LHS soccer collects league, regional honors
Postseason honors poured in this week for the Lansing High boys soccer team after it posted a 13-4-1 record this season.
Six Lions earned All-Kaw Valley League honors and seven earned regional recognition.
"You never can tell what's going to come out of (the coaches meeting)," LHS coach Randy Brown said. "I was just pleased we were able to get these players recognized.
"I think it says a lot about the quality of our program that other coaches were able to see that so many of our folks were deserving of being all-league."
Senior Nate Markovetz was a KVL first-team selection at forward after leading Lansing in scoring with 22 goals and seven assists. Fellow senior Andy Dick made the second-team after notching 18 goals and seven assists and senior Stepan Herout (seven goals, 11 assists) was honorable mention.
Brown said competition for spots at forward was tough in the league this year.
"I was just pleased as punch to see Nate recognized as first-team, which was very deserving, and I was very happy Andy Dick was recognized as well," Brown said. "There are so many good players in this league. Austin Knipp (Basehor-Linwood) was the leading scorer in Kansas, and Mill Valley had at least three guys who scored more than 18 goals, so it's tough."
Senior Josh Robinson was a first-team defender after scoring three goals to go with eight assists. Junior Drew Reynolds was an honorable mention selection.
For the second straight year senior Alex Burton was voted the league's top goalkeeper. He logged seven shutouts this season.
Brown said he was unsure if Burton would defend his first-team spot this year because Lansing allowed more goals this year with a relatively inexperienced defense.
"I think Alex is the best goalkeeper in the league, but you don't know what the other coaches are going to say," Brown said. "We didn't go to state. We had some people score some goals on us. Anything can happen."
Markovetz, Herout, Robinson and Burton all earned Central Region first-team honors from the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association. Dick and sophomore midfielder Clayton Hall (one goal, two assists) nabbed second-team honors. Senior midfielder Kyle Buehler (seven goals, three assists) was an honorable mention selection.
All-State honors are scheduled to be released in the next month. Players earning regional first-team honors are eligible for state recognition. Burton was a second-team All-State choice in 2005.