Schedule rugged for THS
With a year under his belt, THS boys soccer coach Ken Lott has implemented a system in the offseason.
Under Lott's guidance, Chieftain players competed in the Sunflower State Games, played in a Leavenworth summer league and attended a camp organized by a former professional soccer player from Europe.
"I think the kids are excited about the new season," said Lott, who has 39 players out this year.
Tonganoxie is led by five seniors: Zach Mayse, Damon Cook, Jake Poterbin, Alex Nowasell and Sean O'Hagan.
Lott said players are excited about a new season any year, but he said that with a talented freshman class -- nine ninth-graders dot the varsity roster -- there's a sense of additional enthusiasm. The Chieftains also feature three juniors in Josh Nowasell, Tyler Sparks and goalkeeper Erick Lowe.
The Chieftains actually opened the season Friday at home against KVL powerhouse Mill Valley. THS allowed four goals in the first and second halves, including one as time expired in the game, in an 8-0 loss.
"We just need to concentrate on doing the little things better," Lott said.
Tonganoxie's schedule early on has been rugged, as Bonner Springs, another KVL favorite, defeated THS, 9-1. On Tuesday, Tonganoxie will play Lansing at home. The Lions are the defending KVL champions.
Bonner Springs and Mill Valley finished right behind Lansing in last year's standings.