It was another busy weekend for area prep sports in wrestling, basketball and powerlifting.
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats hosted their first girls’ tournament on Saturday with eight schools.
The Bobcats are in their first year with a girls’ team as the sport continues to grow in Kansas and nationwide.
The Bobcats had two winners on the day with Olivia O’Donnell and Cadence Christenson each winning their weight classes. Molly Dunnington, Katie Cook and Shelby Noonan all took fourth.
The Bobcats finished with 27 points and were fifth. Spring Hill won the meet with 101 points.
The Bobcats will travel to McPherson on Saturday for the state tournament. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The boys’ wrestling team at Basehor-Linwood traveled to Emporia on Thursday for a dual. Head coach Jason Puderbaugh said the team was shorthanded with four open weights. That paired with a couple of losses late cost the team the dual in a 52-28 defeat.
Puderbaugh praised the wins by fall by Brayton Olesen, Zach Radefeld, Joe Phillips and Tanner Parish.
In the matches wrestled, it was a close dual with both teams winning five matches and the Bobcats winning all five bonus points. Four of the five wins came by fall for the Bobcats. The Standout Wrestler for the team was Cohen Suchy who led the team with three near falls, 16 points and a win by major decision.
The boys’ team will return to action Saturday when they host the first United Kansas Conference tournament. Matches are scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
The Leavenworth Pioneers wrestling team traveled to Silver Lake where the team placed seventh.
Hartwell Taylor continued his successful season with a win in the 126-pound class. Sean Market, Jacob McLain, Tyler Robinson and Anthony Garcia all snagged fourth in their classes. Julien Bell was sixth and Jacob Zilmer took seventh.
Leavenworth returns to the mat Saturday at Basehor-Linwood for the first UKC tournament.
The Lansing Lions hosted De Soto on Friday in a conference matchup with the Wildcats.
The girls’ team fell 42-36.
Head coach KC Simmons said each team went back-and-forth in the loss.
“It was a tough back-and-forth game against a solid De Soto team that ultimately didn’t go our way,” Simmons said. “We had too many turnovers and missed too many easy baskets to come away with a win. Ours kids are competing hard and giving us chances to win. We just have to find a way to execute better down the stretch to pull out victories.”
Taylor Lang led the Lions with 13 points. She also added eight rebounds and six assists. Kennedy Farris scored 11 points and five rebounds.
The boys followed it up with a 55-49 win of their own. Jaden Remington led the Lions with 22 points. Peyton Basler scored 10, Jacob Jackson had seven, Derrick Robinson and Logan Barnard each scored five, Alex Mack had four and Caleb Adams scored two.
Head coach Jason Jones said he was proud of the team for pulling out the win.
“De Soto played very well and did a lot of things that gave us problems,” Jones said. “But I was proud of our guys ability to adjust and make the plays necessary to get the win.”
The Lions travel to Lawrence Free State on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for the girls and 7 p.m. for the boys.
Leavenworth took on Shawnee Heights in a UKC matchup where the Pioneers pulled away 62-44 to stay undefeated in UKC play.
The team was led by Aleshia Jones and McKenzie Brown scoring 19 and Alyche Brown adding 17 more. The team shot 54 percent from the field which head coach Derek Bissitt said came from good passes.
“We shot the ball well from the field,” Bissitt said. “But a lot of that was due to the good passes that set up easy or open shots. We have really been sharing the ball well and making each other better. I thought the second half we really got after them defensively and did a good job with our defensive rotation and made their scoring opportunities much tougher.”
The boys’ team followed it up with a 52-48 win to also stay undefeated in conference play. D’Monte Gaw scored 22 points and shot 80 percent from the field. Reece Willams added 11 points and eight rebounds. Kenyon Myers scored eight off the bench.
The Pioneers will host Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Basehor-Linwood faced Turner Friday night in big wins by both teams.
The Bobcats jumped out 36-12 before cruising to a 61-22 win. The team was led by Addison Penegar and Isabel Sibert each scoring 18 points for the Bobcats. Adele Gore added 13 more. Sibert also led the team in rebounds with nine.
Head coach Jason Tatkenhorst said the team is playing good basketball as they move into play against conference opponents for February.
“We continue to play good basketball,” Tatkenhorst said. “Our schedule in February is just UKC opponents. So now is the time to play our best.”
The boys followed it up winning 84-27.
"Game was never close as we jumped out to a 14-0 lead before they scored," Bobcats head coach Mike McBride said. "We won 84-27. Connor Younger led with 20, while Kobe Sifford had 16 and Trevor McBride added 11. All kids scored while Jacob Coleman and Nolan Ford had fun sharing the ball with six assists apiece."
The Bobcats will travel to Leavenworth Tuesday.
Pleasant Ridge took on Atchison County.
The girls’ team led 15-13 after the first quarter and 34-28 at halftime. The Rams would extend the lead to 45-34 after three quarters before beating the Tigers 58-53.
Head coach Mike Koontz said the Tigers tried to take away the inside game for the Rams.
“They tried to take away our inside game,” Koontz said. “When that happened it opened Caitlyn Herbig to knock some shots down. Teams are trying to play a box and one on the defensive end and take Lindsey (Heim) out of the game and double down on our posts. They are trying to make the other two guards beat them and Caitlyn stepped up huge for us on Friday night. We are gonna work on some different things to try and counter act the box and one. We did a great job of adjusting.”
The boys jumped out 10-5 and 23-13 over the Tigers in the first two quarters. After only scoring 10 and eight points in the third, the two teams would combine for 37 points in the final quarter as the Rams won 51-40.
Connor Gibson led the Rams with 15 points. Jamar Reed scored 12.
Head coach Pat Battle said the Rams played well defensively to win the game.
“The Rams survived a cold shooting night from the perimeter but played well enough defensively to defeat the Atchison County Tigers,” Battle said. “With the win the Rams improve to 7-7 overall and 5-6 in the NEK.”
The Rams travel to Oskaloosa Tuesday.
Lansing’s and Leavenworth’s powerlifting teams traveled to Bonner Springs Saturday for another meet.
Leavenworth finished fourth in the male division, third in the female division and first in the junior male division.
Spencer Atwood and Andrew Welty finished third in their weight classes.
Sean Hammell, Grace Geddings, Duran Terrones and Keenan Brown were second.
The Pioneers had seven lifters win in their weight classes. The winners were Addison Filley, Ross Brown, Mike Harris, Alix Griese, Chris Todd, Brianna Walker and Mackenzie Weaver. Todd and Walker were named the lightweight lifters of the meet. Weaver was named the power weight lifter of the meet.
Lansing finished fifth in the male division, second in the female division and fourth in the junior male division.
Brett Pinte, Samantha Masisak, Regan Rambo, Payge Guager and Jeramy Howell finished third. Meadow Garcia, Alexis Solomon and Shane Smith finished second. Smith was tied with Ben Moyer from Bonner Springs. April Jackson, Cayleigh Berry, Grace Martin and Future Horst-Zertuche finished first.
Leavenworth and Lansing will meet again at Lansing High School on Saturday when the Lions host their powerlifting meet.