Pioneers drop two at home; Lansing wins again; soccer updates
Growing pains continue for the Leavenworth High volleyball team, but make no mistake, the Pioneers are a better outfit this fall.
Thursday night, the LVHS team dropped two, two-set matches to defending Class 6A state champions Olathe Northwest (25-21, 25-13) and Shawnee Mission Northwest (25-16, 25-11) to fall to 1-2 on the campaign.
But, first-year head coach Cassandra Rockers likes a lot of what she sees.
“Regardless of what it looked like, our team chemistry is a millions times better than it has been,” Rockers said. “The girls work and play better together and they like being around each other. They work hard for each other. Sometimes I think it’s too much thinking. They think too much about their mistakes and hold that with them a little bit and the hesitation in not wanting to make that mistake.
“The second set against Shawnee Mission Northwest. That was all us. All our side of the net. Unforced errors, way too many. We just had three errors in a row and couldn’t come back from it. We’re going to see where we can improve and work on transitioning, because that’s what we need to really work on. We’re going to keep working and a team that will get better every day. I didn’t expect it to happen overnight, but it’s a process.”
In the Olathe NW match, LVHS was led by Hannah Wagner’s six kills and two kills apiece from Ayden Bartlett and Randi Raymos while in the Shawnee Mission NW loss, the Pioneers were sparked by Wagner’s five kills, Alaine Sloan’s three kills and Katelyn Blackburn and Raymos’ two kills each.
In each match, the Pioneers came out hyped and battled evenly before both Northwest squads pulled away, taking advantage of LVHS errors, many unforced.
“We just kind of got in a rut and when we get in a rut like that we have the mentality, that we get a point that it doesn’t count,” Raymos said. “When we get down like that it’s hard for us to come back.
“I don’t think you can have too much emotion in a sport, especially if you care about it. The problem would be not caring enough. Before every game we come together as a team, get ready and have fun. We do go in and get fired up and I think that’s what gets us to start off good. I think we lose our hype and that’s when things start going wrong.”
The team is also hoping to make a statement in Sunflower League action, its last before moving to a new league.
“We’re going out there and of course it means more,” Raymos said. “Knowing that it’s a deeper meaning: This is the last season (in the Sunflower) and for some of us, it’s our last year. We have a lot of things to prove and I think we’re on the right track to proving them.”
LANSING Volleyball 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18) over Louisburg
Lacey Angello had 16 kills and Karli Schmidt added 13 kills to lead the Lions (4-1) over Louisburg after dropping the opening set.
Rachel Fairbanks and Amelia VanDerWerff each had four blocks apiece, while Courtney Rexroat added 35 assists and Kennedy Farris (20 digs) and Angello (13 digs) anchored the defense.
“Kennedy and Lacey had great matches and Karli was also awesome,” Lansing head coach Julie Slater said. “We lost the first set where we were little frazzled when Lacey went down with a tweaked ankle. We taped her up and she came back in.”
JC Harmon boys’ soccer 3-0 over LEAVENWORTH
The Leavenworth Pioneers dropped their first game of the season, 3-0, Thursday at JC Harmon.
“We played well, the ball just didn’t fall our way,” head coach Derek Wilson said of his Pioneers (3-1). “We had double the shots in the match.”
BASEHOR-LINWOOD boys’ soccer 3-1 over Baldwin
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats won their second match in a row, taking down hosts Baldwin, 3-1.
Jackson May led the way with two goals and an assists and Tucker Johnson and Jaxon Bounds added a goal and an assist respectively for BLHS (3-1).
“I thought it was the best game we've played so far,” BLHS head coach Austin Knipp said. “Our positioning and awareness on the field were great and we were able to move the ball and find the passing lanes.”