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posticon Magic in Middletown - Lansing Boys Soccer #1 in State

Sports | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Brian Streb Print
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What does it say about a program when getting to the states is step 1? That is now the expectation when any season begins for the Lansing Boys Varsity Soccer Program and has been ever since the 2004 squad, the first ones to do it. After beating Sauquoit Valley last weekend, the Bobcats punched their tickets for a return trip hoping the outcome would be better than last year's 1-0 loss in the semis to World of Inquiry.

But first, let's recap how they got there. The Bobcats first won the IAC Championship a month ago versus Elmira Notre Dame 1-0 on a nice night at TC3. Then postseason began the following weekend as the Bobcats took care of Odessa Montour 7-0 at Ithaca College. The next weekend almost stopped Lansing's opportunity to return to Middletown when they faced Greene on Greene's turf. The Bobcats went down early and it wasn't until two goals off of set pieces that put Lansing back ahead and on to regionals with a 2-1 victory. There they faced Sauquoit Valley at Herkimer CC. While the shot differential substantially favored Lansing, the result was only a 1-0 win, but they gladly took it to Middletown, a trip they had strived to make all year long.

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posticon Town Proclamation Honors Soccer Team

Sports | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Assistant Coach Dave Schlesinger, Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Coach Benji Parkes, Assistant Coach Brian StrebLeft to right: The Lansing Boys Soccer Team coaches dressed for success Wednesday when they attended a Town Board meeting at which their team was honored with a Town Proclamation. Assistant Coach Dave Schlesinger, Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Coach Benji Parkes, Assistant Coach Brian Streb

The 2017 Boy's Soccer team was recognized Wednesday, when Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne read a proclamation honoring the team for its New York State Class 'C' Championship win at Middletown High School last weekend (click for the full story). 

"Job well done," LaVigne said after reading the proclamation.

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posticon Winning Lansing Cheerleaders Thank Town

Sports | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing CheerleadersFirst Place Stunt Off plaque was presented to Steve Colt (at left) and Ed LaVigne (at right) by Brooklyn Walker (left), Senior Third Place plaque presented by Lillee Gould (center), and Junior First Place plaque was presented by Riley Bowman (right).

The Lansing Recreation Department Cheerleader Squads presented three plaques to Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne and Recreation Director Steve Colt Wednesday.  The plaques were won at the YFL Youth Cheerleading Competition in Trumansburg two weeks ago including First Place Stunt Off, Senior Third Place, and Junior First Place.  Parent Pete Walker said the plaques would be put on display in the Town Hall, and thanked the Town for its contribution to help buy new uniforms and equipment for the junior and senior squads.

"We promised we would raise as much money as we could if the Town could help us out," Walker said.  "Ed was on board.  Steve was on board.  Our cheerleading team raised approximately $4,000, and we received a $2,000 stipend from the town, which was awesome.  We were able to get brand new cheerleading uniforms, pop-poms,warm-ups for the girls.  It helped them look good and feel good about themselves, which is huge in cheerleading."

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posticon Are You a Sports Reporter?


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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 http://news.lansingstar.com/

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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