Lansing edges MVHS as Kaw Valley king
After four years of supremacy, Mill Valley's reign as the top athletics department in the Kaw Valley League is over.
Since The World Company newspapers started naming the KVL Athletics Department of the Year in 2004, Mill Valley won every time until now.
The new king of the KVL hill is Lansing, which tallied just one more point than four-time defending champion MVHS for the 2007-2008 sports year. The Lions edged the Jaguars, 97-96, in a compilation based on league standings.
Lansing won four league titles in '07-08, tying for first in football and winning volleyball, girls cross country and golf outright.
The Lions were tri-champions in football, tying Perry-Lecompton and Bonner Springs (the three schools played different numbers of league games because of their Class 4A and 5A distinctions, but each finished with one KVL loss). Lansing volleyball went undefeated in KVL play, finishing ahead of one-loss Mill Valley. The Lions' girls cross country squad also scored a critical win against MVHS at its league meet, where the Jaguars finished second. At the KVL golf tournament, the Lions finished 12 strokes ahead of second-place Basehor-Linwood.
Runner-up Mill Valley still won three league championships of its own. The Jaguars' boys and girls captured KVL team titles at the league track meet and the girls soccer team won another crown for MVHS. The girls track squad finished ahead of Tonganoxie while the boys held off Bonner Springs. The girls soccer team went 5-0 in KVL play, finishing ahead of 4-1 Lansing.
Tonganoxie finished third in the overall KVL standings after coming in second a year ago. The Chieftains tallied runner-up finishes in girls basketball and girls track.
BLHS finished fourth overall for the second straight year. The girls basketball team posted an 11-1 league record in winning the KVL title. The boys basketball team also brought home a league championship, going 11-1 and finishing ahead of 9-2 Perry-Lecompton. In addition, BLHS won the boys soccer title.
Piper finished fifth in the KVL. Although the Pirates were the only team with no titles, they were solid in nearly all of their 12 sports. Their best finish came in softball, where they finished second to league champ Perry-Lecompton.
With the help of that softball title, the Kaws jumped from ninth in the KVL last year to sixth in '07-'08. PLHS also was one of the football tri-champions.
Another of those tri-champs, Bonner Springs was seventh in the KVL. To go with the shared football crown, the Braves boys cross country team won the KVL meet, finishing ahead of Santa Fe Trail.
Santa Fe Trail finished eighth in the KVL standings. The Chargers wrestling team won the KVL tourney, finishing seven points ahead of runner-up LHS.
Bishop Ward came in last in the KVL, but the Cyclones still won a league baseball title, topping second-place Piper.
Immaculata wasn't included in the KVL this year because the Raiders are no longer in the league and only participated in football.
This year, Turner will join the KVL ranks as the Bears begin league competition. Turner will be the league's largest school and compete in 5A.