Good sportsmanship a serious issue for Cubs
The Lansing Cubs didn't win many games this summer during the American Legion baseball season, but that didn't keep them from collecting a handful of postseason awards after the Byron H. Mehl Post 23 Tournament ended Saturday night.
The Easton Outlaws won their third league tournament title in four years by sweeping the Leavenworth Knights, and Easton's Devin Hupp was selected as the league Most Valuable Player.
Lansing had its share of honors, too.
Utility player Logan Ryan received the Al Padilla Sportsmanship Award and Robert Lewis was named to the Blue Division All-Star team as a first baseman. In addition, Cubs coach Michael Smith shared the Coaches' Sportsmanship Award with Leavenworth Wranglers coach Justin Bode.
Bode is a 2000 graduate of Lansing High and a former American Legion player with the Lansing Huskies - the same team Smith's son used to play for.
Smith said it was unique that two coaches with Lansing ties shared the award.
"It's an overall reflection of Lansing, on our fans and on our players," Smith said. "And that's a big part of what the American Legion is all about - sportsmanship, teamwork and doing things the right way. It's a great reflection on the town."