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Fall Sports Update: Week 5

Cross Country

Last Saturday at the Baldwin Invitational, it seemed the only good news for the Lancers was freshman Luke Ehly who made the jump from the C-Team to Varsity. Ehly ran an 18:51 and placed third in the C-Team race.

“Luke did a great job start to finish,” head coach Tricia Beaham said. “You could see in his eyes he was determined. He focused on the person in front of him and went after one man at a time. Patiently he picked each runner off until he was in the top three.”

The girls placed seventh, while the boys’ team ended up placing fifth. Seniors Joe Bahr and Chipper Jorns maintained their top slots on varsity both running times under 17 minutes.

On the girls end, sophomore Annie Kuklenski lead with a 16:08 time. Senior Tienan Shank and freshman Tess Iler followed with a 16:42 and 17:07.

This Saturday, the top 21 runners on both the girls’ and boys’ sides will head up to Lawrence to race in the Rimrock Invitational.

Girls’ Golf

The girls’ golf team was busy this week with two tournaments in which they finished in the top five in both.

The first tournament took place at Blue Hills Country Club on Sept. 17 where they finished in fifth place. The team competed against 18 teams (88 people) from both Missouri and Kansas. This will be the only tournament that East will have had the opportunity to play against girls from the Missouri schools.

The second tournament was at Shawnee Country Club in Topeka. The team took third behind Washburn Rural and Saint Thomas Aquinas. The tournament consisted of teams from Topeka and Eastern Kansas League.

Results from Blue Hills (Shawnee Mission East Individual Scores):

4. Anne Willman-82
T21. Jessica Young-93
T27. Sophie Wetzler-95
T34. Alex Maday-97
T55. Annie Foster-102

Results from Blue Hills (Team Results)

1. Saint Thomas Aquinas-354
2. Blue Valley North-361
3. Rock Bridge-362
4. Blue Springs-364
5. Shawnee Mission East-367

Results from Shawnee Country Club (Shawnee Mission East Individual Scores)

2. Anne Willman-76
15. Jessica Young-91
16. Sophie Wetzler-92
T24. Witney Wendel-97
T26. Alex Maday-98
T26. Kelley Tomlin-98

Results from Shawnee Country Club (Team Results)

1. Washburn Rural- 336
2. Saint Thomas Aquinas- 338
3. Shawnee Mission East-356

Girls’ Tennis

The girls’ tennis team took second in the Pembroke Hill Invitational. Junior Meredith Shackelford and freshman Aiden Epstein won doubles with senior Elizabeth and sophomore Stephanie Wilcox placing second.

The team also competed in the St. Thomas Aquinas Invitational on Sept. 18. The girls’ finished second overall to Blue Valley North. The Wilcox sisters won the doubles competition. Sophomore Elizabeth Barnickel placed third in singles.

The Blue Valley Northwest match that was canceled last week is still to be announced.

“We aren’t worrying about the [Blue Valley Northwest match] right now,” Shackelford said. “We are just preparing for Shawnee Mission Northwest.”

The girls’ next match is this Monday, Sept. 23 against Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Boys’ Soccer

Last Tuesday, the Lancers traveled to Lawrence Free State, winning 1-0. The Lancers out shot Free State 20-2, and the lone goal came from senior Jackson Stephens. On Thursday, the Lancers defeated Lawrence High, 6-1. Senior defender Matt Terry had three goals in the game.

“Last night the team played really well and we beat a good team,” Terry said. “It was cool scoring because I play defense and don’t get many chances to score.”

After a tough loss against Olathe East two weeks ago, the Lancers have bounced back to improve their record to 7-1. Olathe East also lost to Olathe South on Tuesday, which puts the Lancers back into the run for the Sunflower League Title.

Next week the boys will travel to Leavenworth on Tuesday, and Olathe North on Tuesday. With only one loss, the boys will be looking to win their remaining games. The Lancers have scored 35 goals for and and have only only allowed four goals against on the season.

Football

Last night the Lancers beat undefeated state champions Olathe South and broke their nine game winning streak. Most fans thought that it would be a high scoring affair between the offenses who both average over 32 points per game.

However the game ended up being a defensive slugfest with the Lancers winning 3-0. East was able to hold back South’s dangerous rushing attack. The first half was scoreless with the lone points coming from field goal by senior Will Humphrey from 19 yards out.

After a stagnant first half on offense, East made a change at halftime and involved a lot of designed runs from Jordan Darling which broke the game open. Late in the game Connor Rellihan and David Sosna made big catches to keep the drives alive. South got the ball back with around 20 seconds left and had one last chance to score. Instead Rellihan came up big with a pick. East is now 4-0 and are the favorites to take the Sunflower League crown being the only team remaining that is undefeated.

Gymnastics

The gymnastics team placed 3rd in their quad meet Thursday, Sept. 20 with Sarah Gillaspie placing second and Taylor Bell placing third on the floor exercise, Madi Lage placing second on vault and Hannah Swanson following with third. Gillaspie took third place in the all around category. The team swept the awards, but the meet didn’t go as well as they expected.

“We definitely were all kind of off our game at the beginning two events [bars and beam]” Gillaspie said. “But we got back for floor and vault and ended fairly successfully.”

Coach Chuck Lundblad plans to have the girls run through their routines during practice to remedy the wobbles, falls and stops in their routines.

Volleyball

On Thursday night varsity volleyball played their first triangular at home against Olathe Northwest and Lawrence Free State. The girls faced two tough losses, setting their record to 2-8 overall.

“We had moments [tonight] where we played the best volleyball we have ever played and then moments where we played the worst,” Senior Elizabeth Arnold said. “The good thing about our team is that we don’t let it bring us down and we are preparing for next week.”

Next Thursday the Lady Lancers will look to bounce back at a triangular against Olathe South and Shawnee Mission South.

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