Prep sports returned to action Tuesday night in swimming and basketball. A recap of Tuesday night’s basketball games between Leavenworth and Basehor-Linwood can be found online at www.leavenworthtimes.com/sports and in Wednesday’s sports section.
Lansing High School hosted the first United Kansas Conference swimming tournament on Tuesday with the Lions winning the first conference title with 110 points. Leavenworth was second with 92, Basehor-Linwood was third with 47, De Soto finished fourth with 25, Turner was fifth with 23 and Shawnee Heights scored nine to finish sixth.
Lions head coach Josh Floetke said the meet started out with excitement for the Lions and Bobcats, who are swimming in a co-op with the Lions this season.
“The first UKC swim meet started with a lot of excitement as each of the top three relays performed a season-best in the 200 medley relay,” Floetke said. “Leavenworth won the race and pushed both the Lansing and Basehor squads to finishes that set new school records.”
Weston Marshall, Karo Fischer, Curtis Springer and Jack Schilling won the race for Leavenworth with a time of 1:43.83 to decrease their state qualifying time. Robert Schafer, Maxwell Walck, Zachary Crumpacker and Greyson Walker finished with 1:46.02 for the Lions to set a new school record. Kade Imoff, Tucker Dixon, Evan Dusselier and Luka Misevic set a new school record with a time of 1:47.42.
Jake Hamilton achieved a new state qualification time in the 200 freestyle that teammate Crumpacker won. Walck won the 200 individual medley with a qualifying time that was close to the school record. He also was second in the 100 breaststroke, missing out on first by .03 seconds, but his time of 1:03.34 dropped almost three seconds off of his previous season-best and set a new school record. Lansing scored three entries in the 50 freestyle, including Walker’s time of 22.85, which set a new school record. Walker also placed second in the 100 free with a state qualifying time. Crumpacker won the 500 freestyle.
Lansing took the 200 and 400 free relays. The 400 relay time was .2 seconds off of the school record.
Dusselier and Imhoff snagged the top two spots in the 100 backstroke for Basehor-Linwood with state qualifying times.
Floetke said it was an exciting meet. He also said the Bobcats had an impressive meet.
“It was an exciting meet as all the schools showed up and swam fast,” he said. “It was exciting to see so many close races at the first championship meet of a new conference. Not only did our guys pull through and win the meet but they got fresh state times, season bests and even school records in the process. The Basehor boys also had an impressive meet taking third with only six swimmers on their team.”
For Leavenworth, the team was led by Marshall and Fischer. Marshall was first in the 100 butterfly and second in the 200 medley. Both of his times were state qualifying times for 6A. Fischer took first in the 100 breast and 100 free. Fischer’s 100 breast time was a 6A qualifying time and he was 18 hundredths away from a qualification time in the 100 free. Springer took second in the 500 free and third in the 100 butterfly. His 100 butterfly time earned him a state qualifying time and he improved his consideration time in the 500 free. Jeb Marshall took two third-place finishes in the 200 medley and 100 butterfly. Connor Engen was third in the 100 breast. Schilling took third in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 back.
Leavenworth placed in the top three in all of the relay events. The 200 medley relay team won their event, the 400 freestyle relay team took second and the 200 freestyle relay team was third.
Pioneers head coach Kaley Wittrock said she was proud of how the team swam.
“I'm extremely proud of the way the team swam (Tuesday night),” Wittrock said. “The seniors did a good job of keeping the team focused and encouraging each other in each event. You could tell the swimmers put their heart and soul into each swim. It was exciting to see Kato (Fischer) put up big time cuts and win both of his individual events as well see the great state qualifying times posted by Weston (Marshall) and Curtis (Springer) in their events. Jeb Marshall came up big for the team with his third-place finishes. We improved two of our 6A state qualifying relay times and qualified three individuals for state. We get another chance to improve times (Wednesday) at the last chance meet and regroup and refine before state next weekend.”
Leavenworth was scheduled to continue swimming Wednesday night in Lawrence before the state tournament next week but the weather caused a cancellation of the event. Lansing and Basehor-Linwood are off until the state tournament begins on Feb. 15.
The Lansing Lions traveled to Lawrence on Tuesday night to take on Lawrence Free State.
The girls’ team fell 49-44 to the Firebirds.
The Firebirds took a 19-9 lead after the first quarter and 31-18 at halftime before Lansing battled back in the second half, outscoring Free State 15-4 in the third quarter. But it was not enough with Free State outscoring Lansing 14-11 in the final quarter.
Caroline Crawford led the Lions with 14 points. Kennedy Farris had nine. Gerenda Smith and Caitlin Bishop each scored eight.
The Firebirds continued their winning ways against the boys’ team in a 63-39 win.
Lansing lost Jaden Remington early in the contest and head coach Jason Jones said the loss of Remington made it tough.
“Jaden Remington went down on the second play of the game and didn’t return,” Jones said. “Tough to go without a guy who gets 20 for you on most nights. Guys battled but a ton of credit to Free State. They had a good game plan and executed and took us out of our stuff.”
Lansing was led by Logan Barnard with 15 points on the night. Andrew Allen added eight and Derrick Robinson scored seven.
The Lions are off until Friday when they travel to Basehor-Linwood for a UKC clash. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for the girls and 7 p.m. for the boys.
Pleasant Ridge basketball was also in action Tuesday as they took on the Oskaloosa Bears.
The girls’ team came out on top with a 59-45 victory.
The Rams were led by Lindsey Heim on Tuesday night with 16 points. Kaia Nutsch scored 14 and Julie Miller added 13 more in the Rams’ 14-point win.
Head coach Mike Koontz said the Rams were able to grind through the game.
“We were able to grind through the game with Oskaloosa (Tuesday) night,” Koontz said. “It was a night where we didn't hit a lot of shots but were able to turn the other team over and get layups. We have a huge stretch of games coming up to end the season. I know our girls are ready to finish the season strong.”
The boys’ team at Pleasant Ridge followed up with a comeback road win of their own.
“The Rams overcame a nine-point first half deficit to defeat the Oskaloosa Bears on the road Tuesday night,” head coach Pat Battle said. “The Rams managed to hold the Bears to 17 points in the second half and hit some timely shots in the fourth quarter. With the win, the Rams improve to 8-7 overall and 6-6 in the NEK. The Bears are now 8-6.”
Pleasant Ridge was led by Jamar Reed with 16 points. Justin Johnston scored 10 and Connor Gibson had seven.
The Rams return home on Friday to host Valley Falls.