Friday and Saturday saw the four area high schools in action in volleyball and tennis. The schools were also scheduled to participate in cross county at two different meets on Saturday, but they were canceled due to weather.
Leavenworth, Lansing and Basehor-Linwood traveled to De Soto for the De Soto SpikeFest tournament.
The Bobcats were 2-3 on the day. They won against Eudora and Tonganoxie and lost to De Soto, Mill Valley and Hayden. Head coach Amy Irvin was pleased with the play from her team.
“We beat De Soto one set which is huge for us,” Irvin said. “We saw that we can beat those extremely tough teams that we have struggled with before. We played so well against De Soto and Tongie and Eudora. All of the teams we lost to are ranked in the top five in their division in the state rankings.”
Leavenworth also went 2-3 on the day with wins over Baldwin and Eudora and losses to Gardner-Edgerton, Lansing and Hayden.
“We had a good weekend of volleyball,” Pioneers head coach Cassie Rockers said. “We played some tough competition and competed. We have been working all week on ball control and cutting down on unforced errors, and I saw a huge improvement this weekend. I’m proud of our effort and growth.”
Lansing had success in the tournament and finished as the runner-ups. The Lions beat Baldwin, Hayden, Leavenworth and Gardner-Edgerton. The Lions fell to De Soto in the championship 2-1.
Pleasant Ridge was also in action on Saturday in a tournament at Atchison.
The Rams finished fourth. They won the tiebreaker for second in their pool. The Rams beat Maur Hill 2-0 but lost to Spring Hill and Perry-Lecompton. The Rams would then lose to Atchison and Piper in games head coach Joy Ewert described as “hard fought, close games.”
Leavenworth and Lansing participated in the regional tournaments for 6A and 5A over the weekend.
The Pioneers waited for hours for the courts to dry from the rain before the 6A regionals started. The doubles duo of Alexis Cole and Samantha Casmus finished third and qualified for the state tournament this weekend.
“(Casmus and Cole) played very well all day against some great competition,” head coach Shad Langfoss said. “We finally got home about 11:30 (Friday) night making it a long day where the girls really played their heart out.”
Lansing finished third as a team at the 5A regional tournament. Trinity Hall was the lone qualifier for the Lions with her third-place finish in singles. Her last two matches were both more than two hours long. It was déjà vu as Hall dropped her semifinal match in a tiebreaker to the eventual champion. Head coach Eddie Fenton was pleased with her performance.
“She showed a lot of fight,” Fenton said, “and was able to finish out her third-place match versus Emporia in another tiebreaker.”