Six Lions earn All-NEKSL honors
The Lansing High girls soccer team was unable to defend its Northeast Kansas Soccer League title this season, but numerous Lions defended their positions on the All-League team.
The second-place Lions placed six members on the All-NEKSL squad. Five of them are repeat performers.
Juniors Bianca Manago, Abby Hauver, Elizabeth Cristiano and Michaela Bristow and sophomores Katie Nietzke and Rachel Pride all garnered All-League honors. Manago, Hauver and Nietzke were named to the first team. Cristiano, Bristow and Pride were second-team selections.
"These players are selected by the other coaches in the league," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "You cannot vote for your own players. They've seen the girls, and they have a lot of respect for them."
Manago made her third straight appearance on the first team. She was chosen as a forward her freshman year, but the last two seasons she was picked as a midfielder. She was the league's offensive Most Valuable Player in 2005.
Nietzke was was a first-team goalkeeper for the second straight year after logging seven shutouts this season. Hauver, a defender, made her first appearance on the first-team after being a second-team selection as a sophomore. Pride was selected as a second-team midfielder for the second year in a row. Cristiano earned a spot on the second team as a defender after being a first-teamer a year ago. Bristow, a defender, was a first-time honoree.
The All-Region teams were expected to be released late Wednesday.