The Lansing volleyball team celebrated the work of their seniors on Thursday night in a home triangular against Blue Valley Northwest and Mill Valley. 

Lions head coach Julie Slater said senior night is always emotional and had high praises for this year’s senior class.

“This group of seniors is so special,” Slater said. “Total team players and all so talented.”

This year’s seniors are Kennedy Farris, Rachel Fairbanks, Taylor Lang, Sydney Hayles, Miranda Karpierz and Bradi Basler. 

Farris is a Missouri State commit and Fairbanks is a Nebraska-Omaha commit. Both were four-year varsity players with four league titles and three trips to the state tournament, including third place last season.

Basler, Lang, and Karpierz were two-year varsity players with the third-place finish in 2017 and two league titles. Hayles is in her first year at Lansing after moving to the area from Oklahoma. Slater said she is a great asset in hitting and blocking. 

The Lions took the first match over Blue Valley Northwest in two sets 25-16 and 25-15. 

Mill Valley would beat the Lions with a 25-22 win in the first set and 25-18 in the third. 

Lansing took the second set 25-15. 

“We got a slow start against Mill Valley,” Slater said. “And didn’t play our best in that match. We are moving forward.”

The Lions will travel to De Soto on Saturday for a tournament scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

The Pleasant Ridge Rams were also in action on Thursday at Tonganoxie against the Chieftains and Jefferson West. 

The Rams lost the first set to Jefferson West 25-14 but won the next two 25-16 and 25-19. 

“We started off pretty slow,” head coach Joy Ewert said, “but started gaining momentum with Julie Miller’s blocking. After dropping the first set we brought more energy and never looked back. Haley Forge led the match with nine kills followed by Miller with four kills. Hanna Forge had an awesome night serving with seven aces.”

The Rams then took on the Chieftains and won the first set 25-23 but Tonganoxie won 25-21 in the next two sets to win. 

“We held our momentum in the first set against Tongie taking the first set 25-23,” Ewert said. “The second and third set we started losing some steam and started making some passing errors.”

 “Bailey Ko does such a fantastic job on the back row digging up just about anything that comes over. Tongie started hitting lines to go away from our big blockers and Bailey had a hard time getting them up.”

The Rams will travel to Atchison on Saturday for a tournament. It is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.



Three area soccer teams were in action on Thursday.

Leavenworth celebrated senior night with a 3-1 home conference win against Basehor-Linwood. The Pioneers were victorious to set a new team record for regular season wins. 

Leavenworth returns to action Tuesday when they travel to play at Washington. 

The Bobcats will travel to Louisburg to play in a game rescheduled from Sept. 5. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Lansing Lions soccer team also was on the pitch Thursday night at Turner. 

The Golden Bears won 5-0 over the Lions.

Lansing will return home for a matchup against Gardner Edgerton on Monday. 

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.