by AJ Barbosa
Here are your Wednesday headlines from Lawrence and the KC metro area:
- Any momentum Lawrence High’s soccer team had from their late-winner against Manhattan in the last round of the 6A Kansas state playoffs wasn’t enough to prolong their title run as Shawnee Mission East topped the Lions 1-0, drawing the curtain on the Lions’ championship hopes and season. A first half goal from East’s Bryce McClanahan went unanswered for the remaining 80 minutes as the Lancers held on to win it. Lawrence high senior captain Justin Riley told the Lawrence Journal-World, “It set a foundation for what Lawrence High should be doing and showed the Kansas City schools how soccer should be done here at Lawrence High.”
- Chad Lawhorn of the Lawrence Journal-World reports that city officials will hold a public hearing on “Rock Chalk Park,” a new athletic complex proposed for northwest Lawrence, next Thursday (Nov. 8) at Lawrence Free State High School. Renderings from Paul Werner Architects — provided to the Journal-World and pictured below — appear to include facilities for soccer, track and field and baseball, as well as several parking lots. Lawhorn outlines some of the potential hurdles the project faces in an article today for the Journal-World.
- Sporting KC will have another shot at the Houston Dynamo in the playoffs — this time, in a two-leg aggregate Eastern Conference quarterfinal tie. Houston eliminated Sporting in the Eastern Conference finals at Livestrong Sporting Park with a devastating 3-0 victory last November. The first leg of the tie will be played in Houston on Sunday, with the second leg scheduled for Nov. 7 at LSP. Aggregate goal scoring rules will be observed — all goals scored in both legs will contribute to a two-game combined score, with away goals carrying more weight than goals scored at home (for example, if both teams draw the first leg 2-2 and the second leg 1-1, the aggregate score will be 3-3 and Sporting will advance on away goals, having scored more away goals than Houston).