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posticon Lansing Cross Country Is Off and Running

Sports | Friday, September 23, 2016 | By Becca Lovenheim Print
xcountryLast week marked the first week of competition for Lansing's cross country teams, but the athletes have been hard at work for well over a month.  They began their preseason not only with early morning practice sessions but also by hosting the Lighthouse 5K at Myers Park on August 20th which fielded nearly 200 runners.  With several weeks of training under their belts, the teams were eager to toe the line in interscholastic competition.

Lansing headed to Newark Valley for their first IAC league meet against the host school as well as Elmira Notre Dame and Whitney Point.  The modified Lansing boys' team won their race by eleven points, running strong from start to finish and led by Teddy Brenner who was followed closely by Sam Bell and Caden Michalec in a 1-2-3 sweep.  Rounding out modified scoring for Lansing was Max Wakshlag and Arjun Kodali.  Newark Valley's Josh Blazey took the top spot in the varsity boys race, leading his team to their first win of the season. While Lansing's varsity boys do not yet have a full team, individual blue and gold runners ran to faster finishes than in their first race last year, a sign of growth for the program.  Varsity Lansing girls faced tough competition, placing third against Newark Valley and Elmira Notre Dame as those two teams battled it out for the win with Newark Valley taking the overall top place by five points.  Newark Valley's Marissa Silba won the girls race with Elmira Notre Dame's Chase Yoder taking second.  Lansing's Mikaela Garcia, Leigh Miller, and Teresa Garcia all placed within the top ten.

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posticon Are You a Sports Reporter?

Sports | Thursday, July 02, 2009 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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