The tennis season is beginning to wind down and the Lancers seem to be staying on top form. The Jv team beat Pembroke Hill high school 11 to 6 on Monday. Sophomore Brooks Kendall defeated junior Will Welte 8 to 3 to make up for junior Jake Glazer’s loss to junior Chandler McCray. Sophmore Jamie McDonald and freshman Reese Goulding also won their matches to give the varsity the win against the Raiders.
The boy’s tennis team also placed second at the BVNW Invitational to Rockhurst high school by only losing by two points. Senior Jackson O’Gorman-Bean and Glazer placed second in doubles while Kendal placed fifth in singles.
On Friday the Lancers will play in the Sunflower League tournament and will be getting ready for districts next week.
The Lancer varsity baseball team was able to improve on their record, moving up to 7-3. The Varsity team plays in Lawrence both today and tomorrow but not against Lawrence either day. The JV and C team play today against Olathe South.
“I think this team is good enough to win it all [state],” sophomore varsity player Quinn Appletoft said. “We have a good core of seniors that can carry us to state.”
The Boys’ Golf team competed in their first round of the Sunflower League tournament last Tuesday. A three round tournament, the Lancers came out of the first round in first place only standing one stroke ahead of Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Senior Conner Schrock lead the Lancers with a 73, 1 over par. He is placed second so far, next to SMNW’s Jackson Foth.
Next week, the Lancers will compete in the second round.
Varsity won their game against Leavenworth last Tuesday, 10-0, implementing the mercy rule for the second time this season. Hoping to continue their winning streak, the girls will play Olathe North tonight (Thursday.)
“[The game against Leavenworth] was great, we played well as a team and it was good to score 10 goals against them,” Sophomore Kelly Pidcoe said.
The team continued its run at perfection this week. East earned a victory and a shutout against Lawrence, winning 2-0. They went on to defeat Lawrence Free State 12-3. Pitching and defense has been a strength of the Lancers all year — they also shutout SM West 3-0 and won on Thursday 13-3. Despite their rigorous schedule, the girls continue to perform at a high level and are now 8-0.
“It feels great to be undefeated because it really shows that our hard work in practice is paying off in games,” said senior Shannon McGinley. “Our confidence is up and we are prepared to face our more difficult competition coming up at the end of the season.”
The girls lacrosse team had their first loss of the season when they played Sion last Tuesday, April 17th. Even though they lost earlier this week the girls are looking forward to playing Lee Summit North this Saturday at SME.Girls’ Swim and Dive-
Last Tuesday the Girl’s Swim and Dive team had senior night against Lawrence Free State High School. At the meet senior Lanie Leek made the qualifying state time in the 50 yard freestyle and senior Hallie Beck qualified for state in the 100 yard breaststroke. The team still won the meet even though they were without their start swimmer senior Marston Fries who will be out this season do to mono and having an iron deficiency. On Friday 20, the team hosted the Lancer Invitational against Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission West, Shawnee MIssion Northwest, Olathe East, and Blue Valley West High School. As the season reaches its peak the team and head coach Rob Cole are looking forward to the League meet, May 4 and 5, and the State meet, May 18 and 19.“I think so far we are doing very well this year,” said coach Rob Cole. “We’re better at this time in the season than we were last year. We are all together more consistent in our times but that being said if we want to win league and state, [the girls] are going to have to step it up and start getting those qualifying times.”
While some of the top athletes are looking towards their events at this weekends KU Relays other JV and varsity runners participated in the District meet last Tuesday. On the girls team senior Emma Pennington won the 100 hurdles running a 17.41. In the open 400 the girls took second, third and fourth by Emma Vickers, Lauren Brown and Phoebe Aguiar. Kaycee Mayfield took first in the 200 meter dash running a 27.54.
On the boys side of things Sam Stewart placed second in the 100 meter dash running a 11.43. Sam also had an amazing run in the 4×400 relay running a 51.7 split. Freshman Will Oakley proved himself placing second in the 300 hurdles running a 43.88.Long Distance-
Middle and long distance runners had one of their most impressive across-the-field performances last Tuesday at the combined JV/Varsity District meet. Every SME 4×800 team, from JV girls to Varsity boys, took home a gold in the 4×800 relay. Other standout performances include senior Jake McCoy’s 2:08.88 in the boys’ varsity 800 and Freshman Hannah Arnspiger’s 2:34.4 in the girls’ varsity 800.
This Friday and Saturday a handful of East’s best runners will be competing in the KU Relays, a national meet whose competition level rivals that of the State meet. Here are the athlethes that will be competing:Nick Pirotte: Javelin
Toni Aguiar: 100m, 4×400 Relay, Sprint Medley Relay
Devin Burton: 110H, 300H 4×200 Relay
Chloe Stradinger: 100H, 300H
Mitch Daniel: 800m, Distance Medley Relay, 4x1Mile Relay, 4×800 Relay
Annie Kuklenski: 4×400 Relay, 4×800 Relay, Sprint Medley Relay
Grace Quinlan: 800m, 4×400 Relay, 4×800 Relay, Sprint Medley Relay
Abby Dunn: 400m, 4×400 Relay, 4×800 Relay, Sprint Medley Relay
Grace Pickell: High Jump
Carter Olander: 4×800 Relay, Distance Medley Relay, 4X400 Relay
Joe Lewis: 4×200 Relay, 4×400 Relay, Distance Medley Relay
Connor Rellihan: 4×200 Relay
Josh Winter: 4×200 Relay, 4×400 Relay
Blake Hill: 4×800 Relay, Distance Medley Relay, 4x1Mile Relay
Evan Nichols: 4×800 Relay, 4x1Mile Relay, Distance Medley Relay
Mitch Kaskie: 4x1Mile Relay, Distance Medley Relay
Juan Ramos: 400m, 4×400 Relay
Jack Fay: 400m, 4×400 Relay, 4x200m Relay
Ian Wiseman: 4x1Mile Relay
Kelli Johnson: 4×800 Relay
Sam Stewart: 4x200m Relay
David Sosna: 110H, 300H withdrawn due to injury
Even without Nick Pirotte (javelin) and Grace Pickell (jumps) at the District meet on Tuesday, the field athletes saw great success. Christian Blessen won the boys’ varsity javelin and Myisha Heinen took second. Both set new personal records for the season. Bennet Uhl also performed well for the throwers, placing second in the discus.Pickell’s absence provided freshman Justine Paton to fill a hole in the girls’ varsity in the high jump and Paton came up big with a second place finish. Alec Bartholemew and Ben Williams placed first and third respectively for the boys.
Alic Erpelding took first in the boys’ pole vault with Preston Vaughn sneaking in at a close third.