The Lancer Spring Sports Awards Presentation was held Tuesday June 2 at Southeast High School. Highlights from the season include a 6th place finish in league baseball in a year when two CNC teams were state champions and a 3rd team finished 3rd in the state; and, seven track & field athletes qualified for state – two earning medals.
With a team that finished 8-14 overall and 2-12 in the regular season, Lancer Softball Head Coach Mike Bowman admitted to parents it would be easy to look at their record and say there was nothing to brag about.
“This was the worst win-loss record we’ve ever had in the 10 years I’ve been here with Southeast,” Coach Bowman said. “But this is the best season that I have had as far as the game of softball, seeing kids mature and have fun. I had fun, I don’t know about you guys, but you brought back coaching to what it should really be like, not all about wins and losses. We grew together as a team. We got to know each other a lot better. There were just a lot of things. It’s a great group of girls and I’m very proud of your time that you gave me and allowed me to coach you. You guys made my job awesome and I thank you for that. I am sincere about this being the best year that I’ve ever had. We had some ups and downs this year but we overcame, we stayed with it, we never gave up.”
The Lancer Softball team finished the season with three seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen.
“(Our seniors) were good team leaders, they were always there leading, helping our young people out a lot and we were a young team and we needed that,” Coach Bowman said. “Our numbers were down but that was a positive because everybody got plenty of playing time and there were more reps in practice.”
Coach Bowman said for the first time in his 10 years at Southeast every girl lettered. He also expressed his gratitude for senior manager Maggie Renn.
“Best manager I’ve ever had – she was really a coach. There was times when she got on the girls and kept them in order, she always kept everything going in practice and is just an awesome individual.”
Honors and Team Awards
- Zoey Ball – Team’s Most Inspirational Player (voted on by the team)
- Madison Bone – Team’s Silver Slugger Award – best batting average at 0.387
- Daisy Burns – Team’s Most Improved Player (voted on by the team)
- Ariel Leone – Team’s Golden Glove Award – best field percentage at 0.954
- Jordann Lunsford – Honorable Mention All CNC
- Olivia Powell – 1st Team All CNC infielder; and, Team’s Most Valuable Player (voted on by the team)
Southeast went 9-11 and tied in the CNC for 6th place, but Head Baseball Coach David Dainty said be believes the 2015 Lancer Baseball squad was one of the best teams the school has ever head.
“Whenever you play a baseball game in our conference you’ve got to battle up; you have to play extremely good baseball to get wins in our conference,” said Head Baseball Coach David Dainty. “For anyone to compete in that league day in and day out speaks volumes on how good the whole league is from top to bottom.”
Southeast went 5-1 in non-conference play and 4-10 in the CNC, which is accountable for 18 state championships over the past 14 years – two of those this season. 2015 saw the 5th place CNC team, Riverton with a 10-10 record, win the 3A state title. St. Mary’s Colgan won another 2A state title and Baxter Springs finished 3rd in the 4A state tournament.
In their six non-conference games, Southeast scored 63 runs while their opponents scored only 13 – a difference of +8.3 runs per game.
In their 14 CNC league games, Southeast scored 62 runs while their opponents scored 70 – a difference of -0.57 runs per game.
“So every night that we played a league game they were very tough baseball games,” Coach Dainty said. “Even though we finished 4-10, I feel like we could have easily finished 10-4. We were just half a run away every single night that we played in our league.”
Prior to the season, Coach Dainty said the team set three goals:
1. Do not get run-ruled.
2. Team batting average over 0.300.
3. Team on base percentage over 0.400.
He said they felt if they did those three things they would be successful.
Coach Dainty said there are always low points in the season and they had been run-ruled at least once every year he has been at Southeast, eight years, including the year their team went to the Regional championship.
In 2015 the Lancer baseball team was never run-ruled.
The team batting average was 0.315 and the team on base percentage was 0.453.
“We met all of those goals, but yet, against some of the opponents that we played we won and lost some games that you could have flipped a coin and kind of went either way, where one situation here or one situation there would have been the difference between a win or loss,” Coach Dainty said.
Honors and Team Awards
CNC All League players
- Caleb Biancarelli – 1st Team All-CNC catcher and 1st Team All State Designated Hitter; and, Team’s Offensive Player of the Year (based on statistics) – Batting Average (AVG) .469, On Base Percentage (OBP) .541, Slugging Percentage (SLG) .625, and On Base Percentage Plus Slugging Percentage (OBP+SLG) 1.166
- Bryce Blockburger – Team’s Attitude and Effort Award (chosen by coaches)
- Cole Burdette – 1st Team All-CNC outfielder; and, Team’s Defensive Player of the Year (based on statistics) – AVG 0.422, OBP .513, SLG .594. OBP+SLG 1.107
- Devin Gideon – Team’s Most Improved Player of the Year (chosen by coaches)
- Chandler Jackson – Honorable Mention All-CNC outfield – AVG 0.300, OBP .391, SLG .533, OBP+SLG .925, 2 home runs
- Riley Ulery – 1st Team All-CNC pitcher (2nd year in a row); 2nd Team All State 1st Baseman; and, Team’s Pitcher of the Year (based on statistics) – 4 wins & 3 losses, 80 strikeouts, 1.204 Earned Run Average and 1.223 Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched; and, AVG .448, OBP .472, SLG .552, OBP+SLG 1.024
Lancer Track & Field
- Boys 4×400 Relay (Tim Clausen, Ryan Rakestraw, Dietrich Smith and Jacob Wyckoff) – 3rd Place at CNC and 3rd at Regionals
- Boys 4×800 Relay (Tim Clausen, Ryan Rakestraw, Dietrich Smith and Jacob Wyckoff) – 3rd at CNC
- Kalyn Bitner – Girls Shotput, 4th at CNC
- Truman Buckley – Boys Javelin, 2nd at CNC
- Sara Clausen – Girls 100 Meter Hurdles and 4th at CNC; Girls Team’s Most Improved Award (voted on by team)
- Tim Clausen – Boys Team’s Lancer Pride Award (tie, voted on by team); a three time state qualifier
- Megan Gall – Girls Triple Jump, 3rd at CNC; Girls Team’s Lancer Pride Award (voted on by team); tied for school Girls Pole Vault Record
- Vince Geier – Boys Team’s Lancer Pride Award (tie, voted on by team)
- MiReesa Gordan – Girls High Jump, 2nd at CNC
- Katarina Jens – Girls Discus, 3rd at CNC
- Adam Martinie – Boys 100 Meter Dash, 4th at CNC; Boys 200 Meter Dash, 2nd at CNC and 3rd at Regionals; Boys Team’s Most Improved Award (voted on by team); believed to be first Southeast sprinter to qualify for State in more than 10 years
- Caleb Porter – Boys Discus, 2nd at CNC
- Ryan Rakestraw – Boys 300 Meter Hurdles, 4th at CNC and 2nd at Regionals; Boys High Jump, 4th at CNC, 2nd at Regionals and 5th at Class 3A State; Boys Team’s Most Points Scored For The Year; Boys Team’s Best Field Athlete; believed to be first Southeast track athlete to medal at state all four years of high school; owns school record in Boys Triple Long Jump with 43’0″
- Dietrich Smith – Boys 300 Meter Run, 3rd at CNC and 2nd at Regionals
- Katie Yancey – Girls 100 Meter Hurdles, 2nd at CNC; Girls 300 Meter Hurdles, 4th at CNC; Girls High Jump, CNC Champion and 3rd at Regionals; tied for school Girls Pole Vault Record
- Laura Yancey – Girls Javelin, CNC Champion, Class 3A Regional Champion and 2nd at Class 3A State; Girls Shotput, CNC Champion, 2nd at Regionals; Girls Team’s Most Points Scored For The Year; Girls Team’s Best Field Athlete; owns school record in Girls Shotput with 35’8″ and set school record in Girls Javelin with 138’8″ (thrown at 2015 State)