The Lansing High School boys soccer team was honored for its NYSPHSAA Class C championship last fall by New York State Senator Pamela Helming on April 30 at the State Capitol, according to a May 7 press release from Senator Helming’s office.
The team won its second straight Class C title back on Nov. 11 when it defeated Geneseo 3–0. According to the press release, Helming sponsored a resolution that honored the team for its championship and handed out certificates to all the players and members of the coaching staff.
“The legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said, ‘If we chase perfection, we can catch excellence,’ and excellence is exactly what the Lansing Bobcats boys soccer team accomplished this season. With only one loss and a dominating shutout win in the state championship game, all of the players and coaches proved they indeed chase perfection and catch excellence. It takes a special commitment, a special sacrifice, and a special belief in one another to achieve greatness and success at the highest level. These young men, under the guidance of Coach [Benji] Parkes, showed for the second year in a row that they have what it takes – the right mix of character and leadership – to succeed in their pursuits and achieve great things. As state champions, they serve as role models for their peers – on the field, in the classroom, and elsewhere in life – and will forever represent a spirit of excellence in the Lansing community. Congratulations to Coach Parkes and the entire Lansing Bobcats family,” Senator Helming said at the ceremony.
Lansing Athletic Director Matt Loveless said it was an honor for one of the school’s athletic programs to receive recognition from Helming.
“I think it speaks volumes to our community as a whole,” Loveless said. “It starts with our recreation program that we have, and it just kind of builds from there in terms of all of the experience that our young athletes get at that level. The volunteers that we have that provide them with the experiences. … It’s nice, again I speak in terms of the community to have something like that as an accomplishment.”
He said consistency has led to the success of not only the soccer program, but also all of the school’s athletic programs.
“It helps when you have people that are familiar with the program,” he said. “You look at coach Parkes, he was somebody who was a player going back a few years ago, and he was a part of successful teams that made it to the state tournament … understood the philosophy and the expectations and stuff, and really what soccer is about here and all sports. He was somebody that was obviously a part of our state championship baseball team, too.”
“I think those are some of the variables that help to lead to this success. But besides those things too, it takes a group of athletes that are willing to buy in and they’re dedicated to sport itself and really the vision and philosophy of the program.”