Various high school athletics were going on Tuesday night for schools in the Leavenworth community.
In soccer, the Lansing Lions opened the season at home against the Leavenworth Pioneers. After weather pushed back the start time, both teams started off slow on offense with a 0-0 score for much of the first half. Nate Moore scored for the Pioneers with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the first half. The Pioneers then pulled away early in the second half to win 7-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Lions fell to 0-1.
Despite the win, Pioneers first-year head coach Brenden Olesen still wants to see improvement.
“I think the game went pretty well,” Olesen said. “But we need to do a better job at finishing. By my count, I think we had about 42 shots (on goal). Against great teams, you got to get that average down.”
Olsen also said the team will need to work on getting a faster start in games as they move forward.
Lions first-year coach Ashley Wilcox was still able to find positives in the loss.
“We kind of lost it a little after halftime,” Wilcox said. “They kind of built and were able to hold it. In the first half they did a good job of holding it in the formation and then they didn’t have as much confidence in it in the second half. Then they grew that confidence back which helped hold it for the last 15 minutes.”
Wilcox also said that the team will continue to work on confidence for the future. She was happy to see how enthusiastic the team was compared to previous years as well.
For Lansing tennis, the weather was not as cooperative as soccer. After the dual against Spring Hill was delayed from last week, weather continued to win the set over the matches.
Only the doubles were able to finish with rain coming early in the singles matches. In the doubles, Darby Mance and Mirinda Lowery won 8-1, Trinity Hall and Gabriella Scarcelli won 8-4 and Gracie Schneider and Lizzie Martin lost 2-8.
Lions tennis coach Eddie Fenton was happy with the results despite the rainout.
“Relatively pleased with the tennis I saw tonight,” Fenton said. “Spring Hill had already played in a tourney and this was our first event so they came in with a little more experience. Our doubles won two out of the three matches so we had the advantage in the dual. Spring Hill would have needed to beat us on four of the six singles courts to win the dual. Darby was halfway home in her singles match up 4-1, so that would have shrunk our margin to only needing to win two of the other five courts. We were either up or tied on the other courts. We’ll put some work in the rest of the week so the girls are ready for this weekend’s Leavenworth Labor Day tourney. I hope we can get some quality matches in against some different people this weekend. I think the girls are tired of playing each other.”
Lansing and Basehor-Linwood volleyball
In volleyball, the Lions won over De Soto and Basehor-Linwood. Both teams were ranked top 10 in 5A. Head coach Julie Slater described the win against fourth-ranked De Soto as “exciting.” Along with the win over second-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas last weekend, the Lions are now 3-0 on the season.
Basehor-Linwood dropped both matches against De Soto and Lansing to start the season.
Pleasant Ridge volleyball
The Pleasant Ridge Rams also opened their volleyball season Tuesday night splitting their two matches. The Rams dropped the first match against Oskaloosa before beating McLouth in two sets.
Head coach Joy Ewert said the early season nerves played a factor in the opening game loss.
“We had a lot of nerves,” Ewert said. “The girls could never get a run together. We played tight and intimidated. It didn’t help either that we missed 10 serves in the whole match. A bright side was our hitting. Our setters Hanna Forge and Lindsey Heim are doing a great job of moving the sets around. After the loss to Oskie we had a long talk. We knew we are so much better. We came out with McLouth and never looked back winning both sets 25-11, 25-13. We came with intensity and we were determined never to let McLouth in the game.”