Six weeks after opening the volleyball season with a loss to Olathe East, Lawrence High was notified Wednesday that O-East forfeited that match because of an ineligible player, resulting in a Sunflower League championship for the Lions.
Originally, LHS, Leavenworth and Olathe South finished tied for first in the league with 8-2 records. After the forfeit, the Lions were deemed outright league champion with a 9-1 record.
LHS coach Jo Huntsinger
"Winning a league championship in this way is a little anticlimactic," LHS coach Jo Huntsinger said. "I would much rather be named the league champion by winning a tournament like we did in the old days. I would like to see the tournament reinstated. I am proud of the fact that we are league champions even though we slid in the back door."
It's the Lions' first league volleyball title since 1997.
In 1993, LHS had to forfeit its league title under similar circumstances.
Sub-state pairings announced: Free State High and Lawrence High have been assigned to different volleyball sub-states on Saturday at Olathe South, meaning both schools could qualify for the Class 6A state tournament the following weekend in Topeka.
Third seed Free State (21-15) will meet No. 6 seed Olathe East (12-25) at 3 p.m. in Olathe South's South Gym. Second-seeded Olathe South (26-11) will play No. 7 Olathe North (10-26) at 2 p.m. in the other sub-state semifinal. The semifinal winners will play at 4 p.m. for a state berth.
In the other sub-state at O-South, No. 4 Lawrence (19-15) will play No. 5 Leavenworth (14-20) at 3 p.m. in the North Gym. Top-seeded Overland Park Aquinas (27-9) will meet No. 8 Topeka (6-27) at 2 p.m. in the other sub-state semifinal. The two winners will meet at 4 p.m.
The forfeited victory over Olathe East didn't figure in Lawrence's record for seedings.
The 6A state tournament is Oct. 27-28 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
Lee named THS baseball coach: Tonganoxie High athletics director John Lee has been selected THS baseball coach by the Tonganoxie school board. Lee replaces Chris Herron, who resigned last season to devote more time as the head volleyball coach at Benedictine College.
Ottawa captures Huron volleyball: Ottawa High went 5-0 to capture the Huron League volleyball title for the third year in a row. The Cyclones (20-15) have won 19 of their past 24 matches since starting 1-10. OHS will play Saturday at a Class 4A sub-state in Burlington.
Cyclones' run over: Ottawa High's reign as Huron League girls cross county champion ended last week. The Cyclones, who had won five consecutive Huron titles, were unable to field five runners necessary for a team.
Still, OHS freshman Lisa Morrisey won the individual title in 12:43. Cyclone junior Emily Chapman, the defending league champion, missed the meet because of a sore hip. OHS will play host to a 4A regional Saturday in Ottawa.