Hannah Gaines

Jubilent, seniors Jacob Unruh and Tucker Wilson celebrate the Lion’s 41-36 win over Blue Valley North in the state semifinals game in Wichita on Friday night. The win returned the Lions to the state championship game for the second time in three years.

Fans travel to watch the Lions at state

WICHITA — The Budget interviewed senior Jacob Unruh about why he traveled to Wichita to watch the Lions play in the semifinals. The Lions beat Blue Valley North tonight 41-36. They will play the winner of the Blue Valley Northwest/Free State game tomorrow at 6:15.

Why did you make the two-hour drive to Wichita?

“The reason I have been making these games to Wichita is because I literally love every player and coach on the team. Just as I depend on them to win, they depend on me and others to make it to these games to give them the support they need.”

What was your favorite part of the game?

“My favorite part in substate game was hugging everyone in the student section knowing that we are going to the 6A State Championship. This is a memory I won’t forget.”

What do you like about the student section?

“What I love about this student section this year is that they have the passion that I have for this sport, team and for the school we go to. Not a lot of people can say we went to state but we can. It’s awesome.”

What will you miss about cheering at LHS?

“The [thing] most I will miss about being in the student section cheering is the moments we get where something amazing happens. High fiving friends, hugging, laughing, getting those butterflies. That’s what I will miss.”

Are you planning on coming to the game tomorrow?

“I am definitely coming to the game tomorrow. I will be [in] the first five to be there in the student section.”

What will happen if LHS plays Free State in the finals? What will that be like?

“The possibility that FS [Free State] can play us in the state championship is something, unique and once in a lifetime. If it happens, either we play them or not, it will be an emotional game. There is going to be tears in that stadium tomorrow. No matter what happens tomorrow, I’m going to be proud of the boys and the team.”


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