The sport of powerlifting and Basehor-Linwood High School is a relationship that has held strong for more than a decade.

Those two entities came together Saturday as the Bobcats played host to the Basehor-Linwood Bobcat Powerlifting Invitational with 55 schools bringing more than 850 athletes from three states to compete.

Lansing, Leavenworth and the Bobcats had plenty to brag about, but especially Basehor-Linwood.

The Bobcats claimed the team title in the Women’s Division and tied for second in the Men’s Division – with North Kansas City and behind winners Belton. The junior male squad finished third and the junior female team took fourth.

Leavenworth’s men finished seventh and its women ended up tied for 12th. The junior females ended up third and the junior males were tied for 14th.

The Lansing Lions saw their women end up tied for fourth while the men tied for 22nd. The junior females tied for fifth and the junior males did not score.

“I felt like we had a very good day of competition,” BLHS head coach Justin Wieser said. “We knew going into the meet that there were going to be a ton of great lifters at the meet, so our team knew that it was going to take a lot to win. We had a great day on the women's side and I saw some of our athletes finally showing the confidence that I knew they had.   

“There were some individual battles throughout the day and we had lifters who stepped up and completed lifts that were above and beyond what they had previously attempted. I am very glad that we got the experience of lifting against so many other schools from various levels of competition. We are looking forward to our last couple of meets before the state competition in March.”

BLHS’ individual winners included Jaxon Bounds (123 pounds) and women Sadie McWilliams (140 pounds) and Maria Howard (148 pounds), who was named lifter of the meet for her weight class and under and broke an all-time hang clean record of 195 pounds.

Jackson May was runner-up in the 140-pound weight class for the boys.

Leavenworth’s best results came from Cody Herrell (second, 181, men), Abby Waugh (second, 148, women) and junior women Grace Giddings (first, 140), Brianna Walker (second, 114) and Mackenzie Weaver (third, 140) while Javier Figueroa took first at 173 in the junior male competition.

“While we didn't show well in the overall team scores, we had a great day,” LVHS head coach Sean Sachen said. “My kids had over 30 personal bests recorded today (25 were entered). As a coach, that's all I can ask for.  They all competed with themselves and others in their weight class and it showed in our personal results. I am so proud of my Pioneers.”

Byron Mays, coach of the Lansing squad, saw some positive results despite coming in after a series of challenges.

“We made changes to our overall attitude and mental approach during our middle January workouts and we are starting to see results from that,” Mays said. “We had a lot of kids who competed less than 100 percent or were not present because of the flu. The girls placing fourth at this meet with less than a full squad showed some grit on their part. Cayleigh Berry had a great meet and won a total of seven medals which three of those were in the side events.”

Lansing’s top women results came via Berry claiming the top spot at 156 pounds and the two overall fourth-place honors claimed by April Jackson (114) and Haley Masisak (148).

Allie Johnson took second overall in the junior women’s division at 156 pounds.   


Leavenworth takes ninth at final Sunflower meet

The LVHS Pioneers’ boys’ swimming team wrapped its era as a Sunflower League squad with a ninth-place finish Saturday at the league meet.

The Pioneers earned 10 best times in the preliminaries and recorded five more PRs in the finals.

Senior Danny Christie was the league champion in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming a personal best time of 51.15. Christie also walked away with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.  

Weston Marshall scored points in the 200-yard IM (eighth place) and Kato Fischer ended ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke to score individual points for LVHS.

The 4x400-yard freestyle team of Christie, Marshall, Springer and Fischer took sixth place with a time that smashed their previous best by three seconds.

Other individual events in which the Pioneers were able to score points came during the 200-yard IM where Weston Marshall finished in eighth (2:10.54) and the 100-yard breaststroke where Kato Fischer grabbed ninth (1:06.24). 

Christie, Marshall, Curtis Springer and Fischer smashed a previous best time by nearly three full seconds in the 400 freestyle relay and finished in sixth.

“In two weeks the Pioneers will take to the pool one last time this season at the state meet,” LVHS head coach Kaley Wittrock said. “We will be bringing four qualifiers in individual events and three relays, with another chance for boys to qualify on Wednesday at the Last Chance meet.”  


LVHS wrestlers at Silver Lake

The Pioneers took ninth place out of 16 teams over the weekend at the small-school tournament in Silver Lake.

Hartwell Taylor took second at 120 pounds and Etena Tuivati ended up third at 220 pounds as the Pioneers took a mixed roster of grapplers.


USM roundup

The University of Saint Mary men’s and women’s cross country teams finished first and second, respectively, at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Championships in Pittsburg. The men’s title is the first of its kind for the program.

The men’s basketball team held on for a 70-68 win at Bethel on Saturday to move to 13-11 overall and 11-7 in KCAC play. They are now in a tie for fifth place in the league standings, a game behind three teams tied for second. Brett Marsh led the Spires with 24 points and seven rebounds.

The Spire women’s basketball team won its sixth straight game with a 63-57 win at Bethel on Saturday. USM is now 14-10 overall and 11-7 in KCAC play and in a four-way tie for third place with four games left to play. Candy De Los Reyes led USM with 17 points.

The Saint Mary baseball team moved to 4-1 overall this season with a 10-8 and 14-5 sweep at Baker on Saturday. Sergio Valenzuela pitched one inning in relief to earn the win in game one as Juan Gallardo batted 4-for-5 to lead the offensive attack. Matt Weis went 7.2 innings on the mound and allowed five runs to earn the win. Daunte Freeman belted two home runs and had three hits as did Dylan Carrender.