Lansing High lands Team of the Week honor
Lions ride 6-game winning streak into must-win game against Schlagle
A 7-1 record is an accomplishment the Lansing High football team is proud of.
The latest of those victories, a 40-13 road win at KC-Washington on Friday night, was Lansing's sixth straight and put the Lions in the lead in Class 5A District 1 with a 2-0 mark. That victory also caught the eye of football fans in the Kansas City area who selected LHS as the KCTV5 HyVee High School Football Team of the Week.
Dave Grond of HyVee and Melissa Heck of KCTV5 stopped by the high school on Thursday afternoon to present the award to LHS coach Bill Pekarek and his team.
Lansing is the second straight Kaw Valley League team to win the honor after Bonner Springs took it home last week. Other teams awarded this season have been Rockhurst (Mo.), Shawnee Mission West, Blue Springs (Mo.), Shawnee Mission Northwest and Fort Osage (Mo.).
Pekarek said his team was grateful for the honor, and he said he hoped the Lions could continue to perform at a high level this season.
"We're coming off a big win, and we're playing for a district championship tomorrow, so we're real excited to finish the season strong," he said.
Lansing plays host to KC-Schlagle at 7 p.m. Friday at Frank Graham Field in a game that amounts to do-or-die for LHS. A victory would result in a district title, but a Lansing loss would bump Schlagle to 2-1, and paired with a likely Shawnee Heights victory against Washington, the three-way tie would be decided by points. That likely would give Shawnee Heights the advantage, and the other playoff spot would be determined by head-to-head results.
Lansing is seeking its third district title in four years, fourth straight playoff berth and first district title in Class 5A.