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posticon Lansing Modified XC Finishes First-Place at Tully; Varsity Teams Compete

Sports | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Gus Axelson & Becca Lovenheim Print
Lansing XCThe start of the varsity boys small school race at Tully Invitational

Lansing's cross-country squads headed up I-81 on Saturday Oct 14 for the Tully Invitational, a regional meet that drew almost 20 schools from Tompkins County to Syracuse and Watertown.

The Bobcats modified teams shined against some of central New York's best middle school runners as they competed on their longest course of the season (at 1.72 miles, a farther distance than their previous races from 1.25 to 1.6 miles). In the modified girls' race for small schools, Lansing's Kinsley Jacobs used a strong start to take the lead, and then battled through the second half of the race alongside Tully's Katie Edinger. With about a quarter mile to go, Jacobs made a decisive move to grab the lead and never looked back to take the first win of the day. Jacobs' time of 9:52.3 was the fastest girls modified time of the day, besting the large school times by more than 30 seconds. Loveta Geesey also ran a strong race for the modified Lady Bobcats and finished 60th out of 76 runners.

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posticon Lansing Football Triumphs In Watkins Glen

Sports | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Stee Lehr Print
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What does the running game do to the clock in football? Keeps it running. The scoreless first quarter ended quickly with the home team Watkins Glen/Odessa Montour threatening inside the Lansing ten. Three consecutive defensive stops by combinations of Garrett Bell/Brad Lehr then Luke Winslow / Mike Lapar followed by a stop by Joe Miller-Labar and Alex Powers. The second quarter began with a 4th and Goal for WG/OM at the Lansing six yard line. Four seconds later the Senecas led 8-0 after the successful conversion.

Just 18 second later, however, Lansing tallied their initial score with a first play 48 yard run by Miller-Labar through the right side. A Garret Bell PAT kick made it 8-7. Co-Head Coaches Miles Levesque and Brett Hotchkiss liked the last offensive play so much they ran it again on their next possession. Result. Another deep hand off to Miller-Labar from the I-formation through the right side of the line. Two missed tackles later Lansing had the lead with the 60 yard TD run. Bells' PAT kick increased the lead to six. The WG/OM double wing veer offense had consecutive drives to the Lansing 25 yard line but defensive end Mike Lapar had a sack and then hurried a QB pass to assist an end zone interception for Luke Winslow just before halftime.

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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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