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posticon Lansing XC Bobcats Headed to State Championships

Sports | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Gus Axelson Print
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xc meet qualifiersBack row (L-R): Coach Christine Eisenhut, Catie Eisenhut, Allison Keefe, Eden Jackson, Teresa Garcia, Jack Thomas, Coach Becca Lovenheim Front row (L-R): Kinsley Jacobs, Hana Thibault, Emmy Jackson

The Lansing varsity girls cross-country team punched its ticket to the New York state championship round with a big team win at the Section 4 Championship Race at Chenango Valley State Park—an historic first for the Lansing XC program.

The course was one of the more challenging XC routes of the season, with steep hilly trails winding through muddy stretches of forest. Lansing dominated three of the top five finishers in the girls race, with Catie Eisenhut racing to a 2nd place finish (20:12.10), followed by Emmaline Jackson in 4th (20:15.10) and Kinsley Jacobs in 5th (20:40.7). Teresa Garcia finished 14th and Eden Jackson 17th to round out the scorers. Hana Thibault and Allison Keefe finished as a duo, 22nd and 23rd respectively, out of the field of more than 60 runners to put Lansing on top of team scoring for the event.

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posticon Bobcats Football - Exciting Season

Sports | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Steve Lehr Print
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After a penalty, its third and goal from the Notre Dame 15. Lansing down 14-7 with the third quarter nearing the end. (Garrett) Bell in shotgun formation with a single back set, (Ben) Vincent wide left and (Brad) Lehr goes in motion right. The snap. Bell looking and starts to get pressured. He spins around at the 25 and scrambles left just avoiding a near sack. Two more Crusaders are in hot pursuit. With an eye down the field the Lansing QB calmly rifles a strike from the 20 to the middle of the end zone and a diving catch is made by Lehr for the score. Bells PAT kick (18 x 20 on the season) ties the score at 14 with 2:31 remaining in the quarter.

That was the last lead or tie the Bobcats could hold onto in this one. Vincent caught a 58 yard deep ball in stride on a one play drive to cut a mounting lead by END in the fourth quarter to ten with over ten minutes to play. Rain picked up in the second half but was not to fault. The loss of Senior captain Luke Winslow in the early in the second quarter was a challenge for the the Cats offense and especially defensively. The third head to head action between these two teams this season saw the odds play out and END attained their first win against Lansing.

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posticon Are You a Sports Reporter?

football1We'll Make This Simple: We do not have the resources to cover sports, but you can help.  Lansing loves sports.  Our kids work hard and deserve the recognition.  So we do what we can, which is provide a venue for parents, coaches, fans or players to spend a short time writing bout our wonderful Lansing teams in school and in the Town Recreation Department.

Why We Need You: By the numbers we know our readers love to read about Lansing sports.  During the Varsity season the Sports page is as popular as our News and Around Town pages.  But with one staff reporter for all topics in our small publication the only way we can cover sports at all is if volunteer writers send in reports.

We would love to expand our sports coverage to reports on club sports, more Rec Department sports news, and other schools that Lansing students attend, such as Ithaca High School, club teams, or New Roots High School.

Coaches: We get many wonderful articles from coaches who have been really great about taking the time to write up theoir team's accomplishments.  If you are a coach, we love getting sports news from you!

Contributors don't have to be coaches. The Star welcomes contributors of all ages from students to seniors.  The great benefit of having a parent, a student, or any interested person writing about a sport is that you speak the language of the sport and therefore you can connect to readers much better than our one harried reporter could ever do.

Writing a sports article doesn't have to be hard.  While we do work with a style guide,
the basics are simple.  Our writing guidelines can always be easily found at

The many Varsity coaches that have contributed to the Star have been outstanding in this regard.  Individual contributors, often parents of the players, have contributed over the years and have provided amazing in-depth coverage of Lansing athletes.  The Lansing Star is also grateful to Geoff Wright, who has generously advertised on our Sports page since the Star began publishing, just to support sports in Lansing.

Coverage in the Star gives our hard working athletes the recognition they deserve, and your contributions make them and you stars in the community.  For students the opportunity to be published in a local professional newspaper is valuable when you are compiling your resume to get into college, or looking for a job.  For parents its a way to showcase your kids and their teammates.  For any sports fan it's a great expression of your love for our local teams.

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