Preps notebook: A look at how area teams did this past week

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Senior Laura Willoughby spikes the ball in a match against Shawnee Mission North, September 11, at Lawrence High School.

Lawrence High’s volleyball team has demonstrated its dominance on a weekly basis this season.

This past week was no different, as LHS swept its first home meet of the year. Lawrence (9-1) knocked off Olathe West and Shawnee Mission North during Tuesday’s triangular. The Lions moved up to No. 3 in Class 6A, according to the most recent poll by the Kansas Volleyball Association.

Seniors Sammy Williams, Baylee Unruh, Michaela Cordova, Abby Monroe and Brooke Wroten have all notched at least 33 kills for the Lions. Senior Laura Willoughby has fueled this offensive attack with a team-high 176 assists.

LHS plays host to Shawnee Mission West and Shawnee Mission Northwest at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Seahawks clinch 3rd

The Bishop Seabury volleyball team has bullied its way past the competition in 2018.

Bishop Seabury, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, closed out a successful week with a third-place finish at the Hiawatha Invite Saturday. The Seahawks (16-5) also swept Tuesday’s triangular, which included a win over Veritas.

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A pair of Bishop Seabury middle blockers try to block the ball in a match against Veritas on Sept. 11, 2018 at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.

Senior Lindsey Hornberger has accumulated 250 kills to lead all area volleyball players in that category. Junior Gabby Aubel has recorded 105 kills, while senior Sophia Ostlund is pacing the squad with 179 assists.

Free State posts winning week

Free State’s volleyball team survived its most daunting stretch of the season.

The Firebirds played four times in five days, winning five of their eight matches this past week to move above .500 on the year. FSHS (7-6) defeated Olathe East, Emporia, Shawnee Mission Northwest (twice) and Blue Springs. Free State suffered losses against St. James Academy, Seaman and Olathe Northwest.

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Free State senior Rachel Hickman delivers a kill against Seaman in a match at FSHS on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Junior Kaitlyn Hamilton is leading the team with 104 kills through 13 matches, while senior Rachel Hickman has registered 84 kills. Junior Mya Gleason, meanwhile, has tallied a team-high 171 assists for Free State.

Veritas splits triangular

The Veritas volleyball team hosted a triangular Tuesday at East Lawrence Recreation Center. Veritas defeated Kansas City East (25-17, 25-18) and lost to Bishop Seabury (25-19, 25-17) in the meet. Veritas then knocked off Flint Hills Christian School (25-7, 25-11) on Saturday.

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The Veritas volleyball team celebrates a point in a match against Bishop Seabury, September 11, at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.

In the win, junior Emma Boulton logged six aces, 12 assists and two kills. Junior Raeleigh Heck and senior Macey Hunninghake each added three kills for the Eagles.

Bishop Seabury claims 2 more wins

The Seahawks are rolling after picking up a pair of crucial wins this past week.

Bishop Seabury’s soccer team claimed a 2-0 upset over Kansas City East on Tuesday and then netted a 7-0 victory over Maranatha Academy on Friday. The Seahawks have scored 21 goals in five matches this season.

Harrison Hatzler recorded another hat trick, and has now scored 10 goals this season. Freddy Comparato, Seth Thompson-Glodich and Sam Bayliss (two goals) also scored against Maranatha Academy. Bayliss and Hatzler notched scores against KC East.

Lions sweep week

The Lawrence High boys soccer team tacked on two more victories in the win column this past week.

LHS notched a 4-2 victory over Shawnee Heights on Tuesday, as Will Yanek and Alec Murphy each scored two goals. Murphy, Matteo Kalusha-Aguirre, Kanak Masten and Cole Shupert were credited with assists. Lawrence claimed a 3-0 win over Gardner Edgerton on Thursday, a game in which Yanek, Shupert and Mason Anderson tallied a score in the win.

The Lions (3-2) will travel to Shawnee Mission West at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Firebirds go 1-1

Free State scored just one goal in two matches this past week, posting a 1-1 record over that span.

The Firebirds claimed a 1-0 win over Shawnee Mission North before suffering a 1-0 loss in double overtime against Olathe Northwest. Senior Rowan Laufer scored the team’s only goal in the win. FSHS (3-2) has scored four goals and allowed four scores in five matches.

Area runners post strong showings

Both Free State and Lawrence High cross-country teams competed in the Baldwin Invite this past weekend.

The Free State girls cross-country team finished second behind Shawnee Mission North, while Lawrence placed ninth. Free State’s Julia Larkin claimed second with a time of 20:18.48, and Erin Fagan finished fourth with a mark of 20:24.08. Maiki Martinez paced the Lions with a time of 21:50.44, which was good enough for 21st.

On the boys side, FSHS finished second behind Shawnee Mission North, and LHS took 10th in the varsity competition. Free State’s Charles Johnson clinched second with a time of 16:47.51, while Ben Shryock placed fourth with a mark of 16:57.32. Jack Ryan posted the highest finish for LHS, claiming 37th with a time of 18:15.40.

Meanwhile, Bishop Seabury junior Henry Nelson continued his strong season with a first-place finish at Wellsville. The girls cross-country team placed sixth out of eight teams, while the boys cross-country team took sixth out of 11 teams.

LHS tennis displays improvement

Lawrence’s tennis team closed out a strong week with a second-place finish at the Topeka Invitational.

The performance came after LHS won six of its 12 matches in its home quadrangular Monday. Bella Kirkwood, the team’s No. 1 singles player, posted a 3-4 record this past week. Lilly Derby, the No. 2 singles player, went 5-2 and took second in the tournament.

On the doubles side, Caitlynn Kliem and Karenna Peterson went 3-4 and finished second in the tournament in Topeka. Laura Teska and Lana Chieu recorded a 4-3 clip as the No. 2 doubles team for the Lions.

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