Basehor-Linwood powerlifting remains on top of the mountain.
The Bobcats traveled to Clay Center last weekend for the Class 4A powerlifting state championships and came away with team titles in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions to wrap another idyllic campaign.
“First off, I want to thank coach (Ross) Schwisow for trusting me to take over the program that he built from the ground up,” BLHS head coach Justin Weiser said of the current BLHS athletic director. “I knew that there were high expectations when I took this job last spring. We have also had a tremendous amount of support from our parents and the Basehor-Linwood community as we have progressed through the season.
“I am so proud of our student-athletes and the way that they competed all year. We had to face some tough competition during the season and I think that it prepared us for the state meet. I felt like as a team, we had a great week of preparation before the meet and we were ready to go. Our teams showed confidence and executed their plans for how to go through the state meet very well.”
The boys also claimed some individual titles, including Trey Galvan (114 pounds) and Jaxon Bounds (132), while second-place finishes were earned by AJ Quisenberry (123) and Jackson Jennings (132).
Third-place medals were brought home by Trenton Bahr (114), Matt Chadwick (123), Austin Crist (132), Jackson May (140), Austin Coulson (165) and Tayton Gibson (173).
The Bobcat girls were led by Maria Howard, who wrapped up an incredible two-year run with a state title at 148 pounds while titles were also earned by Emma Armstrong (123), Hannah Stapleton (132) and Sadie McWilliams (140).
Sammy Lee took second at 140 pounds and third-place finishes were earned by Cevanna Galimore (123), McKenzie Jones (132), Sydney Gall (156) and Jaiden Smith (powerweight).
“I saw our older lifters spending time coaching up the younger kids that we took to the meet and that got me just about as excited as when I saw them successfully completing lifts,” Weiser said. “We had excellent team chemistry all year and it was really cool to see our students grow closer as the year went on. We had some adversity strike us on the men’s side by having injuries to two of our key lifters, but our guys pushed through.
“We are losing some amazing kids from our senior class, but I believe that they left an impact on the next class that will allow us to continue to have success. I am so excited for us to be state champions and I am even more excited to prepare to defend those titles with a new group of kids next year.”