Thursday saw volleyball, soccer, cross country and golf in action across the prep landscape.
Leavenworth and Lansing were in action in volleyball.
Leavenworth hosted its annual senior night with a triangular against Paola and Lawrence Free State.
The Pioneers took the first match against Paola 2-0 with 25-17 and 25-20 wins.
Ayden Bartlett had nine kills and eight assists on the match. Maya Raney-Johnson added five kills of her own. Grace Miller had 13 assists and Kelcey Hund had five aces and seven digs for the Pioneers.
Five seniors were honored prior to the second match against Free State. This year’s seniors are Faith Wright, Jessie Sachen, Michaela McBride, Miller and Raney-Johnson.
The Pioneers fell behind early to Free State and would take the first set 25-18. The team would fight hard in the second set keeping the set close, but Free State pulled away at the end to win 25-20 and take the match 2-0.
Barlett had 10 more kills and nine more assists. Hund had 13 assists. Aleshia Jones added nine kills and Sachen had 13 digs.
Despite the results, head coach Cassie Rockers felt like the team played better against Free State than Paola. She mentioned that the team kept fighting and that made her proud.
“A lot of times when we get down and another team gets on a run, we will clam up,” Rockers said. “We will get scared and not play our hardest. We didn’t do that and fought until the very end. I told our girls I’m really proud to end the regular season on that regardless of the outcome.”
The Pioneers now will prepare for 6A sub-state next weekend and look to take the positive momentum from the loss and move forward.
Lansing volleyball continued their stellar season in a triangular against Shawnee Mission Northwest and Shawnee Mission West.
The Lions beat Shawnee Mission West 25-8 and 25-9. They then went on to beat Shawnee Mission Northwest 25-14 and 25-11.
The team improved to 32-4 on the year and head coach Julie Slater was proud of the results.
“We were able to play well and win two (Thursday) night to wrap up the top seed for sub-state,” Slater said.
The Lions will host one of the four 5A sub-state tournaments on the Eastern side of Kansas on Oct. 20 at Lansing High School.
The Lansing Lions fell 9-0 at home in a conference match with Shawnee Heights. The Lions will play another home game on Monday when they host Gardner Edgerton in a game rescheduled from Oct. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Basehor-Linwood was also in action on Thursday night against De Soto. The Wildcats won 4-1 over the Bobcats.
The soccer team will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Saint Thomas Aquinas to take on Aquinas and Barstow. Kickoff begins at 11 a.m.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams participated in the Northeast Kansas League meet on Thursday. Head coach Chad Hendrix said it was the best meet of the season for the Rams.
“We did not finish as high as we have in past years as a team,” Hendrix said. “But it was the best meet of our season. Logan Beying led the way for us with a 12th-place finish and helped the boys finish sixth on the night. The top three runners for the boys (Thursday) night were freshmen. Justin cut more than two minutes off his best time this year with that 16th-place finish. The rest of the varsity boys were Cole Keller, Colt Ewert, Noah Younger, Eli Morris and Matt Schmidt. Six of the top seven boys had their career-best times (Thursday) night. We were a really young team this season, but we improved so much over the course of the season. It has been fun to watch these boys grow up. The girls ended the meet in fifth place led by Sara Nooner (16th). Four of our five girls ran their best time on the season and cut a lot of time off their season-best mark. There have been some growing pains this season with both of the girls and boys. However, the kids really came together last night to have their best meet of the season.”
Basehor-Linwood hosted the first United Kansas Conference cross country meet Thursday.
On the boy’s side, the Lansing Lions took first place. Leavenworth and Basehor-Linwood took third and fourth.
Daniel Bohnemann of Leavenworth finished second. Terry Robinson and Liam Neidig of Lansing took third and fourth with two De Soto runners rounding out the top five.
Basehor-Linwood finished runner-up on the girl’s side with Leavenworth taking third and Lansing fifth.
Rylee Jones of Basehor-Linwood and Sarah Wagner of Leavenworth both placed in the top five with a third- and fourth-place finish.
Lions head coach Josh Floetke was pleased with the results.
“The meet went well for our boys squad as they got first place,” Floetke said. “Our girls ran well together and they all put in solid races. The course was a little soft and it seems times all around were a little slow due to the conditions. Our varsity boys squad had four on all-league first team, two on second team, and one honorable mention.”
The cross country teams will be back in action next weekend at the regional tournament.
After the rain on Tuesday delayed the regionals for golf, Basehor-Linwood and Leavenworth got their rounds in.
The Bobcats finished fourth as a team at the meet. Head coach Ryan Kazmaier said the weather made the meet tough.
“(Thursday’s) meet was tough,” Kazmaier said. “We were supposed to play on Tuesday, but it got postponed due to the monsoon. We didn't get very much practice in, which didn't help us either. As a result, we missed out on qualifying for state as a team, but we did qualify three individuals – Madison Lee, Kate Drennon and Ashley Heinen. I am very proud of how hard these girls have fought all season and I'm excited to see how they do on Monday in Hesston.”
The Pioneers golf team also participated in their regional Thursday at Prairie Highlands Golf Course with the team finishing sixth.
Chloe Snow was the highest finisher for the Pioneers at 23. Chloe Herring and Grace Mefford were tied for 26th and Virginia Perry was 35th.