Father, son savor Senior/Parent Night
It was important to Andy Dick that he score a few goals Monday during Lansing High's soccer game against Tonganoxie on Senior/Parent Night.
Andy likes to score goals any time he gets a chance, but Monday night's game was a little more personal. One of his biggest fans was in the crowd, and the senior forward wanted to put on a good show.
His father, retired Army Lt. Col. Hal Dick, returned from Iraq Sunday night - just in the nick of time to escort his son during the pregame festivities to honor the senior class and their parents, and just in time to see Andy bury three goals in an 8-0 Lansing victory.
"I've been tracking the season every day on your Web site," Hal said, referring to The Current's online home at lansingcurrent.com. "The last time I came back, I was a day late, so this was a big deal for me to be able to be back."
Hal's tour of duty in Iraq was his third. He has been back twice in the past two years as a contractor working with computer systems in Baghdad and other military bases throughout the country.
Hal was exhausted when he arrived in Kansas City on Sunday evening, but both father and son were excited for Monday's festivities.
"He was jet-lagged all day (Sunday), so I didn't really get to talk to him," Andy said. "Before the game was when I first got to talk to him. He's pretty excited to see me, and vice versa."
A smiling Hal escorted Andy to midfield during the pre-game ceremony. Then Hal took a seat in the bleachers and cheered as Andy scored two goals in the first 14 minutes of the game. He added a third score early in the second half. He had a fourth goal taken away because of an offsides penalty.
"It's pretty cool to see him on my senior night, and then not disappoint him by not scoring," Andy said.
Hal said he expects to be in Lansing for the remainder of the season, and possibly for the rest of the school year.
"I'm hoping at least to see him graduate, so another seven or eight months," he said. "I certainly hope so."
Lansing took a 6-0 lead into halftime Monday as Dick and senior Kyle Buehler each scored twice in the first half. Seniors John Sebes and Nate Markovetz also scored in the half. Dick and Buehler each scored again in the first six minutes of the second half. The Lions put a dozen shots on goal in the final 34 minutes but were unable to score again.
Lansing (8-2-1) returns to action at 6 p.m. today at Basehor-Linwood. The game provides and opportunity for LHS to avenge a 3-2 loss on Sept. 6 when the Lions let a two-goal lead slip away in the final 20 minutes.
"I think we got a gut check from that one and realized that we're not invincible and we can get beat after we are up," Sebes said. "We all realize that we have to stay up and keep it going. Hopefully that transitions into (today) and we get out and get them quick."
LHS coach Randy Brown traditionally starts his seniors on Senior/Parent Night, and Monday was no different. What was unique, however, was that LHS had an 11-member senior class this season. That meant the entire starting lineup was seniors. Alex Burton manned his usual post in goal, and fellow seniors Kyle Buehler, Andy Dick, Geoff Fowles, Stepan Herout, Nate Markovetz, Tylor McNeill, Justin Nickum, Josh Robinson, Malte Sandhove and John Sebes filled the field positions.
Also recognized during the pre-game ceremony were senior managers Kristen Huffman and Kayla Pina.
JV TRIPS TONGIE
The Lansing junior varsity knocked off Tonganoxie for the second time this season, 4-0.
Freshman Phillip Nelson scored a pair of first-half goals and sophomore Matt Robbins added another to give the Lions a comfortable lead at intermission.
Nelson scored his third goal of the game early in the second half that pushed the lead to 4-0. Lansing had numerous other scoring opportunities in the second half as Nelson, Robbins, Chance Thackston and Malte Sandhove peppered the Tonganoxie goal with shots, but LHS was unable to score again.
The JV Lions now are 3-6-1.