Summer is the time that some football teams can rise above the rest with their workouts and camps. The work done in June and July can lead to payoffs in the Fridays in the fall. For the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats, Rod Stallbaumer hopes the team can be one of the teams that rise up.

“RISE” is the motto for the Bobcats this season, which is an acronym for a relentless intensity and selfless effort. The intensity and effort start in the summer.

Stallbaumer has been pleased with the effort so far in the summer.

“So far participation has been really good,” Stallbaumer said. “We ask for perfect attendance and most kids are right on that pace.”

The team just got done with a camp over the weekend at Division II powerhouse, Northwest Missouri State and have others planned in Blue Springs, Topeka, and more throughout the rest of the summer. 

Stallbaumer wasn’t able to pick a specific player who has stood out so far, but the coach would give the entire senior class as ones who are standing out.

“We have a really good group,” Stallbaumer said. “They’re all going in the right direction and each one of them have had their moments to stand out, which has been really good because that’s the core of any good football team.”

Along with the seniors, Stallbaumer has been pleased with the freshmen. All 26 of the freshmen had perfect attendance at the first week of weights. Some juniors who were on JV last year have shown progress as well. Stallbaumer said he feels like they are on a path to varsity from their improvement.

The upcoming season will see the Bobcats join the new United Kansas Conference and Stallbaumer sees it as an opportunity to prepare for a playoff-type of competition.

The changes to the playoffs format in 4A will also have an impact. With districts being eliminated, Stallbaumer thinks the new structure will make every game have equal importance. 

The team will continue on the summer preparation before the first game of the season on Aug. 31 against Tonganoxie at home.