Spring sports season ready to begin at LHS
Spring break is officially over.
With that out of the way, the sports teams at Lansing High are ready to begin their seasons.
In fact, the LHS tennis team kicked things off on Wednesday morning at the Mill Valley Tournament in Shawnee. The all-day event did not finish in time to meet The Current's deadline, but results can be found Online at lansingcurrent.com.
Two more teams spring into action today. The junior varsity golf team will compete at 3 p.m. at the Sunflower Invitational at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs, and the varsity and junior varsity softball teams open the season at 4:30 p.m. today at Lansing City Park against St. James Academy. The varsity squad returns its entire lineup from a year ago when the Lions posted a 15-7 record and came within one run of making a return trip to state. Headlining the Lions' arsenal are returning first-team All-State utility player Rachel Milnark, two-time All-Kaw Valley League first-team pitcher Brittney Lang and All-League seniors Morgan Chiles and Amanda Darrow.
The LHS track team returns a stable of state qualifiers from last year, including seniors Bobby Hauver, Griffin Davis and Meghan Sullivan, juniors Michelle Collins and Ellie McNeill and sophomores Brandon Craig, Carley Brown, Lauren Jaqua, Sarah Nielsen, Jennifer Totleben, Kate Meara and Madison Brandt. In addition, sophomore Melanie Pilkington was a relay alternate on last year's state team and a state qualifier in cross country this fall. That gives the Lions loads of experience - especially in the underclassman ranks - on this year's team.
The Lansing runners' strength is in its distance core, but Hauver also is expected to stand out this spring. He finished ninth at state in the pole vault in 2007 and became just the second vaulter in LHS history to clear 13 feet.
The Lions will be in action for the first time this season at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Baldwin Invitational at Baker University.
The varsity golf team, led by seniors Maria Jackson and Zach Robinson and juniors Josh Greene and Kyle Willcott, begins its season at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sunflower Invitational at Sunflower Hills. The Lions will try to capture an elusive Kaw Valley League championship this season, as well as qualify a full team for state for the third straight year.
Fresh off of its first trip to the state quarterfinals, the LHS varsity girls soccer team will hit the road Tuesday for its 6 p.m. season-opener at Topeka Seaman. The JV will play at 4:30 p.m.
The last LHS squad to begin its season will be the baseball team. First-year coach Harley Douglas will make his long-awaited debut at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, with a single game at home against Mill Valley.
The single game is a new wrinkle in the schedule this year that made way for LHS to participate in the inaugural KVL-Frontier League Challenge on April 11-12 at the Johnson County 3&2 West Complex.