Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lansing lands four on All-State soccer squad

November 30, 2006

Four Lansing High soccer players were recognized last week as some of the best in Kansas Class 5A.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Burton and senior forward Nate Markovetz were named All-State first-team selections. Senior defender Josh Robinson and senior midfielder Stepan Herout earned second-team honors.

"This is just super that four made it, especially that these folks were recognized even though we didn't make it to the final four (at the state tournament)," LHS coach Randy Brown said.

This marks the second straight year Lansing has landed four players on the All-State squads. Burton and 2005 seniors Mike Bayless, Brad Mock and Ty Thackston all made it last year. Bayless was a first-team choice at midfield. Mock and Thackston were second-team forwards and Burton took second-team honors at goalkeeper.

Burton's statistical line wasn't quite as impressive this year as his shutout total dipped from nine to seven. He also allowed 28 goals compared to 17 last year. Regardless, he was voted as the top goalkeeper in the Kaw Valley League and the Central Region for the second straight year, and this year he was chosen as the top goalkeeper in 5A.

Brown said Burton was worthy of the honors.

"It's easy to get credit as a goalkeeper when you have a lot of great, experienced players in front of you," he said. "But he's had to step up a lot more this year and he faced a lot more shots and we asked him to do a lot more."

Markovetz was Lansing's top scorer with 22 goals and seven assists. The All-State honors were the first for him. Robinson and Herout also were first time honorees. Robinson has been a three-year starter on defense for Lansing, and he contributed three goals and eight assists this year. Herout came to LHS this fall as an exchange student from the Czech Republic. He made an immediate impact and led the Lions with 11 assists. He also scored seven goals.

Brown said the All-State honors were more special because all four players recognized were seniors.

"They've been playing hard for several years, and it's just great that in their senior year they're recognized for that," he said. "I think it's great that we have these types of things and that coaches are able to recognize how great some of these guys have played.

"Every year we've had people step forward and do great things, and these folks have been doing that for several years, I know we'll have people step up and do that next year, but these guys are going to be tough to replace."

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