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Monday, May 14, 2007

The High School Spodcasters discuss the numerous Class 6A regional tournaments that await Lawrence High and Free State this week.

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Shelley Bock 10 years, 11 months ago

OK, guys. 28 minutes of discussion and only about 1:30 devoted to the "most intriguing game of the week" - the match-up in soccer. LHS started the year with 3 wins in the McPherson tournament. Then scoring became a problem and the line-up was changed radically. Free State got off slow, but showed that they could develop play with their back line and midfield. While they couldn't score much, they did some nice things defensively. Free State started out the season 0 - 1 - 2, but finished 5 - 8, while LHS went 1 - 10 - 1 after a 3 - 0 - 1 start.

Last week both played SMNW. LHS was beaten 8 - 1 in Lawrence. Free State, played SMNW the night before in 2 OT and lost 2 - 1 with 20 seconds to go on an "own goal" or it would have been a tie.

As to playing # 1 Washburn Rural, Free State lost 0 - 2 and LHS lost 1 - 3, both games early in the year. Washburn Rural isn't as strong as they've been in the past. Surprises do happen. LHS and Free State accumulate losses when they play Sunflower league opponents, consistently the best in the State (other than EKL), and often in the Top 25 in the nation like Olathe East is now. Washburn Rural plays many teams in Topeka, Wichita and to the west which are traditionally not as strong. When they do venture into the Sunflower League, other than with LHS, Free State and Leavenworth, Washburn Rural isn't as successful. If the Lawrence based team gets by Washburn Rural, then the quarterfinal game would likely be in Wichita. Why? Olathe Northwest hosts Manhattan, which had a poor year by their standards. The western most team from the Central Region plays a team out of the South Central (Wichita and west) and the eastern team plays a team out of Johnson County. Northwest would remain in Johnson County. Yea, not likely to happen, but people said that about Bucknell and Bradley. This time, the locals are the underdog.

Watch Abby Vestal (JCCC), who has probably the best female kicking leg ever out of Lawrence, as well as, Lumpe (So.) in goal, Steuver (So) and Severa (Jr) for anchor LHS. Dykes (Fr) has moved from defense sweeper to an offensive position in an interesting move. As to Free State, the strength is with the defense of Vervynck (Hutchinson Juco), Robinson (Trinity), Brooks (Sr.) & Case (Jr.)anchored by Hrenchir (Newbury college) in goal. In the midfield, Leah Williams (Jr.) is more offensive than anyone on the team and has the ability to make her own play. Logan Keasling (Jr.) and Hannah Carlson (Fr) are handling the ball well in midfield.

In rivarly games, who knows the winner, especially when they are so evenly matched. For the winner, it will be their first victory ever in State 6A playoffs. (LHS beat Junction City over a decade ago in a "play-in game" when the tournament was for all high school teams.)

So, after the softball game is over, head over to the soccer field.

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