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Strutting their stuff

LHS winter athletes take center stage

November 28, 2006

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Lawrence High kicks off winter sports with a bang

Tonight, Lawrence High hosted its annual 'Winter Sports Kickoff' by introducing the members of each squad including the boys and girls basketball team, swim team, wrestling, and bowling teams. Enlarge video

Lawrence High showcased its winter sports Monday night while entertaining the fans, students and parents who filled the basketball gymnasium during "Rock The House."

"It was a take-off from 'Late Night With KU,'" said LHS athletic director Ron Commons.

The event, however, wasn't just revelry. The girls and boys basketball squads each scrimmaged for a 15-minute session, officiated by referees. On the girls side, junior Danielle Bird led all scorers with eight.

"I just tried to be fair and give everybody the ball," Bird said. "We had a lot of team effort. We played as hard as we could."

Danielle's sister, Taylor, a sophomore, ran the offense effectively from the guard position while scoring five points. Tania Jackson and Lindsey Murray added six each.

LAWRENCE HIGH GYMNAST MALLORY WEST displays her talents for the crowd at "Rock The House." Monday night's event introduces the LHS winter sports teams to their fans, and helps the athletes prepare for playing in front of a crowd before this week's season openers.

LAWRENCE HIGH GYMNAST MALLORY WEST displays her talents for the crowd at "Rock The House." Monday night's event introduces the LHS winter sports teams to their fans, and helps the athletes prepare for playing in front of a crowd before this week's season openers.

All of the girls sported magic-marker tattoos as part of the team's pre-scrimmage performance with the cheer squad.

"That was for our little dance that we did," Danielle Bird said, "our little gangsta' dance."

The LHS boys started their scrimmage slowly with neither team scoring in the first 51â2 minutes.

Senior Chance Riley, who led all scorers with four points, attributed the shaky beginning to a case of jitters.

"It's just the nerves," Riley said, "the first time in front of a crowd."

Before their scrimmage, the boys conducted a dance skit to the theme of "Grease." The boys wore jeans and white undershirts, while the cheer squad wore poodle skirts. All showcased some nifty dance steps, which the basketball players had practiced for two days.

"I got all the moves," Riley said with a smile.

The entire winter sports slate performed for the audience. Swimmers, divers, wrestlers and bowlers competed in a relay where they had to score lay-ups while wearing boxing gloves. Fans in attendance drew for prizes, including a $250 gift certificate to Best Buy. The teachers participated as well, competing in dodgeball while wearing costumes.

A public-address announcer introduced every member of each sports and pom and cheerleading team. To further showcase its sport, the wrestling team displayed some moves in a tag-team match that would not seem to fly during Sunflower League competition.

SASHA PLOTNIKOV, A LAWRENCE HIGH SWIMMER, takes the basketball court while wearing boxing gloves during a humorous exhibition as part of the LHS "Rock The House" festivities. The event took place Monday night in the LHS gym. See story on page 3C.

SASHA PLOTNIKOV, A LAWRENCE HIGH SWIMMER, takes the basketball court while wearing boxing gloves during a humorous exhibition as part of the LHS "Rock The House" festivities. The event took place Monday night in the LHS gym. See story on page 3C.

"We wanted to show the school what real wrestling was all about. None of this Olympic wrestling - WWE has it right," said senior Brandon Holland, who donned a black cape as part of his attire. "I was going with the mysterious action-hero guy with the American socks and the classic Chuck Taylors."

Besides a chance for the athletes to display their acting, dancing and singing chops, the night's events had another purpose. Each of the LHS teams has now played in front of a crowd, which will prepare them as the winter sports season begins this week.

"Now we know how it feels to play in front of people," Riley said. "We'll come out next week and start hitting more shots."

Comments

LHS_LIONS 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm very disappointed to see that the author of this article has failed to get the correct name of the event that took place at LHS lastnight (11/27/06) It is not "Rock The House" but rather "PACK The House."

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