Bobcats winter sports teams to begin practice Monday
The start of practices for winter sports teams at Basehor-Linwood begins on Monday. And with the new gymnasium, BLHS squads wont have to scramble to find a place to practice as they have done in past years.
Dan Miller, who for the past two seasons was the Lady Bobcats head coach, takes over the boys top position. Miller replaces long-time coach Don Hills, who coached BLHS and Linwood High Schools for 24 years, the last 12 at Basehor-Linwood.
Miller says he will put his troops through two-a-day practices, going at 6 a.m. and after school the first week.
Assisting Miller is Bruce Courtney, junior varsity coach, and Jason Grider, freshman coach.
Grider says he will have the freshman squad practice from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first few days.
Mardy Robinson, last years freshman girls coach, replaces Miller as the head girls coach.
Robinson, along with JV coach Neil Hayes and freshman coach Brad Dameron, will begin practices after school on Monday with cuts coming after Wednesdays practice.
Robinson said the freshman squad will workout with the varsity/JV team the first three days before possibly moving practices to the mornings.
Wrestling head coach Scott Neil says his squad will be very busy at least through the first week or two of December. The Bobcat grapplers will practice after school each day and will workout on weekends until the B-L tournament schedule begins.
Neil will be assisted by Bob Ray and Kelly Cranor.
The basketball season will get started on Friday, Dec. 1, with the boys and girls squads hosting Bonner Springs. The wrestlers open the year on Wednesday, Nov. 29, hosting Bonner Springs and Louisburg in a double dual.
The new gymnasium will be very busy during the winter months. Besides the normal basketball games and wrestling duals, the school will hold a week-long boys and girls basketball tournament, Jan. 15-20, and two wrestling tournaments, including the first-ever Bobcat Classic and the KVL meet.