Panthers ace A League challenge
A team from Leavenworth County was the top team in the Johnson County Winter Basketball Fifth-Grade Division 'A' League this year.
The Lansing Panthers, a team consisting of players from both Lansing and Leavenworth, wrapped up the league title on March 8. The Panthers edged the Spring Hill Broncos in the finals, 29-26, at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee.
The victory capped a season where the Panthers posted a 15-5 record and went 12-2 in the league.
In the championship game against Spring Hill, the Panthers avenged a loss from earlier in the season. They led 16-11 at halftime and later extended their lead to nine points before hanging on for the victory.
Team members are Ryan Carlson, Sean Ellis, Scott Hattok, Zach Jackson, Tanner King, Grant Lang, Jack Reilly, Quinton Pfrimmer, Nick Wagner, and Cameron Wiggins. The Panthers are coached by Mike Ellis, James Wiggins, and Tim King.