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Versatility on display: Freshman Khadre Lane leads Seabury past Veritas

Bishop Seabury freshman Khadre Lane hangs in the air as he attempts a layup during Bishop Seabury’s game against Veritas Christian School on Friday. The Seabury boys won, 56-28.

Bishop Seabury freshman Khadre Lane hangs in the air as he attempts a layup during Bishop Seabury’s game against Veritas Christian School on Friday. The Seabury boys won, 56-28.

January 29, 2011


All season long, Bishop Seabury freshman Khadre Lane has been able to drive to the basket.

On Friday against city rival Veritas, he showed off a different part of his game: a perimeter jumpshot.

Lane’s 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting helped the Seahawks take a 56-28 victory at home. Coach Ashley Battles said Friday was the first time Lane has been an efficient scorer from the outside.

Battles credits assistant coach Caleb Holmes, a former player for Yale, with drawing up plays that got Lane open on the wings.

And the other four players on the court don’t mind passing it to him.

“They understand that Khadre’s got a chance to be a special player, and they like getting him the ball,” Battles said. “When he does what he does, it’s electric.”

Lane scored 13 of the Seahawks’ first 18 points in a variety of ways — driving, curling off screens and hitting a wide-open three-pointer, to name a few. He capped the first half with a vicious one-hand dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

“I wanted to do something better, but a dunk is a dunk,” Lane said. “The crowd liked it. It works. Two points.”

The Seahawks (7-3) really didn’t extend their lead until the second quarter when Lane said they just started playing harder. Seabury opened up a 38-14 lead at halftime.

Senior Skyler Malone, who finished with four points and eight rebounds off the bench, said that they focused on what they had been working on in practice all week.

Battles loves how much effort Malone gives.

“That’s exactly what Skyler Malone is,” Battles said. “He’s just a completely unselfish basketball player.”

Veritas coach Gary Hammer was impressed with the Seahawks’ depth of talent.

“They just don’t have one good player,” Hammer said. “They have five guys on the floor that can shoot. And they were shooting well tonight.”

And with experience against bigger schools in recent tournaments, the Seahawks are eager to keep the season going.

“We’re not afraid of anybody,” Battles said.

Seabury (8-4) plays University Academy at home on Tuesday. Veritas (12-3) travels to play Manhattan CHIEF, also on Tuesday.

Box score

Bishop Seabury 56, Veritas 28


Nate Scott 1-5 2-2 4, Ethan Scott 1-4 0-0 2, Thomas Bachert 3-3 0-0 6, Ethan Kay 3-11 0-0 6, Elijah Penny 2-12 0-0 4, Jordan Rebman 0-3 0-0 0, Kelvin Rask 0-1 0-0 0, Blair Capps 0-2 0-0 0, Eric Shin 1-1 0-0 3, Nick Gardner 1-3 0-0 3, Andrew Currier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-46 2-2 28.


Marcus Allen 2-5 0-0 5, Khadre Lane 7-13 0-1 15, Johnny McDermott 2-7 0-0 6, Josh McDermott 4-8 1-3 9, Reed Grabill 5-10 1-1 11, Skyler Malone 2-3 0-0 4, Fischer Almanza 0-0 2-6 2, Zach Silvers 1-2 0-0 2, Nathan Wilhelm 1-2 0-0 3, Samuel Ohashi 0-2 0-0 0, Nick Lutz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 4-11 56.

Veritas 8 6 6 8 — 28

Bishop Seabury 16 22 6 12 — 56

Three-point goals: Veritas 2-10 (Shin, Gardner); Bishop Seabury 4-13 (Johnny McDermott 2, Lane, Allen). Shooting: Veritas 12-46 (26 percent); Bishop Seabury 25-53 (47.2 percent). Turnovers: Veritas 11, Bishop Seabury 11.


lawrence267 7 years, 2 months ago

At least now we know Seabury and Veritas aren't equals in basketball. Not that you should really be comparing KSHSAA and KCAA schools.

bisky 7 years, 2 months ago

I like to see the unselfish play at Seabury. Lane will certainly be a force to be dealt with in the future, he reminds me of that kid Ramos at that age.

Hoping Nelson and company can continue to field better sports programs at Seabury, its starting to get fun. Like Bevell once said....."you got to believe baby".

Mark Finger 7 years, 2 months ago

I saw Lane last year and knew Veritas would have problems with Lane in high school. Basketball is one sport where a single talented individual can make a tremendous difference. Lane has the potential to be the best big man to come out of Lawrence since Danny Manning. So it is no wonder that he made a big difference last night.

In addition to Lane, Seabury has added two other key players over last years team. The McDermott twins are also new to the team (BTW, their younger sister has been on the Veritas team for several years).

A couple of other points should be made. Seabury is about twice the size of Veritas (~150 6-12, vs 150 in K-12). Lawrence267 might want to look at some of the other sports where Seabury and Veritas play head to head (football, volleyball, or girls basketball--where the score was just as lopsided the other direction) before making such blanket statements.

ECM 7 years, 2 months ago

"In addition to Lane, Seabury has added two other key players over last years team. The McDermott twins are also new to the team (BTW, their younger sister has been on the Veritas team for several years)."

Actually the McDermott twins played for Veritas previously too. Tried Free State but didn't make the team, home school team last year and then recruited to Seabury.

Mark Finger 7 years, 2 months ago

The twins attended Veritas and played through 9th grade, then switched to Free State. The story I heard is that one made the team, but the other did not. Last year, they were home schooled, and asked to join the Veritas team after the season had started; at that time the coach said the team was set and did not accept them. The twins then went to Cornerstone, a Christian school on the west side of Topeka (at Auburn) as home school members of the team.

Many Christian schools regularly have home schoolers on their team, in some cases to get enough players to field teams. This is one reason that smaller schools like Veritas are not part of KSHAA, which does not accept home school or part time school athletes (primarily because of potential abuse of eligability standards). In the case of Veritas, about three members of the girls basketball varsity are home schoolers. For last fall in volleyball, only one of the 12 member varsity was a home schooler. I know these numbers because I have a daughter on these teams. For the boys basketball, the number is similarly small. For football, the number is somewhat larger, but still a minority. Seabury, on the other hand, can only have enrolled students on the squad, and has had trouble finding enough bodies even for 8-man football during the last 2 years.

Most of the home-school students (at Veritas) are ones that have had a relationship with the school. Some have had siblings in the school, or have been in and out of the school as family finances permit. Even though our tuition is only about 60% of Seabury's, we do not have a church sponsor to help with scholarships, and some parents find the tuition a burden during hard times.

A number of our opponents are pure home-school associations. Many of these draw from larger pools of students and can provide very strong competition--several of which would be competitive with Kansas 3A or 4A teams. That is what made the volleyball championship last fall so special, because Verital is about the second smallest in terms of pool of players relative to its association opponents.

We also emphasize other things besides the simple win-loss records. In particular, there is a "no-cut" policy for enrolled students, to encourage more to participate--something that is not easily available at much larger schools.

Mark Finger 7 years, 2 months ago

He was the one for the initial tip. Since he was standing next to the Veritas big man, I would estimate him as about 6'-6 to 6'-7. That is tall for high school Kansas 1-A (which is Seabury's classification). Also, as a freshman, he may still grow quite a bit. If he does not grow at least a couple more inches, he will need the outside moves, which are almost a requirement except for 7 footers in college.

Incidentally, I understand that he has a younger brother who played on the junior high team. I do not know the age of that one, but I suspect he is a 6th or 7th grader who is still really learning to play at that level.

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 2 months ago

That's a horrible mouth picture of Lane. It has him as a vampire. What the hell is that about? I know those teeth aren't his. Yuck.

jayhawks71 7 years, 2 months ago

I think that's his tongue, curled up on the sides.

larryvillemadman 7 years, 2 months ago

OldKStater u might want to take a closer look. He's maybe 6'3" 6'4". He can just jump outa the gym with his athletic ability. He doesnt even play the post spot he sits out as a guard the whole game and if you watched the first half of the game last friday you would see he did most of his damage from around the perimeter with jumpers.

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