Spring sports have (literally) kicked off this past week with many soccer games and track meets! Unfortunately, Grayson’s TikTok fame has gotten to him, so he was unable to write this week's sports recap.
So far, the Lady Lancers have had two official games, but they’ve only seen teams from across the Mississippi. Their first game, against Geneseo, was at home on The Pitch. It was a hard fought game, but, unfortunately, the Lancers fell to Geneseo 2-0. On Friday, the girls faced Moline at home. They fell short of a win, with Moline taking the win 1-0. Both Illinois teams were very physical, which is something the Lancers are working on with their young team. The Lady Lancers preseason ranking is currently 5th in the state of Iowa Class 2A.
The Lancer Boy’s soccer team has had quite the start to their season. They are currently 3-0 with wins against Cedar Rapids-Xavier, Regina (Iowa City), and Davenport West. The season opener against Xavier in Cedar Rapids was “swell,” as stated by senior captain, Austin Lee. They swept the team 2-0 in less than ideal weather conditions. The next two games took place at home on the pitch. On Saturday, the boy’s faced Regina and won 5-0. The matchup against West, originally an away game, was moved to The Pitch because of less than ideal field conditions at West. The Lancers dominated the Falcons with a 7-0 win. This Thursday, the Lancers will head to Bettendorf for their toughest matchup yet.
Track and Field
It was quite the week for track and field. Due to weather complications, meets for both boys and girls were canceled on Tuesday and Thursday, leaving only one option: A massive Friday meet. Friday’s meet was a combination of 8 boy’s teams and 11 girl’s teams—a recipe for a seven-hour long ordeal. Both Lancer teams thrived throughout the meet.
The girl’s team ended up winning by less than half a point, beating out Iowa City High 119.5-118.83. The boys also had a successful meet, taking third among tough competition.
Some standout performances from the girl’s side include second place finishes in the 4x800, 4x100, and shuttle-hurdle relay as well as Grace Graham in high jump. First place finishes include the 4x200, Faith Nead’s 4:58 win in the 1500, and Sydney Skarich’s win in the high jump. She’s a Drake Relays qualifier, too.
The boys also had a great meet with standout performances with Dane Treiber’s second place 100 and first place 200, Sam Skarich’s first place high jump (a Drake Relays qualifier), and a first place 4x100!
Tuesday Night Update
As of Tuesday night, the girl's soccer team won a hard-fought match against Bettendorf. Both teams played well, but ended up tying and going into multiple overtimes. Still, it was a tie. The Lancers finally came out on top after 20 penalty shots with Paige Copp scoring the final goal.
It was a good night for track and field, too. The girls were at Brady Street Stadium, and the boys stayed home to run the Deac Ryan Relays. The girls won the meet, and the boys placed second to Pleasant Valley. Both teams ran well, and Sam Skarich set a new school record of 6’8” in the high jump.