Parks and Recreation football playoffs start Saturday at LMS, ACCHS
After a season of tough battles on the gridiron, the Lansing Parks and Recreation football teams are ready for the postseason.
The league's third- and fourth-grade and fifth- and sixth-grade playoffs kick off Saturday at Lansing Middle School and Atchison County Community High School.
First-round playoff games at LMS begin at 9 a.m. with a third- and fourth-grade matchup between the Lansing Red Raiders and the Lansing Jaguars. At 10:15, the third- and fourth-grade Lansing Great Whites play Pleasant Ridge. The next two games feature teams in the fifth- and sixth-grade division when the Lansing Black Lions play Pleasant Ridge at 11:30 a.m. and the Lansing Red Bulls play either Great Western or Reilly and Sons at 12:45 p.m.
The only Lansing team playing at ACCHS is the Lansing White Stallions against Effingham at 11:30 a.m. in the fifth- and sixth-grade division.
Three city teams look to be among the favorites to win their respective division championships. The Red Raiders, coached by Sean Sachen, enter the third- and fourth-grade playoffs with a 4-1 record. Rick Schneider's Red Bulls are 5-0 in the fifth- and sixth-grade division and Blaine Domann's Stallions are 4-1.
PUNT, PASS AND KICK
The Lansing Parks and Recreation Department played host to a Punt, Pass and Kick competition for youth football players on Saturday at Lansing City Park, and about 40 youths participated.
Mayor Kenneth Bernard was on hand to present awards to the winners in each age group.
In the flag football division, Thomas Lynch was the overall champion after recording the longest punt and kick and the second-longest pass. Hayden Myers was second with the No. 2 punt and kick and the seventh-best pass. Stephen Matina was third overall after recording the longest pass, third-best kick and 11th-best punt. Connor Couch was fourth in the division and Alex Russell finished fifth.
Drew Sachen was the overall winner in the third- and fourth-grade division after turning in the top pass and kick and the second-best punt. Collin Ingram was second overall, followed by Hunter Majure, Brian Figeroa-Orkwis and Tanner Williams.
In the fifth- and sixth-grade division, Joe Schneider was the overall winner with the top pass and kick and the No. 2 punt. Cameron Wiggans was second overall and Keneth Banks was third.