Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2007

STORIES OF THE YEAR: Program firsts include state quarters, KVL crown

December 27, 2007

It took an eventual three-time defending state champion to end the Lansing High girls soccer team's run at a state title in 2007.

St. Thomas Aquinas, the No. 5-ranked team in the country, ousted LHS from the Class 5A playoffs. The road leading to that game included numerous landmark accomplishments for the program, however.

First, the Lions won the inaugural Kaw Valley League championship, and they did it in impressive fashion by going undefeated against league foes. They also defeated a school from the East Kansas League for the first time, won their first regional championship and advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

"This was a great team," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "This was the best team Lansing's ever fielded. It takes a team like St. Thomas to be able to knock us out. I'm very proud of them. They played well. They played as a team all season long."

LHS ended the season with a 14-4 record and placed three players on the All-State first team.

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