Spring sports compete in post-season
May 13, 2013
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by Cassie Florido
The spring sports season is coming to a close as teams prepare to enter the post-season. Each of the spring sports–lacrosse, soccer and track and field–will compete at Districts in hopes of advancing to Sectionals and State.
This season the lacrosse team finished 9-3 in the regular season.
Junior midfielder Molly Laird said she thinks the team had a great regular season.
“We’ve had a lot of games cancelled or rescheduled because of the weird weather, but the games that we have played have been successful for the most part,” Laird said.
Laird also said that this year, the team had to make an adjustment after losing so many seniors. The team had many players on varsity this year that were not on varsity last year.
“[We learned that] we’re a new team and we’ve just had to learn how each other play and how to work best together,” Laird said.
Laird said the team’s highlight of the year came when they defeated Blue Valley for the first time in five years.
On May 11 the team competed in the Kansas City Lacrosse Championships, hosted by STA. The team fell short of the championships as they were defeated 12-10 by Notre Dame de Sion High School.
This year, the STA soccer team went 14-2 in the regular season.
Junior Jellie Duckworth said that the team has performed well as a team overall this season.
“We have lost two games that we could have easily competed with, but we weren’t on our game those days,” Duckworth said.
The team was ranked third nationally at the beginning of the year. As of May 7, according to Elite Soccer Report, the team was ranked 29th nationally.
Duckworth said that even though the high ranking put a lot of weight on the team, it was still rewarding.
“It is not a bragging nor boasting matter,” Duckworth said. “Its a reward for hard work and amazing talent that all of us girls have.”
The team’s post-season will begin as they compete in the Class 3 District 15 Tournament at Park Hill South High School May 11-15. The top seeded Stars will face off against William Chrisman High School May 13.
The Stars are looking to advance out of Districts and compete in the State tournament from May 21 – June 1.
Track and Field
The track and field team competed in Districts on May 11 at Raymore Peculiar High School. The team had many members place and advance to Sectionals.
According to sophomore Kennedy Bright the team had a successful season, breaking four school records, winning one meet and placing fourth overall at Districts.
As the team prepares to compete at Sectionals on May 18 at Blue Springs High School, the team has several athletes performing in different events.
Senior Lane Maguire, in the 800m, Senior Courtney Coppinger, in the 1600m, and the 4×800 relay team all finished first at Districts, advancing to Sectionals.
Junior Giggy Reardon set a new school record in the 100 hurdle with a time of 16.27, finishing 3rd at Districts.
Bright placed 2nd in the 100m dash with a time of 12.32. Bright also finished fourth in the 200m with a time of 26.07.
Junior Mary Gibson set a season personal record in the 400m dash as she finished fourth with a time of 1:02.00.
Sophomore Ann Campbell and Coppinger both qualified for Sectionals in the 3200m.
The 4x400m relay team finished second with a time of 4:12.19, advancing to Sectionals.
Once the team competes at Sectionals, those who qualify will move on to compete at State on May 24-25 in Jefferson City.
“At State we plan to win the 4x800m relay again, the 800m, the 1600m and place high in our 3200m and 4x400m,” Bright said.