crowds and lit up scoreboards in a hurry.
Now, Lansing's big three - who combined for 60 goals and 36 assists in 2005 - will take their high-octane game to the grandest stage in the region. All three were selected to represent Kansas in the Kansas-Missouri High School All-Star Game at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
"I think it's great three Lansing players made it," Thackston said. "I think that's the most Lansing's ever had. I know two have gone, but I don't know about three."
Bayless said the fact LHS landed three players on the Kansas All-Stars was a reflection on the entire Lansing program.
"It shows how strong our team was this year," Bayless said of the fact LHS landed three players on the All-Star team. "Me, Brad and Ty have been playing together for a long time, and we set each other up during the season. Maybe we can just keep doing it."
It is uncertain if all three Lansing players will be on the field at the same time Wednesday. They likely will have a better idea of that after the team practices tonight.
"Hopefully we'll get on the field together, get a connection going and be able to do something for Kansas," Thackston.
If Bayless, Mock and Thackston have their way, that "something" would be scoring goals. It's what they do best, and Thackston said they all were excited to show what they can do against the top players from Missouri.
"To get to play where the professionals play, it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something like that," Thackston said. "And I'm looking forward to hopefully putting a goal away."