An Inside Look at Lansing High School Football

Members share their memories and what it means to be on the team

By Special Reporter Zaiylah Bronson and Riley Phillips

The team played 9 games, with a 5 to 4 win-loss ratio. The team scored 66 points, their highest of the season, at the homecoming game against the JC Harmon Hawks. As the team of 43 players used their knowledge and strength in games, they were rewarded with many victories and some tough losses.

Athletes of the Lansing High School Varsity Football team believe that the home game of week two against Basehor High School was the best game of the season. Lansing won 14-13. Junior Quarterback, Luke Schneider scored both touchdowns to take home the win. “Beating the Basehor Bobcats was by far the most memorable part of the season,” said senior Safety and Wide receiver Tre’Matt Pledger. “I have friends from Basehor so it was extra motivation to beat them,” said junior Cornerback and Running Back Derrick Robinson.

Senior Corner Back and Running Back Konner McQuillian said, “Lansing has created a reputation of getting knocked down and staying down. When we got down, we got right back up and kept fight, My favorite part of games would’ve been the lead-up, after our warm-ups. We get hype in the locker room and wait to play.”

Senior Dylan Mclain and juniors Reece Thomas and Derrick Robinson practice kicking field goals. “if you don’t practice, how can you perform at a high level on a Friday night,” said Robinson.

Coach Brad Gourley said the team worked extremely hard and he was pleased with the season. “A strength within the team was the amount of effort they put forth, but they overthink and that sets them back in the wrong direction,” said Gourley. The team agreed that they motivate each other to work hard and do their best.

Sophomore Safety, Wide Receiver, and Outside Line Backer, Dylan Ward said the game of football was a lot to learn at first, but it got easier as the season progressed. “Our intensity and  motivation to win was fun to be apart of,” said Ward.

Sophomore Wide Recievr Malik Benson explained how the game on October 28 against the Leavenworth Pioneers was on to remember. “The game was great because we came together as a team to beat our rivals.”

The Lions made it to game two of the playoffs, but lost to Saint James Academy 34-27. The boys were upset but are beyond ready for next season.

 

Special yearbook prices only at Holiday Market

The Lansing Holiday Market has every thing for holiday shopping — including yearbooks at a low price. For one day and only for those who come to the Holiday Market, yearbooks will be available for $55 and FREE personalization. That’s a $70 value for only $55! Not only that, but the yearbook staff will provide purchasers with a great stocking stuffer certificate so they can show their student that an LHS yearbook will waiting for them in May. So don’t miss out on this great opportunity to give the gift of yearbooks this holiday season. Come to the Holiday Market Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school. Payment can be made with check or cash, not card. This offer is ONLY good at the Holiday, not online sales. 

Lansing’s New Theatre Experience is One to Die For

Lansing Presents “Night of the Living Dead”, October 24 and 25

By Special Reporter, Zach Brown

The Lansing High School Theater Department is the first school to showcase the famous horror movie, “Night of the Living Dead.”The chance to do something completely new and unique is an opportunity is couldn’t refuse,” said junior and play director Cam Burns. The performance will be a horror black box experience, meaning the audience will be on stage surrounding the actors as if they are in the show. Burns says he is quite proud of how hard the cast has worked over the past month to make this a performance worth experiencing. The show timing is no coincidence. The show’s premier being so close to Halloween was a decision made by theater teacher Casey McCord to promote the show. “I chose this show to adapt onto the stage because I thought it would be a fun challenge for the Repertory Theatre Class,” said McCord. While the show is a horror experience unlike anything Lansing has done before, this is also the first time “Night of the Living Dead” was recreated for the stage in a way like this, ever. The class has only worked on the play during the week, and have not held any out of school rehearsals. 

The story follows a group of survivors held up in an old farmhouse against an unseen threat waiting outside. They must work together to keep their cool, survive, and try to not kill each other. With a climactic, and two very different, endings, Burns said he is excited to reveal the performance to his peers to see their reactions.

The actors have been working for weeks to memorize lines and bring their characters to life for however long they exist. “My chance to play Ben is a cool and unique opportunity to bring a character to life in such a unique world,” said junior Francis Sheehan. The actors all have had quite the time to prep and having to formulate the script from nearly nothing is no easy feat. The dedication they put into the play is something to take into consideration when wanting to see the show. To say the least, the show will be quite the spooky experience and what comes forth from this horror experience of a lifetime. The play will be performed October 24 and 25 at Lansing High School and admission is free.

Using Your Voice

The LHS Choir performed for the first time under the direction of the new choir teacher, Brain White, on October 17 in the Lansing High School auditorium.  A multitude of song were performed after working hard to perfect them. “The first choir concert was very exciting! It was our first time performing with our new director and I even had my first solo. It went very well and all of our hard work paid off,” said junior Elizabeth Strehlow.

Sound Spectrum performed along side of Choir as well, leaving the crowd in awe. Members of the group are going to continue working hard in order to grow and better their performances.  The next Choir Concert will be held on December 5 in the LHS Auditorium.

Play For the Pink

The Varsity Football Team has come a long way since the beginning of the season. They have been getting better at every practice and working even harder in their games. It seems as if all the hard work, sweat, and tears are finally starting to pay off. On Friday,October 19 the boys will take on the Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds at home for both Senior Night and the Pink Out game. Sporting their bright pink socks, the Lions will be spreading awareness about breast cancer, since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

This  night will be extremely bittersweet for the football team. In the past years and throughout the season the boys became a family in a sense. It is going to be saddening to see how many of them will be moving onto bigger and better things next year. This will definitely be a game to remember.