Congratulations 5A substate champs
On Saturday night, March 5, our Lansing High School boys basketball team played Highland Park at Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh and became champs of the substate bracket B Crown. They came out on top by winning 49-43.
There were many ties and lead changes in the first three quarters, and they managed to pull ahead and win by six points in the fourth. What excitement!
Izaiah Grice scored 16 points, Calvin Schneider had nine points, Chris Jones had six points, Caleb McQuillan had five, Joe Schneider had five, Colby Gwartney had four and Mike Miller had four. Izaiah had four 3-pointers. Lucas Mein and Clay Young did not score but were an important part of the win. The whole team played a great defense as well as offense.
We want to commend our coaches, Rob Briggs, Ben Doll and Craig Wind, for building a great team of depth and patience. That has paid off tremendously. The March 5 game was a nail-biter from beginning to end, and a large group from Lansing was in attendance. As you read this article on Thursday, March 10, we are now the No. 3 seed and are facing Wichita’s Bishop Carroll High School in the Topeka Expocentre at 8:15 p.m. So when you read this article, more than likely we will know the results of this first game.
One interesting point to me is that more than 60 years ago, in 1949 and 1950, our Lansing team also went to state and there were two players on that team named McQuillan and Young. I guess it’s in the genes, as this year we also have a McQuillan and a Young. Our Caleb McQuillan’s grandfather, Don McQuillan’s total points at LHS made a record that has stood for 61 years. Clay Young’s great uncle, Bill Young, had one of the highest numbers of assists and also had one of the highest scoring records. They were both on the team that went to state back then.
In those days, actual playing time was shorter because every tied ball, rather than taking the ball out, the referees would stop the game and throw the ball up in whatever circle they were closest to. Also there was no such thing as a 3-pointer, and we see a lot of that now.
Great going team! We love you.
P.S. Now we know our team is fourth at state….congratulations again.