Tuesday night saw a lot of action in high school sports in the area. Leavenworth and Lansing competed in the United Kansas Conference tournament in tennis with Lansing winning the championship and Leavenworth finishing fourth. A full recap can be found in Wednesday’s Leavenworth Times or online at www.leavenworthtimes.com/sports
The Lansing Lions traveled to Shawnee Heights to take on Shawnee Heights and Leavenworth in a volleyball triangular. The Lions beat the Pioneers 2-0 and beat Shawnee Heights 2-1. Shawnee Heights also beat the Pioneers 2-0.
With the win, Lansing secured the conference championship with an undefeated United Kansas Conference record.
“The girls played great,” Lions coach Julie Slater said. “And we are proud to be the first UKC conference champions undefeated. Our two seniors that have been on varsity all four years (Rachel Fairbanks and Kennedy Farris) have been league champs for all four years.”
Despite the losses, Pioneers coach Cassie Rockers was pleased with the progress the team has made this season and had high praises for the Lions.
“Lansing has a great team,” Rockers said. “They are very put together and solid all the way around. But overall, we failed to make the adjustments needed during game play. We had a plan but did not execute successfully. Regardless of the outcome, we are still making tremendous progress. We played much better than our first match earlier this season and I’m proud of the continuous growth we’re making every day.”
Both teams will travel to De Soto this weekend for a tournament.
Pleasant Ridge volleyball was also in action on Tuesday night in a triangular with Horton and Valley Falls.
The Rams beat Horton 2-0 but fell to Valley Falls 0-2. The Rams are now 10-7 overall with a 6-4 league record.
“The girls played a good game against Horton doing what was needed to win the game,” Rams head coach Joy Ewert said. “We played to their level, but never really got anything going offensively. I was really hoping the girls would get things going against Valley Falls like the first time we played them. They went in with intensity the first time we played Valley, but not this time. We were actually up 22-18 in the first set but missed three serves in a row. That tied the game and we never recovered.”
The Rams will return to play on Saturday when they travel to a tournament at Atchison.
The six United Kansas Conference schools were in action again on Tuesday.
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats fell 1-0 at home to Turner. The team will travel to Leavenworth on Thursday.
Leavenworth traveled to De Soto and came away with a 4-2 victory. The Pioneers will return home to host the Bobcats on Thursday.
Lansing traveled to Shawnee Heights for their conference matchup. The Thunderbirds pulled off the 10-0 victory. The Lions will play at Turner on Thursday.