Prep action was in full swing over the weekend in powerlifting, wrestling and basketball for area high schools. 

The powerlifting teams returned to action after weather delayed meets on the past couple of weekends. 

Basehor-Linwood hosted its annual powerlifting tournament Saturday with more than 50 schools participating, including Lansing, Leavenworth and Pleasant Ridge.

The Bobcats snagged the win in the men’s and women’s divisions. Bobcats head coach Justin Wieser said it was the first time in several years that the Bobcats won both senior divisions at their home meet. 

“We went against excellent competition and had some kids really step up,” Wieser said “I think we responded very well to the odd schedule the week before the meet. We didn’t have school on Monday or Wednesday last week. I am happy with where our teams are at and think that we still have a lot of potential to get better individually and as a team.”

Multiple Bobcats placed in the top three in the four divisions.

In the Male Division, Rios Hunter, Matt Chadwick, Jackson Jennings, Philip Perez, Austin Coulson and Marlon McDaniel all finished second in their weight classes. Chris Ashwell and Blake Tucker finished third. The Bobcats finished with 73 points to edge out Bonner Springs by five.

In the Female Division, Sadie Webb, Cevanna Galimore, Sadie McWilliams and Sarah Keller finished second. Mallory Gallet, Maddy Morgan and Jaiden Smith were third. The Bobcats finished with 72 points, 24 more than runner-up Bonner Springs. 

In the Junior Male Division, Dane Imoff was third. The Bobcats finished ninth in the Junior Male Division with 18 points. 

Junior Female Division saw Anna Jones take first. The Bobcats finished third with 26 points, one point behind Leavenworth for second. 

Wieser also said he wanted to thank the volunteers who helped out for the meet.

“I want to extend a special thank you to the over 150 individuals that volunteered to judge, run tables, help with concessions, etc,” he said. “Our meet is able to function at a high level each year because of the amount of support that we have from our community.”

He also said he is excited for Basehor-Linwood to host the 4A state tournament March 2. 

Lansing head coach Byron Mays said the Lions adjusted well from the weather. 

“The kids have been doing a good job of adjustments we have had to make due to the weather cancelations,” Mays said. “The Basehor Bobcat Invitational was only the second meet of the season and we obviously are still learning how to make adjustments during our workouts and at the meets.”

The Lions won the Junior Female Division with 60 points, took third in the Female with 42, fourth in the Junior Male with 29 and 13th in the Male with 10 points. Mays said the team broke several personal records on Saturday. Tre’Matt Pledger took third in the Male Division. In the Female Division, Haley Masisak won her class. Cayleigh Berry snagged second, April Jackson, Alexis Solomon and Alyssa Foley finished third. 

Bryson Raymond first. Shane Smith and Logan Buffo were third in the Junior Male. Grayce Martin was first. Shelbea Butler, Zaiylah Bronson and Mykayla Mullins were second. Madison Kees and Asa Solomon finished third in the Junior Female Division. 

The Leavenworth Pioneers saw seven powerlifters place in the top three. Chris Todd won in his weight class for the Male Division as the Pioneers finished eighth. They were 15th in the Female Division. Augustus Basurto and Mike Harris were first and Ross Brown was third in the Junior Male. The Pioneers were third overall with 33 points. In the Junior Female Division, Grace Geddings and Mackenzie Weaver took first. Mikayla Garrison was third. Leavenworth was second with 27 points and Weaver’s performance set meet records in the squat and clean and earned her the Junior Female Lifter of the Meet award. 

Cole Keller was second for Pleasant Ridge in the Junior Male Division.

 

Wrestling

The Lansing Lions traveled to Shawnee Mission North last weekend for a tournament that Lions head coach Nick Flynn said has grown into a competitive competition. 

“I was very impressed with how our guys competed throughout the day,” Flynn said. “Malachi Tinnel was really impressive dominating his way to a first-place finish. He has been impressing everyone throughout the entire year. Joseph Irwin was back in the lineup. He dropped a match to the No. 1 all-class kid in the state. But looked very competitive. Joseph is excited to get another crack at the kid at the state tournament here in a couple weeks. Camden Maestas lost in the finals to a familiar opponent. Although he took a loss on Saturday, I am really impressed with the way he is wrestling. He has made a few adjustments and is really looking good. He is only getting tougher as the year goes on.”

Along with those three wrestlers, Dylan McLain finished third for the Lions. 

Lansing returns to the mat Thursday for senior night. Lansing will face the Leavenworth Pioneers in the Lansing auditorium. Flynn said it will be an “awesome environment.” The University of Saint Mary and Benedictine will wrestle in a dual after the Leavenworth and Lansing dual. The Lions and Pioneers’ dual is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. 

The Leavenworth Pioneers traveled to Olathe North over the weekend for a dual tournament with Olathe North, Wichita South, Blue Valley Northwest, Staley and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Pioneers fell in all five matches. Olathe North defeated Leavenworth 44-33. Julian Long, Hartwell Taylor Jacob McLain, Julien Bell, Tyler Robinson and Anthony Garcia all picked up wins in the first round, but the Pioneers fell. Taylor's win over Keegan Slayter knocked off the No. 1 ranked wrestler in 6A. McLain's win was over the No. 6 wrestler in 6A amd Garcia beat the No. 5 wrestler.

Wichita South won 48-36. David Drake, Sean Markert, Taylor, McLain and Robinson won their matches in the dual. 

Staley edged Leavenworth 36-33 in the third dual. Long, Taylor, Markert, Bell, Garcia and Chase Allen picked up wins.

St. Thomas Aquinas won 57-15. Taylor, Bell and Allen all won for the Pioneers.

In the final dual, Blue Valley Northwest won 39-38. Long, Drake, Taylor, Markert, McLain, Garcia and Jonathan Nunes won their matches. 

Head coach Matt Long said the team did well despite not being built for duals.

"We are not a dual team," Long said. "But we had good competition and we competed at the weights that we had."

The Pioneers travel to Lansing this Thursday for a dual. 

Basehor-Linwood traveled to Baldwin over the weekend and finished 10th. They were led by Josh Wilcutt finishing second and being named the "Standout Wrestler" by his coachs at Basehor-Linwood. "Josh Willcutt was our 'Standout Wrestler' of the tournament," Bobcats head coach Jason Puderbaugh said. "He earned himself two pins and a semifinal win over at the No. 2 ranked 4A wrestler from Marysville, Garron Champoux, and (Champoux) was undefeated going into the match. Plus it was a wrestler that Josh had lost to in the finals at the Abilene tourney before the Christmas break. Other notables were freshman Cohen Suchy going 3-2 and taking fifth place, Zach Radefeld going 4-1 with his only loss to the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals and senior Colyn Lucas who went 3-2 and got fifth place also picking up all three of his wins by fall. I thought our team wrestled hard but we still got lots of work to do in the practice room as the postseason is quickly creeping up on us."

The Bobcats return to the mat Thursday when they face Emporia in a dual rescheduled from Jan. 22. 

Pleasant Ridge headed to Atchison over the weekend for The George Worley Invitational where they finished 10th. Nate Wilburn finished second. Garret Hathaway and Robert Gwartney were fifth and Tony Sangwin was eighth. The Rams will travel to Onaga on Friday.

 

Basketball

Area teams were in action on the court over the weekend as Leavenworth, Lansing and Pleasant Ridge continued their play in girls’ basketball tournaments.

Leavenworth fell to Blue Valley Southwest 56-39 on Friday and to Lawrence Free State in overtime on Saturday 49-42. 

The Pioneers were led by Aleshia Jones with 14 points in the loss to Free State. Alyche Brown and MicQuasha Riddle each had 11 points. Jones and McKenzie Brown each had six rebounds and Riddle added four assists. Alyche Brown was named to the all-tournament team.

“Tough game to lose in overtime,” Pioneers head coach Derek Bissit said. “We had a couple of good looks late in the fourth that we have to make. Their depth wore us down playing the third game in three days and it definitely showed up in the overtime. We have to take the lessons we learned from the tournament and get right back after it Tuesday night at Bonner and Friday at Shawnee Heights.”

The Pioneers will face Bonner Springs on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Lansing continued its play in Wellsville over the weekend falling to Nemaha Central and Wellsville on Friday and Saturday.

Despite the losses, head coach KC Simmons said it was a good experience for the team.

“We lost two tough games to quality teams in Nemaha Central and Wellsville,” Simmons said. “It was a good experience for the players regardless of the outcome. We need to find a way to finish games and play with intensity for 32 minutes every single night.”

The Lions were led by Kennedy Farris against Nemaha Central with eight points and seven rebounds. 

Against Wellsville, the Lions were led by Sam Caldwell with 11 points. Jailynn Brooks scored nine and Gerenda Smith scored eight. Smith also had 11 rebounds. Lansing returns home to face Gardner Edgerton on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Pleasant Ridge Rams split their Friday and Saturday games in the Jefferson County North tournament. The Rams took care of Atchison County Community High School 55-31 on Friday before falling 53-44 to Jefferson County North. 

Lindsey Heim led the Rams with 22 points against Atchison County. Julie Miller scored 13.

Against Jefferson County North, Heim and Caitlyn Herbig led the team with 14 points each. Miller and Heim’s performance earned the two all-tournament honors. 

Rams head coach Mike Koontz said the tournament gave the Rams tournament experience they can use for sub-state.

"I thought we had a great weekend at the JCN tournament," Koontz said. "We learned a lot about ourselves. It gave us time to evaluate ourselves in a tournament environment. We now have some experience going forward and know what the sub-state environment will be like. Thursday and Friday we came out and played really well. We shot it and played great defense. They were fun games to watch. On Saturday night I though we looked and played nervous. We did not have the same intensity on the defensive end of the floor. We also missed some shots that we normally knock down. It was a great learning experience and we will be better because of it."

The Rams return home on Tuesday to host Maur Hill. Tipoff will begin after the junior varsity games.

Along with the tournament play, Leavenworth and Lansing boys and Basehor-Linwood girls also saw action over the weekend. 

The Pioneers fell to Shawnee Mission Northwest 67-46. The Pioneers jumped out to an 8-0 lead early but the Cougars fought back and went on a 12-1 run to gain the lead before cruising to the Cougars victory.

Leavenworth travels to Bonner Springs Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Lansing’s boys traveled to Mill Valley on Friday in a dominating 64-28 win. Lansing jumped out early up 16-7 and extended the lead to go up 31-13 at halftime. The Lions would continue to outscore the Jaguars 33-15 in the second half in route to the win. Lansing finished the night shooting 53.5 percent, including 60 percent beyond the 3-point line. Lansing had three players score in double digits with Caleb Adams scoring 15. Jacob Jackson scored 12 and Logan Barnard had 10.

Lions head coach Jason Jones said the win was a great team effort.

“Great team effort,” Jones said. “We were very locked in on the defensive end of the floor. Did a great job of moving the ball and getting open shots as well.”

The Lions return home Tuesday to host Gardner Edgerton. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Basehor-Linwood girls’ team traveled to Lee’s Summit to face St. Michael the Archangel. The Bobcats won 50-41 led by 16 points from Addison Penegar. Adell Gore scored 15 points and Riley Tinder added nine. Isabel Sibert led the Bobcats with 12 of the 31 rebounds on the day and Gore had five steals. 

Head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said the team started out slow before the offense took off.

“It was a slow start as far as our execution of our offense,” Tatkenhorst said. “Once we got our players in the correct position, our offense took off. Our defense was wrong the entire game. Our confidence continues to grow.”

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday when they travel to Pittsburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.