Lions still No. 2
LHS golfers second at league for third straight year
Fort Leavenworth No Kaw Valley League golf team has been as consistent at the league tournament as Lansing High during the past three seasons.
Unfortunately for LHS, that consistency only has been good enough for second place.
Lansing was the runner-up again Friday at the KVL tournament.
"We're so close," said junior Maria Jackson, a member of all three second-place teams. "Maybe next year : maybe next year."
Unlike the past two years, Mill Valley didn't take home the team title. It dropped to third place and was replaced at the top by Basehor-Linwood.
Basehor shot a 346, Lansing was second with a 351 and Mill Valley finished third with a 370 on a hot, muggy day at Trails West Golf Course.
Most of the golfers struggled to handle the heat, long rough and extensive foliage on the course. Lansing was no exception. Kyle Willcott shot a 95, and Zach Robinson and Stefan Froelich each shot 97s.
The other three Lions picked up the slack. Jackson finished fourth with an 82, Sophomore Josh Greene was seventh with an 86 and senior Ryan Willcott placed ninth with an 88.
Jackson and Greene provided the two brightest points of the day for the Lions.
Jackson struggled early in the season. Then when she began to improve she had no scores to show for it because rain cut her strong rounds short. On Friday she finally got to complete one of those good rounds.
"I had one bad hole, because I started out bogey, bogey, triple," she said. "Other than that it was pretty good. It's always nice to have a good outing, especially before regionals."
For Greene, Friday marked the first time this season he has been able to put a full round of solid golf together. Playing as Lansing's No. 6 man, he turned in the team's second best score of the day. It also was his best round of the year.
"We practice here every Tuesday and Thursday, so I know what to do and what not to do," he said.
Lansing next plays at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Class 5A regional tournament at Heritage Park Golf Course in Olathe. It's a new regional for LHS. This year's regional includes Bonner Springs, Gardner-Edgerton, Washington, St. Thomas Aquinas, Mill Valley and Bishop Miege.