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Louisburg ends THS soccer year

November 3, 2004

Louisburg's record coming into regionals was decent.

The Wildcats were 9-7 entering last week's regionals game against Tonganoxie.

When the game was finished, THS coach Luke Denney said LHS was one of the better teams his Chieftains had faced this year.

"They could play," Denney said. "They were down our throats from the get-go."

Louisburg scored six goals in the first half -- many coming in the first five minutes. The Wildcats eventually won, 10-0, in a shortened game because of the mercy rule.

"We seemed a little timid, a little reserved," Denney said.

The loss sent Tonganoxie home for good. THS had two or three good shots at goals against LHS, but the Wildcats were too strong.

The Chieftains fell to 5-11-1 on the season, while the Wildcats advanced to play De Soto.

DHS defeated Basehor-Linwood, 10-1, in their opening round game.

"I'll be anxious to see how they do," Denney said, referring to a Louisburg team he said was big and fast.

Meanwhile, Tonganoxie will graduate eight seniors from this year's team -- Brad Willis, Robert Kirch, Kirk Rodell, Jeff Gravatt, Travis Schultz, Jake McGhee, Shane Gober and Mike Tate.

Tonganoxie had a couple blowouts in the loss column, but the Chieftains also had two 10-0 wins against Eudora. Despite Tonganoxie's record, Denney said his team was resilient.

"We never gave up," Denney said. "You can't ask for more in those situations."

Louisburg could not make the state quarterfinals after defeating Tonganoxie. The Wildcats lost to De Soto, 2-1 in overtime.

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