The Path to State

Kieran Quebman

For what feels like the first time in forever, Lakota West’s football and cross country teams are on the radar as serious competitors.

The cross country team is enjoying its strongest season in decades. They’ve topped the podium at nearly every meet where they ran their full roster. After a tough loss to St. Xavier at their home invitational, now LWXC sits at 2nd in the state. The team is led by seniors Cole Cronk and Zach Beneteau- both running 5k’s in under 15:40. What makes this team so much stronger than past years is depth. With 7 runners under 17 minutes before the postseason has even begun, this year is slated to be a successful one. They hope to overtake St. X by the State Championship meet on November 7th. This year is likely to mark the first time Lakota West has ever made it to the state competition as a team, let alone compete for the podium.

The football team is also enjoying a strong 5-0 winning streak in their abbreviated season. No team has come within 10 points of defeating them. Last Friday, the Firebirds defeated Mason 21-0, clinching the GMC championship outright for the first time in Lakota West History. Thanks to the introduction of Head Coach Tom Bolden and a host of talented transfers, the team looks brand new. The state tournament starts this Friday when LWFB will take on West Clermont at home. They hope to advance all the way to the State Championship game on November 21st.

Stay tuned as the West Press follows our teams on their paths to success