www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

Click To View All


myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

Moeder pushes La Crosse to big first day at state

Published on -5/24/2013, 5:40 PM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By CONOR NICHOLL
cnicholl@dailynews.net

WICHITA –  La Crosse High School junior Lucas Moeder displayed utter shock and disbelief after his first throw in the Class 1A state javelin competition.

Moeder entered as the seventh seed and had never thrown more than 169 feet in his career. Last week, he went 160-5 to qualify for state for the first time.

However, Moeder, despite suffering from cramps from running the 1,600-meter relay before throwing, uncorked a toss of 194 feet, 8 inches on his first attempt. Moeder’s mark nearly broke the state record of 195-7 set by Goessel’s Garrett Hiebert in 2007.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Moeder said.

When the mark was announced, Moeder put his hands over his head and walked around, completely stunned.

“He is by far the most shocked out of anyone there, I can promise you that,” Leopard senior Kip Keeley said.  “He asked me, ‘Is this real life?’ I knew he had it in him. He has a great arm.”

Moeder eventually won the competition and Keeley, the defending state champion, finished second in 190-4. Kensington-Thunder
Ridge’s Trevor Lowe took third at 179. Moeder’s throw was the state’s best this year to that point, regardless of classification, according to Kansas track and field historian Carol Swenson.

“Pretty unbelievable,” Moeder said.

Moeder’s terrific throw highlighted a big Day 1 for the Leopards at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. La Crosse won the state meet last year with 84 points, in boys' 1A record. This spring, the Leopards collected 45 points on Friday, 20 more than second place Blue Rapids-Valley Heights. Senior Levi Morss won his second straight long jump competition with a leap of 21-10.25.

Morss, who had one title and three seconds in 2012, wanted more gold this spring, but false started in the 200 at the regional.

He and Otis-Bison junior Jordan Hoffman are the leading contenders in the 100 and 400 for Saturday’s finals.

“All year, I have had a goal of four gold medals,” Morss said. “It’s easy to say, but I have to come out and perform. … I really do like competition, somebody to push me and knowing that I have to run hard.”

La Crosse opened the day with a 2-4-5 finish in the shot put with Keeley and sophomores Sheldon Schmidt and Cole Kershner. Like

Moeder, Schmidt and Kershner were competing at state for the first time. Keeley started the shot put at the end of the last year, but ended up third in the triple jump at state. This spring, Keeley stopped jumping to keep his knees healthy.

“My last meet here competing in front of this state crowd and La Crosse Leopards, I am fine with taking second in javelin as long as it’s still with my teammate and especially with a great throw like (Moeder) had,” Keeley said. “I would like to throw a little better in shot put, but overall (pleased).”

Kershner’s personal best was 39 feet entering the season. Early on, he went to a J.V. meet at Jetmore and gained confidence.

“Where did this kid come from?,” Keeley said.

A month ago, helped by Leopard assistant coach Chris Delimont, he threw 44-1 at WaKeeney-Trego and continually improved. He threw 47-4.5 at regional to qualify.

“I got over the fear of throwing in front of people,” Kershner said. “At a JV meet, there wasn’t that many people, and I got used to it. I did fine, I think. I am proud of myself. Just taking deep breaths. When you get into the ring, you can’t let them psych you out. They are just here to watch. You are doing it. Not them.”

Schmidt, Keeley and Kershner were seeded 2-3-4 behind Moscow’s senior Rigo Bustillos, the eventual champion. Keeley took second in 47-2.5, while Schmidt was fourth in 46-3 and Kershner fifth in 45-7. The 17 points quickly moved La Cosse into second, two points behind Valley Heights.

“I think I could have done better,” Kershner said. “I couldn’t get the shot put out right. I am proud of myself. We didn’t get very much points, but it’s still points.”

Around two hours later, Moeder and Keeley pushed La Crosse into first. Moeder and Keeley had talked about going 1-2.

“We came in thinking Lucas was going to have to throw 180 in order for us to go 1-2, thinking that I was going to have to take first place,” Keeley said. “He comes out and threw that first one and shocked everybody.”

Moeder has dealt with knee injuries throughout the years and wears a brace on both legs. He finished the relay shortly before javelin started and felt cramps. Teammate Clayton Basgall quickly stretched out Moeder next to the runway. Moeder asked head coach Jon Webster if he could take his left knee brace off. Moeder did – and then delivered his big throw.

The first throw was the only time Moeder had cramps, but he broke 180 feet on his second and fifth throw, too. Later in the competition, Moeder, mainly because of his mother's wishes, put his brace back on.

“I don’t think it affects anything,” said a smiling Moeder of throwing without his brace. “That’s just a coincidence.”

After the first throw, Keeley walked over to Moeder and said, “Now, it’s on me.” On his final throw, Keeley went 190-4, two inches longer than his season best. Moeder’s mark also broke Keeley’s school record of 191-5 set last year. Even after he received his gold medal, Moeder was still surprised by his winning toss.

“Honestly, it’s still going on right now,” Moeder said.

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos